News Shotgun 3/19

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  • Indiana Jones 5 announced by Disney: Disney has announced Indiana Jones 5 will arrive in 2019 with Harrison Ford starring and Steven Spielberg directing.  David Koepp will write the script and previously wrote the screenplay for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  • Simon Pegg joins Ready Player One: Pegg will play Ogden Morrow in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.  Morrow is the co-founder of OASIS, a massive virtual world that is the setting for most of the book.
  • RIP Larry Drake: Actor Larry Drake passed away this week at age 66.  Drake was probably best known for playing Benny Stulwicz on LA Law but was also the villainous Durant in the Darkman movies and provided voicework for Johnny Bravo, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, Green Lantern: First Flight and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
  • Amber Heard playing Mera in the DCUThe queen of the ocean has been cast for the DC Cinematic Universe as Amber Heard will play Mera, starting in Justice League Part One and then will co-star with Jason Momoa for the solo Aquaman movie.
  • Sting reportedly retiring from pro wrestling: Pro wrestling superstar Sting is reportedly going to announce his retirement around the time of his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2nd.  Sting suffered a pretty severe neck injury last September during a PPV match against Seth Rollins.
  • Vikings renewed for a fifth season: History Channel has renewed their top historical drama for another season and also announced that Jonathan Rhys Myers will join the cast next season but there’s no word on who he will be playing.  Clive Standen, who plays Rollo, is also leaving the show after this season to star in the Taken TV show but Rollo is reportedly not being killed, so he could come back next season as a guest star.
  • ABC cancels “Of Kings and Prophets” after 2 episodes: ABC’s attempt to cash in on Game of Thrones with a Bible themed spin on it was cancelled after two episodes.  Shark Tank spin-off Beyond the Tank will take over it’s 10 PM slot on Tuesdays for the rest of the season.
  • Will Forte may be starring in National Lampoon biopic: David Wain is currently in talks with Netflix to adapt the biography “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”, about National Lampoon, into a movie. Will Forte would star as co-founder Doug Kenney.  The movie would follow National Lampoon from it’s creation to it’s becoming one of the major comedic forces of the 70’s and 80’s with movies, live shows and the magazine that started everything.
  • Gotham renewed for a third season: The aggressive stupidity of Fox’s Gotham will continue for another season, as the show has been renewed for a third season.
  • Lobo movie back on track at WB: Possibly due to the success of Deadpool, Warner Bros has pulled Lobo back from the back burner and have hired Wonder Woman screenwriter Jason Fuchs to write the script.  WB has been talking about and developing a Lobo movie since 2009.
  • Ernie Hudson starring in Fox drama APB: The former Ghostbuster will play Sgt. Ed Conrad, a gruff veteran cop whose precinct is bought by a billionaire after a loved one is murdered.  Natalie Martinez and Justin Kirk will co-star.
  • Prequel novel to Heat possibly coming soon: Director Michael Mann recently signed a deal to launch “Michael Mann Books” and the first entry will be a prequel to Heat, which will follow the early years of Detective Hanna, Neil McCauley, Chris Shirles and Nate.  The imprint is currently looking for authors and a publishing partner.
  • Cannonball Run getting remade: The wacky racing comedy classic is getting remade by WB, with Etan J. Cohen writing and directing.  Cohen directed Get Hard last year and has previous writing credits with Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3 and Idiocracy.
  • Jennifer Beals co-starring on Taken series: Beals will co-star with the previously mentioned Clive Standen for NBC’s Taken TV show, where she’ll play Christina Hart, Special Deputy Director of National Intelligence and the younger Bryan Mills’ supervisor.
  • Better Call Saul renewed for a third season: AMC’s excellent prequel to Breaking Bad will return for a third season next year and continue to follow the evolution of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill into the sleazy Saul Goodman we met on Breaking Bad.  The third season will be 10 episodes.
  • Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy confirmed for The Killing Joke movie: Arguably the greatest Batman and Joker will reprise their roles in DC Animation’s upcoming adaptation of The Killing Joke.  Ray Wise will co-star as Jim Gordon and Tara Strong will play Barbara Gordon.  The movie will debut at SDCC this summer and arrive on DVD/Blu Ray shortly afterwards.
  • Training Day co-star cast: The young cop under the crooked wing of Bill Paxton has been cast with Justin Cornwell, who previously had small roles on Empire and Chicago PD.  Cornwell will play Kyle Craig, a idealistic young cop who is tasked to go undercover to uncover what the shady Frank Rourke (Paxton) is up to.
  • Preacher gets a premiere date: AMC’s upcoming comic book adaptation will debut following the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking dead on May 22nd and then will play back to back the following Sunday and the be in it’s regular slot of 9 PM Sundays starting on June 5th.
  • Permanent Walking Dead attraction coming to Universal HollywoodAlong with the massive new Wizarding World section, Universal Hollywood is also getting a permanent Walking Dead walk through attraction.  A Walking Dead attraction has been a staple of Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts and this new attraction sounds similar to what they’ve had previously, with guests walking through scenes from the show while avoiding animatronic and live zombie actors.

 

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