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Geek News on the Radio for October 26, 2020

Marvel’s Blade Reboot Goes Hunting for Writers

More than a year after the initial announcement the Blade reboot is looking to find writers to bring the character into the MCU.  The Blade reboot is finally taking an important step forward. Marvel is said to be looking for writers as we speak to tackle the project, which was originally announced last year during San Diego Comic-Con. While the initial reveal was splashy, with Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali set to play the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things have been a bit quiet since. Now, it seems things are finally moving in the right direction.

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‘Shang-Chi’ Wraps Filming

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has completed production. Simu Liu, the frontman of the upcoming superhero pic, as well as the film’s director Destin Daniel Cretton enthusiastically announced that the film has wrapped shooting. “We made a baby!!!” declared Liu on Instagram with a pic of him adorned in leis. “We can’t wait to introduce him to the world in 9 months…” Cretton also posted a picture of himself, his wife Nikki Chapman, his sister Joy Cretton and actor Zhang Meng announcing that they have wrapped. In the private Facebook group ‘Subtle Asian Traits”‘ Liu explained the impact of the first Asian-fronted superhero movie at Marvel Studios. “For all of those who hated us because of the color of our skin, or been made to feel less than because of it; NO MORE,” Liu wrote. “This is OUR movie, and it will be IMPOSSIBLE for Hollywood to ignore us after this.”

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Resumes Filming With Legacy Cast After Positive Coronavirus Cases

“Jurassic World: Dominion” has started rolling the cameras again. The U.K.-based production was cleared to resume filming after being shut down earlier this month due to a string of positive coronavirus cases on set. Director Colin Trevorrow shared a picture on Twitter of franchise veterans Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill reuniting with the short caption: “Back.” According to sources familiar with the production, filming never shut down entirely and key cast members were working, mostly shooting secondary sequences, during the hiatus. They began shooting main scenes again last Friday. “The ‘Jurassic World’ cast and crew are back to work, with the spirit of a legend watching over them while they create together,” production company Amblin said on Friday.

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Tom Holland heads to Spider-Man 3 set to start filming: ‘Let’s go!’

What time is it? “It’s time for Spider-Man 3,” Tom Holland said as he announced his arrival in Atlanta to start filming the sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home. “Let’s go!” Holland shared the update in a series of videos posted to his Instagram Story this weekend that documented his travel. The actor had started filming a different blockbuster movie for Sony Pictures, the movie adaptation of Uncharted, back in July. A first look at Holland as videogame character Nathan Drake arrived just last week, and the studio is keeping him busy by sending him next to tackle Spider-Man.

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No Suicide Squad 2 Character Was Protected By DC From James Gunn

DC Comics has given director James Gunn full authority to do whatever he wants with the characters in The Suicide Squad. Touted as a standalone sequel to David Ayer’s 2016 blockbuster, The Suicide Squad follows the deviant, eponymous DC Comics anti-hero team through a narrative that is inspired by the 1980s Suicide Squad comics. The film features an ensemble cast led by Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Peter Capaldi, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, and Idris Elba, and it’s scheduled to release in the United States on August 6, 2021. Talks about a Suicide Squad sequel began even before the original film’s release in March 2016. Initially, Ayer was set to helm the sequel, but he dropped out to direct Gotham City Sirens instead. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor was then assigned the directorial duties. However, he too exited the project citing creative differences. Following O’Connor’s departure, Warner Bros. signed Gunn to direct The Suicide Squad, who before jumping on board, negotiated over his creative liberties in the film. Subsequently, DC allowed Gunn to choose from any character within the DC universe that he liked. And now Gunn has also opened up about another advantage that had while filming the movie.

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James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Explored $600 Million Sale to Streaming Services

Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April. The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, with the Daniel Craig vehicle moving back to November before being pushed into 2021 as the number of coronavirus cases kept growing. MGM, the studio behind the film, reportedly lost between $30 million to $50 million due to the delays, insiders said. Bloomberg first reported the discussions, which have been the topic du jour in Hollywood this week. Other studios, such as Paramount and Sony, have raked in tens of millions by selling movies like “Greyhound,” “Coming 2 America” and “Without Remorse” to streaming services while the exhibition sector continues to struggle during the pandemic.

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‘Addams Family’ Live-Action TV Series From Tim Burton Heats Up TV Marketplace

In what would mark his first major live-action TV series, Tim Burton is setting his sights on The Addams Family, looking to develop a new series focused on the famous clan. Sources tell Deadline that Burton is negotiating to executive produce and possibly direct all episodes of this new take on the franchise. Smallville developers/executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will be head writers on the show and serve as showrunners as well as exec producers along with Burton. MGM TV, which controls underlying rights to the IP, financed the development of the series. As of right now, the package has multiple buyers bidding for it, including Netflix, which sources say is at the top of the list of landing the project.

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