Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Adam Wingard to direct Son of Kong: Godzilla vs. Kong was intended as the finale of the MonsterVerse franchise, but given the movie’s enormous worldwide box office success, Legendary is now beginning plans for another installment in the kaiju-centered series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Wingard, who directed the latest monster mash, is in talks to return for the next movie, which will possibly be titled Son of Kong. That’s also the name of the 1933 sequel to the original King Kong, but this likely wouldn’t be considered a remake.
Another round of Another Round: Here’s something definitely considered a remake. Following its Oscar win Sunday night in the Best International Film category, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round was announced for the redo treatment. Deadline reports Leonardo DiCaprio has acquired the rights to produce an English-language version of the Danish movie about a group of four teachers who decide to be consistently marginally drunk. The plan is also for DiCaprio to star in the remake in the lead role originally filled by Mads Mikkelsen. Vinterberg was also nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for Another Round but lost to Chloé Zhao.
Viggo Mortensen reunites with David Cronenberg: While Eastern Promises 2 never came to fruition, actor Viggo Mortensen and director David Cronenberg are finally reuniting for another project following their collaborations on the original Eastern Promises as well as A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method. According to Deadline, Cronenberg’s next movie, a sci-fi thriller titled Crimes of the Future, begins filming this summer with Mortensen starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Léa Seydoux and Scott Speedman. The project, which concerns something called "Accelerated Evolution Syndrome,” shares a title with Cronenberg’s 1970 sophomore feature as well as the alternate name for his 1999 sci-fi film eXistenZ but doesn’t seem to be connected to either.
Dominique Fishback joins Transformers: Following the two Oscar wins for Judas and the Black Messiah on Sunday, the film’s breakout female lead was announced for a much different kind of role. Deadline reports Dominique Fishback is in final negotiations to star in the next Transformers movie alongside fellow rising talent and longtime friend Anthony Ramos (In the Heights). Fishback does have experience with more fantastical stories, having also starred in last year’s Netflix superhero movie Project Power. The continuation of the Transformers franchise will be helmed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) and is due in theaters on June 24, 2022.
Captain America 4 in the works: Finally, here’s some late-breaking superhero news from the end of last week. As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is moving forward with a fourth Captain America feature, which will be scripted by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman and one of the show’s staff writers, Dalan Musson. While no other details are known, considering the creative duo involved and the news coming on the heels of the Disney+ series’ finale, the presumption is that Anthony Mackie will star in the movie sequel as the new incarnation of the titular Avenger.