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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
McConaughey is back for more A Time To Kill (kinda)
ALSO: Schwarzenegger will lead the alien invasion. AND: Zack Snyder's Justice League wrap-up
A Time To Kill sequel TV series? No, really.
Matthew McConaughey is returning to TV for a new John Grisham adaptation - A Time For Mercy. He’ll return to the role of attorney Jake Brigance, as seen in the 1996 A Time To Kill film.
In “A Time for Mercy,” Brigance must defend a young man who killed his mother’s boyfriend, a deputy sheriff, with the boy claiming the man was abusive towards his mother, himself, and his little sister.
The new show is a limited series for HBO. No writer attached yet, but expect interest to be higher than McConaughey when the show debuts.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League dropped just over 12 hours ago. I watched the whole 4 hours of it and, well, it was fine. If you haven’t been into the darker DC superhero films led by Snyder over the past decade, this film isn’t going to change your mind. Those excited by the idea of the film will like it, those on the fence will think it’s too long, and everyone else should go and spend their time more productively.
I’ll have a proper review of it on this week’s Screen Watching podcast, due for release in about 6 hours time.
Today there are a bunch of articles floating around about it:
Why did Zack Snyder opt for a 4:3 image? Apparently he opted for the best presentation for IMAX, a cinema screen format that this film will never play on. Yep. Read: Polygon
That Batman/Joker scene at the end? If you got real Alicia/Kalinda vibes from it, that’s because Ben Affleck and Jared Leto filmed the scene separately. Read: Indiewire
Why was it a movie and not a mini-series? Legal reasons. Read: Dark Horizons
Were some elements of Joss Whedon’s version better? Yeah. Read: Screencrush
Is the HFPA about to face up to its problems with the Golden Globes? Read: Deadline
The BBC will relocate 400 jobs outside of London. Read: The Guardian
Marie Kondo will return to minimise your lives via Netflix mid-year. Jokes on you Marie - I’ve already gotten rid of my couch. (Will the new one turn up before Marie is on my telly…? the race begins). Read: TV Insider
Venom 2 has been pushed back to September. Read: Polygon
The team behind The Comey Rule, Billy Ray and Shane Salerno, will write a new Showtime series examining the Jan 6 attack on the US Capitol building. It’s not a comedy. Read: Deadline
Alex Winter is directing the doco Mass Effect, which will take a look into the cultural aspects of YouTube. Read: Deadline
The new Mighty Ducks series on Disney+ will feature a special episode with the returning OG duck actors. Read: TV Line
Schwarzenegger to lead us against the inevitable alien invasion
A UK poll conducted by TV channel BLAZE has found that 2000 respondents are quite daft. They also found that these same respondents believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the best leader for Earth in the face of an alien invasion.
Will Smith came in at #2. And I’m sorry, but can we trust any leader who can’t maintain sexual chemistry with Margot Robbie? That seems like a basic fundamental.
Others in the top 20: Sir David Attenborough, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Trump, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Boris Johnson, Kamala Harris, and Biden.