News Shotgun 10/15

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  • The Coen Brothers writing/directing “dark web” movie: One of the upcoming projects from The Coen Brothers is the story of “dark web” website Silk Road and the rise and fall of it’s founder, Ross William Ulbricht.  Silk Road sold all manner of illegal goods online and was finally taken down after an extensive FBI investigation.  The Coens will expand on a script by Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane and the script is also based on a two part Wired article about the story.
  • Stranger Things Season 2 casting: A couple of new residents to Hawkins, IN were announced this week as Sadie Sink was cast as Max, “a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior and pursuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era. She has a complicated history and is generally suspicious of those around her” and Dacre Montgomery (who is Jason in Power Rangers) is Billy, “Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and drives a black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma, is a violent and unpredictable nature”.  Joe Keery, who plays Steve, and Noah Schnapp, who plays Jonathan, were both bumped up to series regular status as well.
  • Ride Along 3 on the way: Even though, personally, I feel the team of Kevin Hart and The Rock is superior comedy duo, Hart and Ice Cube will team up for the third time with another entry in the Ride Along series.  Tim Story, who directed both previous movies, will be back to direct this third entry and a script is currently being developed.
  • Justice League meeting Power Rangers in comic book form: Boom Comics and DC are teaming up to bring together the Justice League and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a comic book crossover event next year.  The story kicks off when the Command Center is attacked and Zack is transported to the DC universe.  The story will be six issues and starts in January.
  • New screenwriter for The Wolf Man: David Callaham has been hired to write a script for Universal’s reboot of The Wolf Man.  Callaham worked on the scripts for The Expendables 1 and 2 and Doom and other action movie projects.
  • Friday the 13th game delayed to 2017: The Kickstarter success Friday the 13th: The Game was originally supposed to be out soon but has been delayed until 2017 because the developers at Gun Media are adding a highly requested single player campaign to the game, as well as adding characters like Tommy Jarvis and maps like Packanack Cabin.  There will be a beta of the game released at the end of year.  The game was originally multiplayer only and had one player playing as Jason, whose goal was to kill the other players playing as Crystal Lake camp counselors.
  • Complete Dark Tower collection coming soon: Just in time for the movie next year, the complete collection of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels are arriving in December for the first time in one set.  The set is $149.99 and has books I-VII along with the side story The Wind Through the Keyhole.
  • Fantastic Beasts series will be five movies: Hopefully you’re a fan of Newt Scamander come November because there is a lots more from the magizoologist coming as JK Rowling announced that the planned trilogy of Fantastic Beasts movies has now been expanded to five movies.  Characters like Dumbledore, Grendel and other Harry Potter characters will possibly appear in the later films as well.
  • MTV developing a War of the Worlds show: MTV has had some success recently adapting things like Scream and Teen Wolf to the small scree and now the team behind the latter is bringing a teencentric version of HG Wells’ classic sci-fi novel to the network.  The new War of the Worlds will be set in the current day and most likely feature a cast of blandly attractive teens trying to survive a Martian invasion.
  • Mehcad Brooks’ James Olsen becoming Guardian on Supergirl: Coming up soon on Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks’ James Olsen will realize he needs to do something more than being a photographer and will take on the mantle of DC Comics hero Guardian.  He’ll keep this fact secret from Kara and recruits Wynn to help him, putting Wynn in probably very uncomfortable situation.  You can see what James will look like armored up below

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  • Michael Myers and Laurie Strode coming to Dead by Daylight: While we wait for the aforementioned Friday the 13th game to release, there actually already is an 80’s slasher movie inspired game out right now, Dead by Daylight, and it was announced this week that a DLC pack is coming this month that will add Michael Myers and Laurie Strode to the game and a map based on Haddonfield.  The game plays similarly to the Friday the 13th game, where one player plays the killer while others play potential victims who have to complete various tasks to try and stop the killer and survive.  The Halloween DLC arrives, appropriately, on Halloween.
  • Lethal Weapon gets a full season order from Fox: The surprisingly fun Lethal Weapon reboot over at Fox has been picked up for a full season by the network, giving us 18 episodes of Riggs and Murtaugh blowing up half of Los Angeles every week.
  • First Look at Amber Heard as Mera in Justice League:

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  • Boyd Holbrook cast as Predator leadThe Narcos star will star in the lead role of Shane Black’s new Predator movie, although this also crushes the rumor that Benicio Del Toro would star.  The new Predator is a sequel/soft reboot to the Arnold classic, which co-starred Black, and is set to arrive in February 2018.
  • Halt and Catch Fire renewed for fourth and final season: AMC’s great drama about the growth of computers and the Internet in the 80’s will get a fourth and final season next year.  The fourth season, as (mild spoilers) set up by the recent season finale seems like it will be focused on the trio of main characters played by Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis trying to be the first ones to get a foothold in the World Wide Web in the early 90’s.
  • X-23 confirmed for Logan: Wolverine’s clone and successor, X-23, will make her big screen debut in the upcoming third Wolverine movie, titled Logan.  Sienna Novikov will play the character and will be a younger version of the character that Logan is protecting from villains like Boyd Holbrook’s Daniel Pierce or Richard E. Grant’s Dr. Zander Rice.
  • Krypton cast announced: SyFy’s Superman prequel has announced it’s cast and it includes Ian McElhinney from Game of Thrones as Val-El, Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El (Superman’s grandfather), Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod, Ann Ogbomo as Primus Alura Zod, Rasmus Hardiker as Kem, Wallis Day as Nyssa Vex and Aaron Pierce as Dev-Em. The show is supposed to arrive sometime next year.
  • Guy Ritchie directing a live action Aladdin: The live action Disney reboots are not stopping and Guy Ritchie has been tasked to bring Aladdin to life, although no release date or actors were announced.  Mulan is also coming to live action in 2018.
  • John Wick 3 in development: Chapter Two is next year but there’s already a Chapter Three in the works, as Lionsgate greenlit a third entry in the gun fu series and director Chad Stahelski said they are in the early stages of planning the next entry, that may have a bigger role for Ian McShane and Lance Reddick from the movie’s Continental Hotel, the only choice for a hotel for assassins working in NYC.

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