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Development: James Gunn's upcoming horror film gets release date; Doctor Who finds Season 11 writers and directors

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Aug 21, 2018, 4:15 PM EDT (Updated)

James Gunn may have left the Marvel universe, but his next project will already be in theaters later this year. Plus, Doctor Who is staffing up big-time for Season 11.

Last month, James Gunn was supposed to announce details about his upcoming horror film project at Sony's San Diego Comic-Con panel. But after news about Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 firing broke, the announcement was scrapped. However, the film, which stars Elizabeth Banks, is still slated to be released later this year on November 30, according to Deadline. The still-untitled horror film, first announced last December, is directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive), written by Brian and Mark Gunn (James Gunn's brother and cousin), and produced by James Gunn alongside The H Collective. The canceled SDCC panel means we've got very few details about the project to go on. But maybe that'll make it even scarier.

Earlier this year, we were promised "numerous" scripts by women for Doctor Who Season 11, and it turns out they're delivering. In fact, when Season 11 begins airing on the BBC in October, the show will have the most diverse group of writers and directors in five decades. With the already ground-breaking decision to make The Doctor regenerate into a female for the first time, it's nice to see the Chris Chibnall-helmed Who also taking steps behind the scenes to bring new perspectives.

Not only are the writers and directors of Season 11 gender and racially diverse, but they also have diverse backgrounds of experience — and love Doctor Who, of course. The writers include a children's book writer and playwrights — Malorie Blackman, Vinay Patel, Joy Wilkinson, Ed Hime, and Pete McTighe. Behind the camera, a group of experienced film and television directors also join the project: Sallie Aprahamian, Jamie Childs, Jennifer Perrott, and Mark Tonderai. Welcome to the Who family!

Season 11 of Doctor Who will begin airing on the BBC October 2018.

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