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News Brief: PENNY DREADFUL Returns; BAD BOYS 3 Greenlit; GLADIATOR 2 Moving Forward, & More

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News Brief about: Penny Dreadful, Bad Boys 3, Gladiator 2, and More

In brief, new movie news and television show news has broken. Below you will find a brief rundown on all that news and their most significant segments, distilled down to the most salient information.

Castlevania TV Series Renewed for Season 3 by Netflix

Netflix has renewed the animated television series Castlevania for a third season. The third season will consist of ten episodes.

Bojack Horseman TV Series Renewed for Season 6 by Netflix

Netflix has renewed the animated television series Bojack Horseman for a sixth season.

Parasite Gains North American Distribution through Neon

Neon has purchased the North America film distribution rights to Parasite for a 2019 theatrical release. Parasite‘s plot synopsis: “Parasite is a peculiar tale about two families who are worlds apart yet somewhat alike, portraying a striking reality of the world we live in.”

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite stars Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Yeo-JeongChoi Woo-ShikPark So-Dam, and Chang Hyae-Jin.

Stephen King’s Joyland TV Series being Developed by Freeform

Freeform is developing a television series based on Stephen King‘s Joyland. Joyland’s plot synopsis: “follows the story of a college student named Devin Jones who takes on a summer job at Joyland, an amusement park in North Carolina. As Devin continues to work at the park, he must confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the way both will change his life forever.”

The pilot episode is being written by Chris Peña and Cyrus Nowrasteh.

Einstein TV Series being Developed by NBC

NBC is developing a television series based on German television series-of-the-same-name entitled Einstein. The German police procedural TV show was based on a 2015 film on the same subject matter.

Einstein‘s plot synopsis: “a clever smooth-talker who’s recruited by cops thanks to his knack for solving complex cases. As the title suggests, he’s also the illegitimate offspring of the revered genius who coined the Theory of Relativity.”

Dean Koontz’s Strangers TV Series being Developed by Fox

Fox is developing a television series based on Dean Koontz‘s Strangers. Strangers‘ plot synopsis: “The novel tells the interconnected stories of a group of strangers who are suddenly plagued with sudden traumas and unexplained phobias that didn’t exist prior. Eventually, these seeming strangers all converge on a small Nevada motel to confront their mysterious secret once and for all.”

Tyler Perry’s retirement from Madea is scheduled for 2019

Tyler Perry is retiring from playing Madea with the  film Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral. Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral will be released in theaters in 2019.

Falcon and Winter Soldier Get a TV Series on Disney Watch

Marvel Cinematic Universe is bringing heroes Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) to the small screen on Disney upcoming streaming subscription service Disney Watch. This will be a limited TV series that will be written by Malcolm Spellman.

The Edge of Seventeen TV Pilot Episode Ordered by YouTube Premium

The film Edge of Seventeen is making its way to the small screen in pilot form on YouTube Premium. YouTube has ordered a pilot episode for a film-to-TV adaptation. The film’s director will be directing the pilot episode. The screenplay is being written by Annabel Oakes.

Penny Dreadful Sequel Series Announced by Showtime

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Press Release:

LOS ANGELES – November 1, 2018 – SHOWTIME has announced the next chapter of the PENNY DREADFUL saga with PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS. John Logan, creator, writer and executive producer of the Emmy nominated series PENNY DREADFUL, will continue in those same roles. Joining him as an executive producer will be Michael Aguilar (KIDDING). Production is expected to begin in 2019. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

A spiritual descendant of the PENNY DREADFUL story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS will explore an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a genuine historical backdrop. This chapter is a bold new vision that will employ all new characters and storylines.

“We were so thrilled when John Logan came to us with this wildly original take on the Penny Dreadful mythology that explores both the human spirit and the spirit world here in California,” Levine said. “PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS promises to be an extraordinary saga of familial love set against the terrifying monsters that are around us and within us.

“PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the PENNY DREADFUL London storylines,” Logan said. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of PENNY DREADFUL, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”

Bad Boys’ Main Cast Confirms Return for Bad Boys 3

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will be returning for the third Bad Boys film entitled Bad Boys for Life. The film, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, will be released in U.S. theaters on January 17, 2020.

Gladiator 2 is Moving Forward with Ridley Scott

A sequel to Ridley Scott‘s epic film Gladiator will be getting a sequel written by Peter Craig. Presumably Scott will be directing the film along with executive producing the film. Gladiator 2 will be about Lucius Verus, son of Lucilla, grandson of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, and nephew of Emperor Commodus after his exposure to Commudus and General Maximus Decimus Meridius.

Scott wants to direct the film. There is no word yet if he will or not. There is also no word yet whether or not Spencer Treat Clark will reprise his role as Lucius Verus.

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