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Development: How to Train Your Dragon 3 moved up, Amblin acquires sci-fi thriller Carecrow, and more

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Sep 27, 2018

Dragons and podcasts and artificial intelligence, oh my! Any other day, those three things might not mesh well together, but today, they make up our latest roundup of genre development news from Hollywood. Are you sitting comfortably? Then, let's begin.


How to Train Your Dragon fans will be happy to know that the third and final installment of the popular DreamWorks franchise has been moved from early March 2019, to late February 2019. The Hidden World will now debut in theaters on Friday, Feb. 22, according to The Wrap

February of next year is on course to be a busy month for genre fare, with releases from Universal (Happy Death Day 2U), Fox (Dark Phoenix), and Warner Bros. (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part).


Up next, Deadline writes that Amblin Partners has scooped up the film rights to Oritte Bendory's sci-fi short story, Carecrow: Her Better Self.

With Circle of Confusion producing and Sarah Jane “SJ” Inwards writing the script, the project is described as, "an examination of women’s issues in the age of evolving AI."

This seems like a logical fit for Steven Spielberg's production company, which produced 2001's A.I. Artificial Intelligence


Thirdly, Gimlet Media is looking to scare folks with a new horror podcast, according to Entertainment Weekly. Entitled The Horror of Dolores Roach, the podcast will be scripted by Aaron Mark and star the voices of Daphne Rubin-Vega (The Curse of the Fuentes Women) and Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man and the Wasp).

The episodes, all of which drop on Oct. 17, will tell the story of Dolores Roach (Rubin-Vega), a woman who returns home to New York after 16 years in jail. Luis (Cannavale), her old stoner buddy, is the only person that remembers her. He allows her the use of the basement in his empanada shop, where she gives massages to paying clients. Things take a dark turn when those clients begin to turn up strangled to death. 

In the end, Dolores finds herself in a subway tunnel beneath the streets of Manhattan, relaying, “her macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest.”


Lastly, Hulu has ordered a full first season of the animated medieval comedy, Crossing Swords, reports Variety. Created by some of the stop motion crew behind Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, the series follows Patrick (Nicholas Hoult), a lowly peasant, who is hired as a squire in the local castle. His career aspirations are soon dashed by the liars, deviants, and crooks that he discovers are running the kingdom. To make matters worse, Patrick's siblings, a lot of law breakers, have returned to mess with him. 

Set to debut in 2020, Crossing Swords will also star the voice talents of Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Wendi McClendon-Covey (Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween), Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken), Adam Pally (Sonic the Hedgehog), Adam Ray (Ghostbusters), Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series), and Alanna Ubach (Snowfall).


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