News Shotgun 2/17

  • Fangoria Magazine returning to shelves: The iconic horror magazine Fangoria is returning from the dead thanks to movie producer Dallas Sonnier, who purchased the rights to Fangoria and is putting it out as a new collectible quarterly magazine, with the first issue arriving Halloween this year.  Previous contributors will return to have new columns along with new contributors like Bone Tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler.
  • Schwarzenegger and Fassbender join Kung Fury movie: Now potentially the greatest movie ever made, David Sandberg’s full length Kung Fury movie has gotten both Michael Fassbender and Arnold Schwarzenegger to co-star.  Fassbender will be a, as of right now unknown, member of Kung Fury’s “Thundercops” team while Arnold will be the President of the United States.  Sandberg is directing and starring as Kung Fury.
  • Statham signs on to new movie: Jason Statham has signed up for a new movie called The Killer’s Game, where he plays a hitman diagnosed with a terminal illness. He puts a hit out on himself to go out in a blaze of glory but then finds out he’s been misdiagnosed, so he has to now fend off the other assassins trying to kill him. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage director DJ Caruso is directing.
  • Ryan Murphy signs massive deal with Netflix: The American Crime/Horror Story, Feud, Glee, 911 creator has signed a massive $300 million/five year deal with Netflix to produce original content for their streaming platform.  Murphy has been under the Fox umbrella for 15 years but was reportedly apprehensive about the Disney merger when it was announced.  His contract ends in July and he will immediately head to Netflix and he already has two series in development from before the deal, the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest origin series Ratched and a musical called The Politician.
  • Call of Duty movie gets a director: Stefano Sollima, director of the upcoming Sicario 2, has signed on to direct a Call of Duty movie for the recently created Activision Blizzard Studios branch.  It’s not clear what, if any, branch of the CoD series the movie would follow between World War II, Black Ops, Modern Warfare, Advanced Warfare, etc.
  • Den of Thieves getting a sequel: Last month’s Gerard Butler led heist movie Den of Thieves apparently did well enough to warrant a sequel, as STXFilms as announced Den of Thieves 2 is in the works.  Butler is coming back along with 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr is apparently in talks to return as well.  Director Christian Gudegast is also returning.
  • House Party reboot in the works: Lebron James is producing a reboot of the 90’s comedy series starring Kid N Play.  Not deviating too far from the formula, the new movie will be set in modern day where some high school kids throw a party that gets wildly out of control.  No word on who would star or who might direct.
  • Fox shuffles release dates: Fox shuffled around some release dates this week, announcing The Predator will arrive now on September 14th and Alita: Battle Angel will arrive on December 21st of this year.  The next Agatha Christie movie from Kenneth Brannagh, Death on the Nile, also got a confirmed release date of November 8th 2019.
  • Kitty Pryde movie all but confirmed at Fox: A solo Kitty Pryde movie is all but confirmed as being in development over at Fox as Deadpool director Tim Miller is working with comic legend Brian Michael Bendis on an X-Men movie codenamed 143, which just so happens to correspond with Kitty’s first solo adventure in Uncanny X-Men 143 and most of the big news outlets are just straight up saying it’s a Kitty Pryde movie.
  • Scorsese working on Ancient Rome TV series: Scorsese is teaming with Vikings creator Michael Hirst for a new series set in Ancient Rome called The Caesars.  If you can’t tell based on that title, the show will follow Julius Caesar, although in his younger days as he begins to come to power and also explore his family dynamic as well. No word on any network it would air on but Scorsese’s two previous shows have both aired on HBO.
  • Hannah Simone is the new Greatest American Hero: ABC is rebooting 80’s classic The Greatest American Hero and have cast New Girl’s Hannah Simone in the lead role. Simone stars as Meera, “a 30-year-old Cleveland woman whose talents include drinking tequila, singing karaoke, and not much else” who comes into possession of an alien supersuit which turns her into a superhero.
  • Willy Wonka reboot in the works: Paul King, the director of the Paddington movies, has signed on to direct a new Willy Wonka movie for Warner Bros, although it might actually be some sort of origin story for Wonka and not another retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson starring in Netflix series The Highwaymen: Costner and Harrelson will co-star in a new Netflix drama series called The Highwaymen where they will play Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, who headed up the posse that tracked down and killed Bonnie & Clyde.  John Lee Hancock, director of The Founder, is showrunning.
  • Chris Columbus directing a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie: Blumhouse got the rights to the insanely popular series of video games and now have signed on Harry Potter/Home Alone director Chris Columbus to direct the movie adaptation.  The games, if you somehow don’t know, involve a creepy Chuck E. Cheesesque pizza joint where the robotic animal mascots are alive at night and cause mayhem.

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