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.
Cobra Kai Creators to Tackle Duke Nukem Movie
Legendary Entertainment has picked up the rights to Duke Nukem from Gearbox with plans to turn the ’90s video game into a feature film. Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg are on board to produce the potential film with Jean-Julien Baronnet (Assassin’s Creed) of Marla Studios, which apparently “specializes in video game adaptations” (that Assassin’s Creed film was ass though, I’m told).
Nukem centers on its titular antihero who fights an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Legendary is currently searching for a writer and director for the film. Paramount previously tried to adapt Duke Nukem near the end of the 2010s with John Cena attached, but nothing ever came from it. (Source: THR)
Paramount Rebooting Sleepy Hollow
Paramount has hired Lindsey Beer to write, direct, and produce a reboot of the classic horror title Sleepy Hollow. Exact plot details are unknown for Beer’s adaptation at this time, but it would be strange to not focus on “the headless horseman who terrorizes a small town and its newest resident, Ichabod Crane.” (Source: Deadline)
Justin Lin to Direct One-Punch Man
Justin Lin is set to direct One-Punch Man for Sony Pictures. He will also produce the adaptation of the popular manga as well as rewrite the film’s script with original scribes Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner. Production is slated to begin by the end of the year.
One-Punch Man follows “the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch but seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing bored by a lack of challenges in his fight against evil.” (Source: Deadline)
New Ghostbusters Animated Series in the Works
A new Ghostbusters animated series is coming to Netflix. The series hails from Sony Pictures Animation, with Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan of Ghost Corps, Inc. on board as executive producers. Plot details are not available at this time, so it’s unknown if the series will be connected to the live-action films or tell a non-canon story. No writer is attached at this time either.
The upcoming series will be the third animated Ghostbusters show in the franchise’s history after The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, which aired close to 200 episodes together from the mid-’80s into the ’90s. (Source: Deadline)
Batman Azteca Announced for HBO Max Latin America
HBO Max Latin America has ordered Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios (Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires), an original animated feature-length film that reimagines the popular DC Comics superhero. The animated feature comes from Warner Bros. Animation and DC in partnership with Anima and Chatrone. Juan Meza-León (Harley Quinn) will direct the film.
Here’s the story’s synopsis: “In the time of the Aztec Empire, Yohualli Coatl — a young Aztec boy — experiences tragedy when his father and village leader, Toltecatzin, is murdered by Spanish Conquistadors. Yohualli escapes to Tenochtitlan to warn King Moctezuma and his high priest, Yoka, of imminent danger. Using the temple of Tzinacan, the bat god, as a lair, Yohualli trains with his mentor and assistant, Acatzin, developing equipment and weaponry to confront the Spaniard invasion, protect Moctezuma’s temple, and avenge his father’s death.” (Source: Deadline)
Julia Garner Top Choice to Play Madonna
Julia Garner is reportedly Universal‘s top choice to play Madonna in the studio’s upcoming biopic. No deal has been offered yet though because the studio is still working out the budget for the film. Madonna will direct the film based on a script by Diablo Cody. (Deadline)
Other News Updates
- Netflix has ordered a second season of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Kevin Smith’s successor to the cult 1983–1985 animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Season 2 will be titled Masters of the Universe: Revolution.
- Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, and Josh Segarra have all joined the cast for Scream 6.
- Dakota Fanning will star opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 3 for Sony Pictures.
- Tahar Rahim has boarded Sony Pictures’ Madame Web in an undisclosed role.
- The Old Guard 2 has added Uma Thurman and Henry Golding to its cast.
- Lionsgate has filled out the ensemble cast for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Jerome Lance will play Marcus, the tribute from District 2. Ashley Liao will play Clemensia Dovecote, one of Coriolanus’s closest friends and mentor to a tribute from District 11. Knox Gibson will play Bobbin, tribute from District 8; Mackenzie Lansing will play Coral, tribute from District 4; Aamer Husain will play Felix Ravinstill, the mentor to a tribute from District 11; while Josh Andrés Rivera will play Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of young Coriolanus Snow, and the mentor to a tribute from District 2.
That’s it for the last few weeks. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!