An inhumane amount of development happens even over the weekend, and there’s only so much your trusty Unreel team can cover. So, say hello to “Weekend Dispatches”, a weekly news roundup we’ve started in a bid to catch up with developments that have dropped over the last weekend and beyond.
This week, we’ve gathered bits of news from all over, including a new “Encantadia” film seemingly in development, Barry Jenkins’ latest stint with Amazon, and a whole bunch of new trailers that have come out but are worth your attention.
Here’s what you missed last week.
John Lasseter is leaving Disney
Following allegations of sexual misconduct, John Lasseter, former Creative Chief Officer of Pixar, Disney Animation, and Disney Toon, is stepping down from his currently “limited role” in the companies mentioned—for good—come December 2018. You may recall Lasseter stepped down as CCO last year, only to be brought back on eventually for “a consulting role with the company through December 31.”
No details have emerged yet regarding Lasseter’s replacement, but Disney seems to eye “Frozen”-director, Jennifer Lee, and “Inside Out”-director, Pete Docter, to take on bigger responsibilities on both Disney and Pixar camps, respectively.
A new “Encantadia” movie might be afoot
“Encantadia” director Mark Reyes has taken to Instagram a tease for an upcoming “Encantadia” project. “We made it official tonight,” reads his post, tagging the four original cast members of the iconic television series.
The post, which shows a photo of the four Sang’gres—Sunshine Dizon, Diana Zubiri, Iza Calzado, and Karylle—signals a return for the quartet. “Their magic will be back soon,” the photo reads, which prompted a maelstrom of questions from fans, to which, at one point, Mark Reyes had to clarify: “This is not a TV series”.
That leaves the possibility of it being a film, but it can just as easily be a theater production. We are, of course, counting on the former. We’ll update you as details emerge.
Matthew Vaughn wants to reboot “Kick-Ass”
Matthew Vaughn has plans for his two film series, “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman”.
According to Empire, the filmmaker wants to reboot “Kick-Ass”, known for its off-kilter humor and overturning of the superhero genre. The new film would feature a new hero named Patience Lee, described as “an African-American single mother who’s taken on the vigilante mantle,” effectively replacing Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Dave Lizewski. Vaughn also wants to make a spinoff “Hitgirl” movie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
In addition, Vaughn wants to continue making “Kingsman” films, and he’s filled a queue way beyond the third entry he’s currently trying to realize. He has plans for a prequel spinoff called “Kingsman: The Great Game,” which will be set in the early 1900s. But that’s not all, Vaughn is also interested in making an eight-hour “Kingsman” television series and another spinoff film centered on the Statesmen—the American counterpart of the Kingman organization, as seen in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”.
As mentioned, these are all plans, and have no guarantee of even pushing forward, but should one or more do, we’ll make sure you’ll be alerted.
New “Stranger Things” prequel novel will tell the origin of Eleven’s mother
The third season of Netflix’s Lovecraftian horror retrograde won’t come until sometime in 2019, which means there’s plenty of time to fill. Well, Deadline reports that Penguin Random House will pair up with Netflix on a worldwide publishing deal for novels and books based around the “Stranger Things” universe.
Three books are currently in the woodwork, two of which are non-fiction companion books targeted towards children. The third book, a prequel novel written by Gwenda Bond (“Girl on a Wire”), will detail the origins of Eleven’s mother and touch more on the MKUltra program. The novel is slated to hit shelves sometime in Q2 2019.
Barry Jenkins will write and direct Amazon’s “Underground Railroad”
Colson Whitehead’s 2017 novel “The Underground Railroad” is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read last year. It elates me to report that Barry Jenkins, the chap behind the Oscar-winning indie darling “Moonlight”, will take creative helm of the television adaptation of Whitehead’s novel over at Amazon. That means Jenkins will take directorial duties of all eleven series of the limited series.
“Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.”
Whitehead also confirmed Jenkins’ involvement on Twitter.