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.
It's hard to believe that we are almost halfway through 2018 already, especially given the quality movies we've already been delivered. From John Krasinski's tense and atmospheric thriller A Quiet Place (2018) to Marvel's box-office giant Avengers: Infinity War (2018), there's plenty of films to satiate every genre fan. But as May ticks over into June, we officially enter the summer blockbuster season and a slew of new pictures competing for the top spot. And not too long after the cinematic offerings will begin to showcase a flair for the dramatic as the end of the year heralds in the Awards season pictures. So, to help you plan out your time over the coming several months, we here at Cinematicism have compiled a list of the most promising upcoming releases from now until New Years. Enjoy!
June 1 - Adrift (2018): The real-life survival story of two avid sailors who were swept up into one of the most catastrophic storm hurricanes in history.
June 8 - Ocean's 8 (2018): A crime-caper that follows the infamous Danny Ocean's sister and her team of accomplices as they pull off a heist at the Met Gala.
June 8 - Hereditary (2018): Dubbed this year's The Exorcist (1973), this familial horror film has plenty of secrets to uncover.
June 8 - Hotel Artemis (2018): A group of criminals take refuge in a secret, members-only sanctuary.
June 15 - Incredibles 2 (2018): The whole Parr family is back in Pixar's highly-anticipated saving-the-world sequel.
June 22 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018): More dinosaurs, an exploding island and a dangerous conspiracy are part and parcel of this action-packed sequel.
July 6 - Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018): Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne team-up again in Marvel's latest action-packed superhero sequel.
July 13 - Skyscraper (2018): Dwayne Johnson plays a security adviser and father looking to protect his family in this high-rise picture.
July 20 - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018): Sophie learns about her mother's early days in the sequel to 2008's fun-filled musical.
July 27 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018): The sixth film in the series revolving around spy Ethan Hunt and his daring assignments.
August 3 - Christopher Robin (2018): Disney returns to the world of Winnie the Pooh as everyone's favourite bear helps his friend rediscover the joy of life.
August 3 - The Darkest Minds (2018): Based on the YA novel of the same name, the film follows a group of under 18's with special powers.
August 3 - The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018): Two best friends become entangled in an international conspiracy after finding out the true identity of an ex-boyfriend.
August 10 - The Meg (2018): A 70-foot shark and a vengeful Jason Statham. What could possibly go wrong?
August 10 - BlacKkKlansman (2018): An African-American police officer successfully infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in this based-on-a-true-story flick.
August 17 - Crazy Rich Asians (2018): An American-born Chinese professor travels to her meet her boyfriend's family in Singapore in this film based off the bestselling book.
September 7 - The Nun (2018): A priest investigates the mysterious death of nun in Romania in this side-story to The Conjuring 2 (2016).
September 14 - A Simple Favor (2018): A woman must uncover the truth of what happened to her missing friend Emily Nelson.
September 21 - The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018): A young orphan helps his uncle locate a clock with mystical and dangerous powers.
October 5 - Venom (2018): Journalist Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote and one of Marvel's villainous characters.
October 19 - Mowgli (2018): A young boy raised by wolves faces off against the menacing tiger Shere Khan in this latest adaption of Rudyard Kipling's famed book.
October 19 - Halloween (2018): Laurie Strode confronts the masked man Michael Myers four decades after that first terrifying night.
October 19 - The Hate U Give (2018): A young black girl witnesses the shooting of her friend by police and must find her voice to stand up for what's right.
November 2 - Bohemian Rhapsody (2018): The story of Queen's legendary front-man and iconic figure, Freddie Mercury.
November 9 - The Grinch (2018): A grumpy green figure plots to ruin Christmas in Illumination's new animation.
November 16 - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): J.K. Rowling's wizarding world continues to expand in this magical sequel, featuring a young Dumbledore.
November 21 - Creed II (2018): Adonis Creed takes on Vitor Drago with a little training from Rocky Balboa.
November 21 - Robin Hood (2018): Sherwood Forest's famed crusader battles wages a revolt against the corrupt crown in this action-packed reboot.
December 7 - Mary Queen of Scots (2018): Mary Stuart faces execution as she attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I.
December 21 - Aquaman (2018): DC's Arthur Curry gets hi origin movie after discovering he is the heir to Atlantis.
December 25 - Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The continued saga of everyone's favourite British nanny, as she visits the now-grown Jane and Michael Banks.
It’s the Circle of Life and it really does rule us all, especially big budget Hollywood studios like Disney. In the wake of a string of successful live-action adaptations like Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016), the studio has set their sights on one of the biggest properties of the bunch. That’s right, brace yourselves nineties babies, because the beloved animation The Lion King (1994) is officially headed for a remake. Releasing a statement on the matter today, the House of Mouse said they will be turning, once again, to acclaimed director Jon Favreau to spearhead the project, labelling it a ‘re-imaging’ that will retain its musical elements and be fast tracked into production over the next few years.
Favreau also confirmed the news in a mysterious Twitter message shortly before the statement dropped, declaring he was ‘very excited for his next project’ alongside some rather appropriate Lion King emoji’s. The choice of Favreau is arguably a no-brainer for the studio, with his previous work netting them close to a billion dollars at the box office and a critically acclaimed general consensus from critics. The director managed to create incredibly photo-realistic animals as part of his last project too, which definitely would have added to the appeal.
However it is important to remember that this time round he won’t have a human character to lean on, so it could prove dangerous territory to try and adapt. Outside of the directing news very little has been revealed yet, with production in its early stages, so there’s no point jumping to conclusions just yet. Stay tuned for more details as they come to light.
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