Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is once again in high demand in Hollywood, this time for her short story The Grownup. Deadline reported this week that Flynn’s thriller tale had four major studios bidding for film rights and now it seems as if Universal has clinched the deal. Gossip Girl writer Natalie Krinsky is tipped to adapt the story, with Flynn sharing producing duties with Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades of Grey, Captain Phillips). The Grownup, which was released as a standalone tale in 2015, is the author’s take on the classic ghost story and originally featured in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.
In other movie news:
My Little Pony fans rejoice! Sicario actress Emily Blunt has been cast in the animated musical film featuring the famous Hasbro toys. Blunt will lend her voice to a new character in My Little Pony: The Movie, alongside Broadway and Glee actress Kristin Chenoweth. The film will be released in late 2017.
It looks like the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel has found a worthy rival for Christian Grey. Eric Johnson, known for The Knick and Rookie Blue, is in talks to star in Fifty Shades Darker as Jack Hyde, Anastasia Steele’s news editor boss. James Foley will be taking over from director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whilst Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back for round two of awkward erotica. Let the inevitably tedious fight for Ana’s heart begin.
Film lovers were treated to their first glimpse (and it really is a brief glimpse…) of Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) in crime-drama Criminal this week. Directed by Ariel Vroman (The Iceman), the movie follows Reynolds’ CIA operative whose memories and abilities are implanted into Kevin Costner’s death-row inmate in an effort to halt a terrorist plot. Starring alongside Reynolds and Costner will be Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Gary Oldman (Child 44) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman). The film will be released in UK cinemas on 15th April 2016.
Another exciting trailer released this week was Our Kind of Traitor. Based on John le Carré’s novel and adapted for screen by Drive scribe Hossein Amini, this thriller follows Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris as an English couple who unwittingly befriend a money launderer for the Russian mafia (Stellan Skarsgård) and get caught up in the world of espionage in the process. With a stellar cast that also includes Damian Lewis, expect plenty of twists and turns with this one.
Insight Films have announced the release date for their latest documentary. Streetdance Family will hit UK cinemas from 27th May 2016, catapulting audiences into the tough world of street dance. Directed by award-winning film makers Debbie Shuter and Adam Tysoe, the film follows Britain’s Got Talent finalists Entity from their training room in East London to the Hip Hop World Championship in Germany, as they battle for dance glory. For more on Streetdance Family click here.
Margot Robbie has landed a role in Vaughn Stein’s drama Terminal. The Australian actress, who can be seen starring as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad later this year, will play Annie, a woman who meets two hit men embarking on a suicidal mission for a secretive employer. No word on who will star alongside Robbie but this is definitely one to watch out for.