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 ).

Pushed Back Release Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3

With the filming having finally begun on the long-in-development Uncharted film adaptation, the upcoming third installment in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man franchise is going to take a little longer to hit theaters as Sony has announced it is pushing the release back a month for the MCU title, according to The Wrap.

Originally scheduled for a July 16, 2021 release, the film was first pushed back to November 5 and will now bow on December 17. The untitled third installment’s previous release date was recently given to Uncharted , with Holland revealing in an Instagram video that production on the webslinging title should begin around February 2021 after the conclusion of the filming for Nathan Drake’s long-awaited big-screen debut.

The news comes the same day as competitor studios Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. all announced the delays of a number of their major releases including Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, the live-action adaptation of Mulan , John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II , the long-awaited Tom Cruise sequel Top Gun: Maverick and James Cameron’s four Avatar sequels.

Tom Holland will return for the film as the titular wall-crawler, and it remains to be seen what villains he’ll go up against in the trilogy caper. Given the ending of Far From Home however, any number of his rogues gallery are likely eager for a fight. The third installment to the MCU’s Spider-Man films will also feature the return of Zendaya ( Euphoria , Dune ) as MJ. Holland’s Spider-Man is also set to appear in another Marvel Studios film per the new agreement.

Sony’s upcoming Spidey slate includes the Venom sequel, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Andy Serkis, as well as Jared Leto’s in-the-can Morbius , a Kraven the Hunter film, and a spinoff featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat. Should these films interact with the MCU and Tom Holland, it remains to be seen, but the door seems open.