BUZZ News Shorts: The Discovery, Paddington 2, SPECTRE

••• Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, Mad Max: Fury Road) are set to star in The Discovery, a sci-fi love story set in a world where the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven. Charlie McDowell (The One I Love) will direct. Hoult plays the son of the man responsible for this discovery, and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past.

•••  StudioCanal and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter) have lured back Paul King, director of last year’s surprise hit Paddington, to helm the sequel. King will also co-write the script with Simon Farnaby (Yonderland). [via Deadline]

••• Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) has revealed in an interview at the Rome Film Festival  (via Filmmaker Magazine, via /Flim) that his mind is turning to the idea of a horror film or a Christmas film: “I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. Horror is an area where if a filmmaker really wants to use all the tricks, the techniques to affect your emotions…. With the kind of movies I do, you’re supposed to say is this part supposed to be funny, or is this part supposed to be sad? Well, you say, I don’t know. I’m not sure. This is the way we wanted it. When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you’re supposed to be scared here. You’re supposed to be relieved here. Here we’re explaining something so you know the next part so you’ll be more scared then. I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that. I’ve done some scenes like that, but I’d like to do a scary movie… The good thing with a Christmas movie — if you make a great Christmas song or movie or book, as Dickens showed us, you can make a huge fortune, because they come back every year. As long as you have a piece of the action, then it’s a perennial.” Hell, why not combine the two?


••• Promising news for SPECTRE’s box office haul. The Bond blockbuster reaped $4.1 million on Monday alone, despite public screenings not even starting before 8.15pm. That meant most cinemas could only squeeze in two viewings. This didn’t beat Skyfall’s opening day (£6.2 million) but that had a full day of screenings on its debut. [via Deadline]

meridas_parents••• Once Upon A Time has cast Merida’s parents, King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Fergus will be played by Glenn Keogh (Sons Of AnarchyScorpion). Elinor will be played by Caroline Morahan, who is most famous for appearing in the fan-made Doctor Who webseries Alternate Empire. [via Deadline]

••• M Night Shyamalan’s next film, a horror movie, now has a title: Split. It’s due to be released on 20 January 2017. X-Men’s James McAvoy is set to star in the supernatural suspense thriller, alongside Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Shyamalan is currently reeling from the fact that his last film, The Visit, was a critical and box office hit for the first time in ages.


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