News Shotgun 5/20

  • Tom Hardy is Venom: Sony announced that Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock/Venom for their upcoming solo movie based on the Spider-Man villain.  Ruben Fleischer, who directed Zombieland, will be directing and Sony is looking to make it an R rated horror/sci-fi movie.
  • Angela Bassett joins MI 6: Another great addition to the next Mission: Impossible movie, Angela Bassett will be playing the new head of the CIA while Alec Baldwin’s Alan Hunley moves over to taking control of IMF.
  • Sally Hawkins back for Godzilla 2: At least one member of the original Monarch team will be back for Godzilla: King of the Monsters as Sally Hawkins is returning to reprise her role of Monarch agent Vivienne Graham.  No new on if Ken Watanabe will be back but the new cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Charles Dance.
  • Oh Hello coming to Netflix: In case you missed Nick Kroll’s and John Mulaney’s ridiculous stage show on Broadway, Netflix will be airing a filmed version of the show that will arrive on June 13th.  The show features old man characters created by Kroll and Mulaney who are grouchy old NYC Jewish men who host a “prank” show called Too Much Tuna, which consists entirely of them giving people tuna sandwiches with a huge pile of tuna on it.
  • RIP Chris Cornell: Legendary rocker Chris Cornell apparently committed suicide earlier this week at age 52 following a show in Detroit.  Cornell was the lead singer for Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog and also contributed the Bond theme “You Know My Name” for Casino Royale and the song “Live to Rise” for The Avengers.
  • TNT’s Snowpiercer show has a director and star: TNT is adapting Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer into a new original series and they’ve tapped Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson to direct the pilot.  They’ve also cast Hamilton star Daveed Diggs as the show’s lead, Layton Wells, a passenger in the very back of the train that carries the remains of humanity through the frozen wasteland of the future.
  • King Kong musical coming to Broadway: King Kong is coming to Broadway in 2018 with a new musical that follows the basic story of Kong being discovered on Skull Island and brought to NYC before escaping and going on a rampage.  The show is an update of an Australian show that featured a giant puppet version of Kong.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole coming in October: After two major delays, the next South Park game from Ubisoft is now set for release on October 17th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
  • Arrested Development officially back for a fifth season: Netflix confirmed the Bluth family will back for another season on the streaming service, coming next summer.  Based on the promo image, it seems like they’ve gotten the cast all together for most of the episodes, unlike season 4 where scheduling caused the episodes to focus on one particular member of the Bluth family.
  • Netflix developing a Witcher TV show: Speaking of Netflix, they are also developing a show based on the critically acclaimed Witcher series of books and games following the adventures of Geralt of Rivia.  Author Andrzej Sapkowski is involved as a creative consultant and the producers have worked on The Expanse on SyFy and the upcoming Tom Cruise Mummy movie.  No casting or release date was announced.
  • RIP Powers Boothe: One of the greatest villain character actors of all time passed away earlier this week at age 68.  Boothe appeared in movies like Tombstone, Frailty, Sudden Death and Sin City and in TV shows like Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Deadwood and, most recently, Agents of SHIELD.
  • George RR Martin confirms a fifth Game of Thrones spin-off: HBO previously announced 4 prequel shows coming after Game of Thrones wraps up but now George RR Martin has confirmed a fifth show has been added, although he did not say what any of them were based on except he confirmed none of them are based on the fan favorite Dunk & Egg stories.
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced: TT Games released a teaser for a follow up to the incredible Lego Marvel Super Heroes game that is coming on November 17th.  It seems like it’s taking inspiration from the most recent MCU movies like Guardians Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange but characters like Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099, Gladiator Hulk and Captain Marvel are featured in the promo art.  A full trailer will be released next week.
  • Details on The Purge TV show: Director James DeMonaco gave some more details on the upcoming SyFy show based on The Purge movies.  The show will be an anthology show focusing on what happens the other 364 days of the year before and after the annual Purge and it will be shot simultaneously with the upcoming fourth Purge movie.
  • The Disaster Artist coming in December: A24 will release The Disaster Artist on December 8th, seemingly setting it up for a potential award season run.  The movie is based on the book by Greg Sestero that details the insanity behind the scenes of making Tommy Wiseau’s terrible masterpiece, The Room, and also details how Sestero and Wiseau met and became friends.  James Franco is playing Wiseau and he also directed the movie while his brother Dave is playing Greg and it also features Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor and Jason Mantzoukas.
  • Frontrunner for The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Claire Foy, Golden Globe winning actress from The Crown, is currently the frontrunner as the new Lisbeth Salander for the follow up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film by David Fincher, even though no one from the film is coming back.  Spider’s Web is the fourth book in the series and was written after the death of author Stieg Larson.

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