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HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider turned out to be a ratings hit for the premium cable network. So, it’s a wise move that they engineered a wide open door for season two, with Holly Gibney’s fate left ambiguous and another possible El Cuco host in the mix. These wrinkles arrived courtesy of screenwriter Richard Price, who not only engineered a damn watchable take on a complex novel to adapt, but he also pointed the story beyond King’s original vision and chain of events.
Jason Bateman, who directed the first two episodes and sporadically appeared as accused murderer Terry Maitland, recently spoke with Collider and confirmed that HBO’s definitely considering a second swing at El Cuco. Furthermore, Price is exploring some steps to get the story running again. Finally, some good news:
“I know that they’re talking about it and Richard Price is playing with some ideas and taking some first steps as to what that second year might and feel like. Obviously, it’s a complete free-ball because the first season exhausted 100% of [Stephen King’s] book, the IP. So, it’s really all up to him. I never like to step on the lawn of the writers. It’s something that I’ve always stuck with on Ozark. I leave Chris Mundy completely alone and I do my job as a director once I get the script. I chime in every once in a while and offer my opinion, but it’s always for the writer to take if they want and discard if they want.”
Hell yeah, that sounds like a promising update, even if there’s no actual confirmation from HBO yet. I think it will happen! Even horror icon Robert Englund couldn’t stop raving about this show, and the ratings eclipsed that of Watchmen and True Detective, so the public demands it. Of course, the public also wants to make sure that a followup is just as good as the first round, but if Price is in charge of the story, it’s in solid hands.
We probably shouldn’t expect Bateman to be too involved, however. Following the stunning ending to Ozark‘s third season, he’ll surely be in the thick of starring in and directing a fourth season of the Netflix show soon. He told Collider that he’d have loved to direct more of The Outsider, but it’s just impossible to do it all on both shows. Clearly, his work on the HBO show made for one heck of a launch, and the rest of the team took it from there.
As for Price, he previously suggested to IndieWire that HBO was open to a sophomore run: “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.” Again, this sounds like they’re inching toward an announcement, eventually, although things are obviously on hold in many places with the world’s current situation. Fingers crossed.
The Mega Man live-action movie is one big step closer to becoming a reality. It's been revealed that Mattson Tomlin has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the upcoming video game adaptation. We first learned that Capcom was looking to turn one of their most popular characters into a movie franchise in October 2018. Updates have been slow in the time since, but now it seems like things may be heading in the right direction.
Buried within a report about Amazon's adaptation of the comic book Fear Agent, which Mattson Tomlin is involved with, it was revealed that he has also boarded the Mega Man movie. Tomlin is largely an up-and-coming writer, but he did help pen the screenplay for Matt Reeves' The Batman, which is no small thing. Tomlin also has a movie titled Little Flash in post-production. Prior to that, Tomlin had worked on a series of shorts that he wrote and directed. Even though his mainstream experience seems somewhat limited on paper, he's managed to board some high-profile projects, which speaks to his talent level.
When the Mega Man movie was first announced, it was said that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman were set to direct. They are the duo behind movies such as Paranormal Activity 3 and Nerve, Mattson Tomlin also worked with the directing duo on an untitled sci-fi project they have coming out, which could explain how he got involved. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being, and there is no word on casting at this time. 20th Century Fox is scheduled to distribute the movie, but this was announced before the Disney/Fox merger was finalized. It's unclear if that will get in the way or not. Chernin Entertainment, the studio behind the Planet of the Apes series, is on board to produce, as is Masi Oka.Mega Man was first released for the original NES in 1987. The game proved to be tremendously popular and has spawned a series of sequels and spin-offs over the years, with Mega Man 11 arriving in 2018. To date, the series has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. It has also inspired various comic books, TV shows and novels over the years.
Hollywood has long tried to turn popular video games into big movies, dating back to the 90s with the likes of Super Mario Bros. and Mortal Kombat. Most of the time, they proved to be less-than-excellent, to put it nicely. It's truly only in the last couple of years that the tide has started to shift a bit with video game adaptations, with movies like Rampage and Detective Pikachu going on to become financially successful, in addition to winning over audiences. Mega Man does not yet have a release date set. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.
Take a look at the films that will disappear from the premium outlet next month.
Showtime is saying goodbye to a number of titles in April.
The network announced a list of movies that are set to disappear throughout next month.
The 2015 horror film The Hallow will be the first title taken off on April 4, followed by Nowhere Boy on April 8. Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Jarhead will say goodbye on April 11, while films such as District 9 and Gangster Land will depart on April 14.
Other pics such as Cabin Fever; Frank Miller's Sin City; Girl, Interrupted; Hotel Artemis; Made of Honor; Rambo; The Singing Detective; Stone; This Isn't Funny; Timeline; and Total Recall will disappear on April 30.
Though a number of titles are leaving, Showtime has announced a myriad of new additions set to debut on the premium outlet in April.
Take a look below at the movies that will be leaving Showtime in April.
Leaving April 4
Leaving April 8
Leaving April 11
Leaving April 12
Kirk Fox: That Guy
Leaving April 13
7 Days in Entebbe Unlocked
Leaving April 14
District 9 Gangster Land
Leaving April 17
Leaving April 19
Leaving April 24
Leaving April 30
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Source: Hollywood Reporter
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...