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– Daniel Dae Kim, who recently left his role on Hawaii Five-O due to pay inequity with his white co-stars, may well be cast as B.P.R.D. Operative Benjamin Daimio for the Hellboy reboot. Kim is reportedly in talks with Lionsgate and Millennium for the part at this point as Ed Skrein, originally cast as Benjamin, left the role stating that a more appropriate actor should be cast in the part of the Japanese-American rough and tumble hero.
– Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman has reportedly finalized a deal to direct the sequel. Jenkins will serve as writer, producer and director for the movie scheduled for release December 13, 2019. Variety, which dropped the news yesterday, announced in June that Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns were hard at work writing the sequel to “…make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film,” according to Johns.
– A fan at a HASCON panel September 8th asked Stan Lee who he wanted to portray him in a film to which Stan Lee to reveal that he and his neighbor, Leonardo DiCaprio, actually had a conversation about that very thing a few months back. Lee told the audience that DiCaprio is actually fact a big fan of Marvel and said to Stan Lee: “Boy it’d be fun to do your story on the screen” to which Lee replied “Well, I’ll audition you.”
– According to estimates of August 2017 direct market comics sales “Dark Nights: Metal” #1 came in as the number one selling comic. Sales of the book to comic shops through Diamond Distribution are estimated to be 261,997 copies followed by “Batman” in both second and third places at around 100,000 copies each and “Secret Empire” #10 at fourth at a little over 80,000 copies.
– Rian Johnson announced at a Star Wars: The Last Jedi event in Japan that he is not interested in directing the yet to be titled Star Wars Episode IX. The final chapter in the new trilogy wasslated to be directed be Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow until differences between Lucas Films and Trevorrow could not be settled and the two parted ways.
– Dean Haspiel (“American Splendor,” “The Quitter”_ wrote a play that will open in late October off-off Broadway called Harakiri Kane (a.k.a. Die! Die, Again!). The ninety minute play inspired by morbid events Haspiel experienced will directed/designed by Ian W. Hill and follows the existential crisis of an amnesic angel of death.
– Wizard World have announced plans to launch a content streaming service for mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao called The Wizard Channel through a deal with CNLive. It will provide 24 hour English language programming, free through all of China, and will include their recently announced daily pop culture news program, Wizpop, as well as other in-house content, independently produced programs and licensed shows.
– The impending arrival of Hurricane Irma has halted the production on several comics related series and movies shooting in that region of the country. Both AMC’s The Walking Dead and CW’s Black Lighting as well as Marvel Studios Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers 4 are among the many productions affected by the storm.