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News Shotgun 6/10/23

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

Hugh Grant joins A24 horror movie Heretic: Hugh Grant is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming A24 horror movie, Heretic.  The plot details are unknown at the time but the rumored story focuses on two young women of faith who end up trapped in the home of an eccentric and dangerous man.  The movie is being written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who wrote and directed 65 this year and co-wrote A Quiet Place.

New Leprechaun movie in development: Lionsgate is looking to reboot the Leprechaun horror franchise with a new entry directed by Felipe Vargas, who directed the short film Milk Teeth.  No word on casting for the lead role or the plot.  The last entry in the franchise was another reboot, Leprechaun Returns, in 2018.

Friday the 13th: The Game will be delisted: Gun Media announced this week that their Friday the 13th game will be delisted and unavailable in both digital and physical form after December 31st of this year, as the license to the series will be up and they will not renew it.  The company will still support the current players of the game until at least December 2024.  The studio has made the game $5 on all platforms and all the DLC $1 each.  Gun Media has The Texas Chainsaw Massacre game coming out later this year.

Ryan Reynolds and Kenneth Branagh starring in Mayday for Apple: Ryan Reynolds and Kenneth Branagh will be co-starring in an upcoming action/adventure movie called Mayday for Apple.  Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who directed this year’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, will be directing the movie.  There are no plot details at the current time.

Shredder’s Revenge DLC announced: The excellent beat-em-up game TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is getting DLC which will add a new mode along with bringing rabbit samurai Usagi Yojimbo into the game as a playable character.  The character has appeared in the original 80s animated series, in the toy line, and in other TMNT media over the years.  This will be a paid DLC, although a release date or price was not revealed.  Other new characters for the game were hinted at but not revealed.

RIP Iron Sheik: Wrestling icon The Iron Sheik aka Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri passed away this week at age 81. Hailing from Iran, The Iron Sheik was one of the greatest heels in WWE history, winning the championship in 1983 and having a long-running feud with Sgt. Slaughter.  His 1984 match with Hulk Hogan, which basically launched Hulk’s career, is considered one of the greatest matches in wrestling history.

Angry Birds series ordered at Amazon: A new Angry Birds animated series was ordered by Amazon called Angry Birds Mystery Island.  Harvey Guillén, Kate Micucci, Dominic Monaghan, and Nasim Pedrad will co-star in the series, which will follow three Angry Birds “Hatchlings” and a foreign exchange Piglet as they are expecting to have an all-expenses island getaway but are instead catapulted to an uncharted island full of mystery and strange occurrences.  The group will have to solve the island’s mysteries in order to figure out a way home.  Futurama’s Eric Rogers created the series and Titmouse is doing the animation.

Perry Mason canceled at HBO: HBO has canceled Perry Mason after two seasons.  A reboot of the classic courtroom drama series, Matthew Rhys played Perry Mason, who started out as a private investigator before taking his place as a defense attorney in 1930s Los Angeles.  The second season was more critically acclaimed than the first season but ratings were lower, which was one of the main factors in the cancellation.  The show also seemed extremely expensive, as it meticulously recreated the look of the 1930s.

Hocus Pocus 3 in development: Disney is bringing the Sanderson sisters back for a third time as a new Hocus Pocus sequel is in development.  Last year’s Hocus Pocus 2 was a massive success for Disney, breaking streaming records for Disney+.  The original movie turns 30 this year.

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