Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy!
**this week’s episode comes in a little late to cover as much San Diego Comic-Con At Home coverage as possible
Disney Delays ‘Mulan’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar 2’
Warner Bros. put off Tenet’s release day indefinitely (and I applaud them for it!), and the Disney-centric news of SDCC so far is the media giant is following in their comic universe rival’s footsteps.
CNet reported that Mulan is now “unset” rather than schedule for release on August 21st.
On a personal note, Mulan is the first Disney live action adaptation I’ve been excited for. The trailer and teasers have been super intriguing and I’ve been following the news stories and media releases as part of Did You Hear? In fact, Mulan was slated to be my 2020 birthday movie. I completely understand why it won’t be a VoD offering, however, this is a project I was super hyped on, so I am more than a little disappointed despite the fact it’s smartest for Disney’s release schedule and for the health of consumers.
In addition to Mulan the various sequels for James Cameron’s Avatar – which were originally slated to begin airing in 2014 – are all being pushed back by a year apiece with Star Wars not escaping the fray:
… Disney said Thursday, with the new Star Wars trilogy and an unnamed Disney live action movie getting the same fate.
At this point in the geek world the question for the Disney camp seems to be which are you most bummed about? Let’s commiserate in the comments!
HBO’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Season 2 will Release in 2020 with a Larger Star-Studded Cast
During HBO’s #ComicConAtHome panel the premier cable service not only dropped a trailer for His Dark Materials (which you can watch below), which fans were happy to receive – if not totally shocked by:
New worlds await… #HisDarkMaterials returns for Season 2 this fall. #HBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 His Dark Materials stars Dafne Ke…
Due to the young ages of the shows stars HBO chose to shoot the first two season of His Dark Materials back-to-back in order to keep them from aging out of the roles of Lyra and Will.
Per EW writing about the panel:
Season 2, premiering later this year, adapts the events of author Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife.
As a fan of the His Dark Materials original book trilogy, The Subtle Knife has always been my favourite of the series. I can’t wait to see the epic events brought to live action by HBO who did such an incredible job – not least of all with the daemons.
Speaking of daemons, many of the daemon’s voices have been stunt cast on the show. Andrew Scott’s character, John Perry, has a daemon and it was announced during the same panel that Scott’s Fleabag co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be providing her voice. Fans immediately flocked to Twitter to ask if she was going to be a fox or not. If I may put on my Comic Book Guy voice, “Ummm actually, we already know what John Perry’s daemon looks like!” however I will leave the spoiler of what her species is for you to find if you’d like to know!
Rounding out most exciting announcements is that Terence Stamp will join the cast to play Giacomo Paradisi, a figure who plays an important role in Will taking ownership of the Subtle Knife.
‘The Boys’ Will Return to Amazon Prime for a 3rd Season
During the Amazon Prime panel it was announced their latest geek-offering The Boys, led by Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings), has been ordered for a third season.
Amazon, in a bold and historic push to expand their ‘weirdo’ demographic, has greenlit Season 3 of The Boys! The writers and I are hard at work in the (virtual) writer’s room and we’re sad to say, the world has given us way too much material. We hope to be shooting in early 2021, but that’s up to a microscopic virus. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re bringing you a Season 2 after show, Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys. Double entendre intended. Hosted by the incomparable Aisha Tyler and guest-starring the cast and crew, it’s a deep dive into how we make this insane thing. Seriously, thanks to Sony, Amazon and the fans. We love making this show so much, and we’re thrilled we get to make more.
No confirmation about when shooting will begin/resume, so I would guess at a 2022 release date.