Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Sesame Street, Shang-Chi, Snake Eyes, and sequels for Aquaman and Crazy Rich Asians.This WEEK S TOP STORYPLANS FOR AN AQUAMAN 2 ALREADY IN DEVELOPMENT(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)The DC Comics movie Aquaman starring Jason Momoa is still two weeks away (12/21/18), and reviews for the film haven t begun to come in yet. Even so, Warner Bros. must be fairly confident about the film s prospects, because this week the news broke that the studio is already starting to think about Aquaman 2. The news started as a buried detail in an Amber Heard profile, but you can read a more detailed examination of the revelation right here. To be clear, the details aren t really details at all, except that the currently projected million opening for Aquaman gave Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich enough confidence to begin talks on a sequel. We can guess that means several Aquaman cast members would return (Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, at least), and then there would probably be new characters. But who? Aquaman does have a few supporting cast members who don t appear to be in his first movie, with Garth, AKA Aqualad being perhaps the most obvious candidate. The introduction of Aqualad might also help Warner Bros. later on if they ever want to have a proper live action Teen Titans movie (which was sort of what Teen Titans Go! To the Movies was all about). After Aquaman, the next confirmed DC Comics movies are Shazam! (4/5/2019), Joker (10/4/2019), Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2/7/2020), and Wonder Woman 1984 (6/5/2020).Fresh Developments1. FOUR OSCAR NOMINEES/WINNERS TO BE DISPATCH-ED BY WES ANDERSON(Photo by Greg Williams/Fox Searchlight)Over the last few weeks, we ve started to hear about the impressive ensemble cast that director Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) is (or might be) recruiting for his next film. The rumors and reports to date have included Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Lea Seydoux (Spectre, The Lobster), and this week, five more names emerged. This latest story from Paris also gives us the title of the film, The French Dispatch, and a clarification that it is not a musical as previously reported. Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton are both frequent Anderson collaborators and Frances McDormand co-starred in Moonrise Kingdom, but Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothée Chalamet are all new additions to his repertory company. When asked at a party this week what The French Dispatch is actually about, Chalamet reportedly threw his hands in the air and laughed. Having said that, we do know that the film is set in the 1950s and follows journalists at an American newspaper bureau in 1950s Paris. 2. TWO CRAZY RICH ASIANS SEQUELS LIKELY TO FILM BACK-TO-BACK IN 2020(Photo by Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures)This past summer s blockbuster comedy Crazy Rich Asians was an adaptation of a 2013 comic novel by Kevin Kwan, and it was the first of a trilogy, followed by China Rich Girlfriend in 2015 and Rich People Problems in 2017. That was excellent news for Warner Bros., who basically secured a franchise with Crazy Rich Asians success. Even before CRA came out, director Jon M. Chu had already been signed by Warner Bros. for their adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda s musical In the Heights (scheduled for 6/26/2020, up against Top Gun: Maverick), making the filming
(Photo by United Film Distribution, Universal, Weinstein Company / courtesy Everett Collection)All George A. Romero Movies Ranked by TomatometerGeorge A. Romero s first movie, Night of the Living Dead, released in 1968, walloped the country with its black-and-white dread and gore; infused with progressive casting and social commentary, it single-handedly created the modern-day zombie genre. His final movie Survival of the Dead, released 2009 and eight years before his death had, well, not quite the same impact, but discloses Romero s lifelong commitment to the zombie revolution he spearheaded. The movies he made in-between these two Deads represent a visionary s rocky but tenacious journey through the industry, frequently compromised or pigeonholed, but true to a drive to shake up the conventions of horror.Night of the Living Dead took the space-age hopes of a nation on the cusp of landing on the moon and cut it to ribbons, fashioning an ambiguous backstory of a downed space craft whose radiation transforms the freshly deceased into mindless flesh-hungry shamblers. Romero was keen to quickly climb out of the horror genre pit, releasing rom-com There s Always Vanilla in 1971, and then drama Season of the Witch in 73, whose distributor chopped out 40 minutes and marketed as softcore. Both films have gone little-seen since.With his talents apparently unwanted outside of horror, Romero returned to the genre and filled out the rest of the 70s with his best streak of movies: virus-based The Crazies, vampire deconstruction Martin, and the legendary Dawn of the Dead. With this Night of the Living Dead sequel, Romero took a maximalist approach: More social commentary, more characters, more action, and, of course, much more gore. The effects had people literally blowing their tops off. We call it the #1 zombie movie you must see.Dawn s success gave Romero enough cred to make one last go at it outside horror: Knightriders, a 2.5-hour personal drama about a troupe of Reniassance Faire-esque moto-performers. Romero, still one of the biggest names in horror even in the 80s age of the slasher, collaborated with the biggest name in literary horror, Stephen King, for anthology Creepshow. 1985 s Day of the Dead took aim at the human psychological breakdown that came with living in the undead post-apocalypse, concluding his ultimate at-the-time trilogy of zombie cinema.Romero then entered big studio production with Monkey Shines for Orion Pictures, which balked at the movie s initial long runtime, and were desperate for a hit. (They didn t get one.) He collaborated with Dario Argento for 1990 s Two Evil Eyes, each adapting Edgar Allan Poe, before making Dark Half for Orion, which was still desperate for a hit. (They still didn t get one.)It d be seven years before Romero s next film, Bruiser. And then five years after that for Land of the Dead, a highly credible return to zombie land after two decades away, working with his biggest budget ever. He would stay among the Dead for the rest of his career, following Land with found-footage reboot Diary of the Dead, shot in his native Pittsburgh area, where he set a majority of his films. Survival came out two years after that. And now, we pay tribute to the godfather of zombies by ranking all George A. Romero movies by Tomatometer!