The hot spec package in front of buyers right now is Ending Things. The Kevin Sullivan spec has Anthony Mackie and Priyanka Chopra Jonas attached to star in a True Lies-esque action film. A hit-woman who wants out of the assassin business tells her “business” partner that she’s ending their personal relationship as well. But she comes to realize she doesn’t want to end that part of their bond. In order to survive the breakup – and their last job together – they must join forces for one last night out.
Davis Entertainment and Lit Entertainment will produce with Inspire Entertainment and Mackie’s Make It With Gravy Productions. [Source]
Anthony Mackie has set his feature directorial debut with Spark. The drama will star Saniyya Sidney as Claudette Colvin, an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era. Sidney is coming off a breakout performance as Venus Williams in King Richard. Mackie is producing with Kellon Akeem, Jason Michael Berman and Marc Ambrose.
Colvin was 15-years-old when she bravely stood up to racism, getting arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This was nine months before Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights era symbol for courageously doing essentially the same thing. Initially embraced by Civil Rights leaders for her courage, Colvin was brushed out of history when those same civic leaders decided a poor, dark-skinned teenage girl would not be the ideal face for their public campaign. The film will be a co-production between Make it with Gravy Productions, Mansa Productions, Mandalay Pictures in Association with Ambergreen Entertainment. Niceole R. Levy, who worked with Mackie on The Banker, is writing it. The filmmakers have the life rights of Colvin and are working with her family. They’ve also secured rights to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. [Source]
Anthony Mackie, David Harbour and Jahi Di’Allo Winston will star in Netflix’s upcoming family adventure “We Have a Ghost.”
The movie, written and directed by Christopher Landon (“Freaky,” Happy Death Day”) also stars Tig Notaro and Jennifer Coolidge.
Mackie and Harbour are both coming off of major Marvel moments, with Mackie officially assuming the mantle of Captain American in his Disney plus series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and Harbour stealing scenes in “Black Widow” as Red Guardian. Winston is best known for his breakout roles in “Charm City Kings” and “Queen & Slim.”
“We Have a Ghost” is adapted from Geoff Managuh’s short story “Ernest,” about a young man named Kevin (Winston) whose family finds a ghost named Ernest (Harbour) haunting their new home. Discovering Ernest turns Kevin’s family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest’s past, they become a target of the CIA. [More at Source]
Well Go USA has set an October 23 release date in theaters and drive-ins for Synchronic, the sci-fi thriller starring Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie that the distributor picked up at last year’s Toronto Film Festival in a seven-figure deal. A digital release is also in the works for January.
The pic, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, centers on New Orleans paramedics Steve (Mackie) and Dennis (Dornan), whose lives are ripped apart when they stumble upon a bizarre plot involving a series of drug-related deaths. Katie Aselton and Ally Ioannides also star. Benson penned the script. [Source]
Variety and PBS SoCal have announced the actor lineup and schedule for Season 12 of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”
The new season of the Emmy-winning series was filmed entirely from actors’ homes and includes one-on-one conversations between stars from potential contending shows in this year’s Emmy race. The first two episodes will premiere on PBS SoCal on Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with episodes three and four premiering on Friday, July 24, at 8 p.m. and 8:30 pm. All episodes will stream on pbssocal.org and on the free PBS Video app following their premieres.
The conversations include Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”) with Lisa Kudrow (“Space Force,” “Feel Good”); Henry Cavill (“The Witcher”) with Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: Picard”); Kieran Culkin (“Succession”) with Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”); Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice in the Room”) with Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”); Claire Danes (“Homeland”) with Damian Lewis (“Billions”); Daveed Diggs (“Snowpiercer”) with Anthony Mackie (“Black Mirror,” “Altered Carbon”); Chris Evans (“Defending Jacob”) with Paul Rudd (“Living with Yourself”); Anne Hathaway (“Modern Love”) with Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”); Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”) with Paul Mescal (“Normal People”); Regina King (“Watchmen”) with Reese Witherspoon (“Little Fires Everywhere”, “Big Little Lies”, “The Morning Show”); Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) with Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”); Tessa Thompson (“Westworld”) with Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”); and Zendaya (“Euphoria”) with Mj Rodriguez (“Pose”). [Source]
Netflix released the episode titles and synopses for the new season, below you’ll find a new teaser and a synopsis of Anthony’s episode:
Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.
Cast: Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), relative newcomer Ludi Lin