Last Week(s) in Hollywood: ‘Attack the Block 2’, ‘Army of Thieves’, ‘Evil Dead Rise’ & More

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.

Attack the Block 2 Finally Happening

StudiocanalFilm4, Complete Fiction Pictures, and UpperRoom Productions are finally moving forward with an Attack the Block 2. Director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega will also be back. In the original 2011 film, Boyega played Moses, “the leader of a teen street gang that has to deal with aliens that have invaded a council estate in South London.”

Deadline broke the news that Attack the Block 2 is officially happening. Plot details aren’t available at the moment, but here’s what Cornish said on the news:

“I’m thrilled we’re officially announcing our return to the world of Attack The Block on the tenth anniversary of the film’s release. I can’t wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action.”

Boyega added:

“It’s been a decade since Attack The Block was released and so much has changed since then. I’m excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favourite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honour.”

Army of Dead Prequel Gets Title & Synopsis

Army of the Dead has only just started streaming on Netflix, but its only the beginning of that movie world. In addition to an anime prequel series called Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, a live-action prequel is also in development. Heck, it might have already been shot, I don’t know! What I do know is that it is called Army of Thieves and will bring Army of the Dead actor Matthias Schweighöfer back as Dieter. Schweighöfer will also direct.

The synopsis of the film has also just been released by Netflix: “A mysterious woman recruits bank teller Dieter to assist in a heist of impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.”

Okay, that’s interesting? I don’t know if people who watch a zombie heist movie will want to watch a normal heist movie, but maybe I’m wrong? But good for Zack Snyder getting to create what he wants without studio interference.

Evil Dead Rise to Debut on HBO Max

A whole bunch of information about the new Evil Dead movie has just been revealed. Titled Evil Dead Rise, the film will be set in the city and “tell a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Alyssa Sutherland (TV’s The Mist and Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging RockJungle), whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.”

Filmmaker Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground) is on board to write and direct. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell will act as executive producers. The film will be released as an exclusive HBO Max film.

Travis Knight to Direct Vampire Thriller Uprising

Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings, Bumblebee) has lined up his next project. He will direct Uprising, a vampire action-thriller, for Netflix. The film is based on Raymond Villareal’s book A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising. Jeremy Slater (upcoming Moon Knight series) wrote the latest draft of the script.

Deadline reports that the film “is set after a global viral outbreak turns people into vampires and follows CIA agent Lauren Webb, who works against the clock to uncover the truth behind a growing uprising that threatens to wipe out humanity.”

Wes Ball to Direct The Time Runner

Paramount has acquired the novella The Time Runner, and have set Wes Ball to direct. Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman will write the script. Sherman wrote the novella.

The storyline is being kept under wraps, but fingers crossed for an engaging new story involving time travel. Ball will next direct the Planet of the Apes reboot for 20th Century Studios.

Schwarzenegger Spy TV Series Heads to Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s untitled spy series has officially landed at Netflix. The streaming service has officially given a series order of eight 60-minute episodes to the spy adventure show from Skydance Television and Nick Santora.

The untitled project stars Schwarzenegger and Monica Barbaro (Army of the Dead) as a father and daughter duo who “learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor.”

In a statement, Schwarzenegger said:

“Fans from all over the world have been asking me for a wild ride like this for years, and now they’re finally going to get it because of our great partners at Skydance and Netflix. I am beyond pumped to start work on the show with Nick and Monica and the whole team.”

This looks like it could be a return to form for Schwarzenegger and hearken back to his days as an ’80s action star. I’m all for this.

That’s it for last couple weeks. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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