Variety have an update concerning Will Smith — one which, for the first time in a while, isn’t entirely distressing. Now that directing duties have been passed from Ridley Scott (who will remain a producer) to Peter Landesman, things are moving ahead on the NFL concussions drama following Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ article, Game Brain, itself about Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose discoveries in the science behind concussions sent shock waves through the game. As a whistleblower story fashioned in the vein of The Insider, it’s perhaps telling that Scott and his fellow producer, Giannina Facio, “were very aggressive in landing a star for the pic.
Four years out from The Other Guys, it seems the unlikely pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will rejoin for more manchildren antics in Daddy’s Home. Once meant for the former star, Vince Vaughn, and Etan Cohen, it’s now that Sean Anders and John Morris (Horrible Bosses 2) look to direct the title, in which a responsible stepdad is challenged by the presence of two children’s “freewheeling, freeloading” biological father. If you’ve seen the aforementioned Adam McKay effort, this sort of thing is pretty easy to picture, generally speaking. [Deadline]
McKay — having written the screenplay with Brian Burns, Cohen, and Chris Henchy — will produce Daddy’s Home under he and Ferrell‘s Gary Sanchez Productions alongside Good Universe; Paramount are behind the effort.
After, by some accounts, stealing a bro comedy away from Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, THR tell us Rose Byrne — now “the most in-demand supporting actress for comedies” — is earning a starring role in something that, by the sound of it, strikes a slightly different cord. With the assistance of her Neighbors co-star’s Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe, and Universal, there’s an offer to lead The Something — possibly their version of Gravity. Rodney Rothman, a former head writer at David Letterman, will direct the film, wherein astronauts find themselves lost in space; antics surely ensue here, too.
Speaking of, Rogen‘s Sausage Party has expanded its roster with, somewhat unsurprisingly, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, and Anders Holm (Workaholics) being added for directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. Produced by Annapurna (really!), it follows anthropomorphic sausages attempting to return to the fridge; as the co-writer and star recently said, “It’s about food in a grocery store that believes when you get purchased all your wildest dreams come true. They don’t realize that you get eaten. And its about them slowly realizing what happens in their after life. It’s kind of like Toy Story, its a journey — they’re trying to get from one end of the store to the other.” How it connects to religious beliefs isn’t so clear, but “who really cares” is also a question I’m asking myself at the moment. [TheWrap]
The film will open on June 3, 2016.
Probably less-funny than three of the titles noted above is Stonewall, Roland Emmerich‘s depiction of the late ’60s riots that marked a momentous moment in gay-rights history. Following the nabbing of Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), news comes that Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King, and Ron Perlman will also star — a bar occupant on the former end, the main character’s sister, and the bar’s police-associated owner, respectively. [THR]
Jon Robin Baitz has scripted Stonewall, which is shooting right now.
In some smaller news, Djimon Hounsou will play “Chief Mbonga” in David Yates‘ Tarzan. There is little else to add, really, except to say that Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz will also star, with the project expected to open on July 1, 2016. [Deadline]
Do any of the projects noted above especially attract you? What impact does the casting have on expectations?