Loki and Scarlet Witch shows headed to Disney's streaming service, while Netflix orders up a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series
Well, it might be hump-day, but there's certainly no mid-week blues for everyone's favourite streaming companies, with news that Disney and Netflix are adding some pretty big series to their upcoming slates. It appears Disney Streaming Services' as-yet-unnamed site is looking to bump up its already big schedule (think original Star Wars shows and Disney live-action films like Lady and the Tramp) with some Marvel-ous additions, by way of standalone Loki and Scarlet Witch limited series. While Netflix is keeping competition fierce by announcing that they are planning to take Nickelodeon's beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003) and make it into their own live-action show (here's hoping it's better than that god-awful 2010 movie from M. Night Shyamalan).
According to Variety, the Marvel shows will be top-notch productions, with plans to feature original actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in the title roles. While few details have been made available at the moment, the studio is said to be looking at a six to eight episode run per series. And although there's no reports yet on how big the production budgets will be, one could assume that Marvel aren't the type to spare any expense when it comes to their cinematic universe - which these series expected to be an extension of. And of course, there's the fact that Kevin Feige himself is said to be taking a hands-on role in their development. Aside from that, we may have to wait until the service launches sometime late next year to find out more details.
As for Netflix's Avatar series, Collider are reporting that production is expected to start on the Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko produced show as soon as 2019. Similar to the original animation, it will follow young avatar Aang as he learns to harness the four elements - earth, fire, wind and air - and stop the deadly Fire Nation from taking over. In keeping with the story's origins, the showrunner's have already promised that it will be 'culturally appropriate' and have a 'non-whitewashed cast'. They also said they were ready to go 'even deeper into the characters, story, action and world-building'. And, just think, if it's successful, there always the chance its sequel The Legend of Korra (2012) may also find an live-action adaption on the small screen.
Hold on to your butts because Jeff Goldblum is rumoured to be returning to the Jurassic Park Universe
He played one of the most annoying, handsome and downright hilarious chaos theory specialists in filmic history. And now, reports are emerging that Jeff Goldblum is set to reprise his role as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm in J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World 2 (2018). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and alleges that he will return for the fifth instalment in the dinosaur universe, currently untitled, which is scheduled for a June 22, 2018 release. If the news is true, he will join other actors already announced for the follow-up film, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell and Toby Jones.
Goldblum first brought the character to life in the original classic Jurassic Park (1993), before returning for its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) four years later. With his addition in the latest film, he will become the only person besides B.D. Wong to have starred in three of the dino films. The actor is familiar with reprising his role form throwback nineties flicks too, after starring in the Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) last year. While starring in television series and cameos seems to have become his thing since his big budget early years, Goldblum has been making somewhat of a resurgence himself lately (literal in some cases), as he is set to star in the latest Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok (2017). But his character from Jurassic Park remains one of his most iconic, after he delivered infamous speeches about God creating man and man creating dinosaurs, as well as showing off his shirtless body.
The new film will be written by Jurassic World (2015) helmer Colin Trevorrow, who penned the script alongside Derek Connolly. On the producing front, Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, Steven Speilberg and Trevorrow will all return, with Belen Atienza and Universal VP Production Sara Scott joining them. While the storyline is being kept strictly under-wraps, it is believed that it will delve into the proliferation of dinosaurs, the use of them as weapons and how the technology of their creation is being warped across the world to suit different purposes. And while there has been no confirmation over which species may be the focus of this film, as the Indominus Rex was for the last, we're thinking it's got to be something big and bad enough to rival it in some way. And something threatening enough that Malcolm will come back preaching about looking at things rather than touching them.
It's official, Sony and Marvel have found their new Spiderman, and a director to go with him! Tom Holland is set to don the red and blue spandex costume as the next version of Spidey, with Jon Watts onboard to direct. Holland was one of the original front-runners in contention for the character, along with actors like Charlie Rowe, Asa Butterfield and Matthew Lintz.
However he is said to have given impressive screen tests which ultimately proved the final step in sealing the deal, with Tom Rothman, the Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman stating; "For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start." Holland is young enough to fit the 14 - 18-year-old bill that both Sony and Marvel agreed upon for the webslinger, but also at 19 is likely able to handle the heavy workload a franchise like this entails.
And it seems he is capable of holding his own with the likes of Robert Downey Junior and Chris Evans, whom he reportedly screen-tested with before being flown out to the set of Captain America: Civil War (2016) earlier this month. The young star certainly has a history of giving great performances, with a phenomenally powerful and moving portrayal in 2012 film The Impossible, alongside Ewan McGreggor and Naomi Watts, and is soon to be seen in the Ron Howard directed In The Heart of the Sea (2015).
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