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‘Deadpool 3’: Marvel Studios And Ryan Reynolds Tap The Molyneux Sisters To Pen The Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: As Disney continues to figure out what to do with Fox properties acquired in the merger, one of the biggest IPs, Deadpool, looks to be gaining momentum. Sources tell Deadline that Bob’s Burgers veterans Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin will write Deadpool 3, with Ryan Reynolds set to reprise his role as the wise-cracking Marvel superhero. Writer meetings have been taking place over the past month with Reynolds recently meeting with a handful of writers to hear their pitches for the next installment. In the end, the studio and Reynolds saw the sisters’ take as the perfect fit for what they wanted. The film remains in early development, but the hiring of the Molyneux sisters does mark the first major step in getting the next Deadpool film into production.

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‘Black Panther 2’ to Reportedly Begin Filming in Summer 2021

According to sources, production will take place in Atlanta starting July 2021 and could last until six months. The sequel might also see Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta as one of the antagonists, while Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett will all be reprising their roles. Wright, who plays T’Challa’s sister and tech genius Shuri, is rumored to be taking on “a more prominent role” with the death of Chadwick Boseman. Filming was initially set to start in March 2021, but Boseman’s untimely death in August 2020 left director Ryan Coogler and Marvel questioning the process of moving forward with the franchise. Neither one have explained what Black Panther 2 will do with the storyline of T’Challa, but Marvel Studios executive vice president of production Victoria Alonso recently confirmed that they had absolutely no plans of digitally recreating Boseman with CG. “There’s only one Chadwick, and he’s no longer with us,” Alonso said in an interview.

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‘Stranger Things’: Robert Englund Among New Cast for Season 4

The man behind legendary horror villain Freddy Krueger is coming to “Stranger Things.” Netflix’s wildly popular show announced a slew of new casting details on Friday, including the news that Robert Englund will play a recurring role in “Stranger Things” Season 4. The show’s social media accounts revealed that Englund is among the newcomers who will appear in the series’ fourth season. Englund will portray Victor Creel, a disturbed and intimidating man who is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital for a gruesome murder in the 1950s. There’s no telling how the character will fit into the show’s supernatural universe, but Englund’s pedigree suggests that the answer will be all sorts of sinister; Englund rose to fame for his work in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise and has appeared in a variety of other horror films.

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Burbank erects bronze statue of Batman

The city of Burbank on Friday unveiled a seven-and-a-half-foot tall bronze statue of Batman. The 600-pound sculpture of the iconic superhero is based on a 2002 drawing by Jim Lee, the chief creative officer-publisher of DC Entertainment. The colossal statue, which now stands in the AMC Walkway of Downtown Burbank, was funded by Visit Burbank, the city’s destination marketing organization. “The Batman sculpture, and the ones to follow, help showcase Burbank as a leading tourist destination and will further highlight the city’s status as the media capital of the world,” Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer said Friday, calling Batman “Burbank’s newest resident.”

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Jeff Fowler To Direct Hybrid ‘Pink Panther’ Feature At MGM

Jeff Fowler will direct, fresh from the helming another major live action/cg adaptation: Sonic the Hedgehog. That film took a tidy $319 million globally, despite initial controversy over the titular character’s design, and remains the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2020. Chris Bremner (Bad Boys for Life) is set to write the Pink Panther film. The producers are Lawrence Mirisch, Julie Andrews Edwards of Geoffrey Productions, Rideback’s Dan Lin, and Jonathan Eirich. Walter Mirisch and Rideback’s Ryan Halprin will executive-produce.

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