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Month: May 2020

Martin Scorsese Continues To Get Flush with Streaming Cash, Apple to Team With Paramount to Fund ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Justin Kroll, Variety:

After months of ironing out budget concerns over Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” adaptation, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Paramount has enlisted Apple to get the film over the hump.

Sources tell Variety that Paramount will still distribute the murder mystery drama, with Apple coming on to finance the pic and also serve as the film’s creative studio. Deals still have not closed, but sources add that they’re very likely to in the coming days.

Imperative Entertainment, whose partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas acquired the book in 2016, will produce the film. Imperative first bought the book and would later bring on Scorsese and DiCaprio to reteam on the project before bringing it to Paramount.

Based on David Grann’s non-fiction book, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set in 1920s Oklahoma, where the newly created Bureau of Investigation began investigating a string of murders of wealthy Osage Indians who had been granted revenue rights to oil discovered under their lands. The book carries the subtitle “The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.”

This flick is gonna cost a brisk $180-200 Million.

Respect to Scorsese for recognizing that the iron is hot, and striking.

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Amazon To Reboot ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ as a TV Series

Variety:

Amazon is developing a series centered on Lisbeth Salander, the character created by Stieg Larsson for the so-called Millenium books.

The project, which is currently titled “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will not be a sequel or continuation of the story from the books or the films into which they were adapted. It will instead take Salander and place her in today’s world with a wholly new setting, new characters, and a new story.

Third time is the charm, I guess? Once again, just let the originals lie.

Apple TV+ Becomes The Home to All Things ‘Fraggle Rock’

Josef Adalian, Vulture:

Apple TV+ is going all-in on Fraggle Rock. Weeks after debuting a handful of pandemic-produced shorts, Vulture hears the streamer has struck a deal with the Jim Henson Company to produce a formal reboot of the classic kids’ show, complete with full-length episodes. As part of the agreement, Apple has also acquired exclusive streaming rights to all 96 episodes of the original 1983–87 live-action HBO series (and some specials) and will make them available to subscribers in 100 countries on Wednesday, May 27. The deal marks the first time Apple TV+ will offer previously produced content as part of its offering, but that does not mean the platform is getting into the library business.

Pretty exciting to see Fraggle Rock get properly introduced to a new generation.

As for me, I’ll see how my memories of the show hold up.

’Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson Lines Up ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel

Mike Fleming, Jr., Deadline:

Scott Derrickson, who passed on reprising as director on Dr. Strange 2 over creative differences, has found a new fantasy franchise to take on. He has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark, and My Valentine for Hulu, will write the script.

I’m really quite very unsure and anxious about Labyrinth being revisited, but given how goddamned good the Netflix Dark Crystal series was, I think the chances of this turning out good are higher than you’d expect.

Fingers and toes crossed, gang.

20 Years of Gorillaz To Be Celebrated in First-Ever ‘Gorillaz Almanac’

Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone:

More than 20 years after Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett first conceived of Gorillaz, the visual history of the cartoon band will be explored in an expansive “almanac” due out this October.

The Gorillaz Almanac, published by Z2 Comics, will feature 120-plus full-color pages featuring Hewlett’s artwork for the band. The hardcover book will also boast exclusive new artwork, the first-ever comic strip starring 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals and Russel Hobbs, plus “puzzles, games and a raft of special guest appearances from Gorillaz collaborators past and present.”

The Gorillaz Almanac is available for pre-order now in standard, deluxe and super-deluxe variants, all including a CD from Season 1 of Song Machine. 

Based on the aftermarket pricing for the first Gorillaz book, Rise of the Ogre, I recommend pre-ordering this ASAP, if you’re at all interested.