‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Set for 2020, Will Gluck Returning to Direct.

Sony Pictures has dated “Peter Rabbit 2” for Feb. 7, 2020, in the U.S. and March 27, 2020, in the U.K., and is bringing back Will Gluck to return to direct and write the sequel.

“Peter Rabbit” has taken in $115 million in the U.S. and is Sony Pictures’ biggest ever non-Bond film in the UK, with a $55.7 million total in that market after holding the top spot for four weeks in a row.

The CGI-live action comedy-drama showed staying power in North America among the family audience in the pre-summer season, taking in an impressive 4.5 multiple off its $25 million domestic opening weekend.

The movie is based on an original story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars Rose Byrne as Bea, Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, and James Corden.

The story involves the titular bunny — voiced by Corden, in battle with the heir to Mr. McGregor’s garden.

“Peter Rabbit” has grossed $325 million worldwide. The film notched first-place finishes in 22 territories internationally, including Australia, Russia, Germany and Spain and surpassed both “Paddington” movies. Key markets in South Korea and Japan will launch in mid-May.

Gluck’s other directing credits include “Easy A,” “Annie,” and “Friends with Benefits.”

Source: variety.com/

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Focus Features’ ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Scoots To December,

Focus Features’ Working Title pic Mary Queen of Scots, is moving its limited debut from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

That first weekend in December is a prime launchpad for awards season fare, read that’s where Fox Searchlight launched its best picture winner The Shape of Water, and its best actress winner The Black Swan eight years ago.

Directed by Josie Rourke, and written by House of Cards Beau Willimon, Mary Queen of Scotts explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart played by Saoirse Ronan. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.

Source: deadline.com/

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Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros’ Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film.

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film to be graced by Suicide Squad scene-stealer Harley Quinn, in the form of Margot Robbie. A deal has to be completed, but it is expected that Yan will become the third female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay (for upcoming The New Gods), and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.

This is a bold bet for Warner Bros’ Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. Yan got the job over numerous well established male directors, and because she is taking this giant leap with just one small-budget indie movie under her belt. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January. Despite being a new talent, Yan’s presentation for Birds of Prey was exceptional, and Robbie held firm to her desire for this film to be directed by a woman.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie and Unkeless produced I, Tonya.

The project is based on Birds of Prey, which in the DC universe teams Quinn with several other crime fighters, namely Black Canary, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Huntress. It is not confirmed if all of them will be characters in the film. What is clear is that both the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female, remarkable for a studio-sized superhero film. The script was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and just got hired to write the Batgirl movie.

This film looks cleared to start production by year’s end or early next year, after Robbie completes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is negotiating to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film for Sony Pictures. The other Harley Quinn films are still under construction. That includes the Suicide Squad sequel to be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Two others, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker and Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, seem further in the distance.

Back to Yan. She was a Wall Street Journal reporter who worked from New York, Hong Kong and Beijing, and one of the paper’s youngest reporters to land multiple stories on the front page. She wrote and directed numerous short films before stepping up to features with Dead Pigs.

In that film, a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, characters intersect. They include a down-and-out pig farmer with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, an upwardly mobile landowner fighting gentrification against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, and a rich young woman struggling to find her independence.

Yan is repped by CAA and attorney Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse Law.

Source: deadline.com/

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Margot Robbie Gives Nissan’s Formula E Launch a Big Push.

Actress Margot Robbie has starred as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” played super villain Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” and was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.”

In her current role, the Aussie actress stars as Nissan’s electric vehicle and sustainability ambassador as the marque kicked off its Formula E launch tour in Southern California.

“I’ve already seen many of Nissan’s initiatives, designed to bring cleaner air to roads and fairer access to power across the globe. And now, we have this—a fantastic new Formula E car,” Robbie said to a small crowd of fans.

“I’m excited to see how it will help Nissan develop its EV offering further and bring new and exciting technologies to communities across the world.”

Robbie also plugged her recent Nissan videos and touted her happy Leaf EV ownership.

Ana Paola Reginatto, Nissan head of EV products, tells us Nissan’s Global Design team designed the livery and the company is the first Japanese marque to enter Formula E.

“Its heart is full of green energy and our Formula E car was made for the future,” Reginatto adds.

Nissan enters the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series in December. It revealed the EV race car at the Geneva Motor Show and it made its U.S. debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show last month.

Nissan’s global motorsport director Michael Carcamo was also on hand to remind us of the company’s 70-year history of working with electric vehicles.

“Entering the ABB FIA Formula E Championship gives Nissan a key development platform for our EV technologies,” Carcamo said.

“Using the same streets that our Leaf customers also commute on as race tracks has real benefits for customers—we’ll be able to take on real road conditions with our race cars—and we can share what we’ve learned as we tune our latest electric vehicles.”

Carcamo hasn’t had any seat time behind the wheel of Nissan’s Formula E car—“My insurance doesn’t cover it,” he tells us. But he did confirm that the EV has a top speed of 155 mph and features a new 54 kW battery pack that’s nearly double the range of the previous 24 kW batteries used last season. Instead of two cars per race, now teams will only have to race with one.

The Formula E series travels to New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Zurich, and Hong Kong when the fifth season begins at the end of the year.

Source: automobilemag.com/

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