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Development news: Brian Michael Bendis still working on X-Men '143' movie; Hulu sinks teeth into Israeli vampire series; more

By Josh Weiss
Uncanny X-Men #143 Kitty Pryde

You're in for a real treat. Today's development is a real doozy, delving into the world of Marvel's mutants and an underground collection of Israeli vampires. No, we're not making that last part up. Just read on, please...


While he's now a writer for DC ComicsBrian Michael Bendis confirmed on Twitter that he's still working on a mystery X-Men movie currently known as "143."

"Yeah, I’m working on it right now," the Superman comics scribe wrote on social media. "It’s vvvvvvvery surreal and delightful to be so deep inside the X mansion and the fortress of solitude at the same time."

The project was announced last February by Deadline and is rumored to be a movie centering on Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat. In the Bryan Singer movies, the character was portrayed by Ellen Page. When it was first reported, Tim Miller (Deadpool, Terminator 6) was also attached, but Bendis made no mention of him in the tweet.

Speculation around the number "143" has postulated that the story could draw inspiration from Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men #143, a 1981 story about Pryde (who was created only the previous year) being left alone at the X-Mansion and battling the demon known as N'garai.


Building on its collection of original programming, Hulu just purchased the airing and remake rights to Juda, an Israeli show about vampires, from Banijay Rights, reports Variety

The series was written by Zion Baruch and follows a gambler, Juda (played by Baruch), who is bitten and robbed by a salacious vampire right after winning a high-stakes poker game with money he borrowed from the French mafia. This proves to be a very poor choice for the vampire, who has broken a sacred ancestral rule against drinking Jewish blood. After this encounter, neither of their lives will be the same.

You can watch the first episode for free below:

Juda will premiere on Hulu this year.


Lastly, horror producer extraordinaire, Jason Blum, is toying with the idea of a shared universe for all of his Blumhouse productions. He confirmed this during an interview with Brazil's CinePOP while promoting Happy Death Day 2U

“We would like to do that. We’re thinking about  it,” Blum said. “I probably should have—it would have been easier to do had I thought of it earlier, but we’re thinking of doing it – with some of [the films], anyway. And it’s something that I’d really like to do.”

Happy Death Day 2U opens in theaters February 13.