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News Shotgun 12/8

  • Plastic Man Movie in Development: DC continues to greenlight projects at an insane pace, adding a Plastic Man movie to their upcoming slate of movies.  Plastic Man has long been a fan favorite and would definitely be more on the lighter and comedic side which WB/DC seems to be over-correcting toward after the criticism of BvS and Justice League.  Amanda Idoko has been hired to write a script.
  • Lea Seydoux may be returning for Bond 25: The Daily Mail apparently have a direct quote from Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga that Lea Seydoux, who played Bond Girl Madeline Swann in Spectre, is coming back for the sequel.  If this is true, it would be the first time one of Bond’s female companions would make a second appearance.  If you don’t recall, Swann was revealed to be the daughter of the mysterious Mr. White, who was a key member of Spectre.
  • Far Cry’s next game is set in post-apocalypse: Revealed at the Game Awards, the next Far Cry game will be Far Cry: New Dawn, which will be a sequel to Far Cry 5 and be set 17 years after that game in a nuclear bomb devastated environment with mutated animals and new factions roaming the wasteland. It will be out on February 15th next year.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 announced: Mortal Kombat 11 was also announced at the Game Awards (as were the next four stories) and will be out for console and PC (including the Switch) on April 23rd.  Netherealm has a new engine for this latest MK and it sounds like it’s going to have something similar to Injustice 2’s customization items along with a new story mode and new and returning fighters.
  • Stranger Things getting full retro style game: Stranger Things had a pretty fantastic mobile old school game for Season 2 but Season 3 is getting a full release from the same developer, BonusXP, for all platforms.  You’ll play as the entire gang, including Mike, Dustin, Hopper and Eleven and switch between them to use their specific skills to fight enemies and solve puzzles.  It will be out sometime next year around the release of Season 3 on Netflix.
  • Counter-Strike Go is free to play, adds Battle Royale mode: CS GO, the long running, highly competive shooter is now free to play, with a special paid tier for players who want exclusive items and matchmaking.  They’ve also added a Battle Royal mode called Danger Zone that will pit 16-18 players against each other on a large map, trying to find weapons and cash, the latter of which can be used to order weapons that will be dropped via drone to your position.
  • Crash Team Racing getting a remake: CTR, one of the best kart racing games alongside the Mario Kart series, is getting a remake to HD for all consoles.  It will be out June 21st next year for $40 dollars or a $60 special edition and the graphics have been completely redone like the recently released Crash Trilogy.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 coming to Switch: We’re finally getting a sequel to the Marvel team-based brawler series that hit originally on PS2/Xbox.  Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will be a Switch exclusive and will be out sometime next year.  Team Ninja is developing it and it seems heavily inspired by Infinity War, as the Guardians and the Avengers (and at least Wolverine representing the X-Men) teaming up to defeat Thanos and his Black Order.
  • New Thrawn book on the way from Timothy Zahn: Thrawn’s creator Timothy Zahn has been busy since Thrawn returned to the Star Wars canon in Star Wars Rebels.  The new book, Thrawn: Treason, finds the master strategist questioning his allegiance to the Empire when his plans for the TIE Defender as the next new major weapon for the Empire are passed over for Director Krennic’s Death Star (this would seemingly put the book in the Rebels/Rogue One time frame)
  • Moviepass reveals new plans: In an attempt to win back the millions who left the service, Moviepass has revealed three new montly plans they claim will allow them to break even on.  There’s a $9.99 plan that will let you see three movies at some point in their theatrical run but the list will be decided by MoviePass.  There’s a $14.99 plan that will let you three movies at any time in a month and a $19.99 plan that lets you see thre movies at any time during the month plus one premium movie, like IMAX or 3D.  The new plans go into effect on January 1st.
  • Celebrity Deathmatch may be coming back: MTV is apparently looking to bring their violent claymation series that pitted various celebrities against each other is coming back.  The series already came back in 2005 and ran for two more seasons on MTV2 but MTV Studios is shopping this around to other networks and streaming.  Ice Cube has signed on as an executive producer and will be a voice actor on the show.
  • Directing News round-up: Tons of directing news dropped this week.  Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima will be directing Michael B. Jordan in the Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse.  47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts has signed on to the new Resident Evil reboot. A spin-off of the GI Joe films starring Snake Eyes has gotten Robert Schwentke, director of RIPD and RED, to direct. And finally, Craig Gillespie, director of I, Tonya, has signed on direct a Cruella Da Vil movie in the vein of Malificent that will star Emma Stone as Cruella.
  • John Grisham adaptations coming to Hulu: Hulu has picked up two adaptations of prolific legal thriller author John Grisham’s books.  The Rainmaker and Rogue Lawyer will be getting their own series but they will be interconnected and possibly form a larger Grisham-verse for Hulu if popular enough. 
  • Tales from the Crypt reboot dead: The Tales from the Crypt reboot that was going to be produced by M. Night Shymalan is dead according to Shymalan himself.  M. Night says they tried to unravel the labrinyinthian legal rights to the Tales from Crypt franchise but couldn’t get anywhere with the various rights holders.
  • Ron Burgandy getting his own podcast: Will Ferrell is returing as legendary news anchor Ron Burgandy for a new podcast that will debut in 2019.  A joint venture of iHeartRadio and Funny or Die, the podcast will be 12 episodes, although what exactly Ron will be talking about or who might show up are unknown.
  • The Outsider series coming to HBO: The Stephen Kingaissance continues as HBO is developing King’s mystery thriller The Outsider into a 10 episode series with Ben Mendolsohn starring.  The book follows the investigation after an 11 year old boy is found murdered and the local police suspect the local Little League coach and english teacher based on the evidence and eyewitnesses but the coach has a seemingly air-tight alibi.
  • Marvel developing a Shang-Chi movie: With Iron Fist’s fate unknown, Marvel is giving the spotlight to their other major martial artist, Shang-Chi.  A Shang-Chi movie is in development with Steve Callahan, who created Jean Cluade Van Johnson, writing the script.  No casting news yet but Marvel is obviously looking for an Asian actor for the lead role.
  • American Gods Season 2 finally gets a release date: After tons of backstage shuffling with multiple showrunners and cast members leaving, American Gods Season 2 is finally coming on March 10th as Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane) calls a meeting of the Old Gods at the House on the Rock in Cairo, IL that draws the attention of the New Gods and Shadow (Ricky Whittle) caught in the middle.
  • Narcos; Mexico renewed for season 2: Netflix’s new Narcos series focusing on the Guadalajara Cartel and an undercover DEA agent infiltrating them and starring Michael Pena and Diego Luna is getting another season that will most likely debut sometime next year.
  • Cabbage Patch Doll mini-series coming to HBO: HBO is going back to the 80s for a mini-series detaling the chaos in 1983 over Cabbage Patch Dolls.  Laura Dern and Issa Rae will co-star in “The Dolls” as mothers trying to get the dolls for thier children in Arkansas and the riots that errupted on Christmas Eve.
  • The Good Place renewed for season 4: One of the best comedies on TV will be back for Season 4 in 2019 as The Good Place was renewed by NBC.  The show had it’s fall finale this past Thursday and will be back in January for the for the final three episodes of Season 3.
  • Night Gallery coming back: Rod Serling’s follow up to The Twilight Zone is getting a reboot from SyFy.  SyFy is looking to reboot Night Gallery “for the digital age” and will keep the show’s lean toward horror but with what sounds like something like Black Mirror’s focus on technology.
  • Aquaman sequel already planned: Aquaman has yet to hit theaters but WB is already planning another chapter.  Apparently based on the early box office tracking, which is looking very good, WB is putting plans in motion for Aquaman 2, although there’s nothing solid like a writer or director attached.

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