TYLER PERRY ANNOUNCES BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN: Tyler Perry’s Madea is headed back to theaters on October 20th with Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. The original Boo! came in hot considering its low production costs, raking in $28.5 million in its opening weekend and beating Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Think the sequel will perform as well?
EMMA BOOTH CAST IN EXTINCTION: Emma Booth is rejoining her Hounds of Love director Ben Young for Universal’s Extinction. The sci-fi thriller also stars Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan. The film is slated for release January 26th.
A24 SNAGS SEAN BAKER’S FLORIDA PROJECT: Florida Project, a film about a homeless family which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, has been snagged by A24, Variety reports. The Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe stars, along with Caleb Landry Jones, Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite. Sean Baker directed and co-wrote the script with Chris Bergoch. Several bidders, including Amazon Studios, Neon and Annapurna expressed interest but dropped out after bidding surpassed $1 million.
LIONSGATE SIGNS ON FOR EDDIE REDMAYNE VEHICLE EARLY MAN: Lionsgate has picked up U.S. rights to the prehistoric animation feature Early Man. Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams are doing the voices in Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park’s return to the big screen. The movie is set to drop on February 16th, 2018.
COHEN MEDIA GRABS DRAMEDY REDOUBTABLE: Michel Hazanavicius’ dramedy Redoubtable has been snapped up by the Cohen Media Group. The film, which centers on legendary director Jean-Luc Godard and the shooting of his iconic and controversial Le Chinoise, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Louis Garrel stars as Godard and Stacy Martin plays his second wife, Anne Wiazemsky. Cohen Media Group is planning a North American release in early 2018.
A-ROD SIGNS DEAL TO BECOME PART OF ABC’S ‘GMA’ LINEUP: Former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez signed a deal with ABC News to become a guest contributor on its morning news show, Good Morning, America. Rodriguez, 41, has been working as a Fox in-studio baseball analyst since retiring from the Yankees partway through last season. The deal came after Rodriguez served as a fill-in panel member on ABC’s The View recently. Reports say Rodriguez could appear on other news broadcasts, including Nightline and its flagship evening news program Nightly News with Dvid Muir if the subject calls for it. Rodriguez is still under contract with the Yankees, who are paying him his former player salary to serve as a team consultant after injuries and declining performance forced him into retirement. Rodriguez has upped his celebrity profile after news he is dating singer/actress Jennifer Lopez.