We round up geek showbiz news of the week.
Leslie Grace, the breakout star of In the Heights, will star in the Batgirl feature planned for HBO Max, according to Deadline. The feature was originally slated for a theatrical release. It just picked up directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (see "’Batgirl’ Gets Directors").
Kevin Smith’s Clerks III will begin shooting on August 2, the director said in a post on Facebook. All of the key leads, including Smith, Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Jay Mewes, and Rosario Dawson, are returning. As was the case for the first two films in the franchise, Smith will write and direct. Clerks II went into production 17 years ago (see "Kevin Smith Returns to ‘Clerks’").
Deadline. Rights to the film were acquired by Sony (see "’Kaiju Score’ Acquired"). Patrick calls the comic "a Quentin Tarantino film taking place in some corner of a Godzilla movie."
statement arguing that the reason for the drop-off was that the film had also been offered on Disney+ for an additional charge. "Despite assertions that this pandemic-era improvised release strategy was a success for Disney and the simultaneous release model, it demonstrates that an exclusive theatrical release means more revenue for all stakeholders in every cycle of the movie’s life," the theater owners said.
Tomine’s ‘Killing and Dying’ Adapted"). It’s based on stories from Adrian Tomine’s Killing & Dying and Summer Blonde, published by Drawn & Quarterly. IFC Films has U.S. distribution rights.