American Gods

Development: American Gods S2 gets release date, new Men in Black movie gets title, more

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Dec 5, 2018

The second season of American Gods (finally!) gets a release date, while the Men in Black reboot gets a title and Netflix inks two deals in today’s development roundup. 

First up, at long last, Season 2 of American Gods has a release date. Ricky Whittle, star of the series based on Neil Gaiman’s book, revealed via Instagram the debut for the show’s sophomore season.

“ITS HERE – Season 2 of AMERICAN GODS … premieres on @Starz in the US on March 10, 2019 & on Amazon Prime Video everywhere … outside of the US on March 11, 2019!” wrote Whittle on the social media platform next to a promotional poster for the show featuring him and co-star Ian McShane. 

So, there you have it, folks. The further adventures of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday will continue on March 10 in the U.S., March 11 overseas.

The show has been facing several personnel changes, with not only actors Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth exiting the series, but its showrunners also leaving (though not voluntarily). 

The second season of American Gods will be under the stewardship of its second showrunner, Jesse Alexander, who took over for Michael Green and Bryan Fuller (who allegedly left after budget disputes). But Alexander was let go after reported delays on the season finale’s script.

Gaiman himself told SYFY WIRE back in October during New York Comic Con that these turnover changes were nothing to worry about, noting that all shows evolve and change. He also said that the second season of American Gods will "go deeper into the soul of America, deeper into the psyche of who Shadow Moon is, and who Wednesday is."

Behind-the-scenes turmoil aside, Season 2 of American Gods will be upon us in mere months. Praise Odin!

 


Next, the Men in Black reboot has a title. According to the movie's official Facebook page, the F. Gary Gray-helmed film starring Thor: Ragnarok alum Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be called Men in Black International.

Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Rebecca Ferguson, and Emma Thompson also star.

The movie, which wrapped shooting last month, will introduce MiB's London headquarters (hence the "International" in the title), where Neeson is the head of the group. Emma Thompson reprises her role as Agent O from Men in Black 3. Hemsworth will play Agent H while Tessa Thompson plays Agent M.

The first Men in Black film, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, was released in 1997 and spawned two direct sequels. 

Men in Black International hits theaters on June 14, 2019.


Over at Netflix, the streaming giant has entered into a multi-year first-look deal with Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter films, and his 1492 Pictures partners, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Under the deal, Netflix gets first dibs on any feature film that Columbus and his producing partners want to make.

Columbus and 1492 Pictures most recently produced the holiday film The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell for Netflix.

“Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days. But not at Netflix. They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking,” said Columbus in a statement issued by Netflix. 


Demon's Path

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And speaking of Netflix, the company has acquired worldwide rights to Demon’s Path, a horror/comedy series set in Hong Kong, Variety is reporting. 

The series follows a forensic pathologist who can see the last 10 seconds of life of the dead and solves murders with the help of a cop and exorcist. But of course, as they continue to solve crimes, they become the target of a murderer.

Demon’s Path is set to air on Netflix Dec. 22.

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