News Shotgun 5/19

  • First details on She-Ra reboot: Netflix revealed the first details on their upcoming She-Ra reboot, which is coming from Noelle Stevenson, creator of the comic series Lumberjanes.  Dreamworks Animation is the studio behind the show, who also delivered the fantastic Voltron reboot, and the show will star Aimee Carrero as Adora and Keston John as the evil Hordak and Sandra Oh, Reshma Shetty, AJ Michalka, Genesis Rodriguez, Karen Fukuhara and more will fill out the supporting cast.  The show is going to be out sometime this year on Netflix.
  • New Thundercats cartoon coming to Cartoon Network: Lion-O and the Thundercats are coming back in an extremely wacky looking new cartoon from Cartoon Network called Thundercats Roar.  The animation style is super cartoony in the vein of Adventure Time or Teen Titans Go! but will apparently still follow the same basic premise as the 80’s original, as the Thundercats crash land on a strange planet and battle the evil Mumm-Ra and his henchmen.
  • HALO arcade machine coming soon: A gigantic dual screen, four player arcade version of HALO is coming to Dave & Busters locations this summer.  The game turns the players into members of an ODST squad that is battling Covenant forces during the events of the first game.  The game is developed by Raw Thrills, the same company that makes Big Buck Hunter, the Batman arcade game, Jurassic Park Arcade and The Walking Dead arcade game.
  • Elisabeth Shue joins The Boys: Elisabeth Shue has joined the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis’ super brutal superhero comic The Boys as Madelyn Stillwell, the Vice President of Hero Management for Vought, the company that overseas the superheroes of The Boys universe, handling PR issues and giving them assignments.  The rest of the cast is Karl Urban, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jessie T. Usher, Jack Quaid, Nathan Mitchel, Erin Moriarty, and Karen Fukuhara and Dan Trachtenberg of 10 Cloverfield Lane is directing the pilot and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg are producing the show, which will be 10 episodes for it’s first season.
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 4 revealed: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was revealed this week by Treyarch and Activision.  The game will be multiplayer only with no traditional single player campaign.  There will be a Battle Royale mode to compete with Fortnite and PUBG called Blackout and three Zombie campaigns, including one that takes place on the Titanic.  The multiplayer will also be “back to basics” and remove the double jumping thrusters and wall running of BlOps3 but that game’s “Specialists” will return and there will be a Fog of War that will obscure enemy locations on the mini-maps unless perks or Specialists reveal areas.
  • Showtime picks up City on a Hill series: Showtime has picked up a new crime drama series from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck called City on a Hill.  The show is set in the early 90’s in Boston when the city was filled with violent criminals and corruption until the “Boston Miracle” happened and a campaign led by the District Attorney was able to wipe out a huge chunk of the crime and corruption in the city.  Aldis Hodge plays the DA, Decourcy Ward, who teams up with an FBI veteran, Jackie Rohr, played by Kevin Bacon.  The show will be 12 episodes for it’s first season and will premiere next year.
  • Three CW shows ending next season: At their Upfront presentation, The CW revealed that Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie will all end with their upcoming seasons.  Jane the Virgin is going into it’s fifth season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be in it’s fourth season and iZombie will be in it’s fifth season.
  • Batwoman joining the Arrowverse: Also revealed at The CW Upfront presentation by Stephen Amell was that the next season’s Arrow/Flash/Legends/Supergirl crossover will introduce the city of Gotham and Batwoman into the Arrowverse.  There have been hints of Gotham and it’s surrounding areas and mentions of Bruce Wayne but this will be the first solid entry into the Batfamily.  The crossover will air in December this year.
  • Trick R Treat maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights: After a highly successful “Scream Zone” at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights, Trick R Treat is getting a full on maze at this year’s festivities.  The maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, OH and will walk through the locations of the movie on Halloween night, coming face to face with the creatures and characters of the movie including, of course, Sam, the vengeful spirit of Halloween.  Horror Nights begin on September 14th.
  • The Last Ship ending this season: The upcoming fifth season of The Last Ship that will debut this summer will be the show’s last, as TNT has cancelled the show.  The fourth and fifth seasons of the show were shot back to back and the general feeling was that the fifth season would be the last, so hopefully it will wrap up the story in a satisfying way.
  • Alfred prequel series coming to Epix: The team behind Gotham, which is ending next season, are going even further back in time and have a show coming to Epix that will follow a young Alfred Pennyworth in the 60’s.  The show, called Pennyworth, will follow former SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth as he runs a security company and starts to work with Thomas Wayne in London.  The show will have a 10 episode first season in 2019.
  • Designated Survivor may get picked up by Netflix: ABC cancelled Designated Survivor but the Kiefer Sutherland political drama may end up on Netflix, as it was being shopped around to other networks and the producers are apparently in early talks to pick up the series for a third season.  Hulu has the US streaming rights to seasons 1 and 2 but Netflix does have the international rights to those seasons.
  • Agents of SHIELD moving to Summer next year: Down to the wire, ABC renewed Agents of SHIELD for a 13 episode sixth season but it will air over the summer in 2019.  This new season is not planned as a series ending season but the show has been on the bubble for the last few years.
  • DC Universe getting a Doom Patrol TV series: DC’s team of weird misfits, the Doom Patrol, are getting a live action series from Greg Berlanti on the upcoming DC Universe streaming service.  The show will be 13 episodes and be tied into the live action Teen Titans series that will also be on the service, as the Doom Patrol gets pulled into a mission by Cyborg.
  • Netflix getting horror anthology series from Guillermo del Toro: GDT is teaming up again with Netflix (the network airs his Trollhunters animated series) for a new horror anthology series called Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.  GDT will curate a series of horror stories from a team of handpicked writers and he will also write and direct some episodes, with each episode being a new story.  There’s no release date for the series but most likely it will be sometime next year.
  • RIP Margot Kidder: Margot Kidder passed away at age 69 this past week from natural causes.  The actress is best known for playing Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve Superman films and also appeared in shows like McQueen, Mod Squad and Nichols and other films like The Amityville Horror.
  • Milla Jovovich starring in Monster Hunter movie: The Resident Evil star will be starring in another adaptation of a Capcom title, Monster Hunter.  Jovovich’s husband Paul WS Anderson will direct the film.  Jovovich will obviously be a hunter in the world of the game but there are no real details besides the fact that the budget will be around $50 million, which seems kind of low for a movie that’s going to probably rely heavily on giant CG monsters.
  • Netflix renews Lost in Space for Season 2: Netflix has renewed their reboot of Lost in Space for a second season that will debut in 2019.  Although it got mixed reviews from critics, the series was one of the most watched premiere day Netflix Originals, garnering 3.16 million viewers on it’s first day of release, the third best behind Stranger Things and Bright.
  • New 24, Prison Break on the way at Fox: At their Upfronts presentation, Fox revealed that they still have plans for some sort of new 24 season, although one that won’t pick up from 24: Legacy, and also another season of the Prison Break revival.  They also revealed that there will be no more seasons of the X-Files revival, the most recent season of which garnered mostly negative reactions from critics and fans.
  • New additions to IT Chapter 2: Two new additions have been added to the upcoming IT Chapter 2 with James Ransom, of Sinister 2 and Tangerine, playing the grown up Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean, of Transformers: The Last Knight and Here and Now, playing the grown up Stanley Uris.  Jessica Chastain is 100% confirmed to be the grown Beverly Marsh and Bill Hader and James McAvoy are apparently in talks to play Ritchie Tozer and Bill Denbrough respectively.  The movie is apparently coming this September but production is supposed to start in the summer, so that seems like an extremely tight turnaround.

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