Hollywould: Netflix, ‘Deadpool’, and ‘Rocketman’
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:
According to Bloomberg, Netflix will let viewers dictate the action on their original series, starting with Black Mirror—possibly this year. Through on-screen prompts, audiences will be able to make key decisions that drive the plot, changing how the story progresses.
The streaming giant already has viewer interaction baked into their programming for kids, and was working with Telltale Games to develop a series similar to the game studio’s Minecraft: Story Mode. (The developer, famous for their choose-your-own-adventure games based on The Walking Dead and Batman, looks to be shutting down.) The move, however, represents Netflix’s first attempt into the live-action sphere. Black Mirror would launch the new initiative—at least one other (currently unknown) show will follow, and there are negotiations for even more.
A new cut of Deadpool 2 looks to be headed to theaters this Christmas. According to Deadline, Fox has delayed the release of Alita: Battle Angel from December 21st to February 14th, with an “untitled Deadpool movie” replacing it on the schedule. The most likely scenario? A less explicit PG-13 version of Deadpool 2; one for the whole family.
Ryan Reynolds also hinted at a Princess Bride-inspired bit, featuring Fred Savage:
Thoughts? ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/fFe93tDI7e
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 28, 2018
And BBC Lizo Mzimba claims the release has a title:
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) October 2, 2018
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, he’s signed on for Free Guy, which is about a bank teller who discovers he’s a non-playable character in a hyperviolent, Grand Theft Auto-style video game.
The Righteous Gemstones
HBO has announced a series order for The Righteous Gemstones from Danny McBride, starring John Goodman and McBride as part of a family televangelist team.
Behold, the primary antagonist of Riverdale season three: “The Gargoyle King!” (I love this wonderful garbage show.)
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 26, 2018
The Twilight Zone
Production has started on Jordan Peele’s relaunch of a sci-fi classic, The Twilight Zone:
Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel has been signed to direct a new musical Sesame Street film, according to Variety. The movie, from Warner Brothers, is compared to the 1985s Follow That Bird.
Vanity Fair has seriously creepy pictures of Christian Bale as Dick Cheney:
Rumor has it that the next Kingsman movie will be a prequel set in World War I—Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickerson have been mentioned as stars.
Exclusive: #RalphFiennes & @HarrisDickinson to star in #Kingsman:Untitled prequel set during WW1 .Third film in Kingsman franchise now in pre-production with #MatthewVaughn set to direct early part of 2019. pic.twitter.com/zxzIVO6NvH
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) September 27, 2018
Variety reports that Djimon Hounsou has been cast as one of the “multiple Bosleys” that will appear in the film, joining Patrick Stewart and Elizabeth Banks, who is pulling double duty as director. Judging from the news, Bosley may be a code name, a title, or even a decoy.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite for Holmes & Watson:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces alternate realities and talking pigs:
Get spooked with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:
Finally, Taron Egerton tickles the ivories in Rocketman: