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News Shotgun 3/26/22

Here’s all the movie and TV news you need to know from the last week, it’s the News Shotgun

Jason Patric and Cam Gigandet starring in new action movie: Jason Patric and Cam Gigandet are teaming up for a new action movie, Shrapnel.  The movie follows a former Marine and his old war buddy facing off against the Mexican cartel who is behind the disappearance of his daughter.  William Kaufman, who directed the Cuba Gooding Jr. action movie The Hit List, is directing Shrapnel.

James Bond reality show in development: Amazon is seemingly already taking advantage of their purchase of MGM by developing a James Bond-inspired reality show called 007’s Road to a Million.  The show will follow contestants as they travel the globe in an Amazing Race style competition, visiting iconic locations from the Bond franchise and solving mental and physical challenges.  The show is filming this year and will be on Prime Video.

Panos Cosmatos signs onto next project: The director of Mandy and Beyond the Black Rainbow has signed on to his next project, the sci-fi movie Nekrokosm.  The official plot description is, “Deep within a strange galaxy, two lovers are torn apart as they try to survive a malevolent invasion in this phantasmagorical fantasy nightmare” and A24 will distribute the movie.  No word on casting yet.

Archive 81 canceled by Netflix: Found footage horror series Archive 81 has been canceled by Netflix after one season.  The series was based on a podcast and followed a video archivist who takes a job to restore videotapes from 1994 and gets caught up in a mystery involving the filmmaker in the tapes.  The show seemed to have strong ratings but apparently not strong enough for Netflix.

Nova project coming from Marvel: Introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, some sort of Novacentric project is coming soon to the MCU with Moon Knight’s Sabir Pirzada writing the script.  It’s not clear if this will be a new Disney+ show or a theatrical film.  The Nova Corps was heavily involved in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie but the last heard from them was that Thanos had destroyed their planet of Xandar and they were presumed to be wiped out.

Live-action Voltron movie finds a director: Rawson Marshall Thurber, most recently coming off of Red Notice, has signed on to direct a live-action Voltron movie, based on the incredibly popular 80s toyline and cartoon.  A bidding war has erupted with Amazon, WB, and Universal apparently in contention but Netflix, who has a strong relationship with Thurber and had the incredibly well-received Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series, are not interested.  David Hayter was working on a Voltron project previously but this seems like a brand new project unrelated to that one.

Two-face will appear on The CW’s Gotham Knights show: At least one classic Batman villain will appear on the upcoming CW show Gotham Knights with Supernatural’s Misha Collins playing Harvey Dent, Two-Face.  Collins shared an image of Aaron Eckhart’s version of the character, which might imply that is some of the inspiration for this new version.  The show follows “Batman’s rebellious adopted son” who allies with the children of some of Batman’s rogues when they are all framed for the Caped Crusader’s murder.  The show will include Duela Dent aka Joker’s Daughter and Carrie Kelly, the Robin from The Dark Knight Returns and Nightwing and Spoiler are apparently going to be included as well.

The CW renews 7 of its series: Speaking of The CW, they have renewed 7 of their current shows.  All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois, and Walker were all renewed for new seasons.  This leaves renewals up in the air still for Legends of Tomorrow, The 4400, Naomi, Batwoman, Charmed, Legacies, and Dynasty.  Stargirl, Roswell: New Mexico, and In the Dark were all previously renewed.

Christina Ricci joins Netflix’s Wednesday: Everyone’s favorite version of Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci, is coming back to The Addams Family universe to play a new character in the upcoming Wednesday series.  Jenna Ortega is taking over the Wednesday Addams role with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman playing Morticia and Gomez.  The show follows Wednesday as she leaves home to attend Nevermore Academy and gets involved in solving a supernatural mystery.  Tim Burton is directing and executive producing the series.

Godzilla vs Kong sequel shooting later this year: The sequel to last year’s kaiju smash hit Godzilla vs Kong will begin shooting in Australia later this year with director Adam Wingard back at the helm.  There are no official plot details yet but Wingard said he wants to dig more into the origins of the Titans and the Hollow Earth.  This will be the fifth movie in the Monsterverse and there’s also an Apple TV+ series based in the universe coming soon.

A Plague Tale becoming a TV series: Critically acclaimed video game A Plague Tale is becoming a TV series.  There are currently two games in the series, A  Plague Tale: Innocence and A Plague Tale: Requiem, and they follow noble siblings Amicia and Hugo as they are forced to flee their home during The Hundred Years War when a revelation about their family’s bloodline makes them a political target.  The games were stealth-based and one of the big selling points was set-pieces involving hundreds of rats.  Horror director Mathieu Turi is behind the TV show.

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