News Shotgun 4/17

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  • Lars Von Trier shooting a serial killer TV show: Dutch auteur Lars Van Trier will be shooting an 8 episode TV series called that The House that Jack Built that will be told from the point of view of a serial killer.  There’s no network reported for the show but it will most likely start shooting in 2016.
  • Dominic Cooper confirmed for Preacher: Seth Rogen on Twitter confirmed that Dominic Cooper is on board to play renegade priest Jesse Custer in AMC’s upcoming adaptation of Preacher, which also stars Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Lucy Griffiths.
  • Ryan Gosling in talks to co-star in Blade Runner 2: Gosling will most likely join Harrison Ford, who is returning as Rick Deckard, in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, which will be directed by Denis Villeneuve.
  • Nic Cage movie Army of One gets tons of comedians: The upcoming Cage movie where Cage plays a real life handyman who decided to take it upon himself to find Osama Bin Laden just got a murder’s row of supporting comedic actors with Paul Scheer, Russel Brand, Denis O’Hare, Ken Marino, Rainn Wilson and Wendi McLendon-Covey.  Larry Charles, who directed Borat, is directing the movie.
  • Relativity picks up Fletch reboot: Relativity has picked up the upcoming Fletch reboot, with Jason Sudeikis taking on the role of snarky reporter originally played by Chevy Chase.
  • Matthew Vaughn in talks to direct new Flash Gordon: Fresh off the excellent Kingsman earlier this year, Matthew Vaughn is apparently in talks for a reboot of Flash Gordon, although it’s not clear if the movie would be as campy as the beloved 80’s cult classic or a more serious take, although Vaughn could probably blend the two tones based on his previous movies.
  • Cary Fukunaga directing The Alienist TV series: The True Detective director is heading back to the world of serial killers with an upcoming adaptation of The Alienist novel, which follows psychologist Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, who works with young NYC police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, to use the new scientific discipline to track the city’s first serial killer.
  • Bill Paxton cast in Rockstar Games movie: Paxton will play Rockstar Games nemesis, Jack Thompson, the lawyer who tried to get GTA banned, among other lawsuits and allegations.
  • Celebrity Deathmatch coming back to MTV2: The claymation wrestling show will be returning to MTV2 sometime this summer with brand new battles and increased social media presence.  The show came back briefly in 2006 after it’s run in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
  • Michelle McClaren leaves Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkings steps in: Director Michelle McClaren left Wonder Woman early this week due to “creative differences” and now Patty Jenkins, who directed the Charlize Theron movie Monster and episodes of The Killing and Entourage, is directing the Gal Gadot starring solo Wonder Woman movie.
  • HBO renews Veep and Silicon Valley: After airing only the season premieres last weekend, HBO has renewed Veep for a fifth season and Silicon Valley for a third season next year.
  • Olivia Munn cast as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse: Another mutant has been added to the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse as former Attack of the Show and current Newsroom cast member, Olivia Munn, will play the telepathic ninja Psylocke.  Psylocke has a history with Apocalpyse as a Horseman of the Apocalpyse, alongside the recently revealed Angel, so it seems like this might be a possible major plot point.

 

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