Geek News for August 20th, 2015

‘Zorro’ to Get Post-Apocalyptic Reboot Film

The film project about a futuristic Zorro has found new life with a partnership between Lantica Media and Sobini Films. Lantica, the media company led by CEO Antonio Gennari that works in production and financing as well as studio space, will finance the movie with a plan to begin principal photography March 2016 in Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios. Veteran producer and Sobini CEO Mark Amin, whose credits include Good Kill and Frida, will produce the film.

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‘Friday The 13th’ Series In Works At CW With ‘The Pretender’ Creators

The CW is heading to Crystal Lake. The network topper Mark Pedowitz today confirmed that the CW is developing Friday The CW Logo13th, a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender through CBS TV Studios. “They are new in development,” Pedowitz told Deadline.

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Robert Rodriguez’s Jonny Quest Movie Will Be Based On Hanna-Barbera’s 1964 Cartoon

Sin City and Machete director Robert Rodriguez plans to direct a live-action take on the action-adventure animated series Jonny Quest, which he is co-writing with Terry Rossio (The Mask of Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean). Producer Adrian Askarieh has been working on a Jonny Quest movie for eight years and in a recent interviewed said the script is nearly finished and they are “focusing on the original 60s animated show.”

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20th Century Fox picks up Lafayette comic book artist’s ‘Tag,’ could bring it to big screen.

A Lafayette comic book artist could see his work on the silver screen soon. According to an article from Deadline Hollywood, 20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to “Tag.” Lafayette’s own Kody Chamberlain did the artwork for the BOOM! Studios comic. He has since worked on the multimedia “Punks” series and created his own critically-acclaimed miniseries “Sweets.” Keith Giffen (“Justice League,” “Doom Patrol”) wrote “Tag.”

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‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: Benicio Del Toro Eyed for Villain Role

Casting for Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is already in motion, as Benicio Del Torohas been offered the role of the villain in the upcoming sequel, sources tell Variety. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, who will first be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bowing this Christmas, are all expected to return, with Rian Johnson helming the pic. A deal is still far away from coming together and who exactly Del Toro will be playing is unknown, but insiders say the studio was going after A-list talent for the role, also meeting Joaquin Phoenix for the part. The movie will bow on May 26, 2017. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

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