San Diego Comic-Con has wrapped, so it’s time to dust off and round up some geek movie news.
Preview: 'Under: Scourge of the Sewer' #1”). Anthony Alleyne (Sunburn) will adapt the graphic novel with writer Brennig Hayden. Shooting is expected to begin in late 2019.
Deadpool 2 breakout Zazie Beetz is in talks to join Todd Phillips’ Joker film. Beetz, who played Domino in Deadpool 2, would play the role of a single mother who catches the interest of the title character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joaquin Phoenix is playing the lead in the film, which is being described as a dark character study (see “Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed for Joker, Official 'Shazam!' Pic, 'Goosebumps 2' Trailer, 'Robocop Returns,' Lando Back for 'Episode IX,' 'Spawn' Adds Jeremy Renner”). Joker is set to begin shooting in September and will bow on October 4, 2019.
Variety. It will play at the following theaters for a one-week engagement starting August 24:
- AMC Universal Citywalk Imax, Universal City
- AMC Lincoln Square Imax, New York
- AMC Metreon Imax, San Francisco
- Ontario Place Cinesphere Imax, Toronto
Tickets went on sale on July 20. The Dark Knight, which was the fourth movie ever to cross the $1 billion mark, was the first major feature to use IMAX cameras, inspiring several films, such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dunkirk, and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, to follow suit. Nolan’s film earned eight Academy Award nominations and a posthumous win for Heath Ledger for his portrayal of the Joker (see “Ledger Wins Oscar for 'Dark Knight'”).
The new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune from Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve (see “'Dune' Moves Ahead”) is making moves, with Timothee Chalamet, the Oscar-nominated star of Call Me by Your Name, in negotiations to star as Paul Atreides (via THR). Legendary, which acquired the film rights in 2016 (see “Legendary Entertainment Acquires Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’”), plans to begin production in early 2019.