In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Watch a trailer for Knightfall season 2.
  • The creator of Justified is developing Talent for Fox.
  • Josh Duhamel joins the cast of the Mark Millar series Jupiter’s Legacy.
  • AMC has cancelled Into the Badlands and The Son.
  • Luther season 5 premieres on the BBC America in June.
  • Project Blue Book renewed for season 2.
  • The Crown pay gap made Netflix reconfigure their talent salaries.

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ghostbusters 3 teaser

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed.
  • Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3.
  • There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5.
  • Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2.
  • Jason Blum wants 10 more Halloween sequels.
  • Avatar franchise producer Jon Landau isn’t worried about that long gap between Avatar and Avatar 2.
  • James Cameron has plans for Alita sequels, but don’t get your hopes up.
  • Just what is going on with that Pirates of the Caribbean reboot?

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James Bond 25 Release Date

The summer of 2020 just got a little more interesting with two of the year’s biggest blockbusters shifting their release dates. Fast and Furious 9 has bumped back their initial April 2020 release date by nearly two months, and James Bond 25 has swept in and filled the gap. Meanwhile, Denis Villeneuve‘s forthcoming Dune remake will try to rake in some serious holiday box office dough with a Thanksgiving 2020 release date.

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Detective Pikachu is sarcastic, self-loathing, addicted to caffeine, and seems to have lost his memory. In other words, he’s just like us! The latest Detective Pikachu TV spot gives us a better idea of the troubles plaguing Pikachu (he must solve the mystery of Tim Goodman’s missing father…but not before he solves himself) and shows off some first looks at other familiar Pokemon rendered in horrifyingly realistic CGI.

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the devil all the time cast

When Chris Evans goes somewhere, Sebastian Stan usually isn’t far behind – at least in Marvel Studios movies. But that’s also turned out to be true today in the real world.

Evans has just dropped out of an upcoming Netflix film called The Devil All The Time, but Stan has stepped in to replace him. Is this a precursor of what will happen with the Captain America franchise in the MCU in the wake of Avengers: Endgame? Who knows, but you can read more about The Devil All The Time cast below. Read More »

Amazon’s very expensive Lord of the Rings TV series is still shrouded in mystery, but social media accounts for the show went live yesterday. And today, those accounts gave us our first official…something…from the series. It’s a map! And while J.R.R. Tolkien’s books were big on maps, this map is a bit underwhelming. For one thing, it’s not interactive – you can’t click on anything. It’s just an image. For another, there are no landmarks, no location names, no indicators. Still, if you’re as hungry as a Hobbit who skipped second breakfast for some sort of material from this show, perhaps this will satiate you.  Read More »

Alita: Battle Angel isn’t a movie set in the future that’s all about doom and gloom. Director Robert Rodriguez‘s grand spectacle tells a story with genuine warmth and kindness, thanks in no small part to the presence of actor Christoph Waltz. Playing Dr. Dyson Ido, who discovers Alita in a heap of trash and jolts her back to life, Waltz helps make Rodriguez’s adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s manga series more heartfelt than a typical studio movie (which Alita: Battle Angel most certainly is not).

Waltz plays a paternal role and watches Alita’s self-discovery unfold like the audience does. Another part of Waltz’s role and job: assisting in explaining the world, Alita, and the tech. The actor does plenty of heavy lifting for the story, but like Cameron’s handle for world building, Waltz does it all with a natural ease. Plus, if there’s one actor you’re going to immediately buy as a brilliant scientist and doctor, it’s the Inglorious Basterds star, who recently told us about his experience with Rodriguez, cinematographer Bill Pope (The Matrix), and producer James Cameron during a brief phone interview.

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good omens opening credits

When Neil Gaiman‘s name is attached to anything, you can expect something weird and wonderful. And it already looks like we’ll get that tenfold with the upcoming Amazon series Good Omens.

Gaiman is marking his first time as series showrunner with the adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett‘s satirical fantasy novel, but it was still a question of how much of that signature Gaiman gothic flair would make it to the series. Based on the Good Omens opening credits: plenty.

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Dune cast Jason Momoa

This is starting to get ridiculous. Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune cast seems to grow every single day, and every single announcement features another fine looking specimen. The latest: Jason Momoa, who recently rode box office waves in Aquaman. Momoa is in talks to take on the role of Duncan Idaho, a “fierce swordsmaster.” Duncan Idaho doesn’t exactly sound like a futuristic name, but let’s just go with it anyway.

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Alita: Battle Angel has been a long time coming. Based on Yukito Kishiro‘s manga series Battle Angel Alita, the big and intimate Robert Rodriguez film was once going to be directed by producer James Cameron, who ended up choosing Avatar over the property. Cameron ultimately handed directorial duties over to Rodriguez, who helped whip Cameron’s epic script into a manageable length.

Even with a different director at the helm, producer Jon Landau wanted to make a James Cameron-style event film, describing the movie as “a movie with themes bigger than its genre” and “has a central relatable character, who on many levels, is an ordinary character who ends up doing extraordinary things against this epic backdrop.” Alita: Battle Angel, which the site’s own Hoai-Tran Bui rightfully praised as Hollywood’s first good manga adaptation, certainly checks those boxes.

We spoke to Landau recently and he told us a bit more about the project’s history, working with Cameron, deleted scenes, and Avatar 2.

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