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Geek News for February 14th, 2019

Marvel, Hulu Set Four-Show Animated Slate

As Marvel’s Netflix relationship sours, the comic book powerhouse is entering a new pact for a slate of four animated series with Hulu. The streamer — soon to be majority controlled by Marvel parent Disney as part of the Fox asset sale — has greenlit four animated series (and a special) as part of a new partnership with the comic giant. Adult animated series based on popular Marvel Television characters MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck have been ordered to series. Similar to Netflix’s original four-series deal, all of the Hulu animated shows will culminate in a special — called The Offenders. (Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage culminated with miniseries mash-up The Defenders.) All four of the Hulu series — and special — will be exec produced by Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb. They will expand Marvel’s slate at Hulu, which already includes drama series The Runaways, which is awaiting word on its third season after its sophomore run dropped all its episodes on Dec. 21.

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Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) is the latest director to tackle the imposing challenge of adapting Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel Dune to the big screen. Most fans would agree that neither the 1984 adaptation by David Lynch nor the 2001 TV miniseries truly capture the greatness of the source material. But if nothing else, Villeneuve certainly has a talented cast backing him up for the project, which is expected to start production this year. Now that many of the film’s central heroes and villains have been cast, we’ve put together a quick breakdown of all the actors confirmed for the Dune reboot so far. You’ll also find here the basics of each character, for those who might not be familiar with this sprawling sci-fi saga. The spice must flow!

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Aquaman’ spinoff ‘The Trench’ could explore undersea horror

As the bright, expressive Aquaman becomes Warner Bros’ highest-grossing DC movie yet, the studio is said to be engaging writers on a horror-themed spinoff. Prior to Aquaman, director James Wan built his reputation on a sequence of hit horror movies: Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring were all made under his direction, before he took on action movie Furious 7 and then DC’s latest and biggest hit. Not that Wan left horror entirely — his The Conjuring 2 released in between Furious 7 and Aquaman, while he wrote The Nun, 2019’s new Annabelle movie, and is involved with Stephen King project The Tommyknockers — but he could be taking the Aquaman mythos that way should the right script emerge.

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It’s been nearly two months since Aquaman sloshed its way into theaters, slapping moviegoers on the back with a hearty “My man!” and crushing a beer can on its head as it proceeded to earn more than a billion dollars worldwide. Wondering why Warner Bros. hadn’t already begun a sequel? Let’s find out. Sure, we can now report that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a sequel to DC’s biggest movie ever is now officially in the works, with the studio hiring David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the first film, to pen the continuing adventures of Fishy McDudebro. And yes, original director James Wan will be back to oversee things as a producer, though whether he returns to the director’s seat is still up in the air. But it doesn’t explain why it took this long—and even had Warner Bros. greenlighting a spinoff based on the screeching fish monsters from like five minutes of the first movie in the interim—to get a second film started. Sure, we can pretend it’s because both Warner Bros. and DC are pretty gun-shy about rushing into anything too quickly after the impetuous decisions surrounding Justice League and the preceding films that almost tanked the DCEU. But it seems far more fun to baselessly speculate about the behind the scenes of a sentient Warner Bros. and their lackadaisical ways:

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