Hitman tv series

Like many of the failed video game adaptations before it, Hitman doesn’t have a golden track record on the big screen. But perhaps a TV series adaptation of Hitman could finally hit its target.

Hulu has picked up a Hitman series adaptation, teaming up with Fox 21 and John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to adapt the best-selling video game from IO Interactive. This will be the third attempt to bring the acclaimed series to life, after 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 27. Maybe the third time’s the charm.

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Glass sequel bits

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • M. Night Shyamalan has finished filming Unbreakable sequel Glass
  • Set photos show Samuel L. Jackson‘s Mr. Glass on the set of Glass
  • John Wick 3 is starting production soon-ish
  • Sean Astin weighs-in on that Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series
  • Luc Besson says no to a Valerian TV series
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising introduces us to John Boyega‘s character

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Replicas NYCC Panel

How many times can we see the Frankenstein concept of bringing back dead people play out on the big screen, you ask?  Short answer: countless times. Keanu Reeves is starring in Replicas, the latest in a long line of films, mostly told from a male perspective mind you, which tampers with death and recreation. If you haven’t seen it already.

I have nothing against films that explore the idea of cloning. Though, I think BBC America’s small screen gem Orphan Black did an exceptional job taking on themes of feminism, sisterhood, and the politics of science.

But according to Reeves, Replicas is more about how man manipulates nature for his own selfish needs, which makes me significantly less excited about it. “There’s an idea of control, an impulse to create and manifest. This film is having a conversation with that.”

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Lionsgate is teaming with Parques Reunidos to bring a Lionsgate-branded indoor entertainment center to New York City’s Times Square in 2019. Lionsgate Entertainment City will feature 13 different attractions aimed at teens and young adults.

Among the offerings featured, there will be:

  • Mad Men themed “dining and lounge experience.”
  • a Hunger Games flying simulator attraction
  • a Divergent-themed obstacle course
  • John Wick: Chapter Two shooting ride where fans will fire fake guns at a series of assailants
  • a 4D film and live theater (which I’m assuming could be easily switched out with new content)
  • a Lionsgate Café
  • a Hunger Games-inspired Peeta’s Bakery and The Capitol Confectionery
  • the first-ever Lionsgate Studio Store
  • and virtual reality entertainment, including a Nerve VR motorcycle experience.

Find out more about Lionsgate Entertainment City, after the jump.

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John Wick seven

“People keep asking if I’m back and I haven’t really had an answer…but yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.”

Seven months after John Wick: Chapter 2 arrived in theaters and promptly blew everyone’s faces off with its distinctive blend of action movie mania, Lionsgate has set a release date for John Wick: Chapter 3. And this release date finds the little series that could graduate to the big leagues.

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john wick spin-off

One of the most enthralling parts of John Wick is its sleek, nearly balletic fight choreography. So it’s fitting that the John Wick spin-off could be called Ballerina.

Lionsgate is planning to develop a female-led action film titled Ballerina into a spin-off in the expanding John Wick universe, which first earned a cult following in 2014, and now has gone on to spawn a sequel, a comic book, and an upcoming television series.

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Baby Driver Trailer Remix

As a die-hard action junkie, I constantly find myself pondering how this genre fights creative staleness. After decades of pulverized bodies and eviscerated landscapes, you’d assume filmmakers would be spinning the same bloody chainsaw blades by now. Can Hollywood forever recycle an “Expendables” formula by plugging in different renegades, a new villain, and loads more henchman deaths? At what point do franchises like Fast and Furious push too far and become ridiculous farces? How do you sustain a genre founded on punches, kicks, guns and explosions, without sleepwalking through the same motions?

These are all valid questions that can be answered with a single word: adaptation.

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John Wick Comic Book Cover Banner

John Wick is rapidly expanding from the cult action movie that first splashed onto the scene in 2014. First John Wick: Chapter 2 introduced a sprawling international network of assassins whose world is infinitely more complex than we could have dreamed.

Then a TV show was announced which is set to explore that world, with star Keanu Reeves set to make a cameo. Now, a comic book series will be released in September exploring the origins of the great, mythic John Wick himself, written by acclaimed Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak and drawn with stylish gusto by Giovanni Valletta.

Find out more about the much-anticipated John Wick comic book after the jump.

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John Wick TV show

Earlier this year, John Wick: Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski told us about plans for a John Wick television series. The show is continuing to gain support from Lionsgate. It’ll explore the Continentals all over the world, hence why the show is currently called The Continental.

Below, Stahelski shares some new details on the John Wick TV show.

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Sequel Bits

In today’s edition of sequel bits:

  • Screenwriter Derek Solstad is back for John Wick: Chapter 3.
  • A pivotal character returns to the Mission: Impossible franchise.
  • Ian McShane provides another promising update on the Deadwood movie.
  • A new poster for Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Jared Leto talks Blade Runner 2049.
  • And more.

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