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The other day came comments from Karl Urban that he’s had discussions with the makers of the upcoming “Judge Dredd: Mega City One” TV series to reprise the titular role he played in 2012’s “Dredd”.

Now, series producer Jason Kingsley has released a statement to IGN about the matter along with two new pieces of concept art. Kingsley says:

“We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be.

This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.”

The ensemble drama follows a team of Judges – futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner – as they encounter the myriad challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis.

Despite the 22nd century setting, the issues will be familiar ones of the dangers of domestic terrorism to the tensions due to economic disparity.

 

Netflix has announced that they have acquired comic book publisher Millarworld, the company founded by “Kingsman,” “Wanted” and “Kick Ass” creator Mark Millar.

With the acquisition, the first ever for the streaming giant, Netflix and Millar plan to adapt the company’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises into films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally.

Potential titles include a bunch of Millar’s most notable original work including “Jupiter’s Legacy/Circle,” “Empress,” “Chrononauts,” “Starlight,” “Superior,” “Nemesis” – so long as there’s no complications of rights with other studios. Continue reading

HBO and Amazon are developing their respective controversial alt-history series Confederate and Black America for the small screen, but Studio 8 is aiming bigger with Black. With its premise of a nation where only African-Americans possess superpowers, the comic series from Black Mask Studios has been optioned for a feature by the Jeff Robinov-founded company.

Studio 8 EVP Creative Jon Silk brought the project into the fold and will oversee its development with executive Rishi Rajani. Representing Black Mask as well as the Black creators, the deal was with Studio 8 negotiated by Matthew Sugarman at the L.A. office of Weintraub Tobin. Continue reading

 The Nightmare Before Christmas
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

A sequel to the 1993 stop-motion film The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming from TOKYOPOP in 2018, according to The Hollywood ReporterThe Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey will be written by TOKYOPOP founder Stuart J. Levy (under his pen name ‘DJ Milky’), with art by Studio DICE. Zero’s Journey will follow Skellington’s Dog after he gets lost in Christmas Town.

In a departure for TOKYOPOP, Zero’s Journey will be released as a full-color minsieries before its release as a graphic novel.

In 2001, creator/producer Tim Burton convinced Disney to cancel a planned CGI sequel to the cult-favorite film. A sequel of sorts did come in 2004, however, with the video game The Nightmare BEfore Christmas: Ogie’s Revenge, with input from Burton.

After a hiatus of several years, TOKYOPOP relaunched in 2016 with Disney as one of its first licensors. One of the earliest books out of this deal was a reprinting of manga-ka Jun Asaka’s The Nightmare Before Christmas adaptation.

Five college friends, an old abandoned cabin in the woods and the Necronomicon Ex Mortis (Roughly translated ‘The Book of the Dead’.) What could possibly go wrong? Just Kandarian Demons, boomsticks and lots of blood!

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Using the world premiere of “Batman and Harley Quinn” at Comic Con to make the announcement, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have revealed their plans for their upcoming slate of DC Animated Universe projects.

First to follow “Batman and Harley Quinn” will be an adaptation of “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight,” the popular 1989 tale that introduced a Victorian-era Dark Knight as he sets out in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.

After that comes “Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay” in the Spring. The first “Suicide Squad” film set within the DC Universe Original Movies’ shared continuity will boast an original story and a big voice cast.

Then in late 2018 and early 2019 comes the two-part “Death of Superman” and “Reign of the Superman,” the film adaptation of the most iconic of the “Superman” comics story lines. Though 2007’s “Superman: Doomsday” partly adapted the material and made significant changes, these are expected to be much more faithful and far less condensed than that feature.

Source: Den of Geek

By now we’ve all heard the news:
The 13th Doctor will be Jodie Whittaker, a woman.

Netflix is bringing another superhero story to life.

The streaming giant has greenlit a series based on “The Umbrella Academy” comic books, Universal Cable Productions announced on Tuesday.

Universal Cable Prods. is producing the series along with Dark Horse Entertainment and Bluegrass Television for Netflix, which has ordered 10 episodes for the first season. The show will premiere in 2018. Continue reading

Chances are, you’ve shouted out quips during a movie, whether it be in your home or in a movie theater. I know I’ve been guilty (I’m looking right at you, Alien: Covenant) of this, and while it can be a boon or bane to a movie, one man has made it an art form. Continue reading

It’s that time of year again, San Diego Comic-Con.  Please join us for Forbidden Panel’s annual company dinner, Wednesday July 19th, 2017 at 8:30 pm. It’s a fun opportunity for our creators, writers, and artists to hang out with friends and fans alike. Every year is full of fun, laughs and questionable conversation.

As in past years, we will be hosting the dinner at the Gaslamp Strip Club in downtown San Diego. The restaurant is 21 and over. This will be a no-host event.

For questions email Andrea at andi@forbiddenpanel.com

For menu and directions check out http://cohnrestaurants.com, choose Gaslamp Strip Club.

For more information about Forbidden Panel check out our website

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