7 Things You Need to Know Today to Avoid Pop-Culture Atrophy
1. John Wick 2 has officially been greenlit. Keanu Reeves will return, as will directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, and screenwriter Derek Kolstad. The original made nearly $80 million worldwide. Those are not blockbuster numbers, which suggests that the sequel will need to maintain a tight budget (the budget for the original was only $20 million), which hopefully means more money will go into even more creative ways to shoot people in the face. (Forbes)
2. Will Poulter, the ginger kid from Rawson Thurber’s We’re the Millers, has been tapped to Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Wait, this goofy guy?
Well, yes, but think this:
Yeah, I can actually see it. (Variety)
3. Orlando Jones’ Captain Irving will not be returning to season three of Sleepy Hollow, which is also undergoing a change of showrunner as the series tries to recapture the audience it lost in season two. They may want to try resetting it, getting rid of all the mythology, and turning it into a straight-up fish-out-of-water procedural because Nichole Beharie and Tom Mison are all that anyone cares about in that series. (Variety)
4. The Avengers press tour finally caught up to Mark Ruffalo, as even the most sensitive cast member had to apologize after repeatedly using the slur “gypsy” during the broadcast of The Graham Norton Show, even after being advised by the host not to. Renner, who was also chanting the slur, has not offered an apology.
@choicesmakeus Sorry. It was goofing. I apologize. I hadn't heard that until then. I won't do it again. Seriously— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) May 2, 2015
5. Louie C.K. will write, direct and star in I’m a Cop, which is about “a depressed middle-aged man who is a volunteer police officer living in the shadow of his mother, a highly decorated retired officer. When she dies, her continued influence forces him to become a real police officer, which is something he never wanted to be.” (THR)
6. David Fincher’s comedy Video Synchronicity has been picked up by HBO. It will chronicle the players of the exploding music video industry of 1983— directors, record executives and crew members, many of them who dabble in drugs — as told through the eyes of a newcomer named Robby. m Page, Jason Flemyng, Kerry Condon, Elizabeth Lail, Corbin Bernsen and Paz Vega will star. (THR)
7. Finally, I leave you with images of Maisie Williams from the set of Doctor Who. She will appear in the upcoming season, set to air in the fall.