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The Trial of the Chicago 7
Coming to Netflix October 16, 2020
Originally developed as a Steven Spielberg film back in 2007 (which would have fit in nicely with his late career oeuvre consisting of real life dramas Munich, War Horse, Bridge of Spies, and The Post), Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the dramatization and telling of an important event in American History ™, and one that echoes events happening today, what with all the political divide and Fascist Actors of the State Apparatus billy-clubbing their way through civilian protestors, and then turning around and blaming the protestors for said violence.
And while Spielberg may have dropped out, Sorkin stepped up, getting promoted from measly writer to God Director, and having assembled an impressive cast that includes legends Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton and Frank Langella and up and coming Movie Star of The Future Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
And similarly, Paramount was all set to release this in theaters, but a global pandemic happened, and this $35 million budgeted film got sold to Netflix, hence ensuring Paramount makes their money back, and bringing us to this point right here, in which we have a new politically charged Aaron Sorkin walk and talk. Huzzah!
Coming to Netflix October 21, 2020
The 1938 Gothic romance novel Rebecca was a runaway hit (and still in publication to this day), and the subsequent 1940 movie adaptation netted legendary director Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win at the Academy Awards, so to say that there is something resonant and tangible in Dame Daphne du Maurier’s tale of a young woman stepping into the role of wife to an aristocratic widower who is consistently haunted by the spectre of his prior love.
Making this story into a movie again in 2020 is a no brainer, but the choice of director is fascinating, as Ben Wheatley got the job of bringing this story to life in the 21st century. His prior works include a number of psychological thrillers that dip a bit into horror (High Rise, Kill List A Field in England), and his most popular movie is Free Fire, which is a 2-hour comedic shoot out. So when the trailer for this movie starts with title cards saying “From the Producers of Darkest Hour and Atonement,” it seems like another run of the mill British made prestige picture, all lush photography and doomed love, but you throw in an influence like Ben Wheatley, and you may have come up with something really special in tone and intent.
Will this movie launch Wheatley to the next level?
Will it get Netflix some more awards attention?
Will Rebecca re-appear on the New York Times bestseller list?
…and here’s everything else Coming to Netflix in OCTOBER 2020…