Geek showbiz news has been rolling in, which we round up here.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed to produce 14 animated features for Paramount+, and to continue the South Park series on Comedy Central through Season 30, another six seasons, MTV Entertainment Studios announced.  The first two features will stream this year. 

AMC theaters will exhibit all WarnerMedia releases in 2022, with an exclusive theatrical window of 45 days, AMC CEO Adam Aron said in the company’s conference call.  Less than a month ago, outgoing WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said that the company had over ten films planned for release on HBO Max day and date with their theatrical release, the strategy he’d implemented for the studio’s entire 2021 slate (see “10+ Warner Movies To Stream Day One”).  So either all of those ten films will be released in 2023 and beyond, or they’ve changed their minds about the strategy.

Casting for key roles in Tim Burton’s live action Addams Family sequel series Wednesday was announced by Netflix on Twitter:  Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia, Luis Guzman will play Gomez, and Jenna Ortega will star in the title role.  An order for an eight-episode first season was announced in February (see “Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’”).

HBO Max has released a trailer (trailer below) for the third season of Doom Patrol, which will drop on the streamer on September 23.  Season 1 was released by DC Universe, and with Season 2, the series moved to HBO Max (see “’Doom Patrol’ S2 Trailer”).

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The first episode of Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings series will drop Friday, September 2, 2022, the studio announced.  Shooting wrapped in New Zealand last week, and the studio announced the date and released the first photo from the series to mark the occasion.  The synopsis for the series, which takes place in Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth history, was released in January (see “’LOTR’ Synopsis Revealed”). One detail that hasn’t been released:  the series title. Poster in Gallery below.

Sony has released the second trailer for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, directed by Andy Serkis (trailer below).  The first trailer was released in May (see “’Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Trailer”). Release date is September 24.