Today’s development news involves a few younger-skewing properties making sure the world of genre entertainment is here for everyone. We’ve got an animated show’s renewal and a former YA series star’s first foray into horror.
Let’s start things off with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The Netflix original focuses on She-Ra from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, making the show a much more modern take on the swords-and-sorcery narrative. It got tons of love from fans both new and old, which has made its continuation feel all but inevitable.
And now, it’s official. According to Netflix’s newsy Twitter account @SeeWhatsNext, the nostalgia-updating hit is on its way to a second season of feminist goodness.
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While the second season will continue to go He-Manless, the new episodes and added security of making it to this benchmark should allow its writers even more leeway in making She-Ra’s world as magical and colorful as the character.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power returns on April 26.
In darker news, horror thriller Dreamcatcher has added a handful of stars to its independent production. The film, writer/director Jacob Johnston’s directorial debut, follows a group of young friends planning to take revenge for their friend’s death at a music festival — though the same killer comes after them next.
According to Deadline, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Zachary Gordon will lead the pack of Coachellraisers alongside Niki Koss and Olivia Sui. Elizabeth Posey, Emrhys Cooper, Blaine Kern III, and Travis Burns will also appear.
Dreamcatcher starts filming in Los Angeles this month.
Finally, Deadline reports that Men In Black: International director F. Gary Gray's studio has optioned the video game Echo for a feature film, with John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad penning the script.
The game, from Ultra Ultra, is a sci-fi thriller utilizing the idea of mirror copies of the protagonist (or echoes) that learn and grow from her moveset as she navigates a palace deep in outer space. Gray, while producing, is not set to direct - which leaves an important job open as the project gets closer to reality.