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Media Watch: ‘New Mutants’ Gets a Date, HBO Max Announces New Programming, & More!

The New Mutants Theatrical Release Date Set For August

Walt Disney Studios has revealed that The New Mutants has once again received a new release date, this time set for August 28, 2020. The movie is set to open against Lionsgate’s The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan.

20th Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment presents The New Mutants, an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.

The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, gen:LOCK) as Wolfsbane, with Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Dani Moonstar, and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton as Cannonball.


HBO Max Announces Second Wave of Programming


HBO Max has revealed the second slate of premium Max Originals available to viewers after the streamer’s May 27 launch. The next wave of titles coming to the platform begins Thursday, June 18th.

On Thursday, June 25, HBO Max will premiere an original second season of the critically acclaimed DC Universe fan-favorite Doom Patrol; an original second season of Sesame Workshop’s animated series Esme & Roy, taking preschool-aged viewers on learning adventures through Monsterdale; a brand new third season of the comedy-thriller Search Party (the first two seasons will be available on the platform at launch on May 27); and Adventure Time: Distant Lands – BMO, the first of four hour long breakout specials resurrecting the Emmy and Peabody award-winning franchise Adventure Time.

Thursday, July 9 is the premiere of the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy, an unfiltered and intimate view into comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy, directed and edited by Alexander Hammer, and the adult animated comedy Close Enough, a hilarious look at the surreal life of a millennial family living with roommates, from J.G. Quintel, creator of the Emmy-winning Regular Show.

On Thursday, July 16, the multi-generational family docu-soap The House of Ho, chronicling the daily lives of patriarch Binh Ho, matriarch Hue Ho, their daughter Judy Ho, their son Washington Ho and his wife Lesley Ho, Aunt Tina, and Cousin Sammy, lands on the platform.

On Thursday, July 23, HBO Max will debut Cartoon Network Studios’ animated children’s series Tig n’ Seek, following eight-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat Gweeseek.

On Thursday, July 30, HBO Max presents the U.S. premieres of the scripted comedy Frayed, which follows a wealthy Londoner as she travels back to the Australian home she escaped as a teen, and the unscripted heartwarming British animal rescue series The Dog House.

On Thursday, August 6, Seth Rogen’s comedy feature, An American Pickle will have its world premiere as the first HBO Max original film on the platform under the Warner Max label.


Head of the Class Reboot Series Coming to HBO Max

The classic 1986 ABS comedy series Head of the Class is getting the remake treatment courtesy of HBO Max. The streaming platform has ordered a pilot and five additional scripts for a half-hour multi-camera comedy based on the original show.

American Vandal writers Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen will pen the pilot and will serve as executive producers and co-showrunners along with Uncle Buck creators Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley.

Per the report, the reimagined series, “revolves around a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.”


Josh Gad Will Star in Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall

In Moonfall, a mysterious force that knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.

Josh Gad is the first star of what is set to become an ensemble roster and has signed on to portray KC Houseman, a character described as “odd and unkempt in a way that suggests a high level of intelligence and an equally high level of disorganization” that “correctly predicts that the moon has fallen out of its orbit” making himself one of the most important people on Earth.

The film is written by Emmerich along with Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen. It has been likened as a combination of 2012 and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, following “an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.”


Netflix’s Ju-On: Origins Trailer Released

The Ju-On franchise is now receiving a series adaptation at Netflix, Ju-On: Origins.

The series, which is an international co-production between NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan and Netflix, will focus on paranormal investigator Odajima and television star Haruka Honjo, with the latter finding herself haunted by the disturbing sounds of footfall in her apartment in the middle of the night. They both find themselves drawn to the iconic cursed house, which Odajima begins to investigate.

The cast for the series includes Yoshiyoshi Arakawa as Odajima and Yuina Kuroshima as Haruka, as well as Ririka, Kōki Osamura, Mai Takahashi, Kai Inowaki, Ryūshin Tei, Yuya Matsuura, Kaho Tsuchimura, Tokio Emoto, Nobuko Sendō and Kana Kurashina. The small screen iteration is being directed by Shō Miyake, with scripts by Yō Takahashi and Takashige Ichise.

Ju-On: Origins is set to premiere on Netflix on July 3rd.


HBO Developing Stephen King and Joe Hill’s Novella, Throttle

HBO Max is in the early development stage of a feature adaptation for the Trottle novella, which was co-written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. Leigh Dana Jackson, a co-executive producer on the Netflix series Raising Dion, will write the screenplay, which will be produced by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine through their Phantom Four label.

Throttle follows a father and son led biker gang who get terrorized by a big rig truck on an isolated stretch of the American desert. The short story was first published in 2009 in an anthology titled He Is Legend and was followed by a 2012 comic book adaptation from IDW Publishing.


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