Development: Netflix renews Disenchantment, Six Billion Dollar Man gets benched, more

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Oct 22, 2018, 5:13 PM EDT

Disenchantment gets renewed, a short horror film is getting the feature-film treatment, a post-apocalyptic road trip movie has landed its star and director, and more in this edition of our Development Roundup. 

First up, be prepared to return to Dreamland. Netflix has renewed Matt Groening’s animated fantasy comedy Disenchantment for a second season, the streaming platform has confirmed. 

The first installment of the series premiered in August of 2018. New episodes of Season 1 will premiere in 2019. An additional 20 episodes have been ordered and will roll out in 2020 and 2021. 

“We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix,” said Groening in a statement. “Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off.”

Considering that Groening said in August that Netflix has been “very supportive” of the series and made sure not to keep the series’ staff in the dark, it’s not terribly surprising that the show’s getting a sophomore season. Plus, although critical response to the series has been lukewarm at best, the show’s been quite popular with fans. 

Disenchantment follows the hard-drinking young princess Bean (Abbie Jacobson) as she embarks on misadventures in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Dreamland with her “personal demon” Luci (Eric Andre) and an elf named, um, Elfo (Nat Faxon). The show also features the voice talents of Futurama veterans John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, and Tress MacNeille in supporting and guest roles. 

The first 10 episodes of Disenchantment are available to watch on Netflix. 


Next, Amblin Partners is looking to turn the horror short “Whisper” into a feature film, per a report from Deadline.

The two-minute short centers on a woman being awoken by her Echo, which is picking up some... unnerving messages. You know what? You can watch it for yourself:


Julian Terry, the director of the short, is in talks to helm the feature, while Bryce McGuire is on board to write the script.


Meanwhile, Michael Matthews (Five Fingers for Marseilles) has signed on to direct the post-apocalyptic road trip movie Monster Problems for Paramount Players, Deadline has revealed. Dylan O’Brien (Maze Runner) is in discussions to star. 

A story from The Hollywood Reporter describes Monster Problems as a cross between Zombieland and a John Hughes teen comedy centering on a guy who has to survive a monster-based apocalypse to be with the girl of his dreams. 

Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing.



And finally, The Six Billion Dollar Man has been removed from Warner Bros.’ release schedule. The movie based on the hit TV series from the 1970s was originally set to be released on June 5, 2020 (after being pushed back from a May 31, 2019, release date), but the studio had pushed the Wonder Woman sequel to the Mark Wahlberg vehicle's original slot. 

In May, it was revealed that The Six Billion Dollar Man had lost director and co-writer Damian Szifron to creative differences.