Hollywould: ‘The Suicide Squad,’ Mike Judge, and ‘Spider-Man’
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:
The Suicide Squad
Variety reports that Idris Elba has signed on to replace Will Smith as Deadshot for James Gunn’s upcoming do-over of Suicide Squad.
Meanwhile, Collider has word that an interesting slew of villains are being considered for the roster: a gender-swapped version of the vermin controlling Ratcatcher, half-man/half-shark hybrid King Shark, the baffling Polka-Dot Man, and backbreaking pacifist Peacemaker. Dave Bautista is reportedly considered for Peacemaker. Also, there isn’t any word if the rumors are true that Margot Robbie will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, and the same goes for Viola Davis’ and Joel Kinnaman’s characters.
On top of that, The Hollywood Reporter says the script “draws heavily from Jon Ostrander and Kim Yale’s ‘80s run,” which means this movie might actually be good.
Speaking with Syfy Wire, Patrick Wilson gave his thoughts on his character’s future in the franchise:
“I don’t know what the future holds for Orm … You can’t kill him. He’s too important to [Arthur’s] journey … he’s a foil to [his character]. He’s not gonna be a main villain in another movie. I don’t think Orm ends up in Belle Reve like he does in the New 52. I assume they’re gonna keep him in some kind of jail below the surface. If [James] wants me back, I’m certainly happy to come back.”
According to Variety, AMC is considering reviving BBC series Orphan Black, but not as a reboot or continuation. Instead, this will be spinoff with possibly an entirely new cast. Whether Tatiana Maslany will return as Sarah Manning (or one of her numerous clones) is still unknown.
Silicon Valley (and King of the Hill, Office Space, Beavis & Butt-Head, etc.) creator Mike Judge has two shows in the works for HBO, per Deadline. The first project is an adaptation of Marc-Uwe Kling’s novel, Qualityland, where advances in technology have made life better for all (but not really); and the second is A5, a limited series where a scientist “discovers the gene that makes a person an asshole.”
Variety has word that Tom Holland and the Russo Brothers are reuniting for an adaptation of Nico Walker’s autobiographical novel, Cherry. The novel tracks Walker’s life as “a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme undiagnosed PTSD, fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks.” Walker was convicted in 2011 for the crimes and is due to be released in 2020— so, odds are he’ll make the premiere.
Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins told Variety that a number of Spider-Man-related television series are in the works:
“We’re developing a lot of Marvel-related content, and I think we’ll be out in the market very soon with something really, really big and transformational for us, because we’ve not done any shows with Marvel before, with Marvel IP. So that’s a big piece of development that we’re onto.”
“I think we aspire to have several shows in a universe that we create that can pollinate between each other, and to working with a partner to make that happen.”
Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with Booksmart:
Brightburn takes an alternative look at the Superman story:
This trailer for Aladdin looks much better than the last one:
Good Boys aren’t:
A24 and Ramy Youssef look at the lives of millennial Muslims with Ramy:
Thank Cinemark for this look at Dumbo:
— Cinemark Theatres (@Cinemark) March 7, 2019
Danny Trejo fights pig men in Bullets of Justice, which I’m okay with:
Cobra Kai has ‘Karate Kids’ of all shapes and sizes: