It's the end of an era for Sheriff Woody in our latest roundup of development news.
Tom Hanks tweeted earlier today (Jan. 30) that he had spoken his "final line" and completed his "final session" as the voice of the lovable cowboy doll for Pixar's Toy Story 4. Hanks has played the role of Woody since, believe it or not, 1993, so no, that's not just dust in your eyes as you read his tweet and check out the accompanying photo:
We still don't know all that much about Toy Story 4, except that it finds our favorite gang of playthings -- including Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Rex (Wallace Shawn), and all the rest -- heading out on a new adventure after being adopted at the end of Toy Story 3 by little Bonnie Anderson. New cast members include Tony Hale as Forky, along with Key & Peele as plush carnival toys and Keanu Reeves in a yet-to-be-disclosed role.
Throughout the years, it's been Hanks' Sheriff Woody who has been in many ways the heart and soul of this beloved franchise, and now we know that whether there are more Toy Story movies ahead or not, the actor is moving on. Let's hope the movie gives him the sendoff he deserves when it opens on June 21.
Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch has been tapped to helm Undying Love, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. Originally published in four issues, the tale focused on a former soldier who falls in love with a Chinese woman, only to learn she is a vampire. Determined to cure her, he must journey through the Chinese underworld to confront the powerful vampire who transformed her into a bloodsucker.
Image Comics published the original book in 2011, with a collected edition arriving later that year. Warner Bros. Pictures picked up the film rights in 2012, with both Joe Carnahan (The Grey) and Alexandre Aja (Crawl) attached to direct at different stages. The movie is now being set up through Studio 8, a production company run by former Warner exec Jeff Robinov. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters screenwriter Tommy Wirkola has penned the script, according to Deadline.
Leitch has just completed shooting the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw and is prepping The Division, an adaptation of the video game about a smallpox pandemic breaking out in a near-future New York City, so Undying Love will probably have to wait until he finishes that.
When the critically acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve returns for a second season in April, it will also be carried on sister channel AMC, it was announced today by AMC Networks.
Season 2 will launch on Sunday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The show stars Sandra Oh -- who has won Critics' Choice, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for her role on the series -- as an M16 operative who begins tracking a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The two women soon become obsessed with each other.
Sarah Barnett, AMC's president of Entertainment Networks, said, “When we launched Killing Eve on BBC America last year we had high hopes, but no idea it would become this obsession. We believe we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential viewers, and we want to expose this brilliant series to the largest audience we can."
The second season will pick up literally 36 seconds after the end of the first, with a wounded Villanelle having disappeared after Eve stabbed her. Eve begins to search for her nemesis, but she's no longer the only one.
The show has been climbing in the ratings ever since it debuted last April, with the season finale delivering a season high of 1.25 million viewers that was up a whopping 86 percent from the premiere. No wonder AMC wants to get it on a bigger platform.