Industry News: Mark Wahlberg, The Weinstein Co., Kristen Bell and More!
WILL MARK WAHLBERG REPLACE CHRIS EVANS IN INFINITE? Mark Wahlberg is reportedly in talks to replace Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua’s Infinite. Paramount’s release date for the action flick is now August 7, 2020. The casting switch-up is due to Evans’ inability to commit to the shooting schedule the studio had in mind, Variety reports.
WEINSTEIN CO. BANKRUPTCY HEARING PUSHED AGAIN: The slow-moving bankruptcy proceedings against The Weinstein Co. have ground to a halt yet again. A pivotal hearing was scheduled for Friday in the District of Delaware, but Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath granted a continuance until July 15th. This comes after a recent $44 million settlement offer to compensate many of those who accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public. Ashley Judd, one of his most outspoken accusers, publicly rejected the offer as too small, and observers say that paying out millions mid-bankruptcy would complicate the process. Lantern Entertainment acquired the assets of Weinstein Co. last year for $289 million. Weinstein’s sexual assault criminal trial in New York is set for September.
CHRIS CHALK, SHEA WHIGMAN, MORE JOIN PERRY MASON: HBO is welcoming Chris Chalk and Shea Whigham to Perry Mason, which stars Matthew Rhys as the titular character. In addition, Nate Corddy, Veronica Farden, Lili Taylor, Jefferson Mays and Gayle Rankin round out the cast.
KRISTEN BELL TEAMS WITH IMAGINE KIDS: Imagine Kids + Family has taken an equity stake in The Tiny Chef Show, Deadline reports. The Tiny Chef Show is an online brand targeting kids and families that centers around a green, five-inch tall chef with a penchant for social media. The show, created by Rachel Larsen (Coraline) went viral after Kristen Bell start fan-girling over the show, and officially began backing it. Bell, Larsen and co-creators Adam Reid and Ozlem Arturk will develop the show across multiple digital, social and short-form platforms.