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Greenlight: Vaughn circles ‘Courage’; Netflix casts ‘Umbrella Academy’; ‘Detective Pikachu’

Meet the cast of Netflix’s ‘The Umbrella Academy’, an alternate and twisted take on the superhero genre, set to debut on the streaming platform in 2018.

Greenlight: Vaughn circles ‘Courage’; Netflix casts ‘Umbrella Academy’; ‘Detective Pikachu’

Brains, skills, and a skipping rope? Matthew Vaughn taking on Courage

Matthew Vaughn, fresh off Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is said to be considering directing and producing Courage, a sci-fi script penned by Stranger Things exec Karl Gajdusek. 20th Century Fox, with whom Vaughn has collaborated on more than one occasion, snagged the rights back in June. The plot is being kept tightly under wraps, but is described as an epic action sci-fi drama in the vein of Inception and Edge Of Tomorrow.

Meet the cast of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy; a twisted take on the superhero genre

Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher have been cast to star opposite Ellen Page in Netflix’s adaptation of The Umbrella Academy. Based on the award-winning comic book series written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, the ten-episode first season promises to be an “alternate and twisted take” on the superhero genre. The series will debut on the streaming platform in 2018.

Bryce Dallas Howard to direct Matthew Quick’s Sorta Like A Rock Star for Netflix

Matthew Quick has been tasked with penning a script based on his 2010 young adult novel Sorta Like a Rock Star. Fox Searchlight scooped up the screen rights back in 2013, but it appears that a deal with Netflix is now close at hand. Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), daughter of Ron Howard, is set to make her directorial debut with the film, from the author behind the Silver Linings Playbook.

I choose you! Kathryn Newton joins cast of Legendary’s live-action Detective Pikachu

Kathryn Newton, who starred alongside Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies, is set to take on the female lead in Legendary Pictures’ Detective Pikachu. Newton will star opposite Justice Smith (Paper Towns) in the live-action flick, based on Nintendo’s smash-hit videogame franchise, primed to enter production in mid-January.

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