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Media Watch: Disney Discontinuing 4K UHD Format, Spongebob Gets a Spin-Off, ‘MacGruber’ Goes To Peacock & More!

Zac Efron To Star In Three Men and a Baby Remake

Zac Efron (High School Musical franchise) is set to star in Disney+’s Three Men and a Baby remake that is set to be produced by Emmy nominee Gordon Gray (The Rookie, The Way Back).

The 1987 comedy was directed by Leonard Nimoy and starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson as New York bachelors who find themselves caring, and subsequently falling for, an infant. Based on the 1985 French film Trois Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) by Coline Serreau, Nimoy’s take on the classic tale was written by James Orr and Jim Cruickshank. The movie was a massive hit for Disney, becoming the studio’s first live-action movie to cross $100 million at the domestic box office.

Will Reichel wrote the screenplay for the upcoming remake starring Efron and a search for a director is currently underway.


Disney Reportedly Stops Production of 4K Ultra HD Physical Media Editions of Titles

In a report from The Digital Bits, Disney “does not have any plans” for new 4K Ultra HD releases for their newly acquired catalogue of titles in an effort to help build up the still-burgeoning streaming service Disney+, but that Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel projects will still be receiving these editions.

For fans of collecting physical media this may be a surprise, especially given the entire 20th Century Fox library will not be giving new 4K releases as many of them have yet to receive one, namely classics such as Fight Club, The French Connection, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Sources do suggest, however, that Disney may offer the licenses to its “less-demanded” catalogue titles to indie distribution companies such as Criterion, Arrow or Shout! Factory.

Despite this, however, the studio is eyeing potential 4K issues of James Cameron’s Aliens, Avatar, True Lies and The Abyss given the filmmaker is currently working on sequels to the sci-fi adventure franchise for Disney, for which the House of Mouse is investing $1 billion across four films.

The only upcoming 4K UHD releases scheduled from Disney are Fox’s Home Alone and Hocus Pocus, both of which will hit shelves in September, though no official word has been given from Disney regarding their plans for new 4K editions.


Nickelodeon Is Developing Spongebob Patrick Star Spin-off Series

Nickelodeon has begun development on a spin-off series centered on Spongebob’s best friend Patrick Star.

The Patrick Star Show will be in the same manner of The Larry Sanders Show and Comedy Bang! Bang! as the titular starfish hosts his own late-night talk show while also featuring other members of the Star family and occasional appearances from the zany roster of SpongeBob characters. The 13-episode series will also feature a large list of new characters, many of whom will be voiced by Bill Fagerbakke alongside his portrayal of the titular character.

The concept of a SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off was first announced in early 2019 when Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins revealed that the network were exploring possible spin-off projects of the hit series, one of which is the CG-animated prequel series Kamp Koral that is set to premiere on sibling streaming platform CBS All Access in early 2021. The new series also marks the latest animated project in the works at the network that also includes Real Pigeons Fight Crime, executive produced by James Corden (Cats), and Middlemost Post from SpongeBob alum John Trabbic III.


MacGruber Series Coming to Peacock

Peacock has officially given a straight-to-series order to Emmy-nominated writer-actor Will Forte’s forthcoming action-comedy series MacGruber, based on Forte’s popular Saturday Night Live parody sketch of 1980s series MacGyver. The announcement also came with the release of a new video which you can check out below, teasing Forte’s return as the titular special operations agent.

Fellow SNL alum Kristen Wiig (Wonder Woman 1984) and Ryan Phillippe (Shooter) are in the final negotiations to reprise their roles as Vicki St. Elmo and Dixon Piper, who both appeared in the 2010 film adaptation. The 8-episode series is scheduled to make its debut in 2021.

After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber (Will Forte), Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil. Only to find that evil… may be lurking within.

Forte will write and executive produce the episode series. Jorma Taccone will write, direct, and executive produce along with John Solomon who will write and executive produce. Additional executive producers include Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer, and Erin David.

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