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News Shotgun 5/21


  • Michael Keaton in final talks for Spider-Man: Homecoming: Although the initial dealings fell through, Michael Keaton and Marvel are back and closing in on a deal for Keaton to play the main villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming.  It’s not clear who Keaton would play if cast but the rumors are The Vulture.
  • New Benji movie in the works: The 70’s favorite dog superstar is coming back with Brandon Camp, son of the original Benji director Joe Camp, will write and direct a new, modern take on the Benji films for Blumhouse.
  • RIP Alan Young: The actor behind Wilbur on Mr. Ed and Uncle Scrooge in Ducktales and various Disney specials passed away at age 96 this past week.
  • Fruit Ninja becoming a film: With Angry Birds out this weekend, news of another app turned movie hit as Fruit Ninja from Halfbrick Studios is being developed into a live action film that will be a family comedy but there’s no other details about how they plan to turn the game’s utter lack of narrative into a film.
  • Damien cancelled at A&E: A&E’s show that was a sequel to the original The Omen has been cancelled after airing it’s first, 10 episode season.
  • Ewan McGregor starring in Season 3 of Fargo: Ewan McGregor will be starring in the third season of FX’s incredible take on the Coen Brothers’ Fargo universe and McGregor will actually play a pair of brothers, who aren’t twins, named Emmit and Ray Stussy.  The third season is returning to the present day South Dakota/Minnesota area and Emmit is a “handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man” while Ray is “more of a cautionary tale. Balding, pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes”
  • Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban join Thor: Ragnorak: Next year’s Hulk/Thor team up has gotten a couple of awesome new cast members with Jeff Goldblum joining The Grandmaster, a cosmic Marvel character who is a master in all games of chance and skill and Karl Urban is playing Skurge aka The Executioner, an Asgardian who falls for The Enchantress and frequently works for her and Loki against Thor.  Cate Blanchett is playing Hela, ruler of the Asgardian equivalent of Hell and Tess Thompson from Creed is playing Valkryie.
  • Brad Garrett voicing Krang in TMNT: Out of the Shadows: Due to scheduling conflicts, Fred Armisen was not able to voice the villainous Krang in TMNT: Out of the Shadows and now Everybody Loves Raymond/Fargo actor Brad Garrett is taking over the role, which probably means Krang’s cartoon screech probably won’t be a part of this movie version.
  • The Janson Directive starring a Robert Ludlum universe: The Rock is starring in an adaptation of the Robert Ludlum novel The Janson Directive and Universal revealed that this movie would kick off a combined universe that would include other Ludlum novel adaptations but not the Bourne series, which is also at Universal.
  • Moon Knight, Blade and Ghost Rider may be three new Netflix shows: With a new season of Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher and The Defenders on the way, Netflix is apparently not showing any signs of stopping with Marvel shows and there’s a rumor that they may be planning three new shows that could feature Moon Knight, Blade and Ghost Rider, whose rights all reverted back to Marvel Studios.
  • Arkham HD Remakes confirmed: A “Return to Arkham” collection is coming to PS4 and Xbox One for $50 in July with up rezzed versions of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, along with all the DLC for both games.
  • House of Lies cancelled at Showtime: Showtime cancelled their comedy series House of Lies after five seasons.  Kristen Bell is starring in a new NBC comedy, which may have contributed slightly to the decision to cancel.
  • Tetris being developed into a trilogy of films: Producer Larry Kasanoff announced that for the first project of a new studio he’s formed, they are turning classic puzzle game Tetris into a “epic, sci-fi trilogy” of blockbuster films.
  • WB developing a Harley Quinn led DC movie: Margot Robbie, who plays Harley in Suicide Squad, is spearheading a movie in the DC Cinematic Universe that will feature Harley and other prominent female DC heroes and villains, like potentially Batgirl or the Birds of Prey.
  • The Rock seemingly confirms he’ll be Doc Savage: In another bit of news broken on The Rock’s instagram page, he seemingly confirmed that he’ll be starring in Shane Black’s version of Doc Savage, as the script was mentioned as being on The Rock’s work table while he’s on location for another film and he said it’s a movie he’s making with Black in 2017.  Black is currently working on the Predator sequel and The Nice Guys is in theaters now.
  • Transformers 5 gets official title: Transformers 5 is now officially Transformers: The Last Knight, most likely referring to Optimus’ upgrade to a Cybertronian knight in Age of Extinction.  Mark Wahlberg is back to star and Michael Bay is directing and it’s the first movie to come out of the braintrust that Paramount put together to develop a shared Transformers universe.
  • Toby Jones is the villain of Season 4 of Sherlock: Filming has begun on the fourth season of Sherlock and Toby Jones was revealed to be the main villain of the three episode season and will be introduced in the second episode of the season.


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