Flick Picks April 28th


1) This week we will see the premiere of season 6 of Elementary on the 30th and season 3 of Colony on May 2nd.

2) NBC has released a new trailer for the sci-fi series Reverie. The show centers on virtual reality, and how people end up spending more time in VR than the real world, some of whom get stuck in an electronic coma. Kind of like the Black Mirror episode USS Callister. Reverie will be coming out on May 30th.

3) Stephen King’s book The Stand is being developed into a 10 part series for CBS All Access called Castle Rock. The project is supposed to be directed by Josh Boone.

4) I know we were all devastated by the end of Star Wars Rebels, but we’re getting a new Star Wars Animated series. Star Wars Resistance. It’s going to be an anime-inspired series set in the timeline before The Force Awakens in an uncharted area. BB-8 is going to be in it and Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie will be reprising their roles of Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma. The show is going to focus on a new character, Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the resistance to spy on the First Order. The show will premiere this fall on the Disney Channel.

5) Fast and the Furious is going to be an animated series for Netflix in partnership with DreamWorks animation. We don’t know if this will be in the same canon as the movies. Tim Hedrick will be an executive producer and showrunner. Hedrick was the head writer of Voltron Legendary Defenders first few seasons. Volton writer Mitch Iverson will also be writing the series.

6) We’re getting another series from George R.R. Martin. SyFy just released a teaser for it’s upcoming 10-episode series Nightflyers, based on Martin’s 1980s novella. It’s a sci-fi horror story about a spaceship crew in search of aliens whose AI computer turns on them. It’s due out this fall. There’s also a TV version of his of his superhero anthology Wild Cards in discussion.

7) Unfortunately for Game of Thrones fans, George R.R. Martin’s Winds of Winter book won’t be released in 2018. Instead we’re going to get the first book in his Targarian kings history spin off series, Fire and Blood. The book will be available on November 20th. It’s going to cover the time from Aegon I, the Conqueror to Aegon III, the Dragonbane.

8) Guillermo del Toro will co-write and produce Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the children’s books by Alvin Schwart’s. He’ll be writing the screenplay along with Dan and Kevin Hagemen who worked on the Lego Movie and Trollhunters Netflix series. It will be directed by Andre Ovredal, director of the Trollhunters movie.

9) Goosbumps 2 is coming. It’s called Goosebumps Haunted Halloween. Sony announced that actors Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell are in talks to be part of the project. There’s still no word on whether Jack Black will be involved. However, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Ryan Lee are expected to be back. It will be released on October 12th.

10) It’s been announced the Harrison Ford will be in the sequel to the Secret Life of Pets. It’s also going to feature the voices of Tiffany Haddish, Nick Froll, Pete Homs and Patton Oswalt. Patton Oswalt will be replacing Louis C.K. as the voice of the main dog Max. We’ll also see the return of most of the original cast members.

11) Disney’s live-action Mulan is making even more character changes. Li Shang has been cut from the film. Apparently there will be a new love interest, Chen Honghui, a soldier in Commander Tung’s unit.

12) It’s been almost 20 years, but there will be a Chicken Run 2. There’s no official start date for productions, but it will probably be once Aardman Animation wraps production on Shaun the Sheep Movie.

13) We’ve learned a little more about John Wick 3. It’s going to pick up right where chapter 2 left off, with John on the run with a large bounty on his head and having killed someone on at the Continental Hotel. He uses the service industry to stay alive as he kills his way out of New York City. Common, Ruby Rose and Laurence Fishburn will reprise their roles and Hiroyuki Sanada from 47 Ronin is joining the cast. Chapter 3 will be out May 17, 2019.

14) Paramount has announced two new Star Trek films. We don’t yet know if both films are in the J.J. Abrams’ universe or if one is related to the previously announced Quentin Tarantino Star Trek film. Of course, we need to see how they deal with the death of Anton Yelchin.

15) During CinemaCon Paramount also announced sequels to Cloverfield, Mission Impossible: Fallout, World War Z, Coming 2 America, and A Quiet Place as well as the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, Overlord-a sci-fi action film taking place during World War II, and a Dungeons and Dragons Movie.

16) Marvel Studios is considering an adaptation of the Eternals. Obviously we don’t know anything about Phase 4, but The Eternals is apparently a possibility. We already had an introduction to the Eternals in Guardians of the Galaxy where one of the Celestials appeared.

17) Marvel has announced that Phase 4 titles won’t be revealed until after Avengers 4. As a result, they will not be in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Kevin Feige said they’re skipping Hall H this year because they won’t have any new titles to announce.

18) Infinity War is looking at a $240 million plus domestic opening weekend. Should it hit this, it will be the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, behind Star War the Force Awakens. “Infinity War” has already earned $178.5 million internationally. and has pushed Disney past $1 billion in domestic revenue for 2018, it’s only April.
*Update – On Monday we learned that Avengers Infinity War had the highest domestic opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation), $250 million. It surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $247.9 million. It also has the highest global opening of all time, with $630 million in worldwide receipts even without the Chinese market (it opens in China on May 11).

Linsay Rousseau
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