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Development: Lady and the Swamp Thing, plus rapping pizza horror

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Sep 5, 2018, 4:49 PM EDT (Updated)

No, the worlds of DC's Swamp Thing and Disney's Lady and the Tramp aren't colliding — there is, however, movement on both of those projects today... as well as some news regarding Chance the Rapper's pizza horror film.

According to Deadline, Underworld director Len Wiseman is set to direct the pilot episode of the upcoming DC Universe drama Swamp Thing. He will also serve as an executive producer.

The show is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe subscription service, and comes from James Wan's Atomic Monster and Warner Bros. Television. While two other upcoming shows set to appear on the new service will connect to each other (Titans and Doom Patrol), Swamp Thing will be a self-contained story

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Originally created for DC Comics by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing is a character from the magical side of the DC canon. He's a powerful, mythical being who will do anything to protect "the green," aka the environment. He'll have his hands full. The new series is written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, and it will follow a character named "Abby Arcane" investigating a deadly swamp virus in Louisiana. We're betting that she'll run across the "Guardian of the Green" at some point in her investigations. 

Wiseman's deal will fall under an overall deal he has signed with Warner Bros. TV, which has him developing, producing, and directing projects for the studio. Wiseman formerly worked with them on Lucifer, before that show was canceled and (thankfully) saved by Netflix

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Moving over to the Disney side of the tracks, Variety is reporting that Community star Yvette Nicole Brown has been cast as Aunt Sarah in the Mouse House's live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp

She will join Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) as Lady and Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive) as the Tramp. The original 1955 animated movie told the story of a Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a middle-to-upper-class family. Aunt Sarah is tasked with looking after the baby of Lady's owners, and it is she who owns the infamous Siamese cats who are two of the main antagonists of the story. There is no word yet as to how Disney is planning to handle the portrayal of Aunt Sarah's cats, as the portrayal of them in the original film (and their song) is highly racist. 

Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) is set to direct the film, with a script written by Andrew Bujalski. The movie is expected to debut not in theaters, but on Disney's upcoming streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019. 

Finally today, Variety reports that a "pizza related horror movie" called Slice, starring Chance the Rapper, will come to select theaters for one night only on Sept. 10.

This news comes roughly two years after the rapper himself announced that the film would land in theaters in 2017. Austin Vesey, the writer and director of the film, has said that the special screenings will play in 21 cities. 

Slice is set in a mysterious city, where a Chinese food delivery driver-turned-werewolf named Dax Lycander (Chance) tries to take out an outlaw who is killing pizza delivery boys. It is the acting debut of Chance the Rapper, and the film also stars Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz, Paul Scheer, Joe Keery, and Hannibal Buress. 

Distributor A24 lists the following cities as being on the screening delivery list: Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Boston; Brooklyn; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami Beach; Milwaukee; Nashville, Tennessee; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C. If you happen to live in one of these areas, feel free to go and grab a bit of Slice when the 10th rolls around.