The turkey is in the oven, the side dishes are warming, and the Hollywood news is hot. Time for a round-up!
The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek is out, and Robert iger is returning as CEO for the next two years, the company announced Sunday. Chapek took over from Iger in February 2020 see "New CEO at Disney
"). Iger continued as Executive Chairman of the Board until the end of 2021, but has now returned to active duty. "The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period," Board Charman Susan Arnold said of the move. Disney’s stock has taken a hit recently after it reported a $1.5 billion loss on its streaming business in the last fiscal year.
Amazon has ordered Silk: Spider Society
as well as other unnamed Marvel live-action shows from Sony Pictures Television, according to Variety
. Cindy Moon (aka Silk) is a Korean-American superhero that made its first full appearance in Amazing Spider-Man
#4 (2014) and later, received its own series in 2015 (see "'Silk' #1
"). This series was developed for TV by The Walking Dead
showrunner Angela Kang, who will executive produce the show along with Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller. Thus far, there is no word on which Marvel characters will appear in the other unnamed shows ordered.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
took in $67.3 million in its second weekend, running its total domestic box office to $288 million, and its global box office to $546.3 million, according to Variety
. The Black Panther sequel, also directed by Ryan Coogler, took in $180 million in its opening weekend (see "’Wakanda Forever’ Breaks Record
Hasbro is putting the non-core entertainment assets from its eOne TV and film business up for sale, the company announced. It expects to retain development, production, and financing capabilities to support its key brands across film, TV, animation and digital shorts. Those brands include Peppa Pig, Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony, Power Rangers, Play-Doh, and Hasbro’s board games including Monopoly and Clue. Peppa Pig was an eOne brad at the time Hasbro acquired the company in 2019 (see "Deal Week for Hasbro
"). Hasbro also plans to continue to develop new IP.
Crunchyroll has released a trailer for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime the Movie: Scarlet Bond
(see trailer below). The distribution deal for this movie was first announced back in July 2022 (see "'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime' Movie
"). It will release into theaters in Japan in November 2022 before releasing in 12 countries across the world in December 2022.
20th Century Studios has tapped Radio Silence to reboot Escape from New York
, according to Deadline
. Radio Silence consists of the directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella, who re-launched the Scream
franchise for Paramount. This project has changed dramatically since 2017, when Robert Rodriguez was in negotiations to direct from a script by Neil Cross (see "’Escape from New York’
"). A search is underway for a new writer.
Disney has cast Hamilton
star Lin-Manuel Miranda in Percy Jackson and the Olympians
series as Hermes. Miranda shared the announcement via Twitter (see below). Variety
also just revealed that Jay Duplass and Timothy Omundsen will be in the series as well. Duplass will play Hades, the God of the Underworld, and Omundsen will be Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths. This series was announced back in January (see "Percy Jackson
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