FD News: Fillion’s rookie, Waititi’s shadows, Game changes, Twin Peaks returns?
Fillion becomes the rookie in uh The Rookie
ABC has announced that Nathan Fillion is to team up again with the creative team behind Castle for new cop show, The Rookie. Inspired by a true story, it follows John Nolan (Fillion), the oldest rookie at the LAPD. It’s being brought to the screen by Castle co-showrunner Alexi Hawley. With it having received a straight-to-series order, we’re expecting that it should land on our televisions in the not-too-distant future.
Fillion is a sweet actor whose range continues to expand from Firefly to Castle and now The Rookie. ABC had similar confidence in pushing Designated Survivor, the Kiefer Sutherland political drama, straight to series too. Here’s hoping The Rookie shows off Fillion’s talents and his very, very handsome face.
Taika Waititi bringing Vampires to the silver screen, hopefully not werewolves because silver can be used to kill them and also-
Taika Waititi, about to takeover the world box office through his comic book blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, is pretty confident at taking another swipe at one of his own films, in a different form. Taika told Fandango that he’s pretty keen to bring What We Do in the Shadows, a hilarious mockumentary following the lives of New Zealanders who happen to be vampires, to the small screen. He sez the series would follow two cops from the movie, in “a sort of mockumentary X-Files” style.
Wowzers! Taika is on fire right now, and too right. The filmmaker has brought incredibly brilliant flicks like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy. He’s a talented director and also a beautiful boy, and we’re more than happy for him to tackle small-scale and big-scale projects after Ragnarok.
Justin Lin back in the director’s seat for Fast 9 and 10, Jordana Brewster back too
In a meandering but charming Facebook video, Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel unveiled some hot news. What is it, you ask? Well, it appears that director Justin Lin will be making a long-awaited return to the franchise.
Jordana Brewster, who plays Diesel’s sister – and who has been missing from recent outings – will also be returning. Both Lin and Brewster will join Diesel in Fast 9 and Fast 10. The box office bonanza franchise is expected to carve out its own little cinematic universe too, with announcements a few weeks ago about Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson’s characters getting their spin-off film.
Lin has directed the real knock-out flicks in the Fast franchise so we’re pretty happy to see him make a return to the films. What started as a bunch of crooks robbing VCRs has now turned into an international super-driving squad and we’re happy to see the ridiculousness take the films into outer space. Probably.
HBO drops Game Change amid sexual harassment claims
HBO’s Game Change was due to get an expansion in the form of a little feature film following the bonkers 2016 Presidential election. The network announced, however, that it is dropping the project in lieu of allegations launched against Game Change writer and journalist Mark Halperin. Allegations have been circulating for a few days now before HBO pulled the plug. The previous Game Change entry back in 2012, charting the 2008 Presidential election, nabbed the network five emmys.
It’s no secret that the Weinstein scandal continues to bubble up throughout the entertainment industry, bringing consequences to the numerous stories that have been flooding out.
Twin Peaks may grab fourth season
David Lynch’s weird and wonderful Twin Peaks may get a fourth season. Co-creator Mark Frost said that the decision is “an open question”. Twin Peaks returned this year for an incredible run that garnered critical acclaim. The ball, it seems, is in Showtime’s hand. The network is reportedly said to be considering whether or not to invest.
We’re more than happy to get further injections of David Lynch’s twisted and subversive series. Although we’d like the creative team to take a little time, as they did before, in creating another masterpiece.