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Screenwriter Mark Perez Talks “Game Night”

Screenwriter Mark Perez Talks “Game Night”

Game Night” screenwriter Mark Perez did an in-depth interview with the podcast Too Fat Dudez earlier this week and also discussed the movie. He gave some great and interesting insights into the movie and filmmaking process. We made a transcript of the excerpts related to the movie but you are able to download or listen to the full podcast via their website (stars around the 26:00 mark). The excerpts are spoiler-ish so be a aware of this before reading them. The movie will be released on March 2, 2018 and the first test screenings are being held these past few months. As we previously reported, 1iota is hosting advance (test) screenings. The next one is next week in West Hollywood. For more information head to 1iota.com and we will try to inform you of the latest screenings on our twitter feed.

Q: Let’s go back to your latest movie that you’ve said you just saw it, “Game Night”, due out next year. Who’s in it? Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams? That’s an awesome duo.
A: By the way, the cast is – I don’t know if you guys are big TV fans, I’m sure you are – but the cast is dope. It’s Kyle Chandler, it’s Jesse Plemons. It’s homeboy who’s Dexter, Michael C. Hall. He plays the bad guy. What’s the guy from Westworld? Jeffrey Wright. It’s crazy. It’s got all these legitimate actors.

What’s cool about it, and when I wrote it, I wanted it to be not just a comedy but a murder mystery. You know, the premise is, you know a bunch of [people playing game night]. This is the one thing, you always have to come up with something everything relates to like bad moms or hangover. So I was like, everybody plays game night. Couples get together [to play games]. I’m like, what’s the hook of it? What if a rich brother came into town and upstaged your game night and did a murder mystery night. But then you come to find out that the brother is being chased by the mob and a real murder happens but nobody playing knows they think it’s a game until halfway through. And what the cool thing is, what the directors did, I saw it last night. They play it really dark and real and people get shot and sometimes it’s fake and sometimes it’s real. So you never really know. So the audience is laughing but also their big note was, ‘unexpected’. Which I think especially with movies nowadays, especially with comedies is everybody seen them all. Every comedy that comes out, I’m like I have seen that.
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Upcoming “Game Night” Special Advance Screening

Upcoming “Game Night” Special Advance Screening

1iota is hosting a special advance screening of “Game Night” next week. The movie is currently in post-production, so we assume this is a test screening. The screening will be held on July 25, 2017 in Burbank, CA. You are able to submit for tickets on 1iota’s official website. Update: Another screening has been set for August 8th, for more information head over to 1iota.com.

We are looking for 17-54 year olds to attend a special advance screening of the new film “GAME NIGHT.” From the guys behind Horrible Bosses and Spider-Man:Homecoming comes this comedic thriller, GAME NIGHT.

Married couple, Max (Jason Bateman: Horrible Bosses, Arrested Development) and Annie’s (Rachel McAdams: Doctor Strange, Spotlight) weekly game night with their friends takes an unexpected turn when Max’s venture capitalist brother, Brooks, organizes a murder-mystery party. Over the course of one chaotic night, the group realizes this is more than a game as they race to keep Brooks — and themselves — alive.

This film also stars Kyle Chandler (Wolf of Wall Street, Bloodline), Jesse Plemons (Fargo, Breaking Bad), Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, The Big Short), Sharon Horgan (TV’s Catastrophe), Kylie Bunbury (TV’s Pitch), Lamorne Morris (Barbershop: The Next Cut and TV’s The New Girl), Jeffery Wright (Hunger Games, TV’s Westworld), and Michael C. Hall (TV’s Dexter, Six Feet Under).

This film is not yet rated but will likely be rated R for language and violence.

Thanks to Nick for the heads up! The movie will be released on March 2, 2018 in the USA, as we previously reported.


“Game Night” Gets March 2018 Release

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros moved the release of “Game Night” 3 weeks and will now release the movie on March 2, 2018 instead of February 14 in the USA.

Warner Bros now will release its New Line comedy Game Night on March 2 instead of February 14. The pic revolves around a group of couples who are caught up in a very real game night. They get together regularly to play games, but this particular night turns into an actual murder mystery. Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris star.

Fox’s “Red Sparrow” and Sony’s “Alpha” are currently also expected to be released on March 2nd. “Game Night” wrapped filming earlier this year in Atlanta and is currently in post-production.


Directors Talk “Game Night”

Directors Talk “Game Night”

Game Night” directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are currently promoting ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which they co-wrote and they briefly talked about “Game Night” as well. In an interview with Creative Screenwriting they confirmed they wrapped the movie about a month ago and revealed they are aiming for a balance between comedy and thriller. Further, Goldstein seems to suggest that Michael C. Hall is part of the cast, which hasn’t been reported before.

Next up you two have Game Night, which you rewrote and directed. Can you talk about that film?
Goldstein: We’re actually editing it right now. We finished shooting it about a month ago. It stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, and Jeffrey Wright.

Daley: It’s a very fun cast, and a cool blend of comedic and dramatic actors.

What we’re trying to do with that movie is find a fun balance between the genres of thriller and comedy. It isn’t your typical mainstream comedy, because we wanted to inject real-life life or death stakes, where you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen next in the story or if anyone is going to make it out alive.

There is a much greater focus on the look of the film and the specific tone, so it was in many ways more of a challenge than Vacation was to direct, and to keep those two genres alive throughout.

Additionally, they also briefly mentioned to movie in their interview with Box Office and confirmed they will work on editing and post-production the coming months. It appears that the movie already had it’s first test screening, as we previously reported on our twitter, last month.

You two recently directed Game Night, coming out next year. Can you talk about that or any other projects you have coming up?
John: That’s the one that we’ve really got our attention on because we’re in post-production right now. We’re in the middle of editing, so we’ll be focused primarily on that for the next few months […] We have a TV project as well that we’re working on with Fox, but right now 90 percent of our time is spent on Game Night.

Jonathan: Yeah, we were in Atlanta for the last three months – up until three weeks ago – prepping and shooting that movie.

Game Night” will be released on February 14, 2018 in the USA.


“Game Night”: It’s A Wrap

“Game Night”: It’s A Wrap

It’s a wrap for “Game Night“. It appears the movie wrapped up filming last week with Rachel’s last day of filming on Friday. The movie began filming early April in Atlanta and filmed throughout April until last week. The movie filmed in Atlanta and in the Atlanta region including Marietta, Alpharetta and Cartersville Airport. Rachel’s co-stars shared on-set images to celebrate the wrap, which you can find below. Rachel stars as Annie alongside Jason Bateman, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury, Michael Cyril Creighton and Kyle Chandler. The movie is expected to be released on February 14, 2018 in the USA.

The movie is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who also wrote the latest draft of the script from an original screenplay by Mark Perez. Jason Bateman is also serving as producer alongside John Davis, Marc S. Fischer, John Fox and James Garavente. As previously reported, “Game Night” marks Rachel’s return to a true comedy since 2005’s “Wedding Crashers“. Rachel’s co-star Kyle Chandler talked about just finishing the movie last week, while he was promoting another project.

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“Game Night” Gets Valentine’s Release Date

“Game Night” Gets Valentine’s Release Date

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros changed the release date for “Game Night“. They previously announced February 16, 2018 release date but they have moved up the release to February 14, 2018 (US). The movie is currently still filming in Georgia, including Atlanta.

New Line’s comedy Game Night moves from Feb. 16 to Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day next year. The holiday falls on a Wednesday, and God knows it’s a big moviegoing day.

It’s not the first time one of Rachel’s movies opened on Valentine’s Day. In 2012 “The Vow“, starring Rachel and Channing Tatum, opened on Valentine’s Day which turned into one of Rachel’s highest grossing opening weekends in the United States.


“Game Night” Press Release + New Plot Details

New Line Cinema released a press release which confirms that principal photography is currently underway for “Game Night“, as we previously reported, and reveals new details about the plot.

BURBANK, Calif.–Principal photography is underway on New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Game Night,” starring Jason Bateman (the “Horrible Bosses” films, TV’s “Arrested Development”) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight,” “Dr. Strange”). Filming began on location in Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, marking their second film as co-directors following “Vacation.”

Joining Bateman and McAdams in the cast are Billy Magnussen (“Bridge of Spies,” TV’s “American Crime Story”), Sharon Horgan (Amazon’s “Catastrophe”), Lamorne Morris (TV’s “New Girl”), Jesse Plemons (“Black Mass,” TV’s “Fargo”), Kylie Bunbury (TV’s “Pitch,” “Under the Dome”), Michael Cyril Creighton (“Spotlight”) and Kyle Chandler (“Manchester by the Sea,” TV’s “Bloodline”).

Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game”—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or game over.
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“Game Night” Principal Photography Begins!

Principal photography for “Game Night” has begun in Atlanta, Georgia. Rachel was spotted in costume last week, wearing a brown wig and was spotted on-set yesterday as well. Rachel and co-star Jason Bateman were also spotted on-set filming a scene earlier this week. Rachel will star in the movie alongside Jason Bateman, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury, Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Michael Cyril Creighton, and Joshua Mikel. THR reported earlier this week that Jeffrey Wright also joined the cast.

The script revolves around a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes terribly awry. Goldstein and Daley wrote the script, with previous drafts written by Dana Fox and Mark Perez. In a story in which characters may or may not be who they seem, Wright will play an FBI agent.

The movie will be directed by by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley and the movie will be released on February 16, 2018 in the United States. According to a recent casting call, the movie will film from April trough May in the Atlanta area.

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