Joby Harold, whose writing credits include Awake, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Army of the Dead, has been hired as the new writer of the untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. Get the details below.
Variety has the news, reporting that Harold is taking over as the show’s writer after the show was shut down earlier this year. Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini turned in scripts, sets were built, staff were hired, and star Ewan McGregor was back on board…but Lucasfilm decided to pull the plug and start from scratch, throwing out Amini’s scripts and beginning the search for a new writer to come in and take over. That search, which at one time reportedly included The Mandalorian veterans Dave Filoni and Christopher Yost as options, is now over, as the studio has hired Joby Harold to get things back on track.
Harold is an unexpected choice for this job, since he’s arguably better known as a producer than a writer at this point. He’s produced or executive produced Edge of Tomorrow, Robin Hood, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and the WGN America series Underground. On the writing side, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Awake, back in 2007, and a decade passed before his script for King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword was eventually produced. That film was supposed to launch a six-movie franchise, but didn’t perform well enough to even get a single sequel, let alone five. Army of the Dead is in post-production and he’s on board to write another Transformers project, but those are the only four writing credits listed.
More to come…
It’s been a rough few weeks, so how about some good news? Let’s all take a deep breath and bask in the knowledge that Jennifer Tilly is returning to the Child’s Play franchise for the Chucky TV series. Tilly played Chucky’s girlfriend Tiffany and also a fictionalized version of herself in the Child’s Play movies starting with 1998’s Bride of Chucky.
The Chucky/Child’s Play franchise is a blast. While not every film in the series can be classified as good, I’d argue that all of them are watchable, and even a little fun even the remake wasn’t too bad. A big reason Chucky has endured for so long, while other slashers have hung up their blades, is that the franchise has been consistently reinventing itself with each sequel. The series underwent perhaps its most drastic reinvention with 1998’s Bride of Chucky, which adopted a jokey, darkly comedic tone – and introduced Tiffany, Chucky’s long-suffering, equally crazy girlfriend, played by Jennifer Tilly.
Tilly’s comedic timing and sex appeal worked well with the series, and she returned for the absolutely bonkers Seed of Chucky, where she played by Tiffany and herself. The actress also popped-up for cameo roles in Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky. And now she’s coming back again for SYFY’s Chucky TV series. “I’m so excited,” Tilly told Page Six. “Don Mancini, who created the Chucky 30 years ago is the writer on this series, so it’s the original Chucky…[Mancini’s] partner is Nick Antosca, who did Channel Zero, which is just a chilling anthology of horror stories, so a little bird told me that I am going to be a part of it.”
Tilly’s comment isn’t very detailed, but we can probably take her word for it that she’s going to appear in some capacity.
As Tilly says, the Chucky series is coming from original creator Don Mancini, who has been involved with every Child’s Play project with the exception of the remake. Nick Antosca is on board as well, and the combination of Mancini and Antosca is exciting. In the series, “after a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.” Brad Dourif, who voiced Chucky in all the films save the remake is also returning to bring the killer doll to life again....
It may be a while before we see Jason Voorhees back on the big screen, but the iconic slasher will be taking over SyFy for a full day on a most appropriate day. The cable network has announced that it will be hosting a 24-hour Friday the 13th marathon this Friday, which just so happens to be the 13th of March. So mark your calendars and clear your schedules, horror fans, as a Jason-filled day of bloodshed is upon us.
Starting at the stroke of midnight, SyFy will begin airing a series of movies from the iconic Friday the 13th horror franchise one after the other. The marathon will include Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan. Notably absent from the lineup are Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy vs. Jason and 2009's Friday the 13th remake, as well as 2001's Jason X, which brought the iconic killer to space.
The marathon is being held in honor of the franchise celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, as the original Friday the 13th first hit theaters in 1980. Starting at 6 p.m., SyFy will be turned into the 'Camp Crystal Lake's Public Access Channel.' This period of the marathon will feature commercials themed around the movies, camp counselor recruitment videos and much more. SyFy's Whitney Moore, Juan Cadavid and Matt Romano will be hosting this segment of the marathon, breaking down the movies and sharing some of their favorite moments from the history of Friday the 13th.
We haven't seen Jason Voorhees grace the silver screen since the aforementioned 2009 remake. It's not for a lack of desire, as horror fans would surely love to see the franchise return. Unfortunately, there is an ongoing rights battle between screenwriter Victor Miller and original director Sean S. Cunningham. The situation is complicated, but it comes down to who owns what. While Miller wrote Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees as we know him didn't appear until later, as Jason's mom was the killer in the first movie. Jason became the killer in Part 2, but didn't get the iconic hockey mask look until midway through the third entry.
Last we heard, NBA star turned producer LeBron James was looking to possibly get behind a new Friday the 13th movie, but that is contingent upon the rights situation getting worked out. Given how much money is at stake, especially with how much money 2018's Halloween made, it seems more like a matter of when Jason will return, as opposed to if. In the meantime, we've got this marathon to look forward to. Feel free to check out the teaser the network released previewing the event below. For the full schedule, head on over to SyFy.com.