Geek News on the Radio for October 15th, 2020

Official Trailer for ‘Monster Hunter’

Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa to star Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth

Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa has found its lead with Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, Emma) in the eponymous role. Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also star in the film, though it’s still unclear what roles both actors will play. The standalone movie will follow a younger version of Imperator Furiosa, originally portrayed by Charlize Theron. George Miller is returning to direct, co-write, and produce the film; he announced that he was casting for the movie in May. Following confirmation that the prequel would feature a younger actress in Theron’s role, the actress described the news as “heartbreaking” to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a tough one to swallow,” Theron said. “Listen, I fully respect George, if not more so in the aftermath of making Fury Road with him. He’s a master, and I wish him nothing but the best.” Hemsworth is best known for his role as Thor in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. In addition to his role in Aquaman, Abdul-Mateen II  also starred in HBO’s Watchmen.

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Dwayne Johnson and DC Comics’ ‘Black Adam’ Adds Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi has joined Dwayne Johnson in New Line/DC’s upcoming superhero film “Black Adam.” Shahi will play a university professor and freedom fighter leading the resistance in the fictional nation of Kahndaq. Producers have previously announced that Aldis Hodge has been cast as Hawkman and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher — both members of DC’s Justice Society. Shahi is currently shooting the Netflix series “Sex/Life.” Her credits include the Showtime series “City on a Hill,” “The Rookie,” “Reverie,” “Person of Interest,” “The L Word” and “Fairly Legal.” Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Johnson in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” will helm “Black Adam.” Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions are producing with Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo, along with executive producer Scott Sheldon.

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‘Buck Rogers’ Movie in the Works at Legendary

Buck Rogers is going back to the future. After months of negotiations, Legendary is putting the final pieces on a deal for the screen rights to the classic and influential sci-fi character, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Sources say that Legendary, the company behind the upcoming sci-fi epic Dune and movies such as Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, is envisioning a big-screen take that would pave the way for a prestige television series as well as an anime series, giving audiences a 360-look at heroics sets in the 25th century. Don Murphy and Susan Montford will produce via their Angry Films banner, whose credits include Transformers and Real Steel. Legendary had no comment. Multiple sources say the deal is in the final stages or closed. The deal is a coup for Legendary and Murphy, who spent years waging legal battles as a fight for rights ensued between the heirs and estates of the men who created him or published his stories. Rogers first appeared in a story titled Armageddon 2419 and published in a 1928 issue of pulp mainstay, Amazing Stories. Written by Philip Francis Nowlan, the story told of a man who is trapped in a coal mine during a cave-in, falls into suspended animation, and, Rip Van Winkle-style, wakes up almost 500 years into the future. There, he is enlisted to help fight a war between several gangs in what was once America.

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‘Indiana Jones 5’ is Failing to Get Off the Ground

The Indiana Jones franchise is struggling to get its next movie off the ground. Recently, writer David Koepp left the project and a new director, James Mangold, was brought in to replace Steven Spielberg. Fans of Indiana Jones may recognize the name David Koepp as the head writer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In an interview with Den of Geek, David Koepp details his reasons for leaving, “I tried a couple different versions with Steven and they all had some good stuff about them and they all had some stuff that didn’t work, which happens,” he says. “But it was just very hard to have everybody come together and have all the elements — Steven, Harrison (Ford), the script and Disney — come together at once. And it didn’t.” Steven Spielberg left the production of Indiana Jones 5 very early on, leaving his head writer David to try and solidify a script for the movie. Unfortunately from his interview, we can see that no parties involved could come to an agreement over a direction to take the movie.

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