SDCC 2019: Russo Brothers release trailer for '21 Bridges', announce live-action 'Battle of the Planets' and 'Grimjack'
The San Diego Comic-Con has always been the one-stop-shop for major announcements and the Russo Brothers who walked into an electric atmosphere at Hall H had more than just 'Avengers: Endgame' to talk about.
The brothers spoke about their current and upcoming projects. Currently, the brothers' AGBO Studios is focussed on a slew of upcoming movies including '21 Bridges', 'Electric State' and a Netflix movie, 'Dhaka' starring Chris Hemsworth. The panel saw the Russo Brothers also release the comic-con trailer for '21 Bridges', starring Chadwick Boseman.
'The Gathering' animated series also in the works. The panel also saw the brothers shed light on acquiring the rights for 'Battle of the Planets', the Japanese Animated Series. They hoped to make it into a live-action film. Also, they have a 'Grimjack' series in the works at Amazon.
You can watch the comic-con trailer for '21 Bridges' here:
'21 Bridges' follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit.
When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. '21 Bridges' releases September 27, 2019. It stars Chadwick Boseman, Taylor Kitsch and Sienna Miller in the lead roles.
The panel saw the Avengers - Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth and Paul Rudd - FaceTime into the session and they had a bunch of questions for the brothers. The session saw Holland talk about his upcoming film, 'Cherry' directed by the Russo Brothers. The film follows an army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt and is based on the novel by Alfred A. Knopf.
As reported by Deadline, Joe Russo said, "It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis. It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences."
“It will be rated R. It’s a complicated and mature movie. It doesn’t have the surface-level entertainment as Marvel films, but these are stories that need to be told, and Joe and I are in that position to get these stories made," added Anthony Russo.
When asked if they'd ever direct a Marvel 'Secret Wars' movie, Joe explained that their run at Marvel was one of the best creative times and they would love to work with them again. "Maybe that's on Secret Wars," he added. "That’s a favorite of ours when we were young and I read it in a whole sitting when I was 12." Joe also remarked that he didn't know if the movie could be in two or three parts. "I don’t know, it could be a six-parter."