In development news today, a legend is boarding the Scream train on MTV, there is movement on new iterations of Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo, and there's also forward momentum on the Netflix series October Faction.
First up, SYFY WIRE has confirmed genre veteran Tony Todd (Candyman) has joined MTV's Scream for at least one episode in Season 3. Todd recently appeared in the slasher-romp Hell Fest, and is also known for some very memorable appearances in the Star Trek franchise, most notably on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The talented Mr. Todd has already finished shooting, and will be appearing in Episode 3 of the new season. This is great news for fans of his, and very bad news for any characters that may get in his way. Knowing the way characters act in these shows, they'll probably run right at him...and they will die shortly thereafter. These kids will never learn.
Scream will return to MTV soon, with an entirely new cast.
Variety reports Warner Bros. is stepping things up in terms of it's animation department, with new talent coming aboard to helm two of their big properties — the endless cat and mouse hilarity of Tom and Jerry, as well as the teen "those meddling kids" sleuths of Scooby-Doo.
Warners and Warner Animation Group (aka WAG) as in "negotiations" with Tim Story (the upcoming Shaft reboot) to helm what Variety calls "a new Tom and Jerry live-action/animated hybrid." They have also brought on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus to work his magic as a creative producer on a new Scooby-Doo animated movie. The two projects are part of a recent push to get more Hanna-Barbera properties out of development and into our lives.
Variety states the studio "understands how much history is rooted" in both classic franchises, and aims to give them the same amount of focus as their other two heavy hitters— the ever-evolving world of DC and anything Harry Potter related. Aiming for "a balance of animated features and live-action hybrids," they are making sure that the animation departments are working "hand in hand" with the live-action teams.
Tom and Jerry will be the first live-action hybrid that they are planning, and it is set to shoot in 2019. For now, the plan is to shoot the film in the real world using animated versions of the titular Tom and Jerry. Because of the physical comedy of the duo, there is hope that there will be international appeal. The physical, comedic struggle of cat and mouse is something that knows no borders or needs any language, it would seem.
Not only is the Space Jam sequel still happening (with LeBron James taking the place of Michael Jordan), but another hybrid feature is moving along as well: Wile E. Coyote vs. Acme. Moving out of the hybrid zone, the aforementioned Scooby-Doo film will be fully animated and is looking for a release in the first quarter of 2020. Under Columbus' guidance, the movie will be directed by Tony Cervone, and written by Kelly Fremon Craig (from a draft by Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliot).
As if all of this wasn't enough, WAG is also getting ready for a Jetsons project, as well as Flintstones and Wacky Races. Strap on your Air LeBrons, start screaming "Viva Rock Vegas," and get ready to welcome your new live-action hybrid overlords.
Moving over to the ever-rushing river of the streaming entertainment, Netflix announced today that its new 10 episode sci-fi series, October Faction, is still moving ahead. Based on the IDW comic of the same name (written by Steve Niles), the cast will be led by Tamara Taylor (Altered Carbon) and J.C. Mackenzie (Molly's Game). The show will follow the monster hunting Allen family, with Taylor and Mackenzie set to play Deloris Allen and Fred Allen, respectively.
They will be joined by Aurora Burghart as Viv Allen, and Gabriel Darku (American Gods) as Geoff Allen. Damian Kindler (Krypton) has created and adapted the show, and will also serve as showrunner.