Hollywould: Cobra Kai, Criterion, and Cannes
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:
Del Toro and Netflix Team Up For a New Horror Project
Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, a horror anthology series, has been picked up by Netflix. It is billed as a “collection of the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s personally curated stories,” and “both equally sophisticated and horrific;” the project will feature episodes written and directed by del Toro himself. It’s the Shape of Water writer/director’s first live-action collaboration with Netflix (having previously worked together for the animated Trollhunters), and the streaming giant’s first horror anthology.
Simon Pegg Talks Star Trek 4
Over at Coming Soon, Simon Pegg revealed that he’s not writing any Star Trek films in the near future. The fourth installment of the series will be written by Patrick McKay (Star Trek: Beyond) and J.D. Payne (Godzilla vs. Kong). Pegg had this to say:
“You know what, I’m not developing the next Star Trek at all. I think that’s a bit of confusion because I’m working on something with Doug [Dorst] at Bad Robot but it’s not the next Trek. … The script for 4 is being written by Payne and McKay and then also obviously Quentin [Tarantino] turned up at the office a couple of months ago and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea!’ So that’s in the hope for further down the line. It’s a good time for Star Trek, I think.”
Pegg went on to talk Tarantino’s take:
“Everyone sort of assumes it’s gonna be like Pulp Fiction in space, but I think his devotion to Trek and his understanding of it… It won’t be ordinary, it’ll have him all over it, but it won’t be anything a Star Trek fan will have to worry about. He has an acute understanding of the story and he’d never do anything to tear it down. I haven’t read the treatment yet, but I might be able to in the next couple of weeks, so I’m excited about that.”
Cobra Kai: YouTube Red’s Killer Show?
YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel series, Cobra Kai, beat out both Netflix and Hulu originals for early May viewers, according to Variety. Research firm Parrot Analytics found that Cobra Kai pulled in more viewers than even Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot for the week of May 6th. It’s a surprise for YouTube Red, which hadn’t had a real hit over its two-year run. Only one show beat Cobra Kai, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and even then for just one day— May 9th. Cobra Kai has already been renewed for a second season.
Doom Patrol Heads to DC Universe
In superhero news, some of DC’s weirdest are getting their own show. DC’s upcoming streaming service, DC Universe, has placed a 13-episode order for a live-action series based on oddball comic, Doom Patrol. The series features unconventional heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl (not to be confused with The Incredibles character), and Crazy Jane, as led by calculating superscientist Dr. Niles Caulder (alias “The Chief”). Jeremey Carver (Supernatural) will write the series, and he is joined by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter for executive producer duties. Doom Patrol brings Berlanti’s number of concurrent shows to a whopping 14— 10 of which are on broadcast television.
Doom Patrol follows the events of another DC Universe series, Titans. DC Universe is also working on a live-action Swamp Thing from James Wan, a Lex Luthor/Lois Lane show called Metropolis; which is a revival of cult cartoon hit Young Justice, and an adult-oriented animated Harley Quinn series. The streaming service is due to launch sometime this year.
Tree of Life Gets Criterion Cut
Terrence Malick’s ruminating Tree of Life is coming to the Criterion Collection, and its 50 minutes longer to boot. The release joins Malick’s first four features under the Criterion banner, but the first to receive a special extended cut— one financed by Criterion themselves. Just don’t call it a director’s cut, according to Criterion president Peter Becker:
“[Malick] doesn’t see this as a director’s cut. It’s a fresh view of the film that has a different rhythm and a different balance. There’s a kind of cloud of myth that surrounds Tree of Life, that somewhere there’s a long-lost five-hour cut that was never released. That’s not the case. The film that he presented in Cannes is the film that he wanted to make.”
The theatrical cut is at the center of the Criterion release, but Malick spent the better part of a year reworking the film, and has wanted to revisit it since Tree of Life premiered at Cannes— where it took Palme d’Or, too.
Ryan Reynolds on X-Force
In an interview with Collider, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds talked about the character’s future with X-Force and director Drew Goddard:
“I just wanna work with Drew. I mean, I love him and he has such an interesting take on where he wants to take that world. I see it being a real ensemble on a lot of levels just because I think it’s interesting for Deadpool to kinda function in the way he does in his own universe. You always get to sort of find some way to position him as the underdog or take everything away from him, but for him to function in an ensemble [in X-Force] is a lot of fun. … I’m excited about a couple new characters that we’re talking about. And I’m really especially excited to work with Drew. He’s just amazing. … There’s a storyline that everyone’s happy with, but there isn’t a script yet. That’s yet to come.”
Lars von Trier’s Latest Prompts Walkouts
The House That Jack Built, Lars von Trier’s latest film and his return to Cannes, has predictably courted controversy. Over 100 viewers walked out of the screening, which features depictions of violence against women, children, and animals. The film follows a serial killer over decades; reporters have called the movie “disgusting,” “misogynistic,” and “vomitive.” Sounds like a fun time.
Despite the walkouts, The House That Jack Built received a standing ovation because of course it did.
Fox Drops Predator Trailer
Finally, a teaser trailer for Shane Black’s upcoming Predator has hit the internet: