From: @Crespodiso & @PFTMedia
Coming to Netflix October 1, 2021
The Guilty is a 2018 Danish psychological thriller which I saw and reviewed at the 2018 Florida Film Festival (review available here).
Making a splash at the time of release, Jake Gyllenhaal picked up the rights to do a remake in December 2018, and he got director Antonie Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen) on board to help him bring the movie to life after getting a screenplay written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto in September 2020, and Netflix quickly signed on to produce and distribute. Likely the reason this came together so quickly is because the nature of the story – a 911 dispatcher helps a distressed person over the phone during a series of phone calls – allows for a COVID-safe, socially distanced filming. It is a “bottle episode” of a movie, meaning the location doesn’t change, which keeps the cast small and the conditions easier to handle.
Will the movie itself be any good? The original 2018 movie was fine enough, with good acting, and a decent story, but did it need to be remade? Probably not, unless Pizzolatto, Fuqua, and Gyllenhaal somehow found a way to enhance this premise into something more profound and exciting, and since this is a “Netflix movie” the chances are that it will be just good enough. And that’s fine.
Army of Thieves
Coming to Netflix October 29, 2021
No matter what you think of the guy. but you have to respect Zack Snyder’s moxie and ability to create large scale entertainment in a way that seems unique to him. Netflix stepped up to the plate and provided Snyder with millions upon millions of dollars to build out a whole zombie movie universe, which started with Army of the Dead released this past summer, and now to be followed up by the first of two prequels (with the other being an animated series named Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas), Army of Thieves.
Following the safe cracker character from the first movie, this follows his initial journey as a safe cracker in training, which just happens to go down during the very early days of the zombie pandemic. Interestingly, this prequel was directed not by Zack Snyder but instead by Matthias Schweighöfer, the actor who portrays the character in this series, and off the top of my head I can not think of another spin off movie or series in which the director is also the lead actor. I’m sure such a thing exists, I just can’t think of it, which shows how incredibly rare this kind of this can be. How does Netflix feel about their investment being outsourced to an actor while their main contractor goes off to make a sci fi movie that started out as a Star Wars pitch? Hopefully they are fine with it because this movie is coming at the end of the month.
…and here’s everything else Coming to Netflix in OCTOBER 2021…