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Media Watch: New ‘Godzilla’ Animated Series, Paddy Considine Cast in ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel, New ‘Free Guy’ Trailer & More!

Mel Gibson Plays A Grumpy Santa In Fatman

Saban Films has released the official trailer for Eshom and Ian Nelms’ upcoming action-comedy film titled Fatman, featuring Mel Gibson playing a different kind of Santa Claus. The film will release in theaters on November 13 and will be having its VOD and digital releases on November 17.

To save his declining business, Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by a precocious 12-year-old after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking. ‘Tis the season for Fatman to get even, in the action-comedy that keeps on giving.

The Rated-R film will be led by Academy Award winner Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Braveheart) as Santa Claus, Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Justified), and Golden Globe nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies).

Fatman is written and directed by the Nelms Brothers (Small Town Crime), Eshom and Ian Nelms.

 

Alita: Battle Angel Returns To Theaters On October 30th

After Cinemark Theatres announced yesterday that Alita: Battle Angel would be coming back to the theater chain for a limited time, co-writer and producer James Cameron confirmed on Twitter that the film will be coming back to the big screen on October 30.

James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in.

 

She-Ra Creator Is Developing Lumberjanes For HBO Max

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power series creator Noelle Stevenson and HBO Max are currently in the process of developing the animated series adaptation of BOOM! Studios’ award-winning comic book series, Lumberjanes, which was co-created by Stevenson.

First published in 2014, the Lumberjanes comic book series follows the story of five friends named April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley, who’ve met during one fateful summer at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thilstle Crumpet’s Camp for Hard Lady Types. Their differences aren’t the only thing they have to canoe around as the girls soon discover there are mysterious and supernatural forces afoot.

The official book synopsis reads:

“Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.”

 

Godzilla Animated Series In Development At Netflix

Netflix has revealed plans to tell new stories featuring the King of the Monsters in his own animated series.

Titled Godzilla: Singular Point, it won’t have anything to do with Netflix’s previous film trilogy, which began with Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters in 2017, City on the Edge of Battle and The Planet Eater, in 2018.

However, Singular Point will make use of a similar animation style that combines CGI and hand-drawn techniques. The series comes from two major Japanese anime studios: Bones (My Hero Academia) as well as Studio Orange (Beastars). Atsushi Takahashi is directing the series, with Japanese sci-fi novelist Toh Enjoe also onboard as its writer and editor. Additionally, Doraemon series composer Kan Sawada has been recruited to provide the show’s musical backdrop. Blue Exorcist creator Kazue Kato will handle character design while Studio Ghibli veteran Eiji Yamamori serves as the series’ animator.

Netflix has not set a release date for Godzilla: Singular Point.

 

Paddy Considine To Star As King Viserys I In Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon

HBO is teaming up with Paddy Considine once again as he has been cast for the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon.

Considine, the first to be cast for the upcoming series, is set to star as King Viserys I, who was chosen to succeed the Old King by the Lords of Westeros and ruled over the land 100 years after Aegon’s Conquest and is described as “a warm, kind and decent man” who only wishes to carry on his grandfather’s legacy. His children, Rhaenyra and Aeon II would infamously go on to fight a civil war over his throne that became known as the Dance of Dragons.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series will chronicle the rise and the downfall of the Targaryens, who is the only family of Dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria. It will take place 300 years before the events of the award-winning series adaptation of Game of Thrones.

 

Dune Release Date Changed To 2021

The release date for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has been pushed back to October 1, 2021. The Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures feature was originally scheduled to release on December 18, 2020.  Warner Bros.’ The Batman has also shifted, moving from the October 1 date to March 4, 2022.

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, the Dune movie tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

The star-studded cast includes Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Fallout), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Endgame), Stellan Skarsgård (Thor: The Dark World), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Chang Chen (Love And Destiny), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education), with Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men).

 

Ryan Murphy’s Next Series To Tackle The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Lionel and Jeffrey Dahmer

Netflix has officially given a series order to Ryan Murphy’s newest limited series  Monster which will center around one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, who is infamously known for the brutal murders of 17 men and boys. In addition, Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins has also signed on for the role of Dahmer’s father Lionel, who was the one that taught the killer at a young age how to bleach and preserve animal bones which was a technique he had later used to dispose of his victims’ bodies.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers which will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree.

He became an active serial killer from 1978 up to 1991 where his later murders involved necrophilia and cannibalism. In 1991, he was finally caught when one of his supposed victims had escaped from his apartment and later brought back two police officers with him where they found Polaroids of dismembered bodies and a kitchen full of human body parts.

The 10-episode limited series will be spanning from the 1960s to the 70s and 80s, up to the killer’s arrest. Monster is also expected to dramatize at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series will also touch on the subject of white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.

 

New Free Guy Trailer Released

20th Century Studios has released a brand new trailer for Shawn Levy’s forthcoming action-comedy film Free Guy, featuring new footage that provides us with a better idea of the film’s plot. In addition, a new teaser has also been revealed, featuring the main cast led by Ryan Reynolds as they try to think of alternative new release dates. Originally scheduled for a July release, the film is still set to hit the theaters on December 11, 2020.

Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Night at the Museum franchise) directed Free Guy from a script by Matt Lieberman written way back in 2016. In the vein of hits such as Wreck-It-Ralph, Free Guy will follow Guy, a lonely bank teller who discovers he is actually a background character in an open-world video game entitled Free City and works to prevent the makers of the game from shutting it down with the help of an avatar.

 

 

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