Industry News: Red Notice, Woody Allen, Society and More!
RED NOTICE MOVES TO NETFLIX: Ryan Reynolds is joining Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Rawson Marshall Thurber’s take on a global heist film. Netflix scooped up the tentpole-sized feature from Universal Pictures; they also added Reynolds as part of the deal. "I admire the ambition of Netflix to become one of the biggest movie studios in the world," Johnson said. "Their original content generates critical acclaim and invites full collaboration on every level of production. Their unbridled enthusiasm for Red Notice is equally matched by their commitment to entertaining audiences on an international scale.
WOODY ALLEN’S NEXT FILM PLANNED: One of Spain’s biggest media groups Mediapro has agreed to run international sales with FilmNation for Woody Allen’s next film. FilmNation handled sales for Allen’s Café Society and is also handling sales for his forthcoming A Rainy Day in New York, after Amazon pulled out following fall-out from Allen’s comments regarding the #MeToo movement and renewed scrutiny about his alleged assault of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Allen has consistently denied all wrongdoing. The next project from Allen has been provisionally titled Rivkin’s Festival. Allen said: "I’ve been very lucky over the years that I’ve had a very good public in Europe, and they’ve enjoyed my films, and I think from early signs they will enjoy this one."
SOCIETY RENEWED: Netflix is snagging a second season of the hit YA drama series The Society. The sophomore season will drop in 2020. Kathryn Newton stars in the show, which has been described as a modern-day Lord of the Flies. A group of teens are transported to what seems to be there posh New England town, minus their parents. Freedom, danger and chaos commence.
GHOSTBUSTERS ROUNDS OUT CAST: Newcomers Celeste O’Connor and Logan Kim are joining the party for Ghostbusters 2020. They’re in good company: Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard and Gifted star Mckenna Grace have also signed on. Jason Reitman, whose father directed the original Ghostbusters, is set to direct Ghostbusters 2020. Shooting begins this summer.