Hollywould: Moviepass, Lena Waithe, and ‘Charlie’s Angels’
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:
MoviePass Goes Broke
Last week, money got a little tight for MoviePass. They missed a payment to one of their fulfillment processors, which necessitated a temporary shutdown—one that left users in the lurch and sent stock prices tumbling. Then, when it went back up, users couldn’t buy tickets for Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Now, MoviePass stock is sitting below a dollar. If it sits there for 30 days, Nasdaq will delist the service, which would essentially put the final nail in the coffin.
It gets worse. According to Business Insider, MoviePass employees have been told by the CEO that the app won’t offer tickets for The Meg and Christopher Robin. It was even “implied [that] the practice of not offering tickets to major movies would continue for the foreseeable future.” Get those tickets while you can.
Amazon Picks Up Lena Waithe Project Them
Deadline reports that Amazon ordered two seasons of a horror anthology series from Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None) and writer Little Marvin. The first season, dubbed Them: Covenant, follows the couple Alfred and Lucky Emory as they move from North Carolina to an all-White Los Angeles neighborhood in 1953. “The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.” –Waithe gushed about the script:
“Little Marvin’s script stayed with me for weeks after I read it. He’s written something that’s provocative and terrifying. The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying. This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs Them in a way we’ve never seen before.”
Mystery Series From the Russo Brothers
Speaking of Amazon, they’ve also purchased a new sci-fi series from the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War). Entertainment Weekly has a cryptic statement from Amazon:
“The origin mothership series will function as a fire-starter to ignite the creation of multiple original local language and local production series. All of the local series are meant to enhance the entire entertainment experience and will be available for the viewer to deep dive into an imagined layered world.”
Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie’s Angels Cast Confirmed
According to Variety, director Elizabeth Banks’ reboot of Charlie’s Angels has locked down names for the Angels themselves: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska.
Tom King Developing States of America For TV
Comic book writer/former CIA agent Tom King is writing a new dystopian drama for Topic Studios and Playground entitled States of America. Deadline describes the series as “set in a deeply divided U.S. that with an unprovoked act of war has been forced to suffer foreign occupation for the sake of tentative peace. Combining the thrill and intrigue of speculative fiction with the modern fears and anxiety of the War on Terror, the series explores a world where the old, small differences that divide this country have become the war cries of new nations.”
American Horror Story Finds the Antichrist
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter to announce that the next season, Apocalypse, has a new face for a familiar name:
Excited to announce Cody Fern will be playing the role of Michael Langdon in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Premieres September 12 on FX. pic.twitter.com/kFYQ2GAncd
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 26, 2018
Ozark Returns September
Finally, take a trip to the countryside with Jason Bateman in the latest trailer for season two of Emmy-contender Ozark.