Geek showbiz news has been rolling in, and we round it up here.
Amazon expects to spend $465 million on the first season of its upcoming Lord of the Rings series (see "’LOTR’ Synopsis Revealed"), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report originated in New Zealand government information on the size of the subsidy Amazon will receive for filming there ($114 million). For scale, the final season of Game of Thrones cost around $15 million per episode.
Three Demon Slayer
specials previously only available on Japanese broadcast dropped on Funimation last week in the run-up to the feature release on April 23 (see "’Demon Slayer’ Gets a Date
"). The three episodes, Sibling’s Bond, Natagumo Arc
, and The Hashira Meeting Arc
recap the first season of the anime, with new footage in the Hashira
Cartoon Network Studios is reviving its animated shorts program Cartoon Cartoons for the first time in over a decade, the studio announced. The mission of the new studio will be "to innovate the art of animated storytelling, showcase diverse stories, discover new voices and mentor the next generation of animators." Previous incarnations of the program produced series including Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Regular Show
and Steven Universe
Netflix has released a trailer for its anime Godzilla: Singular Point
(see "Netflix Orders ‘Godzilla’ Anime
"), which is currently being released in Japan. The trailer (below) reveals that the series, which is produced by anime studios bones and Orange, will debut in the U.S. in June.
Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
) is joining Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the cast of the next Indiana Jones
, according to Deadline
. James Mangold (Logan
) will direct, the first time Steven Spielberg will not be directing himself, although he remains involved as producer.
Scout’s Last Stop
, by Trey Walker and Hoyt Silva, is in development with producer Sean Robins’ SR-48, the company announced. A longtime partner at Broken Road, Robins helped steer films including the Paul Blart series.