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News Shotgun 5/1/21

By Zach

  • Gunpowder Milkshake coming to Netflix: Netflix has bought the rights to the upcoming action movie Gunpowder Milkshake and will debut it as a Netflix Original sometime this summer.  The movie stars Karen Gillan as the daughter of a legendary assassin who is raised by the agency her mother used to work for.  When she abandons a mission to protect a young girl, she reunites with her mother and three of her former associates to go against the agency.  Lena Headey, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino and Angela Bassett co-star.
  • George A. Romero’s final zombie film may be getting made: The legendary George A. Romero was apparently working on a final zombie movie before he passed in 2017 called Twilight of the Dead and that movie may be getting made.  Romero’s wife Suzanne Romero is working with screenwriters and filmmakers to get Twilight of the Dead made, which will be a direct sequel to Land of the Dead, ignoring the more recent Diary and Survival of the Dead movies and continue the idea of zombies becoming more intelligent in the vein of Land of the Dead’s Big Daddy.
  • Noah Centineo leaves Masters of the Universe: Noah Centineo will no longer play He-Man in the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie from Sony and Mattel.  No reason for Centineo’s departure was given and no replacement has found yet.  Centineo will co-star opposite The Rock in the upcoming Black Adam movie.
  • Guy Gardener cast for HBO Max’s Green Lantern series: The upcoming HBO Max Green Lantern series has found its Guy Gardener aka the asshole Green Lantern with Ryan Murphy regular Finn Wittrock, who has appeared in American Horror Story, Ratched, and more.  The show will explore the stories of multiple Green Lanterns, from Alan Scott in the 40s to Guy Gardener in the 80s.  Most of the team behind the CW and former DC Universe shows are behind the Green Lantern series, including Geoff Johns, Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter.
  • More Borderlands casting: With the main cast in place, Borderlands is casting more of its supporting cast and has added Gina Gershon as Mad Moxxi, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Steven Boyer as Scooter, and Ryann Redmond as Ellie.  Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Edgar Ramirez, Haley Bennett, and Olivier Richters were previously cast and Eli Roth is directing.
  • Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart join the new David Cronenberg movie: Viggo Mortensen is re-teaming with director David Cronenberg for his new sci-fi movie Crimes of the Future and Kristen Stewart has also signed on to co-star.  Mortensen worked with Cronenberg on both A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.  Crimes of the Future is, “…set in a distant future where humans have evolved beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. In this setting, a performance artist named Saul Tenser embraces Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Removing those organs becomes a new kind of theater, one that earns a following, as well as the attention of the government”. Lea Seydoux and Scott Speedman have also signed on to the movie.
  • Invincible renewed for two more seasons: Amazon has renewed their excellent adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible for two more seasons.  The series just wrapped up its first season with a blood-soaked finale.  The cast is all expected to return, including Steven Yeun as Mark Grayson aka Invincible.
  • Titans casts Scarecrow for Season 3: Fully an HBO Max series now, Titans’ upcoming third season has found its Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow with Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser.  Kartheiser played the eminently punchable Pete Campbell on Mad Men and his Jonathan Crane will be found in Arkham Asylum after he terrorized Gotham City with toxic fear gas.
  • The Black Phone gets a release date: The Sinister reunion between Ethan Hawke and director Scott Derrickson will arrive in January of 2022 with The Black Phone.  Hawke signed on to the project in January this year and the movie is based on a short story by Joe Hill that follows a young boy who is kidnapped by a vicious killer and locked in a soundproof basement room.  The boy finds a disconnected phone that starts ringing and lets him talk to the previous murder victims, who want to try and help him escape.  The movie is being produced by Blumhouse and will debut on January 28th, 2022.
  • The Borrowers getting a reboot: Universal is digging deep into the IP vault for a reboot of The Borrowers, which is now in development.  The Borrowers is based on a series of books that previously got a movie adaptation in 1997.  The books and movie follow a secret society of tiny people called The Borrowers who exist in the homes of humans and “borrow” things for their own use, like thimbles, pins, scraps of food, etc.  Patrick Burleigh, the writer of Peter Rabbit 2, is writing The Borrowers script.
  • World of Darkness universe in development: Production company Hivemind, who is behind The Witcher, is developing the World of Darkness universe into potential movies and TV shows.  The World of Darkness games are developed by Paradox Interactive and include Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse.  Eric Heisserer and Christine Boylan, who are behind the recent hit Shadow and Bone on Netflix, are writing and producing the projects for this new series of projects.
  • Adam Wingard in talks for a Godzilla vs Kong sequel: Given the massive success of Godzilla vs Kong, Legendary is apparently in early talks with director Adam Wingard to direct a new entry in the Monsterverse.  Legendary is apparently developing sequel ideas, one of which is being pitched as Son of Kong, but there’s no official confirmation yet.  Wingard has two massive projects already lined up with a sequel to the John Woo classic Face/Off and a live-action adaptation of Thundercats.
  • Elizabeth Banks starring in a Flinstones sequel series: Elizabeth Banks will executive produce and star in a sequel series to the beloved animated classic The Flintstones called Bedrock.  Banks will star as an adult Pebbles Flintstone as Bedrock begins to move into the Bronze Age and Fred is retiring.  The series will air on Fox, who were previously going to develop a Seth McFarlane produced Flintstones reboot that was going to go straight to series but they ultimately canceled the project after scripts started to come in.
  • Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg starring in Peacock cyber-thriller: Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg are heading to Peacock for a cyber-thriller called The Undeclared War.  The show will be a six-part limited series set in 2024 as the British GCHQ, the UK equivalent of the NSA, attempts to stop a cyber-attack against their country’s elections.  The show is also airing in the UK on Channel 4 and is developed by Peter Kominsky, who previously worked on the shows Wolf Hall and White Oleander, the former of which Rylance co-starred in.
  • Disenchanted adds a trio of villains: Not to be confused with Netflix’s animated series Disenchantment, Disenchanted is the upcoming sequel to Enchanted that is coming to Disney+.  Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays were cast as a trio of villains, although their roles weren’t specifically revealed. Given that Enchanted is a meta-spin on princess movies like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and the casting of a trio, a good guess would be that the ladies are playing evil and/or disgruntled fairy godmothers, maybe mad that Amy Adams’ Giselle abandoned them for the real world?  Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel are all returning from the first Enchanted and the movie is being directed by Adam Shankman, who directed the Hairspray movie in 2007 and Rock of Ages in 2012.
  • Escape Room 2 moves up its release: As the state of the theatrical box office gets better every week, Sony has bumped Escape Room 2 way up in the release schedule from January of next year to July of this year.  Escape Room 2 will now be out on July 16th this summer and will continue from the surprisingly fun first movie, although no official plot has been revealed yet.  Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, along with director Adam Robitel, will return from the first movie and Indya Moore, Holland Roden, Isabelle Fuhrman, Carlito Olivero, Thomas Cocquerel and James Frain are joining the cast for the sequel.
  • Another Round getting a US remake: Fresh off its win as Best International Film at the recent Oscars, Another Round is getting a US remake with Leonardo DiCaprio producing and possibly starring.  The original Dutch film stars Mads Mikkelsen as a professor who experiments with being in a state of perpetual drunkenness to improve his life. Director Thomas Vinterberg apparently was already thinking of DiCaprio in the case of a remake and that helped the deal speed through just prior to the Academy Awards.  There is no director or writer for the remake yet.

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