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Denis Villeneuve Honors Jóhannsson Two Years After His Death: ‘He Was a Creative Brother’

Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the best directors working today, and one person moviegoers can thank for that is Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Icelandic composer was one of Villeneuve’s most important collaborators, starting with “Prisoners” and continuing to shape the tone of Villeneuve’s work in “Sicario” and “Arrival.” Jóhannsson even worked on “Blade Runner […]

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Posthumous Directing Debut Will Play at This Year’s Berlin Film Festival

Jóhann Jóhannson died in 2018, but as one of the most celebrated composers in Hollywood, he left behind a legacy and a body of work that included scores for Prisoners, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival, Mandy, Mary Magdalene, and more. Now there’s one more element being added to that legacy: Jóhansson’s feature directorial debut, […]

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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 21: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Cats’ and The Best Movies of the Decade

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, Variety’s Justin Kroll joins your esteemed host Jeff Sneider, and together the two scoopers run down their Best Movies of the Decade lists, which feature a couple of the same titles, including Sicario. Elsewhere, Jeff and Justin discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and what it […]

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Gavin O’Connor in Talks to Direct ‘Fast’ at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

“The Accountant” director Gavin O’Connor is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ action-thriller “Fast,” sources tell Variety.The script was penned by “Sicario” scribe Taylor Sheridan, who had also been looking to direct, but when a deal couldn’t be reached, the studio began looking for other options and eventually landed on O’Connor. Chris Pratt had been […]

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Dave Bautista Joins the Cast of Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

Denis Villeneuve, the brilliant filmmaker behind Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner: 2049, is bringing Frank Herbert’s Dune back to the big screen for Legendary, potentially with a series of *at least* two movies. Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson are already on board, and Deadline reports that Dave Bautista has just joined the cast as […]

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Listen: Benicio Del Toro Was Initially Skeptical of Doing a ‘Sicario’ Sequel

Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.Sequels to movies like “Sicario” are pretty rare, so it’s a gift for an actor like Benicio Del Toro to get a chance at expanding on a character such as Alejandro, the […]

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‘Sicario’ Director Denis Villeneuve Loves ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve didn’t return to helm the sequel Sicario: Day of the Soldado, but he still has plenty to say about the film. In fact, Villeneuve loves the sequel, and offered up a rave review for Stefano Sollima‘s upcoming film. Denis Villeneuve’s direction of his 2015 film Siciario elevated what could’ve been a […]

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