Movie News: ‘Coming to America 2’ Taps Snatched Director



Coming to America 2: The sequel to the hit 1988 comedy Coming to America is moving forward, with original star Eddie Murphy expected to reprise his role as Prince Akeem of Zamunda. The first movie’s screenwriters, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, wrote a new script, but that will now be rewritten by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Snatched director Jonathan Levine has been tapped by Paramount to helm the follow-up. [THR]


 



Venom: First we saw Kirsten Dunst play Spider-Man’s girlfriend, now we could see her Dick co-star Michelle Williams as the love interest of Spidey’s greatest nemesis. The Oscar-nominated actress is in talks to star in Sony’s Spidey-less Venom opposite Tom Hardy, who has the title role. Her character is said to be a district attorney, hinting that the movie could be based on the comic series Venom on Trial. [Variety] 


 



The Last Thing He Wanted: Dee Rees’s festival favorite Mudbound hits Netflix this fall, and now the filmmaker has lined up her next feature. She will direct an adaptation of Joan Didion’s political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, about a journalist who becomes an arms dealer in 1980s Central America (interestingly enough, Didion is subject of a new documentary also hitting Netflix this fall). “This work is one of my favorite Joan Didion novels and is a brilliant and layered piece of fiction,” Rees says of the source material. [IndieWire]


 



The Killing of a Sacred Deer trailer: Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell star as a couple dealing with a psychologically disturbed young man (Dunkirk‘s Barry Keoghan) in the latest English-language feature from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), which just dropped an intense new trailer. The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which tied for the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival this year, hits theaters in limited release on October 20. [Movieclips]


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