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News Shotgun 9/19

  • Chris Pine and Thandie Newton starring in All the Old Knives: Chris Pine and Thandie Newton will play spies and ex-lovers in the upcoming thriller All the Old Knives, based on the novel by Olen Steinhauser.  Amazon Studios is producing the movie with Janus Metz directing. The novel and movie follows the reunion of the two spies, one from the CIA and one an ex-spy, in Vienna as they talk about old times over dinner and the disasterous hijacking of an airliner that resulted in the deaths of everyone involved.  As dinner progresses, they start to realize that one of them is not going to survive the meal.
  • HBO developing a hip-hop vampire show: HBO is developing a hip-hop vampire drama called Thirst that follows a rapper in Atlanta who finds out that hip-hop’s hottest group are secretly vampires.  The show comes from former VH1 creative director Kevin Jordan and Leah Benavides Rodriguez and Carlito Rodriguez, former writers on Empire.
  • Ms. Marvel Disney+ series finds directors: Kamala Khan is coming to Disney+ sometime shortly and Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are some of the directors signed on to direct episodes.  Marvel Studios is currently searching for who will star as Kamala in the series.
  • Harley Quinn renewed for Season 3 as DC Universe dies: The excellent Harley Quinn animated series was renewed for a third season this week that will be on HBO Max as there was also the official confirmation that the current iteration of DC Universe is dead.  All original content that is not already available on HBO Max will be coming to the service shortly and starting in January next year, DC Universe will be turning into DC Universe Infinite, a digital comics only subscription service similar to Marvel’s Marvel Unlimited service.
  • Raised by Wolves renewed for Season 2: Speaking of HBO Max, Raised by Wolves was renewed for a second season on the service this week.  The Ridley Scott produced series became the most-watched Max Original so far on the service, growing it’s initial audience by 50% in the following weeks and earning strong reviews and word of mouth.
  • Doom Patrol Renewed for Season 3: Also on HBO Max, Doom Patrol was renewed for a third season as well this week.  The series started life as a DC Universe exclusive but was available Day 1 on HBO Max with the second season already being exclusive to the service.  The second season ended on a massive cliffhanger involving the titular team’s battle against the creepy villain Candlemaker.
  • Tatiana Maslany cast as She-Hulk: Fresh off Perry Mason, Tatiana Maslany is heading to the MCU as Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk for an upcoming Disney+ series based around the character.  Kat Coiro, who has worked on It’s Always Sunny, The Mick, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more, is directing several episodes of the series and Rick and Morty’s Jennifer Gao is leading the writer’s room.  Mark Ruffalo tweeted out a welcome message but it’s not clear if he will show up in the series as Bruce Banner, who is Jennifer Walters’ cousin in the comics and who gave his cousin a blood transfusion to save her life that caused her to transform into She-Hulk.  She retained all her intelligence and personality and continued her career as a lawyer in addition to a new side gig as a superhero.
  • Stumptown canceled at ABC: Despite a spring renewal for a second season, ABC has reversed their decision and has canceled the Cobie Smulders led drama Stumptown.  The reasoning is attributed to the pandemic and the impossibility of shooting the series in a timely manner for a release in the new TV season.  The show will be shopped around to other platforms and may get a second life on a streaming service or other network.
  • Marvel 616 gets a release date: Marvel 616, the upcoming Disney+ documentary series hosted by Gillian Jacobs, will premiere on November 20th and will explore different topics from the history of Marvel comics.  Disney+ also cryptically promised that Wandavision, the first major MCU Disney+ series, will arrive sometime before the end of the year.
  • Hulu makes a massive deal with Vice: Hulu will soon be getting another huge influx of content as they signed a deal with Vice TV to bring shows like Bong Appetit, Fuck, That’s Delicious, and Dark Side of the Ring to the service and there will be over 100 hours of content in total.  The live channel for Vice TV is currently a part of Hulu’s live tv service.
  • Taika Waititi developing a pirate show for HBO Max: Taika Waititi is heading to the Golden Age of Piracy for a new HBO Max series he is developing.  The show is loosely based on the true story of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandons his life of luxury to become a pirate.  Bonnet used his wealth to build a ship to his specifications instead of the usual method of stealing one and he even teamed up with Blackbeard for a time until they had a falling out and Bonnet chased him around the Caribbean looking for revenge.
  • CBS All Access changing its name to Paramount+: Sometime early next year, CBS All Access will change its name to Paramount+ to reflect the wider range of content that is coming to the platform besides just CBS shows.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be an exclusive on the platform next year and there are a number of exclusives coming, including a spiritual successor to Behind the Music, The Offer, a  scripted series about the creation of The Godfather and Lioness from director Taylor Sheridan.
  • Greenland release pushed back: Shocking no one, the US release of Gerard Butler’s new disaster movie Greenland has been pushed back to sometime later this year.  The movie has come out already in theaters in other countries and has taken in around $12.5 million so far.  The movie was originally going to come out on June 12th but was pushed back to September 25th and now has an undetermined 2020 date.
  • Jonathan Majors cast as Ant-Man 3 villain: Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors has been cast as the villain of the upcoming Ant-Man 3 and all reports indicate he’ll be playing Kang the Conqueror.  A major Avengers villain, Kang comes from the 30th century and comes back in time with highly advanced technology to try and conquer the world of the past.  He also may be a descendant of Reed Richards.  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, and Michael Douglas are expected to return but it’s unclear if Michelle Pfeifer will be back as well and Peyton Reed is back to direct.
  • Norman Reedus developing Undone by Blood adaptation for AMC: Norman Reedus is firmly entrenched over at AMC with his show Ride, his starring role on The Walking Dead, and the upcoming spin-off featuring Daryl and Carol and now he’s developing an adaptation of the comic Undone by Blood.  The comic follows a woman named Ethel Grady Lane, who returns to her hometown in the 1970s looking for revenge on the man who murdered her family.  A story following Wild West gunslinger Solomon Eaton, who is the star of a novel that Ethel reads, unfolds simultaneously with Ethel’s revenge quest.  Reedus will executive produce the series and most likely co-star as well, probably as Solomon.
  • New Mickey Mouse series coming to Disney+: Disney+ is getting a new, original Mickey Mouse series with The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse premiering on the service on November 18th.  It seems like it will be most likely an expansion of the excellent and hilarious shorts that Disney has produced in recent years with the distinctive new design to Mickey and his friends of those shorts.

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