The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for January 30, 2018
Tom Hanks has been tapped to play Mr. Rogers in a biopic called You Are My Friend, which is inspired by TV icon Fred Rogers. Production on You Are My Friend starts later this year, with Marielle Heller directing. It’s based on the account of journalist Tom Junod, who begrudgingly set out to write a profile of Fred Rogers for Esquire in 1998 “and finds his perspective on life transformed.”
Netflix has renewed Fuller House for a fourth season.
In a genre full of vampires, zombies, and bizarre found footage, Unsane takes a much more realistic (and yet no less terrifying) approach to the horror. The film centers its story on a woman who finds herself institutionalized with delusions (or are they?) of a stalker terrorizing her life. The film, impressively, was shot through an iPhone lens. The result is a low-tech thriller that appears to lean far more heavily on the placement of the camera and what happens in front of the camera than it leans on fancy camera tricks. Watch the trailer above.
In a bid to push into film, television and media, the industry’s number three publisher, DMG Entertainment, has purchased the comic publisher Valiant Entertainment. “This is about taking it to the next level,” founder and CEO Dan Mintz, a former filmmaker-turned-entrepreneur, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I am not looking on expanding from a publishing standpoint but from a motion picture standpoint.” Valiant has a library of 2,000 characters and publishes award-winning titles such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong and Ninjak.
Robocop might be getting a sequel. No, not the already-rebooted Robocop released in 2015. The 1987 original. You know, the one that already had 2 sequels in 1990 and 1993, as well as a spinoff television show. Ignore those. Ignore everything after the very first one. That’s what original writer Ed Neumeier wants us to do.
Neumeier revealed that the plan was to make a sequel to the 1987 original, and hinted that it might ignore everything else. “We’re not supposed to say too much,” he told Zeitgeist. “There’s been a bunch of other Robocop movies and there was recently a remake. [But] I would say this would be kind of going back to the old Robocop we all love, starting there and going forward. So it’s a continuation really of the first movie in my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old-school thing.”