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.
Lando Disney+ Series Now a Movie
Stephen Glover recently revealed on the Pablo Torre Finds Out podcast that Lando, an upcoming Star Wars project about Lando Calrissian, had been upgraded from a Disney+ series to a theatrical movie.
“It’s not even a show…the idea right now is to do a movie. Right now, because of the strike, it’s kind of like telephone, all of the information,” Glover said. Lucasfilm confirmed the news afterwards. | Source: Variety
Amazon Purchases Crime 101
Amazon Studios has won a bidding war for the rights to the upcoming film adaptation of Don Winslow’s Crime 101 novella, which hails from Working Title. The acquisition cost around $90 million, with Amazon beating Netflix after new studio film head Courtenay Valenti offered a theatrical release for the movie.
Chris Hemsworth and Pedro Pascal are attached to star with American Animals helmer Bart Layton attached to direct the film. Crime 101 has been described as “a great crime story in the vein of Heat. High-level jewel thefts are taking place up and down the Pacific Coast and police have linked them to the Colombian cartels. Detective Lou Lubesnick has other ideas, and he zeroes in on one perp, a thief looking for a final score.” | Source: Deadline, Puck
The Spiderwick Chronicles Dead at Disney+
Disney+ is not moving forward with The Spiderwick Chronicles, its live-action series adaptation of the popular children’s fantasy books of the same name. The eight-episode series, from Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television, has been completed. There is a possibility it could end up on another streaming service. | Source: Deadline
Marvel Studios Delays Most of Its MCU Series
Marvel Studios has reshuffled the release dates for its slate of Disney+ shows. What If…? Season 2 will debut around Christmas Day. Echo, a spinoff of Hawkeye, was originally announced for November 29, 2023, but has now shifted to January 2024. Agatha: Coven of Chaos, now titled Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, has been pushed back to Fall 2024.
Loki Season 2 is still set to debut on October 5, 2023. X-Men ’97, an animated continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, will now premiere in early 2024. Ironheart, Daredevil: Born Again, and Wonder Man have been removed entirely from the release schedule at this time. It is unclear where on the calendar the three series will end up. | Source: The Hollywood Reporter
More News to Know
- Netflix closed a $20 million deal on Hit Man, the Richard Linklater-directed noir comic thriller that stars Glen Powell and Adria Arjona. (Deadline)
- Dune: Part Two has been delayed to March 15, 2024. (Variety)
That’s it for the last couple of weeks in Hollywood. What news mentioned above are you interested in seeing when it hits the screen? Tell us in the comments!