News Shotgun 1/28

  • RIP John Hurt: Legendary actor John Hurt passed away at age 71 yesterday (1/27).  It’s almost easier to list movies he hasn’t been in, as he has over 200 credits.  Alien, V for Vendetta, Hellboy, Harry Potter, King Ralph, 1984 and The Hit are just some of the things he’s appeared in.
  • Millie Bobby Brown joins Godzilla 2The first human cast member of the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, directed by Michael Dougherty.  Millie Bobby Brown, of Stranger Things, is the first person joining the cast although her role and the plot are still completely unknown.
  • Dominic West joins Tomb Raider: Dominic West will play Lord Richard Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, which began shooting earlier this week.  He’ll most likely appear in some sort of flashbacks because, if they are going from the two games in the rebooted series, he died when Lara was fairly young but was the impetus for her quest in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  • RIP Mike Connors and Mary Tyler Moore: Two TV legends passed away this week with Mike Connors, who played the titular private eye on Mannix, passed away at age 91 and Mary Tyler Moore, who became a household name on her own show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, passed away at age 80.
  • Baze and Chirrut Rogue One Prequel book on the way: A new Star Wars novel, Guardians of the Whills, will follow Donnie Yen’s Chirrut and Jiang Wen’s Baze on Jedha prior to meeting Jyn Erson in Rogue One and their first encounter with Rebel extremist Saw Gerrara. The novel will hit May 2nd.
  • Full Black Panther cast and plot synopsis revealed: Black Panther is in production and Marvel/Disney released the full cast list and plot synopsis.  Chadwick Boseman is obviously back as T’Challa with Michael B. Jordan as the possible main villain Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri.  Martin Freeman will also be back as Civil War’s Everett K. Ross and Andy Serkis will return from Age of Ultron as Ulysses Klaue.  The plot synopsis is: “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk”
  • Square Enix signs multi-game/multi-year deal with Marvel: Marvel announced this week that they have signed a huge deal with Square Enix to have the game company develop games, the first of which is based on the MCU and tentatively titled The Avengers Project.  Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, the teams behind Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, will be collaborating on this game and we’ll get more details in 2018.
  • NBC orders What About Bob? remake: The Bill Murray starring, Frank Oz directed comedy classic What About Bob? will be a gender swapped sitcom on NBC.  The show will follow a female psychiatrist who has to deal with a clingy, overbearing female patient.
  • Green Room director’s next project: Jeremy Saulnier, director of the incredible and brutal Green Room last year, has signed on to direct a new Netflix thriller movie based on the novel Hold the Dark.  The book and now the movie follows a wolf expert named Russell Core who is called to a small town in Alaska to investigate the disappearance of three children that may have been killed by wolves but finds out there is something darker going on.
  • Naomie Harris joins Rampage movie: After a heavy, and Oscar nominated, performance in Moonlight, Naomie Harris is joining The Rock for something a bit lighter, the upcoming adaptation of the Rampage games.  Harris will play a kind hearted geneticist who joins The Rock’s animal expert to stop the rampaging monsters of the game.
  • Jacob Tremblay and Tom Jane join The Predator: Room co-star Tremblay will play Boyd Holbrook’s son in the upcoming Shane Black Predator sequel while Tom Jane has apparently entered final negotiations for an unknown role in the movie.
  • Apocalypse Now game on Kickstarter: Francis Ford Coppola has officially endorsed a new game based on Apocalypse Now that is currently looking for $900,000 on Kickstarter.  The game will be a first person psychological horror/shooter as you play as Captain Willard trying to track down the missing Col. Kurtz deep in the Vietnam jungle.
  • Fox orders X-Men pilot from Bryan Singer and Matt Nix: Legion is premiering shortly on FX but Fox proper is possibly getting an X-Men show as well from X-Men director Bryan Singer and Burn Notice’s Matt Nix.  The show will follow parents who learn their children are mutants and go on the run from the government, eventually finding an underground group of other mutants.  Fox was previously developing a period show called Hellfire that was set in the titular club but that seems dead.
  • Every Which Way But Loose getting a remake: The Clint Eastwood classic where Clint played a trucker with an orangutan best friend is the latest movie on the remake block, with The Sex Trip director Anthony G. Cohen at the helm and original producer James Fargo producing as well.

 

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