Guillermo del Toro Confirms 45 Percent of Nightmare Alley is Shot


This year has seen a number of productions shut down around the globe, one of the most buzzed-about being Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Nightmare Alley , and in a recent interview with IndieWire, the Oscar winner has revealed he and his crew got 45 percent of the film shot before it was halted.

In looking back at early March, when new Searchlight Pictures owner Disney announced production had come to a halt on the psychological thriller, Del Toro revealed that he approached the studio first to ask about shutting it down prior to their asking.

“ We reacted super fast, we proposed the studio to stop as opposed to being asked to stop ,” del Toro said. “ That saved us. Nobody to my knowledge in the cast or the crew got coronavirus. We were roughly 45 percent in. We were literally in the middle of a great scene. We went to lunch and talked to the studio and when we came back we said, ‘Everybody leave your tools and leave now. ‘”

The 55-year-old filmmaker expressed his hope to return to shooting the film in the fall, keeping his “ fingers crossed ,” while also looking on the bright side as his stop-motion musical adaptation of Pinocchio is slowly getting back to shooting, even working on recording ADR for the latter in the meantime. For both productions, del Toro has also penned 80-page documents laying out safety protocols and ensuring they stay intact for when cast and crew return to sets.

“ In stop-motion, you have many sets nearby one another in a warehouse like space ,” del Toro said. “ You can have 10 sets in one space. We had to create a protocol where we now space the sets a certain number of feet. We created different shifts so no one is exposed. In this moment, security is paramount. Health, safety is the number one concert. We got to get used to it. I don’t think we can go back to what we consider the old normal. Everything will be a little altered. ”

Nightmare Alley , written by del Toro and Morgan, will be based on the novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham, previously adapted into a movie by Fox in 1947. The novel “follows the exploits of Stanton Carlisle, a ruthless hustler who learns the tricks of the carny trade and uses them to establish himself as a spiritual guru, preying on the wealthy and the weak.”

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Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper ( A Star is Born ) will the star-studded cast that includes multi-award winning-actresses Cate Blanchett ( Where’d You Go, Bernadette? ), Toni Collette ( Hereditary ), Rooney Mara ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ) along with Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe ( The Lighthouse ) Ron Perlman ( Hellboy ), Mark Povinelli ( Water for Elephants ), David Strathairn ( Billions ), Richard Jenkins ( The Shape of Water ) and Holt McCallany ( Mindhunter ).

The 1947 movie starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

Nightmare Alley will be directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, who will also serve as a producer alongside J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment. Searchlight Pictures (formerly named Fox Searchlight) has worldwide distribution rights to the film.

(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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Midsommar Director’s Cut Coming to Blu-ray!


For fans a little disheartened that the director’s cut of Ari Aster’s haunting psychological thriller Midsommar only received a physical copy in the UK, we’ve got exciting news for you as A24 has unveiled a special new collector’s edition of the extended cut that is coming to Blu-ray and 4K UHD here in the states! The announcement tweet can be viewed below and you can pre-order your copy here!

⟐ Clothbound, Harga-yellow slipcase ⟐ 62-page booklet featuring foreword by Martin Scorsese and original artworks from the film ⟐ 4K UHD or Standard HD https://t.co/4Z0Rd6t72o

— A24 (@A24) June 30, 2020

The first Collector’s Edition from A24, Ari Aster’s 171-minute director’s cut will look as crisp on your bookshelf as it does in 4K Ultra HD. The Blu-ray disc comes enclosed in a clothbound, Hårga-yellow slipcase, accompanied by an illustrated 62-page booklet featuring original artworks from the film by Ragnar Persson and a foreword by Martin Scorsese! The special edition is set ship on July 20!

It was previously announced that the director’s cut of the film would be released in the UK on October 28, 2019 with the US being able to access the extended edition exclusively on Apple TV when purchasing the original film.

Midsommar follows a couple, played by Jack Reynor ( Strange Angel ) and Florence Pugh (Black Widow), who are traveling through Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

The film also stars Will Poulter ( Detroit ), William Jackson Harper ( The Good Place ), Ellora Torchia ( Broadchurch ), Archie Madekwe ( Teen Spirit ) and relative newcomer Vilhem Blomgren.

David Ayer Reveals the Original Big Bad in Suicide Squad


It’s no secret David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was put through the studio wringer before it even began filming and in his latest social media revelation regarding his original cut, the 52-year-old writer/director revealed that the original big final boss fight in the film was set to be a parademon before Warner Bros. nixed the idea.

There was supposed to be a parademon boss fight – that got killed in prep so it was a boss fight with Incubus https://t.co/kWxbxgZR5o

— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) July 1, 2020

Ayer previously confirmed that parademons were set to be in the film and had a drastically different look in comparison to the ones that made their big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his follow-up Justice League , but this new revelation confirms that Incubus, who had bizarrely little screen time for the “final big bad” in the theatrical cut, was never intended to be such.

The ball is firmly in Warner Bros. court on this one. It certainly bodes well that Ayer doesn’t seem to harbor any ill will toward the studio, nor with Gunn and vice versa. Ayer has also said that there’s a lot more footage of Jared Leto’s Joker nestled somewhere in the WB archives. Regardless, there’s the matter of what kind of resources the studio is willing to give Ayer to realize his true vision of the film. Warner Bros. is reportedly giving Snyder an estimated $20-30 million to properly finish his Justice League cut, but with Ayer recently confirming he wouldn’t need anywhere close to that to finish his version, many are questioning why not just allow him to go for it.

Would you like to see a proper director’s cut of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad down the line?

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