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Development: Space Jam 2 to film on West Coast; Mr. Mercedes driving toward Season 3; more

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Nov 19, 2018

We're back ladies and germs! Not even the prospect of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce can distract us from bringing you the latest developments from the world of genre. We can't stop and nay, we won't stop. Now, let's put the pedal to the metal, shall we? 

That Space Jam sequel with LeBron James in the central role is on course to film in California, reports Variety.

Black Panther's Ryan Coogler is producing the movie, which is shooting on the West Coast thanks to a special $21.8 million tax credit from the state of California. 

Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness) has been tapped to direct Space Jam 2, which hasn't cast anyone besides James (who will play himself) and Eric Bauza (voices of Bugs and Daffy). Willie Ebersol (The Wanted), Andrew Dodge (Bad Words), and Alfredo Botello (Star Trek: Beyond) are penning the sequel's screenplay. 

The 1996 original was directed by Joe Pytka and saw Michael Jordan (as himself) teaming up with the Looney Tunes to play in a basketball game against a bunch of talent-pilfering aliens that want to enslave them as sideshows at an outer space amusement park. 

Pytka's been very against the sequel, writing it off as ridiculous and unnecessary. 


That car-based idiom in the introduction wasn't just some stupid throwaway line. AT&T Audience Network's adaptation of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes trilogy is returning for a third season, Variety confirmed today.

Developed by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley, the series stars Brendan Gleeson as Bill Hodges, an aged and retired detective who gets back into the policing game when a maniac, Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), drives into a crowd full of people. 

Mr. Mercedes has resonated with such a wide audience, so we’re thrilled to bring it back for a third season for our customers,” Daniel York, senior executive vice president and chief content officer for AT&T, said in a statement to Variety. “David E. Kelley, Jack Bender and Sonar have crafted a series that honors the original work by Stephen King and we can’t wait to see where they take the show in a ‘post-Mr. Mercedes world.’”

York's words seem to indicate that the show will be going off-book(s), so-to-speak, and exploring plotlines not seen in Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch—the three books upon which the show is based. Unlike most of King's works, they are not horror stories, but psychological mysteries and human crime dramas. 


Last up in todays' development news roundup is the fact that Orion Pictures has purchased the horror film, Casa, from the Meza Brothers, Diego and Andres, writes Deadline

Named after the Spanish word for house, Casa is described as "a socially conscious horror-thriller with an intergenerational tale centering on a Latino family," reports Deadline

 “My brother and I have been genre fans our whole lives growing up in Miami," Diego told the outlet. "We are excited that we get to make such a terrifying story with a filmmaker-supportive group and especially the Orion brand that we’re such fans of.”

Andres and Diego Meza-Valdés will make their feature directorial debuts with the project, but have a history with a number of shorts: BoniatoThe Room and Play Dead. It should be noted that the brothers' pitch for Casa has only been accepted by Orion and has not yet entered production. 

Orion has a very distinguished genre pedigree, having produced such classics as The TerminatorRobocop, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and The Addams Family.


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