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News Shotgun 10/17

  • Star Trek Discovery renewed for Season 4: The third season just premiered on CBS All Access but the service has already renewed Star Trek Discovery for a fourth season.  The third season premiered on Tuesday this past week and will be 13 epiodes.
  • LA’s Finest canceled: The Bad Boys spin-off starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba has been canceled by Spectrum after two seasons.  The first season is currently airing on Fox as new network offerings were limited from the pandemic.  The show debuted as an exclusive series for subscribers to Spectrum cable.
  • Buck Rogers movie in development: Legendary is developing a movie, and possibly more, based on the classic sci-fi hero Buck Rogers.  It’s been decades since there was anything related to Buck Rogers, with the most recent and one of the best-known versions being the TV show/movie that aired on NBC in the late 70s and early 80s with Gil Gerard and Erin Gray.  Legendary wants to develop a movie, TV series and anime series.
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer series coming to Prime Video: Amazon is developing a TV series based on the 90s slasher series I Know What You Did Last Summer.  James Wan is one of the producers on the series alongside original movie producer Neal H. Moritz and will be an “update” to the original film, where a group of teens who kill a man with their car and hide the evidence without reporting it to the police.  A year later, the group starts getting threatening phone calls and messages that someone “knows what they did” and they start getting killed one by one.
  • Ridley Scott directing a Napoleon movie: Ridley Scott is directing a movie following the origins and rise to power of Napoleon Bonaparte, with Joaquin Phoenix starring as the infamous emperor.  The movie will be titled Kitbag, taken from an expression, “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag”.
  • Dexter returning to Showtime as a limited series: Michael C. Hall is returning as serial killer Dexter Morgan for a limted series revival of Dexter, picking things up from where the series originally left off (where Dexter had exiled himself to live as a lumberjack) seven years ago with the finale of the eighth season.
  • Coming 2 America heading to Prime Video: The upcoming sequel to Coming to America is skipping theaters and heading to Prime Video, debuting on the service on December 18th.  Eddie Murphy returns as Prince Akeem, who is set to become the king of Zamunda but returns to America when he discovers he has a son in Queens.  Arsenio Hall, Wesley Snipes and James Earl Jones co-star and it’s directed by Craig Brewer, who directed Murphy and Snipes in Dolemite is My Name.
  • Furiosa cast revealed: George Miller is moving forward with a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road that will follow a younger Furiosa.  Anya Taylor-Joy was cast as Furiosa and Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul Mateen II will co-star as well.  Miller and his co-writer Nick Lathouris had developed origin stories for every character in Fury Road.
  • DC Universe shows get premiere dates on HBO Max: HBO Max continues getting the shows that were originally on the now dead DC Universe and more got premiere dates this week.  Stargirl will be available on December 1st and Titans and Young Justice will be available on November 1st.  Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn are already available on the service.
  • Stephen King confirms The Outsider Season 2 is coming: Author Stephen King confirmed that The Outsider Season 2 is coming to HBO but is currently on hold due to production delays from the pandemic.  The new season will not be an adaptation of his The Outsider follow-up, If It Bleeds, which continued the adventures of psychic private eye Holly Gibney but Cynthia Erivo will be back as Holly for season 2.  It’s not clear if Ben Mendelsohn will return or if the new season will be Holly taking a new case from new characters.

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