Hot Package: Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt In ‘Ball And Chain’

At this point, this one isn’t confirmed, but with Emily Gordon penning the script (she also did The Big Sick, for those that have seen it), this could be a very promising project for Emily. Stay tuned for further updates on its status.

DEADLINE – We might not have a clear path to a resumption of production yet, but the material market is certainly back in full bloom. The hot spec package tonight is Ball and Chain, with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt attached to play a bickering couple who receive super powers that only work if they can learn to put aside their differences and work together.

Here’s the description from the four-part comic book published in 1999: Edgar and Mallory Bulson have decided to throw in the towel. That was the plan anyway, until a mysterious meteor bathed the battling couple in extraterrestrial energies that gave them super-powers. Will their newfound abilities be enough to make their marriage work?

The script is by Emily Gordon, and Kevin Misher is producing with Seven Bucks. Several studios are bidding, and it sounds like Netflix is emerging as a potential destination. None of the participants would return Deadline’s calls.

Stay tuned.

Amazon Boards Emily Blunt-Led Western ‘The English’ From BBC

Huge news, and what an exciting project for Emily!

VARIETY – Amazon has snapped up North American rights to an Emily Blunt-fronted western from the BBC, Variety has learned.

The streaming giant is understood to have boarded “The English,” which has attached the “Quiet Place” actor as its lead. The multi-part series is produced by “Doctor Foster” firm Drama Republic, whose credits include BBC Two and SundanceTV spy thriller “The Honorable Woman,” as well as Netflix and BBC Two co-production “Black Earth Rising.”

The series is the latest from writer-director Hugo Blick, who broke out with “Honorable Woman” in 2014. The Golden Globe and Peabody-winning drama was one of the first high-end shows to feature actors traditionally seen in film crossing over into the TV space, and featured Maggie Gyllenhaal as a woman who inherits her family’s arms business and becomes mired in a volatile political situation in the Middle East.

Blick’s follow-up, “Black Earth Rising,” aired in 2018, and starred “Chewing Gum” and “Been So Long” actor Michaela Coel as a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who confronts her past.

While plot points around “The English” remain sparse, a western will be new territory for Blunt, who will soon be seen in next month’s highly anticipated sense thriller “A Quiet Place 2,” written and directed by her partner John Krasinski.

Amazon has picked up North American rights to a number of prominent British titles in recent years, including the critically acclaimed comedy drama “A Very English Scandal” with Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the platform snapped up Phyllida Lloyd’s Irish drama “Herself,” about a woman who escapes an abusive relationship to build her dream house, from Sharon Horgan’s Merman and Element Pictures.

The streaming giant most recently hired Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins to oversee the retail giant’s video entertainment operations, including Amazon Studios and Prime Video, reporting directly into Amazon chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon and BBC declined to comment.

Emily Covers Marie Claire’s March 2020 Issue

The promotion for A Quiet Place: Part II is really starting to kick in, with Emily gracing the cover of the latest issue of Marie Claire – including a gorgeous new shoot, captured by three very talented amateur photographers. In the accompnaying interview, she discusses her childhood struggle with her stutter in detail, it’s a great read, so be sure to take a look if you haven’t already. I’ll add further coverage from the issue as it becomes available. Enjoy!

MARIE CLAIRE – On a rainy afternoon last November, Emily Blunt came to our house in Brooklyn to talk to my 11-year-old son, Sammy, about something they have in common: stuttering. I’ve been a fan of hers since 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada (not to mention Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario, A Quiet Place, and Mary Poppins Returns), but I became an even bigger fan once I found out she was deeply involved in the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS), an organization that has played a large role in our family’s life. Sammy has attended the institute on and off since he was seven, and in 2016 he was asked to speak at its annual benefit in New York. The two other speakers that evening were then–vice president Joe Biden and Bruce Willis, and the whole night kicked off with a video from a very pregnant Emily, who has hosted the event since 2010. The evening changed all of our lives, especially Sammy’s, and I’ve been stalking Emily ever since to thank her for the work she has done for stutterers everywhere. This is how it came to pass that, three years later, she showed up at our door, took off her shoes in the foyer, ate our homemade banana bread, petted our dog, and sat down with Sammy. It turns out that in addition to stuttering, they share a love of pranks and a talent for mimicry. Once the digital recorder was shut off, they performed their current favorite imitations of people in their lives, leaving us all doubled over in laughter. I didn’t think I could be a bigger fan, but she proved me wrong. What follows is a shortened account of their afternoon, edited in a few parts only for clarity.

So, you’re from England. How do you like living in Brooklyn?

When I first met my husband, John [Krasinski], I was living in Los Angeles, and that was hard because it felt like the antithesis of what I had grown up in, a place with a sense of community and culture and real spontaneity and vibrancy. And I love walking cities. So moving to Brooklyn really felt like home to me. I think my soul was better suited to Brooklyn. I really love it.

I know you had a stutter when you were growing up, or maybe you still do?

Once a stutterer, I feel, always a stutterer.

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‘Jungle Cruise’ Trailer

The long-awaited trailer for Jungle Cruise dropped earlier today, and if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, be sure to do so below. Screen captures of Emily’s scenes have also been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm Join Jamie Dornan in ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’

VARIETY – Emily Blunt has joined “Wild Mountain Thyme” as Jamie Dornan’s star-crossed love interest in John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his Broadway smash hit, “Outside Mullingar.” Blunt replaces Holliday Grainger, who was previously announced as Dornan’s co-star in May.

Jon Hamm, Dearbhla Molloy, and Christopher Walken have also signed on for the movie, which starts shooting at the end of the month.

Bleecker Street has already acquired the U.S. rights for the film, and Lionsgate U.K. has Britain.

The film, which is set in Ireland, follows Anthony (Dornan), who is always out in the fields working and is worn down by the constant belittling from his father (Walken). His father has threatened to bequeath the family farm to his American cousin Adam (Hamm). Rosemary (Blunt) holds a grudge for having been shamed by Anthony in childhood, and the sparks between them fly. Her mother, Aoife (Molloy), strives to unite the families before it is too late.

“Wild Mountain Thyme” was developed by Mar-Key Pictures. Mar-Key’s Leslie Urdang, Anthony Bregman of Likely Story, Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo of Amasia Entertainment, Alex Witchel and Martina Niland of Port Pictures are producing.

HanWay Films is handling international sales and negotiated the deal with Lionsgate U.K. It has also closed several other deals, including with Pathé (Switzerland), A Contracorriente (Spain), IDC (Latin America), Madman (Australasia), Nordisk (Scandinavia), and Frontrow (Middle East).

CAA Media Finance is handling the U.S. rights and negotiated the deal with Bleecker Street together with Andrew Kramer of Loeb & Loeb. Kramer, Jonathan Loughran, and Stephen Mallaghan will executive produce.

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