Hulu sets premiere dates for Shrill final season & Love, Victor return
During its panel at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, Hulu unveiled the first trailer for the final season of Shrill and revealed the premiere dates for the returns of both the Aidy Bryant comedy and Love, Victor! Both announcement videos can be viewed below!
In season 2, after facing her demons – her mom, her boss and, of course, her troll – Annie starts the season feeling pretty good with boyfriend Ryan by her side. That is until she realizes that hastily quitting her job and jumping into a relationship with someone who is, well, a little less career-focused may not have been the best idea. But Annie isn’t the only one on a path to self-discovery… she’ll be joined by both Fran and her mother, who are also figuring out what they really want out of life. And while it’s not easy to get what she always imagined she’d want, Annie is no longer the doormat she once was – and she’s just getting started.
The small-screen adaptation of Shrill is written by Lindy West, Ali Rushfield (Friends from College), and star Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live, The Big Sick). Bryant plays Annie, a young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss.
While Julia Sweeney (Pulp Fiction) played Bryant’s mother in the show, which also stars Lolly Adefope (Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Luka Jones (Her), Ian Owens (Oasis) and John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video produces Shrill along with Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with Rushfield serving as the series showrunner. All episodes of the first two seasons are available for streaming, exclusively on Hulu, with the third season set to premiere on May 7.
Love, Victor follows its titular teenager, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and exploring his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.
Love, Victor stars Michael Cimino (Annabelle Comes Home), Ana Ortiz (Whiskey Cavalier, Ugly Betty), James Martinez (One Day at a Time), Isabella Ferreira (Orange Is the New Black), Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson (This Is Us), Bebe Wood (The Real O’Neal’s, The New Normal), George Sear (Will, Into the Badlands), Anthony Turpel (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Mason Gooding (Booksmart).
The film’s original writers Isaac Aptaker (This Is Us) and Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us) serve as executive producers alongside Brian Tanen (Grand Hotel), Jason Ensler (The Passage), Isaac Klausner (The Hate U Give), Marty Bowen (First Man), Adam Fishbach (Narcos), Wyck Godfrey (I, Robot), Pouya Shahbazian (Divergent) and Adam Londy. 20th Century Fox Television serves as the studio for the series, which is set to return on June 11.
Netflix’s The Division adaptation sets Rawson Marshall Thurber to helm
Nearly two years since word last came in that Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Jessica Chastain (Dark Phoenix) had signed on to star, Netflix’s film adaptation of Ubisoft’s The Division is gaining new ground as Skyscraper helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber has signed on to direct, according to Deadline.
Rafe Judkins (Wheel of Time) is adapting the screenplay based on the best-selling video game and David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, Hobbs & Shaw) was originally set to direct, but due to a scheduling conflict with his currently-filming ensemble thriller Bullet Train, he was forced to step down from the director’s chair though will remain on as producer for the project. The film also marks the second project Thurber has set at Netflix, having finally wrapped production on the Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds-led blockbuster Red Notice in November and the streaming platform having picked up the heist thriller pitch Kingdom Come from him and Machete Kills’ Kyle Ward.
In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.
Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories along with Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films, and David Leitch and Kelly McCormick of 8711 are also producing the film with Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
At launch, The Division, an online-only action role-playing third-person shooter, quickly became the fastest-selling new IP in video game history and currently has more than 20 million players. The Division 2 launched in March 2019 to critical acclaim and continues to provide players with new content on an ongoing basis.
IFC Films acquires Josh Ruben’s star-studded Werewolves Within adaptation
Coming on the heels of his acclaimed directorial debut Scare Me, Josh Ruben is returning to the horror-comedy world as IFC Films has acquired the rights to his star-studded adaptation of the Ubisoft VR game Werewolves Within and set it for a June theatrical release!
Written by Mishna Wolff (I’m Down) and helmed by Ruben, the film centers on the small town of Beaverfield as a proposed gas pipeline creates divisions within the town and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, with newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily teaming up to try and keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.
“The wonderful folks at IFC made it clear that they’re fans of our film first, which is great, because, surprise, we’re fans of IFC,” Ruben said in a statement. “They’re behind some of the most formative, groundbreaking films I’ve ever seen, so… I’m dreaming. This is a dream, right?”
The ensemble roster for the film includes Sam Richardson (Detroiters), Milana Vayntrub (This is Us), George Basil (Crashing), Sarah Burns (Barry), Michael Chernus (Tommy), Catherine Curtin (Orange is the New Black), Wayne Duvall (The Hunt), Harvey Guillén (What We Do In The Shadows), Rebecca Henderson (Russian Doll), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Michaela Watkins (Brittany Runs a Marathon) and Glenn Fleshler (True Detective).
“We found a perfect home for our first independently produced feature with IFC,” Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television, said in a statement. “Their enthusiasm, taste, and strategy in a complicated marketplace continues to impress us, and we can’t wait to bring this film to fans of the game and larger audiences alike.”
The film is produced by Altman, Margaret Boykin and Andrew Lieberman for Ubisoft Film & Television, Matt Miller, Natalie Metzger and Benjamin Wiessner for Vanishing Angle and Richardson. Werewolves Within is set to hit theaters on June 25, followed by a VOD and digital release on July 2.
Hulu renews Animaniacs for third season, greenlights Mike Tyson biopic
During the streaming platform’s panel during the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, Hulu announced that not only has it renewed the well-received reboot of Animaniacs, but has also greenlit an eight-episode biopic series centered on iconic boxer Mike Tyson.
From the team behind I, Tonya, Iron Mike will explore the wild, tragic and controversial life and career behind one of the most polarizing figures in sport culture. The series hails from 20th Television and Tonya screenwriter/Mike creator Steven Rogers and showrunner Karen Gist, both of whom are set to executive produce alongside The Gist of It’s Claire Brown, Tonya director Craig Gillespie, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, LuckyChap’s Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Brett Hedblom and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.
Following a successful first season and practically blowing up the internet, garnering the most social mentions of any Hulu Original to date over its first season’s opening weekend, Animaniacs has been renewed for a third season consisting of 10 episodes, while the second season is slated to debut later this year.
After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. Water Tower, the Animaniacs waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio and beyond, turning the world into their personal playground. Joining Yakko, Wakko and Dot are fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain, who will also return to continue their quest for world domination.
Hulu, Amblin Television and WB Animation join forces again to extend the legacy of the iconic, family-friendly series, with Steven Spielberg returning as executive producer alongside Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Amblin TV Co-Presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, while Wellesley Wild serves as showrunner and executive producer and Gabe Swarr serves as co-executive producer.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods adds Rachel Zegler in key role
As production is finally nearing a start for the DC Extended Universe sequel, the cast for David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! Fury of the Gods is expanding as West Side Story newcomer Rachel Zegler has signed on to star in an unspecified key role, according to The Wrap. Zegler’s casting marks a landmark as the second Colombian-American performer to join the DCEU alongside Sasha Calle, who was recently cast as Supergirl for the Ezra Miller-fronted The Flash.
It was previously reported that screenwriter Henry Gayden had signed on to return to craft a sequel for the comedic superhero effort with director David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) returning alongside producer Peter Safran and cast members Zachary Levi, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Asher Angel, Meagan Good, Faithe Herman, and Adam Brody.
In the first film, we all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
The Shazam! cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.
Showtime’s The First Lady adds O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama
The cast for Showtime’s The First Lady series is beginning to round out as The Handmaid’s Tale alum O-T Fagbenle has signed on to star as 44th President of the United States Barack Obama, according to Variety.
Jayme Lawson (The Batman) is set as a series regular portraying Michelle Obama from ages 15-30, as the series begins with Obama as a young woman in Chicago and follows her as a Harvard undergraduate and Princeton Law School student, eventually marrying Barack Obama in 1992. Kristine Froseth (The Assistant), who will only appear in three episodes, is portraying a young Betty Ford as she trains as a dancer for Martha Graham in New York City, and into her 20s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for Herpolsheimer’s Department Store and eventually married Gerald Ford.
The First Lady (formerly titled as First Ladies) is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies. The first season will be focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
Academy Award winner Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons) have signed on for the leading roles of Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively, with Judy Greer (Halloween) also starring as Nancy Howe, Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) as Dick Cheney, Gillian Anderson (Sex Education) as Eleanor Roosevelt and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as Gerald Ford.
The series is written by Cooley from an idea that originated with Cathy Schulman, who was inspired by Cooley’s spec script about Lady Bird Johnson. Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) has also boarded the project to serve as its director and executive producer.
The First Lady will be co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV along with Welle Entertainment (Otherhood), Gaspin Media (LA’s Finest), and JuVee Productions. It will be executive produced by Cooley, Welle Entertainment’s Schulman, Gaspin Media’s Jeff Gaspin, and LINK Entertainment’s Brad Kaplan. Davis will also serve as an executive producer along with Julius Tennon through through their JuVee Productions banner.
Lorcan Finnegan’s Nocebo adds Eva Green & Mark Strong
Coming on the heels of his acclaimed sci-fi thriller Vivarium, director Lorcan Finnegan has begun putting together his next project in the form of psychological thriller Nocebo and building a star-studded roster with the additions of Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Mark Strong (Cruella) and Chai Fonacier (Patay na si Hesus)
The film, penned by Finnegan’s frequent collaborator Garret Shanley (Vivarium), follows fashion designer (Green) who is suffering from a mysterious illness that confounds her doctors and frustrates her husband (Strong) – until help arrives in the form of a Filipino nanny who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth. Set between London and Manila the film explores consumerism, human exploitation and the fast fashion industry as well as placebos/nocebos and the power of the mind to harm or cure the physical body.
The project is being produced by Emily Leo of Wild Swim Films and Brunella Cocchiglia of Lovely Productions alongside Filipino co-producers Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Law of Epic Media. XYZ Films, who also worked with Finnegan on his previous works Vivarium and Without Name, are handling international sales at the European Film Market and executive producing with Media Finance Capital and The Film Development Council of the Philippines assisting in development with Screen Ireland.
Helen Mirren joins Lionsgate’s White Bird: A Wonder Story
Just a few months after landing Christopher Robin‘s Marc Forster to helm the film, Lionsgate’s White Bird: A Wonder Story has begun building its cast as Oscar winner Helen Mirren (Hobbs & Shaw) has signed on to join the cast.
Based on Palacio’s 2019 graphic novel, the story centers on Julian Albans, the 11-year-old bully who left Beecher Prep, who is still waiting for the insight of how kindness has the power to save lives when he is visited by his Grandmère from Paris and is transformed by her remarkable story of compassion and courage. Grandmère’s fairy-tale life before the war abruptly changes as the Nazis occupy France, and the outcast classmate who she once shunned becomes her savior and best friend.
Alongside Mirren, who joins previously cast Emmy winner Gillian Anderson (Sex Education), the cast has also seen the additions of Ariella Glaser, Bryce Gheisar and Orlando Schwerdt. Gheisar will be reprising his role from the first film as Julian while Mirren will star as Grandmère, Julian’s Parisian grandmother, Glaser as Sara, the younger version of Mirren’s character in Nazi-occupied France, and Schwerdt as Julien, a classmate who chooses to hide Sara from the Nazis along with his parents, his mother who is being played by Anderson.
“I am deeply honored to have Helen Mirren join us on this journey,” Forster said in a statement. “Beyond being a brilliant actress, Helen brings an immeasurable level of depth, humanity, and empathy to her roles, elevating any project she is a part of. She is a true artist and I couldn’t be more excited to have her alongside our incredibly talented cast.”
The script for the adaptation is being penned by Mark Bomback (The Art of Racing in the Rain, War for the Planet of the Apes), with the film set to be produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced the original film, alongside Palacio, with Renée Wolfe attached to executive produce with Alex Young.
“Helen Mirren is a screen legend – one of our industry’s most accomplished and talented actresses – so, obviously, it’s hugely exciting to know that she loves this story as much as we do and wanted to be a part of it,” Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “We’re equally excited to showcase Ariella and Orlando’s talents – as they take on their first major roles, they’ll bring heart, emotion, and magnetism to their performances and we are thrilled Bryce will return to bridge his role from Wonder. White Bird: A Wonder Story is the kind of movie that the world needs now and it’s a thrill to have these incredible actors bringing to life this story of compassion, empathy, kindness, and hope.”
Wonder, directed by author-turned-filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), starred Owen Wilson (Loki), Julia Roberts (Homecoming) and Jacob Tremblay (The Little Mermaid) and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and was a box office hit for the studio, grossing over $305 million at the global box office on a $20 million budget.
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Enter ComingSoon’s Blu-ray giveaway for Josh Ruben’s Scare Me!
As the time nears for the acclaimed horror-comedy to hit shelves on Blu-ray and DVD, RLJE Films and Shudder has provided ComingSoon.net with two complimentary Blu-ray copies of Josh Ruben’s Scare Me for two lucky readers to win! All you have to do to enter is email [email protected] with your name and the subject line “SCARE ME” by Tuesday, March 2, when two winners (must be within the U.S.) will be chosen!
The horror-comedy’s DVD and Blu-ray include the following bonus features:
Director & Cinematographer Commentary
Interviews with the Cast
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Make Cool Sh!t Podcast Episode 1: Scare Me
Feel the Music, Feel the Light” Music Video
In the film, Fred, a frustrated copywriter, checks into a winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny, a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story.
As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings.
This film marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Ruben (College Humor), who is also starring alongside Aya Cash (You’re The Worst, The Boys) and Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live). It is written and produced by Ruben with Alex Bach and Daniel Powell also serving as producers.
Soderbergh, Kravitz & HBO Max teaming for thriller KIMI
With two projects already tied his overall deal with the streaming service, Steven Soderbergh is expanding his slate at HBO Max as he has signed on to helm the New Line Max Original thriller KIMI with Zoe Kravitz (The Batman) set to star, according to Deadline.
The film, penned by David Koepp (You Should Have Left), centers on an agoraphobic tech worker who discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime during a data stream review and after being hit with resistance and bureaucracy from her company’s change of command, she determines to combat her fears in order to get involved. In addition to penning the film, Koepp is set to produce the project alongside Michael Polaire (The Knick).
KIMI will mark the third project has attached himself to with the streaming service and studio, with his first being the Meryl Streep-starring dramedy Let Them Talk that debuted to rave reviews in December and the second being his ensemble thriller No Sudden Move, which wrapped production in November and will include Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Amy Seimetz (She Dies Tomorrow), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Brendan Fraser (Trust), Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place Part II), Bill Duke (Commando), Frankie Shaw (SMILF), Julia Fox (Uncut Gems) and Matt Damon (Ford v. Ferrari).
The film will also mark the latest title Kravitz has partnered with WarnerMedia for as she is currently filming Matt Reeves’ The Batman as Catwoman, which is slated for a March 2022 release, and starred in both seasons of the acclaimed drama thriller series Big Little Lies at HBO.
Damaris Lewis’ Blackfire revealed for Titans Season 3
HBO Max has revealed the supersuit for the new highly anticipated character Blackfire (Damaris Lewis) from the action-packed DC series Titans. Created by costume designer Laura Jean (“LJ”) Shannon, the suit follows the previously revealed “Starfire” and “Red Hood” costumes. Lewis plays the first-ever live-action Blackfire and was introduced to fans at the end of Season 2.
The third season, which has already wrapped production, will see Savannah Welch’s Barbara Gordon introduced as the Gotham City Police Commissioner, who is confined to her wheelchair after being shot and paralyzed by the Joker during her time as Batwoman. With the return of Dick Grayson to the city, she finds her life becoming complicated as she stars a new crime fighting partnership and rekindles her old romance with the former Robin.
Meanwhile, the third season is expected to take place in Gotham with the introductions of Barbara Gordon, Red Hood, and Scarecrow.
From Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Titans comes from executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter.
The first two seasons of Titans is already available for streaming on HBO Max or you can purchase Season One here. It was recently announced that the series will be moving from DC Universe to HBO Max as DC Universe transitions into being solely a premium comic book service called DC Universe Infinite.
Warner Bros. sets Jon M. Chu to helm The Great Chinese Art Heist
After already delivering a smash hit set in the continent for the studio in 2018, Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros. are reuniting and prepared to dive into a different region of culture as the Crazy Rich Asians helmer has signed on to direct The Great Chinese Art Heist, according to Deadline.
Based on the GQ article of the same name by Alex W. Palmer, the story explores a slew of museum art robberies that occurred in Europe where Chinese antiquities were stolen, namely items from the country’s old Summer Palace raided by French soldiers in 1860 and though the thieves’ identities remained unknown, the works of art continually returned to their home country. The article explored the possibilities that the Chinese government were behind the art theft or a coordinated effort on some part to reclaim the Chinese art and why the museums have remained quiet about the robberies since their occurrences while also posing quandaries of who gets to own history and culture.
Sources report that Chu is eager about the project and is looking to get it going quickly, with he and the studio currently on the hunt for a writer to adapt Palmer’s article for the screen. Chu will also produce the project alongside Electric Somewhere partner Lance Johnson and Conde Nast Entertainment’s Geneva Waserman.
Chu first began working with WB on the adaptation of the Kevin Kwan romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which grossed over $238.5 million at the global box office and was nominated for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in the same category for star Constance Wu, and recently partnered with them for the adaptation of Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, which is set to hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously on June 18.
Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad premiere date revealed by Amazon
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ upcoming historical fiction miniseries The Underground Railroad premiere date has been revealed by Amazon Prime, along with new key art you can check out in the gallery below! The series will debut on May 14.
Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who is an outcast even amongst her fellow Africans and is struggling coming into womanhood when she meets Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia who informs her of the Underground Railroad, inspiring them both to take the risk and escape to freedom.
The 11-episode limited series will chronicle Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil.
The series will star Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre and Joel Edgerton. It will also feature Damon Herriman, William Jackson Harper, Amber Gray, Jim Klock, Lily Rabe, Fred Hechinger, and Owen Harn.
The Underground Railroad is created and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk). The limited series is also executive produced by Jenkins through his Pastel Productions alongside Oscar winner Brad Pitt through his Plan B Entertainment banner. Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are also set as executive producers.
Paul W.S. Anderson to adapt George R.R. Martin’s In the Lost Lands
It appears that director Paul W.S. Anderson is on board with another fantasy project. According to Deadline, the Resident Evil director is writing the script of the upcoming fantasy-adventure adaptation of In the Lost Lands. The latter is a short story from the pen of George R.R. Martin, best known for the A Song of Ice and Firesaga — which was the basis of HBO’s Game of Thrones series — but also a prolific author of short stories. The project will star Resident Evil star (and Anderson spouse) Milla Jovovich and the Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista.
Anderson, Jovovich, and Bautista will also produce the movie together with Jeremy Bolt, Jonathan Meisner, and Constantin Werner.
The story follows a city’s desperate queen who wants to obtain the gift of shapeshifting. She hires sorceress Gray Alys (Jovovich), a witch who grants wishes, no matter how outlandish. The queen then sends Gray Alys to the Lost Lands in the company of the mysterious drifter Boyce (Bautista). Together, they have to “outwit and outfight man and demon in a fable that explores the nature of good and evil, debt and fulfillment, love and loss.”
The producers already announced a previous iteration of the project for the Berlin market six years ago. However, that project never came to life. Now, they still have to announce an official release date for the new version.
Amazon developing G.I. Joe series centered on Lady Jaye
While Paramount Pictures is putting the final touches on the Snake Eyes spin-off and a new film in the franchise, Amazon is dipping their toes into the world of G.I. Joe as Deadline has brought word that the streaming platform is developing a series centered on Lady Jaye.
The series is being created and executive produced by Erik Oleson, who is currently working at Amazon as the showrunner and executive producer for the second season of the Legendary-produced fantasy drama Carnival Row and will also serve in the showrunner position for the new series.
Also attached to executive produce the series is Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who has been with the G.I. Joe franchise since serving as a producer on the first big screen adaptation with Channing Tatum in the central role and continuing with its Dwayne Johnson-fronted sequel and the forthcoming Henry Golding-starring spin-off. Paramount Television Studios is set to produce the series with eOne and Skydance Television.
Lady Jaye, a covert operations specialist part of the iconic team, first appeared in the 1984 animated series from Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions and would subsequently make her way into the series’ toyline and introduced into the comics’ stories in 1985. Jaye would make her live-action debut in the 2013 sequel Retaliation portrayed by Adrianne Palicki (The Orville), though it’s currently unclear if she will reprise her role for the in-development series.
ViacomCBS Teases the Star Trek Universe’s Expansion on Paramount+
Next week, CBS All Access will rebrand itself as Paramount+, and it will control the fate of the Star Trek Universe. As expected, the franchise has nowhere to go but up. Via Variety, ViacomCBS’ TCA presentation revealed several new details about the upcoming Star Trek shows.
The streaming service is currently preparing new seasons of Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Lower Decks. Fans also have another season of Star Trek: Picard to look forward to. Season 2 of Picard is currently in “active production” along with the previously announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. That series will feature Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn reprising their Discovery roles as Pike, Spock, and Number One respectively. And while all of these shows take place in the Star Trek canon, executive producer Alex Kurtzman explained why they won’t be as closely connected as other shared universes like the MCU.
“We’re aiming to have our shows feel unique and different from each other,” said Kurtzman. “We want to give everybody a reason to watch each show.”
Additionally, the animated Star Trek: Prodigy animated series is still in the works. But instead of premiering on Nickelodeon as originally intended, the show will debut on Paramount+. Once the series concludes its first season on the platform later this year, Nickelodeon will air all 10 episodes on their own. Prodigy also marks the first Star Trek series to feature no humans as part of its main cast of characters.
As always, the franchise’s producers continue to think about the spinoff potential for its many shows. That’s why conversations are still being had about a potential series starring Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou. But according to Paramount+ programming chief Julie McNamara, they don’t want to premiere too many Trek shows at once. Instead, they’re aiming to debut one new series on the service per quarter.
“We’re very careful about curating the pacing,” said McNamara. “The number of shows at any given time. And what those shows are, so that we make sure that it’s always exciting when there’s a new track show coming out.”
Christopher McQuarrie shares production photo from Mission: Impossible 7
On the heels of the announcement the film would stream on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical release, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie took to Instagram to share a photo from the set of Mission: Impossible 7 giving a sneak peek of a thrilling on-foot sequence with star Tom Cruise. The teaser image can be viewed below!
Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.
Following the large critical and commercial success of the past two installments, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie signed a new deal with Paramount to return to write and direct the next two installments, turning down other studio offers to continue his long-running partnership with franchise star Tom Cruise. Skydance Media, who joined the franchise with the fourth installment, Ghost Protocol, will be returning to produce the next two entries.
The Mission: Impossiblefranchise spans almost 25 years and six films, starting off with modest critical and major box office success in the first two films before launching its lead protagonist into grittier and more explosive stories, each film getting progressively better reviews than its predecessor, with the most recent installment, Fallout, earning the highest reviews for both the franchise and the action genre, currently maintaining a 97% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes while also acquiring the highest box office gross of the franchise at over $790 million worldwide.
Amazon’s The Boys Season 3 officially begins production
The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke took to Twitter to share a new behind-the-scenes photo, confirming that production on the upcoming third season of Amazon Prime’s hit superhero series has finally begun. Featuring the golden statue of Antony Starr’s Homelander, you can check out the full photo below!
The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the supergroup known as “The Seven.” The show retains most of the comics (available for purchase here) boundary-pushing violence and sexuality while exploring the dark side of superhero celebrity and fame.
In Season 2, The Boys are on the run from the law, hunted by the Supes, and desperately trying to regroup and fight back against Vought. In hiding, Hughie (Jack Quaid), Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) try to adjust to a new normal, with Butcher (Karl Urban) nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Starlight (Erin Moriarty) must navigate her place in The Seven as Homelander (Antony Starr) sets his sights on taking complete control. His power is threatened with the addition of Stormfront (Aya Cash), a social-media-savvy new Supe, who has an agenda of her own. On top of that, the Supervillain threat takes center stage and makes waves as Vought seeks to capitalize on the nation’s paranoia.
Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone cancelled after two seasons
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS All Access has officially decided not to give Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot series a third season renewal, and it will not be moving forward at Paramount+. The outlet’s sources noted the cancellation comes after Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films were reportedly both ready to move on from the project, despite the streamer’s willingness to continue the anthology series.
“Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and the entire production team truly reimagined The Twilight Zone for the modern age,” Paramount+ head of programming, Julie McNamara said in a statement. “They upheld the classic series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling and pushed today’s viewers to explore all new dimensions of thought-provoking and topical themes that we hope will resonate with audiences for years to come.”
The new Twilight Zone series was produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez served as executive producers for the series and collaborated on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon also served as executive producers.
Seasons 1-2 were both hosted by Peele. The first season featured Seth Rogen (Invincible), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), John Cho (Searching), Jacob Tremblay (The Predator), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Joker), Betty Gabriel (Get Out) and more. While the second season, which aired last year, starred Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Topher Grace, Joe McHale, Colman Domingo, Morena Baccarin, Gillian Jacobs and more.
The original The Twilight Zone took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Created by Rod Serling, it was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not.
Severin’s Eurocrypt of Christopher Lee box set announced
On May 25, Severin Films is releasing a box set of buried gems from one of cinema’s most seminal figures – Sir Christopher Lee. He remains one of the most beloved horror/fantasy icons in US/UK pop culture history, but Christopher Lee delivered several of the most compelling, acclaimed and bizarre performances of his entire career in 1960s Europe. The Eurocrypt of Christopher Leebrings together five of these Lee classics – the 1964 gothic shocker Crypt of the Vampire; the 1964 cult hit Castle of the Living Dead co-starring an unknown Donald Sutherland; 1962’s celebrated Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace; 1967’s lurid favorite The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism; and the rarely-seen 1963 oddity Challenge of the Devil – with the 24 surviving episodes of the 1971 Film Polski anthology series Theatre Macabre hosted by Lee, all remastered from original negative materials with over 10 hours of trailers, rare promos, audio commentaries & vintage interviews, plus the Castle of the Living Dead soundtrack and an all-new 88-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby – “Christopher Lee – The Continental Connection”.
Limited, exclusive bundles from the Severin webstore include Terence Fisher – Master of Gothic Cinema, The Authorized Biography By Tony Dalton Signed First Edition Hardcover (forthcoming release by FAB Press in the UK). Also available is brand new merchandise, including an original art print and Christopher Lee enamel pin.
CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964): In the final film of his early ‘60s European period, Christopher Lee stars as a 19th century Count who invites a theatrical troupe for a weekend of horrors that boasts an enthusiastically creepy performance by Lee, startling locations in Lazio, Italy’s Orsini-Odescalchi Castle and ‘Park of the Monsters’, second-unit direction by Michael Reeves (WITCHFINDER GENERAL) and the screen debut of Donald Sutherland as both a doofus gendarme and a hunchbacked hag. Philippe Leroy (THE NIGHT PORTER) and Jacques Stany (VIOLENCE IN A WOMEN’S PRISON) co-star in this 1964 French-Italian co-production from American producer Paul Maslansky – who would go on to produce DEATH LINE and the POLICE ACADEMY movies – and fellow expat writer/director Warren Kiefer – after whom Sutherland would name his son – now scanned in 4K from the Italian negative for the first time ever.
CHALLENGE THE DEVIL aka KATARSIS (1963): In the most obscure film of his early ‘60s Italian period – if not his entire career – Christopher Lee stars in this brilliantly bizarre combination of neo-realist crime thriller, tawdry Christian melodrama, fizzy cabaret musical and trippy gothic horror, culminating in a gang of bongo-crazed delinquents menaced by a white-haired Lee as a sinister Victorian who may be Satan himself. George Ardisson (HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD) and Adriana Ambesi (FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD) star in this staggering 1963 oddity that marked the sole screen credit of writer/director Guiseppe Vegezzi, who committed suicide shortly after its commercial failure. Also known as KATARSIS and little-seen for over 50 years, it is now scanned in 2K from the Italian negative for the first time ever.
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DEADLY NECKLACE (1962): Shortly after their hit collaboration on THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Christopher Lee and director Terence Fisher (HORROR OF DRACULA) returned to Holmesiana for Lee’s sole feature film portrayal of the world’s greatest detective. Shot in Berlin with Hammer regular Thorley Walters as Dr. Watson, Lee considered it to be “one of the best things I’ve ever done because I tried to play Holmes really as he was written – as a very intolerant, argumentative, difficult man.” Senta Berger (WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS) and Ivan Desney (THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN) co-star in this 1962 West German-French-Italian co-production produced by Artur Brauner (VAMPYROS LESBOS) from a screenplay by Curt Siodmak (THE WOLF MAN) and based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Valley Of Fear, now scanned in 2K from the German negative.
THEATRE MACABRE (1971-1972): Christopher Lee hosted this anthology television series originally produced by Film Polski (KNIFE IN THE WATER, THE TIN DRUM) in the tradition of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and BORIS KARLOFF’S THRILLER. Lee delivers the intro and outro for each half-hour at his imposing and often cheeky best, while the tales themselves – adapted from stories by Poe, Dostoevsky, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde – are written and/or directed by filmmakers that include Andrzej Zulawski (POSSESSION) and Academy Award® winner Andrzej Wajda (MAN OF IRON). Dubbed into English and featuring ‘additional dialogue’ by Jesse Lasky Jr. (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, 7 WOMEN FROM HELL) with new theme music by Ron Goodwin (VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, FRENZY), it has remained largely unseen since its brief airing on American TV in 1971. These 24 surviving episodes have now been scanned in 2K from the original negatives.
THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM (1967): Christopher Lee stars as Count Regula, an insane nobleman found guilty of murdering a dozen virgins and drawn-and-quartered for his crimes. But when a lawyer – former Tarzan Lex Barker – is summoned to the Count’s castle 35 years later, he will unlock a “wildly entertaining” (Buried.com) odyssey of torture, dismemberment and creepy Bavarian locations that is equal parts Mario Bava and Hieronymus Bosch. Karin Dor (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE) and Dieter Eppler (SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES) co-star in this 1967 “underrated gem” (The Telltale Mind) – also known as CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD, BLOOD OF THE VIRGINS and THE BLOOD DEMON – directed by krimi veteran Harald Reinl and loosely based on Poe’s The Pit & The Pendulum, now scanned in 4K from the original German negative with all-new Special Features.
CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE (1964): In a lavish gothic shocker inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s immortal novella Carmilla, Christopher Lee delivers a rare ‘hero’ turn as nobleman Count Karnstein whose foreboding castle teems with ancestral curses, unnatural desires, philosophical hunchbacks and grisly acts of vengeance. Adriana Ambesi (FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD) co-stars in this 1964 Spanish-Italian co-production – also known as TERROR IN THE CRYPT and CRYPT OF HORROR – directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (AN ANGEL FOR SATAN) as Thomas Miller & Robert Spafford from a screenplay by giallo master Ernesto Gastaldi (ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) as Julian Berry and Sergio Leone protégé Tonino Valerii (MY NAME IS NOBODY) as Robert Bohr, now featuring a 2k scan from a fine-grain 35mm master print.
Special Features for The Castle of the Living Dead
*Audio Commentary with Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson & Film Writer Troy Howarth *Audio Commentary with Film Writer Kat Ellinger *From the Castle to the Academy – Interview with Master Producer Paul Maslansky *The Castle of The Mystery Man – Roberto Curti, Author of Mavericks of Italian Cinema, on Writer / Director Warren Kiefer * CD Soundtrack
Special Features for Challenge the Devil aka Katarsis
*Dance with the Devil – Interview with Roberto Curti, Author of Mavericks of Italian Cinema *The Importance of Being Giorgio – Interview with Giorgio Ardisson Over Two Decades *Trailer
Special Feature for Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace
*Audio Commentary with Film Writers Kim Newman & Barry Forshaw
Special Feature for Theatre Macabre
*Promo with Christopher Lee
Special Features for The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism
*Audio Commentary by Mondo Digital’s Nathaniel Thompson and Film Writer Troy Howarth *Audio Interview with Actress Karin Dor (German with English subs) *Location Featurette *Theatrical Trailer (German) *Teaser Trailer *Die Schlangengrube – Die Burg des Grauens – German Super 8 Digest Short *Die Schlangengrube des Grafen Dracula – German Super 8 Digest Short *Poster Gallery *Behind the Scenes Still Gallery *Restoration Slideshow
Special Feature for Crypt of the Vampire
Contents of Bonus Disc – Relics from the Crypt
*HORROR!!! – 1964 Swiss Documentary Short by Pierre Koralnik Featuring Interviews with Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Roger Corman and Roy Ashton *Behind The Mask – Christopher Lee Remembers Boris Karloff. New edit of unfinished 1991 documentary by Ian Rough *Cinescope 1976 Belgian TV interview with Sélim Sasson *Colin Grimshaw Interviews Christopher Lee in 1975 *1985 Audio Interview with Christopher Lee, accompanied by stills from The Del Valle archive & video introduction with David Del Valle *Monsters & Vampires – Interview with Pioneering Horror Movie Historian Alan Frank *The Crypt Keepers – Making of Crypt of the Vampire Featurette with Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, Assistant Director Tonino Valerii and Film Historian Fabio Melelli * “O Sole Mio / It’s Now Or Never” & “She’ll Fall For Me” Christopher Lee & Gary Curtis Music Videos with optional Gary Curtis Audio Commentary *The Invincible Sir Christopher – Filmmaker Philippe Mora Recalls Lee *Outtakes from TO THE DEVIL… A DAUGHTER / THEATRE OF DEATH 2001 DVD interview session covering the most frightening films ever, BLACK MASSES, POLICE ACADEMY 7 & More *University College Dublin 2011 Q&A with Sir Christopher Lee