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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.
HBO Max passes on The Shining TV show - Netflix ready to check in to the Overlook Hotel
A Shining spin-off sequel is in development. HBO doesn't want it.
JJ Abrams, responsible for ruining both of his recent Star Trek and Star Wars movie franchises, has his eyes set on Stephen King with a TV series based on The Shining. The series, Overlook, was in development for HBO Max. The streamer just passed on going forward with the series. Netflix, however, is a frontrunner to take on the series.
I'm sure it'll be great...
Just a thought on the Scarlett lawsuit...
The Scarlett Johansson lawsuit against Disney over Black Widow payments cuts to the heart of the changing nature of Hollywood's financial payment agreements and how that is shifting as the industry moves to streaming distribution.
An interesting thought buried at the bottom of an article in The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the lack of back-end payments is going to lead to a whole lot of mediocre films made for streaming. An unnamed producer suggests that by removing an incentive for a film to perform well enough to deliver multi-million dollar post-release pay-days, producers will just be chasing deals: "a project just needs to be good enough to get the next deal. This may help explain why so many movies made for streamers seem to lack luster".
In a world without 'hit movies', there's probably something to that idea.
And speaking of movies - will there be any soon?
On the horizon are huge holdover releases from 2020. A new Top Gun movie, a new James Bond film, the new Ghostbusters. The Delta variant of COVID-19 may upset that.
In a three-week period, the overall comfort level of attending the cinema in the US has dropped from 81% to 72%. Watch this news story over the next few weeks. Already family movie Clifford the Big Red Dog has pulled it's release (apparently US moms were the most concerned about visiting the multiplex with just 59% comfort at the idea).
Something to note: Sony's Venom: Let There Be Carnage released a new trailer this past week promising a 'fall release' - it didn't offer the more specific Sept 24 date.
Jungle Cruise did well (for the current situation) this past weekend. This weekend there's The Suicide Squad.
Former Netflix-turned-Adult-Swim-cartoon-that-nobody-ever-talked-about-except-when-Netflix-cancelled-it Tuca and Bertie has been renewed for a third season. Read: Deadline
Say goodbye to the Coen Bros and hello to the Coen Brother as Ethan Coen decides to step away from making movies. Read: Indiewire
The Ultimate Slip 'n Slide game show that was temporarily shut down thanks to a diarrhea outbreak will sit on the shelf for the time being. Don't worry - the show hasn't been flushed just yet. Read: The Wrap
Apple TV+ has renewed Physical for a second season. Read: TV Line
Apple TV+ will stream a filmed production of Broadway show Come From Away September 10. Read: thefutoncritic
As mentioned by ABW previously, Foxtel will shutter channel Foxtel Arts. Read the 'exclusive': TV Tonight
An IMDb TV mobile app is now available for US viewers. Read: The Streamable
Amazon has picked up the Billy Eichner movie Ex-Husbands. Read: /Film
Pretty, pretty good game of spite
A Curb Your Enthusiasm card game is now for sale (but currently sold out). It promises to be fun for the whole family. One assumes that includes everyone from children, through to adults and beloved aunts.
My beloved Joe Pera Talks With You returns for a third season later this year.
Yellowjackets debuts on Showtime later this year.
Netflix's gender-swapped remake of She's All That titled He's All That debuts August 27. I hope this film doesn't ruin our childhoods.
Kate debuts on Netflix Sept 10.
Annette streams on Amazon Prime Video August 20. (I'm unsure whether it has global rights).
What's next? Tomorrow.
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