Last week, the director search for Venom 2 was narrowed down to three. Andy Serkis was prematurely announced by star Tom Hardy on Instagram. Now it’s official: Andy Serkis will direct the Venom sequel. Serkis was on a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries A Christmas Carol, so reporters were able to ask Serkis about directing Venom 2.
Since Serkis just signed on to direct this week, it’s not surprising that his answers at this point are a tad vague. He did answer several questions before moving on to A Christmas Carol, so let’s dive into his visual plans, his history with Tom Hardy, and his approach to directing, as well as Serkis’ thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series.
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ABC announced to the Television Critics Association that it would air The Wonderful World of Disney Presents: The Little Mermaid Live on November 5. This isn’t exactly a live musical like Grease: Live or the ill-fated Rent: Live. There is a Broadway musical of The Little Mermaid, but this is not a production of that.
Director and executive producer Hamish Hamilton explained how he’s going to present The Little Mermaid as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. Auli’i Cravalho will play Ariel, Shaggy will play Sebastian, and Queen Latifah will play Ursula. Here’s what we learned.
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Tuca & Bertie joins the list of Netflix shows that got cancelled too soon. Since Netflix does not release their numbers, it’s confusing as to why some shows are cancelled and others are not. Tuca & Bertie was created by Lisa Hanawalt and produced by Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and only had one season.
Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong starred as two birds who are neighbors and best friends. The style of anthropomorphic animals was similar to Bojack Horseman, but with less of a showbiz angle. Haddish was on a Television Critics Association panel for her ABC series Kids Say the Darndest Things, which premieres October 6. After the panel, /Film and other reporters asked Haddish about efforts to find Tuca & Bertie a new home.
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At Comic-Con, The CW’s Arrowverse revealed that this year’s crossover between their five series – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning – would be Crisis on Infinite Earths. One of the big reveals was the Superman Returns star Brandon Routh would play a Superman from another world. Routh also plays Ray Palmer on Legends.
This will be the first time the crossover spans five shows, the first time Black Lightning is a part of the crossover, and the first time the crossover is split before and after the Christmas holiday. Three episodes will air in December of 2019, with the final two in January 2020.
At The CW’s party for the Television Critics Association, Arrow producer and crossover supervisor Marc Guggenheim spoke with /Film. Find out how he wrangled Routh back into the Superman costume, how the crossover relates to Superman Returns, and Guggenheim’s thoughts on a classic Supergirl actor.
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Lilly Wachowski, one half of the directing duo behind the original The Matrix, was on a Television Critics Association panel for her Showtime series Work in Progress, which she produced and co-wrote with co-creators Abby McEnany, who stars, and Tim Mason, who directs. After the panel, /Film had a chance to ask her about Warner Bros.’ next Matrix movie, which has been in the works for a couple of years.
Lilly co-created, co-wrote, and co-directed the original Matrix trilogy alongside her sister Lana Wachowski, and while Lilly confirmed that she’s not involved with the new Matrix movie, she did say that she hopes it can improve upon the 1999 film that started it all. Read More »
During his executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Showtime President of Entertainment Gary Levine announced that production on the network’s Halo TV series will begin in Budapest this fall, to air in early 2021. After the session, Levine stuck around to speak with reporters, so we were able to ask him even more Halo questions.
Find out Showtime’s goal for the level of violence on Halo, whether we’ll ever see star Pablo Schrieber’s face while he’s playing Master Chief, and how the series will navigate the canon of the Halo world. Read More »
Showtime’s Halo TV series hit a snag at the end of last year when Rupert Wyatt departed the project as director. Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Showtime executive Gary Levine made some Halo announcements and took our questions, indicating that the Halo series is very much on track.
Find out when Halo goes into production, when we can see it, what has changed since Wyatt left, and who has been cast alongside Pablo Schreiber‘s Master Chief. Read More »
When Netflix began canceling Marvel shows, things didn’t look good for Luke Cage. And sure enough, Mike Colter didn’t even get to play Luke Cage for a third season. Now he is launching a new CBS show, Evil. After Evil’s panel for the Television Critics Association, Colter spoke with reporters about the fate of Luke Cage and its possible future.
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Jim Carrey was on a Television Critics Association panel for the second season of his Showtime dramedy Kidding. He was supposed to have Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie premiering this fall, but the film has been delayed until next year as the filmmakers redesign the CGI Sonic character.
/Film asked Carrey how he feels about the delay and if he’s concerned about the fans having the power to impact and delay his work (even if the complaints were not about his performance specifically). Find out Carrey’s detailed, in-depth thoughts about the Sonic situation below. Read More »
CBS All Access executives spoke to the Television Critics Association on Thursday and promised they would have Star Trek: Picard ready to present in January. Patrick Stewart returns to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, and the show’s Comic-Con panel revealed that Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes and Voyager’s Jeri Ryan would also appear on the show.
During EVP of Original Content Jamie McNamara’s executive session, /Film and other reporters asked her some questions about Star Trek: Picard. Star Trek: Picard is due in early 2020.
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