Coming Soon: Film and TV Worth Getting Excited About

The most intriguing upcoming projects in film and television.  Listings span the gamut from recently optioned scripts to filming and post-production (and thus details subject to change accordingly)

FILM:

The Jesus Rolls (2020)  Directed by John Turturro.  Starring John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, and Bobby Cannavale.  A spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on notable bowler Jesus Quintana.

The Irishman (2019) Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian.  Starring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale. A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Strangers (???) Directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn. (Remake of Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train)  A murder plot hatched by two men who meet on a train is considered to be a joke by one of them, and a dangerously real plan by the others.

The Many Saints of Newark (2020) Written by David Chase.  Starring Vera Fermiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Ray Liotta.  A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)  Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.  Starring Seth Rogan, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Fonzo (???) Starring Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, and Kyle MacLachlan. The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia, and comes to be haunted by his violent past.

Blonde (2020) Directed by Andrew Dominic (Assassination of Jesse James).  Starring Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, and Toby Huss.A chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara (???)  Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance and Isaac Eshete.  Recounts the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.

The Laundromat (2019)  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas.  Based on the book Secrecy World by Jake Bernstein.  Follows a group of journalists who take part in unearthing 11.5 million files linking the world’s most powerful political figures to secret banking accounts to avoid taxes.

Lucy in the Sky (2019)  Directed by Noah Hawley (Fargo series)  Starring Natalie Portman, Zadie Beats, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens and Ellen Burstyn.  The story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a life-changing mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality.

Mank (2020)  Directed by David Fincher.  Starring Gary Oldman.  Follows screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic 1941 movie Citizen Kane.

Macbeth (2020)  Written and directed by Joel Coen.  Starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.  A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.

Let Them All Talk (2020)  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Starring Maryl Streep, Dianne Wiest, Gemma Chan and Lucas Hedges.

Devs (2020)  Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina).  A computer engineer investigates the secretive development division in her company, which she believes was behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.

Top Gun: Maverick (2020) Starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, and Jon Hamm.

Pop. 1280 (2020)  Written and directed by Y0rgos Lanthimos.  Sheriff Nick Corey spends most of his time eating, sleeping and avoiding trouble. But when Nick is pushed, he begins to kill . . . and convince others do his killings for him.

Babylon (???) Written and directed by Damien Chazelle.  Plot Unknown.  Rumored to be period set in Hollywood.  Starring Brad Pitt and Emma Stone.

The Occupied City (???)  Directed by Steve McQueen.  A documentary about Amsterdam under Nazi occupation during World War II.

Wrong Answer (???)  Directed by Ryan Coogler.  Screenplay by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Starring Michael B Jordan.  A math teacher in Atlanta is scandalized when he looks to get funding for his school by altering his students’ test scores.

Dark Web (???)  Writing contributions from the Coen brothers, Steven Zairian, and Dennis Lehane.  A young man in California creates an international pirating ring called the Silk Road.

Untitled John Brinkley Biopic (???)  Written and directed by Richard Linklater.  Starring Robert Downey Jr.  The story of 20th century con man John Brinkley who claimed to be a doctor and scammed his way to fame and fortune using fake medicine and a popular radio broadcast.

The Studio (???)  Directed by Bennett Miller.  Written by Peter Tolan.  Starring George Clooney.  A look at the inner-workings of a Hollywood studio during the 1990s.

Legacy of Secrecy (???) Written and directed by David O. Russell.  Carlos Marcello and his possible involvement in the murder of JFK.

Roosevelt (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt.

Border Guards (???)  Directed by Adam McKay.  Starring Will Ferrell and John C Reily.  A pair of Americans try to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the country, accidentally find the tables have turned on themselves when they try to return to the US without an identification.

The Trade (???) Directed by Jay Roach and written by Ben and Casey Affleck.  A chronicle of the 1970s scandal caused by New York Yankees Fritz Petterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another.

Untitled Mike Tyson Biopic (???)  Written by Terrence Winter and starring Jamie Foxx.  A chronicle of champion boxer Mike Tyson’s life.

The Ballad of Richard Jewell (???)  Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Paul Walter Houser, Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde.  American security guard, Richard Jewell, heroically saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is unjustly vilified by journalists and the press who falsely report that he was a terrorist.

The True American (???)  Directed by Pablo Lorrain.  A Bangladeshi Air Force officer looking to make his way in the United States is shot by an American terrorist out to kill Muslims in the aftermath of September 11th.

Far Bright Star (???)  Directed by Casey Affleck and starring Joaquin Phoenix. Set in 1916, an aging cavalryman leads a team of men to hunt down the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. However, after an ambush in which most of the men are killed, the cavalryman must struggle to survive in the desert.

War Party (???)  Directed by Andrew Dominic.  Starring Tom Hardy.  An adventure film about Navy SEALS.

Enzo Ferrari (???)  Directed by Michael Mann. Starring Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace.  The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari.

Let it Fall Back (???)  Written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Eastern Promises)  Starring Michelle Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jake Gyllenhaal.  A struggling actor travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend, only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

Gemini Man (2019)  Directed by Ang Lee.  Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Will Smith and Clive Owen.

The Son (???)  Directed by Denis Villeneuve.  A son questions his father’s suicide, and seeks out those who killed him.

Expatriate (???)  Directed by Barry Jenkins.  Starring Chadwick Boseman.  Thriller.

The Politician (???)  Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.  The story of lawyer-turned-U.S. Presidential candidate John Edwards during his 2008 campaign that unraveled after it became known he fathered a child with his mistress.

Flash Boys (???)  Based on the book by Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball).  A group of Wall Street Insiders find a way to rig the stock market.

Lucy and Desi (???)  Written by Aaron Sorkin.  Starring Cate Blanchett.  The life and career of television pioneer Lucille Ball.

The Book of Mormon (???)  Written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez.  Based of the successful Broadway play.

Raven (???)  Directed by Michelle MacLaren.  Written by Vince Gilligan, based on the book by Tim Reiterman.  Cult leader Jim Jones lures his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown Guyana.

The Black Hand (???)  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Police office Joe Petrofina seeks justice against a ruthless Italian-American gang in New York.  Based on the Stephan Talty book of the same name.

Bad Blood (???)  Directed by Adam McKay.  Starring Jennifer Lawrence.  Entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes creates a bio-tech company that skyrockets her to fame with an estimated value in the billions. When federal agencies begin investigating the company, her integrity is called into doubt.

Smash and Grab (???)  Directed by Danny Boyle.  Based on the documentary Smash and Grab, which followed the most successful diamond thieves in the world.

Thrilla in Manilla (???) Directed by Ang Lee.

Last Friday (2020)  Written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh.  Starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.  The fourth and final installment of the Friday franchise.

Mandrake the Magician (???)  Writing contributions from David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner, Unforgiven)  Starring Sacha Baron Cohen.  An action/adventure story centered on the comic strip master illusionist.

Killers of the Flower Moon (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Deniro.  Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Shadows (???)  Directed by Edgar Wright and Maria Young.  Animation.

Uncut Gems (2019)  Directed by the Sadie Brothers (Good Time).  Starring Adam Sandler.

Wendell and Wild (???)  Written by and starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key.  Two demon brothers face off against a nun and a pair of goth teens.

Man Alive (???)  Directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta).  Sc-fi/thriller

Untitled Star Trek Project (???)  Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Cat’s Cradle (???)  Written by Noah Hawley, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.   A dangerous substance known as Ice-Nine threatens life on Earth as we know it.

Untitled Beatles Documentary (2020)  Directed by Peter Jackson.  Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film ‘Let It Be.’

Untitled Ramones Project (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  A history of punk bank The Ramones.

Rounders 2 (???)  Written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Untitled Tony Accardo/Sam Giacana Biopic (???)  Directed by Michael Mann.  Mobster Sam Giancana joins forces with Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo to lead a powerful criminal enterprise during the 1940s and ’50s.

Untitled Jerry Lee Lewis Project (???)  Written and directed by Terrence Malick.  Starring Christian Lees.

Untitled John Belushi Project (???) Written and directed by Steve Conrad.  Starring Miles Teller and Ellen Page.   The story of comic superstar John Belushi who rose to fame in the 1970s died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33.

Untitled Richard Linklater Project (???) Described as a film set in Houston during the summer of 1969.

Planet Kill (???)  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Written by Scott Z Burns.  Described as an action thriller.

Untitled Josh Hamilton Project (???) Directed by Casey Affleck.  Baseball player Josh Hamilton, who was a top draft pick in 1999, hits rock bottom after suffering from a drug addiction that ruins his family life and career, only to clean-up his act and redeem himself with an unexpected comeback.

Muhammad Ali (???) Written and directed by Ken Burns.  An in-depth look at the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, including his years as an activist and philanthropist.

 

TELEVISION:

Untitled David O. Russell Project (2018) Crime series written and directed by David O Russell.  Starring Robert DeNiro and Juliane Moore.

American Lion (???)  Starring Sean Penn.  The story of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.

Napoleon (???)  Based on the original screenplay by Stanley Kubrick.  6 part miniseries covering the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Watchmen (2019)  Created by Damon Lindelof.  The television series is based on the comic-book ‘Watchmen’, which was published by DC Comics in 1986 – 1987.

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (2019) Adapted by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours).  Starring Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones).  British spy, Alec Leamas, seeks vengeance on the East German Intelligence Service during the height of the Cold War.  Adapted from John le Carre’s novel of the same name.

Lovecraft Country (2019)  Created by Jordan Peele and Misha Green, based on the novel by Matt Ruff.  A young African American travels across the US in the 1950s in search of his missing father.

Hue 1968 (2020)  Directed by Michael Mann.  Based on the book by Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down)  Docuseries covering the Tet Offensive in 1968 that became a turning point for American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Jack Johnson (???)  Miniseries based on the book by Geoffrey Ward.

Upload (2020)  Written by Greg Daniels (The Office).  A man is able to choose his own afterlife following his untimely demise.

The Devil in the White City (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo Dicaprio.  An architect works to build up the 1893 Worlds Fair,while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.

Cortes (???) Written by Steven Zaillian.  Starring Javier Bardem.  Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés leads an expedition to bring down the Aztec Empire during the 15th Century.

Small Axe (2020)  Written and directed by Steve McQueen.  A look at the lives of friends and their families living in West London from 1968-2014.

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