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News Shotgun 4/1

  • Fate of the Furious DLC coming to Rocket League: Next week, on April 4th, you can grab Dom’s souped up Dodge Charger for use in Rocket League for $1.99 and it will come with special wheels and decals as well.
  • Darren Aronofsky’s latest is a horror movie: Coming off 2014’s Noah, Darren Arnofosky is going horror for his next movie “Mother!”, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig and it’s plot is, “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence”.  It’s going to be out in October this year.
  • Stallone leaves The Expendables: Stallone has left the upcoming fourth Expendables movie, which was supposed to close out the franchise, due to differences between himself and Nu Image/Millenium head Avi Lerner about the script, director, basically everything.  Stallone was going to get the biggest payday of his career with $20 million and it’s not clear if the movie is dead or if they will move on with the rest of the Expendables team.
  • Liam Neeson starring as Phillip Marlowe in new movie: Raymond Chandler’s famous detective Phillip Marlowe will return as Liam Neeson steps into his shoes for a new upcoming movie that is based on the book “The Black Eyed Blonde” that was one of the novels that continued the adventures of Marlowe after Chandler’s death and it sounds like a typical noir setup where a beautiful blonde client shows up asking Marlowe to find her ex-lover but things quickly get more complicated as Marlowe investigates.
  • Rainn Wilson joins Star Trek: Discovery: Wilson will appear in the new upcoming Star Trek show as classic TOS character Henry Mudd, who was an intergalactic conman who had multiple encounters with Kirk and the Enterprise crew and will now be up against the Discovery crew. Discovery has had multiple delays but it’s supposed to be out in late summer or early fall this year.
  • Empire Pictures massive box set coming: What might be one of the greatest Blu-Ray box sets ever curated, Full Moon, who has the rights to the old Empire Pictures catalog, is putting out a limited edition collector’s set that includes Blu-Rays of movies like Robot Jox, Troll, Ghoulies 1 + 2, Arena, Metalstorm, From Beyond, Terrorvision and more along with a collector book.  There will only be 600 available for $250 and you can pre-order on April 28th.
  • Joss Whedon directing a Batgirl movie: After being the driving force of the early MCU, Joss Whedon is defecting to the DCEU for a solo Batgirl movie sometime in the near future.  The movie will focus on Barbara Gordon and is inspired by her New 52 version and Whedon will be directing, writing and producing the movie.
  • Jeremy Renner will not be back for MI 6: Due to Marvel commitments, Renner will not return to back up Ethan Hunt in the next Mission Impossible movie, although Sean Harris, the villain of the last film, and Alec Baldwin will be back along with new additions Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby and Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames as the main IMF team again.
  • First Look at Black Lightning:

  • WB possibly looking at Jordan Peele for Akira remake: After the massive success of Get Out, Jordan Peele may be in talks to direct the long in development live action remake of Akira, as WB is “aggressively moving to lock in” Peele as the director.  He might also be one of their choices as the new director of The Flash movie.
  • ABC cancels Time after Time: ABC’s time travel drama Time after Time has been cancelled after only five episodes.  It brought in only 2.2 million viewers a week and it will be replaced by the Alec Baldwin hosted Match Game for the next three weeks and then a new replacement after that.
  • Reboot getting a Reboot: The classic 90’s CG cartoon about the world inside your computer will return in a new show that follows four teenagers who play an online game called Cyber Guardians and they are recruited because of their skills to enter cyberspace and defend it from various threats, which is nothing like the original show and more like something like a Saban show, as the kids will have live action segments and then enter Unreal engine powered CG for the cyberspace adventures.
  • Santa Clarita Diet renewed: Netflix’s zombie comedy has been renewed for another season that will probably be back the same time next year.
  • Venom will be R rated: Based on the success of Logan and Deadpool, Sony announced that their upcoming Venom solo movie will be R rated, with elements of sci-fi, horror and action.  The movie will start shooting this fall.
  • True Detective may be back: After the pretty disastrous second season, it didn’t seem like True Detective would be back but it might actually return with Deadwood creator David Milch possibly being brought on board to co-run the show with Nic Pizzolatto, who had full control of both prior seasons.  Pizzolatto apparently has potential scripts for the first 2 episodes of a third season.  Nothing has been officially greenlit by HBO yet.
  • Miles Teller starring in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Amazon show: Nicholas Winding Refn has a new crime thriller show coming to Amazon streaming called Too Old To Die Young that he will be directing every episode for and he co-wrote with Ed Brubaker and now we now Miles Teller will star as, “a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld filled with working class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent up from Mexico, Russia mafia captains and gangs of teen killers”
  • Katie Cassidy returning full time to Arrow: In what seems like possible spoilers for one of the developments in this season’s Arrow endgame, Katie Cassidy will return to full series regular status for season 6 as Black Siren, the Earth-2 version of Laurel Lance with metahuman sonic powers.  Black Siren’s current whereabouts in season 5 are in an ARGUS detention facility.
  • Paul Greengrass directing an Elliot Ness movie: The Bourne director is in talks to direct a movie based on the graphic novel “Torso” by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko that has Ness and his Untouchables trying to track down a serial killer. Oscar winning writer Brian Helgeland is writing the screenplay.
  • Baby Driver moves up it’s release date: Edgar Wright’s latest has gotten an earlier release date, going up to June 28th from it’s original August slot.  It will be up against Transformers: The Last Knight, Despicable Me 3, The House and Amityville: The Awakening.
  • Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg teaming up again for Mile 22: After a trilogy of “based on true events” dramas, Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are teaming up for just a straight action thriller with Mile 22.  Wahlberg will play a CIA agent in Indonesia who has to get an informant out of the city and to an airport 22 miles away with corrupt cops, crime lords and local militia standing in their way, so think 16 Blocks or The Gauntlet.  Ronda Rousey and The Raid’s Iko Uwais are set to co-star and Berg/Wahlberg think they might have a potential trilogy of movies on their hands.
  • Netflix will distribute Gareth Evan’s next movie: Netflix continues to grab huge original content, as they will distribute the next film from Gareth Evans, director of both Raid films. The new movie is Apostle and stars Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen and is a period piece where a man tries to rescue his kidnapped sister from a cult on a remote island.
  • Robert Rodriguez directing an Ugly Dolls movie: Along with potentially directing a new Escape From New York, Robert Rodriguez will also direct an animated movie based on the popular Ugly Dolls line of stuffed animals.
  • Grant Gustin starring in Vietnam era political drama: The Flash will star as real life hero Airman First Class William H. Pitsenbarger in the upcoming political drama The Last Full Measure, where a group of lawyers and soldiers have to fight to get Pitsenbarger a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions during the war (because of that, we’re assuming Gustin will appear in flashbacks).  Sebastian Stan will co-star along with Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Whitford, Michael Imperioli, and Linus Roache.
  • Wreck it Ralph 2 gets official title and release date: Big hearted video game Bad Guy Wreck It Ralph will return in 2018 in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, where he and Vanellope (and possibly Felix and Sgt. Calhoun) will head out into the World Wide Web for a new adventure.  The entire cast is back and the movie will arrive on March 9th next year.
  • Spider-Man may only be in the MCU for a limited time: It seems like Spidey’s time in MCU might be limited as former Sony head Amy Pascal said that after the second Spider-Man solo movie, Sony would regain the full rights to the character in film projects and, with the recently announced Venom and Silver Sable/Black Cat movies, it seems like maybe they are looking to make their own cinematic universe for Spidey once they regain control.  Of course, Homecoming is probably going to make a billion dollars this summer, so hopefully it’s too lucrative to not keep Peter in the MCU.


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