Netflix is pulling in some heavy hitters in front of and behind the camera this coming fall to try and weather the storm of Disney+ and one of their projects is the star-studded historical epic, The King. Timothee Chalamet stars as Henry V, who reluctantly returns from living among the people to take up the crown after his father dies. The young king has to quickly learn how to navigate the politics and war that was left in his father’s wake. Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lily-Rose Depp co-star and the movie is directed by David Michod, who previously directed Animal Kingdom, The Rover, and War Machine, is directing the movie and he also co-wrote the movie with Edgerton. The vibe I’m getting is like if A24 made a version of Braveheart, with a washed-out and realistic visual style but still with some epic looking battles. The movie will be in select theaters and streaming on Netflix sometime this fall and you can check out the trailer below.
Matt Reeves most likely new Batman director: WB and DC seem to have the new director of The Batman, with Planet of the Apes/Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is in final negotiations to take over the movie from Ben Affleck, who will still star and has writing and producer credits. The script is also apparently done and ready to go, despite some rumors it might go as far as a full rewrite.
Thandie Newton joins Han Solo movie: The Westworld star joins Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson in the upcoming young Han Solo movie in an unspecified role.
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is Kevin Smith’s new movie: On his Instagram, Kevin Smith announced he’s working on a new script called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and confirmed Clerks III and Mallrats the Series are both dead. This new movie will follow Jay and Silent Bob as they head back to Hollywood to try and stop a reboot of Bluntman and Chronic from being made.
Plot and cast revealed for Mary Poppins Returns: Emily Blunt will star as the magical nanny, who returns in the 1930’s to help a grown up Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) who, along with his three children, has suffered a personal loss that Mary Poppins will try to help them through. Emily Mortimer is Michael’s sister Jane, Lin Manuel-Miranda is a streetlamp lighter named Jack, Julie Walters is Michael’s housekeeper Ellen and Meryl Streep is Mary’s cousin, Topsy.
Evil parents cast in The Runaways: The evil supervillain parents of the teenage Marvel superheroes who will appear on Hulu have been cast and among them are James Marsters, Annie Werschling and Kevin Weisman. It starts production this month but there’s no release date yet for Hulu.
New Halloween has director and writer: An unexpected team has been picked by John Carpenter to pick up the story of Michael Myers with David Gordon Green directing and Danny McBride writing the script. The duo is behind Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals and Green also directed McBride in Pineapple Express and Your Highness. McBride said despite their comedic history, this new Halloween is going to be “…dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing”
Channel Zero gets two more seasons: SyFy’s Creepypasta inspired horror show will get two more seasons after the upcoming second season that is based on the short story “No End House” but the stories for seasons 3 and 4 were not revealed in the announcement.
First mutant cast for Fox’s X-Men show: Blair Redford was the first character cast for the Bryan Singer/Matt Nix Fox X-Men show. It seems he’ll be the Native American leader of the underground mutant network that the main family seeks out when the government comes after their mutant children.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole delayed again: Delayed from December last year to the first quarter of this year but now pushed it again to it’s next fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 to March 2018, so anytime between those dates but hopefully closer to April 2017.
Netflix renews shows: Trollhunters, Love and The OA were all renewed for a new season on the streaming site.
Nicholas Winding Refn and Ed Brubaker working on crime show for Amazon: The Drive/Neon Demon director is working with comic legend Ed Brubaker on a new Amazon show called Too Old to Die Young, which is a crime show set in Los Angeles which will be “explor[ing] various characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the City of Angels”. Amazon has ordered a full season of 10 episodes.
Kate McKinnon is the new Ms. Frizzle: Netflix is rebooting The Magic School Bus as The Magic School Bus Rides Again with Kate McKinnon as the new Ms. Frizzle, who will be Fiona Frizzle, the younger sister of Lily Tomlin’s original Friz.
E3 open to the public this year: The formerly only press and industry video game convention in LA will be open to the public this year as 15,000 tickets will be available to purchase starting on February 13th. The first 1,000 tickets will be $150 and after that they will be $249 and they are good for the entire weekend with full access to the show floor.
Avatar Land gets an opening date: The upcoming major expansion to Disney’s Animal Kingdom based on James Cameron’s Avatar universe will open May 27th this year with two major attractions, the Na’vi River Ride and Avatar: Flight of Passage and there will be shops, restaurants and a walk through bio-luminescent jungle.
RIP Richard Hatch: The OG Battlestar Galactica star passed away at age 71 due to pancreatic cancer. Hatch was a huge supporter of the BSG universe, writing novels to expand the story of the original and came back for Ron Moore’s reboot in a new recurring role.
Bad Boys for Life delayed: The third Bad Boys movie was delayed again, pushed from June this year to November 2018. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are both back and Joe Carnahan will direct with Michael Bay producing.
The Strangers 2 starts shooting this summer: The sequel to 2008’s home invasion horror movie is moving forward and will start production this summer. Original director Bryan Bertino wrote the script and The Other Side of the Door director Johannes Roberts will direct. The sequel follows a family who seeks shelter on a road trip at a seemingly abandoned mobile home park and The Strangers of the original movie arrive to stalk them.
The Terminator board game on Kickstarter: The company behind board games based on Buffy and Galaxy Quest is making a game based on The Terminator. One player controls Skynet and it’s army of machines while the other players are human resistance fighters and the game uses two boards, one set in 1984 and one in 2029 to simulate the movie series signature time travel.
Fast & Furious getting an arena tour: Fast and Furious Live will start touring in 2018 and will feature car stunts and storyline based on the series. It’s coming from the company Brand Events, who did a Top Gear based show for the UK and international markets.
He-Man/Thundercats crossover comic coming soon: The two 80’s titans will meet in an upcoming 6 issue miniseries from DC comics. The story finds Mumm-Ra searching alternate universes for a weapon to defeat Lion-O’s Sword of Omens and discovers Eternia and He-Man’s Power Sword.
Saw: Legacy may start shooting this fall: The eighth movie in the Saw series was seen on a listing on a union website from Toronto as starting production in September. It’s not clear if it’s a reboot or continuation from The Final Chapter.
Kiefer Sutherland in talks to join the Flatliners remake: Sutherland, who starred in the 1990 original, is in talks to appear in the upcoming reboot, which will star Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemons and follows the original’s plot of medical students intentionally stopping each other’s hearts to explore what happens during near death experiences.
JCVD joins the Kickboxer sequel: Even though we haven’t really seen anything from Kickboxer: Vengeance, the sequel is already gearing up, which is Kickboxer: Retaliation. JCVD recently signed on to appear in the sequel in his role as the mentor to Alain Moussi’s Kurt Slone. Retaliation seems to be sending Sloane to prison where he’ll meet the likes of Mike Tyson and The Mountain from Game of Thrones.
Tomb Raider reboot gets a release date: The new Tomb Raider movie starring Alicia Vikander is arriving on March 16th, 2018, which was possibly going to be The Flash movie’s release date. The movie will be based on the recent video game series where a younger Lara learned how to survive and fight while stranded on a mysterious island.
Game of Thrones Season 7 delayed due to weather: Because Winter is Here in Westeros, the production of Game of Thrones has been delayed until more appropriate weather arrives, so the release date of the season will be pushed back next year as well.
TNT and TBS renew shows: TNT renewed Animal Kingdom and TBS renewed Wrecked for a second season and Angie Tribeca(!) for a third season.
The Warriors getting rebooted on Hulu: The Russo Brothers, who have brought us two of the greatest movies in the MCU, are producing and directing the pilot for a reboot of the 1979 classic The Warriors for Hulu. There’s not many other details like if it will still be set in the 70’s or a modern take and how many episodes it will be. The cult classic PS2 game based on the movie also got released for PS4 this week on the PS Store as well.
The CW signs a new deal with Netflix: An unprecedented deal was signed between The CW and Netflix recently that will bring new seasons of CW shows like Arrow, Flash and iZombie to Netflix 8 days after the season finale airs on the network and Netflix will be the exclusive home for all back seasons of the shows.
A version of Ghost Rider may appear on Agents of SHIELD: Rumors were flying around a few weeks ago when a bus painted up for SDCC with Agents of SHIELD promo art seemed to have Ghost Rider’s flaming chains on it but it was dismissed as probably being more likely tied to the character Hellfire, who was introduced on last season as an evil Inhuman. Now though, it seems like a version of Ghost Rider may appear on the show after all. There was a casting notice that the show was looking to cast Latino brothers, one who is “the most dangerous person in the room” and the other “paralyzed in a wheelchair”, which seems to be describing the Reyes brothers from All-New Ghost Rider, introduced during the Marvel Now relaunches in 2014. Robbie Reyes became Ghost Rider when he drives a cursed Dodge Charger, which becomes his Hell-Charger and he has all the abilities of past Ghost Riders.
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson struggle to survive in grim post apocalyptic world in the upcoming movie, The Rover. Coming from David Michod, who directed the critically acclaimed movie Animal Kingdom, Pearce plays a man who has one of his prize possessions stolen from him and sets out on a quest to retrieve it, with the scraggly scraps of humanity left standing in his way. This first trailer sets the grim and desperate town and I definitely get vibes of The Road. It’s out this summer and you can check out the trailer below.