News Shotgun 11/19

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  • Mortal Kombat movie gets a director: The James Wan produced reboot of Mortal Kombat has a director now with Simon McQuoid, who would be making his feature film debut after doing commericals for companies like Samsung and Sony.
  • Deadpool 2 gets new director: David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and John Wick 2, has signed on to direct Deadpool 2 following the exit of Tim Miller.
  • Emilia Clarke joins Han Solo movieThe Mother of Dragons has joined Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie from Lord and Miller.  Her role was not revealed but will be someone Han and Chewie run into on one of their earlier adventures in the Star Wars universe.
  • Green Lantern confirmed for Justice League: A new report says that at least one member of the Green Lantern Corps will appear in next year’s Justice League movie in a “key sequence”, possibly similar to how The Flash appeared in Batman v Superman or how Batman appeared in Suicide Squad.  No word on which Lantern or who will play him was revealed.
  • Netflix picks up Spectral movie: Originally supposed to already be out and possibly on DVD/Blu-Ray, Spectral got shelved by Universal and now Netflix will be releasing the movie in December on the 9th. The movie is a supernatural action movie starring James Badge Dale, Samantha Morton and Bruce Greenwood and follows a Special Forces team with special high tech equipment into a city where deadly phantoms are killing the civilians.  It was pitched as Black Hawk Down meets Ghostbusters.
  • Bone movie moving forward: Warner Bros. has had the rights to the comic classic Bone for years but things seem to finally be moving forward with Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne on board to direct the animated adaptation of the story of Fo Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, three cousins who are run out of their hometown of Boneville and find themselves in a magical valley where the citizens are fighting a war against dangerous rat creatures led by a resurrected dark wizard.
  • Fox developing a new show with Neil Gaiman: Fox and Gaiman are working on a show called The Building, based on a movie called Parallels that came out last year, where a group of teens are investigating a seemingly abandoned building but find out that it’s actually a gateway to parallel worlds and they have to survive each world and get back to the building before it shifts without them.  It sounds like a new spin on Sliders, which we’re all for here.
  • TV Renewals and premiere dates: iZombie will be back on The CW on April 4th for it’s third season while the mysterious FX show Taboo with Tom Hardy will be out on January 10th. As far as renewals, Westworld was renewed for a second season on HBO but it probably won’t debut until 2018.
  • Relativity announces a bunch of sequels: Relativity Media has teamed with Storyoscopic Films to make a bunch of sequels to recent Relativity projects including Immortals 2, The November Man 2, Act of Valor 2 and Earth to Echo 2.
  • The Green Hornet getting rebooted: Paramount is rebooting The Green Hornet after the disaster of the Seth Rogen starring movie a few years ago with director Gavin O’Connor on board for a more serious and grounded take on vigilante Britt Reid and his partner Kato.
  • Don’t Breathe getting a sequel: Don’t Breathe was a huge horror hit to close out this past summer and director Fede Alavarez said he is developing a sequel and will probably return to direct.  There was no premise given for a possible sequel but apparently there’s a deleted scene from the film that may have a possible setup.
  • The Inhumans coming to ABC: Although there have been Inhumans on Agents of SHIELD since the second season of the show, the royal family consisting of the likes of Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal and Lockjaw will be coming to ABC next fall.  Originally supposed to be a movie, The Inhumans will now be an 8 episode show that apparently will not a direct tie-in or spin-off of SHIELD.  The first two episodes of Inhumans will be in IMAX theaters for two weeks before the show premieres.
  • Y the Last Man coming to FX: A film version of Y the Last Man has been trying to get off the ground for years but now it seems Brian K. Vaughn’s acclaimed comic is coming to FX as TV show, that is probably the better way for the story of Yorick, the last male human left on Earth after a mysterious event kills all of the others.
  • Darth Maul getting a prequel comic: With Darth Vader’s excellent comic book ended, another of Star Wars’ big bads is getting a series with a new Darth Maul prequel mini series next year.  The series will follow a younger Maul who is angered that he is denied a chance to strike at the Jedi pre-Phantom Menace by Darth Sidious and stalks off and runs into a Jedi who he may be able to corrupt to Dark Side.  The comic is supposed to bridge the gap between Maul’s characterization in Phantom Menace and his more devious and cunning characterization in Clone Wars and Rebels.
  • Fox and Marvel have already worked together: One of the main hopes that all comic book fans are holding onto is that someday Fox and Marvel can make a deal like Sony and Fox did that will bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU but a new report says that apparently the two studios did previously make a deal with a trade of characters for Deadpool and Guardians 2.  Marvel had the rights to Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Fox had the rights to Ego the Living Planet and they swapped so the characters could appear in their respective movies.
  • Telltale making a Guardians of the Galaxy game: Out in California, SAG-AFTRA is on strike to try and work out better deals for voice actors and, as a negotiating tactic, they released a list of games that will be effected by the strike and one of them was the mysterious Marvel Telltale project that was revealed to be a Guardians of the Galaxy game.  Having played through Tales from the Borderlands, the tone of that game seems perfect for an adventure starring the Guardians.
  • The CW developing a magical crime show: The team behind iZombie have sold a new show to The CW called Criminal Magic, which will be a crime drama featuring magic as an undercover cop and a magical young woman solve cases in Los Angeles.

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