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.
Jupiter’s Legacy Canceled After One Season
Netflix has canceled Jupiter’s Legacy after a single season. The superhero series was based on the comic book series of the same name by Mark Millar. All of the Jupiter’s Legacy cast members have been let out of their contractual commitments to return for more episodes.
Millar addressed the news on his Twitter:
“Jupiter’s Legacy is a vast and rich space with lots of characters to mine, and so I’m happy to share that our next step here is a live-action version of the Supercrooks comic I created with Leinil Francis Yu a few years back. Given where we’re going next, we’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment as we continue to thoughtfully develop all realms of the Jupiter’s Legacy saga. We’re confident we’ll return to it later and just want to say thanks to you guys for your continued support and to the cast and crew who made this look so great.”
So they ended one series (which I’m told on a cliffhanger no less) to create another one set in the same universe? Sounds kind of dumb, but what do I know. Anyway, Supercrooks follows “a ragtag gang of supervillains, con artists, petty thieves and leg-breakers who band together for the heist of the century and the most outrageous crime story you’ve ever seen in your life.”
Peacock Orders Ted Series
Peacock has given a straight-to-series order for a live-action television adaptation of Ted, the hit 2012 comedy movie from the mind of Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane currently in talks to reprise the foul-mouthed bear. However, sources report that Wahlberg is unlikely to return as Ted’s “owner” and thunder buddy John.
Netflix Developing Animated Far Cry Series
Netflix announced on its Netflix Geeked Twitter account that they are developing an animated Far Cry series with Ubisoft. No other information was released alongside the tweet.
Each main game in the series features a new location, a new protagonist, and a new villain, so whether or not the animated series follows suit is unconfirmed. However, in order to actually earn the name recognition I’d wager that the series will adapt, and perhaps expand, on one of the previous video game instalments.
Jeb Stuart to Write Assassin’s Creed Series
Variety reports that Jeb Stuart will serve as writer on the upcoming live-action Assassin’s Creed series in the works at Netflix. Stuart is well-known for co-writing Die Hard and The Fugitive. The popular video game series was previously adapted to film in 2016. That film starred Michael Fassbender and the less said about it the better.
Greenland Getting Sequel
Greenland is getting a sequel. The Gerard Butler disaster movie was a surprise hit and know the team is reuniting for a sequel. Butler, Morena Baccarin, director Ric Roman Waugh, and writer Chris Sparling are all set to return for Greenland: Migration.
According to Variety, in the new movie, “the Garrity family, who survive a near-extinction level event when an interstellar comet hits Earth, must leave the safety of the Greenland bunker and embark on a perilous journey across the decimated frozen wasteland of Europe to find a new home.”
Short Story Abraham’s Boys Getting Adapted
Abraham’s Boys, a short story that serves as a kind of sequel to Dracula, is becoming a movie. The story first appeared in Joe Hill‘s 20th Century Ghosts and is now being developed into a feature-length film at Tea Shop Productions (47 Meters Down movies).
Writer-director Natasha Kermani (Lucky) will adapt the short story. Deadline has the synopsis: “The action-horror story is a follow-up of sorts to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, testing the relationships Stoker formed in his original novel. The plot follows Max and Rudy Van Helsing, who know nothing of their father Abraham’s past and cannot understand his overprotective attitude and strange behavior. To make matters worse, Abraham is becoming increasingly more unhinged, paranoid, and violent.”
Detective Thriller Marlowe Heads to Market
Storyboard Media and CAA Media Finance are launching sales on Marlowe, a detective thriller set to star Liam Neeson in the titular role of Raymond Chandler’s iconic detective Philip Marlowe. Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) is directing from a script by William Monahan (The Departed).
The film will be based on the novel The Black-Eyed Blonde. The 1950s-set film will see “private detective Marlowe (Neeson) hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress. Initially it looks an open and shut case, but Marlowe soon finds himself in the underbelly of Hollywood’s film industry and unwittingly drawn into the crossfire of a legendary Hollywood actress and her subversive, ambitious daughter.”
A Quiet Place Spin-off Gets 2023 Release Date
Paramount has just given a release date for the upcoming A Quiet Place spin-off. The film will open in theaters on March 31, 2023. Jeff Nichols is writing and directing the film that is based on an idea from John Krasinski.
The spin-off is very early in development and will be the next installment in the post-apocalyptic world.
Cruella 2 in the Works
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Disney is developing a sequel to Cruella. It is expected that Cruella director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Tony McNamara, and star Emma Stone will all return. No word yet on if the sequel will adapt the plot of One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
WarnerMedia & Discovery Announce Merger Name
Last month, AT&T announced that they be going through with a merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery. According to reports from a recent staff meeting, the new company name will be Warner Bros. Discovery. On the merger, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said:
“Warner Bros. Discovery will aspire to be the most innovative, exciting and fun place to tell stories in the world – that is what the company will be about. We love the new company’s name because it represents the combination of Warner Bros.’ fabled hundred year legacy of creative, authentic storytelling and taking bold risks to bring the most amazing stories to life, with Discovery’s global brand that has always stood brightly for integrity, innovation and inspiration. There are so many wonderful, creative and journalistic cultures that will make up the Warner Bros. Discovery family. We believe it will be the best and most exciting place in the world to tell big, important and impactful stories across any genre – and across any platform: film, television and streaming.”
When the deal is approved it is expected that the merger will be completed by mid-2022. The combined company will reportedly devote $20 billion a year toward new content. Now all we need to find out is if Warner Bros. Discovery will figure out what to do with its catalogue of DC characters.
New Christine Adaptation Gets Bryan Fuller
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) has signed on to make his feature-film directorial debut on the upcoming Christine reboot. Sony Pictures and Blumhouse are behind the new adaptation of the acclaimed 1983 Stephen King novel about a killer car. Christine was previously adapted into a film directed by John Carpenter that same year.
In addition to directing, Fuller will also write the screenplay for the reboot. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse, with Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban also producing.
That’s it for news since the start of the month. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing the most onscreen? Tell us down in the comments!