The Week in Movie News: Rick Moranis Returns for ‘Shrunk,’ Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Aladdin’ Sequel and More

The Week in Movie News: Rick Moranis Returns for ‘Shrunk,’ Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Aladdin’ Sequel and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

Rick Moranis confirmed for Shrunk: After more than 20 years mostly retired from acting, Rick Moranis will return for a sequel to his 1989 sci-fi comedy hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Deadline reports he signed on to reprise his role in Shrunk, which will be helmed by the original’s director, Joe Johnston, and will co-star Josh Gad.


Guy Ritchie to direct Aladdin 2: Speaking of Disney sequels, Aladdin 2, which will follow last year’s hit live-action reimagining, is officially in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guy Ritchie will again direct while Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their respective roles as the Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine.


Parasite wins Best Picture: The 92nd Academy Awards made history by naming the Korean movie Parasite as Best Picture, the first time a non-English-language feature won the top Oscar. Other big winners included Parasite helmer Bong Joon Ho for Best Director, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger for Best Actress for Judy.


Cynthia Erivo to star in Carrier: Harriet double nominee Cynthia Erivo did not win any Oscars this week, but she remained in the news with the announcement via Deadline that she’ll produce and star in a sci-fi thriller called Carrier. The movie will be based on the podcast of the same name, which features Erivo’s voice, and she will reprise the character she plays in that audio version.


Margot Robbie to work with David O. Russell: Margot Robbie, who was also nominated for an Oscar this year, is joining the cast of David O. Russell’s next movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The still untitled original feature will also star Russell regular Christian Bale plus recently added actor Michael B. Jordan.


Awkwafina to play real life gambler: The Farewell star Awkwafina, who won her own share of awards this past season, is tackling a biopic about notorious gambler Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who figured out a way to legally beat the system of a popular casino game. According to The Wrap, the movie is based on an article in Cigar Aficionado and is titled The Baccarat Machine.


Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut: Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with the feature The Lost Daughter, which she also wrote. Variety reports that Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman will star alongside Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson and Gyllenhaal’s husband, Peter Sarsgaard. In other news, Variety also reports Gyllenhaal will play Elvis Presley’s mother in a Baz Lurhman-helmed musical biopic.


Olivia Wilde to helm gymnast biopic: Olivia Wilde, who last year earned many accolades with her feature directorial debut, Booksmart, has found her next project behind the camera. Deadline reports the actress-turned-filmmaker will helm the biopic Perfect, about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, who won a Gold Medal at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.  


Dee Rees to remake Porgy and Bess: Another highly regarded woman filmmaker was in the news this week for her next project. According to Deadline, Mudbound helmer Dee Rees will write and direct a new movie version of the classic musical Porgy and Bess, which has previously been adapted multiple times for both the big and the small screen.

And Then There Were None remake in the works: With mystery movies a trend in Hollywood again, with particular resurrected interest in Agatha Christie’s novels, 20th Century Studios is developing another version of And Then There Were None. Deadline reports the movie is currently being scripted by Seberg writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. In other mystery movie remake news, the new Clue will be directed by The Muppets’ James Bobbin, according to Variety.

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