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Development news: Cats movie starts purring production, plus Miley Cyrus in Black Mirror Season 5?

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Dec 14, 2018, 10:06 AM EST (Updated)


In feline, that means we have another roundup of genre development news for you fine folks. Where did we learn to speak cat?

That's on a need-to-know basis! What we can tell you is that you're gonna find this story as appealing as a ball of catnip...

While we're on the subject of whiskered house pets, Deadline reports that Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical Cats has begun principal photography.

The movie has an A-list ensemble cast that includes: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Dame Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, and Francesca Hayward, among others.

Cats will claw its way into theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. This is Hooper's second musical project after 2012's Les Misérables. He co-wrote the Cats screenplay with Lee Hall (War Horse). Inspired by T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Weber's play follows a tribe of (you guessed it) cats called the Jellicles.


How about some Black Mirror news next? During a chat with Howard Stern, Miley Cyrus appeared to cryptically confirm rumors that she would be appearing in the fifth season of Netflix's sci-fi anthology series.

"If you guess it, then I will shake my head yes or no," she said, shaking her head in the affirmative, which Stern then relayed to listeners. "I'm really actually excited for everyone to watch the 'headshaking project' we said yes to [before]... I hate everything [I do], but it was the first time I've left somewhere feeling really proud of my work."

Miley Cyrus

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While Cyrus was mum on the plot of her Black Mirror episode, she did let slip that her character is multi-faceted.

"There's a lot of dimension to it, and actually it was while the devastation of Malibu was happening, and it was a really weird learning experience for me, because I was so far from home and the show is already really dark, and it's already kind of eerie when you're there the whole time," she said. "But I learned a lot about myself, and I think I was able to use that and put that into it."

Season 5 of Black Mirror on Netflix is reportedly premiering its first episode on Dec. 28. Moreover, the episode — titled "Bandersnatch" — is rumored to be the show's first interactive viewing experience.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Next on this development list is Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll, who is entering the world of Dungeons & Dragons for Geek & Sundry.

She will serve as the Dungeon Master/storyteller in a new weekly series called Relics and Rarities. Instead of following a hard script, the story/adventures will be entirely determined by the roll of the dice. Each episode will also feature a secret celebrity guest.

“We’ve assembled a stellar creative team, along with amazingly intricate set design, props and puzzles, a hilarious and surprising cast — and an original world and campaign of my own creation," Woll said in an official statement. Telegraphing the season’s worth of surprises and special guest appearances, she continued, “You’ll have to watch to see what tricks I have up my sleeve.”

Watch the trailer for R&R below:

Tommy Walker (Daredevil), Julia Dennis (Lofty Dreams), Jasmine Bhullar (Twitch’s ThatBronzeGirl), and Xander Jeanneret (King of Nerds) will appear alongside Woll as the principal "cast."

Relics and Rarities premieres on Alpha (a Legendary-owned streaming service) in February 2019.

“Welcoming fans who have not yet experienced collaborative storytelling is an established mission of Geek & Sundry,” said Legendary Digital Networks SVP of Production and Programming Jason Corey. “We’re thrilled to be able to elevate and broaden the platform for a female Dungeon Master and to expand the fandom for this unique and exciting genre.”

Lastly, The Hollywood Reporter writes that D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) is currently in negotiations to direct Paramount's film adaptation of the classic Nickelodeon horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Gary Dauberman (It: Chapter One) is writing and producing the project, which is set to hit theaters Oct. 11, 2019. In September, Dauberman stated that he would not be diluting the genuine scare factor of the original show for the movie.