Ryan Reynolds announces The Group Effort Initiative, which will choose 10-20 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) to work on his Fall 2020 film.
“The Group Effort Initiative is designed to invest in the talent and creativity of any and all under-represented communities who’ve felt this industry didn’t have room for their dreams,” Reynolds announced in a tweet. Accompanying the tweet was a video detailing the program along with a link to The Group Initiative website. Reynolds further explains that the program will see around 10-20 BIPOC from any age group as trainees, providing them a chance systemically prevented from them in film.
Outside of this, Ryan Reynolds has 9 confirmed upcoming titles in the form of Free Guy, Red Notice, The Croods: A New Age, Deadpool 3, A Christmas Carol, Clue, Time Travel Project, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and Fucka Mucka.
- Free Guy: Currently in Post-production, follows an NPC bank teller inside a violent video-gaming world. The film was directed by Shawn Levy, written by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn starring Jodie Comer and Taika Waititi alongside Reynolds.
- Red Notice: Presently being filmed, Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson star in a movie about a wanted art thief being tracked by Interpol. The movie is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.
- The Croods: A New Age: A sequel to The Croods seeing the introduction of a new family, The Bettermans. The expected release date for the film is December 23, 2020 directed by Joel Crawford and written by Kirk DeMicco, Dan Hagerman, Kevin Hagerman, and Chris Sanders. With a large cast, the film sees Reynolds joined by the likes of Peter Dinklage, Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage in this action/adventure-comedy.
- Deadpool 3: Minimal details are available, but it’s rumored to feature the X-Men and have Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza as the writers.
- A Christmas Carol: In pre-production, the movie is written by Sean Anders and Charles Dickens, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris starring Will Ferrell alongside Reynolds.
- Clue: In pre-production written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, directed by James Bobin starring Reynolds and Jason Bateman follow a comedy-drama band of strangers trying to figure out who’s murdering them.
- Time Travel Project: In pre-production, simply described as a man traveling back in time to get help from his 13-year-old self. Directed by Shawn Levy and written by T.S. Nowlin the film will see Reynolds star in this action/sci-fi movie.
- The Hitman’s Wife Body Guard: Described as a sequel to The Hitman’s Body Guard, the movie is rumored to be directed by Patrick Hughes, written by Tom O’ Connor featuring Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hopper alongside Reynolds and many others.
- Futha Mucka: A short animation series seeing Samuel L. Jackson and Reynolds reunited under the direction of creators Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe.
Additionally, Reynolds will be paying and housing these trainees from his own pockets. Anyone interested in the program can register for email through the website link.