It’s a busy week for nerd news, y’all — Lana Wachowski’s back in the director’s chair and Sony and Marvel are fighting, and that was just yesterday! While I’m forever on Team Kill Peter Parker, More Other Spiders, if you want the deets you gotta dive in.
The only white man in Star Wars I’ve ever wanted to get a solo series might finally get his solo series — Ewan McGregor is in talks to cloak up as Obi-Wan Kenobi yet again for a Disney+ series. [Deadline]
Michael Mosley (Ozark, Sirens, Scrubs) has been cast as primary antagonist Doctor Light in Titans, promising more edgy darkness in the show’s future. [Newsarama]
Eric Wallace, the new showrunner for The Flash’s sixth season, says the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover will tie into the entire season, not just a few episodes. [Newsarama]
Patrick Warburton returns to Agents of SHIELD for its final season, which is gonna involve time travel because why not? He’ll probably be reprising his role as Agent Rick Stoner but with this show he could really be anyone. [CB]
Juan Riedinger (Claws, Narcos), who is 38, will be playing Archie’s nemesis in the next season of Riverdale. [Deadline]
Showrunner Cam Welsh posted a several-page long message to Twitter regarding Krypton’s cancellation, thanking the fans for their #SaveKrypton support and hinting at shopping the show around. [CinemaBlend]
Okay, so this week’s big news: Sony & Disney are fighting again, leaving poor Tom Holland and Peter Parker in the middle. Essentially, from what I can tell, Disney requested a 50/50 co-financing arrangement with Sony — they would put up half the money to make the film and thus receive 50% of the profits. Marvel currently makes “in the range of 5% of the first dollar gross,” so it’s not hard to see why they’d want to negotiate up. It’s also not hard to see why Sony would turn it down; despite their fumbles with the franchise, Spider-Man is their biggest money-maker and the MCU has interest way up. This also means Kevin Feige is out as producer on any up-coming Spider-Man films, with the implication being that Holland’s upcoming films would not longer interact with the wider Marvel universe.
However, Deadline’s Adam B. Vary and io9 have both confirmed that while Feige is no longer receiving producer credit, negotiations over the fate of Holland’s Spider-Man might actually be on-going. Sony sent a statement out to several publications and also Twitter trying to clarify:
Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue. (3/3)
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) August 21, 2019
It doesn’t seem like Sony is quite taking their IP and going home, just that they might want a little more editorial leeway. Regardless, expect this drama to last the week (unless Bob Iger purchases Sony tomorrow). [Deadline]
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Not to constantly post content from Jason Momoa’s Instagram in this column BUT he’s continuing to troll the universe by informing us the Snyder cut is real and he’s seen it.
Director Todd Phillips continues to generate press for Joker by saying he, of course, would direct a sequel, but only if the Joaquin Phoenix (you know, the Joker) was amenable. [CB]
Martin Freeman has secured his bag, confirming he’s on board for whatever Black Panther 2 might be. [Collider]
MATRIX FOUR CONFIRMED with Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss on board, with Lana Wachowski in the director’s chair. She’s cowritten the script with novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas (the book)). [Variety]
He’s a shark!
Get spooky in this interactive 360 view of the fun house from IT 2.
Katreese Barnes, former music director for SNL (and co-writer on Lonely Island’s Dick in a Box) has passed away at 56. [Shadow & Act]
Star of the upcoming live-action Mulan film, Crystal Liu, posted her support for the Hong Kong police force on Weibo amidst the month-long protests against opening an extradition bill proposed in Hong Kong that could lead to extraditions to China. This lead to a call for boycotting her film. [THR]