It was a big week of showbiz geek news, culminating in the Academy Awards, and we end it all here.
Dunes won six Oscars at the ceremony on Sunday night, for Best Cinematography, Visual Effects, Production Design, Film Editing, Original Score and Sound. This brings a new round of exposure to the film and the many products, including games and graphic novels, related to it.
A package for a live-action Voltron feature film is bought in Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The package includes Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice) as co-writer and director, and Ellen Shanman as co-writer. The property’s latest media exposure came via the Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender, ending in 2017 (see “‘Voltron’ S2 Trailer”). Netflix is not in contention for the feature, according to the report.
Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the 90s Addams Family features, joined the cast of the Tim Burton Netflix series on Wednesday, according to Deadline. Her role has not been revealed, but it won’t be like an earlier Wednesday according to the report. Netflix announced the cast for the lead roles last August (see “Wednesday Cast”): Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia, Luis Guzman will play Gomez, and Jenna Ortega will play the title role.
Netflix is releasing two new series based on comic books in April: Heart strokebased on the webcomic (collected by Graphix, see “Graphix to Publish ‘Heartstopper'”), and samurai rabbitaccording to Stan Sakai Usagi Yojimbo (from IDW Publishing, see “‘Samurai Rabbit’ on Netflix”). There’s footage of both in the video below.
A sequel to Godzilla vs. Kong (see “‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Trailer”) will begin filming in Australia later this year, according to Screen Queensland via Deadline, expanding the Monsterverse to five movies. Legendary is also developing a television series (co-created by Matt Fraction) set in the Monsterverse universe (see “Monsterverse Series”).
Nickelodeon has launched a 20-episode first season of HexVet, a new preschool animated series based on Sam Davies’ graphic novel series published by BOOM! Studios under his KaBOOM! footprint, the company said. The series will launch in the United States in 2023. Product licensing will be handled by Paramount Consumer Products.