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News Shotgun 11/22


  • Howard the Duck returning to Marvel Comics: Based on the success of his after credits cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy and the fact that weird legal issues around Howard are resolved, Howard will return in a new comic in March, written by Chip Zdarsky of Sex Criminals and drawn by Joe Quinones.
  • Fox orders a show based on Global Frequency: The show is based on a DC comic by Warren Ellis where a global task force of various experts work together to stop paranormal, extraterrestrial or man made threats.
  • The Stand now planned for four movies Josh Boone, who directed this past summer’s The Fault in Our Stars, is working on a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic epic, The Stand, but now it seems like WB is going to turn it into 4 movies, which allow more room for set pieces than Boone’s original vision for the film.
  • Robert Downey Jr. may star in Yucatan: The movie is based on a treatment created by Steve McQueen back in the 60’s that follows a salvage expert searching for treasure in the Yucatan Peninsula.  A screenwriter from Pirates of the Caribbean is adapting McQueen’s 1700 page document into a script.
  • Brenton Thwaites joins Pirates 5: Thwaites, most recently off The Giver, has joined Johnny Depp in the upcoming fifth Pirates movie as a “key British soldier”
  • AMC announces premiere date for Better Call Saul: The show will have AMC’s first two night premiere, on February 8th and 9th and then the show will be in on Mondays for it’s regular time slot.
  • Paul Greengrass directing new version of 1984: Greengrass will adapt Orwell’s classic for Sony.  His Captain Phillips screenwriter, James Graham, is writing the script.
  • Keanu Reeves starring in next Tarsem movie: Reeves will star in The Panopticon for Tarsem Singh, the director of Immortals and The Fall.  Reeves will play a man who receives a mysterious audio recording that claims to be from his future self and says he’s the only who can stop the world from ending.
  • Sony drops Steve Jobs biopic: After all the recent casting talk over the last few weeks, it was surprising that Sony announced this week that they were dropping Danny Boyle’s new biopic of Steve Jobs.  The movie will most likely be picked up by Universal and currently has Michael Fassbender in talks to play Jobs and Seth Rogen in talks to play Steve Wozniak.
  • Ridley Scott promises a new form of Alien in Prometheus 2: Scott, doing press for the upcoming Exodus, said that he wanted to introduce a “fresher form” of the xenomorphs in the third act of the upcoming Prometheus 2.  A “protoalien” was featured in the final scene of Prometheus.
  • Fox orders an American version of Luther: Fox has ordered a pilot for an American version of the BBC’s crime drama Luther.  Idris Elba starred as detective John Luther, who intensely tracked down the worst psychopaths in London.  Series creator Neil Cross and Idris Elba will executive produce the American show, but Elba will most likely not star.  Elba will star in a two part special of the original Luther on the BBC and BBC America.
  • Short list for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Netflix shows: Mike Colter, who will be seen Halo: Nightfall as Jameson Locke, and Lance Gross, most recently seen on NBC’s Crisis, are apparently the front runners for Luke Cage while Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer and Jessica De Gouww are apparently the front runners to play Jessica Jones.
  • Chris Pratt starring in Cowboy Ninja Viking: Pratt will star in the comic book adaptation, that follows a secret organization that trains people with multiple personality disorder, dubbed Triplets, to become lethal assassins.  Pratt is playing Duncan, who has the titular warriors as his various personalities.
  • Dreamworks Animation delays BOO: Originally supposed to come out next Summer, Dreamworks as delayed BOO or Bureau of Otherwordly Operations without a new release date. Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy star as ghostly agents of the titular agency.
  • From Hell TV series coming to FX: FX is getting another comic adaptation as they ordered a show based on Alan Moore’s From Hell, previously adapted into a film starring Johnny Depp.  The comic was set in London at the height of the Ripper murders.
  • Arnold hints at a Running Man sequel: During a Q&A in England, Arnold was mentioning some of his potential upcoming projects and he said he got the first draft for the Twins sequel, Triplets, but he also mentioned that there are “rumblings” of a Running Man sequel.
  • Lego Batman movie to spoof every era of Batman: The upcoming spin-off from the Lego Movie featuring Batman will apparently pay tribute, and mostly make fun, every era of Batman film making from the wackiness of the Adam West show to the self seriousness of Nolan films.
  • Possible casting for Jean Grey and Cyclops for X-Men: Apocalypse: Apocalypse is set to bring in younger versions of the characters from the original X-Men trilogy and there’s apparently some short lists for Jean Grey and Cyclops.  For Jean, Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are apparently director Bryan Singer’s top choices while Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothee Chalamet are the actors being eyed for Cyclops.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie gets a new screenwriter: John August, writer of movies like Go, Charlie’s Angels and Big Fish, will be writing a new screenplay for the adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s classic collections of folktales and scary stories.  It’s still not clear if the movie will be an anthology or be based on one particular story.
  • AMC is offering “unlimited” tickets to Interstellar: If you are a member of AMC’s Stubs program, you have the opportunity to buy an “unlimited” ticket to Interstellar, that will allow you to see the movie as many times as you want while it’s playing in AMC theaters.  Price will vary depending on the theater but it could be anywhere between $14.99 and $34.99 and it’s useable at any AMC theater.
  • Scream: The Series getting a new mask: Because of legal issues, the new MTV show based on Scream will not feature the iconic Ghostface mask but MTV executive Mina Lefevre said that the new mask is “organic looking and much darker”.
  • Disney opening a Toy Story hotel in Shanghai Disneyland: Shanghai Disneyland, which is set to upon in 2016, will feature a massive hotel based on Toy Story.  There’s no specifics about what you could expect from the rooms or activities at the hotel.
  • HBO orders a full season of Westworld: HBO has given a full season order to their new take on Michael Crichton’s film Westworld, which follows a high tech theme park where people go and immerse themselves in different time periods that are full of robots guests can interact with.  Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden are set to star.
  • Tom Cruise rumored to be producer’s choice to star in new Highlander: The producers of the new Highlander, a remake of the 80’s classic, apparently are trying to get Tom Cruise interested in co-starring in the role originally filled by Sean Connery, a fellow Highlander who trains Connor McLeod in sword fighting.  There’s apparently no actual talks or negotiating as of yet.



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