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News Shotgun 5/18/24

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

RIP Dabney Coleman: Beloved character actor Dabney Coleman passed away on Thursday at 92. Coleman started appearing in movies and TV in the 60s but became most recognizable in the 80s with movies like 9 to 5, WarGames, Cloak & Dagger, Tootsie and The Muppets Take Manhattan. He also voiced Principal Prickly on Recess and appeared in the movie versions of Inspector Gadget and The Beverly Hillbillies. His most recent appearance was in 2019 on Yellowstone as John Dutton Sr.

Insidious 6 in Development: Audiences will be heading back into The Further for Insidious 6, which will hit theaters in August 2025. There are no plot or casting details, such as whether Patrick Wilson or Ty Simpkins would return after last year’s Insidious: The Red Door. The Red Door was a pretty massive success for Sony, making over $189 million worldwide on a budget of $16 million.

Silk: Spider Society canceled: One of Amazon’s Spider-man adjacent projects, Silk: Spider Society, has been canceled. The show was going to follow Cindy Moon, a superhero who was bit by the same spider that bit Peter Parker and developed spider-based powers. Amazon shut down the writer’s room earlier this year and released the writers to pursue other projects. Amazon apparently wanted to retool the show and make it more appealing to their male-skewing audience. Sony is going to shop the project to different streamers and networks.

Shōgun renewed for two more seasons: Following the critical and commercial success of Shōgun, the series is becoming an ongoing drama series, with FX and Hulu renewing the show for two more seasons. Hiroyuki Sanada is the only cast member confirmed to return, with Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo back as writers and showrunners. The team is working with the estate of James Clavell to develop the new seasons, as the first season exhausted the plot of Clavell’s original novel, and there weren’t any other books that featured the characters featured in Shōgun in Clavell’s “Asian Saga.”

Venom: The Last Dance is the final movie in the trilogy. According to Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman, the upcoming Venom: The Last Dance is living up to its title and will be the final Venom movie. Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock/Venom, with Juno Temple, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Clark Backo co-starring. Kelly Marcel, who wrote the previous Venom movies, is directing and writing The Last Dance. Venom: The Last Dance is hitting theaters on October 25th this year.

3 Body Problem renewed for season 2: Netflix has renewed the sci-fi series 3 Body Problem for a second season that will conclude the story. The show was created by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with Alexander Woo and based on the novel by Liu Cixin. The show “follows how a decision made by a young woman in 1960s China reverberates across space and time into the present day, driving a group of scientists to join forces with an unorthodox detective to confront a major threat to humanity.”  The show was the most-watched series globally for three weeks after its debut on Netflix in March.

Happy Gilmore 2 in development at Netflix: Adam Sandler is continuing his relationship with Netflix and bringing back one of his most iconic characters with Happy Gilmore 2 on the way to the streaming service. Sandler will return as the rage-fueled hockey player turned golfer, and it seems like Christopher McDonald may return as Happy’s rival, Shooter McGavin, as McDonald mentioned getting to see the first draft of the script from Sandler. No director or plot details are revealed at the current time.

Natasha Lyonne joins Fantastic Four: Natasha Lyonne is coming to the MCU in an undisclosed role in Fantastic Four. The Poker Face star joins Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Walter Hauer, John Malkovich, Julie Garner, and Ralph Ineson, who is playing Galactus. Matt Shakman, who showrun Wandavision, is directing the movie, which will arrive in theaters next summer on July 25th, 2025.

John Wick spin-off in development: The John Wick franchise is expanding again as, along with the upcoming Ballerina and the TV series The Continental, a new spin-off movie starring Donnie Yen is in development. Yen appeared as Caine in John Wick Chapter 4 and will reprise the character in a new film. Production on the movie will begin in Hong Kong next year, and Robert Askins, who wrote for The Umbrella Academy and The Son, is writing the screenplay.

Conan O’Brien Must Go renewed for a second season: Conan’s world tour will continue as Conan O’Brien Must Go has been renewed for a second season. The first season saw Conan travel to Norway, Thailand, Argentina, and Ireland, meeting fans who called in during the Conan O’Brien Needs a Fan podcast. The new season will be six episodes, but there are no details on where Conan is heading next.

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow gets a release date: The new Supergirl movie, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow, will arrive in theaters on June 26th, 2026, as the second movie in the relaunched DC Universe. Milly Alcock plays Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, and Craig Gillespie is directing. The movie is based on the Tom King and Bilquis Evely comic book series from 2022. The new DC Universe kicks off next summer when Superman opens on July 11th, 2025.

Mortal Kombat 2 gets a release date: Mortal Kombat 2 will perform a fatality at the box office in October next year when it arrives on October 24th. The movie is a sequel to the 2021 reboot, with Lewis Tan returning to star as Cole Young and Karl Urban joining the cast as Johnny Cage. Jennifer McNamee, Mehcad Brooks, Hiroyuki Sanada, Joe Taslim, Tadanobu Asano, Chin Han, and Josh Lawson all return from the first movie. Tati Gabrielle joins the cast as Jade, Adeline Rudolph as Kitana, and Martyn Ford plays Shao Khan. Simon McQuoid is returning to direct the sequel.

Agatha All Along gets a release date: After numerous title changes and delays, the Wandavision spin-off, Agatha All Along, is finally releasing on September 18th on Disney+.  Kathryn Hahn returns to star as Agatha Harkness with Aubrey Plaza, Sasheer Zamata, Ali Ahn, and Debra Jo Rupp, co-starring. The show will follow Agatha as she tries to regain the powers stolen from her by Wanda Maximoff and escape Westview.

Tomb Raider series greenlit on AmazonAmazon has greenlit a series based on Tomb Raider, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge writing and executive producing. The series will be a live-action series based on the video game series, although no casting or plot details have been revealed. Netflix has a competing animated series based on the games coming out sometime this year, Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft, which stars Hayley Atwell as Lara and takes place after the recent reboot trilogy of games.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith renewed for a second seasonAmazon has renewed Mr. and Mrs. Smith for a second season, but its first-season stars, Donald Glover and Maya Erskine, won’t return. It’s expected a new couple of lead actors will take on the codenames of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, although Glover is still credited as a co-creator of the series. Francesca Sloane is returning as showrunner.

Road House sequel in development: Jake Gyllenhaal is back as Dalton for another Road House movie, which Amazon announced this week. The first movie has over 80 million views on Prime Video globally and was the most-watched movie debut in the service’s history. It’s not clear if any of the other cast members from the first movie will return, most notably Connor McGregor, and it wasn’t revealed if Doug Liman will return to direct, although given how pissed he was about the movie not getting a theatrical run, that doesn’t seem very likely.

The Boys renewed for Season 5: Before the fourth season debuts on June 13th, Amazon has renewed The Boys for a fifth season. The fourth season will be eight episodes, with the first three debuting on that date. The show has been one of Amazon’s biggest shows, with multiple Emmy nominations and the launch of an animated anthology spin-off and the college set Gen V alongside the main series.

Nicolas Cage starring in Spider-Man Noir series: Nicolas Cage is reprising his role as Spider-Man Noir for the upcoming Amazon/MGM+ series. The new series will take the Spider-Verse character into live-action and mark Cage’s first regular TV starring role. Oren Uziel and Steve Lightfoot will showrun the series, which they developed with Spider-Verse team Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Amy Pascal. The series will debut first on MGM+ and then have a global debut on Prime Video.

Edgar Wright in talks to direct Barbarella remake: Edgar Wright may be working with both of the co-stars of Anyone But You. He’s directing Glen Powell in The Running Man remake and is in talks to direct Sydney Sweeney in the remake of Barbarella. Sweeney has been cast in the lead role of Barbarella since 2022, but this is the first significant move forward for the movie. The movie is based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic series, which was adapted into the cult classic 1968 movie starring Jane Fonda.

Carrie-Anne Moss joins Fubar Season 2: Carrie-Anne Moss will join Arnold in Season 2 of Fubar on Netflix, playing a former East German spy and former flame of Arnold’s Luke Brunner, who is threatening to destroy the world. The first season followed Arnold’s Luke as he tried to retire from the CIA but was drawn into taking one last mission, only to discover that his daughter was also a CIA agent without him knowing it. The first season of Fubar debuted in May 2023, and Netflix renewed the series in June of that year. Arnold had open-heart surgery earlier this year but said it wouldn’t affect production on Fubar season 2, which was set to begin in April.

Mahershala Ali and Tom Hardy co-starring in thriller ’77 Blackout: Mahershala Ali and Tom Hardy will co-star in a new thriller, ’77 Blackout. The movie is set on the night in 1977 when New York City lost power, sending the Big Apple into pitch blackness. Five rogue cops plan to rob the Hong Kong Triads, the Italian Mafia, and the Harlem Mob in one night until the blackout alters their plans. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing the movie.

RIP Roger Corman: Legendary director and producer Roger Corman passed away this past week at age 98. Corman was called the “King of B-Movies” and was famous for quickly and cheaply producing sci-fi, horror, and action movies that showed in places like drive-in movie theaters, most of which became cult classic favorites. His productions became training grounds for several significant actors and directors, including Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, and Joe Dante, who all worked on Corman movies at the start of their careers. Corman directed 56 movies but produced almost 500, and he also acted in films like Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, and Body Bags.

 

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