There’s a lot of breaking news in Hollywood happening every minute. In the age of the blockbuster, it’s easy for some smaller movie and television news to slip through the crack. Last Week in Hollywood is our new weekly series highlighting all the interesting news from the last week that we thought didn’t warrant its own post, but was still worth mentioning. It’s less personal opinions and more a hearty roundup of what you might have missed.
DuckTales Ending With Third Season
DuckTales has been cancelled. Disney XD said today that the animated series will not continue past its current third season.
“The talented creative team, led by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, have delivered exceptional storytelling with uniquely reimagined characters for three seasons of 75 episodes and more than 15 shorts,” a Disney XD spokesperson said in a statement. “While physical production is wrapping, DuckTales continues to be available daily on Disney Channels and Disney+ around the world and fans will get an epic season finale in 2021.”
Alien TV Series Coming From Noah Hawley
Noah Hawley is developing an Alien TV series for FX on Hulu. He will write and executive produce the series and Alien franchise director Ridley Scott is in advanced talks to executive produce.
FX chief John Landgraf revealed the series is “set not too far into our future, it’s the first Alien story set on Earth — and by blending both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second, it’s going to be a scary thrill ride that will blow people back in their seats.”
Radio Silence Directing Reunion Horror Movie
Get ready for Reunion. Radio Silence, the filmmaking collective behind Ready or Not and the upcoming Scream, will direct the film. The script comes from Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy. The project is set up at MGM.
In the movie, “the horrific experience of high school reunions is taken to a new extreme when a group of uninspired old friends become the only hope for survival against an unwelcome shape-shifting creature.”
Extraction Cinematic Universe in the Works
Extraction turned out to be Netflix‘s most-watched original film ever, so it makes sense the streaming service would want a follow-up. Or multiple, if the Russo Brothers have their way. According to Joe Russo, the plan is to create an entire Extraction cinematic universe.
In an interview with Collider, Joe Russo revealed plans to turn Extraction into a franchise:
“I’m still not gonna commit because I think it’s more exciting to surprise people, but I will say this: we are working at building out a universe of films that could potentially explore some of the other characters from the first movie and some new characters, and see more historical interaction between the characters. So if you’re interested in David Harbour’s character, you just may get to see him in a future Extraction movie.”
“We’re trying to find more interesting ways to tell these stories and cross-pollinate them. We’re big fans of just forging new paths in narrative. Can we go backwards and forwards at the same time? Can things that happened in the past affect the movies in the present? What are new ways to tell those stories? And can we see different points of view? Every antagonist is the protagonist in their own story, so can we see their point of view? How do they perceive the world? What makes them empathetic? I think what makes that a compelling element to the Extraction universe is it is a global franchise telling global stories, and we’d like to diversify the point of view in those movies.”
Extraction is currently streaming on Netflix.
Disenchanted Announced for Disney+
Disenchanted, the long-gestating Enchanted sequel, is confirmed to be coming exclusively to Disney+. Amy Adams will officially reprise her role as Giselle. The sequel will feature original songs from Disney Legend Alan Menken. Adam Shankman will direct. The film has been in development since 2010.
Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Cast Announced
Are you ready for a live-action/CGI hybrid Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers reboot? Well, too bad if you aren’t because it’s coming!
Akiva Shaffer will direct John Mulaney and Andy Samberg, who will be voicing the titular characters respectively. Additionally, Seth Rogen is voicing someone, and people online are guessing Monterey Jack. The movie will arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2022. It will be inspired by the ’90s Disney Afternoon animated series.
Female-Led Plastic Man Movie in Development
Warner Bros. is developing a Plastic Man movie with a female lead. So yeah, it’s not exactly a Plastic Man movie, but, hey, I’m just the messenger. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog says that writer Cat Vasko has been tapped to take the movie in a new direction. No word yet on what that might mean.
Indiana Jones 5 Will Be the Final Film in the Franchise
During Lucasfilm‘s Disney Investor Day presentation, it was confirmed that Indiana Jones 5, set to be directed by James Mangold, while be the last film in the franchise. It will begin filming next spring for a July 2022 release.
With the film series finished, how about a reboot of the The Young Indiana Jones Adventures? At least put the original series on Disney+ ya cowards!
Matt Reeves Producing Horror Movie Switchboard
Matt Reeves is set to produce a new horro movie called Switchboard with Paranormal Activity producer Steven Schneider. The Hollywood Reporter states the film will follow “a young female switchboard operator in the 1940s who suddenly finds herself being targeted by an active serial killer who has called in to the phone call service. As their conversation intensifies, she begins to question her safety, her sanity and, ultimately, her very reality.” The movie is written by actor-turned-screenwriter Devon Graye.
Lucasfilm Developing Children of Blood and Bone Adaptation
Lucasfilm has announced that it working on an adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel Children of Blood & Bone. The story will center around “a young African girl’s heart-racing quest to restore magic to her forsaken people, the Maji.” Lucasfilm will partner with 20th Century Studios on this coming-of-age adventure.
That’s it for last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!