The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for Nov 7, 2018
Shrek and Puss in Boots are getting rebooted, with Despicable Me honcho Chris Meledandri guiding the revival, Variety reports. Meledandri tells the mag he hopes to get Shrek’s star-studded cast, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, back in. “When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”
Netflix has added six new programs and films aimed at families. Among the newbies are an animated limited series called Maya and the Three (2021), 2D animated family film My Father’s Dragon (2021), animated preschool series Go! Go! Cory Carson (2019), animated series Kid Cosmic (2020), animated series Trash Truck (2020) and CG animated feature film The Willoughbys (2020). The latest entries join the previously announced slate of family-friendly titles, including Chris Williams’ Jacob and the Sea Beast, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, Rajiv Chilaka’s Mighty Little Bheem, Josj Wakely’s animated series Motown Magic, Glen Keane’s CG adventure Over the Moon, Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion version of Pinocchio and Wendell & Wild from Henry Selick and Jordan Peele
The creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, is working on a two-hour movie, though it remains unclear if that will be released theatrically or made for television. Details on the project are slim. A possible fake/working title is, Greenbrier, and it’s unclear if the movie would be another prequel — like AMC’s Better Call Saul — or a follow-up of some sort. It’s also unclear is if any of the original stars, such as Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul, are involved in the new project, which sources stress will be set in the existing “Breaking Bad” franchise. The film project is said to follow the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom. Production is expected to begin this month in New Mexico. The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that a project with the title of Greenbrier is slated to shoot in in the region.
Alex Winter, who plays Bill S. Preston, Esq., in the Bill and Ted movies, says the long-rumored third film is in pre-production and eyeing a 2019 shoot. “Well, we’re in pre-prep and are set to shoot in early 2019,” Winter told The Hollywood Reporter. “So right now, all systems are go. My old line when Blockbuster was in business was that I’d never believe a film was a go until the video was at Blockbuster. But I don’t know what to say anymore…Netflix?”
DC Universe’s upcoming Swamp Thing TV series has been adding cast-members left and right lately, and the latest casting news concerns the big, green guy himself. It’s been announced that Andy Bean will be stepping into the role of Dr. Alec Holland, a passionate biologist who comes to the realization that his work may be the cause of a deadly swamp-born virus which is affecting the townspeople. This discovery leads him to confront dark forces which swallow him up, but Holland emerges reborn as Swamp Thing, who will be played by Derek Mears. Struggling to hold onto his humanity, Swamp Thing must learn to embrace what he’s become and defend the town again the perils of the swamp.