We round up the geek showbiz news from the last few days.
Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth Doctor Who, is leaving the series along with showrunner Chris Chibnall, after a series of specials, BBC announced. Whittaker and Chibnall did two full seasons; the second aired last year (see "Whittaker Back for More ‘Doctor Who’
"). New episodes have been in production since October 2020. Six episodes will air later this year, followed by three Specials airing New Year’s Day 2022, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022, when the Thirteenth Doctor will regenerate as part of BBC’s Centenary celebrations.
star Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney, alleging that her contract with Marvel was breached when the film was released on Disney+ at the same time as the theatrical release, suppressing ticket sales on which her backend participation depends, according to Variety
. Disney’s response revealed that Johansson was paid $20 million for Black Widow
, and argues that she will ultimately profit from the Disney+ sales, also according to Variety
. Disney’s taking a lot of heat from the move; after Black Widow
suffered a surprisingly large second week drop in box office receipts, the National Association of Theater Owners released a statement arguing that the reason for the drop-off was that the film had also been offered on Disney+ (see “NATO Protests ‘Black Widow’
, starring Jeremy Renner, will begin airing on Disney+ on Wednesday, November 24, Marvel revealed on Twitter. This will be the fifth Marvel series for the streamer, after WandaVision, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki
, and What If…?,
which launches August 11 (see "’What If...?’ Trailer
As we get closer to the release of the next James Bond film in October (see "Best in Shows – 2021
"), more video is being released, including a new :30 below. The second trailer was released last September (see "’No Time To Die’ Trailer
TNT has wrapped production on Season 3 of Snowpiercer
and greenlit a fourth season, the network announced. The second season, which debuted in January (see "’Snowpiercer’ S2 Gets Date
") was among the top five cable dramas, with 21 million viewers across linear and digital in L+7 viewing. Season 3 will premiere "early next year," the network said.
Universal is in early development on a TV series sequel to the 1995 film Waterworld
, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. The series will follow the original characters decades later, with Dan Trachtenberg attached to direct, according to the report.