News Shotgun 4/10

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  • Lionsgate developing Odyssey film: Francis Lawrence, who has brought us all but the first Hunger Games, is signed on to direct a new adaptation of the classic Greek tale of Odysesus and his journey home from the Trojan War.
  • Goggle patents social media spoiler blocking software: Google has just filed a patent that seems to be setting up a way to track potential spoilers for movies and TV shows that you watch and blur them until you are ready to view them.
  • Dane Dehaan starring in new horror movie for Gore Verbinski: Dehaan will star as a man traveling to the Swiss alps to find his boss but becomes trapped in a mental institution.
  • Suspiria and Django TV series in the works: Dario Argento’s horror classic Susperia and the cult western series starring Franco Nero are both being developed for TV series.
  • Gremlins remake gets a screenwriter: Warner Bros is remaking Gremlins and have now hired Chris Ellsworth, writer of the upcoming Goosebumps movie, to write a new screenplay.
  • Need for Speed sequel in the works: EA is trying to team with potential Chinese partners to get a sequel to the Aaron Paul Need for Speed movie made, although it’s not clear if anyone from the first would come back or which studio would be developing it, because Dreamworks has the rights and doesn’t really have any plans for a sequel as of yet.
  • Ernie Hudson possibly in talks to play T’Chaka in Black Panther: The former Ghostbuster is possibly in talks to play T’Chaka in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie.  In the comics and in the movie, T’Chaka is the father of T’Challa aka Black Panther and the king of Wakanda.
  • Star Wars films now available digitally: For the first time ever, the entire six film Star Wars Saga is available in Digital HD on Amazon, iTunes and other digital storefronts. They are available together or individually.
  • Olivia Wilde and Garret Hedlund back for Tron 3Wilde seems to be returning as Quorra for Tron 3, now rumored to be called Tron: Ascension while Garret Hedlund is also back as Sam Flynn.  Joseph Kosinski is back to direct the sequel to his Tron: Legacy.
  • New season of Arrested Development coming to Netflix: A fifth season of Arrested Development is coming to Netflix according to produce Brian Grazer, who said we can expect another 17 episodes of wacky hijinks from the Bluth family.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing a new SyFy show: The Hollywood BFFs are producing a new show for SyFy called Incorporated, which is a spy thriller set in a future where corporations have basically unlimited power.
  • Ricky Gervais releasing new film on Netflix: Gervais will co-star and direct the movie, which stars Eric Bana as a reporter who broadcasts fake war reports from his apartment in Manhattan.  The movie is expected to hit Netflix in 2016.
  • David Lynch leaves new Twin Peaks: Lynch has left the reboot of Twin Peaks, which was supposed to arrive on Showtime, due to being unable to reach a proper agreement about budget.  Showtime may move forward still with the reboot.
  • HIVE will be a factor in Season 4 of Arrow: Hinted at in this year’s Suicide Squad episode, the evil organization for DC Comics will be featured in next year’s season of Arrow.  In the show so far, the organization hired Deadshot to kill Andy Diggle, John Diggle’s brother.
  • Gotham adding more supervillains next season: As if it wasn’t already ridiculous enough, Gotham is adding Mad Hatter, Clayface and Mr. Freeze as villains next season.  The last four episodes of this season begin on Monday.
  • WWE Studios teaming with British studio for more action movies: WWE Films is teaming with Richwater Films for a movie called Eliminators, which will star Scott Adkins and the WWE’s Bad News Barrett and follow a former special agent who must protect his daughter from a group of assassins.
  • Lord and Milller possibly in talks to direct either Ghostbusters or The Flash: The Lego and Jump St duo are possibly in talks with WB to direct their upcoming Flash movie and also possibly in talks with Sony to direct their second, Channing Tatum starring Ghostbusters movie.
  • Animated MCU movie in the works: The VP of Marvel’s animation side, Cort Lane, said at Emerald City Comic-Con this past weekend that an animated entry into the MCU is in the works but there’s nothing solid yet.
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s being developing into a movie:  The hit horror video game is being turned into a movie by Warner Bros, with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing.  The games take place at a creepy Chuck E Cheeseesque restaurant where the animatronic characters come to life at night and kill anyone they find.
  • Ryan Gosling in talks to star in The Haunted Mansion: Guillermo Del Toro has been working on a new take on Disney’s Haunted Mansion, after the debacle of the Eddie Murphy movie, and now it seems like Ryan Gosling might be in talks to star.  GDT says his version is not going to be a comedy and instead be a horrifying 3D experience.
  • First Look at Ant-Man’s Yellowjacket:

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  • Agents of SHIELD getting a spin-off: Improving significantly in it’s second season, ABC is now planning a spin-off show from Agents of SHIELD, much like how CW is expanding their DC universe.  There’s no word on who or what would be the focus of the show but they are going whole hog into the Inhumans, so that could be a potential contender.
  • Brad Bird currently writing Incredibles 2: The one sequel everyone has wanted from Pixar is getting closer to being a reality as Brad Bird, now that Tomorrowland is in the bag, has begun working on the script for The Incredibles 2, which was announced last year by Disney CEO Bob Iger.
  • Ben Hardy is Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse: The British actor was cast a while ago but the character he was playing was not revealed but now director Bryan Singer confirmed that Ben Hardy is playing Angel and even hinted that he might be Archangel, which would tie in to the whole Apocalypse storyline.
  • First look at the cast of Suicide Squad:

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  • Daniel Radcliffe will play Rockstar Games president Sam Houser: BBC Films is developing a dramatic film based on Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games and Daniel Radcliffe is in talks to play Rockstar president Sam Houser in the film.  It was also revealed that the movie will focus on Rockstar’s legal battles with Jack Thompson.
  • First Look at The Thing from Fantastic Four:

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