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News Shotgun 2/27/21

  • George A. Romero’s The Amusement Park coming to Shudder: Thought to be lost until 2018, George A Romero’s The Amusement Park has been restored and will be coming to Shudder sometime soon.  The movie filmed in 1973 and was commissioned by the Lutheran Society to shine a light on the treatment of the elderly and Romero created a 52-minute nightmare set at an amusement park.  The movie was considered too gruesome for the Lutheran Society and it was never released.
  • Jonathan Majors starring in Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu: Jonathan Majors will continue to face off against Lovecraftian horrors as he is starring in a new Netflix movie called Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu.  Gordon Hemingway is a roguish gunslinger who faces off against an ancient evil in East Africa in 1928.  Spike Lee is producing the movie and Stefon Bristol is directing.
  • Terminator anime series coming to Netflix: Along with anime series based on Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, Devil May Cry, Assassin’s Creed, Skull Island, and Pacific Rim, Terminator is coming to Netflix in animated/anime form with a new series.  Production I.G., the studio behind Ghost in the Shell, B: The Beginning and Eden of the East, will be handling the animation of the series and Mattson Tomlin, who wrote Netflix’s Project Power is showrunning the series, although there’s no plot details and no word of if Arnold or anyone else will be involved.
  • The Division movie gets a new director: The movie based on the Ubisoft/Tom Clancy shooter franchise The Division has found a director in Rawson Marshall Thurber, who most recently directed Skyscraper.  Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain were cast a while ago to star in the movie and they will be producing as well.  Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch was previously attached to direct The Division but he had to step away but will still produce the movie.  The movie is going to be a Netflix movie and Marshall Thurber directed Red Notice for them, a massive upcoming action blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and The Rock.
  • New Superman movie in development: Superman is back on TV with Superman & Lois and he’ll back on the big screen in an interesting new way with a new solo Superman movie in development.  Ta-Nehisi Coates, who had critically beloved runs on Black Panther and Captain America at Marvel, is writing the movie and JJ Abrams is producing and might possibly direct and it’s expected to follow a Black Superman, maybe Calvin Ellis who debuted in Final Crisis in the comics, and most likely will not see a return from Henry Cavill as Superman.
  • District 9 sequel is in development: Director Neill Blomkamp revealed this week that he, along with Sharlto Copley and Terri Tatchell, is writing a script for a sequel to District 9, called appropriately, District 10.  It’s been 12 years since District 9 came out in 2009, where it got Oscar nominations and made over $211 million worldwide at the box office.
  • Amazon developing Lady Jaye GI Joe series: Possibly tied into the upcoming Snake Eyes movie, Amazon is developing a TV series centered on one of the Joe’s espionage agents, Lady Jaye.  Carnival Row’s Erik Oleson will showrun the series with Lorenzo DiBonaventura producing.  There’s no casting news at the time; the most recent incarnation of Lady Jaye was in GI Joe: Retaliation played by Adrianne Palicki.
  • Paul WS Anderson directing an adaptation of George RR Martin’s In The Lost Lands: Paul WS Anderson and his wife and muse Milla Jovovich are taking on a George RR Martin short story for their next film, In the Lost Lands.  Dave Bautista will co-star alongside Jovovich and the movie follows Jovovich as a sorceress named Gray Alys, who joins with Bautista’s drift Boyce on a quest for a queen where they’ll face human and demonic threats.
  • Paramount+ news:
    • Rugrats Revival in the development: A revival of Rugrats is coming to Paramount+ as an exclusive series.  The original voice cast is returning and the characters will be back to their original toddler forms after spin-offs like All Growed Up.  The animation style will be CG and looks similar to the newest Spongebob Movie, Sponge on the Run, which will also only be on Paramount+.
    • The Twilight Zone reboot canceled: On the eve of switching to Paramount+, the current CBS All Access exclusive The Twilight Zone has been canceled after two seasons.  The show was created and hosted by Jordan Peele and apparently, he and his production company Monkeypaw and executive producer Simon Kinberg decided to end the series of their own accord, which Paramount accepted.  The two seasons should still be available to watch on Paramount+.
    • A Pet Semetary sequel and Paranormal Activity sequel coming to Paramount+: On the horror front, Paramount+ is getting a Pet Semetary sequel movie and a Paranormal Activity sequel movie.  Christopher Landon, of Freaky and Happy Death Day, is writing the new Paranormal Activity movie and William Eubanks, who directed Underwater, is directing.  The Pet Semetary sequel will be written by Jeff Buhler, who wrote the 2019 reboot along with recent horror movies Jacob’s Ladder and The Prodigy.
    • Paramount theatrical releases will arrive after 45 days on Paramount+: Perhaps the biggest reason to subscribe to Paramount+ was the news that Paramount was massively shortening their theatrical window on upcoming releases and movies like A Quiet Place Part II and Mission Impossible 7 will debut on the streaming service after only 45 days in theaters.  It seems like HBO Max, the movies will be a part of the subscription without paying extra, unlike Disney+’s Premier Access where it costs $30 to see day and date releases of theatrical movies like the upcoming Raya and The Last Dragon and Mulan last year.  Top Gun: Maverick and Snake Eyes are also upcoming for Paramount.
    • Halo TV series coming to Paramount+We last heard that the long-in-development Halo TV series was going to be on Showtime but now the video game adaptation will be a Paramount+ exclusive.  The series is being produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief with Jen Taylor is reprising her role as Cortana.
  • Spider-Man 3 gets official title: The third MCU/Sony joint Spider-Man movie is now officially Spider-Man: No Way Home, which continues the “Home” theme of Homecoming and Far From Home.  Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon revealed the title earlier this week in a video.  The movie is currently scheduled for a December 17th release this year and the casting news promises an insane multiverse mash-up as characters from both of the prior Spider-Man movie franchises are appearing, including possibly a Spidey team-up between Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield.
  • Frogger getting a TV game show: The iconic arcade classic Frogger is getting a reality competition show on Peacock.  Contestants will face physically demanding obstacles courses inspired by the game and have to cross successfully to move on and compete for the cash grand prize.  The show is currently looking for contestants at www.froggercasting.com.
  • Blue Beetle movie gets a director: The upcoming Blue Beetle movie has found a director in Angel Manuel Soto.  He most recently directed the HBO Max exclusive film Charm City Kings.  The movie has been in development since 2018 and will feature Jaime Reyes, the third canonical Blue Beetle, and the one featured in shows like Young Justice.  Reyes found himself fused with an alien scarab that transforms into a battle suit with powerful weaponry and he became the latest Blue Beetle.
  • Magic Kingdom TV series in development: Ron Moore, creator of the Battlestar Galactica reboot and For All Mankind on Apple TV+, is now working on a Magic Kingdom series for Disney+.  The show will be called The Society of Explorers and Adventurers and set in a reality where all the lands, characters, and rides you would find in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland and Disney World are real, like Big Thunder Mountain, The Matterhorn, and Space Mountain.  If this initial series is successful, more shows and movies could expand the universe.
  • Guy Ritchie directing a new WWII movie: Guy Ritchie is heading the battlefields of World War II for his next movie.  Titled Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, the movie is based on a book written by author Damien Lewis, Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops.  The book was set in 1939 and told the true story of a covert ops unit created by Churchill full of rogues, sociopaths, and criminals who conducted operations like seizing a key Nazi shipping port in West Africa.  They followed no accepted rules of warfare and did whatever it took to accomplish their missions.
  • Twisted Metal TV series in development: Another project of Playstation Productions, along with the Uncharted movie and The Last of Us HBO series, Twisted Metal is getting a TV series.  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers of the Deadpool movies, along with Michael Jonathan Smith, a writer on Cobra Kai, will be writing the series and Will Arnett will be producing it.  The show seems like it will be a pretty significant departure from the car combat tournament storyline of the games and is instead set in a Mad Max-style post-apocalypse where a motor-mouthed outsider is given a job to deliver a mysterious package across the wasteland but he’ll face off against various Twisted Metal characters along the way, including Sweet Tooth.

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