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News Shotgun 3/20


  • A&E developing show based on Let the Right One In: A&E is taking another horror movie to their network with an adaptation of the vampire movie, Let the Right One In.  Jeff Davis, showrunner of MTV’s Teen Wolf, will be running the show.
  • Sherlock special coming, set in Victorian era: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will bring their versions of Sherlock and Watson to the actual era Sherlock Holmes originated in a special set in Victorian England.  Showrunner Steven Moffett said this will be it’s own separate episode with no ties to the current continuity of Sherlock.
  • Kevin Smith confirms Mallrats 2 is in development: Kevin Smith just added another sequel to his increasingly more crowded in development queue with Mallrats 2 coming in the near future.  Smith says he decided to make the sequel as a tribute to his late friend and producer, Jim Jacks.
  • Beauty and the Beast coming in 2017: The live action Beauty and the Beast will arrive in 2017 and two more cast members were added with Emma Thompson playing Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline playing Belle’s father, Maurice.  Al Menken will also return to score the film and he and songwriter Tim Rice will write some original songs in addition to new versions of some of the classics from the animated version.
  • Rumored connection to Suicide Squad: El Mayimbe over at Latino Review revealed that in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, Batman will be mostly an urban legend who no one has actually met, with the possible exception of The Joker.  Amanda Waller sends the squad after Joker because he may be the key to finding Batman, who is in turn the key to “tracking down all the supers”.
  • Flash season 2 could introduce more speedsters: At the recent PaleyFest, showrunner Greg Berlanti said we could see other speedsters besides Barry in the second season of CW’s Flash.  Berlanti wants to try and get the New 52 Wally West onto the show and also possibly Bart Allen.
  • The Crow has officially cast it’s lead: Jack Huston of Boardwalk Empire will be the lead in the upcoming reboot of The Crow.  Corin Hardy will be directing.
  • Mad Max: Fur Road officially R rated: For “intense sequences of violence throughout and disturbing images”
  • Brothers Grimm getting turned into a TV series: The Terry Gilliam fantasy movie is getting turned into a TV series by Miramax, with original screenwriter Ehren Kruger writing a pilot script.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring a Fraggle Rock movie: Gordon-Levitt is set to star and produce in a reboot of the classic Jim Henson show, but it’s not clear if he’ll be a voice of a Fraggle or some sort of human who interacts with them.
  • Preacher series casts Ruth Negga: The current Agents of SHIELD villainess will be co-starring in AMC’s upcoming Preacher pilot as Tulip, the ex-girlfriend of main character Jesse Custer.
  • Sharknado 3 gets release date and title: The next Sharknado is coming on July 22nd to SyFy and it’s called Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!.  Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are returning along with Cassie Scerbo, who played Nova in Sharknado 1 and there will be cameos from Bo Derek, David Hasselhoff, Ann Coulter, Mark Cuban and Jerry Springer and the movie follows a new Sharknado as it hits Washington DC and then makes it way toward Florida.
  • Scarface reboot gets a writer: A reboot of the crime classic Scarface has gotten a screenwriter with Jonathan Herman, who most recently wrote the screenplay to the upcoming NWA bio-pic, Straight Outta Compton.
  • Blue Thunder getting a remake: Blue Thunder, the 80’s movie about a super advanced helicopter, is getting a reboot and an update to the premise, as the new Blue Thunder will be a super advanced drone.
  • Spoils Before Dying announces castThe cast for the latest epic adaptation of a classic Eric Jonrosh novel finds returning cast members Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer and Will Ferrell joining new cast members Michael K Williams, Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell and Andy Daly.  It’s debuting this summer on IFC.
  • It Follows getting wide release: With a strong limited release last weekend and strong reviews, like ours, horror movie It Follows is now getting a nationwide release soon and it’s original plan to come to VOD has been delayed.
  • Lionsgate picks up Robin Hood: Origins: One of the three Robin Hood projects in development has just been picked up by Lionsgate, Robin Hood: Origins.  Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way developed the gritty reboot of the classic character.
  • Chrononauts movie coming: The latest comic book adaptation being picked up is Mark Millar’s Chrononauts, which only launched issue #1 this past week.  It’s about a pair of best friends who develop time travel and must decide whether to use it for selfish or selfless means.  Universal will develop the movie.
  • Predator confirmed for Mortal Kombat X: Joining Jason Voorhees in the first DLC pack is the Predator, confirmed via a listing on the Xbox Marketplace for the DLC “Kombat Pack”.
  • Morena Baccarin will play Copycat in Deadpool: Starting shooting this week, it was revealed that Morena Baccarin will be playing the mutant Copycat, who has powers similar to Mystique.  TJ Miller was also confirmed to be playing Weasel in the movie.
  • Sony developing 300esque take on Romeo & Juliet: Sony is looking to put a new spin on Romeo & Juliet by making it a stylized 300esque historical epic.
  • John Woo directing a remake of Japanese thriller Manhunter: Not to be confused with the original Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter starred Japanese actor Ken Takakura as a man wrongfully accused for a series of crimes and must try to clear his name.



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