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News Shotgun 10/27

  • Timeless finale gets a release date: NBC canceled Timeless after Season 2 but they are giving fans a final 2-hour movie that will wrap up the series, especially the cliffhanger it left things on.  The special will air on December 20th on NBC.
  • Boba Fett movie is dead: One of the Star Wars Story movies that was in development was a Boba Fett movie from Logan director James Mangold but, probably due to the lackluster performance of Solo and The Mandalorian TV series, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the project is 100% dead.  Jon Favreau is behind The Mandalorian, which will follow a new armored bounty hunter between Episodes VI and VII and it will be on next year’s Disney Play streaming service.
  • Adam Scott starring in new Twilight Zone episode: Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access has revealed that Adam Scott will star in a new version of “Nightmare on 20,000 Feet”, which is one of the best and most iconic episodes of the original series.  The original episode starred William Shatner as a man who is forced to fly but is deathly afraid and then seems to be the only person who sees a bizarre creature outside on the wing of the plane.  The new Twilight Zone will be out sometime next year.
  • George Miller reveals new project: Mad Max director George Miller has revealed his newest project, Three Thousand Years of Longing.  There are no plot details but it’s being described as “epic in scope” and “unlike anything the director has ever done before”.  Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton have already signed on to star.
  • Labryinth sequel script completed: Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez has been signed on to direct a sequel to Labyrinth since last year and he revealed on a press junket for The Girl in the Spider’s Web that a script is complete and they are moving forward.  The movie is apparently set years after the first film with an adult Sarah possibly having to re-enter the world of the Labyrinth.  It’s not clear if Jennifer Connolly would come back and if they would recast Jareth, who has played by the one and only David Bowie.
  • Daredevil may be in danger of cancellation: Things are apparently grim in the Netflix corner of the MCU, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are already canceled and Netflix is apparently looking at social media engagement as one of factors and Daredevil may be next.  Daredevil Season 1 had 275,000 social media posts but the current season that debuted last week only has about 75,000 right now.  All the Marvel Netflix shows show declining interest across social media.  Jessica Jones and Punisher have new seasons on the way but they could also be canceled after those if the trend continues.
  • Alan Tudyk voicing Joker in the Harley Quinn series: Alan Tudyk will be voicing the Clown Prince of Crime for the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series on DC Universe.  Kaley Cuoco is voicing Harley and Lake Bell is voicing Poison Ivy and the show is a comedy in the vein of Adult Swim/Netflix as Harley goes on various adventures and tries to get into the Legion of Doom.
  • Mice and Mystics getting turned into a film: Board game Mice and Mystics is getting turned into an animated film from Dreamworks.  Alexandre Aja, the director of Piranha 3D and The Hills Have Eyes, has signed to direct.  The game follows a group of warriors who have been turned into mice by the evil Queen Vanestra and they must navigate the dangers of the castle, find a way to become human again and defeat the queen.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis joins Knives Out: Rian Johnson continues to gather an insane cast for his next film, the murder mystery Knives Out.  Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on this week in an unknown role, joining Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, and Ana De Armas.
  • The original Teen Titans will battle the Teen Titans GO! team: During the credits of Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, there was a teaser of the original Teen Titans animated team being trapped somewhere and apparently, there is some sort of crossover planned for next year called Teen Titans vs Teen Titans GO!.  A teaser leaked from the GO! to the Movies Blu-Ray and WB confirmed the project is legit but it’s not clear if it will be a Cartoon Network special, a DC Animated movie or something else.
  • Star Trek comedy show coming from Rick and Morty writer: CBS All Access revealed another of their Star Trek projects that will be hitting the streaming service with an animated comedy series called Star Trek: Lower Decks.  Being developed by Mike McMahan, who has written for Rick & Morty with episodes like The RIckshank Redemption, the show will follow the least important crew members on the least important ship in the Federation.  The show has already been given a two-season commitment by CBS.
  • Next Purge film will end the series: Series creator James DeMonaco said recently to EW that the next film in The Purge series will end the franchise and he’s currently working on the script.  The most recent film was The First Purge, which was a prequel to the series and USA’s surprisingly fun TV show is set about seven or eight years into The Purge.  Hopefully, this final film would bring back Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell and finish things up after Election Year, where it seemed like The Purge would finally end but the NFFA was not going to give it up without a fight.
  • Joker movie casts a young Bruce Wayne and Alfred: The Joaquin Phoenix Joker film continues to get more bizarre, this week casting a young Bruce Wayne and Alfred.  Dante Pereira-Olson was cast as young Bruce and Douglas Hodge as Alfred but their role in the plot is currently unknown.  Could they be picking up the Jack Napier angle of Tim Burton’s Batman and reveal that Joker is the one who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne?  The movie is set to come out on October 4th next year.
  • Disney may be rebooting Pirates franchise: After two sequels with drastically diminishing returns, Disney seems to be possibly looking into rebooting the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.  They’ve been in talks with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to develop a reboot script.  It’s probably likely none of the original cast would return, especially not Johnny Depp who seems to be one of the most toxic actors in Hollywood right now.
  • Night of the Comet getting remade: Cult classic zombie movie Night of the Comet is getting a remake from Southbound director Roxanne Benjamin.  The original movie, and presumably the remake, follows a massive comet that passes extremely close to Earth, vaporizing most of the population and turning those who weren’t vaporized into mutated zombies.  The only survivors are a group of teens who were in a steel movie projection booth at the time the comet passed overhead.
  • The Boy 2 in the works: A sequel to 2016 The Boy is apparently on the way with director William Brent Bell returning to direct and Katie Holmes starring.  Holmes will star as a mom whose family moves into the Heelshire Manor and her son discovers creepy doll, Brahms.
  • Indiana Jones land possibly coming to Hollywood Studios: Disney World is undergoing massive changes in preparation for the park’s 50th anniversary in 2021, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming, an apparent complete redo of Spaceship Earth and, we found out this week, a possible Indiana Jones land coming to Hollywood Studios.  HS currently has the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular but, if this plan moves forward, that would be removed and 8 acres around it would be transformed into an Indy-themed mini-land, like the recently opened Toy Story Land, which would feature some sort of new indoor E-ticket Indy ride.
  • Peter Jackson classic coming to 4K: You’ll soon be able to almost feel the blood splattering on you with two of Peter Jackson’s cult classics coming to 4K.  Bad Taste and Braindead aka Dead Alive are both getting completely remastered for 4K.  Jackson has apparently been experimenting with restoring the movies and said the tests have looked incredible.  Meet the Feebles is also coming to HD for the first time ever soon as well.
  • MoviePass spun off into own company: Parent company Helios and Matheson have apparently decided enough is enough and have cut MoviePass off to try and save themselves from bankruptcy and delisting from the NASDAQ.  MoviePass has been in serious trouble since mid-summer, starting with literally running out of money to operate during Mission Impossible: Fallout’s opening weekend and things have only gotten worse.  The new company is MoviePass Entertainment Holdings and includes MoviePass, MoviePass Films, and MovieFone.
  • SyFy making new Killer Klowns and Critter moviesTwo cult movies are getting new life on SyFy as SyFy Original Movies with Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Critters coming to the network in the near future.  It’s not clear if they would be sequels or reboots but the latter seems likely, as SyFy has Leprechaun Returns coming next year, which is a reboot of the Leprechaun series.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 delayed: The sequel to Wonder Woman has been pushed back to June 5, 2020, from November 1 next year.  Star Gal Gadot spun it positively, saying that the move puts the movie in its rightful place as a summer blockbuster.  The Charlie’s Angels reboot has swept in and taken Wonder Woman’s original November 2019 slot.
  • Lebron James in talks to produce a new Friday the 13th:  Lebron James, who is apparently a massive horror fan, is in talks to produce a new Friday the 13th movie with his company SpringHeel Entertainment.  The big sticking point though is the on-going legal quagmire the series has been in for the last few years, which could result in this new film not being able to use Jason or Crystal Lake.  Original screenwriter Victor Miller recently won a massive lawsuit against Horror Inc, giving Miller the rights to the original film and its characters and locations.
  • Disenchantment renewed for another season: Netflix’s Matt Groening fantasy series Disenchantment has been renewed for a 20 episode season 2 that will air between 2020 and 2021.  Part 1 of Season 1 debuted earlier this year and Part 2 is expected sometime next year.  The show seems to be a massive hit with tons of social media posts, t-shirts, memes, and fan art popping up everywhere.
  • Guillermo Del Toro directing Pinocchio for Netflix: GDT has gotten a green light from Netflix to direct a stop-motion new spin on Pinocchio.  The new film will be set in the 1930s in Italy and it’s been one of GDT’s dream projects.  This solidifies GDT’s relationship with Netflix, as the director has two series with the streaming service, Trollhunters and the upcoming anthology series 10 to Midnight.

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