David Bowie is one of the last rock titans not to have a prestige documentary released in recent years, but “Moonage Daydream” should change that. Brett Morgen, the man behind “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” spent five years working on this sprawling film, which focuses on Bowie’s artistry across a variety of mediums. From his most commercially successful music to his endeavors in film, theater, and visual arts, “Moonage Daydream” promises to be the most comprehensive portrait yet of one of pop culture’s true geniuses. Morgen was previously nominated in 2000 for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and with Neon releasing the film this year, he could end up back in the race.
Following Oscar-nominated “Don’t Look Up,” mega-producer Adam McKay turns his attentions to the elite culinary world with “The Menu,” directed by “Succession” collaborator Mark Mylod. Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star as a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island to indulge in a lavish tasting menu, prepared by a famed chef (Ralph Fiennes). While their appetites are satisfied with some unusual ingredients, they meet some shocking surprises. The twisty turns of this dark comedy/psychological thriller are still under wraps.
Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, Reed Birney and John Leguizamo also star. Screenwriters Will Tracy and Seth Reiss penned the film; Betsy Koch co-produces along with McKay. Searchlight will release the film in theaters November 18.
“Shoplifters” director Hirokazu Kore-eda helms drama “Broker” about a “broker of goodwill” (“Parasite” star Song Kang-Ho) who finds new parents for infants anonymously left in baby boxes. His accomplice (Gang Dong-Won) is investigated by two detectives (Bae Doo-Na and Lee Joo-Young), when a mother (IU) comes back for her child after placing the baby in a box for adoption. Korea’s CJ Entertainment is selling “Broker” at Cannes, where it will compete at 2022 Cannes for the Palme d’Or. “Shoplifters” won that prize and eventually earned a Best International Feature Oscar nomination, so this could likely wind up as Japan’s Oscar entry for next year.
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
Martin Scorsese marks his first collaboration with Apple Films for $200-million epic Western “Killers of the Flower Moon,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Brendan Fraser. Jesse Plemons continues his Western kick after “The Power of the Dog” in order to reunite with “The Irishman” director for the period piece. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set in oil-rich Osage County, Oklahoma, during the 1920s and 30s.
Based on David Grann’s non-fiction book “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” the film stars De Niro as rancher William Hale, who is the lead suspect in the FBI’s investigation of a series of Osage Nation murders. DiCaprio plays William’s morally ambiguous nephew, Ernest Burkhart, who is married to an Osage woman (Lily Gladstone). Plemons plays the role originally intended for DiCaprio, persevering FBI agent Tom White. The supporting cast also includes Scott Shepherd, Pat Healy, and Tantoo Cardinal.
Apple is expected to campaign DiCaprio for the Best Actor Oscar, while co-star Plemons will vie for his second consecutive Best Supporting Actor nod after “The Power of the Dog” this year. Per Oscar-winning writer Eric Roth, Apple is aiming at a November release date.
Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan and Emmy nominee Zoe Kazan star as New York Times journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, respectively, in upcoming drama “She Said.” The real-life story of breaking the #MeToo scandal is based on bestselling memoir “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.” The film is not focused so much on Harvey Weinstein or the scandal itself, but rather the all-female group of journalists who faced intimidation and legal threats before publishing their bombshell investigative report in October 2017. “She Said” is reportedly taking a similar approach to the journalism industry as Best Picture winner “Spotlight” and Oscar nominee “All the President’s Men.”
“Unorthodox” and “I’m Your Man” director Maria Schrader directs from a script by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who co-wrote Oscar-winner “Ida.” Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will executive produce along with Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Universal releases “She Said” during Oscar prime time, November 18.