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Remakes: King of The Hill, Justified(-ish), She's All That, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
ALSO: More Star Wars. AND: Younger's finale sets a date.
My understanding of how Hollywood works now is that executives write the name of shows and movies on small business card-sized scraps of paper, they throw them into a very large hat, and then just remake whatever is pulled out of the hat. How else to explain all of this news in today’s Always Be Watching?
Remake 1: King of The Hill
During a Reddit Q&A, writer Brent Forrester revealed that King of the Hill co-creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels are currently in negotiations to bring back the animated series that ran way longer than you realise(13 Years!). There will reportedly be a time jump.
Ok - this isn’t quite a Justified remake and there’s a lot of moving parts here that need to be locked in/confirmed. But here’s what we know:
The team behind Justified (including creator Graham Yost) are working on an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard book City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Leonard, as you likely know, had written a short story that was spun-out into the series Justified.
Talk around this new series has Justified star Timothy Olymphant possibly playing a role - whether as the series lead or in a much smaller role.
Gender-swapping the 1999 classic film that hasn’t been mentioned by anyone since its DVD release, He’s All That remakes She’s All That. It will debut by the end of the year on Netflix as a feature film starring TikTok sensation-turned-actress Addison Rae, Cobra Kai’s Tanner Buchanan, and the OG titular She, Rachael Leigh Cook.
Addison will star as Padgett Sawyer, inspired by Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Zackary Siler role. The new spin will be told from a teenage girl’s point of view. The contemporary story follows an influencer (Rae) who accepts a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser (Buchanan) into prom king.
The Lonely Island team are making a live action/CGI hybrid film based on the 90s Disney animated series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Only this time, it’ll be called Rescue Rangers. While the title change is lame, what’s not lame is that the film will have John Mulaney and Andy Samberg playing the titular rangers.
Younger returns for its 7th and final season on April 15. Read: Deadline
It used to be that streaming ads were a cheap, secondary concern. Those days are over with NBCU’s streamer Peacock set to demand prime-time rates for its advertising. Read: Variety
Following the nomination of the doco Do Not Split, focused on the pro-democracy fight in Hong Kong, China has told local media to downplay the Oscars this year. Read: Variety
Drew Barrymore’s daytime chat showhas been renewed for a second season. Read: TV Line
Hank Azaria is continuing his Brockmire character post TV series with a new podcast. Read: Deadline
Former Disney+ chief and former TikTok chief Kevin Mayer has given an interview about being screwed over twice from very high profile roles. It’s an interesting read if you want to hear a high profile media exec talking as honestly as you’re likely to hear outside of a bar. Read: CNBC
Star Wars content from a long time ago…
Coming April 2 to Disney+ are some previously well-known, but certainly lesser Star Wars productions:
The Story of the Faithful Wookiee - the animated short from the middle of the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. It features the debut of Boba Fett. It’s likely the only segment from that special that we’ll ever see re-released. Disney - release Bea Arthurs musical number too, you cowards!
1984’s Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
1985’s Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
1985’s Ewoks cartoon
2003’s Star Wars: Clone Wars TV micro-series from Genndy Tartakovsky.
Still missing is the Droids animated series. Probably not too far off at this stage, I would assume.
Right now, the Marvel feature film is still set for a cinema release on May 7. But, y’know, COVID.
Will Black Widow be made available day and date to Disney+? Here’s Disney CEO Bob Chapek:
“Our situation and our conditions change,” he said. “Just a few weeks ago, theaters in New York and Los Angeles weren’t even open. Now, all of a sudden they’re open, so we’re waiting to see how prospective theatergoers respond to these reopenings. We’re going to remain flexible. We’ll make the call probably at the last minute in terms of how these films come to market, whether it’s Black Widow or any other title.”
Also, how much to read into his comments about Disney’s commitment to the theatrical experience:
“We love the theatrical window,” Chapek said. “We think it’s important for building our franchises. At the same time, we don’t think it’s the only way to do it. … We’ll see what happens over the next couple of months. So much is changing, it’s such a dynamic environment. It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen with consumer behavior in the next month as it comes to re-emergence back into the world of normal. We’ll be watching the call carefully and make the call when we have to.”
Seems a lot softer than I’ve heard in the past. Very much a watch this space situation.
The Girlfriend Experience season 3 debuts May 2 on Starz.
ird installment of The Girlfriend Experience is set amidst the London tech scene and focuses on Iris (Julia Goldani Telles), a neuroscience major. As she begins to explore the transactional world of The Girlfriend Experience, Iris quickly learns that her client sessions provide her with a compelling edge in the tech world and vice versa. She then begins to question whether her actions are driven by free will, or something else altogether, and heads down a deep path of exploration.
WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn debuts April 2 on Hulu.
Exploring the rise and fall of one of the biggest corporate flameouts and venture capitalist bubbles in recent years – this is the story of WeWork and its hippie-messianic leader Adam Neumann who makes you beg the question, was he trying to create a cult?
Arlo: The Alligator Boy debuts April 16 on Netflix.
A wide-eyed boy, who is half human and half alligator, leaves his sheltered life in the swamp to search for his long lost father in New York City.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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