Flick Picks April 14th

1) Fear the Walking Dead season 4 premieres on the 15th and Supergirl is back on the 16th. The 5th and final season of The Originals drops on the 18th.

2) We finally have a release date for season 3 of AMC’s Preacher, Sunday June 24th with 10 episodes. It looks like season 3 will adapt the “Until the End of the World” arc, which was the second volume of the comic series. We’ll also be getting some new characters.

3) Starting May 1st, DuckTales is coming to the Disney Channel with an episode slated to air every day of the month. The first half of the series was previously broadcast on Disney XD last year, so the first brand new episode won’t air until May 4th. Obviously they’re moving the show to increase its audience. Starring David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck.  The show has also been renewed for a second season.

4) With the announcement that Arrow has been renewed for another season, the CW has also revealed that Colton Haynes’s Roy Harper aka Arsenal will be back as a series regular. He left the show after season three and was reintroduced last year. Since we’ve lost everyone else in the team, Oliver needs someone. Wonder how they’ll do this since he and Thea Queen both left town at the end of last season.

5) Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones will be back for season 3. It will be a while though. We’ll see second seasons of The Punisher, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as well as a third season of Daredevil before Jessica is back.,

6) We’ve learned that Luke Cage season 2 will feature a team up with Iron Fist and that Lucy Liu will be directing the first episode. There look to be a lot of villains this season. Along with Rosalie Carbone, Gabrielle Dennis has joined the cast as Tilda Johnson, aka Nightshade. Mustafa Shakir will play John McIver, known as Bushmaster. 

7) Apple is taking even more steps into the streaming world. Where others have failed, they have obtained the rights to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels. They’re looking at a direct-to-series order which is being produced by David Goyer and Josh Friedman in conjunction with Skydance Television. This is completely separate from HBO’s attempt to bring Foundation to life.

8) For those who loved these scenes between Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw in Fast and the Furious 8, a spinoff is coming July 26th, 2019. David Leitch has signed on to direct the movie. This should be great based on Leitch’s past work directing John Wick and Atomic Blonde and of course the upcoming Deadpool 2.

9) Speaking of Dwayne Johnson, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2 is a go. Jumanji was Sony’s top-earning domestic film of 2017, unseating 2002’s Spider-Man. It earned over $950 million worldwide. Sony has already brought back screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker, who also worked on Venom. They’re looking to get the film into theatres by the end of 2019, but Johnson has a huge number of films looking to go into production, so scheduling might be interesting.

10) Apparently, commercial director Simon McQuoid is in negotiations to head up a Mortal Kombat reboot for New Line Cinema.

11) Edge of Tomorrow 2 is written, just waiting for Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s schedules to be available.

12) We finally have a trailer for the cyberpunk action movie Upgrade. It takes place in the near future where technology controls almost everything. The movie hits theatres June 1st. 

13)In retaliation to the Cannes Film Festival excluding Netflix from competing for the top prize the Palm d’Ore, Netflix has decided to completely pull out of Cannes. This opens up a larger debate on just what deserves to count as an important or officially recognized film. And of course what this means for Netflix, who is trying to disrupt the theatrical distribution model. There’s concern that Netflix’s entire business model is creating a short-form alternative to TV.

14) So we know we’re getting a Lord of the Rings TV show, but The Guardian has now reported that a long-unfinished Tolkien story has been edited by his son Christopher for publication in August called The Fall of Gondolin. Apparently it details the fabled and mysterious downfall of the city of Gondolin at the hands of dark forces. Tolkien wrote it while in hospital recovering from wounds suffered in 1916 at the Battle of Somme during World War 1. It will feature illustrations by Alan Lee, who also did The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

15) Gabriel Luna, best known as Ghost Rider on Agents of Shield, will be the new Terminator. Deadpool director Tim Miller will be directing Terminator reboot. Arnold and Linda Hamilton have already confirmed they will be returning along with Natalia Reyes and Diego Boneto. This is a reboot of the franchise of everything after the 1984 movie, so T2 and everything else is gone.

16) And finally. Black Panther has finally overtaken Titanic in all-time domestic box office gross, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time. Black Panther is now Marvel’s highest domestic-grossing film ever. But will see if Avengers: Infinity War changes that.

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