30/06/17 - Disney to produce Herbie TV series

news pic Disney is to revisit the adventures of Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a personality, with the announcement that a TV series is in the works.

The project is currently open to either a boy or a girl to play the lead character, who is described as “part scientist, part entrepreneur, part daredevil.”

The plot will revolve around a young character who discovers that their parents have been working on a top secret government project: a talking car named Herbie. They must stay one step ahead of a gang of criminals that also wants to get hold of the technology.


29/06/17 - Jabba to appear in Han Solo movie

news pic The Han Solo movie looks set to explore what happened between Han and Jabba to warrant the bounty Jabba put on Han's head.

The film has been on a bit of a bumpy ride of late, what with the original directors leaving the project to be replaced by Ron Howard and Alden Ehrenreich's acting allegedly being so poor that an acting coach has been brought on board.

Sources close to the production claim that Jabba will show up in a fairly key role.


28/06/17 - Jane Levy joins the cast of Sea Oak

news pic Jane Levy, star of the Evil Dead reboot, has been cast alongside Glenn Close in Amazon’s Sea Oak zombie pilot.

Sea Oak revolves around Aunt Bernie (Close), a meek, unmarried woman with no children in a working-class Rust Belt city who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage and determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what's left of her nuclear family, including a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces, who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.


27/06/17 - Deadpool's Weasel & Dopinder join up

news pic Deadpool 2 may see Weasel and Dopinder embark on their own mission.

In a new interview T.J. Miller, said: "We're shooting in August and September and it's going to be even more Weaselicious. The cab driver, Karan Soni, and Weasel have a pretty funny storyline, which I'm not positive is going to be in [the movie], but they were talking about it and it was really making me laugh. And I like him, I did Office Christmas Party with him, and he's very funny, very quick and so, because we didn't cross paths in the original film. So y'know [you can expect] stuff like that. I think they're really building out the world and deciding kind of what's next."


26/06/17 - Pilot for George R.R. Martin's show

news pic Syfy has officially confirmed that it's ordered a pilot for George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers project.

The network has greenlit a pilot based on the novella (it was also adapted back in 1987 as a movie).

In fact, the producers are so convinced the show will go into full production that a writer’s room is already in the planning stages.

The plot follows eight scientists who, as the Earth stands on the verge of destruction, are hoping to make contact with aliens.

Bill McGoldrick, EVP Scripted Development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said: “We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R.R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyers. The script encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”

Martin won't be involved in any creative capacity as he's currently legally locked into HBO's Game of Thrones.


23/06/17 - Batman gets limited movie screening

news pic DC Animation is to release it's new movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, in cinemas across America for a limited one night run on 14 August.

The screening is a must event for hardcore fans as it come one night before the official release of the digital HD edition and 15 days before the Blu-ray and DVD release.

A special featurette about Harley Quinn's origin and evolution will be shown after the film.

Tom Lucas, VP of Studio Relations at Fathom Events said: “Seeing Batman and Harley Quinn on the big screen and among fellow fans is truly the best way to experience it. There’s only one opportunity to do this and it’s on August 14. On that night, we’re expecting audiences to pack theater auditoriums just like they did for Batman: The Killing Joke".

But those wanted to see it even earlier can do so on 21 July at San Diego Comic-Con.

The movie sees sees Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man, looking to take over the world. Batman and Nightwing team-up with Harley Quinn as she has intimate knowledge of Ivy's methods.


22/06/17 - Carter missed out on Wonder Woman

news pic Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the '70s TV series was originally asked to make a cameo appearance in the new Wonder Woman movie, but was unable to.

However, she has revealed that she'd still be up for making an appearance if a sequel movie is made.

Carter revealed that she was approached by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for a cameo, but wasn’t able to work it out with her schedule.

"(Jenkins) asked me to do a cameo in this," said Carter. "She was in England, and I was doing my concerts. At that time we couldn't get our timing together. So, this next time, if she writes me a decent part, I might do it."


21/06/17 - Nightmare on Elm Street documentary

news pic Fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise will be thrilled to hear that a new documentary is currently in the works.

Venn Pictures will focus on super fans of the series, and what films have meant to them.

The film, entitled FredHeads, will start shooting later this year at Chicago's Flashback, and Kentucky's Scarefest. Here's the official synopsis:

"FredHeads is a documentary about the fandom of a Nightmare on Elm Street and how it has changed the lives of so many people. The documentary will follow 3 fans as they tell their story and what their journey in the Nightmare community has been; some as fans, others rising through popularity. Along the way, we will be filming at conventions and getting as many fan stories as possible to feature as many fans as we can in the documentary. It's about the heart and soul of horror, and what Nightmare means to people and why it is not a typical slasher film."


20/06/17 - Glenn Close stars in new zombie show

news pic Glenn Close has signed on to star in Amazon's zombie comedy series Sea Oak.

So far the online service has ordered a pilot episode and has yet to be confirmed if it will go on to become a series.

Close will star in the pilot (which is described as a mix of zombie drama and family revenge comedy.

The official synopsis reveals that "Sea Oak revolves around Aunt Bernie (Close), a meek, unmarried woman with no children in a working-class Rust Belt city who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage and determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what's left of her nuclear family, including a quasi-stripper nephew and two feckless nieces, who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak."


19/06/17 - Deadpool 2 commences filming

news picDeadpool 2 has officially started principal photography and is currently filming scenes at Hatley Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The castle has previously been used in a couple of the X-Men movies as well as the first Deadpool movie.

James Brolin has also been seen pumping up iron for his role as Cable in the film.


16/06/17 - Walking Dead virtual reality games

news picSkybound Interactive is to produce a number of virtual reality games set in The Walking Dead universe.

While little official information has been revealed, the games promise to immerse gamers in the world of the television series, while also featuring a new setting and new characters.

The games will focus more on the interactions with other survivors rather than mindlessly killing wave after wave of zombie.

The first game is scheduled for release in 2018.


15/06/17 - Homecoming is first part of a trilogy

news picActor Tom Holland has revealed that the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie is the first part of a trilogy.

In a new interview, Holland said: "There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man especially to grow in the next two movies... Sorry Marvel. Whoops.

"[Spider-Man is] definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and go through puberty I guess. It’s going to be an exciting couple of movies...Yeah, there’ll be Spider-Man 2 and 3. It won’t be Homecoming 2 and 3."


14/06/17 - Bumblebee movie to be set in the '80s

news picThe Transformers franchise is moving into spin-off territory, with news that Bumblebee will star in his own movie.

According to sources close to the production, the Bumblebee spin-off movie will be set in the 1980s.

Empire magazine reveals that the: "Bumblebee spin-off, conceived and written by Christina Hodson, is being directed by Kubo And The Two Strings' Travis Knight for a 2018 release. Set in the 1980s, it will feature considerably fewer Transformers, concentrating on the big, yellow star (who in the movies so far can only talk via snippets of radio broadcasts) and likely pitching a little younger, tonally."


13/06/17 - Original Luke Skywalker lightsaber

news picStar Wars collectors with plenty of money will be chomping at the bit when they hear that the original Luke Skywalker lightsaber is to be auctioned off later this month.

This is just one Star Wars item that is being auctioned at the Profiles in History auction, which will take place between 26 and 28 June in Los Angeles.

According to the auction's description: "Profiles in History is proud to announce, Mark Hamill's screen used Luke Skywalker Lightsaber from A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back will be going up for auction during their three day Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles. It comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, producer of a A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz. It is estimated to sell for $150,000 - $250,000."

Also up for auction is a complete film-used R2-D2 unit and Darth Vader's helmet and shoulder armor from A New Hope.


12/06/17 - Sense8 fan campaign was for nothing

news pic Sense8 fans will be saddened to hear that Netflix has confirmed that there is no way the show is going to be renewed.

Since it was cancelled, fans across the globe have been engaged in a campaign to get the network to reconsider their decision, but now Netflix have responded saying the show is dead and that's the end of it.

In an official statement, Netflix said: "... we've thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t.”

Co-star Brian J. Smith has also chipped stating that reason he was given for the show's cancellation was the lack of viewers.


09/06/17 - Amityville: The Awakening delayed

news pic The Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films have pulled the long delayed Amityville: The Awakening from it's planned summer release.

Fans of the Amityville horror franchise will also be horrified to learn that the studios have not confirmed when (or even if) the film will be released - this is not the first time the release date has been kicked into the long grass.

The film was originally set to open January 2015. That was pushed back to April 2017, and again to June.


08/06/17 - Official word on Leia's role in Star Wars

news picColin Trevorrow has revealed his feelings on making the next Star Wars movie without Carrie Fisher's General Leia.

Talking to CinemaBlend Trevorrow said: "She was a major character, that's not a secret. She really was. And it was extremely sad for all of us, mostly just because she was so loved by the Star Wars family and everyone that worked with her. I feel like our options are limited mostly by ourselves, in that there is only certain things that we are willing to do. But I can guarantee it will be handled with love and respect, and all of the soul that Carrie Fisher deserves."

At present Trevorrow is working on the script for Episode IX and has confirmed that it has had to be reworked because Fisher won't be able to reprise her character.

Leia plays a larger part in Star Wars - Episode VII: The Last Jedi, but it was planned that she have featured even more prominently in Episode IX

"The minute she finished, she grabbed me and said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX!’ Because Harrison was front and centre on VII, and Mark is front and centre on VIII. She thought IX would be her movie. And it would have been."

Star Wars: Episode IX opens in cinemas on 24 May 2019.


07/06/17 - Live-action Cowboy Bebop series

news picJapan's '90s anime series Cowboy Bebop is about to be transformed into a live-action series.

Tomorrow Studios is developing the the US show and has hired Thor director Chris Yost to write the adaptation.

The original animated series was set in 2071, and was a futuristic space based Western that followed the adventures of Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters as they hunted down the galaxy’s most notorious criminals.


06/06/17 - Friday the 13th TV series may happen

news picA Friday the 13th TV series has been in development for quite some time, but it recently looked as though it was never going to get off the ground.

Franchise creator Sean S. Cunningham recently revealed that it's "still percolating" but that they have to pitch it just right. The CW network passed on the project, so the producers are looking for a new angle.

“You have to service the fans," said Cunningham. "You can’t ignore them. Friday the 13th, at least in part, is going to be about Jason. So, how do you make sense of all of the contradictory stories that are out there, between Jason going to space, or versus Freddy, and all these other things. The assumption is this. Crystal Lake is a town that really exists, and a long time ago they had a series killer named Jason Voorhees, and then some Hollywood creep comes out and makes this exploitation horror movie called Friday the 13th. And then they make another one, and another one, and it just crushes the town. The town becomes the place that ‘Jason built.’ And the stuff that happened, they know what really happened. The rest is Hollywood lore. There are people there that lived through it, and they’ll tell you what really happened.

"And so, what you can do is set up Crystal Lake as, more or less, like the town in Jaws, Amity Island. You have the town with all its prime movers in the town, but the town is located in an area that would allow Jason to exist in whatever form. But other things as well. I would describe it as a place where if The X-Files’ Mulder and Scully wandering into this county, they never would of left! There’s so much weird shit going on!”

Look, it might not have found a spot on the schedule this season, but it's a known brand — and you just know a network will take a hard look at it, again, at some point. Would you like to see the series finally make it to a network? Where would you like it to land?


05/06/17 - Alien 5 won't be happening

news picNeill Blomkamp's much reported Alien 5 won't be seeing the light of day.

In a new interview, Blomkamp said: "I think it's totally dead, yes. That would be an accurate assumption at this point. It's sad. I spent a long time working on that, and I feel like it was really pretty awesome. But politically, the way it's gone now, and the way that it all is, it's just not going to live.

"Ridley [Scott] was one of my idols growing up. He's so talented and he's made this film that really set me off in a direction. I want to just be as respectful and not go stamping around in this world that he created. I think that if the circumstances were different, and I didn't feel like I was getting too close to something that he obviously feels a massive personal connection to, that things that may have played out differently. But I did want to be as respectful as possible."

This may mean that Blomkamp can start working on the much talked about District 9 sequel sooner than expected.

In a recent interview the director said: "With District 9, I plan on making another film in that world. To go back and work with WETA, and make the film would be cool, but anything that pre-exists like that may not be the best fit for whatever we're trying here."


02/06/17 - Akira creator has final say on movie

news pic Akira creator Kasuhiro Otomo has one "major condition" for the live-action remake of Akira. He must have final approval.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Otomo said: "While I haven't seen the new live-action Ghost in the Shell, when it comes to Akira I have already finished the original manga and my own anime version, too. So in that sense, I am basically done with Akira. If someone wants to do something new with Akira then I am mostly okay with that.

"As I accepted the offer for a live-action Akira to be made, so I am generally okay with whatever they want to do with it. However, I did give one major condition to a live-action version and that is that I had to check and approve the scenario."


01/06/17 - Fantastic Beasts 2 screenplay is done

news pic J.K. Rowling has confirmed that the script for Fantastic Beasts 2 is now ready.

It's just as well, considering that the movie starts production this summer.

When asked about the script, all Rowling would say is: "I can't tell you anything yet".

The sequel will be set and shot in France, with the film exploring the magic world of Paris. Callam Turner will star as the brother of Newt Scamander. Zoe Kravitz is also reprising her role as Leta Lestrange.


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