Rebecca Hall to Star in Matt Reeves’ ‘Tales From the Loop’ on Amazon

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Rebecca Hall will star in Amazon’s “Tales from the Loop,” an hour-long science-fiction series executive produced by “War for Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves.

Hall will play Loretta, a gifted physicist.

The genre series is based on the famous artwork of Simon Stålenhag. A co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios, the eight-episode series will be helmed by executive producer Nathaniel Halpern, with Mark Romanek directing the pilot episode.

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“Tales from the Loop” explores the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe — making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.

Reeves will executive produce “Tales from the Loop” under his Sixth & Idaho company with Adam Kassan and Rafi Crohn also on board as executive producers. Reeves is set to direct Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Batman” film, which will see a new actor play the Dark Knight.

Hall is known for her roles in “Vicky Christina Barcelona,” “The Town” and “Iron Man 3” and “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.” She’ll appear in this spring’s “Teen Spirit” opposite Elle Fanning, and will part of the cast for Warner Bros.’ Godzilla-King Kong crossover “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which is out next year.

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Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

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Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” will be released on June 25, 2021, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Wednesday.

Ben Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League,” is not expected to star in the film. Reeves and Dylan Clark are producing.

Reeves says the film won’t be an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series, but will rather be a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight.

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“Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One,” Reeves said at a Television Critics Association panel, according to Slash Film. “It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him.”

“Obviously, we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though, and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman,” added Reeves.

Reeves also said that his Batman will connect to the DC Universe, unlike Christopher Nolan’s standalone Dark Knight trilogy.

“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” Reeves said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”

And — shocker — it will be noir-inspired.

“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham,” Reeves said.

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‘Surveillance’: Matthew Modine to Star Opposite Sophia Bush on CBS’ NSA Drama Pilot

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Matthew Modine is moving from Hawkins, Indiana to the NSA.

Modine will star opposite Sophia Bush in CBS’ NSA drama pilot, “Surveillance,” from producer Matt Reeves.

Modine will play Man in a Red Tie, a high level and mysterious government operative whose identity and true mission is shrouded in secrecy. The casting will not impact Modine’s role on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” where he plays the nefarious Dr. Martin Brenner.

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“Surveillance” is described by CBS as a complex and timely spy thriller centered around the head of communications for the NSA (Bush), a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.

Modine joins a cast that also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno and Raphael Acloque. Sandino Moreno will play Natalie, who oversees all active operations at the NSA, the first woman to do so – and she’s excellent at her job. She is fiercely loyal to Maddy (Bush), her close colleague and longtime friend, and the two are like sisters. Acloque will play Jack, a smart, calculating and resourceful journalist with an alternative news website. He’s a vocal critic of the NSA, determined to expose corruption and abuse within the agency and the intelligence community at large.

Reeves executive produces via his 6th & Idaho production company alongside Riggen; White co-executive produces. The project is a co-production between 20th Century Fox, where Reeves is set up, and CBS TV studios. David C. White wrote the script and Patricia Riggen is set to direct.

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Shonda Rhimes, Matt Reeves to Develop Blake Crouch’s New Book for Netflix Film, TV Universe

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Shonda Rhimes and Matt Reeves will develop a feature film as well as a TV universe for Netflix based on Blake Crouch’s book “Recursion,” Netflix announced Thursday.

“Recursion,” which will be published on June 11, 2019, follows a brilliant female scientist who invents a powerful technology that allows people to reinvent their visceral memories. It gives people the chance to rewrite their entire lives — but of course, with the technology comes certain dangers.

“Projects like this are why I came to Netflix,” said Rhimes in a statement. “The opportunity to explore a multi-genre universe in innovative ways is extremely exciting. Matt and Blake both have the tremendous ability to build compelling characters and imaginative landscapes and I am thrilled to work alongside them.”

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Reeves added, “Blake’s mind-bending novel presents an incredible opportunity to explore its expansive narrative simultaneously through both film and television. Netflix is uniquely suited for this ambitious undertaking and I can’t imagine a more exciting partner than the astonishingly talented Shonda Rhimes whose work I have admired for years.”

Crouch is a New York Times bestselling author, having written the book “Dark Matter,” for which he also wrote the script for Sony. He is best known for his “Wayward Pines” trilogy, which was also adapted in a 2015 television series of the same name.

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Last year, Rhimes brought her Shondaland production company (founded also by her producing partner Betsy Beers) to Netflix under a multi-year deal. Also earlier this year, it was announced Netflix would get an exclusive first-look at any feature films directed and/or produced by Reeves under his production company, 6th and Idaho.

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Ben Affleck Could Lose His ‘Batman’ Role Due to Post-Rehab Insurance Costs, Experts Say

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Ben Affleck’s future playing Batman on the big screen may be over — in part because the cost of insuring him may have gotten too steep, multiple industry insiders told TheWrap.

The actor, a recovering alcoholic who checked himself into rehab last week for the third time in the last two decades and the second time in just over a year, may have priced himself out of a pricey tentpole studio movie like Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Batman.”

“More than likely the studio will replace him because the insurance costs are going to go through the roof,” a representative for a completion bond company told TheWrap.

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“He would be bondable, but the deductible would be really high, probably the budget of the film,” an attorney who specializes in insurance and bond products added.

The bond company insider said insurers might only demand half of the film’s budget set aside in escrow as a deductible — which could still add up for Warner Bros. since the production budget on Affleck’s 2017 Batman appearance, “Justice League,” was around $300 million.

If a “Justice League” sequel moved forward at that price with Affleck attached, the insider said, the deductible could drive the budget up to $450 million — before marketing expenses.

The studio and Affleck’s reps declined to comment for this story, but TheWrap previously reported that “The Batman” director Matt Reeves is already exploring the idea of casting a younger actor as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming standalone film.

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Affleck would not be the first star to face issues getting bonded — a requirement of 99 percent of studio films, in which insurers provide monetary payouts in the event of unforeseen problems involving the director or top stars that result in the suspension or cancellation of production.

Robert Downey Jr. faced similar issues in the late ’90s and early 2000s due to his past substance abuse and legal issues. Mark Burg, the producer of the 1998 Robert Altman indie “The Gingerbread Man,” told the L.A. Times that the insurance premium for Downey would have cost the production $1 million on a film with a budget of less than $30 million.

“I could not afford to hire Robert Downey Jr. if I had to pay that exorbitant premium, so I basically just gambled, took a shot,” Burg said, noting that he shot the film without insurance.

On Downey’s 2003 film, “Gothika,” producer Joel Silver held onto 40 percent of the actor’s salary as insurance, according to the N.Y. Times. And Mel Gibson paid Downey’s insurance bond himself so the future “Iron Man” star could appear in his 2003 film “The Singing Detective,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Insiders suggested that Affleck may have to follow Downey’s example and pursue lower-budgeted indie films for a while before insurers will bet on him for major studio releases at a reasonable rate.

“A track record of completing projects without incident, that would likely show the underwriter that the risk has gone down and would likely lead to them lowering premiums and the cost of the bond on future projects,” the attorney said.

Affleck recently completed two films for Netflix without incident, J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier” and Dee Rees’ “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Neither of those films had higher insurance due to his past rehab stints, according to an individual with knowledge of Affleck’s situation.

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But the risks increased with his latest trip to rehab — so soon after his last intervention. “Anytime you have an event that is going to change the risk, you would expect to have an increase in the premium,” the attorney said. “The greater the risk the greater the premium.”

Affleck’s return to a film set would also likely come with some pretty serious conditions. According to the bond company rep, the star would have to not only pass a medical exam but also take a daily drug test on set every day administered by a doctor or doctors chosen by the insurance company.

“Financiers and producers are going to want to see some evidence that his recent round of therapy was effective and that there are going to be some steps taken that he will be sober on his next project,” a top dealmaker in content financing told TheWrap.

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“Maybe hiring a sober monitor?” the individual added. “Affleck will have to be on his game on his next project.”

One thing that Affleck does have in his favor is that Hollywood — and fans — love a comeback story.

“In the grand scheme, Affleck has a proven track record of critical and commercial success,” the attorney said. “I would expect that there will still be a market for him as an artist.”

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Matt Reeves Says ‘Batman’ Won’t Be a ‘Year One’-Style Origin Story

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“The Batman” director Matt Reeves says the film won’t be an origin story in the vein of Frank Miller’s beloved “Year One” series, but will rather be a “defining” and “very personal” story about the Dark Knight.

“Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One,” Reeves said at a Television Critics Association panel, according to Slash Film. “It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him.”

Reeves, who was at TCA to promote his new Fox drama “The Passage,” added:  “Obviously, we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though, and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”

Reeves also said he is hard at work on a draft.

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“We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks,” Reeves said. “Right now, my head is totally into the script. Right now, I’m going to be leaving here to go back to work on the script.”

He said he hopes production could begin “hopefully in the spring or early summer, something like that,” according to Slash Film.

Reeves also said that his Batman will connect to the DC Universe, unlike Christopher Nolan’s standalone Dark Knight trilogy.

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“There are ways in which all of this connects to DC, to the DC universe as well,” Reeves said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”

And — shocker — it will be noir-inspired.

“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham,” Reeves said.

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