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News Shotgun 12/10

  • RL Stine writing a new Man-Thing comic for Marvel: A little bit ago, we found out Marvel had gotten Goosebumps author RL Stine on board for a mysterious project and this week we found out that Stine will be writing a new version of Man-Thing.  In a change from classic Man-Thing, he’ll be able to talk and each issue will also feature an original horror backup story by Stine.  The limited series will begin in March.
  • Furious 8 gets an official title: Ahead of it’s huge trailer debut on Sunday (12/11), the official title of Furious 8 was revealed and it’s now The Fate of the Furious.
  • Cinemax bringing back Strike Back: Cinemax is bringing back their action series Strike Back, but with an entirely new cast as Sullivan Stapleton currently stars on Blindspot and Phillip Winchester is on Chicago PD/Justice.  The new team will be a four person team tasked with taking down a vicious terrorist who has escaped from prison.
  • Lionsgate buys Starz: For $4.4 billion, Lionsgate purchased Starz, which will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lionsgate.
  • Apple may offer theatrical releases to rent: There have been a few attempts at extremely premium services that will bring movies to homes the weekend they come out but none have really come to fruition but apparently major studios have been meeting with Apple to possibly provide first run films on Apple TV/iTunes in the near future.  The rumor is it could cost $25-$50 to rent a movie in theaters.
  • Most Overpaid actor of 2016: Johnny Depp is again the most overpaid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes, as he returns $2.80 for every $1 he is paid thanks to disasters like Mortdecai and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
  • Little Shop of Horrors getting a reboot: Greg Berlanti, the man behind the Arrowverse, will be directing a new film version of the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors for Warner Bros.  Matthew Robinson, who wrote The Invention of Lying and Monster Trucks, will be writing the script.
  • WB shuffles release dates: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will now hit May 12th, putting it head to head with Guardians 2 while Annabelle 2 will hit August 11th and the CHiPs reboot with Dax Shepard will hit March 24th, the old King Arthur slot.
  • Ducktales arriving next Summer: Disney confirmed their new version of Ducktales will arrive on Disney XD sometime next summer.  The new show features all your favorite characters from the original plus Donald will actually be in the mix this time and not off serving in the Navy.
  • Walton Goggins is the villain of Tomb Raider: Goggins will be taking on Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider that is based on the rebooted series of games.  There weren’t any character details on Goggins’ villain.
  • Marvel releasing a digital series for Agents of SHIELDOn ABC.com and the ABC app, there will be a six episode mini-series based around SHIELD’s Yo-Yo Rodriguez, who has speed powers similar to Quicksilver or the Flash, and the series will follow her on a secret mission for SHIELD.
  • Will Ferrell starring in eSports comedy: Ferrell will play a seasoned gamer who may be past his prime in a new comedy movie based around the world of eSports.  Two actual eSports teams, Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, are in talks to appear.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 pushed back to 2019: Dreamworks has pushed back the third entry in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to March 1, 2019, the week before Captain Marvel hits for Marvel.
  • Dracula Untold not part of new Universal Monster universe: Doing press around the release of the first trailer for The Mummy, director Alex Kurtzman definitively said that their movie is the start of the new Monsters universe and Dracula Untold and Luke Evans’ Dracula are not going to be a part of it.  There was a stinger at the end of Untold that place Dracula in modern day London in what was assumed to be the possible start of this new universe.
  • Streets of Rage and Altered Beast may become TV shows or movies: There was a deal a while ago between Sega and production companies Stories International and Circle of Confusion to bring a number of their franchises to either the big or small screen and it seems like Altered Beast and Streets of Rage are the ones moving forward first.  Its not clear whether they will be turned into shows or movies but Circle of Confusion is behind Fear the Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Outcast and Dirk Gently.

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