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WIRE Buzz: Netflix nabs Reynolds-Levy time travel flick; Waititi starts writing Star Wars; Ben 10 trailer

By Josh Weiss
Ryan Reynolds & Shawn Levy

Netflix has acquired the rights to a time-travel adventure film hailing from the Free Guy duo of actor Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed this afternoon.

First announced in late April, the project, which has been in development since 2012, was going to be called Our Name Is Adam, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Paramount was originally on board to distribute the picture. 

Free Guy

Skydance, the company behind Netflix's wildly successful adaptation of The Old Guard, is re-teaming with the streamer for this cinematic undertaking. Both parties hope to kick off production in Vancouver this November, despite the unknown factors caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Levy also has strong ties to Netflix, having served as a producer for original content like Stranger Things and the Unsolved Mysteries revamp.

In terms of plot, the movie will star Reynolds as a man who goes back in time to seek advice from his 13-year-old self. In the past, Reynolds' character comes face to face with his later father, who is the exact same age as him.

Free Guy is slated to hit theaters Friday, Dec. 11.

Vilgax, the tentacle-faced warlord, returns in the exciting first trailer for the Cartoon Network original movie Ben 10 Versus the Universe. The video's caption assures us that this is "the biggest fight" of the titular hero's young life. What's more: It looks like Ben (voiced by Tara Strong) won't have his usual backup from cousin Gwen (Meagan Smith) and Grandpa Max (Paul Eiding).

Watch the trailer (revealed during Comic-Con@Home) now:

Created by Man of Action Entertainment, Ben 10 is about a young boy who discovers a strange watch (known as the Omnitrix) that has the power to transform him into different alien species for a temporary period of time. Using his newfound abilities, Benjamin Tennyson protects the planet from evil and destructive forces. Vilgax is the main antagonist, obsessed with procuring the Omnitrix for himself. The show has gone through several iterations since 2005, spawning both spinoffs and feature-length films.

Set within the continuity of the 2016 reboot (currently airing), Ben 10 Versus the Universe doesn't have a premiere date yet. Some outlets (like CBR) report that it's scheduled to debut in the fall.

Taika Waititi has officially started writing his mystery Star Wars project alongside Last Night in Soho scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

The Oscar-winning Thor: Ragnarok director confirmed this to the BBC, simply stating: "We're just writing. We're writing." Earlier today, Disney delayed the opening of three new Star Wars movies, the first of which is now set to hit theaters Dec. 22, 2023. Right now, it's unclear whether any of them fall under Waititi's jurisdiction.

Taika Waititi via Getty Images

His sequel to Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder, is a little further along.

"I think it's going to be really good," he said. "We've been writing the script off and on for over a year and this week, I'm doing another pass on it. It is so insane and it's also very romantic."

Love and Thunder is scheduled to arrive in theaters Feb. 11, 2022.