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Development news: Jackie Chan goes VR, Halo hunts new director, Supernatural plans fan marathon

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Feb 1, 2019

Today’s development news offers updates on a long-standing show, a martial arts legend, and one of the longest-gestating video game adaptations ever. Everyone knows about these properties, but we’ve got the latest.

First, Jackie Chan steps into the future through VR. According to Variety, The Knight of Shadows is getting a VR release from Chinese streaming firm iQIYI. Chan will battle demons and solve mysteries in the Yan Jia-directed film, which is only 23 minutes in its VR version. That version of the film will premiere at Digital Domain Space VR cinemas in China, while the movie will also have a traditional release in theaters across Asia on Feb. 5. No word yet if Chan’s virtual adventures will make it stateside.


 

Next, the Halo series at Showtime is still moving forward despite losing its director, Rupert Wyatt. The Wrap reports that the network still has high hopes for the show and is currently seeking a replacement.

“We’re putting a lot of time and energy into it and still pretty bullish on it,” said Jana Winograde, co-president of entertainment at Showtime. “We are definitely in the hunt for a new director right now.” This director would need to replace Rise of the Planet of the Apes alum Wyatt’s multi-hatted duties on the show, which he had to leave after delays to production caused scheduling conflicts.

Since Wyatt was on the hook to direct multiple episodes of the 10-episode season as well as serve as an executive producer, his departure from the human vs. Covenant adaptation is significant even though the showrunner has stayed the same.

“We think of it a little bit like a tentpole movie in the sense that, you know, those huge productions have sometimes directors come in and sometimes writers come in, sometimes they go out because the time frame is just so much longer,” Winograde said, per The Wrap. Since Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises of all time, it makes sense that it would be handled with the same scale as a comic book adaptation — though as Showtime may find, these productions can be as bumpy as that of the MCU or DCEU.


 

Finally, one of genre TV’s biggest hits is celebrating a landmark achievement. According to a release, TNT will air a Supernatural marathon from Feb. 4 - 7 in honor of the unkillable show hitting 300 episodes.

The marathon will consist of fan-favorite episodes, which the network curated specifically for this celebration. The episode list includes “Various & Sundry Villains,” “Scoobynatural,” “Monster at the End of This Book,” “Good God, Y’all,” “The Great Escapists,” “The Things We Left Behind,” and many, many more. Basically, if fans tune in to TNT sometime in that three-day stretch, they’ll find some killer Supernatural stories. Which episode is your top priority?

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