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News Shotgun 4/16

By Zach


  • Fear the Walking Dead renewed for Season 3: After a strong showing from the premiere of season 2, drawing in 8.8 million viewers, AMC has renewed Fear the Walking Dead for a 16 episode third season to debut in 2017.
  • TNT’s new Tales from the Crypt greenlit for 10 episodes: The M. Night Shyamalan produced revival of Tales from the Crypt will have 10 episodes in the classic anthology style and will arrive in 2017 as part of a horror themed block of programming on TNT.
  • Insidious Chapter 4 on the way: Sony announced at the Cinemacon convention this week that they are making a fourth chapter in the Insidious series.  It wasn’t confirmed if Leigh Whannell would be back to direct but he did mention previously that if a fourth movie got greenlit, he would like to explore the time between Chapter 3 and the first film as Lin Shaye’s character rediscovers her gifts of communicating with spirits and journeying into “The Further”.
  • The Rock and Kevin Hart may co-star in new Jumanji: The duo starring in this summer’s Central Intelligence may reteam next summer for the new take on Jumanji, which is scheduled for July 2017 and features Walk Hard and Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan behind the camera.
  • Jackie Earle Haley joins both The Tick and Dark Tower: Haley has joined two big nerdy projects, he’ll play The Terror in the new Tick show on Amazon, who’s the head of the supervillains of that universe and he’s in talks to played Richard Sayre in The Dark Tower, who is the leader of a group of vampires.
  • Batman: The Killing Joke gets an R rating: DC’s animated adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic Batman comic is the first DC animated film to get an R rating.  The MPAA’s specifics for the rating don’t seem to be available.
  • Deadpool 2 officially confirmed: Fox officially confirmed that a sequel to Deadpool 2 is on the way, a no brainer for the highest grossing R rated film of all time.  Ryan Reynolds is returning as Wade Wilson, Tim Miller is back to direct and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are back to write the screenplay.  It could arrive in 2017.
  • Jason Statham starring in film version of Meg: Statham will fight a giant shark in the adaptation of the novel Meg by Steve Alten, where a prehistoric Megalodon leaves the hidden depths it’s been living in and rampages around the world.  Statham most likely will be playing US Navy Deep Diver Jonas Taylor, the protagonist of Meg and two sequels.
  • Channing Tatum joins Kingsman 2: Tatum has joined the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s excellent comic book/spy movie in an unnamed role but most likely as an American agent, whether it’s the CIA or the American equivalent of the Kingsman, as Eggsy and crew head to the US for the sequel.  It’s teased that Colin Firth may return somehow and Game of Throne’s Pedro Pascal has joined the cast as well.  There’s even a rumor the movie might be trying to get Elton John to appear in the movie.
  • Disney rebooting Peter Pan into live action: Disney will not rest until they reboot all their animated classics into live action and Peter Pan is the latest one announced.  David Lowery, director of this summer’s Pete’s Dragon remake, will be directing this remake as well.  There’s no release date for the new Peter Pan.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is the new Grinch: A new movie based around How the Grinch Stole Christmas is coming from Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me/Minions, and Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing The Grinch.  The movie is just called The Grinch and is arriving in November 2017.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming is the solo Spider-Man title: Sony officially confirmed their first Spider-Man film after signing the deal with Marvel will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Michael Keaton is rumored to be in talks to play the villain of the film, which could potentially be The Vulture.
  • Mark Rylance joins Ready Player One: Spielberg’s new go to guy, Mark Rylance, has joined Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One as James Donovan Halliday, basically the 80’s obsessed Willy Wonka of the book and movie who was the creator of the virtual world OASIS and has left a series of easter eggs in that world.  Whoever finds all the eggs first will inherit his fortune and gain master control over OASIS to do what they wish with it.
  • New Scooby Doo movie may launch a Hanna Barbara cinematic universe: Warner Bros. announced a new Scooby Doo movie called S.C.O.O.B. for 2018 and it could potentially launch a Hanna Barbara cinematic universe where the characters could cross over.
  • Fahrenheit 451 HBO movie gets a director: Ramin Bahrani, who directed last year’s 99 Homes, will write, produce and direct a new take on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel for HBO Films.
  • WB confirms a solo Batman movie is on the way: A solo Batman film starring Ben Affleck is on the way as part of the DCU.  Affleck was working on a script with Geoff Johns but it wasn’t announced if that script will be used or if Affleck will direct.
  • Possible Iron Fist villain cast: David Meachum, who co-starred in 300 and Lord of the Rings, has been cast in the upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series as Harold Meachum, who could potentially be the main villain as, in the comics, Meachum was a business partner to Wendell Rand but betrayed the family while joining them on an expedition in the Himalayas.  Danny Rand managed to escape and found K’un-Lun, where he trained to become Iron Fist.
  • The Defenders may start shooting at the end of this year: Charlie Cox aka Daredevil mentioned during an interview that The Defenders is supposed to start shooting at the end of this year.  This would team Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together and was the original end goal of the Netflix shows.  Cox said he wasn’t sure if a third season of Daredevil would get greenlit but, if it didn’t, the threads left from Season 2 would be resolved in Defenders.  The showrunners of Daredevil Season 2 are behind The Defenders.
  • Scott Eastwood joins Fast 8: Fast 8 adds another cast member as Suicide Squad’s Scott Eastwood has joined in an unknown role.  The sequel is set to arrive in April next year.

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