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Media Watch: ‘Conan’ in Development at Netflix, Marvel Casts Ms. Marvel, ‘Borat 2’ Gets a Teaser & More!

Netflix Is Developing A Live-Action Conan The Barbarian Series

A live-action Conan the Barbarian series is in development at Netflix based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard. A search is underway for a writer and showrunner to pen the adaptation as well as a director to helm the series.

The project is reportedly the first in a deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International. The deal allows the streaming giant the exclusive option to acquire rights to the Conan literary library and to develop live-action and animated works across film and television.

The Conan the Barbarian character was introduced in 1932 in a series of short stories that were published in Weird Tales magazine. The stories brought to life the “Sword and Sorcery” genre of writing and inspired over a thousand comic books, one hundred novels, three movies, two series, video games, as well as a variety of merchandise worldwide.

John Milius’ classic 1982 movie adaptation, Conan the Barbarian, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular character and earned co-star Sandahl Bergman a Golden Globe. Schwarzenneger reprised the character in the 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer, this time directed by Richard Fleischer. Jason Momoa later took on the role in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian reboot from Marcus Nispel.

 

Iman Vellani Is Disney+’s Ms. Marvel

Iman Vellani image via TIFF

Marvel Studios continues to fill out the cast for its burgeoning small-screen universe on Disney+. Newcomer Iman Vellani has been chosen to headline the studio’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series as Kamala Khan.

British writer Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) is attached to write and showrun the series, while Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also confirmed the series will eventually make their way to the big screen.

Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon were recently brought on board to direct.

 

Borat 2: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan Teaser Trailer Released

Now that Amazon Studios had acquired Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel, a new teaser trailer has been released for the project.

Though plot details are under wraps, the sequel Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan, will reportedly follow the Kazakh journalist as he goes undercover to interview people after getting recognition following the release of the original film.

Baron Cohen kept the production of the film way below the radar, hoping to have the film ready in time to release before Election Day to help sway American audiences to properly vote in the forthcoming Presidential election, only to see word leak shortly after it wrapped that CAA Media Finance had screened it for possible distributors in search of a deal. With original studio, Fox Searchlight Pictures, being absorbed by Disney in the studio merger and theatrical releases still not entirely viable with the pandemic still underway, the 48-year-old writer/star and Amazon Studios elected to release it on Amazon Prime to reach a wide audience and get the message out in time for voting with its October 23rd release date.

 
Batman: Death in the Family‘s Opening Title Sequence

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the Batman: Death in the Family opening title sequence for its first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control.

Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of Batman: A Death in the Family, the 1998 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.

The clip features the stylish opening title sequence to the animated short, which was designed by writer/producer/director Brandon Vietti, and executed by Supervising Technical Director Matt Girardi and his team at Warner Bros. Animation.

The interactive component is only available on the Blu-ray. The Digital version of Batman: Death in the Family offers four fully-played out linear versions of the short.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, Batman: Death in the Family serves as the anchor for an anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts, including Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange, Death, and The Phantom Stranger. The set arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13, 2020.

 

Quibi’s 50 States of Fright Trailer Released

Quibi has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming new chapters in the Sam Raimi-produced horror anthology series 50 States of Fright which explores terrifying stories from every state in the country.

After launching with episodes of tales from Michigan, Kansan, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida, the season will continue with new stories from Iowa, Washington, Colorado and Missouri and will once again feature an ensemble roster of talent both in front of and behind the camera including Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Lulu Wilson (Becky), Victoria Justice (Victorious), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).

Iowa: Almost There
With the ghost of her dead mother terrorizing her, an engineer must fix a turbine in the middle of Iowa while a storm rages.
Written by: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Katie Stuart

Washington: 13 Steps to Hell
When a sister descends a strange underground stairwell adjacent to an overgrown Washington cemetery to retrieve her little brother’s lost toy, she finds more than she bargained for at the bottom of the steps.
Written by: Sarah Conradt
Directed by: Lee Cronin
Starring: Rory Culkin, Lulu Wilson

Colorado: Red Rum
When a bunch of “influencers” descend on Colorado’s most haunted hotel, they find themselves the victims of a bunch of spirits who just want to be left alone.
Written by: Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei
Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber
Starring: Christina Ricci, Jacob Batalon, Victoria Justice, Colin Ford

Missouri: Dogwood – Azalea
When a young girl moves to a new town in rural Missouri with her family, she makes a new friend of a very old and angry soul
Written and Directed by: Cate Devane
Starring: Erica Tremblay, Elizabeth Reaser, Warren Christie

50 States of Fright is set to return on October 28.

 

The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Sneak Peek Released

AMC has released a new sneak peek for The Walking Dead Season 10 finale from the 16th episode of the season titled “A Certain Doom,” premiering on Sunday, October 4.

The Walking Dead Season 11 will air in 2021 and it was also announced that Season 10 will be getting six additional episodes in its tenth season which will air early next year.

The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That family grew and gradually communities took shape. They fought and survived, thrived and gave birth to a new generation. It is a tale of humankind and there are more stories to tell.

It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9 when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after-effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.

But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win. The question of what to do and the fear it breeds will infect the communities and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. The very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance.

 

Avatar 2 Has Completed Filming, Will Release In 2022

In an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger ahead of the 2020 Austrian World Summit, director James Cameron revealed the first sequel is already done shooting and will release December 2022.

“COVID hit us like it hit everybody… We lost about four and a half months of production,” Cameron said. “As a result of that, we’ve rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That’s been announced already.

“Now that doesn’t mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we’ll just start working on finishing Avatar 3,” he added. “So where we are right now, I’m down in New Zealand shooting. We’re shooting the remainder of the live-action. We’ve got about 10 percent left to go. We’re 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we’re sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3.”

While Avatar 3 has been pushed back from December 22, 2023 to December 2024 with Avatar 4 to open two years after that on December 18, 2026 (originally December 2025) and Avatar 5 will drop on December 22, 2028 (originally December 17, 2027). Although Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 will only be released with director James Cameron’s caveat that Avatar 2 and 3 are successful at the box office.

 

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