Lots of news on the showbiz front continues to come in, and it's time for a round-up!

Disney announced that it has greenlit a Willow TV series according to Variety. The new Disney+ series will be directed by John M. Chu, and will serve as a sequel to the original movie by Ron Howard (see "'Willow' on Blu-ray"). Jonathan Kasden and Wendy Mericle have also been added as showrunners.

Disney also will start filming Thor: Love and Thunder in January according to /Film. This film, starring Natalie Portman and directed by Taika Waititi, was first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 (see "'Thor,' 'Blade' Movie News").

Warner Bros. will develop a Static Shock movie according to THR. Michael B. Jordan is onboard as a producer alongside Reginald Hudlin, a Milestone imprint partner (see "Milestone Return to DC Comics Scheduled").

Focus Features has named Charlie McDowell the director of an adaptation of Patience according to Deadline. Additionally, the script will be written by McDowell's longtime collaborator Justin Lader. Daniel Clowes' graphic novel was originally optioned for film back in 2016 (see " Daniel Clowes' 'Patience' Optioned for Film").  

Legendary pictures has a Buck Rogers movie in the works according to THR. As an IP, Buck Rogers has endured a rocky road where future productions are concerned because it has been the source of multiple suits over whether or not the character is public domain (see "Hasbro Sues DC; More Buck Rogers Litigation" and also, " Is Buck Rogers in the Public Domain?")

Just when it looked like the Black Adam movie was dead-in-the-water (see " Hollywood Comes Down With Another Wave of Geek Movie Coronavirus Shuffling "), Warner Bros. announced new casting for the movie according to Variety.  Sara Shahi will join the cast, which stars Dwayne Johnson, to play a university professor who is also a freedom fighter.