Palme d’Or-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”) has found his new film “The Truth” is going to screen during the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival on August 28th and will do so in competition. His first work set outside his native Japan, it stars Catherine Deneuve as a famed French veteran actress, Juliette Binoche as her daughter and Ethan Hawke as the daughter’s husband. [Source: Variety]
She’s Gotta Have It
Netflix has cancelled Spike Lee’s TV series adaptation of “She’s Gotta Have It” after two seasons on the streaming service with the second having only just launched back in May. Lee is expected to shop the series around to other outlets. The series followed free-spirited artist Nola Darling and Lee personally directed every episode along with executive producing. [Source: Variety]
Ari Aster’s proposed three-hour director’s cut of his recently released folk horror film “Midsommar” is proving more than just a promise as next month’s Scary Movies festival at Film at Lincoln Center in New York will feature the world premiere of the extended version of the film. Incorporating 30 minutes of footage edited back in, the new cut clocks in at around 3 hours and the screening on August 17th will also feature a Q&A with Aster. [Source: The Playlist]
Temple Hill Entertainment and 30WEST will produce disaster thriller “ICBM” which hails from scribe Matthew McInerney-Lacombe and has Colm McCarthy (“The Girl with All the Gifts”) attached to direct.
The story centers around an extended family who, spread throughout the city of Seattle, work together to survive a nuclear attack, facing off against firestorms, doomsday preppers, untold casualties, and a disorganized government response. In the face of this chaos, we watch social constructs break down and subsequently the strength of the human spirit as citizens work together to maintain humanity. [Source: Deadline]
AGBO has sold bestselling “The Magicians” author Lev Grossman’s sci-fi tale “The Heavens” to Amazon who have committed to a pilot script with a significant penalty attached. Lindsay Dunn, Mike Larocca, and Anthony and Joe Russo will executive produce.
The series idea is to blend classic space opera with a dark, grounded, emotionally complex manner. The action follows a troubled but gifted young woman who finds a powerful weapon left behind by a long-vanished empire. That discovery will launch Miranda on an epic adventure. [Source: Deadline]