News Shotgun 2/7

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  • Netflix developing a Legend of Zelda series: Netflix is working with Nintendo to develop a live action Legend of Zelda series, which they are describing as a “family friendly Game of Thrones”.  There’s no word yet on if it will based on a specific game or when it will come out.
  • Lionsgate wants a John Wick franchise: Lionsgate was apparently happy enough with John Wick’s performance last year that they want more adventures of Keanu Reeves’ legendary assassin, discussing during an investor call that they want to turn the movie into a franchise.  Earlier in the week they were talking about a sequel but now this seems like multiple sequels.
  • Neighbors 2 coming in 2016: One of the best comedies of last year is getting a sequel next summer as Seth Rogen, Zac Effron and Rose Byrne will return for Neighbors 2.  This time Byrne and Rogen team up with Effron when there’s now a rowdy sorority next door.
  • Marvel announces all female A-Force: During the upcoming Secret Wars event, an all female Avengers team called A-Force will emerge that will include She-Hulk, Dazzler, Nico Minoru, Medusa, Captain Marvel, Storm, Scarlett Witch, Spider-Woman, Wasp, Rogue, etc.  There will also be a new cosmic hero called Singularity.
  • DC ending the New 52: DC will be ending the New 52 but it’s not a reboot, all continuity will continue but DC is dropping down to 49 titles and the moniker does not make sense anymore.  There will be 25 ongoing comics and 24 new comics after the massive Convergence event in May.
  • RIP Richard Bonehill: Character actor Richard Bonehill passed away this past week at age 67.  Bonehill was most famous for playing a variety of characters in the Star Wars series, most notably Nien Numb, Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot in Return of the Jedi.
  • New Inhuman joins Agents of SHIELD: After the mid-season finale introduced Inhumans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Tomorrow People’s Luke Mitchell will guest on the show as Lincoln, an Inhuman who helps Skye with understanding her new powers.
  • NBC renews a bunch of shows: NBC has renewed The Blacklist, Grimm, Chicagos Fire and PD and Law & Order: SVU for more seasons.  They also announced a third entry in the Chicago franchise, Chicago Med.
  • Yahoo Finance believes WWE will go under: Financial advisor Brian Sozzi believes that a combination of aging talent, injuries and a lack of someone who could replace Vince McMahon could lead to the end of the WWE.  The company’s streaming service crossed a million subscribers recently but a lot of those are from free promos and deals, so they aren’t making as much as they should be.
  • Astro Boy getting a new animated movie: After the last attempt crashed and burned, a new attempt to bring Astro Boy to the big screen is coming from Animal Logic, the company who does animation and effects for movies like The Lego Movie and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Japan’s Tezuka Productions is teaming with the animation company on the project.
  • Neon Demon adds Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks: Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming horror movie added Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks to it’s cast that also includes Elle Fanning and Abbey Lee.  The movie is about an aspiring model in LA, played by Fanning, who is “caught in a world of beauty and demise”
  • First look at Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon as Nixon and Elvis:

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  • Warner Bros looking to develop a Robotech movie: Warner Bros is looking to make a live action version of the classic 80’s anime series.  GI Joe: Rise of Cobra and 300 screenwriter Michael Gordon has been hired to develop a script and WB is looking to try and get Andy Muschietti, director of Mama, to direct.
  • Marc Webb directing the Limitless pilot: The Amazing Spider-Man director will be directing the pilot for the upcoming CBS show, that will be based on the Bradley Cooper movie of the same name.  Cooper won’t star but he’s an executive producer.
  • Stargate reboot gets new writers: Roland Emmerich has tasked his latest screenwriters with writing the script for his upcoming reboot of Stargate.  Nicholas Wright and James A. Woods are the writers of the Independence Day sequel and will do the Stargate script next.
  • Star Wars theme park news coming soon: Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that they will be detailing plans soon for how Star Wars will be coming to the various Disney parks.  He said their plans are “ambitious” and will take time to implement.
  • Creed coming for Thanksgiving: The Rocky spinoff will be coming on November 25th this year and WB also pushed back the Point Break remake to Christmas Day this year.
  • Charlie Hunnam leading Lost City of Z: The Sons of Anarchy/Pacific Rim star will take over starring in the real life exploration adventure movie after Benedict Cumberbatch has left because of Dr. Strange.  The movie is based on a book about explorer Percy Fawcett, who was convinced there was a massive hidden city in the jungles of the Amazon but disappeared trying to find it.
  • Holidays horror anthology coming soon: A new horror anthology is coming soon with directors like Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Scott Stewart, Matt Johnson, Sarah Smith and more directing segments based on holidays like Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and more.
  • Felicity Jones apparently front runner for Star Wars spin-off: The Theory of Everything Best Supporting Actress nominee is apparently the front runner to star in Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars standalone movie, that is coming in 2016.
  • First look at Brandon Routh’s Arrow Atom suit:

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  • Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan starring in remake of Sleepless Night: Foxx and Monaghan will star in the remake of a French thriller that followed a detective who had to fight his way through a massive nightclub in order to rescue his son from a drug dealer.  Foxx will be the cop in the American version and Monaghan will be an Internal Affairs detective.
  • Potential characters for TNT’s Titans: TNT is entering the comic book show arena with a live action Teen Titans show and the potential character lineup revealed this week is Nightwing, Oracle, Hawk, Dove, Raven and Starfire.  Nothing is confirmed as of yet.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss joins Jessica Jones: The Matrix star has joined the second Netflix Marvel series as Harper, “a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica…if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first”.  There doesn’t seem to be an correlation to a character from the comics.

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