News Brief about: Luke Cage Cancelled; NYPD Blue Revival; Jungle Cruise’s New Release Date, and More
Luke Cage Cancelled After Two Seasons on Netflix
Netflix has officially cancelled the superhero, Harlem-based TV series Luke Cage after two seasons. Reportedly, the two sides at the Season 3 negotiation table grew far apart over the past week due to “’creative differences’ and ‘rising tensions’ over the direction of the show.”
Orange is the New Black Cancelled after Seven Seasons on Netflix
Netflix has officially announced that the upcoming seventh season of Orange is the New Black will be its final season.
Air Strike Gets a Theatrical Release
The Bruce Willis, World War II film Air Strike will have its home entertainment release on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is Being Made into a Feature Film
The film rights to Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret have been acquired. Kelly Fremon Craig will be directing and writing the screenplay for the film.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret‘s plot synopsis: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret tells the story of Margaret Simon, a sixth grader who moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. She is being raised by a religiously indifferent Christian mother and Jewish father, she prays to a God she imagines is watching over her. In addition to a search for faith, she is curious about upcoming changes in her own body and forms a secret club with four other girls where they discuss subjects like boys, bras and periods. The novel was beloved by so many women because it talks about the issues and difficulties of growing up as a pre-adolescent girl.”
NYPD Blue Revival Moves Forward at ABC
A pilot episode has been ordered by ABC for an NYPD Blue revival TV series that will feature the the son of NYPD Sergeant Andy Sipowicz. In the revival NYPD Blue TV series, Sergeant Sipowicz “is now dead, and the story will focus on his son Theo “as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop.”
Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton will write the pilot episode that Jesse Bochco will direct.
Balboa Productions and Sylvester Stallone Set Production Slate
Balboa Productions has set the film and TV projects that it will be producing in the upcoming years.
Samaritan, a dark take on the superhero genre. The film will star Sylvester Stallone.
Hunter, a story based on the book by James Byron Huggins, which “centers on Nathaniel Hunter, whose hyper-tracking skills are employed to hunt down a raging beast, a half-human terror created by a renegade agency that is threatening to wreak havoc on civilization.” The film will star Sylvester Stallone but has no writer attached to project yet.
The film rights to the book Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent by Michael McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo has been acquired by Balboa Productions.
The TV rights to Levon’s Trade by Chuck Dixon has been acquired by Balboa Productions. Levon’s Trade‘s plot synopsis: “Levon Cade left his profession behind to work construction. He just wants to live an anonymous life and be a good dad to his daughter. But when a local girl vanishes he’s asked to return to the skills that made him a mythic figure in the shadowy world of counter-terrorism. His hunt for the missing college student takes him to the heart of a vicious criminal conspiracy.”
The TV rights to the book by Charles Sailor entitled Second Son (TV series) has been acquired by Balboa Productions. Rob Willians will be writing the screenplays for the series. Second Son‘s plot synopsis: “His name is Joseph Turner, a brave young construction worker from the Bronx, who rescues an imperiled co-worker trapped on a swaying iron girder twenty-four stories high – only to slip and plummet to the pavement below. Horrified onlookers are astonished and the world is stunned by what happens next. Suddenly, miraculously, Joseph Turner is granted a rematch with life.“
Station 19 Given Full Season Order by ABC
ABC has officially given Station 19 a full season order which may bring the episode cut to twenty-two episodes. “On average…the ABC sophomore drama is drawing 7.9 million viewers with a 1.8 in adults 18-49.”
Jungle Cruise’s Theatrical Release Date Moved
Jungle Cruise will now be released by July 24, 2020 through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
IT’S OFFICIAL – JULY 24th, 2020.
Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.
My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.
All aboard…????@DisneyStudios JUNGLE CRUISE
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— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018
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