Jordan Peele Steps Into ‘The Twilight Zone’ This April

Speaking at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, CBS All Access Executive Vice President of Original Content Julie McNamara let it be known that the all-new Twilight Zone series will launch April 1st of this year.

No joke.

That Monday will see not one, but two full episodes drop with new episodes added every Thursday.

Academy Award-winning Writer Jordan Peele will executive produce the show in addition to stepping into Rod Serling’s shoes as the narrator/host.

While a lot of the cast and crew are being kept under wraps, we do know that at least some of the episodes will feature actors like Jacob Tremblay, Adam Scott, John Cho, Steven Yeun, Taissa Farmiga, Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani.

The Twilight Zone will be available in North America exclusively via CBS All Access. The streaming service is already home to Star Trek: Discovery with another Star Trek series featuring Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard expected later this year.

Are you excited for Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot? How do you feel about CBS All Access so far? Let me know in the comments below!

‘Final Destination’ Reboot Coming From ‘Saw’ Franchise Writers

New Line Cinema is gearing up for a Final Destination reboot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is interested in restarting the popular horror movie franchise and have hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to pen the script. The pair previously collaborated on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh installments of the Saw series as well as the home invasion slasher films The Collector and The Collection.

The Final Destination films became a cornerstone for New Line’s horror business in the early 2000s. The first film introduced moviegoers to the concept: someone has a premonition of a tragic event, cheats death and saves several other lives in the process, only to have Death itself, often personified by a Grim Reaper-shaped shadow, come for the survivors one-by-one.

All five films made New Line over $700 million at the worldwide box office off relatively minuscule production budgets, so it makes sense that the studio would want to bring the IP back to the big screen.

This new film will technically be the sixth Final Destination flick, but is being billed as a “re-imagining.” A release date is not yet known.

What do you think about a Final Destination reboot? Are you excited? Let me know your feelings and thoughts in the comments below!

‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Coming November 2019

The feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep, will be checking in earlier than expected.

Recently, Warner Bros. announced a slew of release dates for a bunch of upcoming projects (via Deadline). In the announcement came the news that Doctor Sleep has been moved up from its original January 2020 release to November 8, 2019.

The sequel, published by Stephen King in 2013, follows an adult Danny Torrance who is struggling with alcoholism and anger issues and now works in hospice care, utilizing his Shine to ease dying patients into the afterlife. That peace is interrupted when he meets a young girl who also possesses the same abilities and is being hunted by a group of malevolent individuals who strengthen themselves by draining peoples’ Shine.

The film is being directed by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House), who successfully adapted King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix in 2017. Obi-wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor, will play Danny Torrance.

Earlier reports suggested the film will serve as a sequel to Stephen King’s original The Shining novel as opposed to Stanley Kubrick’s beloved 1980 adaptation, which was infamously changed a lot from its source material.

This makes three Stephen King adaptations scheduled for release in 2019, beginning with Pet Sematary on April 5, It: Chapter 2 on September 6 and Doctor Sleep on November 8.

How do you feel about this news? Are you excited to see a sequel to The Shining with Mike Flanagan and Ewan McGregor? Hit me up in the comments below and let me know what you think!

‘The Batman’ Will Release Summer 2021 Without Ben Affleck

Batfleck is dead.

The next standalone Batman movie will land in theaters on July 25, 2021. When it does, it won’t be Ben Affleck, who played the iconic hero in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, under the cowl as the film will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne. This is the same Batman movie that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves signed on to write and direct back in February of 2017.

Deadline reported the news last evening, mere hours after The Hollywood Reporter dropped their interview with Matt Reeves in which the filmmaker confirmed his film will be an “emotional” detective story featuring the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery.

Casting will kick off soon, including the search for a new Caped Crusader.

Ben Affleck, who was originally tapped to write, direct and star in the film, seemed to confirm the news via Twitter:

The Batman, as it is tentatively titled, will not be based on Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, which is one of Reeves’ favorite Batman stories.

How do you feel about Ben Affleck stepping away from the tights and the shift to a younger Bruce Wayne? Does this entice you to want to see it any more? Hit me up in the comments below with your thoughts!

James Gunn To Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’ For Warner Bros. And DC

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn will make his directorial return to comic book movies with Suicide Squad 2, the follow-up to Warner Bros. and DC’s hit 2016 anti-hero flick.

This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet points out that Gunn was already signed on to pen the script for sequel. The move to attach Gunn as the director comes after the filmmaker was fired by Disney last year after some of his old tweets from 2008 and 2009 resurfaced in which he made insensitive jokes.

Sources have told THR that the film is not a direct sequel, but rather a “relaunch” of the series. Gunn is planning to take the franchise in a new direction with a mostly all-new cast of characters as well as actors. Source also say that Suicide Squad 2 will reflect James Gunn’s unique personality, as did his Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

How do you feel about this news? Are you excited to see James Gunn return to directing with this franchise? Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!

Zack Snyder Returns To Movies With Zombie Action Pic For Netflix

It has been a trying few years to say the least for Justice League director Zack Snyder. The filmmaker was put in charge of the DC Extended Universe following Man of Steel. The filmmaker ultimately had to step away from movies in 2017 to deal with a family tragedy, leaving Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish Justice League.

Zack Snyder is set to make his return behind the camera for what The Hollywood Reporter is calling a “zombie action pic” called Army of the Dead. The outlet describes the project’s synopsis:

“The adventure is set amid a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, during which a man assembles a group of mercenaries to take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantined zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.”

Zack Snyder told THR that there are no handcuffs on him this time and describes the project as therapeutic:

“I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way.”

It is worth mentioning that Netflix actively sought the project out from its original developer, Warner Bros, and the two entities struck an unprecedented deal that opens the door to similar transactions in the future.

Netflix says the budget could reach $90 million; however, there is no release date set for the film. Snyder has experience with such material, having directed the remake of Dawn of the Dead back in 2004. Other Zack Snyder films include 300, Watchmen and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

What do you think about this news? Are you excited to see Zack Snyder’s return to movies? Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments below!

Matt Reeves Says ‘The Batman’ Will Be An ‘Emotional’ Detective Story

The next standalone Batman movie has been in development for so long that you could be forgiven for having forgotten all about it. War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was brought aboard by Warner Bros. back in February of 2017 to head up the film; however, with the exception of a few vague comments here and there, we have heard next to nothing about how the project is coming along.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves gave us the most detailed update on The Batman yet. When asked about his take on the film, Reeves said:

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

As far as casting goes, Matt Reeves offered up:

“There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly. We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”

Additionally, the filmmaker also let it be known that WB is more concerned at this point with letting each individual filmmaker leave their unique stamp on their film, be it Todd Phillips’s upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix or Cathy Yan’s Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey, rather than trying to make sure everything fits together in one big Marvel-esque cinematic universe.

The Batman does not yet have an official release date, but Matt Reeves did suggests the possibility that the film could hit theaters sometime in 2021.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited to hear at least a little more of what is going on behind the scenes with The Batman? Let me know what you think in the comments below!