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Development: Manifest pilots full season at NBC; Disney delays Jungle Cruise and strikes untitled Marvel movie

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Oct 19, 2018

We've got another round of development news for ya and this time we're bringing in the big guns: disappearing airliners, mysterious Marvel movies, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Have we succeeded in piquing your interest yet? Good! Time to set sail and take off. 


NBC has put in a full season order for Manifest, the mystery drama series created by Jeff Rake and produced by Robert Zemeckis, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Three episodes were added, meaning that Season 1 will end up comprising 16 episodes. The news comes after just four episodes were aired, but it's a no-brainer as the series is already the new fall drama with the highest ratings. The network also stressed the 16-episode order is a "full" season, and doesn't represent any lack of faith in the series.

The show follows the passengers of a commercial airliner who learn, upon landing, that their plane's been missing for almost six years. They haven't aged a day, but their loved ones have moved on, presuming them to be dead and gone. In addition to trying to solve the mysery of the plane's disappearance, Manifest is also an exploration of how families pick up the pieces after such a bizarre event. 


Up second is Mr. "The Rock" Johnson, whose film version of Disney's Jungle Cruise ride was pushed back to July 24, 2020 from its original release of Oct. 11, 2019. 

Johnson himself confirmed this by posting a short video on Instagram, showing the movie's title and new release date, while ambient jungle noises play in the background. 

Inspired by old school adventure films like The African QueenKing Kong, and Indiana JonesJungle Cruise is set in set during the Great Depression and stars The Rock as a riverboat captain chaperoning a scientist (Emily Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) into the jungle to search for a MacGuffin tree with mystical healing powers. While searching for the item, they'll have to brave the dangers of the jungle, as well as a competing German expedition. 

Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti are also starring in the movie, which is directed by The Commuter's Jaume Collet-Serra. 


Lastly, Marvel Studios reportedly removed an untitled film from the release date of July 21, 2020, according to THR's Heat Vision editor, Aaron Couch.

This was presumably the spot being held for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which came to a grinding halt after writer/director James Gunn got fired over the summer.

The team will return in the fourth Avengers movie May 3, but the future of their own series is currently up in the air. 


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