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:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)  Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Starring Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, Emile Harris, Damian Lewis, Tim Rothm Timothy Olyphant and James Marsden.  A TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.

Going Places (2018)  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.

Us (2019)  Written and directed by Jordan Peele.  Starring Elizabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker.  Described as a social horror-thriller.

Widows (2018)  Directed by Steve McQueen.  Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez.  When a crew of crooks are killed during a robbery, their widowed spouses pick up where they left off.

First Man (2018)  Directed by Damien Chazelle.  Starring Ryan Gosling.  A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon.

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 other.

Backseat (2018)  Directed by Adam McKay.  Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.

Triple Frontier (2019)  Directed by J.C. Chandor.  Starring Ben Affleck, Pedro Pasal, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal and Charlie Hunnam. Five friends re-unite to take down a South American drug lord.

The Many Saints of Newark (???) Written by David Chase.  A look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano.

Where’d You Go Bernadette (2019)  Written and directed by Richard Linklater.  Starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.  After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.

The Sisters Brothers (2018)  Starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reily, and Jake Gyllenhaal.  Based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel, The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who’s being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters.

Holmes and Watson (2018)  Directed by Etan Cohen.  Starring Will Ferrell, John C Reily, Ralph Fiennes, and Kelly Macdonald.  A humorous take on Sherlock Holmes.

Fonzo (2019) 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.

The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara (2019)  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.

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

Roma (2018)  Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.  A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)  Directed by Bryan Singer.  Starring Rami Malek, Mike Myers, and Aiden Gillen.   A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985.

The Laundromat (???)  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.

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)  Written and directed by Barry Jenkins.  Starring Dave Franco, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, and Diego Luna.  A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Pale Blue Dot (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.

Devs (???)  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.

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 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.

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.

Wine Country (2019)  Directed by Amy Poehler.  Starring Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Jason Schwartzman.

Boy Erased (2018)  Directed by Joel Egerton.  Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, and Russel Crowe.  The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.

Beautiful Boy (2018)  Starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalet.  Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

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.

The Trap (2018)  Directed by Harmony Korine.  Starring Al Pacino, Benicio del Toro, Robert Pattinson, and Gucci Mane.  An ex-con is out for revenge against a gangster rapper and former friend who let him take the fall for a robbery they committed 14 years earlier.

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.

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 Ezra Edelman and starring Jonah Hill.  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 (2019)  Directed by Pablo Lorrain and starring Amy Adams, Mark Ruffalo, and Kumail Nanjiani.  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.

The Girl in the Spiders Web (2018)  Directed by Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe)  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Starring Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks and Stephen Merchant.   Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Light of My Life (2018)  Written, directed and starring Casey Affleck.  A father and his young daughter find themselves trapped in the woods.

Old Man and the Gun (2018)  Directed by David Lowery.  Starring Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, and Sissy Spacek.  An elderly bank robber, who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving to a retirement community, looks to spice things up with another heist.

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

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

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

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (???)  Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.  The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

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.

Just Kids (???)  Screenplay by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator)  A chronicle of the early NYC years in the lives of Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe.

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.

A Season in the Congo (???)  Directed by Joe Wright.  A look at the events surrounding the Congo rebellion in 1960.

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.

Blonde (???) Directed by Andrew Dominic (Assassination of Jesse James).  A chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

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.

Hold the Dark (2018)  Directed by Jeremy Saulnier.  Written by Macon Blair.  Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale, and Jeffrey Wright.  A wolf hunter tracks down a young child in the Alaskan wilderness.

Doctor Doom (2019)  Written and directed by Noah Hawley (Fargo series).  Marvel’s Doctor Doom tells the origin story of Victor Von Doom and how he becomes the infamous Dr. Doom.

Last Friday (???)  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.

Stoner (???)  Directed by Joe Wright.  Starring Casey Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones.  A poor farmer in the early 1900s becomes a scholar and faces a series of frustrating challenges and disappointments in his chosen career path.

Killers of the Flower Moon (???)  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  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 (???)  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.

Upload (2019)  Written by Greg Daniels (The Office).  A man is able to choose his own afterlife following his untimely demise.

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

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.

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.

The Ali Summit (2018)  Written and directed by the Zimbalist Brothers (The Two Escobars).  “The Ali Summit” captures a seminal moment in the civil-rights movement: the gathering of 12 of the nation’s top black athletes to challenge Ali’s conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft in 1967.

Momentum Generation (2018)  Written and directed by the Zimbalist Brothers.  A group of teenagers in Hawaii enter the world of professional competitive surfing in the 1990s and rise to super stardom.

Love Gilda (2018) Documentary about the life and career of comedian Gilda Radner.

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018)  Documentary exploring the music and backstory of the legendary American band.

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018)  Documentary

Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Documentary looking at the life, work, activism and controversies of actress and fitness tycoon Jane Fonda.

Ali and Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (2018)  Documentary about the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Dick Cavett.

Studio 54 (2018)  Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism–a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era.  Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

 

TELEVISION:

Lewis and Clark (2018)  HBO Miniseries.  Starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts.  The story of American explorers Lewis and Clarke as they lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies and down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean in 1803.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Written and directed by the Coen Brothers.  An anthology western series.

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

The Romanoffs (2018)  Created and written by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).  An anthology series centered around people who believe themselves to be the modern-day descendants of the Romanov family.

American Lion (2018)  Starring Sean Penn.  The story of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.

Napoleon (???)  Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, based on the original screenplay by Stanley Kubrick.  6 part miniseries covering the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Maniac (2018)  Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.  An institutionalized man dreams of a new life in a fantasy world.

Watchmen (2018)  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 (2018) 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.

City on a Hill (2018)  Produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (among others).  Starring Kevin Bacon, Lee Difilippo, Set in Boston in the early 90s when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies, in which corruption and racism was the norm, until it all suddenly changed. The drama is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle” and centers on an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)  Directed by Amy Berg (Prophet’s Prey, West of Memphis)  Popularized by the podcast, “Serial,” the ongoing story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of murdering a high school student.

Central Park Five (???)  Written and directed by Ana Duvernay.  A limited series about the Central Park Five case.  Starring Michael K Williams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizano.

The Twilight Zone (???)  Produced by Jordan Peele.

Decalogue (???)  Miniseries reboot

Hue 1968 (2018)  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.

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