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News Shotgun 6/16

  • Gotti scores a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes: The long delayed Travolta vehicle Gotti, a biopic about crime boss John Gotti Sr, has scored a rare 0% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.  It joins movies like Look Who’s Talking Now, Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever and Staying Alive (so Travolta is no stranger to this territory).
  • Lucifer saved from cancellation by Netflix: Lucifer was cancelled by Fox about a month ago during the Upfronts week but an extremely passionate fan social media campaign has resulted in Netflix picking up the series and Season 4 will air on the streaming service.
  • Rudy Ray Moore biopic gets more cast members: Netflix is developing a biopic about the legendary blaxploitation bad-ass Rudy Ray Moore, who played Dolemite in a trilogy of films and appeared in other films up through 2009 and was also an extremely prolific and influential comedian and musician.  Eddie Murphy is starring as Moore in a biopic called Dolemite Is My Name and it was revealed this week that Wesley Snipes has joined the cast as D’urville Martin, an alcoholic and arrogant actor who directed Dolemite and Tituss Burgess, Mike Epps and Craig Robinson have joined the cast as well.
  • Stranger Things getting a Telltale Game: A back and forth deal between Telltale and Netflix was revealed at E3 this past week with Netflix developing an animated series based Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode that will be 5 episodes while Telltale will develop an adventure game based on Stranger Things.
  • Ewan McGregor starring in Doctor Sleep: Ewan McGregor has been cast as the adult Danny Torrence in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” sequel where Danny must use his psychic powers to battle a cult of psychic vampires targeting a young girl.
  • Comcast officially puts in bid for Fox against Disney: The battle for Fox and it’s many assets and properties is heating up as Comcast has officially put in a $65 billion bid to purchase 21st Century Fox, topping Disney’s previous bid.  Fox already had a tentative deal with Disney that was supposed to be voted on on July 10th and part of Comcast’s bid would include a $1.25 billion back out penalty for Fox.  Disney is expected to make a new bid that will top Comcast’s.
  • Wonder Woman 2 gets an official title: Wonder Woman 2 is officially now Wonder Woman 1984, the year the movie is taking place as Diana (Gal Gadot) takes on Cheetah (Kristen Wiig).  Two official photos were released, one of which seems to show that Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is somehow back and kicking in the 80’s after seemingly dying in a heroic sacrifice during World War I.  The movie is arriving in the Fall of next year.
  • Gal Gadot teaming with The Rock: Speaking of Gadot, she’s teaming up with The Rock for an upcoming action movie called Red Notice, which had one of the biggest bidding wars in recent memory and earned The Rock a massive $20 million payday.  There is very few plot details but The Rock is playing an Interpol agent and a “red notice” is the highest level notification for a criminal wanted by the agency.  A third star will join Gadot and Johnson but has yet to be cast.
  • John Cena teaming with Jackie Chan for Project X: John Cena is replacing Sly Stallone to co-star with Jackie Chan in the upcoming action movie that has the working title of “Project X” where a security consultant, played by Chan, teams with a former Marine, played by Cena, to stop terrorists from stealing the oil from a Chinese oil rig in the Middle East.
  • MTV rebooting Aeon Flux: MTV is rebooting their classic animated series Aeon Flux into a new live action show.  The team behind Teen Wolf is behind this new version and will feature a younger Aeon Flux who teams with a group of “biohacking rebels” to save humanity from the evil regime in charge of the world.
  • Looney Tunes coming back across multiple platforms: WB is developing “Looney Tunes Cartoons”, a new series of 1-6 minute shorts featuring most of the Looney Tunes stable and they will be distributed through multiple avenues, including mobile, streaming and broadcast.  The new shorts will arrive sometime in 2019.
  • James Wan developing an Arachnophobia reboot: James Wan is putting his spin on the classic Frank Marshall creepy, crawly Arachnophobia by producing a reboot of the 90’s cult classic that starred Jeff Bridges and John Goodman battling a deadly strain of spiders that invade a small town.
  • Geoff Johns stepping down at DC Entertainment, Jim Lee replacing him: Comic legend Geoff Johns is stepping down as Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment, where he was overseeing the movie and TV sides of DC.  Fellow legend Jim Lee is stepping up to replace him and joins a new president and most likely a ton of shakeups for the future of movies in the DC Universe.
  • It Chapter 2 completes it’s grown Loser’s Club: IT Chapter 2 has completed it’s adult Loser’s Club, casting former Old Spice spokeman and actor Isiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon.  He’ll join Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean and James Ransome to battle the return of Bill Skarsgard’s horrifying Pennywise in 2019.

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