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WIRE Buzz: Sony hosting drive-in on studio lot; Harriet the Spy animated series; Lovecraft Country

By Jacob Oller
Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man Far From Home

Walmart won’t be the only big company in the drive-in game — and its latest competitor knows a thing or two about movies. Sony Pictures looks to host its own genre-packed drive-in series on its own studio lot in Culver City.

According to a release, the series begins on August 14 and runs through September 6. The genre films screened include classics and new favorites alike, including Karate Kid (8/15), Ghostbusters (8/16), Bloodshot (8/21), Don’t Breathe (8/22), Spider-Man: Homecoming (8/28), Spider-Man: Far From Home (8/29), Men in Black (9/4), and Jumanji: The Next Level (9/6). All screenings start at 8 PM.

Tickets cost $30 a car and the lot holds about 75 cars. Those in attendance must abide by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 health mandates (masks, no sick audience members, stay in your car) in order to stay at the drive-in.

Tickets can be found here.

Next, Harriet the Spy is getting its first new adaptation in over a decade.

The beloved Louise Fitzhugh story (which was turned into a beloved ‘90s film by Nickelodeon) is getting an animated series from Apple TV+, according to Variety.

Beanie Feldstein is set to voice Harriet, opposite Jane Lynch as her nanny and Lacey Chabert as the popular girl at school. Expect plenty of ridiculous spycraft that could only be dreamt up and performed by an animated 11-year-old as Apple adds to its kid-focused programming options.

Even more Nick nostalgia comes from the series’ writer, The Adventures of Pete & Pete co-creator Will McRobb. Titmouse Animation will turn his scripts into knowledge-seeking adventures, bringing Harriet back to the screen for the first time since the Disney Channel film Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars.

No word on when the animated series looks to enter production.

Finally, the road to Lovecraft Country continues with a little insight into the first episode—before it’s even launched.

The upcoming HBO show from showrunner Misha Green looks to blend pulp adventure and monster-filled horror into a stirring metaphor for the African-American experience. Now fans can look behind the scenes with this “Inside the Episode” featurette.

Check it out:

Featuring stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Michael K. Williams, Courtney B. Vance, and Abbey Lee discussing their characters, this video gives even more detail about who fans will follow—though those looking to get prepared even more might want to check out the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel or the source novel by Matt Ruff.

Lovecraft Country premieres on Aug. 16.