Last Week’s Episode: Anime All the Way Down

Last Week's Episode

Putting the most important news above the fold: if you, like everyone on film Twitter, have been dying to see David Lowry’s Dev Patel lovefest The Green Knight, your chance has arrived: A24 will be doing a one-night stream of the film on August 18th. Okay, now that you’ve clicked on that link, let’s go!

Movies

Idris Elba will be playing Knuckles in the upcoming sequel to Sonic the Movie (2020), and I for one can’t wait for the his press tour with Ben Schwartz.

A queer teen love story starring Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) is coming to Hulu from director Sammi Cohen (Hollywood Darlings, College Humor Originals). I’m already sold. [Variety]

Unsurprisingly, Marvel is not sharing the profits of their megahit movies with the artists and writers that created those very same characters and, in many cases, storylines that fill the films. Check out this exceedingly well-sourced piece, where Sam Thielman discovers that standard practice is to send creators a thank you note and a $5k check. (The Avengers? Cleared $1.519 billion in the box office). [The Guardian]

Warner Brothers and AMC have struck a deal over theatrical and streaming release schedules — WB won’t stream their films for at least 45 days after the theatrical release date in 2022. [THR]

Shinsuke Sato (Kingdom) will direct the live-action My Hero Academia film for Legendary. Based on the manga by Kohei Horikoshi, this isn’t the first live-action manga adaptation for the director — his previously films include I Am a Hero, Inuyashiki  Bleach: The Soul Reaper Agent Arc. [Deadline]

 

Animation

The Witcher gets animated with Nightmare of the Wolf, a prequel film starring Theo James as Vesemir (Geralt’s eventual mentor).

Fred Ladd, the producer behind Astro Boy, the dubbed and edited version of Tetsuwan Atom and the very first anime to air on North American television, has passed away. Astro Boy premiered in 1963, and Ladd went on to give the same production treatment to Gigantor (Iron Man No. 28), Kimba the White Lion, and even consulted on Sailor Moon when it first came stateside.  [AnimeNewsNetwork, Animation Magazine]

Sony’s Funimation Global Group has acquired AT&T’s Crunchyroll, in a move that also includes streaming service VRV. [Sony Pictures, ANN]

Television

Roberto Aguirre-Sasca, comics creator and series developer of the shows Riverdale, Katy Keene, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has taken to the media to ask for information on his father Francisco. Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa is the former Nicaraguan ambassador to the United states, and is believed to be in the custody of the Nicaraguan government [Deadline]

Chloe Bennett (Agents of SHIELD) is leaving the CW’s upcoming Powerpuff Girls show, reportedly due to schedule conflicts. Shaking up an already troubled production, the pilot is still set to be reshot with a retooled script and now, a new Blossom.  [Variety]

The live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender has finally confirmed the creative team and the lead four actors. Writer and producer Albert Kim (Sleepy Hollow, Nikita, Leverage) will be stepping into the shoes left by original creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko for Netflix’s new series.  Gordon Cormier (The Stand), Ian Ousley (Physical, 13 Reasons Why), Kiawentiio (Rutherford Falls, Anne with an E), and Dallas Liu (PEN15, Shang-Chi, Players) will play Aang, Sokka, Katara, and Zuko, respectively. [THR]

Despite allegations of harassment and discrimination, producer Mike Richards has been announced as one of the new co-hosts of Jeopardy! Joining him will be Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), who is currently doing her best to walk back previous anti-vaccine sentiments in light of her new job and, you know, COVID-19. [The Daily Beast]

Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Desperado, El Mariachi), currently working on The Book of Boba Fett, has inked a two year creative deal with HBO — but his lips are sealed on his new series. Whatever it is, it’s going to be extremely Latine! [LA Times]

The classic and amazing sports anime Slam Dunk ended after two seasons in 1996, but creator Takehiko Inoue is back to both write and direct the new… series? reboot? continuation? Well, whatever it is, it’ll hopefully be cool as hell, and it’ll premiere in fall 2022. [Kotaku]

Please enjoy your weekend and this cat!

Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.

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