Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Working on a Movie Together
A couple of months ago I was having a conversation with someone about how unbelievably likable and refreshingly real Jennifer Lawrence was in interviews. She’s just so damn authentic and completely oblivious to her surroundings that she says whatever she wants and its charming and endearing. But when you put her in front of a camera she is the most naturally talented actress to come along in a long time and she can do just about anything.
Then I saw Trainwreck with Amy Schumer and I thought holy cow, we need these two forces of nature in a movie together. I was thinking a road-trip movie.
Well low and behold, my wish has been granted because Lawrence and Schumer, who became close friends, have been writing a movie together according to Lawrence.
“We play sisters. We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now,” said Lawrence to the New York Times.
Their friendship began through emails after Lawrence saw Trainwreck and they started developing a story organically after communicating.
“Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life,” said Lawrence. “We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.”
So all we know is that they’re playing sisters. Nuff said. You’ve got my money. The interesting thing about this project is who do they get to direct it? How about Judd Apatow again or perhaps Paul Feig.
The only concern would be, when will this come out? Schumer still has her show on Comedy Central as well as other projects she’s developing and Lawrence is the most in-demand actress in the business. She’s about to start shooting Passengers with Chris Pratt and she’s also attached to The Rosie Project which could potentially be directed by Richard Linklater.
The earliest we could see the Lawrence/Schumer comedy is 2017 if it’s a smaller scale film. It’s unfortunate we have to wait that long, but just knowing these two are starring in a movie together brings me utter joy.
Joaquin Phoenix May Reunite with M. Night Shyamalan
Joaquin Phoenix is one of the five best actors working today and has earned multiple Oscar nominations. Recently he’s worked with such talented auteurs as Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Jonze and he’s currently in talks to work with someone who used to be in the same class as Anderson and Jonze.
According to Deadline, Phoenix is considering a reunion with his Signs and The Village director M. Night Shyamalan. While details of the project are unknown, Shyamalan’s new film would begin filming this November in Philadelphia.
Shayamalan has been on a downward spiral for a decade now and ironically, the last time he seemed to have a grip on storytelling, it was with Phoenix in The Village before the whole movie went off the rails in the third act.
The film will be produced by Jason Blum who produced Shyamalan’s upcoming found-footage movie The Visit.
The fact that Phoenix is considering working with Shyamalan again must speak to the quality of the project because as I mentioned earlier, Phoenix has the power to be selective with his projects and he works with top-level talent. He also passed on starring in Marvel’s Doctor Strange so you know it’s not about the money to him.
I’m interested to see how The Visit does because it’s Shyamalan’s first low-budget film in more than a decade. Perhaps a return to his roots will serve him well creatively and we can witness a well-deserved comeback for a filmmaker I believe to be extremely talented. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs are all masterpieces in my opinion and he’s too young and great to not make another quality film.
‘Bourne 5’ To Be Influenced By a “Post-Snowden World” According to Matt Damon
It’s been a full eight years since we last saw Matt Damon as Jason Bourne on the big screen. The Bourne Ultimatum felt like a worthy ending to a classic action trilogy and I never thought we’d see him play Bourne again.
But as time passed, Damon said that he was always open to making another Bourne film as long as director Paul Greengrass (Who directed The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum) was onboard and that they had a great script. Both those conditions were finally met and we will be seeing Bourne 5 next summer. But what was it about the script that made Damon want to return?
While speaking with Buzzfeed, Damon talked about working with a script that was relevant to what was going on in the world today. Like I said, it’s been eight years since we last saw this character. A lot has happened since then.
“Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world,” said Damon. “It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”
The Bourne series has always existed in a real-world environment (The antithesis of Bond) and it’s exciting that they’re taking this approach with the series moving forward. The days of Bourne trying to remember his past and wrestling with what he has become are over.
The untitled Bourne sequel begins filming next week, and opens July 29, 2016. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Julia Styles and Tommy Lee Jones.