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Development roundup: Jumanji sequel nabs Awkwafina, Rick and Morty teases S4, Bird Box writer sets follow-up

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Jan 4, 2019, 12:01 PM EST

A slew of buzz-building Hollywood players are ready to make their next move. Whether it’s a rising actress joining a hot sequel or the screenwriter of Netflix’s latest smash making his own TV show, the wheels never stop turning.

First up, the untitled sequel to the Dwayne Johnson-led Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has landed another star on the rise: Awkwafina.

The actress/comedian has recently been popping up everywhere, appearing in the heist film Ocean’s 8 and rom-com sensation Crazy Rich Asians. According to Variety, she’s in talks to join returning stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan in the new franchise entry helmed by Jake Kasdan. The wisecracking actress will likely offer up plenty of wild-card wit when she joins the rest of her comically gifted cast.


Next, according to Deadline, Bird Box and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer is having one of his short stories adapted into a series by Hulu. Colby Day is writing a version of Simultaneous, a detective story that taps into strange sci-fi elements like “regenerative past lives.”

Heisserer landed a six-figure penalty deal for the project, which makes sense as he’s one of the most in-demand writers working today. After genre smashes Arrival and Bird Box, he’s also co-written Vin Diesel’s upcoming comic-based film Bloodshot.


Next, as fan-favorite animated series Rick and Morty slowly but surely heads to more episodes, fans have been busying themselves with the show’s comics, tattoos, and pop-up bars. But now they can actually see a little bit of animation for the cartoon they love. Thanks to artist Gary Ye, the fourth season of the oddball show has a new equally strange promo featuring (among other things) a Godzilla and Mothra version of the titular duo.

Take a look:

Whoa. Not sure what else there is to say about that besides noting that at least nobody is a pickle this time around.

Finally, History's hit show Vikings will be coming to an end after its sixth season. According to Deadline, the network's pioneering scripted drama will end but perhaps not forever - Vikings creator Michael Hirst and studio MGM Television are angling for a spin-off in the same universe. History is apparently in talks with the creative team to continue the world of Vikings, which would add writer Jeb Stuart to the mix if things go as planned.

Vikings will air its sixth and now final season later this year.