News Briefs: New ‘Barbie’ Needed to Replace Amy Schumer


The Anarchists vs. ISIS: Jake Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Espinosa (Life, above) will reteam to make The Anarchists vs. ISIS. It’s based on a Rolling Stone article by Seth Harp about a group of American “volunteers, socialists and outcasts” who are fighting against the terrorist organization ISIS in Syria. Gyllenhaal will star and also serve as a producer; Espinosa will direct. [THR]


Barbie: In December, we heard that Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, above) was in talks to star in Barbie, a live-action movie inspired by the Mattel toy line. Now, however, she has dropped out of the project due to a scheduling conflict. Among other things, she’ll be starring with Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman in the newly announced comedic drama She Came to Me. Meanwhile, Barbie is still scheduled for release on June 29, 2018. [Variety/Deadline]

Nicolas Winding Refn / Maniac Cop

Maniac Cop: We first heard that Nicolas Winding Refn (above, left) wanted to produce a new version of cult horror hit Maniac Cop (above, right) way back in 2012. Now it’s finally moving forward as an action thriller, written by Ed Brubaker in collaboration with Refn; John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct. The new version will follow a Los Angeles police officer who seeks to expose a fellow cop who has brutally murdered innocent people. [Variety]

Churchill Trailer: Brian Cox stars in Churchill as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the tense 24 hours before D-day in June 1944. Miranda Richardson, John Slattery and Ella Purnell also star; the movie is scheduled for release on June 2. [Movieclips]