Last week, I was pulling myself slowly and steadily out of the haze/workload brought on by New York Comic Con. This week, I’m shifting through all the stories I bookmarked and discovering there’s scads of good news to be found on the entertainment front!
SWINTON reunites with Snowpiercer director.
Bong Joon-ho’s Okja will be “a multilingual monster movie.” Considering what wonders and scares he brought with The Host, we are on board. Potentially on board are Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy, all said to be in talks. Okja will shoot early next year in New York and Korea. (The Film Stage)
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters is getting a television spin-off.
Paramount has dashed our hopes of a sequel to the honey badger of movies. But the studio is working with Gary Sanchez to turn the property into a series. For now there’s few details on who will star (we’re assuming Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are solidly out of the picture), or what kind of content will be offered. But with American Horror Story on TV, I’m hopeful that Tommy Wirkola’s twisted fairy tale world will stay intact. (Deadline)
Denis O’Hare looked to a Drag Race All-Star for AHS inspiration.
Speaking of American Horror Story: Hotel, this season sees O’Hare taking a turn in drag as Liz Taylor. While the movie star herself inspires the costumes he’ll be wearing, the celebrated character actor turned to a modern drag icon for some performance tips. “I met with Alaska (Thunderfuck) from RuPaul’s Drag Race, who I love, and he was fantastic,” O’Hare said. “He sat down with me and sort of just talked me through some stuff and it was really, really, really helpful. He is a great guy and she is an amazing performer.” (Vulture)
Pizza Rat gets honored in season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Lynn Shelton teams with This American Life for docudramedy.
One of the most memorable episodes of the popular podcast was “The Incredible Case of the PI Moms,” the subject at which is pretty obvious. The twists of which, are not. Shelton, who’s helmed such heartwarming yet subversive comedies as Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, will direct a script she co-wrote with Megan Griffiths, while Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp will produce. Give the ep a listen at the link above, and you’ll soon see why we think Shelton is a perfect pick for the project. (Deadline)
Pixar reveals footage from “Sanjay’s Super Team.”
The short will play before The Good Dinosaur next month. But you can get a taste of its charming culture clash now. I actually saw it in full at SDCC. Bonus Good News: It’s no “Lava.” “Sanjay’s Super Team” is downright adorable.