The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 1, 2018
“I have a parasite.” The latest trailer for Venom eludes to the violence ahead. Venom debuts October 5.
According to a new report from Collider, Warner Bros. has hired Jared Stern to write and direct Super Pets, an animated movie about the furry friends of DC Comics characters. The Super Pets have had a unique sort of tenure in the DC Comics universe, first debuting as a full ensemble in 1962. Essentially functioning as an all-animal version of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the team included Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Bat-Cow, Flexi the Plastic Bird, and Aquaman’s seahorse, Storm.
20th Century Fox is developing a prequel to the 1993 baseball movie The Sandlot. Original director and writer David Mickey Evans is developing the film.
A Fantasy Island movie is in development (with Truth or Dare filmmaker Jeff Wadlow to direct). The Fantasy Island television series ran on ABC between 1977 and 1984. It starred Ricardo Montalbán as the white-suited Mr. Roarke who oversees of a mysterious island where people could live out their fantasies — for a price. The series often dealt with dark themes and the supernatural. The series ran for seven seasons with 152 episodes. It became best known for Mr. Roarke’s sidekick Tattoo, who would ring a bell in a bell tower and shout “Ze plane! Ze plane!” to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the start of each episode.
MoviePass is dying a slow, painful death. New terms of services, including outages, announced.
MoviePass is having a tough time making the movie ticket subscription program profitable, but AMC Theatres is ready to give it a whirl. The company announced that in the first five weeks of service, AMC Stubs A-List has enrolled 175K+ members. This comes a day after MoviePass revealed its $9.99 service would no longer cover blockbuster movies. Crowed Adam Aron, AMC CEO and president: “We are nothing less than ecstatic about the early consumer response to AMC Stubs A-List, which encourages moviegoers to come to the theatre more often, bringing their family and friends with them. With more than 175,000 members enrolled in just five weeks, the growth of AMC Stubs A-List has far exceeded our projections. We also find it reassuring that we consciously designed AMC Stubs A-List to be a profitable program with a price point that is loaded with consumer value while also being sustainable for us and for our guests.”