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Eli Roth remade Death Wish, and it arrived on life support in theaters this month. To be fair, Roth’s take on Paul Kersey’s vigilante rampage – which traded in a deceased Charles Bronson for a comatose Bruce Willis – reportedly only cost $30 million and recouped nearly half of that in its third-place bow. If the movie has any staying power or decent international numbers (which is questionable, given its uniquely “American” tone), Roth’s Death Wish will probably break even before making a killing on Redbox/VOD, where groups of gun-loving white dudes will undoubtedly drop three bucks, crack a case of Bud, and chuckle along with another round of Roth’s trademark gore porn.

Critically, Roth’s usual brand of Fangoria-ready mayhem was met with rather steadfast resistance, as many critics weren’t morally ready to buy what this natural born carnival barker was selling.

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sherlock holmes

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Robert Downey Jr. still wants a third Sherlock Holmes movie to happen
  • Author R.L. Stine reveals the official title of Goosebumps 2
  • Karl Urban has some thoughts about when Star Trek 4 is going to begin filming
  • Karen Gillan‘s hopes for Jumanji 3
  • All that and more!

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John Wick 3 director

Keanu Reeves‘ John Wick isn’t the only person we’re thinking is back for John Wick: Chapter 3: Chad Stahelski, the co-director of John Wick and the director of John Wick: Chapter 2 will return to helm yet another neon-drenched, gunplay-filled entry in the on-going John Wick saga. So put on your best suit, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready for more Wick.

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John Wick TV Series

On Friday, Starz announced development on the series The Continental, a series set in the John Wick universe. After their panels, /Film spoke with Carmi Zlotnick, President of Original Programming for Starz, about additional details of the series. Since the series is set at the titular hotel for assassins, where Ian McShane‘s Winston is a manager, the network and producers are considering him to appear on the show.

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john wick tv show

Starz announced to the Television Critics Association they are developing a TV series based on John Wick. The Continental will be a series about the film’s hotel chain built for assassins. Starz President of Original Programming Carmi Zlotnick said Keanu Reeves will be involved in multiple capacities.

“Yes, Keanu is an executive producer,” Zlotnick said. “I think you can expect to see him at some point in the series. That is part of the ongoing conversation.”

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John Wick TV show

About a year ago, we learned that writer Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski were having conversations about a potential John Wick TV series, and now a new report confirms that a Wick-inspired show is indeed in development at Starz. Which I guess means I’m going to have to get a Starz subscription.

Here’s everything we know about the John Wick TV show so far.
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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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