VARIETY – Emily Blunt has joined “Wild Mountain Thyme” as Jamie Dornan’s star-crossed love interest in John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his Broadway smash hit, “Outside Mullingar.” Blunt replaces Holliday Grainger, who was previously announced as Dornan’s co-star in May.
Jon Hamm, Dearbhla Molloy, and Christopher Walken have also signed on for the movie, which starts shooting at the end of the month.
Bleecker Street has already acquired the U.S. rights for the film, and Lionsgate U.K. has Britain.
The film, which is set in Ireland, follows Anthony (Dornan), who is always out in the fields working and is worn down by the constant belittling from his father (Walken). His father has threatened to bequeath the family farm to his American cousin Adam (Hamm). Rosemary (Blunt) holds a grudge for having been shamed by Anthony in childhood, and the sparks between them fly. Her mother, Aoife (Molloy), strives to unite the families before it is too late.
“Wild Mountain Thyme” was developed by Mar-Key Pictures. Mar-Key’s Leslie Urdang, Anthony Bregman of Likely Story, Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo of Amasia Entertainment, Alex Witchel and Martina Niland of Port Pictures are producing.
HanWay Films is handling international sales and negotiated the deal with Lionsgate U.K. It has also closed several other deals, including with Pathé (Switzerland), A Contracorriente (Spain), IDC (Latin America), Madman (Australasia), Nordisk (Scandinavia), and Frontrow (Middle East).
CAA Media Finance is handling the U.S. rights and negotiated the deal with Bleecker Street together with Andrew Kramer of Loeb & Loeb. Kramer, Jonathan Loughran, and Stephen Mallaghan will executive produce.
VARIETY – Paramount Pictures has moved its sequel to “A Quiet Place” ahead by two months from May 15 to March 20, 2020.
John Krasinski is returning to direct the still-untitled movie with Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles. Cillian Murphy is joining the cast.
“A Quiet Place” grossed $340 million at the global box office last year. Blunt won the Screen Actors Guild Award in the supporting actress category for her role in the horror-thriller. Krasinski also wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, and the trio received a Writers Guild nomination in the original category.
Krasinski directed and starred in the story of an isolated family of four that must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. “A Quiet Place” premiered at SXSW and the 2020 edition of the festival launches on March 16, four days before the sequel opens.
Paramount also announced Friday that it’s moved its family film “Playing With Fire” forward four months from March 20 to Nov. 8, taking the spot that was vacated earlier on Friday by “Sonic the Hedgehog.” The movie, directed by Andy Fickman, centers on firefighters who take in a group of siblings after rescuing them from a fire. John Cena stars with Brianna Hildebrand, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo.
Lionsgate is also opening its faith-based drama “I Still Believe,” starring K.J. Apa as Christian singer Jeremy Camp, on March 20.
VARIETY – “Edge of Tomorrow” is officially getting a sequel.
Warner Bros. is moving ahead with its follow-up to the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt time-travel tale “Edge of Tomorrow,” with “Invention of Lying” scribe Matthew Robinson writing the script.
The 2014 original, directed by Doug Liman, grossed $370.5 million worldwide, including $100.2 million in the U.S. “Edge of Tomorrow,” based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 Japanese novel, “All You Need Is Kill,” takes place in a future where most of Europe is invaded by an alien race.
Cruise portrays a military public relations officer with no combat experience who’s forced by his superiors to join a landing operation against the aliens. Cruise’s character finds himself in a time loop that sends him back to the previous day every time he dies. He teams up with Blunt’s special forces soldier to improve his combat skills each day.
Cruise and Blunt have not signed on for the sequel, but are expected to do so. The film will be produced by Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally, and Masi Oka, with Hisashi Sasaki exec producing. Liman will develop the untitled sequel with Robinson. Warner Bros. hired writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse to develop the project in 2016.
Robinson’s repped by WME and 3 Arts. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
INDIEWIRE – John Krasinski is officially returning to direct “A Quiet Place 2,” the sequel to last year’s critical and box office smash hit that earned $340 million worldwide and an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Editing. While Krasinski’s return to the director’s chair was expected (he had already been confirmed to write the script), a crucial new bit of information about the sequel is that Emily Blunt is coming back as well. Per Deadline, Blunt’s deal to star in “A Quiet Place 2” is already closed.
Blunt’s return for the sequel helps paint a clearer picture about what to expect in the new movie. No plot details on “A Quiet Place 2” have been revealed, so it was unclear whether or not the sequel would pick up with a different story set in the same world as the first film or continue to focus on the surviving characters: Blunt’s Evelyn Abbott and her two children, played by Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds.
In an interview with Fandango last April, co-screenwriters Bryan Woods and Scott Beck teased a sequel could explore parts of the “A Quiet Place” world beyond the Abbott family. “It’s such a fun world. There are so many things you could do,” Woods said. Beck added, “There are certainly so many stories you could tell. It’s just really, at the end of the day, who are the characters in this, and what does this situation mean to that dynamic?”
Krasinski spoke to Deadline about sequel plans last fall and he remained cryptic about whether or not the script would follow Blunt’s character. “The thing that I loved in the movie, where my mind kept wandering as we were making it, was the question of who was on the other end of those fires, when the father lights the fire and in the distance those other fires light up,” Krasinski said. “How did those people survive? How did that old man survive?”
Blunt’s casting for “A Quiet Place 2” suggests the Abbott family will still be featured prominently in the sequel. The sequel ended with Evelyn cocking a gun and preparing to fend off monsters storming the family home. The sequel could very well pick up in that scene and begin with Evelyn’s defense and then, given Krasinski’s tease above, follow the family as they head out of the home and link up with fellow survivors. Neither Jupe or Simmonds are confirmed for the sequel as well.
Blunt’s work in “A Quiet Place” won her the Screen Actors Guild prize for Best Supporting Actress last month. Production on “A Quiet Place 2” is set to begin in July. Paramount Pictures will release the sequel in theaters May 15, 2020.
On Wednesday evening in Tokyo (time zone differences will explain everything), Emily attended the Tokyo premiere of Mary Poppins Returns at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. Complete with a presentation, costumes from the movie and pop-up sets of Cherry Tree Lane, it looks as if Emily had a great time – and of course, looked very beautiful in the process.