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News Shotgun 8/8

  • Jason Bateman directing Superworld movie: Jason Bateman will be back behind the camera to direct an adaptation of the audiobook Superworld.  Written by Gus Krieger, the story follows Ignatius Lohman, the only person on the planet who does not have a superpower.  He’ll get a chance to prove himself to his superhero father when he faces a corporate overlord with the ability to neutralize anyone with a superpower.  Bateman will reunite with Game Night writer Mark Perez, who will write the script.
  • Stay Tuned TV Series in Development: Undoubtedly due to our commentary in July, Stay Tuned is coming back as TV series.  Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, the co-showrunner and producer/writer of Fear the Walking Dead respectively, are behind the project at AMC studios along with original production company, Morgan Creek Entertainment.
  • John Wick 5 confirmed: The John Wick franchise got bigger this week as Lionsgate confirmed John Wick 5 is on the way.  The fifth entry in the franchise will shoot back to back with John Wick 4 next year.  John Wick Chapter 4 was supposed to be out next year but got delayed because of the pandemic and is now looking at a Memorial Day 2022 release date.  Keanu is shooting The Matrix 4 before he gets back to work as John Wick.
  • Antebellum skipping theaters, PVOD in September: After multiple date shifts and not a lot of improvement as far as theaters opening again, Janelle Monae’s Antebellum is following the route of numerous movies this year and going to Premium VOD on September 18th.  The movie was originally supposed to arrive in April this year, was then pushed to August and now has its new PVOD date.
  • James Wan producing a Knight Rider movie: Michael Knight is back as James Wan is producing a reboot movie of the 80s classic Knight Rider.  There is no other information besides that Wan is involved. Hopefully, it’s better than the failed 1991 and 2008 reboots.
  • A League of Their Own TV series heading to Amazon: Amazon has officially picked up a TV reboot of the classic baseball movie A League of Their Own, starring and co-created by Abbi Jacobson.  Jacobson will be joined by D’Arcy Carden, Chante Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado and will expand on the concept of the original movie, which was a fictionalized account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943-1954 and was formed during World War II as a way to continue having baseball at home.
  • Captain Marvel 2 gets a director: Captain Marvel 2 has a director with Candyman reboot director Nia DaCosta signing on the direct the sequel.  The movie has a July 8th, 2022 release date.
  • Tom Hanks in talks to join live-action Pinocchio: One of the many live-action Disney reboots on the horizon, Robert Zemeckis is directing a Pinocchio reboot and his old buddy Tom Hanks is in talks to co-star as Pinocchio’s kindly father Geppetto.  This would be the fourth collaboration between Zemeckis and Hanks, with Forrest Gump, Cast Away and The Polar Express previously.
  • Comedy Central rebooting Ren and Stimpy: All your 90s favorites are coming back to Comedy Central.  Just recently announcing new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head and Clone High, the network announced this week they are bringing back Ren and Stimpy for new episodes of the iconic cartoon series. A new creative team will be in charge of the series as original creator John Kricfalusi will not be involved or profit due to the allegations against him of grooming and sexually abusing underage girls.
  • Mimic TV Series in Development: Paul WS Anderson is bringing Guillermo Del Toro’s Mimic to TV with a new series adapting the film.  Anderson will produce and direct the pilot.  The original movie came out in 1997 and followed Mira Sorvino as an entomologist involved in genetically engineering a new species of insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease.  Three years later, the genetically engineered bugs have evolved and shifted their focus to hunting humans.
  • Mulan coming to Disney+ as an add-on: Disney has blinked in the face of the pandemic and is shifting their plans for Mulan.  The movie will be available on Disney+ on September 4th but you will have to pay an additional $29.99 to view the movie.  That price does give you unlimited viewing of the movie after paying, it’s not a one-time rental like a lot of the other recent PVOD releases but you will need to also maintain your Disney+ subscription to keep viewing the film.  Disney has said this is a one-off solution but seemed to indicate if this does well, they could implement this more in the future.  Mulan was pushed from July this year and then an August release date.
  • Hunters renewed for Season 2: Amazon has renewed the Al Pacino starring Hunters for a second season of Nazi-hunting.  The first season debuted in February this year and there’s no release date for the second season.
  • Spider-Man is a Sony exclusive in Marvel’s Avengers: As many outlets got to check out a beta version of Marvel’s Avengers, Square Enix’s new game arriving in September this year, it was revealed that Spider-Man will be a DLC character but exclusively on the Sony platforms, PS4 and PS5, and be available sometime next year, with an in-game event surrounding the release.  Playstation players will also have several other exclusive costumes and features as well.
  • Dwayne Johnson buys the XFL: In a move that seems like something his Ballers character would do, Dwayne Johnson has purchased the XFL from his former boss Vince McMahon.  Johnson, along with investors from Redbird Capital, purchased the league for $15 million.  The new iteration of the XFL declared bankruptcy after the pandemic forced them to cancel the inaugural season earlier this year.
  • RIP Wilford Brimley: A true character acting legend passed away earlier this week as Wilford Brimley died at age 85.  The actor was instantly recognizable from his iconic mustache and old man looks and starred in movies like Cocoon, The Natural, Hard Target, The Thing, and The China Syndrome along with being the pitchman for Quaker Oats and Liberty Medical, which spawned the “diabeetus” meme.

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