Gambit

Development: Gambit stalls; Scream Queens may return; TMNT to Netflix

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Feb 5, 2019

Nothing is ever truly dead in the entertainment world, but today’s development news tracks a few different projects at various states of decomposition.

First is one that’s deader than dead. Deadline reports that the deathly slow progress X-Men solo movie Gambit has made towards being an actual film may have again fallen through. Channing Tatum’s pet project has gone through too many directors to count — Rupert Wyatt and Gore Verbinski were considered at points — and is now apparently not even active in the works anymore.

X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke at the TCAs, saying that the film not only still lacks a director, it’s not even making development waves. Even pushing the release date back to March 13, 2020 seems like wishful thinking after its various bumps over the years. Yet, with a change in guard eminent, “it’s all in Disney’s playground and they get to decide,” said Shuler Donner.

Next, let’s get scary and focus on something that actually has the chance of seeing the light of day. TV superstar and perhaps entertainment’s busiest man, Ryan Murphy has his fingers in a lot of pies. Some of these pies are much campier and sinister than others, which is why fans have been pestering the American Horror Story creator about when and where the outrageous fun will return. And now, he seems to be considering bringing back a show that combined his most enjoyable impulses.

Horror-comedy Scream Queens was slain on Fox in 2017, but as any good slasher fan knows, nobody ever stays dead for long. Murphy went on Instagram to ponder the Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd, and Lea Michele-starring show’s demise and its possible return in the future.

Check it out:

“So many people recently have been asking me about rebooting or continuing Scream Queens (RIP, taken too soon),” Murphy wrote. “Emma, Billie, Lea and I have mused on it, but question: should it be a six episode limited? A catch up movie? Who should I bring back? Would love your thoughts. So many questions….” Noting that Roberts, Lourd, and Michele have all been involved in the talks about its return, this make the post more than a simple throwaway — it could really happen for fans.

In other reboot news, let’s go to the world of animation. According to Variety, Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and the star-studded reboot Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both have movies in the works with Netflix after the two companies recently cut a production deal.

Nick, which is usually a huge revenue stream for parent company Viacom, has been having an unusually light fiscal year, but Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is optimistic about this deal helping turn that around. Bakish noted that the deal would also work as advertisement for the shows that could help move viewers from Netflix over to Nickelodeon proper. Diversifying their approach to their media would eventually help expand Nickelodeon’s modest growth. “We do see the light at the end of the tunnel starting to appear,” Bakish said in an earnings call. In a world where streaming reigns, you can either get crushed or adapt; Nickelodeon is looking to adapt.

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