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Tatiana Maslany Nears a Deal for the Lead Role in Marvel’s She-Hulk

Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany – Emmy Studio – Photograph by Peter Yang on April 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany looks to be the lead choice for Marvel’s She-Hulk series that will air on Disney+. Kat Coiro will also direct several episodes of the series including the pilot. Jessica Gao will lead the writers room.

She-Hulk is Jennifer Walters, an attorney and cousin to Bruce Banner who gains her cousin’s power after a blood transfusion. But, unlike her cousin, she’s able to keep her intelligence and personality easier.

With a career that goes back decades, Maslany had a star-making turn in the cult series Orphan Black in 2013 which ran until 2017. Maslany was nominated for three Emmys and a Golden Globe during the show’s run, winning the Emmy for best actress in a drama series in 2016. She was recently seen and praised for her role as Sister Alice McKeegan in Perry Mason.

This won’t be the first comic based character she has stepped into the role for. The actress voiced the character Redcoat for the Captain Canuck animated series that ran from 2013 to 2014.

She-Hulk is one of numerous Marvel series coming to Disney+. Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight are all in the works or coming soon.

(via Variety)

The Mandalorian Second season Gets an Official Trailer

The new season of The Mandalorian starts streaming Friday, October 30, only on Disney+.

The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. “The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Giancarlo Esposito. Directors for the new season include Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, Peyton Reed, and Robert Rodriguez. Showrunner Jon Favreau serves as executive producer along with Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson, with Karen Gilchrist serving as co-executive producer.

R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond Goes from Comics to Disney+

Just Beyond: The Scare School

Disney+ has ordered the 8-episode series Just Beyond from writer Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The horror/comedy anthology is based on the best-selling BOOM! Studios graphic novel series from iconic children’s writer R.L. Stine and artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews. Grahame-Smith has a history of moving between horror and comedy as author of the bestselling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and screenwriter of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, The Lego Batman Movie and The Saint for director Dexter Fletcher and star Chris Pine.

A writers room is being assembled and the series is expected to come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
 
Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg’s KatzSmith will produce through their KatzSmith Productions and are represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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The Lost Carnival

It’s Wednesday and it’d normally be new comic book day! While there’s new digital comics out, we’re just two weeks away from comics returning to comic shops and we’re excited! We’ve got some early reviews for what you can expect starting soon! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CNET – Disney Plus hit 54.5 million subscribers as of Star Wars Day, Disney says – This is a number to watch as it’ll impact the future of theaters.

Reviews

Newsarama – Batman: Gotham Nights #3
Newsarama – The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel
Newsarama – The Flash #753
Newsarama – The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #2
Newsarama – My Video Game Ate My Homework

Leslye Headland is Developing a New Star Wars Disney+ Series

Star Wars

Emmy-nominated writer Leslye Headland is developing a new Star Wars television series that will air on Disney+. The writer is mainly known for the praised series Russian Doll which she created, executive produced, and directed four episodes.

Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the new Star Wars series.

Rumors have swirled the creator was working on a project but this is the first official confirmation of the project and her involvement.

This is the latest Star Wars series coming to Disney+ which includes the second season of The Mandalorian, as well as a series, focused on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s Cassian Andor and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Theaters Take on Premiere Video on Demand as Universal’s Trolls World is a Hit

Trolls World Tour

Things are getting testy between theaters and studios as the opening of theaters looms on the horizon and studios are rethinking releases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous studios pulled their films choosing instead to release them video on demand or shrinking the release windows from theaters to digital.

The most high profile release so far was Universal‘s Trolls World Tour. Things escalated after a Wall Street Journal report says the film earned $95 million domestically in its first 19 days. The original film earned $153.7 million domestically for its entire run and $120.9 million after 19 days.

The National Association of Theatre Owners sent out a statement:

This performance is indicative of hundreds of millions of people isolated in their homes seeking entertainment, not a shift in consumer movie viewing preferences. It is not surprising that people under shelter-in-home ordinances for weeks on end with increasingly limited entertainment options would take advantage of the movie’s direct-to-VOD move to keep children entertained, even at a premium price.

We’ll ignore the blatant falacy of “increasingly limited entertainment options.”

They also emphasized:

Universal heavily marketed the title as a theatrical release, in theaters and elsewhere, for weeks on end. That is unlikely to recur in normal times, and those costs haven’t been disclosed. While Universal may be pleased with the PVOD results of Trolls World Tour, this outcome should not be interpreted as a sign of a ‘new normal’ for Hollywood.

We’ll also ignore the weird tangent about marketing. As marketing is marketing and there might be a stronger marketing plan to be made emphasizing its exclusiveness to video on demand.

After the success of Trolls World Tour, Universal decided to release the Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson comedy The King of Staten Island in homes June 12, skipping its original June 19 theatrical release.

Warner Bros. is skipping theaters as well with Scoob! going digital on May 15, STX is taking My Spy to Amazon, Paramount/MRC‘s The Lovebirds is going to Netflix, and Artemis Fowl is releasing on Disney+. None of these films would likely have been blockbusters and will likely play well to their niche audiences on demand.

NATO also argued that the optimum price point for movie rentals are $5-$8 with $6 being the sweet spot and transactional video has been declining since 2004 with sales and rentals of individual titles at home dropping from $24.9 billion to $9.3 billion in 2019.

What’s interesting is, that $6 rental isn’t that much different from what studios get currently. With an $10 ticket at the American box office, they’d get about 60% or $6. Overseas it can be 20% to 40% depending on the arrangement. Movies begin with fees up to 90% and the fees go down. This article from The Week has an excellent explanation. So, NATO has shown studios would potentially make the same and possibly more with video on demand.

Things have ramped up further with AMC Theatres saying they will no longer play any Universal Pictures after NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell promising to “open titles on premium and in theaters at the same time.”

AMC Theaters chairman-CEO Adam Aron went on the attack in a letter to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley saying:

It is disappointing to us, but Jeff’s comments as to Universal’s unilateral actions and intentions have left us with no choice. Therefore, effectively immediately AMC will no longer play any Universal movies in any of our theaters in the United States, Europe or the Middle East.

This policy affects any and all Universal movies per se, goes into effect today and as our theaters reopen, and is not some hollow or ill-considered threat. Incidentally, this policy is not aimed solely at Universal out of pique or to be punitive in any way, it also extends to any movie maker who unilaterally abandons current windowing practices absent good faith negotiations between us, so that they as distributor and we as exhibitor both benefit and neither are hurt from such changes. Currently, with the press comment today, Universal is the only studio contemplating a wholesale change to the status quo. Hence, this immediate communication in response.

Universal’s unilateral pronouncements on this issue are unpalatable to us, as has always been the case, AMC is willing to sit down with Universal to discuss different windows strategies and different economic models between your company and ours. However, in the absence of such discussions, and an acceptable conclusion thereto, our decades of incredibly successful business activity together has sadly come to an end.

Theaters are in a tough position as they need studios more than studios need them. With months of revenue lost, they need guaranteed blockbusters like Universal’s Fast and Furious 9 which has been pushed back to April 2, 2021 and Disney’s Mulan which is currently set to open July 24, 2020. Both of which would be billion-dollar films in normal environments. With more digital services being released with “captive audiences,” studios will need theaters less and less. Disney+ has over 50 million subscribers already as an example and at $7(ish) a month, that’s over 350 million reasons a month and 4.2 billion reasons yearly.

(via Wall Street Journal, Variety, Deadline)

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Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Check out some news and reviews from around the web from over the weekend as you kick off your week!

The Comichron – Blockbuster: X-Men relaunch powers October 2019 comics orders; $56.35 million month is fourth best in decade – October was a good month for comics.

Deadline – ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’: Sang Kim Joins As Showrunner Of Netflix Series Following Steven S. DeKnight Exit – Not sure what this says about the health of the show.

Newsarama – Disney+’s Moon Knight Lands Umbrella Academy TV Creator – A good addition considering the Umbrella Academy’s reception.

Reviews

CBR – Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1
CBR –
Olympia #1