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Geek News on the Radio for May 28th 2020

Zack Snyder reveals Zack Snyder’s Darkseid from Zack Snyder’s Justice League:

After the critical and box office failure of Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2017, Zack Snyder fans around the world campaigned to have Zack Snyder’s actual version of Justice League released by Warner Bros. Pictures. And now the Zack Snyder fans are getting their wish: announced earlier this month, Zack Snyder’s Justice League will arrive exclusively to HBO Max in 2021. By all accounts, Zack Snyder’s “cut” of Justice League was more of a pipe dream than a four-hour magnum opus, but sources told several trades that Warner Bros. was willing to pay upward of $20-$30 million to realize Zack Snyder’s original vision. “We have a little work to do,” Zack Snyder admitted after the studio announced Zack Snyder’s Justice League. What is the difference between Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Zack Snyder’s Justice League? Over the course of the rowdy “Zack Snyder cut” fan campaign, Zack Snyder himself has used the social media platform Vero to tease snippets of lost footage (shot by Zack Snyder) and Zack Snyder-approved concept art. Zack Snyder’s puzzle pieces suggested that, if Zack Snyder had had his way, Zack Snyder’s Justice League would have crossed paths with Darkseid, the ultimate “New God” villain of the DC comic universe. Sorry, Steppenwolf, Zack Snyder has better plans!

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Thanks To HBO Max, DC’s Film Universe Goes In Concrete Direction:

If you’re going to start selling your cinematic universe of titles, you need a catchy name. For a while, folks have assumed that DC Comics’ own continuum of films was known as the “DC Extended Universe.” It was never truly confirmed by Warner Bros, but now with HBO Max getting into the business of showing its parent company’s wares, it looks like that name has been adopted as a concrete direction for marketing. If you’re curious about how you can access this section for yourself, it’s not too hard. From the home page of HBO Max, you’ll want to want to scroll down until you find the section “Blockbuster Franchises.” Clicking on the “Explore” button will take you to a list that shows you offerings like the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and even the Die Hard series. But among those very offerings is the now officially-minted “DC Extended Universe,” which has everything from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Shazam included in its lineup. Though funny enough, Man of Steel isn’t included on HBO Max just yet, and the theatrical cut of Justice League is apparently already on its way out in the “Last Chance” section.

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Scott Derrickson Set To Direct ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel For TriStar Pictures; Maggie Levin To Write Script:

Scott Derrickson, who passed on reprising as director on Dr. Strange 2 over creative differences, has found a new fantasy franchise to take on. He has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark, and My Valentine for Hulu, will write the script. The 1986 original starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and has maintained a cult status for over three decades, leading to tie-in novels and comic books, video games, perennial screenings and even an annual fan masquerade ball, which is considered one the largest in the world. Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is producing. Brian Henson is executive producing. Derrickson is executive producing with his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill. Blanca Lista, SVP of feature film production for Henson, is shepherding the project for The Jim Henson Company. Caellum Allan is supervising with Nicole Brown on behalf of TriStar Pictures.

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Adam Goodman & Michael Bay Team On Pandemic-Themed Thriller ‘Songbird;’ Production Starts In Five Weeks:

Former Paramount production chief Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives has teamed with Michael Bay to produce Songbird, a pandemic thriller that plans to take an unusual approach to shooting a movie in Los Angeles during the lockdown. It will begin production within five weeks, and might be the first film to shoot in the city. The film will be directed by Adam Mason (Into The Dark), who wrote the script with Simon Boyes (Misconduct). The filmmakers are providing remote training for the actors. None of the participants would say exactly how they plan to shoot a movie at a time when the guilds are still compiling their own safety protocols so that production can resume. I’m told that the filmmakers behind Songbird have screened their plans by the guilds, and they are good to go. The film is ostensibly a taut thriller in the spirit of Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield. It takes place two years in the future. The pandemic has not gone away. Lockdowns have been rolled back and then reinstated and it becomes even more serious as the virus continues to mutate. I don’t believe there are supernatural elements involved, but there is governmental conspiracy and paranoia and how it impacts the cast of characters who remain in lockdown. Casting is underway now.

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