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News Shotgun 11/21

  • Black Lightning Ending Next Season: Black Lightning is joining Supergirl in retirement as the show is also ending with its upcoming fourth season.  The final season will debut alongside its fellow CWverse shows early next year and there is a spin-off in development featuring Jordan Calloway’s Painkiller character, although it’s not clear if the spin-off has anything do with the main show’s cancelation.
  • New Predator film in development: Despite how bad The Predator was, a new movie featuring the intergalactic hunter is on the way from 20th Century Studios.  Dan Trachtenberg, director of 10 Cloverfield Lane and episodes of The Boys and Black Mirror, is directing the new movie.  Trachtenberg was working on a movie called “Skulls” that was about, “a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior” and this might be the idea for the new Predator.  It would be kind of cool if they threw back to the Dark Horse comics and did a story that was set in the past, as those comics always had stories about Civil War soldiers or some such fighting a Predator.
  • Deadpool 3 in development: Deadpool is apparently on the way with Deadpool 3 under development at Marvel Studios.  Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin, who are producers and writers on Bob’s Burgers, will write the new Deadpool movie, which despite now being under the umbrella of Disney, will still be R rated and under the 20th Century Studios branding, although Ryan Reynold and his team will be working with Marvel overlord Kevin Feige.
  • Coming 2 America hitting Prime Video in March: Coming 2 America has officially been confirmed to be arriving on Prime Video as an exclusive of the streaming service and it will debut on March 5, 2021.  The early news had it coming out in December this year but there hasn’t been any sort of trailers or other promotional material for basically all of 2020, so it felt unlikely.  The movie was directed Dolemite is My Name’s Craig Brewer, reuniting with Eddie Murphy and co-starring Wesley Snipes, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones.
  • Stranger Things 4 adds new cast members: The highly anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things has added a bunch of new cast members, most notably Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. Jamie Campbell Bower and Eduardo Franco are also joining the series as new series regulars alongside the main Stranger Things gang.
  • The Last of Us officially ordered to series at HBO: Joel and Ellie are officially coming to HBO as the network as ordered the adaptation of The Last of Us to series.  The first season of the show will follow the story of the original game and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin is showrunning with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckman producing and co-writing the series.
  • A slew of Disney movies may be skipping theaters for Disney+: With theaters in bad shape for the foreseeable future, Disney is apparently considering moving a bunch of their upcoming tentpole releases to Disney+.  Specifically, Cruella, starring Emma Stone, Peter Pan and Wendy from David Lowery and Robert Zemeckis’ Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks, are being considered to skip theaters and go to the streaming service, although it’s not clear if they would be “Premium Access” like Mulan or just a regular release for all Disney+ subscribers.
  • DMZ series ordered at HBO Max: HBO Max has ordered a series based on the Vertigo comic, DMZ.  Ava Duvernay and Roberto Patino will behind the series with Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt co-starring.  The comic was set during a second American Civil War where Manhattan is a DMZ between the two factions.  Dawson will play Alma Ortega, a medic looking for her son who was lost at the beginning of the war and Bratt will play Parco Dalgado, who runs the most powerful gang in the DMZ.  The show will be a limited series and will begin production next year.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 coming to HBO Max: Speaking of HBO Max, probably the biggest news of the week is that Wonder Woman 1984 is going to be released day and date on Christmas Day in both theaters and on HBO Max.  The movie will be available for a month on the streaming service, but it’s unclear what happens after that month.  For countries that do not have HBO Max available, the movie will release in theaters on December 16th.
  • Conan ending his TBS show, coming to HBO Max: Also on HBO Max, Conan O’Brien is ending his nightlyTBS talk show and coming to HBO Max with a new weekly variety show.  “Conan” will end on TBS in June of next year after 10 years on the network but TBS will still get “Conan Without Borders” travel specials.
  • Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa starring in Black Friday: Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa will co-star in a new sci-fi horror movie called Black Friday, which will find the pair having to fight off holiday shoppers that have become infected with an alien parasite that turns them into homicidal monsters.  The movie is being directed by Casey Tebo, who has mostly done music-related projects, like concert specials and music videos.
  • New Transformers movie gets a director: A new Transformers movie that will hopefully continue off from the fantastic Bumblebee.  Steven Caple Jr, the director of Creed 2, will direct the new Transformer movie, although there are no plot details at this time.
  • IO Interactive making a new James Bond game: IO Interactive, the studio behind the fantastic new Hitman games, is working on a new James Bond game.  The game was teased this week and it will apparently be an origin story showing how Bond earns his 007 status and will be a wholly original story not based on any previous Bond movie.  The last James Bond game was 2012’s 007 Legends from Activision, which earned negative reviews and poor sales that destroyed developer Eurocom.
  • Michael Shannon and more join Bullet Train: Brad Pitt’s upcoming action movie Bullet Train is gathering an unbelievably stacked cast and this week Michael Shannon, Lady Gaga, and Logan Lerman joined the cast.  The movie will also star Zazie Beetz, Joey King, Masi Oka, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, and Andrew Koji and is being directed by David Leitch.  It is based on a Japanese novel where a group of assassins all find themselves on the same bullet train with different agendas.
  • Dial M for Murder series in the works: Originally a play and most famously an Alfred Hitchcock movie, Dial M for Murder is coming back as a limited series that is being produced by, and possibly starring, Alicia Vikander.  The play and Hitchcock movie were about a retired tennis champion who finds out his wife is having an affair.  He hires an assassin to kill her but she manages to kill the assassin instead, causing her husband to instead get her arrested for murder.  The new version from Vikander will tell the story from the wife’s perspective.
  • Stallone joins The Suicide Squad: Stallone will reteam with James Gunn, as he announced on his Instagram last weekend that he has a role in The Suicide Squad.  Stallone’s character remains unknown, although, given the fact that there are characters like Javelin Man and Polka Dot Man involved, it could be a potentially ridiculous and deep-cut DC character.

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