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Development: Riverdale recreates Heathers; Arrow documentary; Bird Box figures

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Jan 18, 2019

Today's development round-up brings news of yet another musical turn for the cast of Riverdale, a very special documentary-style episode of Arrow and Netflix finally removes the blindfold on the viewing figures for the meme-smash Bird Box.

Firstly, The CW has revealed that Riverdale will be getting another musical episode, Entertainment Weekly reports. Following the success of the Carrie-themed episode, this time it will be inspired by Heathers: The Musical, based on the cult 1989 flick starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed: "Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie. This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is BIG FUN, with great roles for the Riverdale kids."

The episode is said to be airing March 20 and Aguirre-Sacasa added that the whole cast will be singing. Playing the three Heathers respectively will be characters Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart).


Next, Arrow has it’s 150th episode coming up next month and it’s going to be honored in a very unique way. EW reports that the episode will be shot like a documentary on the Green Arrow, narrated by Fraiser star Kelsey Grammer.

Written by Marc Guggenheim and Emilio Ortega Aldrich, the episode will show a in-series documentary called The Hood and the Rise of Vigilantes, starring Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).

In what sounds like one serious treat for fans, the episode will even feature “documentary footage” captured by the BTS crew and interviews from those who have worked alongside the Green Arrow. The show has been looking to try new things this season, including flashforwards to the future, and this certainly seems like another fresh idea. The milestone episode will air Feb 4.


Finally, Netflix is for once not blinding us all when it comes to mysterious viewing figures, somewhat fittingly for the Sandra Bullock-starring smash Bird Box.

According to Deadline, some 80 million households streamed the Susanne Bier-directed film, about a spooky entity that wreaks havoc on the naked eye. The information has come from an investor letter by CEO Reed Hastings, apparently to show-off how well the streaming giant’s original films have been doing with audiences.

The figures are certainly good news for Netflix, who have been beating Wall Street expectations for international subscriber growth, according to a separate report by Variety on Thursday. The company is said to have added some 9 million users, hitting 139 million paying subscribers. Though their stock still fell by 4.3 percent, as investors had hoped for a bigger increase. Here's hoping for a sequel, Bird Box 2: Not Another Peep

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