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News Shotgun 1/21

  • James Cameron may be returning for a final Terminator: Original Terminator director James Cameron, although currently lost on Pandora, regains the rights to the Terminator franchise in 2019 and is apparently getting ready to help produce one final movie in the franchise, with Deadpool’s Tim Miller directing.  It’s not clear where this will fit in the now completely screwed up timeline but I don’t think anyone would mind if they just made everything after Terminator 2 not exist.
  • Complete Phantasm Blu-Ray set on the way: Arriving on March 28th, all five Phantasm movies will be included in a new box set with new commentary from director Don Coscarelli and feature new commentaries by him and others and brand new special features.  There will also be a full Wishmaster Blu-Ray set released on that day as well so fans of crazy cult horror need to mark that day on their calendars now.
  • Shaft reboot gets a director: Tim Story, who directed the Jessica Alba Fantastic Four movies and most recently the Ride Along movies, will be directing a reboot of Shaft that has been in development for a while.  With this directing choice, it seems like this new Shaft will lean more toward comedy, possibly being another attempt to capture the magic of the Jump St. movies.
  • Hal Jordan shortlist for Green Lantern Corps: Tom Cruise, Bradley Cooper, Armie Hammer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Mchale and…Ryan Reynolds (that would be an awkward meeting with WB) are all apparently in contention for the part of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps movie that will also featured John Stewart.
  • Sterling K. Brown joins The Predator: The American Crime Story standout is the latest to join Shane Black’s new Predator movie.  Brown is a government agent who starts out arresting Boyd Holbrook’s ex-Marine character but then bails him out to help stop the Predator running loose.
  • House of Cards season 5 gets a release date: With a chilling teaser released on Inauguration Day, the next season of Netflix’s flagship show will be released on May 30th.
  • Lawnmower Man returning in VR: VR content makers Jaunt have gotten the rights to The Lawnmower Man and are working with some of the people behind the 1992 film to bring a new version exclusively to VR devices as an episodic series of VR videos.
  • Ultimate MvC3 coming to PC and Xbox soon: Back available on PS4 last year during the PSX event, the fighting game will be back on PC and Xbox One on March 7th and the latest game, Marvel vs Capcom Infinite will be arriving this year.
  • ABC developing magician procedural: Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti has sold ABC a new series called Deception that follows a disgraced magician who becomes an FBI agent and uses his skills to solve crimes.  ABC also picked up a show called The Crossing that is literally the South Park episode Goobacks, as it is set in world where immigrants from the future time travel back to the present to escape their horrible lives.
  • RIP Miguel Ferrer: Prolific character actor Miguel Ferrer passed away at age 61 this past week.  Ferrer was a regular on shows like NCIS: Los Angeles and Twin Peaks and appeared in movies like Robocop, Blank Check and Hot Shots Part Deux.
  • The Division movie gets a director: Steve Gaghan, who directed Syriana and currently playing Gold, will direct the adaptation of Ubisoft’s multiplayer shooter The Division that will star Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the agents of the titular group who activate after a deadly virus is unleashed in NYC on Black Friday.
  • The Rock starring in solo Black Adam movie: Along with being the villain of the upcoming Shazam movie, The Rock will star in a solo movie as his character Black Adam, most likely exploring his backstory as an Egyptian who was the original recipient of the powers of Shazam, but had them stripped away when he grew corrupted by them, leading to his eternal vengeance against the wizard Shazam and current wielder of the powers, Billy Batson.
  • Smurfs casting announced: The new all CG Smurfs movie got some pretty major casting announced this week as Julia Roberts will play SmurfWillow, the leader of a Lost Village of Smurfs that the original gang of Smurfs stumble across along with Gargamel, who’s played by Rainn Wilson.  Joe Manganiello plays Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer is Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi is Brainy, Manny Patinkin is Papa, Demi Lovato is Smurfette and other Smurfs are voiced by Gordon Ramsey, Jake Johnson, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias, Titus Burgess, Ellie Kemper, Michelle Rodriguez and Ariel Winter.
  • Oh, Hello will be filmed and brodacst: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been performing as their bitter, elderly alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in Oh, Hello on Broadway and now it seems like the show will be recorded and broadcast so we can all experience the magic of Too Much Tuna.  No word on when or where it will air.
  • Star Trek Discovery casts Sarek: The newest Star Trek has cast Spock’s father Sarek with James Frain, who’s been on a ton of recent shows like True Detective, Grimm, Gotham and Orphan Black, playing him.  The show however, has been delayed again, with no exact timeframe for when it will debut on CBS’ streaming All Access service.
  • Patrick Stewart is the Poop emoji in The Emoji Movie: Sir Patrick Stewart, legend of the stage and screen, has been cast as a literal piece of shit for the upcoming Emoji Movie, joining TJ Miller, Maya Rudolph, Ilana Glazer, Stephen Wright and more.
  • Animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales: Along with the new Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony also has an animated Spidey movie in the works from Lord and Miller and this week it was revealed that it will star Miles Morales, the fan favorite other Spider-Man besides Peter Parker.  No word on who will voice Miles yet but the movie is scheduled for December 21, 2018.
  • Hulu will let users download movies and TV shows: Following on the heels of Amazon and Netflix, Hulu will soon let you download select TV shows and movies on your mobile device so they can be watched if you don’t have an active internet connection.  No word on what will be available to download but a safe bet is all the Hulu original content, like 11-22-63 and The Path.
  • Jerry Seinfeld signs deal with Netflix: Seinfeld signed a deal this week to bring Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to Netflix, leaving current home on Crackle, and he’ll also have two new standup specials on the streaming service and other projects as well.  This has to be a death blow to Crackle, as Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee was their only real claim to fame besides having back catalog Sony movies.
  • White Men Can’t Jump getting a remake: The Woody Harrelson/Wesley Snipes classic will be getting a remake from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.  Pro athletes Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil will produce, as they have formed a production company together called Mortal Media, that is also working on the announced sequel to The Rocketeer.
  • Spike’s The Mist series will follow Fargo’s formula: Executive producer Christopher Thorpe said recently at the Television Critics Association that the upcoming Spike series based on The Mist will follow the example of Fargo and not be a straight remake of the story but, instead, focus on a new group of characters dealing with the titular weather and the creatures within.
  • Drunk History renewed for another season: Derek Waters’ goofy but informative take on history will be back for another intoxicated season with 14 more episodes.  The most recent season scored an entire episode with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda with Hamilton played by Alia Shawkat and Aaron Burr played by Aubrey Plaza as a highlight along with guests like Elizabeth Olsen, Bokeem Woodbine, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Colin Hanks, Louie Anderson, John Cho, Kat Dennings and a ton more.
  • Return dates for upcoming AMC shows: Better Call Saul will be back on April 10th while Into the Badlands will be March 19th and new western series The Son with Pierce Brosnan will debut April 8th.


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