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Month: September 2020

MOONLIGHT Director Barry Jenkins to Helm Sequel to Live-Action Version of THE LION KING

Deadline:

The Walt Disney Studios has set Oscar winner Barry Jenkins to direct the studio’s follow-up to the 2019 blockbuster The Lion King. Jeff Nathanson, who scripted the last installment, is back in the fold and has completed an initial draft of script. Jenkins won the Oscar for scripting the Best Picture winner Moonlight and was nominated for adapting If Beale Street Could Talk (he directed both).

The film will continue with the photo-realistic technology that director Jon Favreau used in the 2019 film and 2016’s The Jungle Book. There is no release date set for The Lion King follow-up or for the production start, but it is understandably a top priority for Sean Bailey’s division after the last film grossed $1.6 billion worldwide.

They are keeping the logline under wraps, but I’m told that the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa’s origin story. Moving the story forward while looking back conjures memories of The Godfather: Part II, set on the African plain with a continuation of the tradition of music that was a key part of the 1994 animated classic, the 2019 film and the blockbuster Broadway stage transfer.

This is completely unnecessary, but hey, get paid, Barry Jenkins!

Hey, Nickelodeon Generation – Get Ready To Relive THE ORANGE YEARS

For millions of children and adults, the Nickelodeon Network is synonymous with growing up. In just a few years, the channel grew from a small local channel to an international phenomenon that helped shape a generation. Led by trailblazing visionary Geraldine Laybourne and her commitment to putting kids first, a group of unconventional heroes turned an underdog channel into an $8 billion dollar juggernaut as the golden standard for children’s programming.

The Orange Years chronicles the rise of Nickelodeon, with the actors, writers, and creators from all the golden age Nickelodeon shows that shaped your lives. It’s wild. It’s crazy. It changed the world.

I cannot wait to watch this and go: “Holy shit, they got OLD!”

And then go: “Holy shit, I’m OLD!”

The Orange Years hits VOD on November 17, 2020.

So, I Guess We’re Getting a NICK FURY Series on Disney+

Variety:

Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise the role of Nick Fury in a new Marvel series currently in development at Disney Plus, Variety has learned exclusively from sources.

The exact plot details of the show are being kept under wraps, but multiple sources say Jackson is attached to star with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce. Like all the other Marvel shows at Disney Plus, Marvel Studios will produce.

Of all the characters from the cinematic Marvel Universe, Nick Fury makes the most sense to make a transition from the big screen to the smaller screen – minus those which have already started their transition in Wandavision and The Falcon & Winter Soldier.

I do wonder, however, with Samuel L. Jackson being 71 years young, if this will be a scenario where he films wraparounds for each episode, and a younger actor plays Fury in the bulk of the show, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles-style.

Coincidentally, this now makes me wonder if the rumors about the Mace Windu / Star Wars series on Disney+ were a series of crossed wires.

Nintendo Reveals Halloween-themed ANIMAL CROSSING Update

I know many of us have been waiting for this one.

At the same time, good news – if you’ve been spending money on eBay or Etsy for Amiibo cards, they’re getting reprinted too.

I wanna meet that Thanksgiving Turkey.

Artist Tyler Stout Releases a Timed TERMINATOR Print

io9:

The release of a new Tyler Stout poster is an event. In the pop culture art world, few artists command as much anticipation and excitement as the one behind some of the best posters ever for Akira, Kill Bill, The Thing, and Star Wars.

Well, today is just such an event. io9 is beyond excited to exclusively reveal Stout’s latest poster, for James Cameron’s The Terminator.

The 24 x 36-inch screenprint will be available in both timed regular and limited variant editions. The blue regular will be available from 11:59 p.m PT tonight, September 24, through 11:59 a.m. PT tomorrow, September 25. 12 hours only!!! It costs $60. The silver variant, an edition of 350, will cost $100. Those will go on sale a few times randomly between those hours. “Some at the beginning, then some in the middle, and some towards the end,” Stout said. The sale will be posted on tstout.com.

The standard edition is at the top of the post, with the variant just below this sentence.

Very awesome print, and as someone who owns one of Stout’s first pop-culture prints (Blade Runner), it’s so rad to see his artwork progress.

If you want one, grab one here.