You did it! You made it to the end of another week! And not just any other week: an election week. Also a lot of other terrible things happened. I guess that's every week now.
Anyway, let's talk about the nerdy news to give ourselves a break. It's been mostly a quiet week. Feels like everyone's settling under their blankets and hiding from the inevitability of Black Friday and everything that comes after.
There's still stuff to talk about, though. Here they are: the five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!
HAPPY TRAILS, RICK GRIMES
The Walking Dead is a cultural phenomenon. Even if you don't really watch it, chances are you still know the gist (there are zombies and they are violent). And the least you know is that Andrew Lincoln (they guy pretending to be carol singers) was basically the heart of TWD as Rick Grimes.
We've known for a while that Lincoln (and, therefore, Grimes) were about to hit the old, dusty trail. Most of us assumed that meant the character was being killed off.
This is the part where the spoilers start, by the way.
But also Rick Grimes is not dead! Moreover, Lincoln is going to star in a trio of The Walking Dead features!
So this is TWD's bid to get its audience back. Big budget movies and a series that gives us new characters and a new direction, potentially. Will that bring old watchers back? Will it bring new watchers? Will the people who were still watching stick around? Who knows! But there was more TWD chatter this week than there's been in a while.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD... TWO?
Speaking of zombies that define the medium, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, which invented the modern zombie, is apparently getting a sequel.
No, not Dawn of the Dead. No, not Return of the Living Dead, either. Apparently, Living Dead Media has a script that was written in the '70s that was never produced. Is it a Romero script? A Russo script? We don't know yet!
But what we do know is that a Kickstarter campaign is forthcoming and Night of the Living Dead II is supposed to be released next year in 2019. Obviously, people are very guarded, but also interested. Will we actually see this mysterious film? Maybe! Certainly the dead never stay in the ground for long and, if this is a script that Romero had any part in, we doubt it'll stay buried forever either.
SHREK: THE REBOOT
After multiple movies in the franchise, a musical, a theme song everyone pretends to hate, and more merchandise than you can shake a stick at, Shrek is looking to come back.
Yes, while there have been rumors of more Austin Powers films (Mike Myers even dressed as Doctor Evil for the midterm elections recently), the better money is probably on a Shrek reboot. Kids love it, adults love it, it makes tons of money, so a reboot feels like a no-brainer.
But as with all things, the devil is in the details which have not been worked out yet. Now head of Illumination Entertainment, Chris Meledandri, doesn't want sequels, but also doesn't want to stray too far from what works.
"When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations," Meledandri told Variety. "The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels."
Will Myers, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow return? What will the animation look like? Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me. I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed. Anyway, now it's in your head. You're welcome.
BLIZZARD BLEW IT WITH DIABLO: IMMORTAL
Blizzard, the company that brought you World of Warcraft and also other games that don't have movies about them yet, has an annual convention dedicated to their franchises called Blizzcon. Usually at those conventions, major announcements for the future of Blizzard franchises are made.
This year, Blizzard announced one of it's most beloved franchises would be returning for the first time in years: Diablo. The last full Diablo games, Diablo III, was announced back in 2008, just to give you a sense of how long it's been since a major Diablo announcement has been made.
Now I don't want to oversell it, but fans literally booed this announcement. Specifically, fans booed the announcement that Diablo: Immortal will not be coming to PC at all. There are few franchises PC gamers hold more dear than Diablo, so the news that the new one is just for phones? NOT WINNING ANY POPULARITY CONTESTS.
As of now, it doesn't look like Blizzard sees this as such a blunder. It seems like they're hoping everyone will stop worrying and learn to love a mobile Diablo game. But, for right now, we're looking at one of the biggest gaming backlashes that doesn't involve Gamergate in YEARS.
DISNEY STREAMING IS DISNEY+
We've known for a while now that Disney would be branching out with a new digital platform, but the Disney+ name is new, as are a couple other things. For example, there's going to be a Rogue One prequel story starring Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor. That's exciting! Remember that time Rogue One came out and a lot of people watched Diego Luna have an accent and said, "Hey, that's my accent!" and felt represented in Star Wars? That was dope!
Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) are all directing different projects. Basically, Disney+ is doing everything.
So, happy birthday, Mickey! You're gonna make a metric #$%@ ton of money, dude. Use some of it to make a sequel to Mickey Mousecapade, please and thank you.
To paraphrase another storied franchise: that's all folks! What were the stories that were dominating your week? There's a Grinch movie and a J.J. Abrams zombie movie called Overlord out this weekend. Maybe go see them? Literally do anything other than watch the news all weekend. Unless it's SYFY WIRE. Then obviously refresh with reckless abandon.
See you next time!