Refrigerator Monologues 2017

Development: Amazon gets Deadtown girl power; Dune and Roger Deakins part ways; more

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Apr 12, 2021, 4:50 PM EDT (Updated)

Amazon is ramping up its genre girl power game, reportedly picking up a new series called Deadtown, based on a redemption-themed book story that gives its female leads a second chance at living their best life.

Consisting of hour-long episodes, the new show will focus on a group of Purgatory-stranded women who share one thing in common, according to Deadline: they all used to play second fiddle to superheroes in their previous lives, a choice that robbed them of their own opportunities.

Based on Catherynne M. Valente’s 2017 novella The Refrigerator Monologues, the new show aims for nothing less than “to create an original superhero universe set in the modern era with an underlying theme of female empowerment,” according to the report. Having frozen themselves out of their own life’s story during their first go ‘round, they band together in the afterlife to give themselves a second chance — this time determined to “write their own damn stories.” 

Developed by Bad Santa 2 co-writer Shauna Cross, Deadtown hasn’t been given a premiere date, so stay tuned.

Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated remake of Dune reportedly won’t be accomplished with the prodigious talents of Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins. Despite the pair’s previous collaborations on Villenueve films like Sicario, Prisoners, and Blade Runner 2049 (which finally earned Deakins his first and long-overdue Oscar), Villenueve reportedly has set out to film Dune with another behind-the-lens veteran.

Via Indiewire, cinematographer Grieg Fraser will guide filming on the Dune project, which current reports peg as a two-film cycle. Fraser comes to the pairing with a lengthy and distinguished résumé of his own, highlighted by Snow White and the Huntsman, Zero Dark Thirty, Rogue One, and at least one episode of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian.

Production on Dune reportedly will begin early next year, with Timothée Chalmet in the lead role.

As technology drives the moviegoing experience to new levels of sensory overload, a batch of genre movies in Sony Pictures’ lineup of 2019 releases will help lead the charge. 

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Sony plans to release 13 movies next year in the still-new 4DX format, including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2, and Men in Black International

With its install base in U.S. theaters growing by the month, the proprietary “CJ 4DPLEX” technology aims at enriching the moviegoing experience via a ton of programmed bells and whistles that do everything from shaking the seats, to blasting the theater with scent, to literally making it rain in the theater.

There's no word, though, on whether it can shoot out spider webs...but half the fun is showing up to the theater to see what happens.

Finally, get ready to see a lot more of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book creations on the big screen. The Runaways, Y: The Last Man, and Ex Machina co-creator has just inked an overall deal with Legendary Entertainment, according to Deadline.

Details are light in the early going, but the deal reportedly will allow Legendary to adapt “several” of Vaughan’s comics for the screen, while also setting Vaughan himself as a producer for new original projects not only for film, but also for TV and emerging platforms.