It was just the other day that we posted a news update on projects in the works, but we’re already in need of another quick round. First up, Ai Weiwei will direct Til Schweiger in a short slated to be part of the omnibus film Berlin, I Love You, reports Spiegel Online. Since Chinese authorities won’t allow Ai to travel, he’ll be directing via Skype—this weekend.
Terrence Malick’s doc-slash-essay on life, the universe and everything, Voyage of Time, is complete and will be released in two versions, reports the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth. There’ll be “a 40-minute IMAX cut narrated by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature length version narrated by Cate Blanchett.” And of course, Malick’s Knight of Cups sees its world premiere at the Berlinale on Sunday.
“Edgar Wright has been working to fill up his plate after departing Marvel’s Ant-Man,” reports Catarina Cowden at Cinema Blend. “He quickly moved on to sci-fi film, Grasshopper Jungle and a rock-and-roll car chase film, entitled Baby Driver, and now his latest project will turn Charles Dickens’s classic novel Oliver Twist into a steampunk adventure.”
At io9, Meredith Woerner talks with Andy and Lana Wachowski about Sense8, the Netflix series they’re working on. Andy: “We shot in San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, Reykjavík, London, Berlin, Nairobi, Seoul, Mumbai.” And Lana says they told Netflix, “‘We’re only interested in it if we can do anything. And I mean anything. Like crazy psychic orgies with all sorts of different bodies.’ And they were like, ‘Yeah sure, cool great.'” Meantime, the first reviews of Jupiter Ascending are out. The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw finds it “all very chaotic and entertaining, like a bizarre cult sci-fi TV show that somehow survived a threat of mid-season cancellation.” More from Peter Debruge (Variety), Tim Grierson (Screen), Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter), Matt Zoller Seitz (RogerEbert.com, 2/4), Matt Singer (Screen Crush), Loïc Valceschini (Twitch) and Adam Woodward (Little White Lies).
Kino Lorber has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Pioneers of African-American Cinema
Holidays will be a “group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day, the vignettes will be helmed by indie and genre filmmakers including Kevin Smith, Gary Shore (Dracula Untold) and Matt Johnson (The Dirties),” reports Deadline‘s Nancy Tartaglione.