First up, Jessica Chastain and her production company, Freckle Films, have signed on to develop an upcoming feature film The Honeymoon, based on the novel The Honeymoon: A Novel of George Eliot. From ComingSoon, The book recounts Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880, after her marriage to a much younger man named John Walter Cross. Still recovering from the death of her longtime companion George Henry Lewes, she ponders questions about the decline of not only her physical appearance but the larger prospect of the loneliness that she feared awaited her. Chastain is a 2 time Academy Award nominated actress who can next be seen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Next up, as most of you know Kevin Smith is currently shooting his next Jay And Silent Bob movie and they’ve added another returning cast member in the form of Shannon Elizabeth. Smith took to his instagram to announce her return with the following: “And Justice for all! It didn’t feel like a true sequel until @shannonelizabeth stepped on the set of @jayandsilentbob Reboot. But it’s almost like she stepped out of a box that was sealed when we wrapped #jayandsilentbobstrikeback - because Shannon hasn’t aged at all! Time marches on, and it’s marched all over my face and Jay’s face - but not Shannon’s!”
Next up, it looks like the producer and writer team behind the Tom Hanks film SULLY are rejoining forced for a new feature project called SNOW DRAGON. Producer Allyn Stewart and writer Todd Komarnicki are developing the project based on a true story. From Variety: “The pic is the untold true story of a Chinese ice-breaker on a scientific expedition that heroically rescued a group of 74 Australian, British, and Russian nationals on a chartered Russian vessel, which had become trapped in Antarctic ice.” There is no word yet on potential studio partners or release date windows. Stewart also produced the 2014 film Sin City: A dame To Kill For.
Next up, the comedy of failure that is MoviePass just keeps rolling. As if the company was already a joke with its massive losses and questionable business practices, news has now come out that MoviePass incorrectly reported its REAL losses. The company blames a quote unquote “weakness in their financial reporting”. The bottom line is that MoviePass lost over $147 million dollars in 2018 and generated less revenue than it had reported. The result is the company now admitting (JONATHAN, PUT UP A QUOTE TEXT FOR THIS PART) “The quarterly numbers should no longer be relied upon noting they have not yet completed a review of their accounting”. From Variety, One main culprit was “erroneous recognition of up to $5.9 million in revenue. That bogus figure derived from certain MoviePass subscriptions that had been suspended “due to changes made to the MoviePass subscription service that had not yet been consented to by the applicable subscribers. These errors resulted in an understatement of the net loss by approximately $6.6 million.” But hey, they’re still in business right?
And finally, with CW’s The Flash heading towards the end of its fifth season, it looks like there’s going to be a major shake up heading into season 6 behind the cameras. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Showrunner Todd Helbing will step down at the end of the current fifth season to focus on development for The Flash producers Warner Bros. TV. Eric Wallace, who has been with the Grant Gustin DC Comics drama as a co-exec producer since season four, will take over as showrunner starting with the previously announced sixth season. How or if this changing of the guard will alter the texture of the show is something we’ll have to wait till next season to find out. Man I do love this show.