HBO Orders WATCHMEN to Series, Sets 2019 Premiere

After years in development, HBO's Watchmen pilot finally went into production a few months ago. Now, we know when the pilot - and the rest of the season - will premiere.

HBO has confirmed that Watchmen has been given a full series order. It will premiere sometime in 2019. No word on an episode count yet. In addition, the network released a plot logline from the series.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes" are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Showrunner Damon Lindelof previously described Watchmen as an original "remix" of the source material. It's not another direct adaptation; rather, it's an original story that will be set after the comic. So, it's basically a sequel, but they're not calling it that.
Nothing ever ends. — HBO (@HBO) August 17, 2018
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KINGSMAN 3 Gets a Release Date

Following the first two Kingsman movies, director Matthew Vaughn confirmed that he would return for a third film, while two spinoff movies and a television show are in development.

Now, we know when the trilogy's final installment will hit theaters.

20th Century Fox has set a release date of November 8th, 2019 for Kingsman 3. This was the original release date for Bond 25, which recently moved to Valentines Day 2020. It's also one week after DC's Wonder Woman 1984. Vaughn is returning as both writer and director for the threequel.

Kingsman 3 will conclude the Eggsy-Harry story arc that has been at the heart of the trilogy. The franchise will later expand with a prequel set in the 1900s, as well as a Statesman spinoff.

Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

HARLEY QUINN/JOKER Directors Offer Script Update for "Deranged" Relationship Movie

Warner Bros. previously put several Harley Quinn-centric films into development. One of these was a film pairing her with Jared Leto's Joker, to be written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. We haven't heard too much on this one in a while, especially with Birds of Prey being the studio's top priority. But now, the filmmakers have provided an update.

Ficarra and Requa tell Metro US that they had a lot of fun writing the Harley Quinn/Joker script, pitching it as "Bad Santa Meets This is Us." Ficarra then reveals the film's bonkers opening scene. "The whole thing starts with Harley kidnapping Dr Phil. Played by Dr Phil hopefully. Because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship." They go on to say that the movie plays up the relationship between the two "mentally deranged" people.
So, when is the movie going to happen? Turns out Ficarra and Requa don't really know. They turned in the script and say that t…

Marvel's THE ETERNALS Recruits Director Chloe Zhao

The Eternals is one of several Marvel Studios movies in development, making up its post-Avengers 4 future. The film previously got a pair of screenwriters, and now, a director has been brought on board.

Filmmaker Chloe Zhao (The Rider) has signed on to direct The Eternals. Other contenders for the job included Nicole Kassell (HBO's Watchmen), Travis Knight (Bumblebee), and Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra (Birds of Passage). Zhao was also up for directing Marvel's Black Widow, before Cate Shortland got the gig.

Zhao will be directing from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film will reportedly consist of a love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans. It is intended to be Marvel's next big cosmic franchise.

Zhao is the most recent female director to take on a major comic book movie. Marvel has been making this push with films like Captain Marvel and Black Widow, while DC has hired female directors for Birds …

TV Casting: DC Universe Casts STARGIRL, Arrowverse Crossover Finds its Villain

We have a couple of big DC TV casting updates. DC Universe has found the titular hero of its next original series, while this year's Arrowverse crossover now has a villain.

The Goldbergs actress Brec Bassinger is set to star as Courtney Whitmore in Stargirl, a new show on DC Universe. The series revolves around Whitmore, a high school sophomore who is adjusting to a new school in Blue Valley, Nebraska. Along the way, she discovers that her stepfather used to be a superhero's sidekick, and with a cosmic staff, she will inspire a new generation of heroes.

Producer Geoff Johns had this to say about the casting. "There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl, and after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. Brec’s warmth, strength, humor and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role."

Stargirl is expected to beg…

BIRDS OF PREY Testing Multiple Actresses for Lead Roles

DC Films' Birds of Prey will see Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn form a gang of major female characters, such as Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain. We've heard plenty of casting rumors over the past few months, and now, we have a refined shortlist, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle in Time), Jurnee Smolett-Bell (Underground), and Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures) are in contention to play Black Canary. This confirms a past rumor that Warner Bros. is looking to cast a woman of color as the traditionally white hero.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror) have all either tested or read for the role of The Huntress.Justina Machado (Jane the Virgin) and Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick) have tested for the role of Renee Montoya.WB is looking to cast an Asian actress as Cassandra Cain, who will be a 12-year-old in this movie. It's likely that more actresse…

Disney CEO Confirms "Slowdown" on STAR WARS Movie Releases

When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio made plans to release a Star Wars movie every year, beginning in 2015. However, that plan has led to concerns of franchise fatigue, and it has manifested in the lackluster performance of this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Since then, Lucasfilm has been mum on future franchise plans, but now we have a hint of what's to come...or when, more accurately.

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that there will be a "slowdown" for releasing future Star Wars movies. While the studio will absolutely keep making these movies, there will be more caution about when they will be released. "I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made - I take the blame - was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Th…

DAREDEVIL Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date and Teaser

Netflix has begun promotion for the third season of Marvel's Daredevil. Today, the network released a new teaser, and it reveals the season's premiere date. Thankfully, it'll be here much sooner than expected.

Daredevil season three will be available on Friday, October 19th. This marks a little over a month after the last Marvel Netflix installment, Iron Fist season two, making it the shortest time span in between seasons.

The new trailer teases Matt Murdock's return as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, and he's back in the original black costume. We also have a new poster, teasing the season's darker tone. Check them out below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.

Source: Netflix

ABC Moving Forward with Marvel Show About Female Superheroes from WONDER WOMAN Writer

Marvel TV has been growing bigger and bigger every year, but it originally began on ABC with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013. Since then, the two have collaborated on Agent Carter and Inhumans, which were both short-lived, while Freeform has Cloak and Dagger. But ABC has talked about bringing in a new Marvel series soon, specifically with a female lead. And now, it's moving forward.

Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is developing an untitled Marvel series for ABC, which has given it a production commitment. The show is about female superheroes in the Marvel Universe, and it is expected to focus on lesser-known characters. No word on who exactly those characters are, but the sky's the limit. In addition to writing, Heinberg is producing with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb.

This move comes as Marvel is increasing its lineup of female-led properties, both on film and television. Netflix's Jessica Joneshas been a big hit, while a Scarlet Witchseries is in the works at Disney Play. …

AMC Plans to Expand THE WALKING DEAD Universe with Movies and More TV Shows

AMC's cornerstone series, The Walking Dead, is getting ready enter its ninth season, which will say goodbye to lead man Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Meanwhile, spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead is nearing the end of its fourth season, with season five on the way. AMC has been vocal about continuing this franchise for at least the next decade, and now, we have word on how the network is planning to do that.

A new report by Bloombergreveals that AMC is planning multiple new TV shows, as well as movies, set in The Walking Dead universe. The networks wants to have a partner (maybe a streaming service?) to create several movies that could spin off into new shows. At least one series will take place in another country. Scott Gimple, chief creative officer of the current two shows, will oversee development.

This move comes as AMC wants to continue pushing its biggest series, which has consistently ranked as one of the highest-rated shows and has spawned a hit talk show, Talking Dead