DEADLINE – If Comic-Con is known for announcing guest stars on fan-fave TV shows, then CinemaCon is known for its release date announcements. Ahead of its presentation here in Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon, Paramount has set opening dates for the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon on November 3 wide, Action Point on March 23 next year, and John Krasinski’s directorial A Quiet Place starring his wife Emily Blunt on April 13, 2018.
Starring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Oscar Isaac, Suburbicon will arguably be upscale adult counter-programmer to Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, not to mention that first weekend in November is typically a hot launch pad for an awards contender (Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge being one of the most recent titles to debut during that slot).
Action Point, previously known as Action Park, is the Johnny Knoxville comedy that Deadline broke exclusively. It centers on the idea of comedy stuntman Knoxville and his cohorts operating their own irresponsible theme park. The comedy goes up against Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, Sony’s Peter Rabbit and Fox’s animated pic Anubis.
A Quiet Place, which teams Krasinski and Blunt on the screen together for the first time, will square off against an untitled Universal monster movie next April. Plot for A Quiet Place is being kept under wraps.
Great news! Emily and John starring together in a thriller? Count me in. I loved both Wind Chill and Curiosity, so it’s nice to see Emily back in a thriller.
VARIETY – Hollywood couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt will co-star in their first feature film together.
Krasinksi is set to write and direct the Paramount/Platinum Dunes supernatural thriller “A Quiet Place,” marking his third directorial effort and first for a major studio, and also star opposite his wife Blunt in the film.
Krasinski previously helmed critically acclaimed indie “The Hollars” last year and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” in 2009.
Michael Bay will produce along with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods wrote the earlier draft. Krasinski and his Sunday Night partner Allyson Seeger will serve as executive producers alongside Beck and Woods.
The film goes into production this fall.
Plot details are unknown.
Krasinski and Platinum Dunes last collaborated on Bay’s 2016 drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” They’re also re-teaming on the upcoming Amazon and Paramount Television series “Jack Ryan,” which Dunes is producing and Krasinski is toplining as the iconic CIA analyst. The show will premiere sometime in 2018.
During their time together in pre-production meetings on “Jack Ryan,” Krasinski expressed interest in doing a genre film in the vein of “The Purge” and “Ouija,” leading them to “The Quiet Place,” which the banner had recently acquired.
Krasinski next appears in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming movie about the Detroit Riots and was an executive producer on the Oscar-nominated drama “Manchester by the Sea.”
Blunt will star in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel “Mary Poppins Returns,” which hits theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Sources say Krasinski and Blunt, who wed in 2010, prefer keeping their work and home lives separate, but neither wanted to pass up the film after reading the script.
Blunt is represented by CAA and The Artists Partnership, and Krasinski and Platinum Dunes are repped by WME.
Earlier today, Disney released our very first look at Emily as the title character in Mary Poppins Returns–very exciting! You can view the full size image by clicking the preview photo below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – She’s practically perfect from every angle.
Disney has just released a dazzling first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. The original follow-up to the cherished 1964 musical will arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2018.
In this new image, we get just a taste of all the trappings that will help transform Blunt into the legendary caretaker — namely, a stunning peacock-cobalt ruffled coat and a deep rich bird-adorned pink hat, both instantly parallel to but distinctive from what Julie Andrews donned in 1964. Mary Poppins’ boundless carpet bag, on the other hand, has received a complete makeover (though the jury is out on whether its endless contents have changed).
What’s more is that Mary looks to be right back on the edge of Cherry Tree Lane, the famed street where the stern but whimsical nanny first flew into the Banks family’s life years prior — 20, to be practically precise.
Mary Poppins Returns picks up two-and-change decades after the events of the 1964 film, furthering the adventures of Mary Poppins and the Banks children, Jane and Michael, who have long since grown up (they’re played in the film by Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) but are no less in need of their former minder. The new tale, as penned by screenwriter David Magee, is set in Depression-era London and finds Mary Poppins returning to help the family rediscover joy after Michael suffers a personal loss.
The film pulls from stories within the other seven books of P.L. Travers’ original children’s series. As the Banks children grew, so did their travels with Mary Poppins, who popped in and out of their lives throughout the additional novels along with several other ephemeral characters that will now finally find their way onscreen (like recently-announced Angela Lansbury, who plays a maniacal balloon vendor).
In addition to Blunt, the principal cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda as a musical lamplighter named Jack, Meryl Streep as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Colin Firth as banker William Weatherall Wilkins, Julie Walters as loyal housekeeper Ellen, and a trio of newcomers filling the roles of Michael Banks’ children. Original star Dick Van Dyke will also make a featured appearance in the sequel.
Mary Poppins Returns reunites Blunt with director Rob Marshall, who most recently oversaw both Blunt and Streep in Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods in 2014. Marshall has enlisted Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to compose new music for the film, which will be produced by the director, his partner John DeLuca, and film/stage producer (recently and notably, of La La Land) Marc Platt.
Emily and husband John Krasinski are currently attending the EE British Academy Film Awards in London, where she was nominated for her role in The Girl on the Train. I’ve updated the gallery with our first batch of high-quality photos of the gorgeous couple from the red carpet.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > EE British Academy Film Awards – Red Carpet
VARIETY – Principal photography has commenced on Walt Disney Studio’s “Mary Poppins Returns” at the U.K.’s Shepperton Studios, Disney announced Friday. The much-anticipated sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous magical nanny created by author P.L. Travers, taking over the role from Oscar-winner Julie Andrews.
The sequel co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Young actors Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson play the three new Banks children. The original film’s co-star, Dick Van Dyke, who is 91, is also set to appear.
Rob Marshall directs the film from a screenplay by David Magee, and also serves as producer alongside John DeLuca and Marc Platt. Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have written new songs for the film, with Shaiman also composing the original score.
Set in Depression-era London of the 1930s, “Mary Poppins Returns” sees Michael and Jane Banks (Whishaw and Mortimer) now grown up. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
I’ve updated the gallery with our first batch of photos of Emily and husband John Krasinksi attending the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Emily is nominated tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her amazing work in The Girl on the Train. Be sure to check back later for further coverage from the event.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2017 > 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Red Carpet
I’ve updated the gallery with screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of The Girl on the Train–including special features from the disc. Emily gives a powerhouse performance as Rachel Watson, a woman struggling to overcome an her addiction and inner demons that stem from her divorce and inability to fall pregnant. Her life becomes even more complicated when she finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. The film itself is flawed, yet still enjoyable, and it’s a shame that her work has been largely overlooked during awards season due to the mixed critical response towards the film. I hope you enjoy the screen captures, and just a warning for those that haven’t watched yet, they do contain spoilers.
Film Productions > The Girl on the Train (2016) > Blu-ray Screen Captures
Film Productions > The Girl on the Train (2016) > Blu-ray Features – Deleted and Extended Scenes
Film Productions > The Girl on the Train (2016) > Blu-ray Features – On Board The Train
Film Productions > The Girl on the Train (2016) > Blu-ray Features – The Women Behind the Girl