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News Shotgun 9/12

  • Console Wars documentary coming to CBS All Access: Blake Harris’ excellent book chronicling the 90s feud between Sega and Nintendo is coming to CBS All Access on September 23rd as a feature-length documentary.  Netflix recently had an episode of their mixed bag video game history series High Score dedicated to the console war but this should be a much more in-depth account of the battle.  Harris directed the documentary alongside and Jonah Tulis.


  • Candyman delayed until 2021: Universal has delayed the new Candyman movie until some time in 2021.  The movie was originally pushed back due to the pandemic to October 16th.
  • Luke Cage and Iron Fist reverting back to Marvel Studios: The clause in the contract between Netflix and Marvel Studios prohibiting the latter from using the characters until two years after their series’ cancellation is quickly approaching for Luke Cage and Iron Fist and Marvel Studios will have full rights to the characters again in a month.  Although the shows were set in the MCU, there was essentially no connection between the shows and movies except for a few subtle references on the Netflix shows referencing, for instance, The Battle of New York.  Marvel has not revealed any plans for either character.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 moves to Christmas: Wonder Woman 1984 has moved its release again, now scheduled for the week after Dune hits on December 18th, which would the week of Christmas, and the movie will arrive on Christmas Day.
  • Nicolas Cage Tiger King show coming to Amazon: Amazon has picked up the rights to one of the two scripted series that will follow the story of Joe Exotic, this one being the one with Nicolas Cage as Joe.  The show is coming from the American Vandal showrunners and is based on a Texas news article entitled “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild”.  The other series in development is going to the NBC networks, with Kate McKinnon starring as Carole Baskin.
  • Ubisoft remaking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: A well-regarded classic, Ubisoft is remaking Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for release in January next year.  The new game will have updated visuals and new voice acting from Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced The Prince in the original game.
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World game returning on Nintendo Switch: The cult classic Scott Pilgrim video game from Ubisoft, released alongside the equally cult classic Edgar Wright movie, has been unavailable for almost a decade, disappearing from digital stores in 2014.  The game is finally returning this holiday season with the Complete Edition on Nintendo Switch.  The game will have all the DLC that was released alongside the original game, which included adding Knives and Wallace as playable characters.
  • Neve Campbell returning for new Scream movie: The new Scream is definitely shaping up to be more of a sequel than a reboot as Sidney Prescott herself, Neve Campbell, is returning to the franchise for the upcoming movie. David Arquette and Courtney Cox are returning as well to join new cast members Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera, and Jenna Ortega.  Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who directed Ready or Not, are directing the new movie.
  • Obi-Wan Disney+ show will be a single season: During a recent interview, Ewan McGregor confirmed that the upcoming Obi-Wan show on Disney+ will be a single-season limited series but there could be the possibility for more.  He also said that they hope to start shooting next year and would probably put the premiere of the show into either late next year or early 2022.
  • MGM developing a Robocop prequel series about Dick Jones: MGM is looking into expanding the Robocop universe with a prequel TV series that would follow the rise of Dick Jones at OCP.  Played with slimy perfection by Ronny Cox in the original classic, Dick Jones was the rival of Bob Morton and was trying to offer up the ED-209 as the alternate to the Robocop project.  In a recent interview, Robocop screenwriter Ed Neumeier confirmed he was working on this new series along with the long in development new movie that would continue the original film’s universe after the lackluster reboot.
  • The Walking Dead ending with Season 11: The Walking Dead is finally coming to an end with a giant-sized Season 11 that will stretch across two years and 24 episodes.  The long-delayed Season 10 finale will air next month on October 4th and then the first half of Season 11 will air next year and the final set of episodes will air in 2022.  There’s plenty of Walking Dead still around, with Fear the Walking Dead, the new Walking Dead: The World Beyond, and an upcoming anthology series called Tales from The Walking Dead.  Carol and Daryl are also getting their own spin-off series after the mothership show ends and there’s still supposed to be a movie or movies featuring the return of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes.
  • Peacock picks up the gritty Fresh Prince: Peacock has picked up the rights to the gritty Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that was recently announced to be in development.  The series was based on a viral video from creator Morgan Cooper that pitched a dark and realistic take on the wacky 90s favorite.  Will Smith apparently saw the video and came aboard to make the show a reality and it now has a two-season order at Peacock. HBO Max currently has the entire original series and is readying a reunion special with the cast.
  • Venture Bros canceled at Adult Swim: One of the best animated series of all time was unceremoniously canceled this week at Adult Swim as co-creator Jackson Publick revealed the show was over on Twitter.  There had previously been an eighth and final season renewal, which Publick and co-creator Doc Hammer were working on when Adult Swim apparently pulled the plug.  Adult Swim’s Twitter strangely tweeted after the announcement that they still want more Venture Bros and are working with Publick and Doc to figure out a way to continue the story.
  • RIP Diana Rigg: Dame Diana Rigg passed away this past week at age 82.  The actress was probably best known recently as Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones but was also the co-star of the original The Avengers TV series in the 60s as Emma Peel and appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  She also appeared on numerous British TV series over the years, including guest spots on shows like Doctor Who and Extras.

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