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News Shotgun 10/3

  • No Time to Die and F9 delayed: The movie delays continue as the pandemic continues around the world.  No Time To Die has its release date to April 2, 2021.  It was going to be out next month after being pushed from April of this year.  F9: The Fast Saga has a slightly smaller delay, moving from that April 2nd release date to avoid Bond and instead of opening Memorial Day weekend on May 28th, 2021.
  • Idris Elba and John Cena teaming up for 90s style action movie: Suicide Squad teammates John Cena and Idris Elba are teaming up again for an upcoming Prime Video action movie called Heads of State.  It’s a 90s inspired action movie that seems like it will pair the duo up in a movie that is pitched as “Air Force One meets Hobbs & Shaw”.  It will start shooting in January next year.
  • Idris Elba battles a lion in Beast: Speaking of Idris Elba news, it seems like the actor is following Megan Fox into the creature feature genre as he will also star in a movie where he battles a killer lion, Beast.  The movie will be a survival thriller directed by Baltasar Kormákur and is being described as “…like The Shallows but with a lion”.
  • F is for Family ending with next season: Bill Burr’s raunchy 70s set animated show F is for Family will end with its upcoming fifth season, according to Netflix.  The fourth season dropped this past June and the final season will arrive sometime in 2021.
  • The Gentlemen getting a TV series: Guy Ritchie’s latest, The Gentlemen, is getting a TV series based on it.  Ritchie originally pitched the idea as a TV show before it became a movie and now his original pitch is coming back around.  Ritchie will executive produce the series along with writing and directing.  It’s not clear if any of the movie’s stars, like Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, or Charlie Hunnam will reprise their roles.
  • Jamie Foxx returning as Electro: In insane MCU news, Jamie Foxx is coming to the upcoming third MCU Spider-Man film as his Amazing Spider-Man 2 character Max Dillon aka Electro.  It’s not clear exactly what this means; will he just play the same character but just as an MCU version like JK Simmons or will his ASM2 character come from another universe somehow?  The multiverse was teased in Far From Home and will be a major factor coming up, like with the new Doctor Strange movie and possibly Wandavision.
  • Michael Dougherty directing Nightbreed TV series: Trick R Treat and Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty is directing the upcoming Nightbreed TV series.  Creator Clive Barker himself revealed the news during an interview with Coming Soon.  The show will follow the same basic premise where a young man discovers a secret society of horrific-looking but friendly monsters that becomes threatened by a sadistic human serial killer.
  • Greenland going to VOD: Gerard Butler’s upcoming disaster movie, Greenland, is skipping theaters and going to VOD.  The movie had a September 25th release date previously that it obviously missed and now it will be available to buy on October 13th and rent on October 27th
  • Ms. Marvel cast for Disney+: Disney and Marvel have found their MCU Ms. Marvel with newcomer Iman Vellani.  Vellani will star in a Disney+ original series and also appear in future MCU feature films.  Ms. Marvel aka Kamala Khan was introduced in 2014 and is an Inhuman teenager who lives in New Jersey and is an Avengers superfan who gets a chance to join her heroes as a superhero herself.
  • Netflix developing a new Conan the Barbarian series: Netflix is developing a new live-action series based on Robert E. Howard’s famous savage warrior, Conan the Barbarian.  The last bit of news was that Amazon was trying to develop a Conan series but that fell through and now we have this new attempt at Netflix.  There’s no word on a showrunner or writers yet.
  • Rambo may be coming to MK11A leak via data miners has found that Rambo may be coming to Mortal Kombat 11 as a DLC fighter.  The game currently has The Terminator and Robocop as guest characters.  Rain and Mileena are possible other new characters coming soon.
  • Netflix may have the star of The Sandman series: Netflix may have found the star of their upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  Tom Sturridge, best known from Velvet Buzzsaw and Far from the Maddening Crowd, is apparently in talks to star as Morpheus aka Dream for the upcoming series.  Netflix has given the series an 11 episode first season order and it would actually be the second Netflix series based on Sandman as Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis, is very, very, loosely based on the character of the same name from Sandman.
  • Zac Effron joins Firestarter remake: Blumhouse is remaking Firestarter and has cast Zac Effron in a starring role, although probably not as the titular Firestarter, who is a young girl named Charlie.  It’s not revealed who Effron will play but there is Charlie’s father, Andy, who has psychic powers of his own and villains like Captain James Hollister or hitman John Rainbird.  Keith Thomas, who directed The Vigil, will direct the remake.
  • Disney+ adds Watch Party feature: Following in the footsteps of Prime Video, Disney+ has added a feature called GroupWatch, that lets you watch Disney+ content on their website with up to 6 friends.  The feature generates a code that you can send out but everyone must have a Disney+ subscription to watch.  There will be a group chat feature in the future but right now you can only interact via emojis.
  • Barry Jenkins directing a Lion King sequel: Moonlight director Barry Jenkins will direct a sequel to last year’s gigantic remake of The Lion King that will bring back the photorealistic animal actors.  It’s not clear if it will take any elements from the animated sequel, Simba’s Pride, or be a completely new story and there’s no official confirmation that any of the voice cast will return, although it seems likely that everyone will return.  One plot element revealed is that this new movie may explore more of Mufasa’s backstory.
  • Steven Soderbergh assembles an all-star cast for new crime thrillerSteven Soderbergh is working on a new crime thriller called No Sudden Move that will be an HBO Max exclusive and he has assembled an all-star cast for the project.  Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Noah Jupe, Bill Duke, Frankie Shaw, and Julia Fox are all on-board and the movie is set in 1955 Detroit and follows a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they are told is a simple document but they discover it’s much more complicated and they set out to find who hired them to get answers.
  • A Fistful of Dollars is getting a TV series: The Sergio Leone classic A Fistful of Dollars is getting a TV series adaptation.  The original was the first major starring role for Clint Eastwood and the first of the “Man with No Name Trilogy” that includes For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  The original was also heavily inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, so much so that Yojimbo’s studio, Toho, sued over it.  The new show will be a “modern, contemporary” retelling of the same premise where a mysterious stranger arrives in a town caught between two warring factions and plays both sides against each other to make money.

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