Live-Action Mulan Headed to Disney+ for Extra Price


In a case of good news and bad news for fans anxiously awaiting the arrival of the latest live-action remake of a classic property from the studio, Disney has announced that Niki Caro’s Mulan will be making its debut on Disney+ for an extra price on top of its subscription rate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently revealed in an earnings call that Disney+ currently has 60.5 million global subscribers.

The film was originally set to hit theaters in November 2018 before being delayed due to competing titles and subsequently saw multiple delays as a result of the global pandemic shuttering theaters, most recently being pulled from the release calendar at the end of July. In the most recent earnings call at the House of Mouse, the studio revealed they had elected to forgo a theatrical release in many major territories as well as circumventing other VOD retailers (Amazon, Vudu, Fandango, etc) in favor of debuting the film on their streaming platform in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and various Western European countries for a $30 premium fee.

“ Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses ,” Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement. “ The global reach of our full portfolio of direct-to-consumer services now exceeds an astounding 100 million paid subscriptions — a significant milestone and a reaffirmation of our DTC strategy, which we view as key to the future growth of our company. ”

Though Mulan will be making its debut on Disney+ in many major areas, those in which it doesn’t it will still hit theaters at a date which currently has yet to be announced.

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Mulan features a celebrated international cast led by Liu Yifei ( The Forbidden Kingdom , Once Upon a Time ) was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her are Donnie Yen ( Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ) as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny ) as Böri Khan; Yoson An ( The Meg ) as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li ( Memoirs of a Geisha , Raise the Red Lantern ) as Xianniang and Jet Li ( Shaolin Temple , Lethal Weapon 4 ) as the Emperor.

The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Mulan lands on Disney+ on September 4 for a fee of $30.

Letterman to Helm Beyond Good & Evil Detective Pikachu’s Rob


After bringing to life the world of Nintendo’s Pokémon on the big screen with the box office smash Detective Pikachu , Rob Letterman is returning to the world of video games by signing on to helm the adaptation of Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Originally released in November 2003, Beyond Good & Evil was set in the 25th century on a remote mining planet currently under alien attack, while the military rulers that were sworn to defend the population are possibly in bed with the invaders, and photojournalist Jade must partner up with an underground resistance movement to reveal the conspiracy and save the planet.

No writers are currently attached to the project, with Letterman and the streaming platform currently searching for the creative talent to bring the cult game to life, but sources report the film will be a hybrid live-action/animated feature, nothing new for the 49-year-old filmmaker as he used a similar approach to bring the Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith-starring mystery adventure to life.

Jason Altman and and Margaret Boykin are currently attached to produce the project for Ubisoft Film & Television, becoming the sixth film title currently in the works from the video game publisher’s subsidiary. Other titles include the long-in-development adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon from Michael Bay at Warner Bros., Tom Clancy’s The Division helmed by David Leitch ( Deadpool 2 ) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal ( Spider-Man: Far From Home ) and Jessica Chastain ( Molly’s Game ) also at Netflix, Rabbids from Todd Strauss-Schulson ( Isn’t It Romantic ) and Matt Senreich ( Robot Chicken ) at Lionsgate, Just Dance at Screen Gems and Werewolves Within with Cheyenne Jackson ( American Horror Story ), Sam Richardson ( Detroiters ) and Michaela Watkins ( Sword of Trust ) starring and Mishna Wolff writing and Josh Ruben directing.

The original game was considered a massive critical success upon release, earning rave reviews for its animation, setting, story and design while receiving some criticism for its combat and technical issues and was even nominated for Game of the Year at the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards, but unfortunately it was a financial disappointment, with blame being aimed at everything from an oversaturated market and reliance on established franchises to it being too odd a title for consumers at the time.

It would go on to garner a major cult following, leading to a full HD remaster in 2011 that proved popular enough with consumers that the publisher is now working on a prequel.

First-Look Photos & Premiere Date of Ratched on Netflix


Netflix has debuted chilling first-look photos at Ryan Murphy’s upcoming series Ratched , starring Sarah Paulson as the iconic Cuckoo’s Nest character in her origin story, as well as announcing a September 18 premiere date! The images can be viewed in the gallery below!

The series is a prequel to 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with Paulson playing a younger version of the villainous Nurse Ratched. The series will start in 1947, and chronicle her rise from lowly nurse to one of the most loathsome screen villains of all time.

The series was created by recent film school graduate Evan Romansky, who wrote the script on spec. It was reportedly given to Murphy’s agent, who spent a year acquiring the rights and getting Douglas and the Saul Zaentz estate to jump on board. It reportedly spawned a bidding war between Netflix, Hulu and Apple before Netflix ended up securing the rights.

Executive producing alongside Murphy and Douglas are Aleen Keshishian, Margaret Riley and Jacob Epstein from Lighthouse Management & Media and Romansky who will co-executive produce. Paulson will produce with Paul Zaentz from the Saul Zaentz Company. Fox 21 will be the studio for the show.

The 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won the Oscar for Best Picture and was based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. Nurse Ratched was played in the movie by Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for Best Actress. The film also won awards for Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman).

Ratched is set to premiere on Netflix on September 18.

First Five Episodes HBO’s Lovecraft Country Episode Details Released


HBO has revealed new Lovecraft Country episode details for the upcoming horror drama series that is set to debut on Sunday, August 16. You can check out the synopsis for the first five episodes below!

Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 (9:00-10:08 p.m. ET/PT)

Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). After recruiting his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) to join him, the trio sets out for “Ardham,” MA, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus’ late mother’s ancestry. As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti, and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn, especially after sundown.

Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Yann Demange.

Season 1, Episode 2: “Whitey’s on the Moon”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Inexplicably recovered from their terrifying night, Leti and George luxuriate in their new surroundings, while Atticus grows suspicious of their Ardham Lodge hosts – Christina Braithwhite (Abbey Lee) and her elusive father Samuel (Tony Goldwyn) – who unveil cryptic plans for Atticus’ role in their upcoming “Sons of Adam” ceremony. Later, after Tic, Leti, and George stumble upon a clue that could lead them to Montrose, each takes an unwelcome walk down memory lane.

Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Season 1, Episode 3: “Holy Ghost”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Hoping to mend her relationship with her sister Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku), Leti turns a ramshackle Victorian on Chicago’s North Side into a boarding house – an endeavor that stokes neighborhood racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house. Meanwhile, Atticus remains burdened by a guilty conscience as George’s wife Hippolyta (Aunjanue Ellis) presses him for the full story of what happened in Ardham.
Teleplay by Misha Green; directed by Daniel Sackheim.

Season 1, Episode 4: “A History of Violence”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida. Later, in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic, and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana (Jada Harris) along for the ride. Back in Chicago, a handsome stranger nurses Ruby’s disappointment over a squandered job opportunity.

Teleplay by Misha Green; Story by Wes Taylor; directed by Victoria Mahoney.

Season 1, Episode 5 “Strange Case”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

After making a devil’s bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide. A betrayal by Montrose unleashes Atticus’ pent up rage, leaving Leti deeply disturbed and sending Montrose into the comforting arms of his secret lover.

Teleplay by Misha Green and Jonathan Kidd & Sonya Winton; directed by Cheryl Dunye.

Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Pick up a copy of the novel here!

The ensemble cast is led by Jonathan Majors ( White Boy Rick ) as Atticus Black, Jurnee Smollett-Bell ( Birds of Prey ) as Letitia Dandridge, Courtney B. Vance ( American Crime Story ) as George Black, Wunmi Mosaku ( Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ) as Ruby Dandridge, Aunjanue Ellis ( If Beale Street Could Talk ) as Hippolyta Black, Michael Kenneth Williams ( Hap & Leonard ) as Montrose Freeman, Abbey Lee ( Mad Max: Fury Road ) as Christina Braithwhite, and Tony Goldwyn ( Scandal ) as Samuel Braithwhite. Also starring Jamie Harris ( Rise of the Planets of Apes ) as Eustace Hunt, Jamie Chung ( The Gifted ) as Ji-Ah, Jordan Patrick Smith as William, Jamie Neumann as Hillary, Erica Tazel as Dora Freeman, and Mac Brandt as Lancaster.

Lovecraft Country is executive produced by Misha Green, who also serves as showrunner, J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange (who also directed Episode 1), Daniel Sackheim (who also directed Episodes 2 and 3) and David Knoller (executive producer on Episode 1); based on the novel by Matt Ruff.

Produced by afemme, Inc., Bad Robot Productions, and Monkeypaw Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series is set to premiere on August 16!

Starz P-Valley Renews for Second Season!


Just two weeks after the drama premiered on Starz to a rare 100 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and setting a record or the most-viewed series premiere on the streaming app, Katori Hall’s P-Valley will return to the cable network for a second season!

“ P-Valley has quickly become this summer’s newest must-see television series as critics and audiences alike are taken up by the authentic and compelling characters that make The Pynk come alive,” Christina Davis, president of original programming, said in a statment. “Katori has delivered a provocative drama that looks beyond the glitz and into the hearts and minds of these fully realized and compelling characters, exploring them through a female gaze that invites the audience to take a walk in their stilettos. We know Katori has a lot of incredible stories to tell and a lot in store for these women in a second season.”

Premiering on July 12 on Starz and the Starz app, the series set a new record on the app for the most viewed series premiere at 17 percent above the previous record holder, also seeing a growth in viewership by 37 percent across its first three episode, ranking as the No. 1 new premium series with African-American viewers and is in the top five of all premium series among African-American households.

Created by Katori Hall, the series is set down deep in the Mississippi Delta, where lies an oasis of grit and glitter in a rough patch of human existence where beauty can be hard to find. This Southern-fried, hour-long drama tells the kaleidoscopic story of a “little strip club that could” and the big characters who come through its doors — the hopeful, the lost, the broken, the ballers, the beautiful and the damned. Trap music meets film noir in this lyrical and atmospheric series that dares to ask what happens when small-town folk dream beyond the boundaries of the Piggly Wiggly and the pawnshop.

Alongside Evans, the cast for the series includes Nicco Annan ( Claws ), Shannon Thornton ( Power ), Elarica Johnson ( A Discovery of Witches ), J. Alphonse Nicholson ( Just Mercy ), Parker Sawyers ( Southside with You ), Brandon Gilpin ( High Maintenance ) and Morocco Omari ( 21 Bridges ).

The series proudly features the work of all-women directors, including award-winning music video director Karena Evans (Drake: “Nice for What,” SZA: “Garden”), who directed the premiere episode, as well as Kimberly Peirce ( Boys Don’t Cry ), Millicent Shelton ( 30 Rock ), Tamra Davis ( Single Ladies ), Geeta V. Patel ( Superstore ), Tasha Smith ( Black Lightning ), Sydney Freeland ( Grey’s Anatomy ) and Barbara Brown ( Scream Queens ).