Hollywould: ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Night of the Living Dead Part II,’ and ‘Watership Down’
The film and television business moves at a mile a minute, so keeping up with the latest news can be a little daunting. Not to worry—we have your back. In Hollywould, we’ll round up the industry developments you need to know. Here’s what you may have missed:
Sony is developing a two-hour project set in the Breaking Bad universe with series creator, Vince Gilligan. The story will “follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom.” There’s no word if this is a prequel, a sequel, or if Walt and Jesse will return, but The Hollywood Reporter has details.
Maniac mastermind, Cary Fukunaga, and The Old Man and the Gun director, David Lowery, have teamed up for a television version of ’80s sci-fi feature titled Explorers, according to Deadline. Details about the project are scarce. The original movie starred Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jasson Presson as teens who, after experiencing strange dreams about blueprints, build a spaceship and meet aliens.
Night of the Living Dead Part II
For the 50th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, Living Dead Media is producing an “officially licensed” sequel to the 1968 original film, per Bloody-Disgusting. The new movie will adapt a previously unproduced script from the ’70s that is written by creator George Romero and John A. Russo.
Netflix and BBC have revealed the full cast of their upcoming adaptation of Richard Adams’ Watership Down, the beloved bunny novel that is in no way emotionally scarring or depressing. Peter Capaldi joins John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Olivia Colman for the project; Sam Smith will provide the miniseries’ theme. Variety has more, including additional stills.
The Six-Billion Dollar Man
Over at Screen Rant, Mark Wahlberg gave a rambling status report on his
pipe dream adaptation of television classic, The Six-Million Dollar Man (six-million is just too cheap nowadays):
There was just a big meeting. It’s a matter of finding the right director. We’ve been close many times. … It’s very reminiscent of The Fighter. It’s one of those things where you have to keep pushing, you have to keep plugging away, and eventually, it’ll come together, and hopefully, we’ll be in a situation where I find myself making the best possible version of the movie.
During a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige described Marvel’s upcoming projects for Disney’s new streaming platform:
Well, it’s not a hundred percent complete yet, so there’s only so much I’m allowed to say, or so much they even tell me. But Paul [Greengrass] mentioned the streaming service, and I think that is something that we’re going to be adding content to, which is exciting. I love your analogy with the campfire, right? As many people as you can get around the campfire and tell stories. Campfires can be different: We are going to tell stories for the streaming service that we wouldn’t be able to tell in a theatrical experience—a longer-form narrative, that’s what comics are, it’s about as longform a narrative as exists. But also maintaining that theatrical experience, which is our bread and butter, and the lines around the block, if you’re lucky.
James Wan posted on Instagram that production has officially wrapped:
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After two years of consuming and devouring my every waking hour, this little indie movie is finally done. It was a monster undertaking. I can’t THANK enough the amazing post team of VFX/editorial/sound for working tirelessly around the clock — crazy long days, 7 days a week, for many many many weeks without a day off — towards making this a unique and beautiful film. Everyone poured their heart and soul into it, and I can’t wait to share this 21st December! In the meantime, I’m gonna go take a really long nap now.
Meanwhile, Toronto reshoots for Shazam are getting underway:
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Back in the saddle again. We about to make “additional photography” look rill purty. 💅 Also, now that I have your attention: if you’re in the United States of America, and you care about the direction our country is heading/about to head, and how that affects all of us, I encourage you to educate yourself on the matters and candidates at hand, and then vote according to YOUR convictions. Trust that your voice does in fact mean something. And our collective voices mean everything. #wethepeople 🙌
Check out Ron Perlman as a grizzled hitman in Asher:
Find a loved one and watch the sun set—er, burn out—like in the trailer for After Darkness:
Or maybe some zombie-based couples therapy, like Zoo: