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It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.
EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie may have suspended production on its seventh and final season because of the coronavirus crisis, but the Emmy nominated Netflix comedy is back this week with a special live treat for fans and a spotlight on seniors in need during these troubled times.
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led series will be having an online table read this Thursday to help Meals On Wheels COVID-19 relief program, I've learned – though you can make donations right now via the link here.
While other shows have taken a similar digital approach in recent weeks, the long running Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris showrun series is adding some originality. The April 9 presentation will feature an episode from the yet unaired seventh season, as well as a live Q&A afterwards moderated by Kauffman.
Along with Oscar winner Fonda and Oscar nominee Tomlin, fellow G&F cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will be participating in the reading of the Kauffman and Morris-penned “The Fallout” episode on Thursday.
Starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, the whole shindig can be seen live and direct on the Netflix is a Joke YouTube page LINK HERE on April 9.
“While we’re sitting here afraid, unsure and isolated, we wanted to come together and do some good,” Kauffman told me of the decision to take the show online in a new form and with a peek into the future.”
“All we’ve got is time on our hands and technology at our fingertips,” the Friends co-creator added as production on Season 7 was temporarily suspended late on March 12 as restrictions on large gatherings tighten in the City of Angels. “So we decided to use both of those assets to raise money for Meals on Wheels, which brings food to food-insecure and isolated seniors. They are among our most vulnerable right now and need our help.”
“Our cast is all in and super excited,” Okay Goodnight founder Kauffman also says of her superstar packed team. “And Netflix and Skydance have been particularly supportive. As far as giving the fans a peek into Season 7, we figured more people would tune in to new content and it would, hopefully, be a draw for fans of Grace and Frankie. The hope is: more eyes, more money raised for Meals on Wheels.”
Produced by Skydance Television, which launched in 2013, Grace And Frankie was one of the first original series for Netflix. Though in a pause period right now, like everyone else in Tinseltown the seventh and final season is still set to premiere next year, which will make the series the longest running comedy in the streamer's history.
As of last night, there are 6360 confirmed case of the coronavirus in L.A. County and 147 deaths....
Kevin Hart has found his next comedy. The Jumanji: The Next Level star is attached to star in a yet-untitled action-comedy from Broad City alums Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. The film is being developed by Universal Pictures, with Aniello and Downs set to pen the script as well as executive produce.
Variety reports that Kevin Hart is attached to star in an untitled action-comedy under Universal Pictures. The film is based on an original idea from Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, while Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct. The film will reunite Hart with Lee, who directed the star in 2018’s Night School. Hart is also producing the film through his Hartbeat Productions banner, alongside Lee through Blacmaled Productions, and Will Packer and James Lopez through Will Packer Productions.
The entire project is a series of reunions for Hart, who also worked with Packer on the 2014 hit Ride Along and the Think Like a Man TV series.
Other than the people involved, there are no other details on this film, which makes it a little hard to get excited for. A Hart comedy isn’t always a success, though the films are usually commercial successes based on the star’s strong box office draw among black audiences. What’s interesting here is the involvement of Aniello and Downs, who executive produced Broad City, with Aniello directing and writing episodes of the Comedy Central hit, and Downs writing and co-starring in the series. Most projects from any Broad City alum are cause for excitement, and could inject some fresh comedy into the formula that Hart tends to fall back on.
And while Night School wasn’t a major critical success, though the 2018 film ended up being the highest-grossing domestic comedy that year, Lee still has the goodwill behind Girls Trip behind him — the 2017 film became a minor comedy phenomenon and launched Tiffany Haddish to stardom. Perhaps second time’s a charm for him and Hart’s team-up.
A new movie based on Fantastic Four is currently in the works, and Zac Efron has been imagined as the Human Torch in some awesome new fan art. Created by BossLogic in collaboration with Lineage Studios, the artwork depicts Efron as he might appear as the next big screen version of Johnny Storm. Better yet, we get multiple images of Efron in the role, showing how he'd look as the character with and without the flames covering his entire body. You can take a look at the fan art below.
Turning up the heat, brought to you by me and the #lgx team creating @ZacEfron as the human torch but going a little beyond that creating a functional suit. We got a list of dream live action characters we want to tackle, be sure to stay tuned ❤️Many more from us x @LineageNYCpic.twitter.com/y2cMRE3efz— BossLogic @Bosslogic December 19, 2019
Zac Efron began his acting career with starring roles in musicals like High School Musical and Hairspray, though he has since switched his focus to taking on more dramatic performances. Earlier this year, he starred as real-life serial killer Ted Bundy in the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which earned him great critical praise. Efron has also appeared in a variety of other movies, but the actor has yet to take on the role of a superhero. It's not terribly difficult to picture him as the Human Torch, and it seems it's a matter of time before Efron appears in a comic book adaptation in one way or another.
As for the Human Torch, live-action versions of Johnny Storm have been featured on the big screen multiple times in the past. He was initially played by Captain America star Chris Evans in the original Fantastic Four movie, which was released in 2005; Evans would later reprise the role for the 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer. Director Josh Trank later rebooted the series with the 2015 movie Fantastic Four, which replaced Evans with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. Because of the movie's failure at the box office, no sequels were produced and the character has yet to return to theaters. And let's not forget that Jay Underwood, of The Boy Who Could Fly and Not Quite Human fame, played Johnny Storm in Roger Corman's Fantastic Four, which has only ever been released via bootleg VHS and DVDs during comic conventions.
Still, with the movie rights to Fantastic Four now back at Marvel Studios, plans have already been put into motion to develop an all new big screen version of the foursome. Marvel head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the next Fantastic Four movie is in early development, and the idea is to finally bring the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the project is still very early in its development stage, and though it's not clear exactly when we can expect to see the movie, it's likely going to be a bit of a wait with so many other MCU projects already lined up at Marvel...