The CW has announced that they’re developing BLOWBACK, an upcoming thriller drama series from executive producer Justin Lin. The project is written and executive produced by creator Hannah Shakespeare and also executive produced by Michael Eisner and Tariq Jalil, was originally sold as a spec to the network late last season and is coming close to a pilot order. The possibility is that it can be a limited series with Warner Bros. Television.
BLOWBACK begins during a romantic weekend in New York City, a young financial analyst’s life is flipped upside down when his wife goes missing, he discovers a dead body in his hotel room, and everything he took for truth turns out to be a lie.
Blowback was a script developed by Intrigue, Eisner’s Tornante and Jin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. It was written by Shakespeare off a previous spec by Brian MacGregor.
Shakespeare and MacGregor are credited as writers. They’ll executive produce alongside Tornante’s Eisner and Lauren Corrao, PSE’s Lin, and Intrigue’s Jalil and Lucas Carter. PSE’s Danielle Woodrow and Troy Craig Poon are also expected to produce.
Anna Gunn might still be recognized for AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad, but since then we’ve seen her in quite a lot of things. FOX’s short-lived Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint, and now she’ll be seen in two upcoming films: Equity, where she leads in a female-driven Wall Street story from Sony Pictures Classics.
Equity was written, produced and directed by women. Gunn plays Naomi Bishop, a major investment banker caught up in a power grab in a world of double standards where women are concerned. Naomi is a flawed character, just as many films where it’s played by men. Gunn recently spoke with Deadine and said that she compared Naomi with her two TV series that has been in, Breaking Bad and Deadwood.
“I think it’s interesting after BREAKING BAD, and then sort of DEADWOOD– both such wonderful projects and beautifully written, but both those roles were reactors in a way to their husbands, to the behavior and the actions and of the men around them, so it was really nice to see a woman whose focal point is her work and having that be the driving force.”
Equity is written by Amy Fox, directed by Meera Menon, produced by Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner (who also costars). Gunn also added that she likes that it’s a female-driven movie, that it isn’t patronizing or typical from what you can expect of Hollywood-ish films.
“I think what characters go through and what they do to each other and with each other could as well have been men playing that story out, and that was a great thing about it too. It is the importance of being a woman in a male-dominated business and to know that you can have somebody who has your back, and vice-versa, somebody you can count on… And I like the fact it brought up all these questions of what it takes to get ahead and how competitive it becomes when you get high up in the ranks. It’s the whole likability factor. You are perceived to rub people the wrong way, and the women I talked to spoke a lot about walking that fine line between being tough and being in charge and confident, but not being too much that way so that you are not perceived as being abrasive or difficult, not too tough but not too soft. I don’t think men have to deal with that issue necessarily.”
Gunn also talked about the difficulty women face in any type of business, including in the TV and movie industry, as well as the inequality of pay between male and female actors.
“There’s nothing wrong with women saying that we can be ambitious and that we can want the same things that men have traditionally wanted. It’s become really an important topic of conversation, and people are starting to say, ‘I’m going to demand the same things my male colleagues or compatriots get.’ There is a way to go, but strides are being made.”
Sully hits theaters on September 9 and Gunn plays the wife of Captain Sully Sullenberger played by Tom Hanks, the hero pilot who so skillfully landed his stricken passenger jet in the Hudson River, saving everybody on board. Gunn admits that it was a dream working for Eastwood, who doesn’t use a lot of words when he directs.
“There would be time when I wouldn’t even know we were rolling, and I was told about that, and suddenly I think, ‘Oh, I was just fixing my hair and what?’ But he was so generous and he was so kind. And I think after one take that I did, I got a compliment after the scene where I turned, and he’s behind me setting up another shot, and he looked at me and said, ‘Sensational.’ I thought I’d just reached a pinnacle in my career. Certainly that’s something I will never forget.”
In addition, Gunn will also return to TV, with a special recurring role in NBC’s cop series Shades of Blue starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.
“I have a very juicy recurring role, a really good arc to wrap the second season for them. I am always looking for more theater, and so there’s some interesting projects that have come up that I am looking at, and some other films. I feel very lucky because I am getting to do other things. Some stage, some television, some film. It’s really a good time.”
Following the mixed response of HBO’s second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s TRUE DETECTIVE, during this year’s Television Critics Association (TCA) panel, HBO boss Casey Bloys talked about the show’s upcoming third season.
“It’s not dead. We are hoping for a third season. It’s a very valuable franchise for us.”
Pizzolatto is under an overall deal with HBO and has been working on other things. Though what it is known, that somebody else will be writing, Pizzolatto will remain around by supervising.
“I’m not sure we have the right take for a third season yet.”
Constance Wu has criticized the casting of Matt Damon in Legendary and Universal’s upcoming film, THE GREAT WALL, following the release of the first teaser trailer, saying that is a stereotype that heroes are played by white men.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. This film marks Yimou’s first English-language production to be entirely shot in China.
Also starring Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau.
The Great Wall hits theaters on February 17, 2017.
Paul Dano is set to make his directorial debut with WILDLIFE, an adaption of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel. In addition to directing, Dano also co-wrote along with Zoe Kazan.
Wildlife tells the story of a teenager named Joe Brinson, whose parents’ marriage slowly dissolved after the family moves to Montana in 1960.
Dano and Kazan have been in a relationship since 2007 and costarred in Ruby Sparks (which Kazan wrote solo) together four years ago. Kazan’s other credits include Our Brand Is Crisis and the South by Southwest premiere, My Blind Brother, while Dano has been seen in 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Love & Mercy and Swiss Army Man.
Kazan will also executive produce Wildlife, with Dano co-producing alongside Alex Saks, Oren Moverman and Ann Ruark. No release date or casting announcement has been made as of yet.
Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball has received a series order for a new family drama for HBO, where he’ll also be executive producing. No title or casting announcement has been made as of yet.
The untitled series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else? The series is a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.
Check out these new photos that Warner Bros. Pictures has released for their upcoming film, SUICIDE SQUAD which features Jared Leto’s The Joker and Margot Robbie’s Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn’s relationship up close! Check it down below!
Starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller and Jared Leto as The Joker. There’s also mystery roles for Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack and Common.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the Suicide Squad team has included countless DC villains among its ranks, including Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Bane, Killer Frost, Poison Ivy, Count Vertigo, Deathstroke and Harley Quinn. The CW’s Arrow introduced their own version of the team in the most recent season of the series and the recent animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, offered another version of the team.
Written and directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad hits theaters in 3D, 2D and in select IMAX 3D theaters on August 5.