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Media Watch: ‘The Batman’ Spin-Off at HBO Max, ‘Tony Hawk Video Game Story’ Gets a Trailer, ‘Monster Hunter’ Delayed, & More!

HBO Max Announces Gotham City Police Procedural Set in The World of Matt Reeves’ The Batman

HBO Max announced today that it has given a series commitment to an original DC drama set in the Gotham City police department from The Batman filmmaker Matt Reeves, Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, The Batman producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television. The groundbreaking television series to be written by Winter is set in the world Reeves is creating for The Batman feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. The series provides an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham. This marks the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group.

Matt Reeves said, “This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford — and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”

Presumably, actor Jeffrey Wright will appear in some capacity, reprising his The Batman role as Police Commissioner James Gordon.


Monster Hunter Now Releasing In 2021

Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming film adaptation of the hit Capcom video game franchise Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) has been pushed back seven months from September 2020 to April 23, 2021.

Monster Hunter centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Tony Jaa, Ong-Bak Trilogy), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking Earth. The movie will be a highly stylish big-screen adaptation of the video game.

The film adaptation will be led by Jovovich and Jaa. It will also star Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive), T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel, Rock of Ages), Meagan Good (Code Black), and Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past).


Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story Trailer Released

Tony Hawk has been one of the most iconic names of the skateboarding world since he turned pro in 1982 and that fame carried over to the video game world with Activision’s franchise based around him and Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story trailer teases the documentary that dives deep into that story.

Directed by Ludvig Gür (The Outsider), the documentary explores the world of skateboarding from the early ’80s, when Hawk first became a pro, onward and looking at the scene as a whole as well as its transition into the world of video games at Activision with the long-running Tony Hawk’s series that began in 1999.

The film will feature archival footage from both the various games in the series and Hawk’s career, as well as interviews with a slew of skate legends and athletes including Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Chad Muska, Eric Koston and Rodney Mullen, as well as key figures on the video game side such as former Neversoft producer Scott Pease, among others. The documentary comes just a month ahead of Activision and Vicarious Vision’s highly-anticipated next-gen remasters of the first two games in the Pro Skater series, originally developed by Neversoft.

Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story is set to hit digital platforms on August 18.


The Honeymoon Phase Trailer Released

Dark Sky Films has released the official trailer for the sci-fi thriller The Honeymoon Phase from writer and director Phillip G. Carroll Jr.

Down on their luck and needing some quick cash, struggling young lovers Tom and Eve lie about their relationship in order to enter THE MILLENNIUM PROJECT, an experiment for married couples run by the mysterious Director and Handler. With the promise of $50,000, Tom and Eve must survive 30-days isolated together in a futuristic smart home, while the researchers attempt to determine why couples fall out of love. Over the course of their stay, Eve begins a violent descent into madness as she questions if her lover really is the man she thinks he is.

A paranoid sci-fi thriller about the nature of trust in relationships, The Honeymoon Phase is as much classic Twilight Zone as contemporary Black Mirror, and an all-too-terrifying answer to the question, “How well can you ever really know someone?”

The movie stars Jim Schubin (Boardwalk Empire), Chloe Carroll, with Tara Westwood (The Grudge 2020) and Francois Chau (Lost, The Expanse).

The Honeymoon Phase is produced by Phillip G. Carroll Jr., John G. Carroll, Chloe Carroll, and Jess Weiss and will release in theaters and Digital on August 21.


Nobody Releasing A Week Early

Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller Nobody starring Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) will now release in theaters on Friday, February 19, 2021, moving up a week from its February 26, 2021 release date.

Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody.

When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only further away.

The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazon’s McMafia)—and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.


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