In this edition of development news, we’ve got two items from Paramount and two from Netflix.
First up, Paramount is planning to make a movie based on that toy that lets you mold your own plastic spiders, snakes and lizards. That’s right; the studio has acquired the film rights to the Creepy Crawlers toy brand from JAKKS Pacific, both companies have announced.
Neal H. Moritz will produce the film along with Marc Gurvitz and Toby Ascher. JAKKS chairman and CEO Stephen Berman will executive produce.
Although we don’t know what the plot for this movie will be (and contemplating the plot for a movie based on this toy is like wondering what the plot would be for Shrinky Dinks: The Movie), it’s apparently going to be based on the toy molds for creepy and slimy bugs. Berman said in a statement that Paramount and Jakks “envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of Jumanji.”
Creepy Crawlers was originally developed by Mattel in the early 1960s, then revived by ToyMax in the ’90s. JAKKS is now the owner of this simple yet long-lasting toy and has updated it to include molds for such classic cartoon characters as Spongebob Squarepants and Pokemon (though to be honest, we think it’s unlikely they’ll appear in the movie).
Up next, Netflix has announced that its original post-apocalyptic YA thriller series, The Rain, has been renewed for a second season. The Danish series about a small group of survivors travelling through a post-apocalyptic landscape after a deadly rain wipes out civilization will go back into production later this year and launch in 2019.
“We’re really excited to team up with the talented cast and our team of amazing creators for another season,” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, vice president of international originals for Netflix in a statement. “The Rain has a relatable and human story at its core and touches on universal themes everyone can identify with. The fact that Season 1 reached audiences all over the world proves once again that strong stories can transcend borders.”
The Rain’s head writer and co-creator Jannik Tai Mosholt’s added: "We're so thankful for the success of the show and the overwhelmingly positive response from audiences. We’re really excited to be able to do a second season of The Rain. We still have a lot of stories to tell about our characters and much more to explore in our universe and can't wait for everyone to be able to see it."
The Rain is created by Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo, and stars Alba August, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen, Lars Simonsen, Sonny Lindberg, Jessica Dinnage, Lukas Løkken and Johannes Kuhnke.
Written by Millar with art from Marvel artist Olivier Coipel (Thor, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man), The Magic Order centers on five families of magicians sworn to protect our world that's forced to battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one.
Millar unveiled a first look at the pages from his upcoming comic book at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo last month. The launch of The Magic Order marks the first franchise Millar has created as part of the recent acquisition of Millarworld by Netflix.
The Magic Order will be six issues long and will be available for sale in comic stores beginning June 13.
And finally, Paramount has also bought an untitled sci-fi action pitch from Mortal Media written by Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.
Mortal Media is a film production company founded by professional athletes Ryan Kalil (from the NFL) and Blake Griffin (from the NBA). Buchsbaum and Riley wrote Shanghai Dawn, the proposed sequel to Shanghai Noon, and put the pitch together with Detroit Pistons forward Griffin and Carolina Panthers center Kalil.
Although details like the project’s title and plot aren’t being disclosed, it’s reported to be Mortal Media’s first original feature. Mortal is developing a reboot of The Rocketeer that will star a black woman and a remake of White Men Can't Jump from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.