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.
George A. Romero’s Twilight of the Dead Getting Made
Suzanne Romero, wife of the late George A. Romero, has shared her plans on getting Twilight of the Dead made. She has quietly been working with screenwriters on the script — and is now seeking meetings with directors.
Twilight of the Dead was being developed by George Romero prior to his death in 2017. It was intended to be the concluding chapter and final statement on the zombie genre. It will continue the storyline that began in 2005’s Land of the Dead ignoring the events of 2007’s Diary of the Dead and 2009’s Survival of the Dead.
The upcoming film will be “set in a decimated world. Life has all but disappeared. But there still may be hope for humanity.” Romero wrote a treatment for Twilight of the Dead with Paolo Zelati. Zelati asked Suzanne Romero for permission to continue with the script after Romero’s death. He brought on screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to help. Now they are proceeding forward on the hunt of a director to helm the project.
Invincible Renewed for Seasons 2 & 3
Amazon has renewed the superhero animated series Invincible for two more seasons. Creator Robert Kirkman made the announcement on Twitter alongside star Steven Yeun.
The hour-long adult animated series is based on the Skybound/Image comic of the same name by Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. It revolves around “17-year-old Mark Grayson (Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers that his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.”
Ironheart Finds Its Head Writer
Chinaka Hodge (Amazing Stories, Snowpiercer) has been hired as head writer on Ironheart. The upcoming Marvel Studios/Disney+ series will tell the story of “Riri Williams, a teenaged tech genius who reverse engineered an old Iron Man suit and essentially replaced Tony Stark after he stepped away from that role in the comics.” Dominique Thomas will star as Riri Williams.
Adam Wingard in Talks to Helm Son of Kong
Adam Wingard may be returning to the MonsterVerse sooner than expected. The Godzilla vs. Kong director is reportedly in early talks to direct Son of Kong.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary is “quietly taking steps to stretch” the MonsterVerse franchise “into one or more installments,” with Son of Kong being a title that is reportedly being floated internally at the studio. If hired, Wingard will become the first filmmaker to helm more than one movie in this franchise.
Elizabeth Banks Developing The Flintstones Sequel Series
Elizabeth Banks will executive produce and star in Bedrock, an animated Flintstones spin-off series that follows an adult Pebbles Flintstone. The project has been in development since 2019 and will air on Fox. Lindsay Kerns (Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, DC Super Hero Girls) is writing the pilot script.
The animated series “will be set 20 years after the 1960s series and center on a 20-something Pebbles as she begins her own career while her dad, Fred, nears retirement. With the Stone Age giving way to an enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find this evolution harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club.”
I know some may think this is unnecessary, but I love The Flintstones and I love picking up with characters decades down the road, so yeah I’ll watch this. I wish Banks wasn’t voicing Pebbles, but I’ll get over it.
Spielberg’s Next Movie Titled The Fabelmans
Steven Spielberg‘s next movie has been titled The Fabelmans. Additionally, the film, which is loosely based on the director’s own childhood, is holding open casting calls for the lead role of Sammy, which appears to be the character who is modeled on Spielberg’s younger self.
Casting director Cindy Tolan is holding an open casting call for two different versions of The Fabelmans lead character, Sammy” They’re looking for a white male between the ages of 14-18 for teenage Sammy, and a white male between the ages of 6-8 for young Sammy. Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Seth Rogen are all on board to play various members of Spielberg’s family.
Enola Holmes 2 in Development at Netflix
Netflix has officially put Enola Holmes 2 into development. Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) is returning as the titular character as is Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, the master detective and older brother of Enola.
Writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) and director Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) will also be back and the sequel “will continue the adventures of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ rebellious teen sister Enola, a gifted super-sleuth in her own right who often outsmarts her famous siblings as she runs about early 20th century London.”
That’s it for last week. What projects mentioned are you interested in seeing once completed? Tell us down in the comments!