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Development: Halloween sequel lands writer; Netflix buys Hilary Swank sci-fi thriller; more

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Feb 7, 2019, 1:50 PM EST (Updated)

Today's development round-up news brings exciting details on the next Halloween movie, a sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank, and which huge genre blockbusters FX will be showing later on this year.

Firstly, following on from the massive success of last year’s Halloween reboot, Collider reports that the sequel to David Gordon Green's version has now found a writer. Per the report, Scott Teems (Rectify) is currently in talks to pen the project, based on an earlier treatment he'd submitted to Blumhouse Productions.

Teems had previously been working on rebooting Stephen King's Firestarter and adapting his novella The Breathing Method for the production company.

There's no word yet on when production will start or a release date, but we'll be sure to keep stalking for those details in a way that would make Michael Myers proud.

Next up, Netflix is at it again snapping up big A-list fare, this time with a sci-fi thriller starring double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. Variety reports that Netflix has finalized a deal for North American rights to the movie, titled I Am Mother, which is set in a dystopian future where Earth is ruled by robots.

Insidious star Rose Byrne is also in the movie, playing the A.I. character "Mother" who helps raise a human teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) to be the first of a new generation of human beings. Swank will play a stranger who stumbles across the pair and becomes immediately distrustful of the bot played by Byrne.

The movie, shown at the Sundance Film Festival, features special effects courtesy of the WETA Workshop, known for Lord of the Rings and Avatar which we'd say sounds pretty darn promising.

And finally, if you’re wondering which television channel to tune into for the biggest genre blockbusters out there, look no further than FX Networks. Deadline reports that the channel has acquired both Venom and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, among many other titles, to start showing at a later date. The deal is said to also include streaming rights, meaning the movies will be available to watch on the network’s digital platforms.

Other big movies FX has secured are Halloween, Bumblebee, The First Purge, First Man, The Meg, Breaking In, The House with a Clock In Its Walls, and The Predator.

Are you excited by any of today’s development news? Sound off in the comments below.