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Month: May 2020

We’re Getting a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Sequel!

Justin Kroll, Variety:

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is getting a sequel.

Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed on Thursday that they have commenced development on a sequel to the family comedy. The sequel would reteam the filmmakers, with Jeff Fowler directing, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script.

The first movie was way better than it had any right to be, anchored by a great voice performance from Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey going full 90’s Jim Carrey. I could definitely be into another.

…this is definitely not a post I ever thought I’d put out into the world…

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Awkwafina and Karen Gillen to Clash in ‘Shelly’

Mike Fleming, Jr., Deadline:

Even though production hasn’t started back up, packages are being gobbled up quickly, and here’s one that ought to sell fast. Jumanji: The Next Level‘s Awkwafina and Karen Gillan are attached to reteam in Shelly, an action-comedy script by Michael Doneger and Liz Storm that is out to the town today through Ian Bryce Productions. Jude Weng is directing.

The story takes place a decade after an embarrassing prom prank ran Shelly Wheeler (Awkwafina) out of town and so hardened her heart that she became an ice-cold hit-woman. Revenge threatens to be sweet when she learns her next target is her former high school tormentor, Dianna Park (Gillan). But when Dianna unexpectedly befriends Shelly, the assassin finds herself in with the cool crowd, protecting her old nemesis against another hit crew hired to kill them both. The tone is Mean Girls meets Barry.

Sounds a bit like the Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson flick Central Intelligence, but a bit darker and meaner.

Gillan and Awkwafina are both a welcome delight in any movie I see them in, so I’m very excited to see them co-headline together. Here’s hoping the final product turns out great!

’Upgrade’ Sequel in Production as Television Series

Nellie Andreeva, Deadline:

Leigh Whannell’s 2018 Blumhouse sci-fi thriller feature Upgrade is getting a TV series followup.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Whannell and Tim Walsh (Treadstone) who serves as showrunner. Whannell, coming off writing and directing Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man, is set to direct. Blumhouse Television and UCP are collaborating on the adaptation, which has opened a writers room.

Upgrade the series picks up a few years after the events of the film and broadens the universe with an evolved version of STEM and a new host – imagining a world in which the government repurposes STEM to help curb criminal activity.

Upgrade is probably one of the best movies of 2018 which you haven’t seen yet. It’s a fantastically gory, ridiculous, fun action movie which, I’m pretty sure, that is everything Venom wanted to be, but way better.

I’m very glad to see the story continue, and I’m intrigued by the path its taking as a sequel series as opposed to a sequel film.

LEGO Unveils 3,696 Piece Technic Lamborghini Sian Model for June Release

Edwinder Singh, The Brothers Brick:

LEGO and Lamborghini have announced the brand new LEGO Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, the new supercar in the Technic line. It is the third set in the LEGO Technic Ultimate Series supercars lineup following last year’s Bugatti Chiron release and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS reveal in 2018. It will have 3,696 pieces and will be available starting June 1 via LEGO.com It will see a wider release in retail stores beginning in August. It will retail for US $379.99 | CAN $489.99 | UK £349.99.

Too pricey for my blood, but it’s a gorgeous set.

For a comparison, here’s what a real-live Lamborghini Sian looks like:

You can click through the source link above for a full gallery of the set to take in all the details.

Henry Cavill in Discussions to Return as Superman

Umberto Gonzalez & Ross A. Lincoln, TheWrap:

Two years after departing the role, Henry Cavill is in talks to once again portray Clark Kent/Superman in films based on DC Comics, insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The extent of Cavill’s return to the role — whether just for additional work to be done for the upcoming “Snyder Cut” of “Justice League” or for appearances in future films — has not been disclosed.

This is great news. Henry Cavill is and was a fantastic Superman who was dramatically let down by the movies he was given (see also Ben Affleck’s Batman), and I think the world has seen that between his turns in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Fallout and The Witcher, that Cavill is a true star.

I look forward to them getting it right this time.