Cloak & Dagger Season 2 Interview: Producer Jeph Loeb

Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb brought Cloak and Dagger season 2 to WonderCon 2019, just a few days ahead of the new season’s premiere on Freeform. Kicking things off with a two-hour season premiere, Cloak and Dagger season 2 starts out eight months after the season 1 finale and sees Tandy and Tyrone take on a set of entirely new challenges. Loeb teased some of those challenges as well as what else fans should expect in season 2.

What can you tell us about season 2, because some people are still cagey about it?

The way I look at it is that… First of all, we’re on April 4th on Freeform. That’s a special 2-hour premiere. And just so everyone’s clear, that’s two episodes that are back-to-back as opposed to the show didn’t suddenly become two hours, as much as I would love that. But it really is… if the first season was about these two people meeting learning about who they are with each other and discovering their abilities, and then ending on that question, which is, okay… Now we are who we are, can we do the job? Can we be heroes in the Marvel Universe? And when you start season 2 the answer is, unequivocally, yes. We’re going to do this. We’re going to take this on. We recognize that that may wreak havoc on our personal lives, but Cloak and Dagger have always been, when you go back to even the earliest of comics… they’re not really characters that were created to stop bank robbers or 50 ft monsters that are going to cross the city or aliens that are coming through a hole in outer space. They really were there to help people who couldn’t help themselves.

And, in many ways, they were there to help each other, and that’s what makes the show feel very true and feel authentic. And I think that’s why our fan base is as passionate as it is because they legitimately care about Ty and Tandy and what they’re going to do this season, and the excitement in the adventure and the danger that they’re going to follow. You know, you would hope that they would have… I think maybe mentor’s too strong a word, but at least an advisor, someone who understands how the system works. And, in many ways, that’s what they had in Bridget O’Reilly, and then someone threw her in the swamp. So, this season their lives are going to be complicated by something that we might as well just start a referred to as Mayhemic. And so, they may be setting out to do something that is really good and really smart and solve a problem, and then get hit sideways by the most unexpected person in their lives. I think that’s just a taste of what’s to come. Also, if there were any outstanding questions from season 1 there’ll be answered. I’m not saying that new questions aren’t then going to that arise from it. That’s what makes Marvel Marvel, you know. I don’t believe in ending the story with the end. I believe in ending the story to be continued.

You’re overseeing all the different shows. Like how often do you actually go on set?

As often as I can. This is what makes Marvel Television different from other television studios. Every show has more than an executive producer who is partnered with the showrunner. And so, we’re in casting, we’re in editing. We go in the writers room and hear the stories. We go to set, someone is always on set all the time. And that person’s role is to make sure that the show stays the course, and that’s always not easy. New Orleans is an amazing city. It also has some of the most unpredictable weather that you could possibly imagine, and if you’ve ever made any kind of television series and had planned on a beautiful, bright, sunny day, not a hurricane, it makes your life different. And that’s just one of the many, many, many challenges that the show has conquered really well. You don’t see it because the show just looks and feels as it is, but you know when you’re behind the camera you go, “Oh that was that night. That’s when that happened.”

You have so many Marvel Television shows on different networks. Are there some challenges with keeping the continuity of the universe together while allowing each of those shows and tell their own story in their own way?

Continuity that’s important to us is that the heroes always feel authentic, the world feels real, and that in some way they’re inspirational. This is a hard time for a lot of people, and whether it’s socially or economically or racially or any of those issues that are touching our lives and that we’re being assaulted by, you know, a 24/7 news cycle all the time. And so, to be able to sit and watch something that gives you a sense of hope is really our end goal, and not hope in the sense that we hope that you know this outside person is going to come and save us, but much more so that teenagers who decided they’re going to make the personal sacrifice of their own lives in order to make other people’s lives better, so that the end result of which is in the message is we are not so suddenly giving you is that anyone can be a hero. And that they are around us all the time, whether it is just nurses or doctors or teachers or parents or yourself, it is as long as you stand up when everyone else is told to sit down, then you’re the hero in the story. And if that’s what watching a Marvel Television show brings to you, that’s the feeling that you get out of all of it, then good on us. But, more importantly, good on you for watching us and watching us across those different platforms so that you get that same kind of Marvel feeling. It’s not bad thing; it’s why we’re all kind of here.

So last season we got some mystical elements of possibly like destinies unfolding, was about to bring in more magical characters like Brother Voodoo…

I think they’ll be some surprises. There won’t be Brother Voodoo, let’s just establish that, but there are certainly some as, Joe likes to say, there’s some Easter eggs along the way that it even I don’t know about. (He’s wrong.) But it’s okay, I like to let him say things like that. But, you know, look we’ve never been a place that’s an Easter egg farm. We don’t ever want to feel like when you’re watching the show that you should have left something there. But, by the same token, we all come from the comics, we all come from the same source. So if there’s a way that we can bring that in there, so that our geek fans can geek out, awesome. But we also never want the show to feel like I’m so inside I can’t even feel like I can go outside. We want this to be a show where… just care about Ty and Tandy and their adventures. And the good news is that Olivia and Aubrey make that really inviting. And so, I don’t know what else you’re doing on April 4th other than watching Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. 2-hour Premiere. It’s not actually 2 hours.

Next: Cloak & Dagger Recap: 6 Biggest Questions Going Into Season 2

2019-04-04 03:04:40

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Spider-Verse Producer Wants Sam Raimi To Direct An Animated Spider-Man Movie

Longtime producer Avi Arad wants Sam Raimi to return to Spider-Man with an animated movie after the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Before the days of shared comic book movie universes, Raimi helped reestablish superhero movies as lucrative projects in Hollywood, as his initial installment had the first $100 million-plus opening weekend ever. He directed a trilogy of Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in total, which came to an unplanned end with Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

Raimi originally had plans for Spider-Man 4, but ultimately had to leave the project due to how quickly Sony wanted it done. The studio wound up rebooting the franchise with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield in 2012, but then ended that franchise after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Sony then agreed to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland playing the part. The partnership with Marvel Studios has been incredibly successful, but Sony also found hits of their own with Venom‘s surprise box office run and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse becoming an Oscar-winning feature.

Related: 10 Cancelled Marvel Movies We Wish Got Made

Throughout all of these decisions, reboots, and recastings, producer Arad has been involved. He was even the one who pushed Raimi to include Venom in Spider-Man 3, even though the director didn’t want to use him. After all this time and the newfound success Arad and Sony have with these characters, Arad wants to get Raimi back. He revealed this during an interview with Deadline, where he said, “I would love to see what kind of animated Spider-Man movie we’d get from Sam Raimi so if he sees this, ‘Call me Sam!'”

While this may be a long shot at this point, as Raimi has moved on from the superhero world and is next directing Kingkiller Chronicles, this is an exciting possibility to consider. Raimi has never directed an animated movie before, so it would be a chance for him to spread his wings as a creator. That said, the possibilities of animation and the multi-verse introduced in Spider-Verse opens up the door for Raimi to have the ability to actually do the Spider-Man 4 he always envisioned.

There’s been several details on Spider-Man 4 that have surfaced over the years, including who Raimi may have cast for certain roles. Vulture and Mysterio appeared to be part of the story, with rumors pointing to John Malkovich being eyed for the role of Vulture. Raimi also confirmed in the past that Anne Hathaway auditioned for Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat, with concept art teasing the romantic relationship between her and Peter. Since the movie never happened, Spider-Man 4 is a major what-if story that many fans would like to see, and since it would just require voice work from the cast, it’s feasible that an animated Spider-Man 4 set within the Spider-Verse world could happen. The chances of this materializing may be slim, as Raimi could decide to do a different story altogether if he did want to return, but hopefully Raimi does give Arad a call and something can happen.

MORE: Every Animated Version of Spider-Man Ranked

Source: Deadline

2019-03-20 02:03:05

Cooper Hood

Shazam! Director & Producer Both Plan to Return for Sequel

Shazam director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran both plan on returning for a hypothetical sequel. After the critical and commercial failure of Justice League, the DCEU rebounded very nicely with last year’s Aquaman, which crossed the $1 billion mark and became the highest-grossing DC film of all-time. Warner Bros. is definitely looking to continue that forward momentum with Shazam, which is only a few weeks from hitting theaters. Taking cues from classics like Big, it promises to be a refreshing superhero movie.

Early word is that Shazam lives up to its on-paper potential, as it’s generated enthusiastic word-of-mouth following the first screenings. If the movie lands with the larger public (including general audiences), then it’ll follow the footsteps of Wonder Woman and Aquaman by being a strong introduction to a new character. Assuming it all goes according to plan, people will be craving future adventures with Billy Batson – including the filmmaking team that brought this movie to the big screen.

Related: Shazam’s Trailer Has A Captain Marvel Joke

In an interview with ComicBook, the duo was asked if they’d be interested in coming back for a followup. Safran responded first by saying, “It’s easy for me to say, ‘I’m on board.” Sandberg followed suit by stating “Let’s do it.”

It has to be mentioned that at this point in time, WB has yet to officially confirm a Shazam sequel. That being said, the odds of one coming into fruition are high. Though the film is projected to have the lowest box office opening weekend in the DCEU, its reported $80 million budget ensures Shazam does not need to rewrite the record book in order to turn a profit. Even if it only makes $40 million in its first three days, it’s difficult to envision a scenario where it doesn’t become a commercial success. Shazam may be sandwiched between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, but there’s enough space between all of those projects where it shouldn’t hurt Shazam’s financial prospects too much.

It’s not surprising Safran and Sandberg are game to return. Last year, the former confirmed there had already been sequel discussions, including talk about how to deal with Asher Angel (who plays Batson) getting older. Hopefully, Shazam becomes a major hit and the filmmakers are able to play out some of their ideas on the big screen. One would have to imagine any future Shazam followups would involve the titular hero doing battle against Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, who has yet to make his DCEU debut. Regardless of where the story goes in possible sequels, it would be great if WB/DC had a trio of characters they could build around for years to come.

More: Shazam’s Origin Story, Powers, and Movie Changes Explained

Source: ComicBook

2019-03-18 03:03:19

Chris Agar

DC Producer: James Gunn Won’t Rush Suicide Squad For Guardians 3

DC producer Peter Safran says that James Gunn will focus all his efforts on making The Suicide Squad before moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Gunn’s relationship with Marvel has been a rollercoaster to watch unfold. In July of 2018, Gunn was fired as the director on the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, after a slew of controversial tweets from 2008 and 2009 were brought to light. He seemingly moved on a few months after that by signing on to write DC’s next Suicide Squad movie, which he has since agreed to direct as well. Everything appeared to have settled down after that until yesterday, when Disney unexpectedly reinstated Gunn as the director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

At the moment, the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie doesn’t have a release date, whereas The Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters in the summer of 2021. It was confirmed yesterday that Gunn will direct The Suicide Squad next, followed by Guardians 3 sometime after that. Now, Safran has come out and offered further assurance that Gunn won’t be rushing his DC Comics adaptation through the pipeline, in order to get back to work on the Guardians franchise faster.

Related: Why Disney Rehired James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote DC’s Shazam! (which opens in April), Safran had the following to say, when asked if either he or Gunn are under more pressure now to get The Suicide Squad made faster, in the wake of his rehiring on Guardians of the Galaxy 3:

“No, it was all handled incredibly elegantly and everybody knows on both sides that Suicide Squad is the priority today and he’ll finish that movie and then everybody knows that his next film will be Guardians. It’s the best of all possible both worlds, I think, for fans and for James Gunn himself.”

Many people strongly believed that Disney had overreacted when it came to firing Gunn from the highly successful Guardians franchise, resulting in hashtags and petitions that even the stars of the Guardians movies vocalized their support for. The voices amassed and apparently had Disney thinking twice about their decision. It’s even being reported now that Marvel didn’t search for a replacement director on Guardians 3 between firing and rehiring Gunn to call the shots, despite rumors that Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi or Vice‘s Adam McKay would be stepping in. Following the news of his rehiring, Gunn released a statement on Twitter saying, “I am tremendously grateful to every person out there who has supported me over the past few months. […] I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all.”

Elsewhere, The Suicide Squad is in pre-production, but aims to begin shooting sometime this fall. Few official details have been revealed about the film, though Margot Robbie is expected to reprise her role as Harley Quinn and Idris Elba will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot. Warner Bros. has slotted the film for an August 2021 release, which means Guardians 3 won’t be arriving until after that. Gunn did finish the Guardians of the Galaxy 3 script prior to being fired, but there is a good chance that rewrites will have to be made now, to coincide with Marvel’s upcoming slate of releases.

It’s a rare and wonderful time where we get to see a director handling a Marvel and DC film, and Gunn’s vibrant and comedic style should help breathe new life into The Suicide Squad. Not only that, but the Guardians threequel will be on the horizon soon after with a familiar face to help bring the franchise home. It’s a win-win for the comic book world at large, really.

Next: Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Probably Won’t Release Until 2023

Source: JoBlo

2019-03-16 12:03:23

Hannah Hoolihan

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a ‘Total Reboot’, Says Producer

DCEU producer Peter Safran says James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is a “total reboot” of the franchise and not really a sequel to David Ayer’s movie. Ayer’s Suicide Squad was the third entry in DC’s cinematic universe (following Man of Steel and Batman V Superman), but the first to focus on lesser-known comic book characters, with the exception of Harley Quinn. The DCEU movie went on to become a commercial success despite the relative obscurity of its source material, taking in $747 million at the global box office against a $175 million budget.

At the same time, Suicide Squad was poorly received by critics and Ayer declined to return for Suicide Squad 2. The project subsequently went through a few changes in creative personnel, before it landed in Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker and newly-reinstated Guardians of the Galaxy 3 director Gunn’s lap last October. However, from the get-go, Gunn’s idea for the film was described by DC as a “completely fresh take” on the antihero property, and has since been officially dubbed The Suicide Squad, not Suicide Squad 2.

Related: Why James Gunn Was Rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

In an interview with JoBlo to promote the upcoming DCEU movie Shazam!, Safran went a step further and called Gunn’s The Suicide Squad a full-blown reboot. Here’s his exact quote on the subject:

“First of all, we don’t call it Suicide Squad 2 ‘cause it’s a total reboot, so it’s The Suicide Squad and I think people should be extremely excited about it. It’s everything you would hope from a James Gunn script and I think that says a lot and that promises a lot and I know that we will deliver a lot.”

While it might not be a sequel, Gunn’s The Suicide Squad won’t be a hard reboot either. The film is bringing back Deadshot from Ayer’s DCEU movie, only with Idris Elba taking over the role from Will Smith (who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict). It’s also been reported that Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn in the sequel, following her second turn as the character in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Beyond that, The Suicide Squad will supposedly feature a whole new character roster, so it’s not unreasonable to argue that the film is more reboot than sequel, as Safran has.

Some fans are theorizing that Gunn plans to kill most of The Suicide Squad in his film and is stacking the film’s team with unknowns (as far as mainstream audiences are concerned), for related reasons. Indeed, one of the complaints about Ayer’s Suicide Squad was that its titular “Skwad” didn’t really live up to its name, as ultimately only Slipknot (who barely had any screen time) and El Diablo bit the dust. If Gunn’s idea for “rebooting” the series is to really lean into the idea of a team of bad guys going on missions that will most likely get them killed, then it’s definitely an exciting one that we can get behind.

MORE: The Suicide Squad: Every Update You Need to Know

Source: JoBlo

2019-03-16 11:03:06

Sandy Schaefer

Transformers Producer Says The Last Knight Sequel is Being Developed

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura says a followup to Transformers: The Last Knight is being developed, along with the Bumblebee sequel. You may recall that Paramount had originally intended for The Last Knight – the fifth live-action Transformers movie overall – to kick off a shared universe of prequels and sequels featuring the robots in disguise. However, that was before the Michael Bay-helmed tentpole bombed with critics and disappointed at the box office in 2017, leaving the future of the franchise in doubt. It also put more pressure on last year’s ’80s-set prequel Bumblebee to reverse the series’ downward trend and earn the property some much-need goodwill.

Fortunately, Bee’s solo movie was up to the task. Although Bumblebee made less at the box office than Bay’s five Transformers films before it, the Travis Knight-helmed adventure was a hit with critics and ultimately made its way to profitability, buoyed by the good word of mouth. It was thereafter reported that Bumblebee would serve as a reboot for the Transformers movies at large – an idea that seems to somewhat conflict with today’s news.

Related: Why Bumblebee Was a Box Office Success (& The Last Knight Wasn’t)

Speaking to Cinema, Bonaventura (who has produced all the Transformers movies to date) confirmed that a sequel to Bumblebee is in the works, as previously reported. However, he then revealed that a film set in “the main family series following the events of Transformers: The Last Knight” is also in active development right now.

To be fair, there’s room for interpretation in Bonaventura’s comment. The Last Knight “sequel” that’s being developed might be more of a soft reboot than a strict continuation of the fifth Transformers movie. That wouldn’t be anything new for the franchise either; after all, 2014’s Transformers; Age of Extinction was also a partial relaunch that focused on a different group of humans than Bay’s original Transformers trilogy. That said, The Last Knight included some major plot threads that were left dangling for the sequel to pick up – namely, that earth contains Unicron, Cybertron’s ancient enemy. It’s possible, then, that the followup that Bonaventura mentioned will aim to build on that foundation and, at the same time, introduce yet another group of human heroes to share the screen with Optimus Prime and his fellow Cybertronians.

At this point, though, the larger Transformers continuity is so confusing that fans might prefer it if Paramount simply focused its efforts on the Bumblebee sequel and gave up on trying to continue The Last Knight‘s narrative in any way at all. They might end up doing just that, if they decide that reviving their initial plans for a shared universe is more trouble than it’s worth. On the other hand, there are no doubt those who want to see the payoff to Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Unicron tease, especially since Bay is no longer working on the franchise. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

MORE: Bumblebee Writer Knows What She Wants the Sequel to Be About

Source: Cinema [via CBR]

2019-03-16 01:03:46

Sandy Schaefer

Bill & Ted 3 Might Release This Christmas, Says Producer

Bill and Ted 3 might get its long awaited release this Christmas, says the film’s executive producer, Steven Soderbergh. It’s been 30 years since the world was introduced to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a time traveling stoner comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular duo. The film was popular enough to spawn a second film, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, and talk of a third film was long-running, to say the least.

When word spread that Bill and Ted 3 would begin filming in January of 2019, the much-anticipated sequel appeared to be a certainty. Not long after this, though, fans felt their hope fade just a little when Keanu Reeves stated that although there was nothing creatively wrong with Bill and Ted Face the Music, there were still significant “hurdles” to clear before the third film could become a reality.

Related: Bill and Ted 3 Would Bring Back William Sadler as Death

Thankfully, those hurdles seem to have been surpassed, as CNET has reported that during the Slamdance Film Festival, Bill and Ted Face the Music executive producer, Steven Soderbergh, stated that the film could be released by Christmas 2019. Soderbergh followed up this wonderful piece of information by teasing, “That’d be a good Christmas present.” The famed Oscar-winning Traffic director also described the film as “hilarious” and that it was “a love gig” for all involved, before joking that no one was getting paid.

Bill and Ted Face the Music will see both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to their beloved roles, along with a script by the original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. At present, what’s known about the film’s plot is that it picks up with Bill and Ted enmeshed in the daily life of middle-aged family men. The fame and fortune of rock star life has yet to hit their band, Wyld Stallyns. This ongoing lack of success manages to create a tear in time, which then sends the pair off on an all new time-traveling adventure to set things right once more.

It’s long been rumored that the script has been complete since 2011. If that’s true, and with Reeves previously assuring fans that creatively the film was in good hands, it seems like the film’s script has been secure for quite some time. Fans should feel encouraged by this, as all too often, many fans of long-awaited sequels are left feeling less than pleased when the final effort is delivered. It’s a testament to how much faith Reeves has had in this project over the years and the fact that someone in Soderbergh’s position seems quite happy with Bill and Ted Face the Music, that despite a lengthy wait, things appear to finally be going smoothly for this cherished cult series.

More: Our 10 Most Wanted Movie Sequels

Source: CNET

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2019-01-28 05:01:14

Unsolved Mysteries Reboot Set At Netflix From Stranger Things Producer

Netflix is set to reboot the long-running series Unsolved Mysteries, with Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy at the helm. The original ran from 1987 to 2010 on various networks, with Robert Stack most famously serving as host (though Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, Virginia Madsen and Dennis Farina all took turns at those duties as well).

Created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer, Unsolved Mysteries delivered just what its title promised: a series of real-life mysteries, including missing persons cases, unsolved crimes, paranormal encounters and conspiracy theories. Each mystery was dramatized using a mixture of re-enactments and interviews with family members and police officers involved in the various cases. During episode,s viewers were encouraged to send in tips, and on a few occasions the show was actually credited with helping authorities solve open cases.

Related: Netflix Original TV Shows To Be Most Excited About In 2019

Nine years after Spike TV aired the last of 581 original Unsolved Mysteries episodes, Netflix is bringing the show back with a reboot (via Deadline). Appropriately, the new show will be headed up by Shawn Levy, the executive producer of the streamer’s smash hit mystery/sci-fi series Stranger Things. The announcement of the reboot comes after a long effort by series creators Cosgrove and Meurer to get the show revived. Since the original series left the air, the two have kept its legacy alive via a YouTube channel that invites viewers to post their own mysteries.

Netflix’s move to reboot Unsolved Mysteries should come as no surprise, as the streamer has had great success in recent years reviving old shows. A list of the series that have found new life thanks to Netflix includes Full House (reincarnated as Fuller House, sans the Olsen Twins), Arrested Development (though many fans perhaps wish the show had not returned), Gilmore Girls, One Day at a Time and even the legendary bad-movie riff show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Netflix of course is already the home of true-crime documentary thanks to series like Making a Murderer, so Unsolved Mysteries feels like a perfect fit for the streamer. With Netflix on board and Levy at the controls, a revived Unsolved Mysteries will now be able to tackle an unending stream of new cold cases, baffling disappearances, perplexing crimes and other various inexplicable happenings of the natural and supernatural variety. It remains to be seen who will be tapped to host the series, but no matter who is chosen, it will indeed be hard to replace the iconic voice and presence of long-time original Unsolved Mysteries host Stack.

More: Top 10 True Crime TV Shows To Watch Right Now

Source: Deadline

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2019-01-18 01:01:22

Child’s Play Creator Rejected Producer Credit On MGM’s Reboot

Chucky creator Don Mancini rejected an offer from MGM to executive produce the upcoming Child’s Play reboot. Mancini has joked about the remake in the past, but now it seems there is genuine frustration from him. MGM announced the Child’s Play reboot over the summer, and since then the film has locked down its cast and production on the project has begun. The film will feature a technologically advanced Buddi doll, and while no one from the original classic is involved, this new film will have a similar plot.

Child’s Play was released back in 1988, and would go on to spawn six sequels. The film focused on Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), a young boy who receives a seemingly innocent doll named Chucky. The doll was, in fact, possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). Chucky would go on to become a well recognized name in the horror genre, joining the likes of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees. As the series progressed, the titles ditched the Child’s Play name, and would just reference Chucky.

Related: Child’s Play Movie Remake Director Teases Start Of Production

Mancini recently appeared on the podcast Post Mortem and revealed that MGM reached out to him for potential involvement in the reboot. Mancini’s most recent work with the franchise has been 2013’s Curse of Chucky, and last year’s Cult of Chucky. Mancini has been involved with the series for 30 years, and has written and directed the past two entries. He feels that MGM’s offer was disrespectful, and was their way of seeking his approval. Mancini stated:

“MGM retained the rights to the first movie, so they’re rebooting that. They asked producer David Kirschner and I if we wanted to be executive producers. We said no thank you, because we have our ongoing thriving business with Chucky. Obviously my feelings were hurt. Ya know, I had just done two movies… forgive me if I sound defensive, they were both at 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though they didn’t get theatrical releases, they were well regarded. And I did create the character and nurture the franchise for three fucking decades.”

Fans of the series can expect Chucky’s origins to be changed a bit for the upcoming film. The cast of the reboot includes Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman. There has been no word on who will be voicing Chucky this time around since Dourif will remain as the voice for Mancini’s adaptations including the upcoming Child’s Play TV show. Plaza will be portraying Karen Barclay, the mother of Andy Barclay, who will be played by Gabriel Bateman. Detective Mike Norris will be portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry, and fans of the original know that this character’s altercation with Charles Lee Ray birthed everyone’s favorite killer doll.

For a long time, Chucky was the only horror icon left to not fall victim to the reboot treatment, but that has now changed. Mancini’s frustrations toward the project are understandable since he has been handling the series for quite some time. While some fans remain on the fence about this reboot it will be interesting to see what MGM cooks up. For those who have no interest in the film, they can look forward to the TV series being worked on, which will involve Mancini and others from the original continuity.

More: Child’s Play Remake Launches Site Promoting New Chucky Doll

Source: Post Mortem

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2018-12-05 02:12:02

Star Wars: Rogue One Spinoff Sets Americans Producer as Showrunner

The Americans executive producer Stephen Schiff will serve as showrunner for the recently announced Rogue One spinoff series revolving around Cassian Andor. Several years into their Disney era, Lucasfilm continues to find new and exciting ways to expand the galaxy far, far away. In addition to several cinematic projects, they’re also in the process of developing two separate live-action television shows for the Disney+ streaming service. One of these, Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, is currently in production and continues to add big names to its cast. The other was officially announced earlier this month and sees Diego Luna return as his fan-favorite Rogue One character.

Since the Cassian series is so early in development, not much is known about it at this point in time. Obviously, it will serve as a prequel to Rogue One (Luna’s even discussed the possibility of digital de-aging), but details remain closely guarded. For now, the priority for the studio is putting together a top-notch creative team to oversee the show, and they’ve landed a name that should be an excellent fit in that regard.

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According to Deadline, Schiff has signed on to be showrunner and executive producer on the untitled Star Wars prequel. The outlet also notes Lucasfilm is in the process of recruiting a writing team. It’s expected the Cassian show will commence filming at some point next year.

Schiff’s background makes him the perfect choice for this corner of the Star Wars galaxy. One of the few things fans do know about the Cassian series is that it will lean heavily on espionage elements, chronicling the intelligence officer’s time in the fledgling Rebellion. The Americans, of course, utilizes that genre exceptionally well, winning multiple Primetime Emmys over the course of its acclaimed run. During his time on The Americans, Schiff was part of a group nominated for Outstanding Drama Series twice, so hopefully his sensibilities translate well to the galaxy far, far away. Obviously, Star Wars is a slightly different playground than the more adult-orientated realm of FX, but Schiff should still have plenty of leeway. Rogue One made multiple allusions to Cassian’s dark past, giving Schiff’s team morally ambiguous ground to explore. It remains to be seen how far they’ll go, but there’s potential here for complex and compelling narratives.

All in all, this is a very encouraging development for the Rogue One prequel and illustrates Lucasfilm is committed to making these TV shows as great as they can be. In some respects, the live-action series are about to become the main attraction of the entire franchise. After Episode IX comes out next December, Disney is planning a slowdown on the movie side of things as Lucasfilm plots their next slate and the Avatar sequels generate revenue for Disney. So all eyes will be on The Mandalorian and the Rogue One show for the next while, and ideally they can carry the torch. Both sound very fascinating and already boast impressive pedigrees.

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Source: Deadline

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