THE NEW GIRL’s Hannah Simone Cast as Lead in ABC’s GREATEST AMERICAN HERO Reboot

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ABC has cast The New Girl‘s Hannah Simone in the lead role of their upcoming reboot of the classic 80s series Greatest American Hero.

It was previously revealed that the new version of the series would center on a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland named Meera. It’s explained that her talents include tequila drinking, karaoke and… not much else. “Then some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet, and the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”

I liked Simone in The New Girl and I hope that this new series turns out to be a good project for her. Rebooting a fan-favorite classic of anything is a rough and dangerous business these days. Most of the time these types of projects end up not working out.

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Todd McFarlane Meeting With Actors To Find The Next SPAWN For Reboot

Todd McFarlane is on the hunt for the next actor to play Spawn in his reboot. The director took to Instagram to confirm the news that he was on the hunt, as he posted a picture with the original film’s director Mark Dippe:

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J.J. Abrams Said It’s Possible The CLOVERFIELD Film Characters Will Crossover

Following the release of The Cloverfield Paradox, J.J. Abrams hopped on Facebook Live for a Q&A regarding the franchise and fielded questions from fans about what’s coming up for the future. When asked about the possibility of the film’s characters crossing over with each other in a future film, Abrams guaranteed nothing, but said it’s something they’ve discussed (via Dread Central):

“We’ve talked about versions of things like when we did 10 Cloverfield Lane, we were thinking Michelle – the character Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays – it’s such a sort of weird origin story of this kind of incredibly, I think, awesome heroine, that idea of following her story is really cool. And then at one point, we were like, ‘You know what would be really cool? What if they crossed paths with Gugu [Mbatha-Raw]’s character Ava?’ You start to think of ‘what ifs.’ And I think the bigger ideas that we’ve had about where this thing goes haven’t necessarily been those ideas, but they’ve kind of been fun theoretical offshoots.”

I’d say that’s too unrealistic to have characters like Michelle and Ava team up, but I gotta remember what franchise we’re talking about here. Ultimately, I’d say it comes down to what the fans want…so I want to hear your opinion. Should the Cloverfield films have crossover elements?

The Classic 80s Sci-Fi Miniseries V is Being Adapted as a Feature Film Trilogy By Original Creator

In 1983 NBC produced a sci-fi alien invasion miniseries called V. When I was a kid, this was one of the coolest things that I had seen on TV! I thought the reptilian aliens described as humans was so rad. I’m not sure how many of you remember this miniseries, but the original creator, Kenneth Johnson, is developing a feature film trilogy adaptation with Desilu Studios called V: The Movie.

After the human learn that there is a reptilian alien race living amongst them, some of them embrace their new overlords and fell into line with them. But there was a resistance that formed that didn’t trust the aliens, and it’s a good thing because there’s a point that we discover the aliens were using the humans for food! Yeah, it’s pretty much an updated version of the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man”, but it was still enjoyable.

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As Expected, A New JUMANJI Sequel is Moving Forward at Sony Pictures

Dwayne Johnson‘s Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a surprisingly good movie and it made a killing at the box office with over $857 million worldwide. I thought the film was a ton of fun and it’s not surprising to learn that Sony Pictures is moving forward on the development of a sequel.

According to Deadline, the studio is in talks to hire Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner to write the sequel. The wrote the script for Welcome To The Jungle as well as the upcoming Venom movie.

The film will reunite the cast from the last film, which will include Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan and the rest of the ensemble. There’s no information on what the story will entail, but I’m sure it will be just as entertaining as the last film.

Is an another Jumanji film something that you’ll be looking forward too?

Conan the Barbarian Series Happening at Amazon

A Conan the Barbarian series is in the works at Amazon, based on the books by Robert E. Howard

Amazon Studios is in development on a Conan the Barbarian series, based on the classic books by Robert E. Howard, according to DeadlineConan comes to us from Ryan Condal, co-creator of Colony, Miguel Sapochnik, who directed some of the most critically acclaimed episodes of Game of Thrones, including “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” Warren Littlefield who executive produced Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale, Pathfinder Media and Endeavor Content. Conan was created and written by Condal. He will executive produce with Sapochnik and Littlefield, with Sapochnik directing. Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler will executive produce as well through Pathfinder Media.

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The Director of Jason Statham’s CRANK Wants a CRANK Cinematic Universe

Jason Statham‘s wildly action-packed Crank films were a blast to watch. They are some of the most adrenaline-fueled films that have ever been made and director Brian Taylor wants to expand the franchise and build a cinematic universe around it! And you know what? I would actually like to see how that would turn out. This could be absolutely insane!

This information came out of a conversation with Movie Crypt Podcast while talking about the possibility of seeing Crank 3 and some of the concepts he’s planning for it. After joking that  “prospects for Crank 3 would be much improved if the second movie had made more than $12 at the box office,” he said:

“My feeling about Crank 3 is that Crank 3 should be as exponentially more f—ed up than Crank 2 as Crank 2 was Crank 1. Obviously, there’s been talk here and there but I’ve never really felt that creatively it was f—ed up enough to really do. Because the studio will get in contact with us: ‘What do you guys think about this?’ ‘What do you guys think about that?’ And the scenarios are always very tame compared to what I think it should be.”

 

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 Director Confirmed and Info on The Returning Cast

John Wick: Chapter 3 is inching closer to production! We have some new information on the film thanks to That Hashtag Show. We already know that Keanu Reeves will be back to kick some ass as he fights to survive the army of assassins that will be out to kill him.

We’ve now learned that John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski will return for this next chapter of the franchise and that he will start shooting it on March 1st in New York City with additional filming possibly taking place in Spain and Russia.

As far as the rest of the cast goes, it’s being reported that Common will return as Cassian, Laurence Fishburne will be back as the Bowery King, and Ruby Rose set to return as  Ares. you can bet your ass that Ian McShane will return as well.

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GERALD’S GAME Director Wants To Helm The Sequel To Stephen King’s THE SHINING

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Stephen King properties were a hot commodity in 2017, between the remake of It and the Netflix adaptation of Gerald’s Game. Now Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Oculus) is talking about another King-related project he would like to take on, Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep is a sort of sequel to The Shining, which introduces audiences to a grown-up version of Danny Torrance, the boy who survived the Overlook Hotel.

Stephen King released Doctor Sleep in 2013, but it wasn’t very good. Still, The Shining films have taken on such a massive cult following and it seems to be only a matter of time before Hollywood decides to bring Doctor Sleep into theaters. In a recent interview with Lilja’s Library, Flanagan revealed that the two King adaptations he’d most be interested in making are Lisey’s Story, about an author’s widow, and the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep:

“[T]he ones I’d want to do the most are Doctor Sleep and Lisey’s Story. In both cases, it’s because I identify with the protagonists so much. Lisey’s Story is a stunning piece of work, a beautiful exploration of marriage. And who wouldn’t want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?”

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Ridley Scott Says There’s No Reason ALIEN Shouldn’t Be As Popular As STAR WARS

After watching his franchise go on a steady decline over the years, Ridley Scott sounds beside himself. The good news is it doesn’t appear as though he’s ready to give up on the Alien franchise so we might see him working on another film in the near future. The bad news? He may have some delusions of grandeur in regards to the property:

“There’s no reason why Alien should now not be on the same level for fans as Star Trek and Star Wars. I think the next as to where we go is, do we sustain the Alien [franchise] with the evolution of the beast or do we reinvent something else? I think you need to have an evolution on this famous beast, because he’s the best monster ever, really.”

That quote (via Gamespot) is a bold proclamation by any stretch, and I’m not sure how you put Alien in the same discussion as Star Trek or Star Wars unless you’re talking about number of films that have been released. I would LOVE for Alien to reach that type of success, but I’m gonna sit here and flat out say there are plenty of reasons why Alien has not reached that level of success.

Regardless, I like that Scott still has that fire in him to continue and try to make the franchise better because he does have a really good monster…he just needs better stories surrounding it. I honestly thought Prometheus was a step in the right direction, but it appears they’ve all but abandoned that strategy, so where do you go now? What do you think would drastically improve this franchise?