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News Shotgun 7/28

  • Classic Luthor Henchmen joining Supergirl: Two classic Lex Luthor related characters are joining Supergirl this upcoming season as Rhona Mitra has been cast as Mercy Graves and Robert Baker as her brother Otis.  Mercy has appeared for years as Lex Luthor’s bodyguard in the comics and Otis is based on the character of the same name from Superman: The Movie.
  • Peter Dinklage starring in a Rumpelstiltskin movie: Sony is developing a big-budget adaptation of the classic Grimm fairy tale Rumplestiltskin with Peter Dinklage starring in the title role and producing.  Patrick Ness, the screenwriter on A Monster Calls, is writing the script.
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers game announced: Coming from Gamemill, a new kart racing game featuring your favorite Nicktoons characters is coming on October 23rd.  Characters like Spongebob, Tommy Pickles, Patrick, Leonardo, and Helga were featured in the announcement, each with their own specific kart and levels will be based on the worlds those characters come from. It will be out on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
  • Disney-Fox Merger Approved: Despite some competition from Comcast, Disney and Fox are officially moving forward with their merger, with shareholders approving the $71.3 billion merger.  Disney expects the merger to be completed in early 2019.
  • Altered Carbon renewed for season 2: Netflix has ordered a second season of their cyberpunk sci-fi show Altered Carbon. The new season will be 8 episodes and will feature Anthony Mackie taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs, playing into the body swapping nature of the show’s universe.
  • Netflix acquires Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Originally scheduled for October this year, Netflix has picked up the worldwide distribution rights to Andy Serkis’ mo-capped, darker take on The Jungle Book.  The movie will now debut on Netflix next year along with a limited theatrical release in 3D, which Andy Serkis really focused on making special.
  • MoviePass stopped working due to lack of funds: The saga of MoviePass continues to go downhill this past week as, on Thursday, the app stopped working and users got a message saying there were “Technical Issues”.  The true reason though was that the company ran out of money to pay to keep the service running and had to borrow an emergency $6.2 million to get things back up and running but it was still glitchy all day Friday.  MI: Fallout, one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, is also seemingly blocked for every user and the theory is that MoviePass would be completely wiped out if they had to keep up with the demand of people seeing MI opening weekend.
  • Jeff Goldblum starring in a new Nat Geo show: The internet’s beloved Jeff Goldblum will be traveling the globe for a new Nat Geo show that’s tentatively called The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum.  There’s also no solid idea of what the show will be but Goldblum said it could possibly be him traveling around and investigating the origins of seemingly ordinary things.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky directing animated R rated comedy: The Samurai Jack/Hotel Transylvania director has signed on to direct two new animated movies for Sony, not part of the HT series.  One is Fixed, which is an R rated animated comedy and Black Knight, which will be an epic action/adventure movie in the vein of Samurai Jack.
  • New Charlie’s Angels cast: The Angels have been cast for Elizabeth Banks’ reboot movie with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska taking over as the crime-fighting trio.  Banks is directing the movie and will also co-star as Bosley.  The movie is scheduled for release on September 27th next year.
  • Bojack Horseman coming to Comedy Central: In an unprecedented move, a Netflix series is coming to broadcast TV as Netflix and Comedy Central have signed a deal to air Bojack Horseman on the network.  The first season of Bojack will start airing on September 26th this year after the Season 22 debut of South Park.
  • Dan Stevens joins The Call of the Wild movie: Legion star Dan Stevens has joined Harrison Ford in an adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel The Call of the Wild.  It’s not clear who Stevens will be playing but Ford is playing John Thornton, a prospector who is one of the few human allies to the book’s canine hero, Buck.  Animation director Chris Sanders is making his live-action directing debut with the movie.
  • Locke & Key picked up at Netflix: After bouncing around for years, getting pilots made and not picked up, Netflix has finally picked up Joe Hill’s Locke and Key for a 10 episode series.  The comic follows the Locke siblings, who inherit their family’s old home and learn it hides a series of powerful keys that can perform all kinds of fantastic and dangerous things, like opening up someone’s mind and giving you the ability to remove or add memories and a demon is looking to gain all the keys for evil purposes.
  • Ryan Reynolds developing R rated spin on Home Alone: Ryan Reynolds is developing a new, R rated spin on Home Alone with a movie called Stoned Alone.  The plot is exactly what you think from the title, as a stoner misses his plane to join in on a ski vacation and is home alone and must fight off thieves who break in.  Reynolds is producing and Augustine Frizzell is directing.
  • Frasier may be getting a reboot: The latest classic sitcom that may make its return is Frasier, as Kelsey Grammar is apparently in talks with CBS to bring the series back.  This new Frasier might be a soft reboot with a new character in a new city and Grammar being the link to the old series.  The old series is still beloved and won 37 Emmys during it’s run.
  • All but one Game of Thrones prequel series scrapped: HBO was developing five prequels set in the world of Game of Thrones to pick up the baton after the main series ends next year but now all but one of those series have been scrapped.  The single remaining prequel show will be set thousands of years before the main show in Westeros’ “Golden Age of Heroes” and it’s descent into the darkness that the world finds itself in during Game of Thrones, which includes the creation and rise of the White Walkers.
  • Deadwood movie confirmed for HBO: HBO has officially confirmed that a Deadwood movie is on the way at HBO.  The movie will hopefully shoot this fall and debut next year sometime on HBO.
  • David Leitch developing a reboot of Enter the Dragon: Deadpool 2/John Wick director David Leitch is apparently in talks to develop a reboot of the classic Bruce Lee movie Enter the Dragon.  The original found Lee battling his way through a fighting tournament on the island of a reclusive crime boss and the new movie will probably be fairly similar.  The main key probably lies in getting a fantastic martial artist in the starring role like Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen or Tony Jaa.
  • Joker cast coming together: The supporting cast for Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming Joker movie is coming together as Zazie Beetz, Robert DeNiro and Frances Conroy are in talks to join the cast.  Beetz is potentially The Joker’s love interest, DeNiro most likely as some sort of crime boss and Conroy as The Joker’s mother, Penny.
  • Jason Scott Lee cast as the villain of Mulan: The former Mowgli will be back in the Disney fold as the villain of the upcoming live-action reboot of Mulan.  Lee will play Bori Khan, a warrior looking to avenge the death of his father and joins with a powerful witch to do that.  Liu Yifei is playing Mulan and Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Xana Tang, and Chum Ehelepola have previously been cast and the movie is coming out in 2020.

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