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News Shotgun 4/13

  • Tomb Raider 2 in production: A sequel to last year’s Tomb Raider movie is in the works.  Alicia Vikander will be back as Lara and the script will be written by Free Fire and High Rise screenwriter Amy Jump.  It’s not clear if it will be based on Rise of the Tomb Raider, as the first movie was based on the reboot Tomb Raider.
  • Disney+ details revealed: Disney finally revealed all the details of their upcoming Disney+ service.  It will launch on November 12th and will cost $6.99 a month or $69.99 for a year.  The entire Disney animated classic movie library will be up by the end of the year along with all the Star Wars films, Simpsons seasons 1-30, MCU shows like Loki, Winter Soldier & Falcon, WandaVision and a recently revealed Hawkeye show.  There will also be a Monsters Inc. series that takes place after the first movie and will bring back John Goodman and Billy Crystal. The Sandlot sequel series is also coming to the service with the original cast reprising their roles. There will also be the Star Wars series The Mandalorian at launch and the final season of The Clone Wars is coming as well.
  • Bautista starring in Killer’s Game movie: Bautista is getting to be just as busy as The Rock as he’s signed on to yet another project, Killer’s Game.  Bautista plays a hitman named Joe Flood who discovers he has a terminal illness and puts an open contract out on himself.  However, the lab made a mistake and Flood will live, so he has to battle all the other assassins out to kill him.  XXX: The Return of Xander Cage director DJ Caruso is directing the movie.
  • The Last of the Mohicans TV show in the worksA new take on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans is being developed as a TV series by True Detective and Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga and Nicole Kassell, a director from shows like Westworld and The Americans.  Kassell will direct the series and Fukunaga is writing it with screenwriter Nicolas Osborne and it, “re-centers the classic tale on the unlikely romance between Uncas, a young Mohican, and Cora, the mixed-race daughter of a British colonel”.
  • Batman cast for Titans Season 2: Game of Thrones’ Iain Glenn has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the next season of the DC Universe exclusive Titans series.  From the description of the character, it appears Bruce will be trying to reconcile with Dick Grayson and assist the Titans in their fight against evil.
  • Ryan Coogler re-writing Space Jam 2: The sequel to Space Jam appears to be struggling as producer Ryan Coogler is doing a rewrite of the script while star Lebron James is having trouble getting fellow NBA stars to appear to do conflicting endorsement contracts.  Nike is closely tied to Space Jam and anyone with a rival or conflicting endorsement deal is currently unable to sign on, like Stephen Curry who has a contract with Under Armour.
  • Germany getting the world’s largest movie screen: IMAX is building the world’s largest movie theater screen in Germany’s Lochmann Filmtheaterbetriebe that is 125 feet long and 72 feet tall, which is bigger than a Boeing 737. A regular IMAX screen is 72 feet by 53 feet.  This massive screen will open next year.
  • TV Renewals: Barry has been renewed for a third season by HBO, Future Man has been renewed for a third and final season on Hulu and Preacher is getting a fourth and final season on AMC.
  • Robert Englund hosting a new Travel Channel show: The horror legend is hosting a new limited series on Travel Channel called “Shadows of History”, where Englund will investigate creepy or mysterious headlines in old newspapers to discover the truth about what happened with the help of historians and other experts.
  • American Horror Story Season 9 theme revealed: AHS is going back to the 80s in the ninth season with AHS: 1984 and appears to be an homage to all the slasher classics of the era.  Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy are the only confirmed cast members so far but Evan Peters confirmed he will not be returning this year, the first season he will not appear.
  • Beetlejuice sequel dead again: There appeared to be some movement on a Beetlejuice sequel in 2017 where a new script was being written but both Tim Burton and WB confirmed the project is not in development and Burton doubts it will ever happen.
  • The Terror returning in August: After the first season adapted the novel of the same name, AMC’s The Terror is becoming an anthology series with next season’s The Terror: Infamy.  The second season is debuting on August 12th and follows bizarre deaths that are occurring in a Japanese-American internment camp in San Fransisco during World War II and there may be a supernatural entity behind them.  Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, Cristina Rodlo, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and George Takei star and True Blood producer Alexander Woo is showrunning for Season 2.
  • Third Walking Dead series in Development: Despite declining ratings, AMC is developing another series set in the universe of The Walking Dead.  Coming in 2020, the new series, “will feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad”  Matthew Negrete, a writer and producer on the main series, will be showrunning the untitled spin-off.

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