While all eyes were on D23 this weekend, The Suicide Squad picked up two new cast members and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was announced with its first teaser. In this edition of Studio Coffee Run, you may notice the absence of that aforementioned Disney conference – there was so dang much that we gave all of that news its own article with a few choice pieces worthy of separate posts all their own. That being said, we’ll be looking solely at the studios and producers brave enough to drop press releases in a weekend smothered by America’s cutest conglomerate. We’ve got an Uncharted movie update, a greenlight on the next movie from Chris Peckover and the angriest still of Russell Crowe the world has ever seen.
First, a pair of headlines you’ll want to keep an eye on.
- Brothers Greg Schaffer (That ’70s Show) and Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm) have lined up a Netflix comedy series called Brews Brothers. Having signed for an initial eight episodes, Greg will handle writing and showrunning. He’ll also executive produce with his brother. For now, the cast consists of Alan Aisenberg, Mike Castle, Carmen Flood and Marques Ray. Aisenberg and Castle will play the titular brothers who, despite big personality differences, find themselves running a brewery together.
- James Wan, meanwhile, has lined up another lead for his next horror film, an idea which Ingrid Bisu helped him create. Variety announced exclusively that British actor George Young is now joining Annabelle Wallis in what’s tentatively being called Silvercup. Wan and his team are staying tight-lipped for the time being, opting not to give away any plot details.
- American Horror Story: 1984 has launched its first trailer. The Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk produced anthology series is on its *checks notes, adjusts glasses* ninth season. It premieres on September 18 on FX – and you can check out the trailer for yourself right here.
A Breaking Bad movie went through a complete production period without us knowing – and now it has a teaser trailer
Right under our noses, the Breaking Bad movie has finished production and dropped its first trailer. Netflix’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will be a direct sequel to the original binge-worthy TV show, starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. Based on what we can gather from the short teaser, Jesse is on the run after breaking out of a Nazi compound. Here’s a short official descriptor from Netflix: “In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”
El Camino is written and directed by series creator Vince Gilligan, although that’s about all the news we can confirm. Aside from Paul, the only other cast member who’s been announced is Charles Baker as Skinny Pete – and that’s only because he’s being interrogated in the teaser. The entire production of the film has flown totally under the radar. Its existence only became public a few days ago, and it’s more than likely a finished product based on its October 11 premiere date. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will ll hit Netflix first, followed by an eventual TV premiere on its old stomping grounds, AMC.
Natalie Portman’s Lucy in the Sky lands with a new trailer
Lucy in the Sky, a surreal drama starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm dropped a new trailer on Monday. Portman plays an astronaut, Lucy, who becomes obsessed with returning to space. Having seen how small she is in the grand scheme of the universe, her reality begins to falter; hence the Beatles reference.
Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo) directs and shares writing credits with Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. Portman and Hamm are joined by Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz, Pearl Amanda Dickson and Ellen Burstyn. Thankfully, there won’t be too much of a wait, as the film is hopeful to release sometime this year.
The director of the Uncharted movie bows out and Sony looks for someone to fill the void
Dan Trachtenberg has announced that he’s bowing out as director of the upcoming Uncharted movie, leaving star Tom Holland in another sticky situation. The crew is already holding meetings to fill the role. Based on the eponymous PlayStation games following the treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his adventures, this adaptation will turn back the clock, exploring Drake’s youth and the decision that brought him where he is now.
Uncharted, like the games, is a Sony production. Reports imply that this could be the first feature of Sony PlayStation Production, which was established just a year ago with Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan attached. If Sony hopes to turn more of its video games into silver screen productions, it’s picked a good starting point. The Uncharted series is known for its cinematic cutscenes and gameplay, along with an enthralling story and lovable characters. In a few years we could be seeing film adaptations of other PlayStation epics like God of War, The Last of Us – maybe even a Spider-Man movie! Oh, wait.
Limbo is the next horror movie from Matthew Jennison and Chris Peckover
Matthew Jennison and Chris Peckover, the team that brought us Better Watch Out, are now set to develop the horror/thriller movie, Limbo. Miramax, Barnyard Projects and Snoot Entertainment are all attached to the project, with Peckover directing.
Limbo follows a young mother as she does a Freaky Friday with an evil spirit; a poltergeist is in control of her body while she’s left disembodied and stuck in her house. Of course, the spirit is out for blood and it’s up to this mother to protect her family and figure out how to regain control of herself.
“We are witnessing a renaissance of quality horror films at the moment,” Miramax’s Bill Block explains, “it’s a genre that continues to captivate global audiences. Having a smart script with a big idea and some fierce partners in Tim Palen, Snoot Entertainment and a fresh voice in Chris Peckover – Limbo is something we’re really excited about.”
Production for this new venture begins in January.
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad adds two more to its cast
James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad cast has expanded by two this weekend, thanks to a pair of Deadline exclusives. On Friday, it was announced that Steve Agee will be lending his voice talents to King-Shark, the anthropomorphic villain who first appeared in the pages of a Superboy comic from 1994. Agee is no stranger to superhero flicks, or James Gunn movies, as Marvel fans will recognize him as Gef from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and as EJ in Brightburn. When it comes to voice acting, he’s established his talent on popular shows like Adventure Time and, more recently, Netflix’s Twelve Forever.
The second casting news is especially exciting for Firefly fans – the show, not the villain – as Nathan Fillion joins Suicide Squad in an as of yet unannounced role. It’s not his first time working with Gunn either. Fillion appears in 2006’s Slither, 2010’s Super and as an inmate in Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s also lent his voice talents to several projects in the DC animated universe as the Green Lantern in Reign of the Superman and Justice League: Doom.
Returning cast members include Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) and Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) while Idris Elba, David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher) and Flula Borg all join as newcomers to the Suicide Squad sequel.
Russell Crowe is Unhinged in this first look at his upcoming movie
If you’ve been in a vehicle with someone mutated by road rage, or been victimized by it yourself, this first look at Unhinged will resonate with you. The first Solstice Studios film to go into production, this flick was first announced at Cannes, back in May. It features the brooding Russell Crowe alongside Caren Pistorius and Jimmi Simpson.
Unhinged is a thriller that begins with a woman (Pistorius) honking her car horn at the angriest man alive, played by Crowe. If that sounds a bit too pedestrian, look no farther than the official description: “‘Road rage’ doesn’t begin to describe what he’s about to do to her and everyone she knows.”
Filmed in New Orleans, Unhinged wrapped production this weekend and is shooting for a third quarter 2020 release date. It’s directed by Derrick Borte, written by Carl Ellsworth and produced by Lisa Ellzey.
That’s all for this weekend! Go forth with your entertainment knowledge and use it to remain cool under commute pressure. Don’t be Russell Crowe in Unhinged; be Charles Baker in El Camino. Or else Nazis will force you to cook drugs? Let’s see if Edward Douglas can come up with a better closer on Friday’s Studio Coffee Run.