By T. Mack
1. The Notebook is Possibly Becoming a Series!
The CW is developing a series based on the bestselling 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks, which was turned into a film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 2004. If picked up to series, the show would focus on the main characters’ (Noah and Allie) time as young lovers and likely not include the older versions of them that we see in the film. (full scoop here)
2. The Lion King Sequel Series Nabs Voice Talent
The Disney Channel continues to cash in on their successful history. The Lion King will have a television movie sequel this November (titled The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar) which will set up a new animated series, The Lion Guard. The film and show will follow Simba and Nala’s second cub, Kion, as he leads a team charged with preserving the Pride Lands. James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella will reprise their roles as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively. Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union have been tapped to voice Simba and Nala. (more here)
3. Bill Murray in New Ghostbusters Movie
It is confirmed that Bill Murray is returning to the world of Ghostbusters in the new female-led reboot. However, instead of fighting ghosts, this time around the legendary comedian will be working against the team as Martin Heiss, a “professional supernatural debunker.” The role, while “tiny,” is sure to be nothing less than epic to fans of the franchise. (additional details here)
4. Ronda Rousey Vying to Be Captain Marvel
MMA fighter and actress, Ronda Rousey (Fast & Furious 7, The Expendables 3) has expressed interest in playing Captain Marvel in the upcoming movie about the character, due in theaters November 2018. No casting news or rumors have circulated yet regardign this film, but Rousey recently voiced her interest during a Reddit Q&A. (extra info here)
5. First Photo of Jay Garrick on The Flash is Epic!
Teddy Sears will be joining The Flash for its second season on the CW this Fall. He will be playing Jay Garrick, the original flash who resides in an alternate universe to ours. This Fall, he crosses over and meets Barry Gordon, requesting his help. The first photo of Sears as Garrick was released by the network this week and it is simply amazing.(find out more here)
FOX is currently in the final stages of development of plans to launch a live-action X-Men series. While the band of mutants have seen much success in film over the course of the last decade, they have not managed to have nearly the same level on the small screen. The last time X-Men was great on TV was in the mid 1990’s when the popular (and totally awesome) animated series ran from 1992-1997. FOX is in talks with Marvel to make the new show happen, though even if it does, it will not be able to connect with the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. (full story here)
7. Mortal Kombat Reboot is Coming
A Mortal Kombat reboot is currently in the works. The film will be produced by James Wan (Fast and Furious, Insidious) and is being written by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) and Dave Callaham (The Expendables). The story will supposedly focus on a seemingly harmless character who discovers his potential by accident. (all the 411 here)
8. Beetlejuice 2 is Happening… So Sayeth Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder has become the third person to say that a sequel to the 1988 hit film is happening. Michael Keaton and Tim Burton said the film would be happening as long ago as last year. However, it seems to be a reality now since Ryder has confirmed her involvement as well. That’s it. Say his names three times and he appears. Ryder makes three. Here comes Beetlejuice. (see more here)
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