Variety is reporting that Rachel and Jason Bateman will star in “Game Night“. THR is reporting Rachel is “in negotiations to star opposite Jason Bateman”, while EW also confirms the news by reporting that Rachel and Bateman will “headline the New Line comedy”. Rachel previously worked with Bateman on “State Of Play“. Daley confirmed the news on his official twitter account by writing, “very excited to announce this!”
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams will star in the New Line Comedy “Game Night.”
“Vacation’s” directing duo of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will helm the movie with Bateman producing alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.
“Game Night,” which has been in development at New Line since 2013 when Mark Perez wrote the original script, follows several couples who gather for their regularly-planned game night when something goes terribly wrong.
Although Bateman has only recently formally signed on to star, Aggregate has been producing this project since the pitch stage and brought on Goldstein & Daley. They were also instrumental in getting Rachel McAdams on board.
We want to wish everyone a happy new year! Our look ahead is turning into an annual post just like our year in review. Last year and the year before we gave you a look ahead of 2016 and 2015. We will give you a look ahead of what we can expect in 2017.
News is going slowly this past few weeks. Deadline reported earlier this month that actor Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of “Disobedience“. Nivola will play Rachel’s husband and seem to confirm the news by retweeting it on his official twitter account. As previously reported filming is expected to start after the holidays, on January 3.
Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.
Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.
Fun fact: Rachel was spotted in the audience of Othello at New York Theater Workshop New York earlier this week. This adaptation of Othello stars Rachel Weisz’s husband Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.
While Isla Fisher was on the Today Show she revealed a “Wedding Crashers” sequel might be happening, as we reported last weekend. Now, Deadline and Variety are confirming the news. The latter is reporting the movie is in “early development”. Both are reporting New Line found screenplay writers. No deal has been made, but Deadline is reporting they are planning or bringing back the original cast including Rachel.
Insiders say there is reason to be hopeful, even though it’s not near a green light because the stars need to sign off creatively and then make deals that will be pricey. I’m told is a sequel script has just been turned in by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux to New Line, and the plan is for David Dobkin to return as director, along with the original stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Fisher and Rachel McAdams. No word on whether they’ll try to bring back Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper or Christopher Walken, each of whom had memorable moments in the first film. Andrew Panay is returning as producer.
New Line sparked to the writing team Susser & Robichaux after they scripted the upcoming Ice Cube-Charlie Day starrer Fist Fight, which the studio releases February 17. The writers competed for the open writing assignment, and their pitch for the sequel won them the job. The original grossed $285 million worldwide on a $40 million budget.
Writer Evan Susser confirmed the news on his twitter account.
Rachel’s co-star Isla Fisher stopped by the Today Show yesterday and she revealed the sequel to “Wedding Crashers” might happen. She told the hosts that she bumped to Vince Vaughn, she said “I bumped into Vince Vaughn at a party and he said apparently we are going to be making a sequel.I’m excited to see what happened to Gloria.” When asked if it’s a done deal, she replied she doesn’t know about a done deal, and that she “probably shouldn’t announce it on morning television,” but said “apparently some talk of it, which is fun.” You can find the interview segment of Isla talking about the possibility of a sequel after the jump. This is not the first time there were rumors about a sequel for the movie, back in 2011 it was reported there was a sequel in the works. Keep in mind that no confirmation or reports have been made thus far, but we will try to keep you posted.
The movie celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary last year and Rachel has always stated she probably had the most fun on-set of “Wedding Crashers“. She told the press in 2013: “People have asked me what film I had the best time on, and I’d say Wedding Crashers. It was an absolutely beautiful time of year, filming out on the Chesapeake.” A few years ago Rachel was asked if she would be open to reprising her role of Claire Cleary and told reporters, “In a heartbeat — yeah, I would. It’s actually one of the movies I’ve had the most fun on”, citing a “great cast” and “great energy” on set.
Congratulations to the “Doctor Strange” cast and crew, because the movie is charting a No. 1 opening of $85M at 3,882 theaters in the United States. This is a personal record for Rachel: It’s her largest opening weekend in the US, according to Box Office Mojo. Since 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” was Rachel’s best opening weekend in the US but “Doctor Strange” surpassed it with over 30 million. The movie also received an A CinemaScores according to Deadline. Variety is reporting the following story:
This time it’s Stephen Strange’s turn to dominate the multiplexes, after “Doctor Strange,” the first big-screen appearance for the Master of the Mystic Arts, was the top ticket seller this weekend with a $85 million debut. It marks the 14th straight first place opening for a Marvel film, a feat matched only by Pixar.
“Doctor Strange’s” opening trumps those of “Thor” ($65.7 million), “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($65 million), and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million). That’s impressive given that Captain America and Thor are better known figures. Still the good doctor couldn’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million), or “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million). Those films benefited from having Robert Downey Jr. or featured superhero team-ups. “Doctor Strange” wasn’t cheap to make. Disney and Marvel spent $165 million to give the Sorcerer Supreme the celluloid treatment.
We would like to remind everyone that “Doctor Strange” is out in U.S. theaters starting today. Rachel co-stars in the movie alongside Benedict Cumerbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt. Rachel is portraying Doctor Christine Palmer. We would recommend everyone seeing this movie in 3D or IMAX 3D. The movie is officially rated ‘fresh’ at Rotten Tomatoes with 90% and Meta Critics score of 72. The movie was already released overseas in many countries and made over $86 million according to Variety. The first BO results are already in for Thursday night showings and made $9.4 million in North America.
While Rachel is still promoting “Doctor Strange“, people are already looking forward to her upcoming projects. As you may have noticed, “Sherlock Holmes 3” (SH3) has been part of her IMDB as announced project. It has never been reported or officially announced that Rachel is part of this project but we always keep an eye out on possible projects, including this one. SH3 still seems very much in development and Variety recently reported that writers Nicole Perlman, Justin Malen, Gary Whitta, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Kieran Fitzgerald have been hired to help shape the script and story. Further, they are reporting that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are expected to return with Guy Ritchie expected to return as director. The Wrap reported earlier this year that the movie is top priority for Warner Bros. Earlier this year Robert Downey Jr., as we previously reported, and producer Joel Silver indicated that the movie could film this year but no follow-up reports have been made thus far confirming this. Rachel was asked about her involvement last week and told Digital Spy, “I don’t know anything about [it]”. You can find the video segment of Rachel talking about SH3 after the jump.