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News Shotgun 6/10

  • Bubsy coming back in the fall: An also-ran of the 16 bit era, Bubsy the Bobcat is returning to PS4 and PC in a new game from the resurrected publisher Accolade, who are going to redo a bunch of the games that publisher put out in the 90’s.  Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is out in the fall.
  • Ducktales adds a bunch of supporting characters: Hit the link for the full list but some of the cast coming to Ducktales includes Margo Martindale as Ma Beagle, Jim Rash as Gyro Gearloose and Paul F. Thompkins as Gladstone Gander.
  • 24: Legacy cancelled: Fox is not going to do another Corey Hawkins led season of 24 and instead may turn the brand into an anthology series where each season has an entirely new cast and threat.
  • First video game trailer eligible for Oscars: Indie game Everything is the first game to have a shot at potentially winning an Oscar for it’s 11 minute long trailer that qualifies for the Academy’s Animated Short Film category.
  • New Nicolas Cage movie sounds insane: Nic Cage is starring in a new action movie called Mandy, set in 1983, where he’ll play a man named Red Miller who attacks a religious cult in an act of revenge.  It’s directed by Panos Cosmatos, who directed the trippy horror film Beyond the Black Rainbow.
  • Jennifer Connelly starring in Snowpiercer show: Connelly has joined TNT’s adaptation of Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer film as the “Voice of Train”, Melanie Cavill, who is a first class passenger who is curiously fascinated by the lower class passengers.  Hamilton star Daveed Diggs seems to be taking over for Chris Evans as Layton Well, a lower class passenger who leads a struggle against the first class end of the train.
  • Sony releasing “Clean” versions of their films on digital download: Similar to the versions you might watch on an airplane, Sony is releasing family friendly, “clean” versions of their films, available digtially when you purchase the regular versions.  24 older films will get the treatment first, including both original Ghostbusters, 50 First Dates, Goosebumps, all prior Spider-Man films and Step Brothers.
  • Bradley Whitford joins Godzilla 2: The cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues to grow as Bradley Whitford, most recently seen in Get Out, is joining the movie with the now standard no character name or description revealed.
  • Wallace and Gromit actor Peter Sallis passes away: English actor Peter Sallis passed away at age 96 this past week.  He was the voice of Wallace in Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit features, including all of their short films and the feature length Curse of the Were-Rabbit and he also voiced Wallce in other projects, like video games, and he won an Annie Award for voice acting.
  • Breaking Bad getting a PSVR experience: Sony Pictures and Vince Gilligan are going to be working on some sort of VR experience based on Breaking Bad, although there’s no details on what exactly it would be.  Sony apparently had some major showrunners, like Gilligan, Ron Moore and Frank Darabont come in and try PSVR and they were all extremely impressed and interested in creating new narrative experience for the platform.
  • Terry Gilliam finishes shooting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: After 17 disastrous years, Terry Gilliam has finally finished shooting his adaptation of Don Quixote and it could actually be a real movie you see in a theater in the near future.  The shooting has been an epic struggle and it’s documented in a documentary called Lost in La Mancha.
  • Two potential additions to the Dark Universe: Although The Mummy apparently didn’t get things off to a great start, Universal is going full speed ahead with the Dark Universe and it was revealed this week that The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera may join the ranks of the other rebooted Universal Monsters.  Bride of Frankenstein from Bill Condon is the next film to be released for the new cinematic universe in 2019.
  • Cowboy Bebop getting an American, live action reboot: Probably one of the biggest and most well loved anime series of all time, Cowboy Bebop is getting rebooted into a live action TV series for the US from Tomorrow Studios and Midnight Radio.  There are no casting or really any other details but Tomorrow Studios is also behind the aforementioned Snowpiercer show for TNT, which while based on the movie is also based on a French graphic novel.

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