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Media Watch: Universal Delivers New Releases On Demand, News on ‘Scream’ and ‘Final Destination’ Films, Quibi’s New Sam Raimi Series Gets a Teaser & More!


Trailer for Amazon’s Upload Released


Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for Greg Daniels’ forthcoming sci-fi comedy series titled Upload, featuring a new way for a person to control their own afterlife in a virtual world. Starring Robbie Amell (Code 8, The Duff), the series will be available for streaming on May 1st.

Set in the near future, people who are near death can be “uploaded” into virtual reality environments. Cash-strapped Nora works customer service for the luxurious “Lakeview” digital afterlife. When party-boy/coder Nathan’s car crashes, his girlfriend uploads him into Nora’s VR world.

The series stars Amell as Nathan, Andy Allo as Nora, Kevin Bigley as Luke, Owen Daniels as A.I. Guy, Allegra Edwards as Ingrid Bannerman, Zainab Johnson as Aleesha, Christine Ko as Mandi, and Barclay Hope as Oliver Kannerman.



Universal Pictures Could Change Theatrical Releases Forever

NBCUniversal has announced that Universal Pictures will make its movies available in the home on the same day as their global theatrical releases, as current circumstances have made it more challenging to view films.

Beginning with DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour (opening April 10 in the U.S.) the company will also make movies that are currently in theatrical release available on-demand starting as early as Friday, March 20. Titles from Universal and its specialty label Focus Features, including The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma, will be available on a wide variety of the most popular on-demand services for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S. and the price equivalent in international markets.



Artemis Fowl Featurette Released

Walt Disney Pictures has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for director Kenneth Branagh’s long-awaited adaptation of Artemis Fowl, featuring interviews by Eoin Colfer and Branagh as they talked about the process of bringing the iconic titular character to life.

Based on Colfer’s young adult book series of the same name, Artemis Fowl is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 29.



Netflix’s The Midnight Gospel Trailer Released

Netflix has released the first teaser for Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward’s adult animated series titled The Midnight Gospel, giving us our first introduction at Ward’s newest weird world where it follows a space-caster named Clancy. The 8-episode first season is scheduled to make its debut on April 20.

In The Midnight Gospel, traversing trippy worlds inside his multiverse simulator, a space-caster named Clancy explores existential questions about life, death and everything in between as he gets to interview beings living in other worlds by leaving the comfort of his extra-dimensional home. The series is set in a fantastical universe using interview clips from Duncan Trussell’s podcast, Duncan Trussell Family Hour.



FX’s What We Do in the Shadows Season 2 Teaser Released

FX has released a new teaser for the half-hour vampire comedy series What We Do in the Shadows which returns for a second season this April.

What We Do in the Shadows is based on the 2014 vampire mockumentary film of the same name which follows a group of vampires (Taika Waititi, Jermaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham) who live together in modern-day Wellington, New Zealand as they go through the mundane tasks of everyday life and of rooming with other people, as well as bringing in a vampire (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) just turned by the group.

Set in New York City, the show follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Season 2 will also be featuring Star Wars alum Mark Hamill, who is the latest big name that is set to make an appearance in the series with the first season featuring guest-stars that included Dave Bautista, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Trejo, Wesley Snipes, Paul Rubens, and Tilda Swinton, who all played vampire roles.



New Details About Upcoming Final Destination Installment Revealed

Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick and producer Craig Perry have revealed details on the upcoming new installment.

Reddick feels that describing the next installment as a reboot “is probably too strong of a word,” as it gives the connotation that the filmmakers are “going to change everything,” but assures that it’s definitely a Final Destination movie.

“The concept behind it is unique,” Reddick describes. “Craig is the master of coming up with crazy openings and set pieces. He’s told me a couple of things that happen in this one and it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s not going to feel like a cash-grab Final Destination film.”

Perry revealed that the film is going to toy with being set in the world of first responders, including EMTs, firemen and police, those who “deal with death on the front lines every day and make choices that can cause people to live or die,” as well as teasing that audiences will never “look at a revolving door in the same way again.”

“We rely on their good judgment, expertise and calm demeanor,” Perry said. “So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death — but now for themselves? We’re thinking that world might be an interesting way into a Final Destination movie, and one which can also generate unique set pieces in a very credible way.”


Damon Lindelof Wants to Join Marvel

Damon Lindelof image via IMDb.

Damon Lindelof revealed he desires to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of Marvel’s the experimental direction; particularly something similar to Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision.

“I think that doing something in the Marvel universe, anywhere in the Marvel Universe, would be really potentially exciting for me, especially as they start to get a little bit more experimental,” Lindelof said. “Some of the things that I’ve seen for WandaVision, for example, just feel like, ‘Okay, now we’re getting somewhere.’ Particularly in a television space.”



First Teaser Trailer for Quibi’s 50 States of Fright Released

Quibi has released the first teaser for Sam Raimi’s upcoming horror anthology series 50 States of Fright reveals the season’s nine horrifying stories.

The first season of 50 States of Fright will explore stories based on urban legends from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington, taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of our country.

Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and John Marshall Jones (The Last Revolutionary) are set to star in “The Golden Arm” episode based on a famous urban legend out of Michigan, co-written by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead) and Ivan Raimi (Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell, Darkman) and directed by Sam Raimi.

Christina Ricci (Monster) and Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home) will play lead roles in the “Red Rum” episode, which follows the storyline of Colorado’s scariest story. It will be directed by Daniel Goldhaber from a script he co-wrote with Isa Mazzei.

Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Mandalorian) is signed on to star in “America’s Largest Ball of Twine,” based on Kansas myth, which will be directed by Yoko Okumura from a script penned by Transformer: Cyberverse‘s Mae Catt.

Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, American Horror Story) and Ron Livingston (A Million Little Things) are set to co-star in “Almost There,” Iowa’s frightening folklore, which will be written and directed by Iowa natives Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place, Haunt).

Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Hugo) is cast as the male lead in “Grey Cloud Island” a chilling tale from Minnesota which will co-written and co-directed by Adam Schindler (Intruders) and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within).



Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett to Write Scream Revival Movie

The Scream franchise revival has found its new directors in the form of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two of the directing collective Radio Silence behind last year’s masterclass horror-comedy Ready or Not.

While plot details are under wraps, it is reported the film will follow “a woman returning to her hometown to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.” Kevin Williamson is currently attached as executive producer.



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