News Shotgun 9/21

  • Guillermo Del Toro created vampire show, The Strain, getting pilot on FX:  The show is based on a trilogy of novels that Del Toro co-wrote and he will direct the pilot.  Lost c0-show runner, Carlton Cuse, will be the show runner for the show.  The books and show are about a virus that starts infecting the globe, that turns people into vampires.
  • Stallone writing and directing “Hunter”: Stallone has held the rights to the James Byron Huggins novel of the same name and the book, about a veteran hunter being sent to take down a genetically engineered monster that escapes a secret lab in the Arctic Circle, was almost the basis for Rambo 5 but now seems that it will be a straight adaptation.  Lionsgate is fast tracking the adaptation with Stallone writing and directing but it’s not clear if he will star in it as well.
  • Robert Ben Garant directing Baywatch movie:The co-creator of Reno 911! will be directing and possibly rewriting a movie version of the “classic” show Baywatch.  It will most likely be an incredibly heightened parody of the original like 21 Jump Street or Starsky & Hutch.
  • New Looney Tunes movie in the works:  I think like most 90’s kids, Space Jam holds a special place in our hearts but the Looney Tunes have not had much luck on the big screen since.  WB is setting another movie into production, which will be a live action/CG movie and will be written by SNL writer, Jenny Slate.
  • James Gunn confirmed to be directing and rewriting Guardians of the Galaxy: The director of Slither and Super will be directing the adventures of Starlord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Gamorra in the second Marvel movie of 2014, following Captain America 2: Winter Soldier.
  • Sony developing movie version of Manimal: Sony is developing a big screen adaptation of the failed 80’s crime fighting show, Manimal.  The show followed Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man who could transform into any animal, but mostly a hawk and panther because those are the two they budgeted transformations for.  It lasted less than 10 episodes on NBC.
  • First Look at the New Robocop suit:

 

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