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News Shotgun 9/18/21

  • The Lost Boys reboot movie in development: There had been a Lost Boys TV reboot being developed for The CW but that project is dead and Warner Bros. is now developing a reboot movie.  Jaeden Martell and Noah Jupe will star, although it’s not clear who exactly they are playing.  Jonathan Entwistle and Randy McKinnon will direct the movie.
  • Jigsaw interactive crime drama coming to Netflix: A new interactive series is coming to Netflix with Jigsaw, which has nothing to do with the Saw franchise.  The show will star Giancarlo Esposito and it follows a heist 24 years in the making.  The series will span 8 episodes and Netflix is promising that the viewer will get to make choices throughout each episode that affects later episodes.  Along with Esposito, Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, and Jai Courtney are co-starring with Elite Squad director Jose Padilha directing the first two episodes.
  • Sung Kang co-stars on Obi-Wan series: Sung Kang revealed in an interview this week that he is co-starring in the upcoming Obi-Wan series with Ewan McGregor and that his character wields a lightsaber, making it seem like he’s possibly playing another Jedi survivor of Order 66 or maybe a surviving Sith.  Hayden Christensen is returning as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Mandalorian director Deborah Chow is behind the series, which will hopefully arrive next year on Disney+.
  • Emily Deschanel starring in Netflix thriller Devil in Ohio: Former Bones star Emily Deschanel is coming to Netflix with a new thriller series Devil in Ohio.  It’s based on the book of the same name by Daria Polatin and follows Dr. Suzanne Mathis, who shelters a young girl who escapes a cult.  Strange things start to happen to Dr. Mathis’ family and the cult is determined to get the girl back through any means necessary.
  • New Luther movie coming to Netflix: Idris Elba is returning as DCI John Luther for a new Netflix movie in the Luther universe.  Idris will be joined by Andy Serkis and Cynthia Erivo and the movie will be written by Luther creator Neil Cross.
  • Grendel series coming to Netflix: The Dark Horse Comics series Grendel is coming to Netflix as a live-action drama series.  Abubakr Ali will play Grendel/Hunter Rose, who starts out on a mission of revenge as a vigilante against New York’s criminal underground but eventually decides to take it over for himself.
  • Flight of the Navigator reboot gets a director: Disney is rebooting their beloved 80s sci-fi movie Flight of the Navigator and Bryce Dallas Howard will make her feature film directing debut with the reboot.  The movie will be a Disney+ original and follows a similar premise to the original except it’s a young girl this time who finds a highly advanced spaceship and its wacky AI named Max (voiced by Paul Reubens in the original movie).
  • Nighthawks limited series in development: Sly Stallone is developing his movie Nighthawks into a limited TV series and Frank Grillo will take over the role of Deke Dasilva, who is after a dangerous terrorist.  Stallone will direct the series and appear in a different role.  Billy Dee Williams and Rutger Hauer co-starred in the original movie, which actually began life as The French Connection II for Gene Hackman before it was picked up and reworked by Stallone.
  • The Purge 6 happening: Despite a fairly lukewarm box office and critical reception to The Forever Purge earlier this year, The Purge 6 is apparently on the way with Frank Grillo returning as Leo Barnes, the protagonist of Anarchy and Election Year.  Series creator James DeMonaco will be back behind the camera for this new installment.
  • Anthony Mackie starring in Twisted Metal series: Anthony Mackie will star as John Doe for the upcoming Twisted Metal TV series.  It’s not clear if he will be the actual John Doe character from the series who previously drove Roadkill or just a new character with the same name.  The plot description said he’s a milkman in the post-apocalypse who is given a delivery job that sends him across the wastelands, where he will face off with some of the deranged drivers and vehicles from the game, like Sweet Tooth.  The series doesn’t have a home yet but it is a Playstation Production, Sony’s in-house production company that is developing their games into other media.
  • Elvira coming to Shudder: Everyone’s favorite Mistress of the Dark is coming to Shudder for a special to celebrate Cassandra Peterson’s 40th year as the character.  Elvira will host a four-movie marathon live on September 25th and be available to watch afterward on September 27th.  Elvira will watch and comment on her own movie, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, along with The House on Haunted Hill, The City of the Dead, and Messiah of Evil.
  • Brendan Fraser coming to The CW with Professionals: Riding high on the Brennaisance, Brendan Fraser will star in the upcoming CW action series, Professionals.  The show already aired internationally and co-stars Tom Welling and Elena Anaya with Fraser playing an Elon Muskesque billionaire named Peter Swann, who hires Welling’s security Vincent Corbo to investigate the destruction of a next-gen medical satellite that exploded and Swann believes was sabotaged.  It’s not clear when the show will debut on The CW.
  • Eraser reboot secretly shot and completed: A reboot/sequel to the Arnold classic Eraser has been secretly shot and completed with a Spring 2022 release date.  Dominic Sherwood from Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is starring as the new US Marshall, Mason Pollard, who specializes in making key witnesses disappear by faking their deaths.  It’s not clear if the big selling point of Eraser, the railguns, will return.  John Pogue, who directed Deep Blue Sea 3, directed the reboot and it will debut on home media/VOD.
  • Twins sequel officially confirmed with Tracy Morgan: The sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny Devito comedy Twins is officially on the way with Tracy Morgan joining the original duo as their long-lost third brother.  Eddie Murphy was originally in talks to co-star in the sequel but his schedule recently got booked up between Dolemite, Coming 2 America and the upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4.  Original director Ivan Reitman is back to direct the sequel.
  • RIP Norm MacDonald: The unique and great comedian Norm MacDonald passed away this week at age 61.  Norm was secretly battling cancer for almost a decade and finally passed away.  Norm was best known for his stand-up and appearances on talk shows and specials like The Roast of Bob Saget and the ESPYs and also appeared in movies like Billy Madison, Dirty Work, and Doctor Dolittle.  He also got his own sitcom, Norm, and appeared on numerous other TV shows.
  • Mortal Kombat sequel officially in development: Warner Bros. is apparently in development of a sequel to this year’s Mortal Kombat movie and possibly more, as a report in Deadline mentioned they were looking at “future installments in the Mortal Kombat universe”.  There are essentially no other details so we don’t know if any of the stars of the first movie are signed on yet, who will direct or what the plot could be.  Joe Taslim, who played Sub-Zero, apparently signed on for four movies.  The future movies could potentially go straight to HBO Max, as the movie performed much better streaming than at the box office.
  • The Batman spin-off following Penguin in development: Along with a Gotham PD-based spin-off on HBO Max, the upcoming Robert Pattinson starring The Batman is also getting a spin-off based around The Penguin.  Colin Farrell is playing Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in the movie and he’s apparently been approached to star in the TV series but no deal is official yet.  The show would apparently follow Cobblepot as he rises through the ranks of the Gotham underworld.
  • Amazon developing a live-action She-Ra series: Netflix previously rebooted She-Ra as an animated series that ran for five seasons with Dreamworks Animation and now Dreamworks is teaming with Amazon for a live-action Prime Video She-Ra.  It’s not clear if the live-action show will be related to the Netflix series or if it will be a new take based on the 80s cartoon and toy line.  There are no stars or director/showrunner attached yet.
  • Hayley Atwell voicing Lara Croft for Netflix anime: Peggy Carter herself will voice Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider Netflix anime series.  The series is based on the Square Enix reboot trilogy and set in that same universe, with Atwell voicing an older Lara who is continuing her hunt for lost civilizations and mysterious artifacts and keeping them out of the hands of people that would use them for evil, like the villainous Trinity group.

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