Ryan Reynolds didn’t fare well with “Life” (2017), co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, but had better luck with “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017), with Samuel L. Jackson, Oscarwinner Gary Oldman and Selma Hayek ($30 million cost/$176 million gross). He has struck gold by cowriting, producing and starring as “Deadpool” (2017), which grossed $731 million, and its sequel, “Deadpool 2,” which is approaching the $500 million mark.
Next up is his production of “The Little Stranger,” with Domhnall Gleason and Will Poulter, for an Aug. 31 release. That’s followed by the Netflix film “Six Underground,” with director Michael Bay and written by his “Deadpool” co-writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. With a $150 million budget, it’s set for a 2019 release.
*** “Monster” Oscar-winner (2004) Charlize Theron -who produced and starred in “Gringo,” which grossed $9.8 million earlier this year, and “Tully” (which she also produced), released in May, with a $9.3 million gross -- will try producing again when she portrays Megyn Kelly in a film about the women of Fox News and Roger Ailes.
*** Richard Gere, whose last film was “The Dinner” (2017) with Laura Linney, is awaiting the release of “Three Christs,” with Julianna Margulies, Peter Dinklage and Bradley Whitfield, which began filming in August 2016. He’s now turning to television, which he’s rarely done, to star in the eight-part BBC Two mini-series “MotherFatherSon,” written by “American Crime Story’s” Tom Rob Smith, shooting this summer in London and Spain.
*** We’ll be seeing lots of Sylvester Stallone. He has two films with Dave Bautista and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: “Escape Plan 2: Hades” (due June 29) and its sequel, “Plan 3: Devils Station” (already completed), as well as “Creed II,” with Michael B. Jordan (out Nov. 21); “Backtrace,” with Matthew Modine; and “The Expendables 4” (no cast announced yet). Stallone again has written and is producing “Creed II,” and you can be sure this time around he’ll muscle his way into enough big scenes to win the Oscar he was denied the last time out. Rocky’s back, can Rambo V be far behind?