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News Shotgun 11/12


  • Robert Redford retiring from acting: The legendary Robert Redford said in an interview with his grandson for the Walker Arts Center that after his two upcoming projects, Our Souls at Night and The Old Man and the Gun, that he thinks he’ll be done in front of the camera and will focus on more directing.
  • The Expanse is back in February: Although they still have some duds like Van Helsing, SyFy has really been trying to push their original series up to the next level and they’ve got shows like The Magicians, the upcoming Matt Damon/Ben Affleck produced Incorporated, the just wrapping up Channel Zero: Candle Cove and, their best show, The Expanse, which was revealed this week to be back for season 2 on February 8th.  The show follows multiple characters in a future where humanity has settled beyond Earth to Mars and the asteroid belt but there’s tension between the three that could boil over into open war after multiple events that occurred in the first season.
  • Ghost Rider may be getting Netflix series or movie: The inclusion of Robbie Reyes on Agents of SHIELD has really invigorated that show after an OK third season and apparently Marvel thinks so as well, because Gabriel Luna, who plays Ghost Rider, said there’s talk about a possible Netflix series or movie for the Spirit of Vengeance after this current SHIELD season wraps up.
  • Legends of Tomorrow gets more episodes: Originally supposed to be 13 episodes like last year, The CW has added 4 more episodes of time traveling action for the Legends of Tomorrow.  The current season has introduced the Justice Society of America and added Vixen and Citizen Steel to the team and is setting up the Arrowverse’s version of the Legion of Doom with Reverse Flash working with Damien Darhk.
  • New Walking Dead arcade game on the way: The Walking Dead based games have ranged from the incredible Telltale series to the abomination that was The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct but probably somewhere in the middle will be a new arcade shooter called just The Walking Dead.  You’ll use a crossbow lightgun to make your way through zombie infested locations and it’ll be out in January at an arcade (aka Dave and Busters probably) near you.
  • Conviction cancelled at ABC: The first casualty of Fall TV 2016 is here as ABC is going to let the Hayley Atwell starring Conviction run it’s course of 13 episodes and then will be over.  Hopefully this means the return of Peggy Carter at some point or just something more interesting for Atwell.
  • Tom Holland is signed on for 6 appearances in the MCU: In an interview this week, Holland revealed he’s signed on for three solo Spider-Man movies and three MCU appearances.  Civil War and Homecoming are the first ones of each of those and Spidey will most likely appear in Infinity War and Avengers 4 as well along with two sequels to Homecoming.
  • Fox may be rebooting the X-Men movie universe: With Apocalypse not doing as well as expectations, the First Class cast of Fassbender, Lawrence and McAvoy out of contract and Hugh Jackman ending his run as Wolverine in Logan next year, Fox is struggling with the X-Universe and may be attempting a soft reboot of the universe. A movie based on New Mutants is on the way and the younger versions of Cyclops, Jean and Nightcrawler introduced in Apocalypse may carry the films forward going forward and, despite the recent directing issues, they are also going whole hog with Deadpool, announcing this week that Deadpool 3 would introduce X-Force.
  • Ubisoft developing a Netflix show: Ubisoft is going all in with developing other projects based on their games with Assassin’s Creed out soon in theaters, a Splinter Cell, The Division, Far Cry and Ghost Recon movies in development and now they are in talks with Netflix for some sort of series, but no word on what game would be the basis.
  • Jurassic World 2 casting: Toby Jones and Rafe Spall have joined Jurassic World 2 in “key roles” but no details were released.
  • Elektra back for The Defenders: The Defenders event on Netflix next year keeps getting bigger and this week it was announced that Elodie Yung’s Elektra will be back in the mix as well.  She was last seen in the mysterious urn/coffin that The Hand ninja clan was using for some unknown purpose and they are most likely going to resurrect her, possibly as a villain.
  • Stranger Things Season 2 additions: Some 80’s icons are joining Stranger Things next season.  Sean Astin will play Bob Newby, who manages Hawkins’ RadioShack and went to high school with Joyce and Hopper and Paul Reiser will play a high ranking member of the Department of Energy, who seems to be coming in to clean up the mess left in the wake Season 1.
  • Young Justice coming back for third season: The cult DC cartoon following a younger team of superheroes like Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Artemis, Miss Martian and Aqualad, is coming back for a third season after being cancelled on Cartoon Network after it’s second season in 2013.  No word on who will air the third season but Netflix seems the most likely, as it’s inclusion on streaming is definitely a main factor in it’s resurrection.
  • Max Landis will write and direct a remake of An American Werewolf in London: Max Landis, who’s been making his name writing things like Chronicle, American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein, will write and direct a remake of his father John’s classic werewolf movie, An American Werewolf in London.  Universal is behind the remake and Robert Kirkman and David Albert of The Walking Dead are producing.
  • Triple Threat movie unites three bad asses: Immediately one of our most anticipated movies, the upcoming action movie Triple Threat will unite Man of Tai Chi’s Tiger Chen, The Raid’s Iko Uwais and Tony Jaa as they take on the Mexican cartels, who have kidnapped Chen’s ex-wife and son.  Chad Stahelski, director of John Wick, will be coordinating the action and Wang Xiaolie will direct.
  • Michael Keaton confirmed as Vulture for Spider-Man: Homecoming: Kevin Feige, in an interview with Toronto Sun, confirmed that Keaton will be playing Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture, the main villain Tom Holland’s Spidey will fight in Homecoming.
  • The Goldbergs getting a 90’s based spin-off: ABC is developing a spin-off from The Goldbergs that will fast forward a decade and follow Bryan Callen’s Coach Mellor and another teacher who become father figures to the three misfit kids of the school’s secretary in the 90’s.  Callen has appeared on 17 episodes of The Goldbergs so far and is definitely one of their top guest stars along with Stephen Tobolowsky and Tim Meadows.


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