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Trade News Round-Up: The Latest From Park Chan-Wook, Rian Johnson, Thandiwe Newton, And More

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 7, 2021 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 7, 2021 |


Looking for some good news? We’ve got the latest on upcoming projects from Park Chan-wook, Rian Johnson, Olivia Colman, Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, and more.

Park Chan-wook, who gave us the luscious adaptation The Handmaiden, will bring his brilliance to television. Viet Thanh Nguyen has gleefully announced his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel The Sympathizer will be turned into a series by the masterful director. (Twitter)

Rian Johnson is set to make $100 mil on his Knives Out sequels. Somewhere toxic Star Wars fans are grumbling indistinctly. (THR)

Good news for those who recognize the excellence of Shiva Baby: director Emma Seligman and star Rachel Sennott are re-teaming for high school sex comedy called Bottoms. (THR)

Remember how bone-rattlingly chilling Goodnight Mommy was? Well, it’s not in English. So, Naomi Watts is remaking it. (Indiewire)

Sam Mendes movies often leave me cold. But pairing the almighty Olivia Colman with Roger Deakins, living legend of cinematography, has me already pining hard for Empire of Light. (The Wrap)

Meanwhile Sam Raimi (producer of the woefully un-scary The Unholy) is backing a project from The Nun helmer’s Corin Hardy. Sounds bad! (Bloody Disgusting)

In a rapturous profile, heralded Black British actress Thandiwe Newton reclaims the Zulu name that has long been anglicized. (Vogue)

Borat Subsquent Movie Film’s Maria Bakalova and The Hate U Give’s Amandla Stenberg have joined the cast of Halina Reijn’s A24 slasher Bodies Bodies Bodies. And Pete Davidson might end up in there too, because sure why not. (THR)

Finally, Italy has abolished government control over film content, eradicating a law that allowed censorship since 1913. Less great news, they’re essentially making their own MPAA, an organization that gives censorship a family-friendly facade. (Variety)

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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