As usual, The Walking Dead will be back in production on the first Monday in May, which in this case falls on May 1. Though we don’t know much about what the new season will bring, Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on the show, is promising the first episode won’t disappoint. just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it's good — chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017 We’ve also heard there are already “Do Not Mow” signs posted around Senoia, GA, another sure signs filming is about to get underway. In addition to Senoia, TSDF is reporting there are more signs on Hwy 20 in Hampton at 4th St and Solomon in Griffin, and at Tyrone Rd and Flat Creek in Fayetteville. If you spot TWD filming in Georgia, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It’s become a running joke by now: they set a date for Avatar 2 and then, after months (or years!) of nothing, it gets delayed. The sequel to the highest grossing film of all time was originally supposed to arrive in 2014…and then it was pushed back to 2016…and then it was pushed back to 2018. So when writer/director James Cameron revealed that the film wasn’t going to meet that last date, no one even blinked. Of course Avatar 2 wasn’t going to be released next year!
Because it’s going to be released in three years. Production has officially begun on the four sequels to the 2009 original, with the first movie now due out in 2020.
The news was revealed on the official Avatar Facebook page, where Cameron posed for a picture with his crew and announced the start of concurrent production on Avatar 2, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5. There have been many conversations about whether or not audiences will care about this series by the time a new one arrives, but Cameron is a wily fellow – whether we want them or not, four more Avatar movies are coming and they’re filming at the same time.
Avatar 2 is due out on December 18, 2020 and Avatar 3 will follow a year later on December 17, 2021. After a three year gap, Avatar 4 will arrive on December 20, 2024 and Avatar 5 will wrap everything up on December 19, 2015. Here’s the official statement:
Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels. The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!
This announcement arrives at a key moment for this franchise. Walt Disney World is set to open the Pandora: The World of Avatar next month and all eyes are on it, with pop culture enthusiasts and major corporations alike wondering if it will draw the same kind of attention as other recent theme park endeavors. In the unlikely event that tourists simply reject Pandora, Cameron will still have the last laugh – cameras have already started rolling.
And while one of the internet’s major pastimes involves everyone rolling their eyes at the original Avatar, you can’t ignore that $ 2.7 billion gross and you can’t ignore the fact that James Cameron has always been one step ahead of just about everyone else in Hollywood’s orbit. He’s always given the people what they want and he’s always proved his naysayers wrong. I’m the camp that enjoys Avatar but also can’t say I’m ecstatic about four sequels at the moment. However, I look forward to Cameron making me care. He’s pretty, pretty good at that.
If you’re in NYC and started noticing filming signs for an Untitled UCP Project around town this week, expect to start seeing a lot more of these. The signs mark the start of filming on Mr. Robot season 3, which is set up at White St and Broadway, NYC today. Fans can expect to see a few of new faces on the show this season. Bobby Cannavale will join the cast as Irving, “a no-nonsense used car salesman” and Rizwan Manji has also been given a recurring role. Deadline reports, Manji is set to play the FBI partner of Grace Gummer’s Dominique DiPerro. In addition to these new characters, BD Wong has been upgraded from playing a recurring role to full time with his character Whiterose. Mr. Robot is set to debut on USA in October. If you spot those Untitled UCP signs around NYC, let us know about it at email@example.com!
The fuse is lit as production begins on Mission: Impossible 6
Director Christopher McQuarrie has taken to Twitter to announce that the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6 has officially begun production! The upcoming sequel from Paramount Pictures and Skydance will see the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt along with Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner. It was recently revealed that The Crown and Everest star Vanessa Kirby will have a role as well and that the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill, will also feature.
McQuarrie, who previously helmed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is once again writing and directing the sequel. McQuarrie noted in a recent interview that even more familiar faces from the franchise will be returning for the upcoming film. His return to the franchise marks the first time a director has helmed more than one Mission: Impossible film. Brian De Palma directed the original adaptation, which was followed by sequels directed by John Woo, J.J, Abrams and Brad Bird.
It was recently revealed that Cruise has been preparing for a sequence in the upcoming film for a year, though it remains to be seen what exactly that scene will entail. McQuarrie previously told Empire that he hopes to delve into an emotional journey for Ethan unlike anything in the previous five movies.
Mission: Impossible 6 is set to debut in theaters July 27, 2018.
This morning we confirmed production of the second season of Jessica Jones is underway in New York City. In a statement issued last year, Marvel confirmed they were planning more episodes: “Marvel is thrilled to be working with Netflix for a second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “The positive response to Jessica’s story from fans all over the world has been overwhelming and we look forward to diving even deeper into these characters and this world.” Though filming has started, it is unlikely season two will air before next year. Today, the show is shooting in studio at Broadway Stages in Long Island City. One of our readers also spotted filming signs for Violet, the show’s working title, on W 101st St and Broadway in NYC, near the building that they use for the exteriors of Jessica’s apartment. As you can see from the sign below, the shoot is expected to take place on Monday, April 10. If you have any scoop about where Jessica Jones is filming in NYC, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Yesterday, Kristen Stewart began filming her next movie, Underwater, in New Orleans. The big-budget action movie follow the members of an undersea science expedition as they find themselves fighting to survive in the wake of an earthquake. T.J. Miller an Jessica Henwick also star. According to the most recent casting calls, Underwater will be filming in Chalmette, LA on Thursday, March 23 and Monday, March 27. The casting call was also looking for someone to play a dead body, for anyone who thinks that would be a dream come true, the full listing can be found on Facebook. If you spot Underwater filming in Louisiana, let us know about it at email@example.com!
Nearly a year after the series was announced, HBO’s Sharp Objects has started filming in Los Angeles. Based on the book by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, the high-profile drama series received an eight-episode straight-to-series first season order from HBO last spring. Sharp Objects will star Amy Adams as reporter Camille Preaker who, after a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. While trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims too closely. The book spent more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was shortlisted for an Edgar Award. Today, Sharp Objects is filming at 501 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles. If you spot Sharp Objects filming in L.A., let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With filming starting this summer, there’s been some new info released about the Ant-Man sequel. Right now, Ant-Man and The Wasp is gearing up for pre-production in Atlanta under the working title Cherry Blue. It has been confirmed Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/Wasp. Michael Douglas has also announced he will be back as Hank Pym. It is also rumored Sharon Stone could be joining the cast as Janet Van Dyne, the mother of Hope Van Dyne. Ant-Man 2 will be based at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios, where many other Marvel projects have been shot. Filming is tentatively expected to begin on July 6. Be on the lookout for those Cherry Blue signs around Atlanta this summer and be sure to let us know if you spot them!
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has apparently begun production and now I’m worried that a giant foot will come down from the sky and crush director Terry Gilliam, Monty Python-style. After all, the forces of nature have kept this project on the ropes for nearly two decades. This isn’t even the first time cameras have rolled on the film! There’s still a chance all finished footage could burn up in a fire. There’s still a chance a freak sinkhole could swallow the entire crew. Anything can happen…but it’s about time that the universe cut Gilliam some slack.
Let’s run down everything we know where this famously ill-fated production stands at the moment, including its new leading man.
Over the past week or so, there have been rumblings that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote had finally found its footing again, specifically from the social media accounts of those working on the movie. IndieWire, citing a source close to the production, confirmed the rumors. Yes, it’s shooting right now. And can you blame them for the quiet start? If they had made a big deal out of it, a tornado made of blood and broken glass could have come down from the sky and swept everyone on the set into a hellish abyss.
IndieWire also notes that the production has a new Don Quixote in Jonathan Pryce, the wonderful English actor who previously worked with Gilliam in The Adventures of Baren Munchausen, The Brothers Grimm, and Brazil (my all-time favorite movie). Adam Driver is still set to star as a modern day advertising executive who finds himself swept back in time and sent on adventure with Cervantes’ legendary character, a madman who is convinced that he’s a knight.
A Brief History of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
For those of you who haven’t been following this production’s many mishaps over the years, here’s the briefest possible summary.
Gilliam first began pre-production on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 1998 and filming started in 2000. A pre-Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp was the leading man, with Jean Rochefort playing Don Quixote. A few days into filming, a series of disasters (including sudden illness and a freak storm) stopped the production dead in its tracks. Everything was put on hiatus. Filming never resumed.
This was all chronicled in the astonishing documentary Lost in La Mancha, made by the crew hired to film the production for a future DVD special feature. It’s an agonizing portrait of one of cinema’s great artists being quickly undone by events that feel like they were torn out of one of his own absurd comedies.
Gilliam continued to work on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote over the years. Ewan McGregor replaced Johnny Depp. Jack O’Connell replaced Ewan McGregor. Adam Driver replaced Jack O’Connell. Meanwhile, Robert Duvall replaced Jean Rochefort. John Hurt replaced Robert Duvall. Michael Palin replaced John Hurt. Jonathan Pryce replaced Michael Palin. Gilliam spoke often of rewriting the screenplay to accommodate smaller and smaller budgets, working to find any way to make the movie.
Terry Gilliam is one of cinema’s great visionaries and a true genius. Let’s hope that the past 19 years have allowed this interesting concept to marinate in his creative juices. Let’s hope Gilliam has another masterpiece in him. Let’s hope the movie gets finished.