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Geek News on the Radio for October 15th, 2018

John Carpenter is not Happy About the “Big Trouble in Little China” Remake

Amid the thousand or so projects he’s working on at any given moment—which currently include Jungle Cruise, Fast And Furious spin-off Hobbs And ShawBlack Adam, a Jumanji sequel, and his controversial decision to play black folk hero John Henry for Netflix—you’d be forgiven for letting a few of Dwayne Johnson’s various movie ideas slip through the cracks. Like, say, his decision—announced back in 2015—to do a remake/sequel/something to John Carpenter’s cult classic Big Trouble In Little China. Among the list of those who haven’t forgotten about Johnson’s intentions to step into the fabled big rig of ol’ Jack Burton, though, is John Carpenter, who had some typically harsh words for the reboot project when CinemaBlend asked him about it this week. “They want a movie with Dwayne Johnson,” Carpenter told interviewers, taking a break from his busy “sitting around and playing video games, because fuck you, he’s John Carpenter” schedule to throw a little shade the movie’s away. “That’s what they want. So they just picked that title. They don’t give a shit about me and my movie.”

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Iron Fist Canceled

Finn Jones, the actor behind Danny Rand on Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist, now says goodbye to his solo series after news broke of its cancellation. “With every end is a new beginning,” he began in a statement released on Instagram Friday night. Jones, 30, appeared as the Immortal Iron Fist on two seasons of the streaming series, as well as on The Defenders miniseries event and the second season of Luke Cage. Netflix and Marvel announced the cancellation of Iron Fist after its second season debuted in full on Friday, Sep. 7. “I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show,” Jones wrote. “Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.”

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Ryan Coogler Signed on for Black Panther Sequel

Coogler is on board to write and direct the sequel to his hit superhero tentpole “Black Panther.” Chadwick Boseman is expected to return in the titular role, alongside others in the A-list ensemble. A release date has not been set yet and plot details have yet to be revealed. Marvel had no comment. “Black Panther” blew away box office records earlier this year, making $1.3 billion worldwide, including $700 million domestically — the biggest U.S. box office gross for any Marvel film. The movie is also expected to be in awards contention, as is Coogler for directing. Awards pundits anticipate a best picture nomination for the fantasy pic. Sources say that production is expected to start at the end of next year or early 2020, depending on when the script is ready. According to sources, Coogler is planning to shoot a smaller movie before the sequel — one possibility is a new take on “12 Angry Men.” It is unknown if “Black Panther 2” will now become his primary focus or if he will still try to squeeze that smaller film in.

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Netflix will introduce a Choose Your Own Adventure for Black Mirror

Netflix is about to let you decide how your favorite show will end. The streaming service is developing a slate of specials that will let viewers choose the next storyline in a TV episode or movie, according to people familiar with the matter. The company expects to release the first of these projects before the end of this year, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are still private. Viewers will get to choose their own storylines in one episode of the upcoming season of “Black Mirror,” the Emmy-winning science-fiction anthology series. The show is famous for exploring the social implications of technology, including an episode where humans jockey to receive higher ratings from their peers. The fifth season of the show is expected to be released in December.

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DC Universe App is Gaining Traction

Batman and Superman have had such a pervasive presence in American popular culture that plenty of people who’ve never read a comic book know their pertinent biographical details: the murdered parents, the exploding planet, the Batmobile, Kryptonite, and so on. The DC Comics super-team sometimes known as “the Titans,” on the other hand, have starred in multiple animated series, a few straight-to-video movies, and one feature-length theatrical cartoon released just this past summer. And yet only devoted comics fans are likely to know much about their history and mythology as a group. That’s why it matters that Titans is going to be the first original scripted series on the new DC Universe subscription service. When the show’s first season premiere becomes available on Friday, October 12th (with a new one arriving every Friday thereafter, for 12 episodes in all), it’ll signal to superhero buffs that this channel is aimed squarely at them. DCU’s announced 2019 lineup — which will add deep-cut DC favorites like Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and Stargirl — should drive that message home even harder.

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Bryan Singer to Direct Red Sonja Movie

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman obliterated the long-held misbelief that female-led hero films couldn’t work, that they wouldn’t make money and boys didn’t want to see them. With that myopic notion now gone, there is a race among studios to capitalize on the market that drove Wonder Woman to such success. Millennium Films is aiming to enjoy that kind of success with its Red Sonja reboot. We heard a few weeks back that X-Men director Bryan Singer was being eyed to direct the pic, and it was said that Millennium would pay him top dollar for the project. Now we have an idea of just how much that is: a whopping $10 million.

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Mandalorian series on Disney App

Jon Favreau has pulled back the curtain on his “Star Wars” televison show set to debut on the Disney Play streaming service. Favreau’s text would place “The Mandalorian” in the 30-year space between “Return of the Jedi” (4 After Battle of Yavin) and “The Force Awakens” (34 ABY). The exact time which the First Order rose up has not been established. Favreau has a deep connection with the Mandalorian race – he voiced the Mandalorian rogue Pre Vizsla in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series. Darth Maul beheaded Vizsla in the “Shades of Reason” episode.

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Star Wars Scented Candles

The classic “Star Wars” movies have plenty of pop culture greatness which has spawned numerous collectibles over the years. That includes everything from action figures, lunch boxes, talking dolls, costumes, and life-size statues. Now, fans of the famous films can capture the essence of their favorite characters and seasons via a collection of scented candles. The Fantha Tracks website reported on Friday that the new “Star Wars” candles present a number of interesting scents. The lineup of candles includes classics like “Bantha Milk,” “Sarlacc Pit,” “Yoda’s Cooking Pot,” “Han Solo Carbonite,” and “Trash Compactor.” There’s even the “Inside of a Tauntaun” or “X-Wing Cockpit” available for those interested in the associated scents.

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