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 Many Saints of Newark (2021) 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.

Blonde (2021) 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.

Macbeth (2021)  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.

The Last Duel (2021)  Directed by Ridley Scott.  Written by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener.  Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck.

Gucci (2021)  Directed  by Ridley Scott.  Starring Al Pacino, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Lady Gaga, and Jeremy Irons.  The story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renown fashion designer Guccio Gucci.

Top Gun: Maverick (2021) Starring Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, and Jon Hamm.

Pop. 1280 (2021)  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.

Don’t Look Up (2021)  Written and directed by Adam McKay.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Chris Evans, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Jonah Hill.  A pair of astronomers try to warn everyone on Earth that a giant meteorite will destroy the planet in six months.

Babylon (2021) Written and directed by Damien Chazelle.  Rumored to be period set in Hollywood.  Starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robvbie, Tobey Maguire and Li Jun Li.

Untitled PTA Project (???)  Starring Bradley Cooper, Joseph Cross, and Benny Safdie.  Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.

Francis and the Godfather (???)  Directed by Barry Levinson.  Starring Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal.  Dramatization about the making of The Godfather.

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure  (2021)  Written and directed by Richard Linklater.  Starring Zachary Levi, Jack Black and Glen Powell.  A coming-of-age story set in the suburbs of Houston, Texas in the summer of 1969, centered around the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

Barbie (???)  Directed by Greta Gerwig.  Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.  Starring Margot Robbie.  A doll living in ‘Barbieland’ is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.

The Last Planet (2021)  Written and directed by Terrence Malick.  Starring Aidan Turner, Mark Rylance, Joseph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.  A retelling of several episodes in the life of the Christ.

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.

The Northman (2021)  Written and directed by Robert Eggers.  Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård and Ethan Hawke.  Viking revenge saga set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century.

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.  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.

Deep Water (2021)  Directed by Adrian Lynne.  Starring Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Rachel Blanchard and Tracy Letts.  A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.

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.

The Guilty (2021)  Directed by Antoine Fuqua.  Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Paul Dano, Bill Burr, and Peter Sarsgaard.  A demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

Flag Day (2021)  Directed by Sean Penn.  Starring Katheryn Winnick, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, and Sean Penn.  A father lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter.

Stillwater (2021)  Directed by Tom McCarthy.  Starring Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin and Deana Dunagan.  A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.

Beau is Afraid (???) Written and directed by Ari Aster.  Starring Joaquin Phoenix.  Described as a four-hour long “nightmare comedy”.

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.

Untitled Furiosa Spin Off (???)  Directed by George Miller.  Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abduk-Mateen II.

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.

Nosferatu (???)  Written and directed by Robertb Eggers.  Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

Untitled David O Russell Project (???)  Directed by David O Russell.  Starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington.

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. 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.  The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari.

Rio (???)  Written by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Eastern Promises)  Starring 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.

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

Expatriate (???)  Directed by Barry Jenkins.

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.  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 (2022)  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.

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.

Bounty Law (???)  Directed by Quentin Tarantino.  The story of Jake Cahill.

Megalopolis (???)  Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Jude Law.  An architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia following a devastating disaster.

Sweet Vengeance (???)  Written and directed by Brian De Palma.  Starring Wagner Moura.  Reportedly a murder mystery inspired by two real-life murders.

White Lies (???)  Written and directed by Oliver Stone.  Starring Benicio Del Toro.  A story tracing through three generations that portrays a child of divorce now repeating his parents’ mistakes in his own marriage and with his troubled son.

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.

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

Untitled John Lennon/Yoko One Project (???)  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.  The story of the whirlwind romance between musician John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono who met at a London art gallery in 1966 where Yoko was showing her work.

The Beatles: Get Back (2021)  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 NY Dolls Documentary (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Untitled George Carlin Documentary (???) Directed by Judd Apatow.  Interviews with George Carlin’s family and friends, material from his stand-up specials and footage from his personal archive.

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 Bill Hicks Biopic (???)  Written and directed by Richard Linklater.  The life story of American comedian Bill Hicks.

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.

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:

The Offer (???)  Starring Armie Hammer. Based Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy’s experiences of making iconic 1972 film The Godfather.

Hemingway (2021)  Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novack.  Explore the painstaking process through which Hemingway created some of the most important works of fiction in American letters.

The Connection (???)  Directed by J.C. Chandor.  The French side of the French Connection.

Kelvin’s Book (???)  Written and directed by Michael Haneke.  A group of young people living in a dystopian future are forced to confront their past in the aftermath of an emergency plane landing.

Metropolis (???)  Written and directed  by Sam Esmail.  A TV series adaptation of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 sci-fi silent film “Metropolis.

Gaslit (2021)  Starring Armie Hammer, Joel Edgertomn, Sean Penn and Julia Roberts.  A modern take on the 1970s political Watergate scandal centering on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time.

Ripley (2021)  Directed by Steven Zaillian.  Starring Andrew Scott and Johnny Flynn.  A grifter named Ripley living in New York during the 1960s is hired by a wealthy man to begin a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

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.

Hue 1968 (2021)  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.

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.

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