Captain America 4 has found its director, and more movie news

This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Avatar 4, Captain America 4and White as snow.


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ANTHONY MACKIE’S CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 FIND HIS DIRECTOR

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Shortly after the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fresh at 83%) aired its final episode last year, news broke that Marvel Studios was expanding Captain America 4 to introduce Anthony Mackie in his character’s new role as Captain America. However, the movie industry moves notoriously slowly, so it’s no surprise that it took Marvel Studios a year to get to the next stage of development, namely hiring a director. The job of leading Captain America 4 went to Nigerian-born filmmaker Julius Onah, whose highest-profile project to date was Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox (21% rotten). Besides being the third film of the Cloverfield franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox also caused a stir in early 2019 when it debuted online immediately after the Super Bowl, the same night its trailer debuted, in a surprise move from Netflix. The premise of Captain America 4 is not yet known, including which villains might be featured or which previous MCU characters might appear (including Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier). The screenplay was written by Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, who both also worked on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Marvel Studios has also yet to announce a release date or a filming start date for the film.


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1. STEVEN YUEN JOINS BONG JOON-HO’S NEXT FILM

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After the box office success of The Batman (85% Certified Fresh), which has grossed over $770 million worldwide and ranked third at the box office all year so far, Warner Bros. was quick to make another film with star Robert Pattinson, signing him for the upcoming English-language film from South Korean Best Picture Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho Parasite (Certified Fresh at 99%). The next actor to join this untitled sci-fi thriller is Steven Yuen (The Walking Dead, minari), who previously worked with Bong on Netflix Okja (Certified Fresh at 86%). In addition to Robert Pattinson, Yuen’s other co-stars will include Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette and Mark Ruffalo. The untitled sci-fi thriller will be an adaptation of Edward Ashton’s novel Mickey7which follows a “disposable employee” on a mission to colonize an ice planet called Niflheim who is called in for the most dangerous missions because when he dies they are able to regenerate him with a new body, the latest version being “Mickey7 .”


2. JAMES CAMERON MIGHT NOT DIRECT Avatar 4 AND 5 AFTER ALL

James Cameron on the set of Avatar (2009)

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Over the past 25 years since 1997 Titanic (Certified 87% Fresh), James Cameron has only directed one non-documentary feature film, 2009 Avatar (Certified Fresh at 82%). Cameron has spent the better part of the past few years preparing or directing and producing the Avatar suites, the first of which will be this year Avatar: The Way of the Water (16/12/2022). Cameron also directed Avatar 3 (20/12/2024) back to back with The way of the waterand the expectation until this week was that he would also direct Avatar 4 and Avatar 5, probably back to back as well. According to James Cameron himself, however, those plans may have since changed, as he said this week: “I think over time, I don’t know if it’s after 3 or after 4 — I would like to hand over to a director I trust to take over, so that I can go and do other things that interest me as well. Specifically regarding Avatar 4, Cameron continued, “The fourth film is a stopper. She’s a mother-uh… I actually hope I can do it. But it depends on market forces. Cameron has been working on these sequels for so long that he hasn’t added much to his slate, but projects he’s already expressed interest in include Diving, Fantastic tripand The Informationist.


3. TARON EGERTON HOPE TO PLAY ONE OF MARVEL’S MOST FAMOUS CHARACTERS

Taron Egerton

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It’s now been over three years since Disney finalized its acquisition of Fox’s various film and TV properties in 2019, but MCU fans are still waiting to hear who will take over various The Fantastic Four Where x-men the roles. Taron Egerton, who played Elton John in Rocketman (Certified Fresh at 89%) and in Eggsy in the first two Kingsman movies. Speaking to The New York Times this week, Egerton said he recently met with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige in hopes of landing the x-men role of Wolverine, saying, “I would be excited, but I would also be apprehensive, because Hugh is so associated with the role that I would wonder if it would be very difficult for someone else to do it.” Egerton has been an actor fans have already expressed interest in seeing Wolverine play, in part because, unlike the statuesque 6′ 2″ Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton at 5′ 8″ is a head closer to the relatively small height of 5′ 3″ Wolverine in the comics. Marvel Studios has yet to announce a release date for its first X-Men movie.


4. CHRIS EVANS JOINS EMILY BLUNT IN PAIN PROFESSIONALS

Chris Evans

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The verdict has still not been given on whether or when Warner Bros. will move on to a fourth fantastic beasts film following the relatively disappointing box office of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (46% rotten), which failed to break $100 million domestically. It’s also unclear whether director David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films and the first three fantastic beasts entrees, would also come again. In the meantime, Yates is pursuing another non-Potterverse project for Netflix called Adventurers of Pain. Emily Blunt will star in the film as a “high school dropout” [who] lands a job at a failing pharmaceutical start-up in a yellowing mall in central Florida, [where her] charm, courage and motivation propel the company and her into the high life. Blunt’s first co-star announced this week is Chris Evans, who just wrapped up his recent starring role in Pixar. Light year (75% Certified Fresh), and soon to co-star with Ryan Gosling on Netflix The gray man (22/07/2022).


5. MICHAEL SHANNON WILL MAKE HIS DIRECTING DEBUT WITH ERIC LARUE

Michael Shannon

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The latest actor to turn his attention behind the camera is Michael Shannon, who in addition to starring in films like Steel man (56% rotten), The shape of water (Certified 92% Fresh), and To protect (92% Certified Fresh), also has a theatrical background dating back to the 1990s. Shannon will make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of the 2002 play Eric Larue, which debuted at A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago, where Shannon is also a founding member. Inspired at the time by the Columbine school shooting, Eric Larue tells the story of a woman whose 17-year-old son is in prison after shooting and killing three of his classmates. It is not yet known if Shannon will also have an acting role in the film.


6. GRUMPY CASTING CONFIRMS THE DWARDS ARE IN THE NEW DISNEY SNOW WHITE

Scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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Walt Disney Pictures retained its live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (98% Certified Fresh) relatively low-key, with only three players announced so far. Those three known stars before this week were Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) as Snow White, Gal Gadot as The Evil Queen, and Andrew Burnap as a new character named Jonathan. Speaking at a fan event in Denver this week, Martin Klebba, who played Marty the Pirate in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, has confirmed that he has finished filming his role as Grumpy the Dwarf in White as snow. , thus confirming that the dwarfs will indeed appear in the film. Disney has not announced a release date for White as snow again, but according to Klebba, it will be the end of 2023.


7. NINE MORE JOIN HUNGER GAMES PREQUEL TO THE FOURTH ROUND OF CASTING

book cover of The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents

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The hunger games prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (11/17/2023) is starting to look like it has the biggest cast yet. After initially casting Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) in the lead role of Lucy Gray Baird, the Tribute girl from District 12, and Tom Blyth as young Coriolanus Snow, there have been three more rounds of ensemble casting, the latest last week adding seven more . This week’s fourth round of casting was even bigger, adding nine cast members, most of whom are newcomers or unknown to most moviegoers. New stars include Irene Boehm (District 7 tribute), Cooper Dillon (District 4 tribute), Luna Kuse (District 10 tribute), Kjell Brutscheidt (District 10 tribute), Dimitri Abold (District 11 tribute), Athena Strates (District 4 mentor), Dakota Shapiro (Covey member), George Somner (District 12), and Vaughan Reilly (another Covey member). The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who has directed all of the previous hunger games films except the first.


8. DO YOU WANT TO BELIEVE IN ONE OLD FOREIGNERS FILM?

Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

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The History Channel reality series ancient aliensin which “experts” link various historical phenomena or events to theories about extraterrestrials occurring in early human history, was so successful that it has now run for 18 seasons and inspired a spin-off show called Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. Dating from Erich Von Daniken’s 1968 book Chariots of the gods?ancient alien theories have seeped into or inspired movies like The Eternals, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullJohn Carpenter The thingand X files. Today, Legendary Entertainment (the production company behind the recent Kong and Godzilla reboots) and the producers of Cobra Kai (Fresh at 93%) are developing a live-action ancient aliens film. To get things going, the producers enlisted screenwriter Craig Titley, whose previous credits include Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (49% rotten) and 13 episodes of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (95% fresh). A release date (or distributor, director, or cast) for ancient aliens has not yet been announced.


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