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Development: Oscars aiming to reassemble the Avengers; CBS picks up horror drama; Pacino hunts Nazis
What will poor Oscar do without a host at this year's ceremony? Well, how about reassembling The Avengers? We have the scoop on that as well as a new supernatural drama headed to the small screen from the creators of The Good Fight and Al Pacino taking on his first-ever TV series role centered around Nazis.
First up, let's talk Oscar.
With ceremony organizers reportedly eyeing a host-less telecast now that Jumanji star Kevin Hart has officially bailed, producers of the Feb. 24 ABC telecast are hoping to reassemble as many Avengers stars to add some major star wattage to Hollywood's Biggest Night.
With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences considering having stars introduce the various award segments instead of the usual emcee, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that several cast members were asked not to present at the Golden Globes so an Oscar appearance would make an even bigger splash.
Getting the gang back together certainly makes good ratings sense. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in the midst of celebrating its 10th anniversary after kicking off with 2008's Iron Man and finding unparalleled box office success translating Marvel's stable of comic book characters to the big screen, culminating with last May's superhero free-for-all, Avengers: Infinity Wars.
The last time the Avengers graced the stage at the Kodak Theater was back in 2013 when key cast members Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) presented the Oscar for Best Visual Effects to Life of Pi.
No word where Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was that evening but hopefully he and his hammer will turn up for this go-round along with, we imagine, the stars of Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Guardians of the Galaxy and a rebooted Spider-Man (on loan from Sony), all of whom appeared in Infinity War.
And with sequel Avengers: Endgame due to hit theaters on April 26, the timing couldn't be better. We'll see what happens.
Next up, Robert and Michelle King, the showrunners behind CBS' The Good Wife and spinoff The Good Fight are readying Evil, an X-Files-style supernatural drama pilot.
According to TVLine, the story delves into "the battle between science and religion" as it pairs a Scully-like skeptical clinical psychologist with a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they probe various extraordinary phenomena from miracles to demonic possessions to ferret out whether there's any scientific basis or something more otherworldly going on.
No word yet on a cast.
Last but not least, Deadline reports that Al Pacino is taking on his first ever episodic TV vehicle as he's in final negotiations to star in Amazon's The Hunt. The 10-episode series has an alt-history vibe to it not unlike the streamer's The Man in the High Castle.
It's described as a vengeance-driven Nazi-hunting drama about a diverse band of Nazi hunters in New York circa 1977 who learn that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living Stateside and plotting to create a Fourth Reich and launch a genocide in the good ol' U.S. of A. So it's up to the Hunters, as they're called, to stop them from unleashing their genocidal plans.
Pacino will play the lead Nazi Hunter who mentors Logan Lerman's character, Jonah Heidelbaum, who stumbles on the Hunters after his grandmother is viciously killed.