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Kingman’s Matthew Vaughn To Write & Direct ‘Courage’ From ‘Stranger Things’ Writer

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Matthew Vaughn up to produce and direct Courage from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gajdusek

Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Golden CircleX-Men: Days of Future Past) is up to produce and possibly direct Courage, a sci-fi/action film based on a script from Stranger Things executive producer Karl Gaidusek, according to Deadline. Courage is being described as “an epic premise, a drama in the vein of Inception and Edge of Tomorrow.” 

Vaughn will produce Courage under his Marv Films banner with Michael Ellenberg and his Media Res production company. Fox bought the project in June. Matt Reilly will oversee Courage for the studio.

Matthew Vaughn is known for directing and producing Layer CakeStardust, which he also wrote, Kick-Ass (writer, director and producer, though he only produced the sequel), The Debt (writer and producer), X-Men: First Class (writer and director), X-Men: Days of Future Past (writer) and Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, both of which he wrote, directed and produced. He also produced Fantastic Four and Eddie the Eagle.

Vaughn is next set to direct Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ feature film adaptation of Terry Hayes’ international bestselling espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim through Marv Films. He will also produce and co-finance.

“Pilgrim” is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately becomes caught in a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion.

Beyond becoming a reader and bookseller favorite, I Am Pilgrim was the summer thriller of 2014, appearing as a top choice in summer round-ups all over the country, hitting the New York Times Best Seller list, and spending four weeks as a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

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Uncharted Movie Nearing Production, Has A Completed Screenplay

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In a recent interview with The Playlist, Uncharted director Shawn Levy gave an update on the flick – which has sat in development hell for the better part of a decade now – saying that the project is nearing production.

“As of right now, the closest to the starting line is Uncharted in that it’s a massive title,” Levy said, in reference to his two gestating features, Uncharted and Starman, “We now have a very good script and we have our star in Tom Holland. That is now subject to schedule and additional casting. But I would say, as of right now, that seems to be the most near the horizon. And it’s a movie I’m very excited about.”

The Uncharted movie, based on the mega-selling PlayStation video game franchise, has gone through a slew of directors, and at one point had Mark Wahlberg signed on to play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake. However, as of May this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland has been attached to play a younger version of the beloved gaming icon.

It’s currently unknown who has penned the script for this iteration of the film, after the screenplay by Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was dropped by Sony Pictures a few months before Holland’s casting.

No release date has been set for Uncharted. Fan-favourite pick for Nathan Drake, Firefly’s Nathan Fillion, recently starred in an unofficial short film based on the video games.

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Anthony Mackie Joining Amy Adams and Julianne Moore In The Woman in the Window Adaptation

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window, Variety reports.

Originally written by author A.J. Finn, Joe Wright (The Darkest Hour) will direct Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Brian Tyree Henry in the feature. The Woman in the Window will follow an agoraphobe (Adams) who witnesses a horrifying crime through her solitary window to the outside world.

The film rights were scooped up in a frenzy earlier in the year, following the novel’s buzzy debut. It released at the top of the charts, and remains the best-selling adult fiction novel of 2018. The Woman in the Window has sold over a million copies in the United States alone.

Anthony Mackie can next be seen in Netflix’s remake of French thriller Point Blank, which is shooting now.

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Fresh Look At John Wick 3 Shows Off Returning Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

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Lionsgate, via Twitter, have shown off a brand new still from John Wick 3: Parabellum.

The image, which features Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King and Ian McShane’s Winston stood in the midst of a cityscape, was captioned “Old friends. New enemies. Chapter 3”.

Also set to return will be the titular retired assassin himself, Keanu Reeves as John Wick – on the run after the events of the John Wick: Chapter 2. Set to join the franchise, which is rumoured to be gearing up to spin-out into a shared universe, is Halle Berry’s Sofia – described as “a woman on a mission”. The title for the film refers to the famous Latin phrase “Si vis pacem, para bellum“, which roughly translates to “If you want peace, prepare for war”.

John Wick 3: Parabellum is due for release in May next year, and is rumoured to be the conclusion to its lead character’s story. It will be directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick), and will also star Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family).

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