In today’s Movie News Rundown: A movie about making The Godfather casts its leads, excellently; many of your favorite filmmakers plead with Congress to save theaters; and a new documentary about a New Jersey waterpark explains why people love suing each other these days. Plus: Borat footage and a reality check.
Godfather Casting: Oscar Isaac will play Francis Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal will producer Robert Evans in Barry Levinson’s Coppola-approved new film about the making of The Godfather, Deadline reports. Great choices.
Meanwhile: Coppola’s re-edited new film Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, will be released digitally and on Blu-Ray on Dec. 8, Paramount just announced.
Directors Ask Congress to Help Theaters: Directors including Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Barry Jenkins, Alfonso Cuaron, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, Cary Joji Fukunaga and many, many more wrote to Congress asking for pandemic aid for movie theaters. They cite distributor estimates that 69 percent of small- and mid-sized movie theaters may be forced to file for bankruptcy or close forever. Here’s the full list of filmmakers, and more detail, from The Hollywood Reporter.
Don’t Trust a Waterslide With a Loop: You know when people over 40 say kids today could never do the things we did, because everything’s so litigious and regulated? They’re right, and one of the reasons why is places like New Jersey’s incredibly fun, incredibly dangerous Action Park. Eric Steuer interviews directors Seth Porges and Chris Scott about their new film Class Action Park on the latest MovieMaker Interviews podcast, and you can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:
Borat Teaser Trailer: Amazon Prime announced the new film will be out Oct. 23, and released a new teaser trailer, promising that a real trailer will be out today. The teaser indicates that in the world of the film, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Kazhak journalist has become quite popular, and is being urged by the general public to “come back.” He also has a surefire technique for stopping COVID-19.
Chadwick Boseman in His Last Role: Netflix released images from the upcoming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Boseman and Viola Davis and produced by Denzel Washington. Here they are:
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman star in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a new film based on August Wilson’s award-winning play from director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington. @MaRaineyFilm premieres December 18. pic.twitter.com/ErhrQAW4nU
— Netflix (@netflix) September 30, 2020
Introducing Ms. Marvel: The new Disney+ series about a teenage Muslim superhero from New Jersey has enlisted relative unknown Iman Vellani to star, Deadline reports. Ms. Marvel is different than Captain Marvel, and her secret identify is Kamala Khan. The character originated in the comics in 2014, before Kamala Harris became nationally known, so the name doesn’t seem to be an homage.
Reality Check: Here’s a great tweet from producer Bryce Wagoner:
In case you’re wondering what producing an indie documentary entails, my day at a glance:
Shaping story with my director.
Applying for permits.
Replacing broken rental cars.
Fixing crew dinner/tomorrow’s lunch for a boat ride/shoot.
— Bryce Wagoner (@bryceless) October 1, 2020