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!
Good News, Everyone!
Yesterday Twitter flew apart over the announcement streaming service Hulu has revived Futurama! The show just won’t die! The Hollywood Reporter reported Futurama will receive a 20 episode order with several of the original cast and crew returning including: series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen alongside voice talent Billy West (Fry/Zoidberg/Prof. Farnsworth, Katey Sagal (Leela), Tress MacNeille (Linda van Schoonhoven), Maurice LaMarche (Morbo), Lauren Tom (Amy), Phil LaMarr (Hermes), and David Herman (Scruffy).
“I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future … or really anything other than the present.”
said Cohen with Groening adding:
“It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again.”
Eagle-eyed Futurama fans will notice John DiMaggio, the voice behind breakout character star, Bender, is not amongst the list of talent slated for return. According to EW:
“Sources close to the situation tell EW that negotiations with DiMaggio have hit a standstill, which has prompted Hulu and 20th Television Animation to search for another voice actor with the first table read looming this coming Monday. Though, both sides of the situation — DiMaggio’s side and the studio side — want the actor to return.”
Twitter has already run amok with the hashtag #Bendergate. Monday may feel very close, but between the time you read this and the time the series starts recording the new season there is substantial time for negotiations.
Nope Teaser is Yes!
On Tuesday a trailer announced: “From the mind of Jordan Peele …”
This movie teams up Peele and Universal pictures once again with all-star cast Daniel Kaluuya (returning collaborator), Steven Yeun, and Keke Palmer. There’s very little to be gleaned from this particular teaser trailer, but the full trailer is set to hit the world this Sunday during the Super Bowl. Nope will be released in cinemas July 22, 2022.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Also Drops a Teaser
For everyone not debuting this weekend during the Super Bowl, the Television Critics Association Winter Panels are well underway with many peeks at upcoming series releasing. Marvel and Disney dropped this first look at Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur:
Laurence Fishburne is helming the project serving as producer and voice talent. Once again, no release date, but Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is currently slated for release in “Summer 2022”.
Okay, See You at Fandomium
Per Variety Kim’s Convenience and Mandalorian star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has been scooped up to host Great Pacific Media’s Fandemonium series:
“… a new series delving into the sub-cultures of makers, artists and collectors inspired by franchises such as Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Nintendo.”
Great Pacific Media is owned by Thunderbird Entertainment Group, which produced Kim’s Convenience.
This in addition to taking on the role of the iconic Uncle Iroh in Netflix’s upcoming live action adaptation of Avatar: the Last Airbender.
said David Way, president of Great Pacific Media:
“‘Fandemonium’ will bring to the forefront the creative enthusiasts who have turned their love of pop culture into something spectacular. Hosted by the acclaimed actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who is a die-hard fan himself, the series will showcase all the creativity and community that a fictional world can create, from a fan-built, one-of-a-kind custom pinball machine to the mechanic who makes screen-accurate movie car replicas to the YouTubers turning fictional movie props into reality.”
Said Lee about the project:
“‘Fandemonium’ is a passion project made for the fans, about the fans, by a fan,” says Lee. “I’m excited to be collaborating with Great Pacific Media to celebrate fandom in all its forms and show the world the positivity and impact that being a fan can be.”
If anyone followed Lee on social media he’s know for his IGTV Lives celebrating all things geekery and for sharing his own fandom via projects like his involvement with the 501st Legion.
If anyone came to this article this week hoping for some Lord of the Rings content I encourage you to keep your eyes patiently peeled until Sunday!