Our latest roundup of genre developments is pretty nostalgic, folks. We've got an '80s icon, a classic Disney villain, and an anthology series that hasn't been seen for over 30 years. Are you excited?! You should be. Try not to get your wistful tears all over the keyboard, though...
Right off the bat, we've got an excellent development for all you die-hard G.I. Joe fans out there. Per a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Schwentke has been chosen to direct the spin-off movie about Snake Eyes, the original silent-but-deadly, Uzi-wielding, ninja Joe brought to life by Ray Park in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. No official word yet on whether he'll return for this one, though that is the rumor, according to IMDb.
Evan Spiliotopoulos (a co-scribe of the live-action Beauty and the Beast) penned the script for the spinoff, which is being produced by Hasbro's CEO, Brian Goldner.
Schwentke is a veteran of genre-based projects like Red, R.I.P.D., and the two Divergent sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant.
Secondly, I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie is reportedly circling Cruella, Disney's live-action Cruella de Vil origin movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If he takes the job, he'll replace Alex Timbers, the theater director known for co-creating Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, who had to drop out due to a scheduling change.
Cruella is, of course, the cruel, selfish, and fashioned-obssessed villain from 101 Dalmatians, a woman intent on turning dogs into a fur coat for herself. She was voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in the 1961 animated film and portrayed by Glenn Close in the two live-action versions, from 1996 and 2000.
For the origin project, Emma Stone will be playing a younger version of the iconic antagonist in an '80s-era punk setting.
Next, we have the news that Edward Burns will be producing Apple's reboot of Amazing Stories alongside his Saving Private Ryan director, Steven Spielberg. Burns is also set to star in the anthology series, which has already kicked off production in Atlanta, per Deadline.
Based on the report, Burns has signed on to play a federal agent by the name of Bill Kaminski in a currently untitled episode to be directed by Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones).
Spielberg actually helped develop the original iteration of the show that ran from 1985 to 1987 for a total of two seasons and 45 episodes. The series was notable for telling memorable stories of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Legendary filmmakers like Spielberg, Joe Dante, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird, Tobe Hooper, and Martin Scorsese all directed episodes.