Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego Movie Sets ‘Game Night’ Scribe Mark Perez As Writer

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has tapped Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez to pen its Carmen Sandiego feature film that has set Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to topline. No director is attached yet.
The streaming service acquired live-action film rights to…

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has tapped Game Night screenwriter Mark Perez to pen its Carmen Sandiego feature film that has set Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to topline. No director is attached yet. The streaming service acquired live-action film rights to the iconic 1990s property back in March with Rodriguez attached to the title role. It’s part of a full-court press for Netflix and the brand: Rodriguez also will voice the character in an animated series eyeing a release in…

‘Game Night’ Scores $1 Million, ‘Annihilation’ Takes $900,000 at Thursday Box Office

New Line Cinema’s “Game Night” scored $1 million in Thursday previews last night, while Paramount’s “Annihilation” earned $900,000.

“Game Night” is led by Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler, and follows a group of friends who get together for their weekly game night only to end up caught in an actual murder plot. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directed from a script by Mark Perez.

Bateman’s film “Horrible Bosses 2” also earned $1 million in previews before it grossed $15.4 million its opening weekend. “Game Night” is looking at an opening of $17 million, with Warner Bros. projecting a $12-14 million start. Another good comparison is “Office Christmas Party,” which earned $950,000 in December 2016 and grossed $16.9 million its opening weekend.

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“Annihilation,” which stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is written and directed by “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland, also opens this weekend. Based on the best-selling 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer, the film is tracking for a $10 million opening from 2,000 locations.

Garland’s film is being well-received — the film holds a “fresh” rating of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “Game Night” is currently also rated “fresh” with 83 percent.

See Video: Lamorne Morris’ Honest Pitch for ‘Game Night’: You’ve Already Seen ‘Black Panther’

Also coming out in targeted release is Orion’s romance film “Every Day,” which stars Angourie Rice as a woman who falls in love with a mysterious being called A who inhabits a different body every day. The film will be released on 1,625 screens and is looking at an opening of $2-5 million.

“Every Day” holds a score of 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The big question this weekend will be how Marvel’s “Black Panther” will hold up in its second weekend after having a stellar opening of $201 million. It is expected to have a second frame of more than $100 million, likely pushing it past the domestic runs of all of Marvel Studios’ 2017 releases and last year’s highest grossing superhero release, “Wonder Woman.”

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New Line Cinema’s “Game Night” scored $1 million in Thursday previews last night, while Paramount’s “Annihilation” earned $900,000.

“Game Night” is led by Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and Kyle Chandler, and follows a group of friends who get together for their weekly game night only to end up caught in an actual murder plot. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein directed from a script by Mark Perez.

Bateman’s film “Horrible Bosses 2” also earned $1 million in previews before it grossed $15.4 million its opening weekend. “Game Night” is looking at an opening of $17 million, with Warner Bros. projecting a $12-14 million start. Another good comparison is “Office Christmas Party,” which earned $950,000 in December 2016 and grossed $16.9 million its opening weekend.

“Annihilation,” which stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh and is written and directed by “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland, also opens this weekend. Based on the best-selling 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer, the film is tracking for a $10 million opening from 2,000 locations.

Garland’s film is being well-received — the film holds a “fresh” rating of 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “Game Night” is currently also rated “fresh” with 83 percent.

Also coming out in targeted release is Orion’s romance film “Every Day,” which stars Angourie Rice as a woman who falls in love with a mysterious being called A who inhabits a different body every day. The film will be released on 1,625 screens and is looking at an opening of $2-5 million.

“Every Day” holds a score of 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The big question this weekend will be how Marvel’s “Black Panther” will hold up in its second weekend after having a stellar opening of $201 million. It is expected to have a second frame of more than $100 million, likely pushing it past the domestic runs of all of Marvel Studios’ 2017 releases and last year’s highest grossing superhero release, “Wonder Woman.”

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Lamorne Morris’ Honest Pitch for ‘Game Night’: You’ve Already Seen ‘Black Panther’ (Video)

“New Girl” actor Lamorne Morris has a very good reason for movie lovers to turn out for his new comedy “Game Night” this weekend.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen on screen, and besides, you will already have seen ‘Black Panther’ the week before,” Morris told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “So you may as well go see this one afterwards.”

Morris also hinted that the off-camera high jinks of the cast — which includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Michael C. Hall — was almost as wild as what appeared on screen.

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“Billy Magnussen, he’s a wild one,” Morris noted. “It’s almost like we could have filmed our regular game nights and that would have been a movie in itself.”

“Game Night,” directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”), follows a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes horribly wrong. Mark Perez wrote the script.

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TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde gave “Game Night” a positive review, writing that the film is “fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction.”

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“New Girl” actor Lamorne Morris has a very good reason for movie lovers to turn out for his new comedy “Game Night” this weekend.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen on screen, and besides, you will already have seen ‘Black Panther’ the week before,” Morris told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “So you may as well go see this one afterwards.”

Morris also hinted that the off-camera high jinks of the cast — which includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Michael C. Hall — was almost as wild as what appeared on screen.

“Billy Magnussen, he’s a wild one,” Morris noted. “It’s almost like we could have filmed our regular game nights and that would have been a movie in itself.”

“Game Night,” directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”), follows a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes horribly wrong. Mark Perez wrote the script.

TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde gave “Game Night” a positive review, writing that the film is “fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction.”

Watch the video above.

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‘Game Night’ Film Review: Winning Action-Comedy Passes Go, Collects $200

We play games because we can’t always predict who’s going to win, and movies can offer similarly exciting surprises. There are a million reasons why, on paper, “Game Night” might feel like a run-of-the-mill studio comedy, but it’s anything but.

Fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction, this frenetic R-rated farce is that rare comic gem that lands on all the spaces without ever going to jail.

Viewers would be forgiven for their hesitance to see another movie from the directors of the “Vacation” reboot, but John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, working from a pitch-perfect screenplay by Mark Perez (“Accepted”), have crafted an ensemble comedy that lives up to its high-concept premise while giving a gang of talented actors — including the gifted Jason Bateman, so rarely employed to great effect on the big screen — fun characters and big, outrageous moments.

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On the surface, “Game Night” seems like an amalgam of ideas from other movies, both good (the illusion-vs.-reality of “The Game” and “The Man Who Knew Too Little”) and bad (the frantic suburbanites of “Sex Tape”), but it never feels gimmicky or contrived or dully familiar. It nails the jokes, yes, but on a higher degree of difficulty, it also nails the plot.

Bateman stars as Max, a hyper-competitive game player married to the equally intense Annie (Rachel McAdams). They meet as rival trivia team captains, before courting each other through a montage of Risk and Pictionary nights. Now married, the two are having a tough time conceiving, perhaps because Max feels overshadowed by the one person he can never beat: his slick brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler).

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Investment banker Brooks comes breezing into town (driving the vintage Corvette Stingray that has been Max’s lifelong dream car) and takes over Max and Annie’s weekly game night. He offers the couple and their friends — married high-school sweethearts Kevin (Lamorne Morris, “New Girl”) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury, “Pitch”), lovable dolt Ryan (Billy Magnussen, “Ingrid Goes West”) — the opportunity to compete for the car by solving a fake kidnapping that’s about to happen.

The men who storm Brooks’ house and take him are not, however, from the murder-mystery games company he hired; they’re actual goons dispatched to nab him for a shady deal he brokered. But no one else knows this, so the friends let the kidnapping take place before they start following the clues. By the time the three couples — Ryan has brought along co-worker Sarah (Sharon Horgan, “Catastrophe”), under the impression that all British people are automatically smart — figure out that (dun dun dun) the game is real, they’re immersed in a world of actual guns (and gun wounds), underground fight clubs, smuggled intel, and long-buried secrets involving sex with celebrities.

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Perhaps most vexing to Max and Annie is that they are forced to go to their cop neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons) for help; Gary’s ex-wife was their game-night friend, but now she’s gone and they’re stuck with this pill who plays terribly, speaks in a creepy monotone, and seems obsessed with his fluffy white dog, who becomes part of one of the film’s many hysterical sight gags.

In a lesser movie, Plemons’ ingeniously off-putting performance would handily steal the show, but in “Game Night,” it’s just one of many great turns; Bateman’s patented slow-burn plays well off McAdams’ upbeat charm (when holding bad guys at gunpoint, she forces them into Child’s Pose), while Magnussen’s inspired idiocy perpetually finds new depths. Horgan, as a newcomer to this circle, gets her fair share of wry put-downs, and the movie even finds an organic excuse for Morris to do his killer Denzel impersonation.

It could have been very easy for the stakes and violence that eventually surface to undo the film’s delightful silliness, but there’s a brilliant balance of the many tonal shifts involved. It certainly helps that this is a movie that feels actually written and not, like so many studio comedies of recent vintage, simply made up as it goes along by a cast of comedians. Perez’s screenplay sets up gags and pays them off all the way through to the very end, and its core of well-established central characters allows us to follow them through some dangerous situations, laughing all the way.



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We play games because we can’t always predict who’s going to win, and movies can offer similarly exciting surprises. There are a million reasons why, on paper, “Game Night” might feel like a run-of-the-mill studio comedy, but it’s anything but.

Fast and funny, filled with memorable characters, and able to balance slapstick and violence without spilling too far in either direction, this frenetic R-rated farce is that rare comic gem that lands on all the spaces without ever going to jail.

Viewers would be forgiven for their hesitance to see another movie from the directors of the “Vacation” reboot, but John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, working from a pitch-perfect screenplay by Mark Perez (“Accepted”), have crafted an ensemble comedy that lives up to its high-concept premise while giving a gang of talented actors — including the gifted Jason Bateman, so rarely employed to great effect on the big screen — fun characters and big, outrageous moments.

On the surface, “Game Night” seems like an amalgam of ideas from other movies, both good (the illusion-vs.-reality of “The Game” and “The Man Who Knew Too Little”) and bad (the frantic suburbanites of “Sex Tape”), but it never feels gimmicky or contrived or dully familiar. It nails the jokes, yes, but on a higher degree of difficulty, it also nails the plot.

Bateman stars as Max, a hyper-competitive game player married to the equally intense Annie (Rachel McAdams). They meet as rival trivia team captains, before courting each other through a montage of Risk and Pictionary nights. Now married, the two are having a tough time conceiving, perhaps because Max feels overshadowed by the one person he can never beat: his slick brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler).

Investment banker Brooks comes breezing into town (driving the vintage Corvette Stingray that has been Max’s lifelong dream car) and takes over Max and Annie’s weekly game night. He offers the couple and their friends — married high-school sweethearts Kevin (Lamorne Morris, “New Girl”) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury, “Pitch”), lovable dolt Ryan (Billy Magnussen, “Ingrid Goes West”) — the opportunity to compete for the car by solving a fake kidnapping that’s about to happen.

The men who storm Brooks’ house and take him are not, however, from the murder-mystery games company he hired; they’re actual goons dispatched to nab him for a shady deal he brokered. But no one else knows this, so the friends let the kidnapping take place before they start following the clues. By the time the three couples — Ryan has brought along co-worker Sarah (Sharon Horgan, “Catastrophe”), under the impression that all British people are automatically smart — figure out that (dun dun dun) the game is real, they’re immersed in a world of actual guns (and gun wounds), underground fight clubs, smuggled intel, and long-buried secrets involving sex with celebrities.

Perhaps most vexing to Max and Annie is that they are forced to go to their cop neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons) for help; Gary’s ex-wife was their game-night friend, but now she’s gone and they’re stuck with this pill who plays terribly, speaks in a creepy monotone, and seems obsessed with his fluffy white dog, who becomes part of one of the film’s many hysterical sight gags.

In a lesser movie, Plemons’ ingeniously off-putting performance would handily steal the show, but in “Game Night,” it’s just one of many great turns; Bateman’s patented slow-burn plays well off McAdams’ upbeat charm (when holding bad guys at gunpoint, she forces them into Child’s Pose), while Magnussen’s inspired idiocy perpetually finds new depths. Horgan, as a newcomer to this circle, gets her fair share of wry put-downs, and the movie even finds an organic excuse for Morris to do his killer Denzel impersonation.

It could have been very easy for the stakes and violence that eventually surface to undo the film’s delightful silliness, but there’s a brilliant balance of the many tonal shifts involved. It certainly helps that this is a movie that feels actually written and not, like so many studio comedies of recent vintage, simply made up as it goes along by a cast of comedians. Perez’s screenplay sets up gags and pays them off all the way through to the very end, and its core of well-established central characters allows us to follow them through some dangerous situations, laughing all the way.

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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Game Night’

Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to star in New Line comedy “Game Night” alongside Jason Bateman, TheWrap has learned.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”) will direct the movie, while Bateman will produce alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

Bateman recently signed on to star but has been a producer on the project since the film was pitched.

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“Game Night” is about a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night, when something goes horribly wrong. Dana Fox and Mark Perez previously worked on the script.

Bateman is currently in production on “Ozark,” a new Netflix drama series. He is an executive producer on the project, and will also star in and direct several episodes. The show will premiere this year. His most recent credits include “Office Christmas Party,” “Central Intelligence” and “Zootopia.”

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McAdams’ period drama “Disobedience” is currently in development. She last starred in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and “The Little Prince.”

Bateman is represented by CAA and Shelter PR, while McAdams is represented by WME and ID Public Relations.

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Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to star in New Line comedy “Game Night” alongside Jason Bateman, TheWrap has learned.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (“Vacation”) will direct the movie, while Bateman will produce alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

Bateman recently signed on to star but has been a producer on the project since the film was pitched.

“Game Night” is about a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night, when something goes horribly wrong. Dana Fox and Mark Perez previously worked on the script.

Bateman is currently in production on “Ozark,” a new Netflix drama series. He is an executive producer on the project, and will also star in and direct several episodes. The show will premiere this year. His most recent credits include “Office Christmas Party,” “Central Intelligence” and “Zootopia.”

McAdams’ period drama “Disobedience” is currently in development. She last starred in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and “The Little Prince.”

Bateman is represented by CAA and Shelter PR, while McAdams is represented by WME and ID Public Relations.

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