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Development: Cosmos Season 2 delayed; Russo Brothers tackle Kiddo; Monster Hunter gets release date

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Feb 7, 2019, 7:32 AM EST (Updated)

The second season of Cosmos has been delayed by Fox, pending an investigation into host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Deadline reports that the network will be looking into the sexual misconduct allegations brought against Tyson by former staffers.

The docuseries, which is a continuation of Carl Sagan's 1980 show of the same name, was slated to kick off March 3. Fox wants to complete its ongoing investigation before deciding on when — or whether — it will air the show's sophomore season. SYFY WIRE has reached out to Fox for comment.

National Geographic has also put Tyson's podcast StarTalk on indefinite hold while the company completes an investigation of its own regarding these allegations.

(via Deadline)

Next, the Russo brothers have another project to add to their increasingly busy portfolio. Variety reports that the brothers' banner, AGBO, has optioned the epic coming-of-age sci-fi adventure short film Kiddo as a full-length feature. Set on an alien planet in the future, it tells the tale of Kim, "an orphan on a mission to avenge her father’s death, with the help of her loyal pet and giant robot."

Original director Tito Fernandes will once again direct, with Shannon Triplett writing the script. Both Fernandes and Triplett are former visual effects auteurs, who've worked on both the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises. 

The Russo brothers will be bowing out of the MCU after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this April, and are busy eyeing other potential projects.

(via Variety)

Finally, director Paul W.S. Anderson's upcoming adaptation of Monster Hunter has been given a release date. Deadline reports that the film will be unleashed in theaters on Sept. 4, 2020. The Resident Evil director is re-teaming with his lead actress (and real-life wife) Milla Jovovich, who will star alongside Tony Jaa.

Like Resident Evil, Monster Hunter is based on a popular video game franchise. But instead of a world filled with the undead, it takes place in a world parallel to our own, filled with dangerous and powerful monsters. Sony Pictures released a single still from the movie back in November (see top photo), echoing the distinct aesthetic of the Capcom game.

The official logline is as follows: "When Lt. Artemis (Jovovich) and her loyal soldiers are transported from our world to the new world, the unflappable lieutenant receives the shock of her life. In her desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers and unstoppable, terrifying attacks, Artemis will team up with a mysterious man (Jaa) who has found a way to fight back."

(via Deadline)