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Development: Jordan Peele's Us to open SXSW; Zack Snyder announces new production company; more

By Josh Weiss
Us Lupita Nyong'o Jordan Peele

Hey, there. Yeah, you! Do ya like evil clones, new production companies, and anime battle angels?

Well, have we got the genre-centric development roundup for you!

Just announced today, Jordan's Peele's second horror feature since Get Out, Us, will open this year's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin on Friday, March 8.

“We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse that brought us Get Out,” said Janet Pierson, director of film, in an official release. “We honestly couldn’t imagine a more perfect film to kick off the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.”

Also written by Peele, the film follows a family terrorized by murderous doppelgängers of themselves. Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, and Tim Heidecker are all a part of the cast.

Update: In the hours since the announcement that Us would be kicking off SXSW Film, Univeral has pushed the theatrical release back from March 15 to March 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently, the studio wants an extra week to build momentum after its festival premiere -- which is sure to generate lots of buzz online in the meantime.

While Zack Snyder may have been ousted from the DCEU, he's not entirely out of the entertainment game. Using his preferred social media platform, Vero, the Batman v Superman director unveiled his new production company, The Stone Quarry.

"Let's go," reads Snyder's simple caption that accompanies the logo and mission statement of the company.

"After 14 amazing years making groundbreaking entertainment under the Cruel & Unusual Films Moniker, we're excited to unveil our new company identity as we move into 2019 and beyond," reads the image below. "Although Cruel & Unusual Films will always be a proud part of our legacy, our new and exciting future creative endeavors will be mined, chiseled and honed in THE STONE QUARRY."

Zack Snyder The Stone Quarry

Also described as "a sacred creative space that has been four years in the making," The Stone Quarry will focus on film, television, and animation.

20th Century Fox is bringing an interactive experience based on the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel movie to New York, Los Angeles, and Austin.

Branded Passport to Iron City, the limited-time attraction will allow the public to enter the futuristic world based on the beloved manga Gunnm, by Yukito Kishiro. Per the website, the experience is:

"a first-of-its-kind experience, combining custom technology built for the retro-future Alita aesthetic and highly-detailed sets which have been recreated down to the last detail by the film’s award-winning production designers. The result: a life-sized, fully immersive board game where YOU and your team are the game pieces."

Check out a teaser below:

Consisting of 12,000 square feet, Passport to Iron City comes to L.A. January 23, New York January 26, and Austin January 29.

Co-written and produced by James CameronAlita: Battle Angel was directed by Robert Rodriguez and opens in theaters everywhere Friday, February 14.