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.
The Great Gatsby Getting Animated
The Great Gatsby is now in the public domain, so get ready for a whole bunch of new adaptations. And while we’d all rather have a Muppets version of the literary classic, it looks like we’re going to have to live with an animated version instead.
The feature animation arm of VFX house DNEG, who did the effects for last year’s Tenet, is developing a Great Gatsby animated movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Brian Selznick, who wrote and illustrated the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret which served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, will be writing the script. William Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) will direct. He previously worked on the animated adaptations of his books Epic, Rise of the Guardians, and Meet the Robinsons. It’s a powerhouse duo that might just be able to bring something new and exciting to the Great Gatsby tale.
District 9 Sequel Finally Happening
Neill Blomkamp has tweeted that District 10, the unofficial title for the District 9 sequel, is finally in the works. He revealed that he and writing partners Sharlto Copley and Terri Tatchell are in the process of writing a District 10 screenplay.
— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) February 26, 2021
The last District 10 update came in 2015, so I’m sure fans are happy for a new update.
Nickelodeon Launches Avatar Studios
Nickelodeon is set to launch Avatar Studios, a new division that will “create original content spanning animated series and movies based on the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.” Original creators and executive producers Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will lead the studio as co-chief creative officers. The news comes after DiMartino and Konietzko departed Netflix’s live-action Avatar series in August.
The first project from the newfound studio will be an animated theatrical film. Production on the feature will begin later this year. Additional projects will debut on Nickelodeon, Paramount+, in theaters, or on other third-party platforms.
Lady Jaye Series in the Works
Hollywood won’t let G.I. Joe die, so here’s some news about the property heading back to television.
A live-action series focusing on Lady Jaye is in the works. Adrianne Palicki previously played the character in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but I doubt she’ll be reprising the role. The project is setup at Paramount Television Studios, eOne, and Skydance Television. It is being described as “a standalone story centered around Jaye, which will also connect to the larger G.I. Joe universe.”
Erik Oleson will create and act as showrunner on the show and will executive produce alongside Lorenzo DiBonaventura, who produced the live-action films.
Ray Donovan Returning for Movie
Ray Donovan is back! The recently cancelled Showtime series is getting a feature-length film to wrap up the show’s storyline. Liev Schreiber will return as Donovan and will co-write the script with series showrunner David Hollander, who will direct. Jon Voight and Kerris Dorsey will also reprise their roles as Mickey Donovan and Ray’s daughter Bridget.
The film picks up where season seven left off, with “Mickey in the wind and Ray determined to find and stop him before he can cause any more carnage. It will also weave together the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years ago.” Production is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year in New York.
David Fincher to Adapt The Killer Graphic Novel Series
David Fincher is currently developing an adaptation of The Killer, a series of graphic novels by Alexis Nolent for Netflix. Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven) will adapt. Source additionally state that Michael Fassbender is in talks to star. The series followed “a cold-blooded assassin who begins to have psychological crisis in a world with no moral compass.”
Jon M. Chu to Direct The Great Chinese Art Heist
Another week, another new project for Jon M. Chu. Seriously, the man is in high demand right now! Dropping out of the Willow sequels series seems like a small blessing now. Chu is slated to direct The Great Chinese Art Heist for Warner Bros., based on a GQ article about “a slew of museum art robberies that occurred in Europe, in which Chinese antiquities were stolen, chiefly those that came from the country’s old Summer Palace which was raided in 1860 by French soldiers. No one knows who the thieves are, but the works of art continually wind up back in China. Essentially, there’s a new generation of wealthy Chinese people who are collecting artifacts from the old Summer Palace. Is China’s government behind the art theft wave? The feature questions who gets to own art, and who gets to own history and culture.”
The studio is currently looking for a writer. Chu is also set to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked, and has been rumored for a live-action remake of Lilo & Stitch.
Rawson Marshall Thurber Will Now Direct The Division
Rawson Marshall Thurber has replaced David Leitch as director on Tom Clancy’s The Division. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are still attached to star at this time. Leitch will still produce the upcoming adaptation. Thurber will additionally rewrite the script with Ellen Shanman.
The Division is set “in a future where a virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated to save who and what remains.”
Netflix Buys The Ice Road
Netflix has just paid $18 million for The Ice Road, an upcoming action thriller starring Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne. Apparently, this price is enough for the streaming service to set a new record for a domestic-only deal from the European Film Market.
In The Ice Road, “after a remote diamond mine collapses in the far northern regions of Canada, an ice driver (Neeson) leads an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the lives of trapped miners despite thawing waters and a threat they never see coming.”
Silent Night, Deadly Reboot
Silent Night, Deadly Night is getting a reboot. Producer Anthony Masi is developing a new film in the horror franchise with Orwo and Black Hangar Studios, the companies behind Jeepers Creepers: Reborn. In slightly better news, the producers from the original 1984 film, Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment are also on board. The goal for the remake is to be “committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.”
The reboot is currently slated for release in 2022.
Superman & Lois Renewed for Season 2
After a successful premiere week, The CW has decided Superman & Lois is here to stay. The network has renewed the freshman series for another season.
Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and CEO of The CW Network, said that the “phenomenal multiplatform debut of Superman & Lois, which delivered for us in a big way on both a linear and streaming basis, is a testament to the creativity, hard work and dedication of the talented people who worked tirelessly in front of and behind the camera, especially in this challenging environment.”
Superman & Lois joins 12 other renewed shows for next season
Gore Verbinski to Direct George R.R. Martin Story
Gore Verbinski (Rango) is attached to direct a feature-length adaptation of Sandkings, based on a novelette from George R.R. Martin. This would be Verbinski’s first film since 2016’s A Cure for Wellness. The project is set up at Netflix. Dennis Kelly is writing the screenplay.
Sandkings is “a futuristic story about Simon Kress, who collects exotic animals and buys four terrariums full of mysterious bug-like creatures called sandkings, who grow to fill whatever space they occupy. They carve likenesses of their human master into sandcastles they build to protect their sandking leader, but Kress, who is a giant asshole, isn’t satisfied. He begins starving his new pets out of boredom so he can be entertained watching them fight with each other over the scraps of food he provides. His mistreatment of the creatures continues to escalate, and things take a dark turn from there.”
Red Sonja Movie Hired New Writer
Tasha Huo is the newest writer to board the Red Sonja movie. She joins Joey Soloway, who is co-writing and directing the film. Here’s what Soloway said on the new co-writer:
“I have loved Red Sonja forever and I feel so honored to help shepherd her story and start this cinematic journey. There could not be a greater moment in our world for Red Sonja’s ways of wielding power and her connection with nature and our planet. She is an ancient heroine with an epic calling, and translating that to the screen is a dream come true for me as a filmmaker. I can’t wait to collaborate with Tasha on this vision.”
Casting on the Red Sonja movie is expected to begin very soon.
Bosch Spin-off in the Works at IMDb TV
Bosch may be ending on Prime Video later this year with its seventh season, but that won’t be the end of Harry Bosch. Titus Welliver, Mimi Rogers, and Madison Lintz will reprise their roles as Bosch, Honey ‘Money’ Chandler, and Bosch’s daughter Maddie in a new series for IMDb TV.
Series creator Eric Overmyer and author Michael Connelly are also involved in the continuation, which for some reason is being called a spin-off. I’m not sure how it can be a spin-off if the main character is still going to be the star.
The new series will follow “Harry Bosch (Welliver) to the next phase of his career, where he finds himself working with his former adversary, attorney Honey “Money” Chandler (Rogers). The two have a deep and complicated history but work on something they can agree on: finding justice.”
That’s it for last week and a bit. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!