RALPH FIENNES SET TO DIRECT RUDOLF NUREYEV BIOPIC: Ralph Fiennes has signed on to direct The White Crow, a biopic about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The film will be based on Julie Kavanagh's book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life. Two-time Oscar nominee David Hare will write the script. Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko and Adele Exarchopoulos will star. Fiennes' previous directorial efforts are Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman.
KEANU REEVES ADDRESSES POSSIBILITY OF RETURNING TO THE MATRIX: Keanu Reeves, long hailed for his role in The Matrix trilogy, recently discussed the possibility of returning in his role as Neo. Reeves, 52, told Yahoo!: "The Wachowskis would have to be involved. They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not?" In the final film, 2003's The Matrix Revolutions, Neo sacrifices himself to temporarily end the war fought between humans and machines. The ending is ambiguous and leaves open the possibility of a resurrected Neo. Would you be into a new Matrix?
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH JOINS BBC's BLUE PLANET SEQUEL: One of the most revered TV naturalists in the world, David Attenborough, will present a sequel to The Blue Planet documentary series 16 years after the Emmy Award-winning original probed the depths of the oceans. Attenborough is 90 years old. Blue Planet II will air this year on the BBC and will feature such phenomena as methane volcanoes in the Gulf of Mexico.
LOVE ACTUALLY MINI-SEQUEL WON'T INCLUDE ALAN RICKMAN OR EMMA THOMPSON: The Alan Rickman-Emma Thompson storyline was one of the most memorable (and certainly the saddest) of the 2003 ensemble Love Actually, but the forthcoming mini-sequel will not fill us in on what their characters Harry and Karen, and their strained marriage, have been up to. Director Richard Curtis tells the Press Association that it would be too tough, considering Rickman died in 2016: "You know, dealing with Alan is very complicated." The project will be made in celebration of Red Nose Day, a biennial event supporting the Comic Relief charity Curtis helped found. It is set to air on March 25th on NBC and will include original cast members Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson, among many others.
SUSANNA FLOOD JOINS ABC'S SHONDALAND PILOT: Susannah Flood (Chicago Fire) is signing on to be a series regular on ABC’s untitled Shondaland legal drama pilot. Scandal’s Paul William Davies is writing, with Tom Verica set to direct. The story is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court and follows new lawyers as their careers and personal lives intersect.
HOOK PREQUEL FILM BANGARANG REACHES KICKSTARTER GOAL: A Hook prequel film centering around Lost Boy Rufio will become a reality thanks to Kickstarter. The campaign. started by Dante Basco, who portrayed Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s original 1991 film, has reached over $40,000 on Kickstarter from its original $30,000 goal. Titled Bangarang the short film follows the story of Rufio "before the mohawk, before Neverland, before he was The Pan." After reaching its goal with 22 days left to pledge, Basco, who is executive producing, and his team have created a $200,000 stretch goal to make the project into a feature film instead of a short.