Movie News: ‘Deadpool 2’ Director Touted for ‘Fast and Furious’ Spin-off

Atomic Blonde

Fast and Furious: David Leitch (Deadpool 2; Atomic Blonde, above) is in early talks to direct a spin-off of the Fast and Furious franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will reprise their characters in starring roles; we’re still waiting to hear who else might join them. Franchise veteran Chris Morgan wrote the script; the action thriller is slated for release on July 26, 2019. [THR]

The Cloverfield Paradox

Cloverfield: Sci-fi thriller The Cloverfield Paradox (above), produced by J.J. Abrams, recently debuted on Netflix. It’s the third installment in the so-called Cloverfield expanded universe of loosely-related films, with a fourth installment, a World War II drama currently titled Overlord, on its way. Asked about possible future installments, Abrams says: “I think a Western would be fun.” Given the filmmaker’s preference for keeping his projects under wraps until they are completed, we’ll just have to wait to see what happens. [Collider]

Call Me By Your Name

Bartender Thriller: Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, above) will star as a New Orleans bartender in a film that has not yet been titled. Babak Anvari, who made the critically acclaimed, atmospheric and haunting thriller Under the Shadow, will write and direct. The thriller follows a bartender who picks up an apparently lost phone, leading to a series of mysterious events and the unraveling of his life. Look for it in theaters on March 29, 2019. [Variety]

Spinning Man

Spinning Man Trailer: In the first trailer for Spinning Man, a college professor (Guy Pearce) comes under suspicion when one of his students is found murdered. Pierce Brosnan, Odeya Rush and Minnie Driver also star; the dramatic mystery opens in theaters on April 6. [Movieclips]