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It's Been a Very Busy 24 Hours for Casting and Industry News

By Dustin Rowles | Film | February 26, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Film | February 26, 2021 |


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— Superman is coming back, and though we know nothing of the details, we do know that it’s set up under J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner and that Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the script. That’s great news. It is unclear, however, whether Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will return. Coates is currently penning a script for director Ryan Coogler that will star Michael B. Jordan, and if they wanted to keep these three together for another Superman movie, I would not object.

— Speaking of Superman, it’s official: The runtime for Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut is 4 hours, 1 minute, and 28 seconds. Godspeed.

— I predicted it over on Uproxx yesterday, and it is official today: Better Call Saul won’t be back until the first quarter of 2022. It does, however, begin filming next month, but the final season (13 episodes) is an eight-month shoot. Gilligan and Gould don’t f*ck around.

— I know it is creepy, but I really liked Time Traveler’s Wife, and they botched that movie adaptation (although, Rachel McAdams was well cast). They’re going to give it another go, as a TV series with Rose Leslie (cool!) and … Theo James, who is the Sam Worthington of Scott Eastwoods. That project is set up at HBO.

— Speaking of HBO adaptations, HBO is adapting Marissa Meyer’s YA romance Instant Karma. It’s about Prudence, who wakes up one morning “with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her.” Oh, man: That sounds like the best superpower.

— David Leitch (John Wick) has a cool new photo from the set of Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train, which has a stacked-ass cast.

— Speaking of Leitch, our friend Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Miller) is stepping in for Leitch who was schedule conflicted out of Netflix’s adaptation of the video game The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. The story sounds cool:

The story is set in the near future with a virus spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.

Rawson is coming off of Red Notice, also for Netflix, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. His was one of the first big productions to come back during the pandemic.

— I mentioned yesterday that Hulu had greenlit a limited series about Mike Tyson called Iron Mike. Tyson isn’t happy about that and calls it “cultural appropriation” and “tone deaf” to announce it during Black History Month. Hmm. He said he is planning his own rival project.

Criminal Minds has been off the air for, like, a year, but Paramount+ is bringing it back and reassembling most of the talent for the series, which has been hugely popular over on Netflix.

— Speaking of Paramount+, they’re launching a singing competition spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s called Queen of the Universe. They’re also bringing back another season of Drag Race All Stars. Access to RuPaul’s Drag Race is a real problem in my household. You can only watch it with cable, and even then, it has to be the right cable (Hulu Live is not compatible). Hopefully, it will be available on Paramount+ when it launches next week.

— In other Paramount+ news, Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone is not returning for a third season (Peele said it was his decision). The first season was unfortunately disappointing, and I never gave the second season a look.

— Amazon is developing a television series that centers on Lady Jaye, the G.I. Joe character depicted by Adrianne Palicki in the 2013 movie. It will be a stand-alone story. I doubt that Palicki will be back for it, but that’s the only reason I can think to watch it.

— Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich — the team behind the Resident Evil movies — will be joining Dave Bautista for an adaptation of In the Lost Lands based on a short story by George R.R. Martin.

Ray Donovan, which was abruptly canceled by Showtime last year, is returning with a movie that series star Liev Schreiber will co-write. The movie will pick up where season 7 left off.

I’ve just closed about 15 browser tabs. I’ve never felt so alive.

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