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Jan 22
2021

Searchlight have announced the theatrical release date of a number of high profile films. Whether they’ll actually make these dates is anyone’s guess, but at least we have a clearer idea of when the movies will come out. Arguably the biggest film is Guillermo del Toro‘s Nightmare Alley, which has been given an awards-friendly release of Friday, December 3, 2021. It will be del Toro’s first film since winning the Academy Award for Best Director for The Shape Of Water. It’s based on William Lindsay Gresham‘s 1946 novel of the same name, which was previously adapted in 1947 with Tyrone Power in the lead. The plot revolves around an ambitious young carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words. But when he hooks up with a female psychiatrist, he realises she is even more dangerous than he is. The film boasts a star-studded cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, and Richard Jenkins.

Nov 10
2020

In case you’re wondering if anything is happening Toni-related right now… not much. But at least there have been news on Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley”, which halted shooting due to the pandemic, then continued filming in September in Toronto and is now scheduled to wrap production in December. Actor Mark Povinelli has posted a behind-the-scenes snap on Instagram, featuring his co-stars Ron Perlman, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn and Toni Collette. In other news, no word on a release for “Stowaway” or if Netflix still has “Pieces of Her” in its regular schedule. We will have to wait… In addition to the aforementioned, “Nightmare Alley” stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Richard Jenkins. “I’m inspired and elated to be joined by this brilliant cast,” Del Toro said in a statement earlier this year. “Kim Morgan and I have worked with great passion to bring the dark, raw world and language of William Gresham to the screen and now we are joined by a superb group of artists and technicians to bring it to life.”

Apr 11
2020

As expected due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bleecker Street’s “Dream Horse”, which was supposed to release theaters on April 17, has been moved to a September 04, 2020 release date in the United Kingdom. Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” has also suspended production indefinitely. The decision was made on behalf of Disney, which is putting a hold on nearly all of its live-action productions at the moment, including 20th Century and Searchlight projects. Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” is adapted by the filmmaker and film critic Kim Morgan from the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The project is Del Toro’s first since “The Shape of Water,” which took home top Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. The ensemble cast includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, and David Strathairn. Del Toro kicked off production at the end of January and had been shooting the film in Toronto. “Nightmare Alley” casts Cooper as an ambitious carnival worker with a talent for manipulating people with his words. Cooper’s character uses his gift to carry out con jobs, but his life is thrown into disarray after he falls for a mysterious psychiatrist (Blanchett) who proves far more dangerous than he could ever image. The carnival cast includes carnival worker Molly (Mara), head barker Clem (Willem Dafoe), and del Toro’s “Hellboy” actor Perlman as Bruno the Strongman. Jenkins, an Oscar nominee for “Shape of Water,” stars in the part of the high society crowd as wealthy industrialist Ezra Grindle.” Disney and Searchlight never assigned a release date for “Nightmare Alley,” but many were hoping the movie would turn up on the fall festival circuit and be ready for the upcoming awards season. Those release wishes are now in jeopardy now that production is on hold indefinitely.

Jan 22
2020

According to multiple sources, including Screen Rant, Guillermo del Toro has quietly started filming his new movie, Nightmare Alley. Even before The Shape of Water opened, del Toro was already working with writer Kim Morgan on an adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s ’40s-set noir novel Nightmare Alley. Gresham’s story was previously turned into a movie by Edmund Goulding in 1947 (a year after it was published), but del Toro and Morgan are said to be drawing primarily from the original book for their upcoming film. And although there hasn’t been an official announcement, it appears shooting has already gotten underway. Nightmare Alley tells the tale of a con man who teams up with a carnival mentalist to swindle people out of their money. Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett are playing the sleazy pair in the film, with Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, and Willem Dafoe costarring alongside Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon. As for del Toro, Nightmare Alley will be the first movie he’s made that doesn’t include any supernatural or sci-fi elements. It will be interesting to see how that affects his storytelling approach, considering what a huge role the fantastical has played in del Toro’s filmography so far. It’s safe to assume Nightmare Alley will be as visually rich as his previous work, especially with Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water cinematographer Dan Laustsen serving as del Toro’s DP again. But with a cast full of heavy-hitters, the movie should provide some meaty adult drama and strong characterization to go with its stylish atmosphere.

Oct 16
2019

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willem Dafoe is joining Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Bradley Cooper is headlining the Fox Searchlight production, which also counts Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and David Strathairn as among its cast. Nightmare Alley is an adaptation of the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay which first hit the big screen with a 1947 adaptation. Nightmare Alley is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Dafoe will play a head barker at a traveling carnival. Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. The filmmaker is aiming for an early 2020 shoot in Toronto.

Sep 14
2019

Here comes our fantastic confirmation according to The Hollywood Reporter: Just days after the successful premiere of her thriller Knives Out at the Toronto International Film Festival, Toni Collette has closed a deal to join Guillermo del Toro’s all-star ensemble noir thriller, Nightmare Alley. Bradley Cooper is headlining the Fox Searchlight production, an adaptation of the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay that first hit the screen as a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power. The story is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Things go south for the poor sap when he is out-hustled by the woman. Collette will play a mentalist named Zeena who mentors the protagonist. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are already on board and the project has actors such as Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon circling as well. “Guillermo is a true auteur,” said the actress in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with him and the amazing cast he has already assembled. What an honour.” Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. An early 2020 shoot in Toronto is being readied. Collette is having a banner week. Knives Out, Rian Johnson’s all-star whodunit in which the actress plays a key role, premiered to rave reviews at TIFF, with the movie on track to open Nov. 27. Friday sees the debut of Unbelievable, the searing Netflix crime drama that also stars Merritt Weaver. Also Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Collette’s breakout feature, Muriel’s Wedding, with a screening as part of the Academy’s Robert Osborne Celebration of Classic Film series. The actress is repped by CAA, Finley Management, United Management, and Jackoway Tyerman.