Minions: The Rise of Gru
Universal Pictures has announced that “Minions: The Rise of Gru” will be the title of the upcoming direct sequel to the 2015 “Despicable Me” spin-off film “Minions”. Kyle Balda and Brad Ableson helm the new film which opens July 3rd 2020.
The project sounds like an origin story for Gru (Steve Carrell) and how the yellow minions initially became the henchmen of the supervillain. The first film earned $1.159 billion globally. [Source: Universal Pictures]
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is teaming with Rideback (“Aladdin,” “IT”) to develop movies inspired by the catalogue of Cirque du Soleil productions.
The partnership aims to increase the opportunities for a global audience to enjoy the Cirque du Soleil universe which mainly consists of circuses and works on multimedia productions, immersive experiences, stage productions, theme parks and special events. [Source: Variety]
IDW Publishing has launched a new four-issue “Napoleon Dynamite” comic book series which is set after the 2004 cult movie. The comic sees Pedro’s reign as student body president threatened when he’s accused of having cheated in the election, pushing Napoleon and Deb to have to uncover the truth to clear Pedro’s name before it’s too late. The series will launch in September. [Source: Heat Vision]
The Long Walk
New Line has set Andre Ovredal (“The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”) to direct the feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s dystopian thriller “The Long Walk”. James Vanderbilt has written the adaptation.
Set in the near future, the story centers on 100 teenage boys embarking on an annual competition during which participants must maintain a walking speed above four miles per hour. If they receive three warnings in an hour, they are shot dead. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. The boys develop deep friendships despite knowing each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own. [Source: Variety]
20th Century Fox has unveiled the first clip from the upcoming “X-Men” film “Dark Phoenix” in which Professor tries to convince Magneto not to attack Jean Grey. Simon Kinberg wrote and directed the film in which Jean Grey is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force but returns infinitely more powerful and far more unstable. The film opens in cinemas on June 7th.