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 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.

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 (2018) 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.

The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara (2018)  Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac.  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.

Mute (2018)  Directed by Duncan Jones.  Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Sam Rockwell and Justin Theroux.  A mute bartender goes up against the city’s gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

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.

Sicario 2: Soldado (2018)  Directed by Stefano Sollima.  Starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.  A follow up to the 2015 film Sicario.

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.

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.

Untitled Tarantino Project (???)  Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  Starring Margot Robbie.  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.

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 (???) Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Benicio de Toro.  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.

Cicero (???) Starring Tom Hardy.  Focuses on Al Capone’s rise to power moving from the slums of Brooklyn to the top of the food chain in prohibition-era Chicago.

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 (2018)  Directed by Pablo Lorrain and starring Tom Hardy.  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.

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.

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

Enzo Ferrari (2018)  Directed by Michael Mann. Starring Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace.  The life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari.

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.

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

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

Beirut (2018)  Directed by Brad Anderson.  Written by Tony Gilroy.  Starring Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm, and Dean Norris.  A former US diplomat returns to service in order to save a former colleague in Beirut.

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 (2018)  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.

Untitled Panama Papers Project (???)  Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  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.

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 (2108) Directed by Ang Lee.

Triple Frontier (2019)  Directed by J.C. Chandor.  Starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Hunnam. An action-adventure story set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.

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.

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.

 

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 (???)  Created and written by Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).

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.

Succession (???)  Executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.  A drama about a dysfunctional media family dynasty in the 21st century.

The Last OG (2018)  Starring Tracy Morgan.  An ex-felon adjusts to life outside prison.

Trust (2018)  Directed by Danny Boyle

Central Park Five (???)  Written and directed by Ana Duvernay.  A limited series about the Central Park Five.

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

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