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News Shotgun 1/16

  • Godzilla vs Kong gets release date bumped up: Unlike most films in recent days that are getting bumped later and later into the year, Godzilla vs Kong is actually getting bumped up on the calendar, now coming out on March 26th in theaters and HBO Max.  Warner Bros and Legendary got into heated negotiations after WB announced their industry shocking strategy to release every 2021 film on their slate in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time but the two companies have apparently worked out some sort of deal.
  • Heart of Stone comes to Netflix: The upcoming Gal Gadot starring spy movie Heart of Stone is skipping theaters and heading directly to Netflix.  The movie is being described as similar to Mission: Impossible with Gal Gadot starring as some sort of espionage agent and Greg Rucka co-wrote the screenplay. Gadot has another spy movie coming to Netflix soon with Red Notice, where she co-stars with Ryan Reynolds and The Rock.
  • Dungeons and Dragons TV show in development: Hasbro and eOne are working on developing Dungeons and Dragons into a TV series with John Wick’s Derek Kolstad working on the scripts. It’s not clear if this is instead of or alongside the long in development Dungeons and Dragons movie at Paramount, which, as far as we know, still has Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein writing and directing and Chris Pine starring.
  • Ethan Hawke will battle Moon Knight on Disney+: The Moon Knight series on Disney+, starring Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector, has found its main villain with Ethan Hawke joining the series.  Moon Knight has battled villains like Bullseye and Taskmaster and other villains shared with other Marvel heroes but it’s not clear yet who Hawke will play.
  • David O. Russell’s new film gets tons of cast members: David O. Russell is working on his first movie since 2015 and is assembling an all-star cast.  The movie is mysterious with not even a title but it now has Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Andrea Riseborough, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alessandro Nivola.  John David Washington, Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek, and Zoe Saldana also signed on previously.
  • Ridley Scott’s Kitbag heads to Apple: Although it’s still at least a few years away, Ridley Scott has already signed a deal with Apple for his Napoleon Bonaparte movie Kitbag to be an Apple TV+ exclusive.  Joaquin Phoenix is starring as Napoleon and the movie follows his rise to power as emperor of France and his relationship with his wife, Josephine.  The movie is set to begin production next year.
  • Chris Evans may return to the MCU: Although the actor himself seemed surprised by the news on Twitter, there are reports that Chris Evans is in talks to return to the MCU in some capacity as Steve Rogers/Captain America.  It would not be for a solo Captain America film but would be an appearance or appearances in other MCU movies as a supporting role.  Despite Evans’ tweet, we recently saw Tatiana Maslany say she was not playing She-Hulk, only for that to turn out to be true.
  • Super Nintendo Land opening delayed: With a new Covid-19 emergency in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan is delaying the opening of Super Nintendo World.  The park was going to open on February 4th but the new opening date is not determined.  The state of emergency in Osaka ends on February 7th.
  • Ubisoft developing an open-world Star Wars game: Disney announced this week that the Lucasfilm Games brand was back and would be a co-publisher on future Lucasfilm games, one of which was announced as an open-world Star Wars game from Ubisoft Massive, the team behind The Division 1 and 2.  This seemingly ends EA’s exclusive rights to make Star Wars games.  There are not a lot of details about the new game, like what era it’s taking place in and if it will be single-player, multiplayer, or both but Ubisoft Massive said it will be different than anything they’ve made previously.
  • No Time to Die most likely getting delayed: It’s looking likely that No Time to Die will be pushed back again this year, moving away from its April 2nd release date to most likely sometime in November.  It has not been officially announced yet but the news was seemingly revealed by a Dutch exhibitor for the movie, Carlo Lambregts.
  • The Tomorrow War most likely heading to streaming: Getting screened recently for the various streaming platforms, The Tomorrow War is most likely coming to one of them instead of hitting theaters.  The movie stars Chris Pratt and is directed by Chris McKay and is about an alien invasion that is threatening to wipe out humanity.  Scientists are able to pull some of the greatest soldiers from different time periods to the present day and this squad of legends battles the alien invasion.  Amazon has seemingly emerged as the front-runner to buy the rights to the movie with a deal that could be worth $200 million.
  • Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level coming to Hulu: Originally supposed to debut in 2019, Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level is finally coming out exclusively on Hulu this coming March.  Starring Frank Grillo, the movie is about a special forces agent who becomes trapped in a time loop of the day he is murdered and he has to figure out the secrets of a government project that may have put him into the loop and stop the head of the project, played by Mel Gibson.  Naomi Watts co-stars and the movie will be available on March 5th.
  • Buckaroo Banzai sequel novel coming this year: Buckaroo Banzai is finally getting the sequel that was promised at the end of the original film, although it will be in novel form rather than a movie.  The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League, et al: A Compendium of Evil will be out in August this year and finds the physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, rock star superhero battling the World Crime League and a new alien threat with the help of his Hong Kong Cavaliers.
  • New Indiana Jones game coming from Bethesda: Another of the newly revealed Lucasfilm Games titles, Bethesda and Machine Games, the studio that brought us the incredible recent Wolfenstein games, is working on a new Indiana Jones game.  There was a teaser trailer announcing the game but it’s not clear if it will be first or third person and, more importantly if it will be a Microsoft/Xbox exclusive, as Microsoft purchased Bethesda last year.  The last Indiana Jones game was the disastrous 2009 game, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings for PS2 and Wii.
  • Risk TV series in development: Along with the aforementioned Dungeons and Dragons series, Hasbro is also apparently working on making Risk into a TV series.  House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is working on the new series, although it’s not clear what it would be and how you would make the board game into a TV series.  It would obviously have to be about some sort of global conflict but there’s no plot or characters to bring over from the original version of the game, just dice, pieces for your armies, and the map.
  • Arcade1Up announces new cabinets: For CES this year, Arcade1Up announced a slew of new 3/4 size arcade cabinets to fill out your home arcade.  There is an X-Men arcade cabinet with the iconic arcade beat-em-up along with two other Marvel games, Killer Instinct,  Dragon’s Lair, Atari, Capcom, and Bandai/Namco “Legacy” cabinets with multiple games and a Pong “pub table” with four-player support and games like Pong and Warlords.
  • Morbius delayed: Morbius has been delayed to later this year, moving from March 19th to October 8th.  The movie was originally supposed to open last year but was moved to this year due to the pandemic.
  • The Umbrella Academy casts The Sparrow Academy: The Umbrella Academy has cast their alternate universe version of the titular superhero family with The Sparrow Academy, who will be the main plot focus of the upcoming third season of the Netflix series.  The Sparrow Academy also features in the upcoming fourth volume of the comic but creator Gerard Way is still working on it, so this will most likely be the first look at the new characters.  Justin Cornwell,  Britne Oldford, Genesis Rodriguez, Cazzie David, Jake Epstein make up the Sparrows along with a character that is just a floating cube.  The third season is expected to start shooting next month and will debut possibly later this year or next year on Netflix.
  • The Lincoln Lawyer series coming to Netflix: Speaking of Netflix, they are also getting an adaptation of Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer books.  Manuel Garcia-Rulfo will star as Mickey Haller, a flashy Los Angeles lawyer who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car.  David E. Kelley is producing the series, who is currently producing Big Sky on ABC and previously brought us shows like Big Little Lies, Boston Legal, The Practice, and Ally McBeal.  The show has a 10 episode first season.
  • Deadpool officially coming to the MCU in his original form: MCU mastermind Kevin Fiege confirmed this week that Deadpool was coming to the MCU and he would retain his outrageous, R-rated attitude even as he’ll now exist alongside The Avengers.  The movie is expected to start shooting next year.

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