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Exclusive : Live-action Daphne & Velma origins pic in the works!

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Hope y’all had a terrific weekend. Hopefully more of you caught “Blade Runner 2049” than those early weekend totals suggest? Remember : every time a unique, ambitious and special picture like “Blade Runner 2049” sinks, a “Transformers” sequel rises in its place.  You know exactly what I’m saying..

Because of our commitments to NYCC, as well as the plethora of trailers that hit on Sunday, it’s been a busy weekend around these creaky editing rooms of Moviehole. Busy is good though!

Just as visits are. Our traffic has been jumping into the 7 numerals range this weekend  because of the Morgan Freeman/Brian Banks exclusive, but unlike the early days of 1999 and 2000 when we’d get a massive influx of traffic from an exclusive break, the hosting mechanics that keep the machine running can handle it  – so visit and visit often (and don’t forget to bookmark and us as an i-bookmark). Appreciate it!

While we prep all our NYCC coverage from over the weekend, here’s a new nugget from the water tower in Burbank.

New live-action “Scooby Doo” film about to be announced, folks. Ashley Tisdale, of “High School Musical” game, is executive producing and overseeing it – suggesting this one will be aimed squarely at teenage girls. Still, sounds fun… and Tisdale seems to have her finger on the pulse when it comes to the young generation.

Likely inspired by the success of “Riverdale”, which took the original and recorded a very new-age cover, they’re doing something very different here – an origin story fixing on only two of the Mystery Inc crew, Daphne and Velma. Film will focus on the new friendship – it’s this mystery that brings them together – and how they use their dissimilar skills and disparate personalities to uncover the monster of the movie.

The two “Ridge Valley High” students get in over their heads when they start to suspect something funky is up with some fellow students – well, it’s Velma that lures Daphne away from her gang of cool friends to join her on the mission – they all seem to be turning into drones or zombies of some sort (think “Disturbing Behaviour”).


While it will only be Velma and Daphne of the “Mystery Inc” crew caught up in the adventure, their respective parents, the school principal, and fellow students (being a prequel, we won’t know these kids) will play a part in the Mystery.
The story itself isn’t unlike a typical “Scooby Doo” episode (which is, after all, what fans will likely expect and want to see), with its host of intentionally amusing scared and a “big reveal” twist ending, but the chatter and characters within it will be hip to what’s “in” at the moment – particularly with teen females, so your sis, my cousin and that girl who serves the buttery stuff at the theater concession stand is likely going to dig it!

No idea if Tisdale herself will have an on-camera role but there’s a couple of big supporting roles (popular girl ‘Carol’ maybe?) one could imagine her playing.

Now I’m not quite sure why the untitled Velma & Daphne movie has opted to leave Scooby and gang out of proceedings, but it could have something to do with rights (I know Warner is developing a new big-budget “Scooby” movie too, so it could be something to do with that) or it might merely be the producing troupe’s idea to do something we haven’t seen before. Either way, I’m sure that’ll be revealed when WB officially announce the project

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini played Daphne and Velma, respectively, in the two bigscreen “Scooby Doo” movies, while Kate Melton and Hayley Kiyoki played the roles, respectively, in several direct to DVD movies, including 2009’s “Scooby Doo : The Mystery Begins”.

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Exclusive : Dwayne Johnson, Atlantean!?

Mike Lowery on a possible collaboration between ‘Hobbs’ and Feige

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While he does wear a VIP lanyard at DC now, due to his lengthy involvement with the “Shazam!” franchise (he’s set to play the villainous Black Adam in a future Shazam sequel and spin-off, too), Hawaiian hulkster Dwayne Johnson is also on Marvel’s wish list – and has been for a number of years. No big surprise, right?

You may have noticed, the “Hobbs & Shaw” star took to Instagram a couple of days back to congratulate Marvel on the success they’re having, commercially and critically, with “Avengers : Endgame” – showering much of the praise on bigwig Kevin Feige. It’s a gushing – and then some – post that suggests the artist formerly known as ‘The Rock’ is indeed in good, or hopes to be, with Marvel Studios.

Something is up, right?

It sure is!

With so many Marvel productions about to gear up – expect the next phase, or part thereof, to be announced at SDCC in July – there’s undoubtedly going to be a lot of spots to fill ahead, so Feige’s been meeting with a number of A listers (rumblings of Tom Cruise wanting to collaborate with Feige too, in the future) and one of those recent meets has been with Johnson.

They’ve been talking about a number of different possibilities – the actor has his pick of the board – all of which Johnson would produce and headline.

The one gig I know about, that’s been floated Johnson’s way, is Namor!

Namor as he appeared in an episode of the “Fantastic Four” animated series.

Yep, Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner has been taking shape over at Manhattan Beach and Johnson’s been on that go-to list for it for a while now.A snug fit too, if I don’t say so myself.

While the “Jumanji” actor had previously said “Black Adam”, over at DC/Warner, would go into production next summer the studio have yet to make any moves on it, so don’t be surprised if one of the projects Marvel want Johnson for – like the ‘Sub Mariner’ movie – comes together first.

Marvel had been looking at doing a “Sub-Mariner” movie long before, even, “Iron Man”. Back in the late ’90s, they hired Philip Kaufman to direct, and Sam Hamm (“Batman Returns”) to write the piece. That went away, just as the Universal Pictures version- which went into development in 2001 – did too. Chris Columbus was attached to direct their take at one point, as was Jonathan Mostow. These were different times, comic book movies weren’t the sure-thing successes they would seem to be today. In 2014, Marvel Studios finally got the rights back to the character from Uni (well, most of the rights – Universal still get to distribute), and have been tinkering with the film proposition ever since.


Namor, the mutant son of a human sea captain and a princess of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis, has remained a historically important and popular Marvel character that regularly gets about with the Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men. While it’s possible the character might be introduced in a future “Avengers” movie, it’s much more likely he’ll be treated to a solo jaunt first.

Hopefully more info on the “Sub-Mariner” film plans emerge in San Diego this summer.

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Exclusive : Baz’s Elvis project shooting January

Search now underway for a fresh-faced to play young Elvis

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News from a very reliable source down under, Baz Luhrmann’s reported Elvis biopic for Warner Bros is a go, with filming due to kick off in January 2020.

While the “Moulin Rouge” and “Great Gatsby” director recently set Tom Hanks to play Colonel Tom Parker, the producing committee –  Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Gail Berman – are now on the hunt for a fresh-faced Elvis Presely. Casting agents have been given the heads up that the film has a a vacancy for a 19-28 year old to play the king before his famed persona.

The untitled film, which will feature a record crate’s full of Presley hits, is being penned by Luhrmann and regular collaborator Craig Pearce.

Luhrmann has a few projects on his to-do list – including a feature film take on classic series “Kung-Fu” – but seems the Elvis pic, which will tell the tale of the Memphis megastar “in typically wonderfully wild Baz tradition”, will be his next picture.

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Exclusive : Here’s the plot of Coming 2 America!

Who will replace Prince Akeem on the throne!?

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Happy Easter!

“Coming 2 America”. Big sequel. Highly anticipated. One of the few Eddie Murphy-headlined sequels they have been able to get off the ground – looking at you “Beverly Hills Cop 4”–  and rather quickly.  It’s headed towards the cameras soon, with both Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprising their roles from John Landis’s timeless 1988 comedy. The casting folks behind “Empire” are casting this, slotting the supports into place as we speak.

There’s little Paramount have released about the movie, only that it somehow involves a ‘son character’ – but you know what? I have more! (courtesy the same Paramount insider that tipped us off to the “Grease” prequel plans for the original leads last week) I have the plot.. and it promises to be as welcomingly humorous as it does hearty.

While in the first film Akeem had to find a wife, and bring her back to the homeland, in this one he’s out to bring his American son back to Zumanda. If the son is willing to replace him as prince, then Akeem gets to be King.

Akeem’s long-lost son LaVelle is essentially living the flip side life to his father – he’s permanently ‘trapped’ in Queens, he is broke, he is working at a burger place just to make ends meet, and his boss (Big Reem, guy that lives at home with his mom) is no McDowell. It’s on his 30th birthday that LaVelle starts to get a deeper itch to do more and be more.

He gets that wish when he discovers he’s heir to the throne of Zamunda – where the father he never knew, Akeem is a prince – and is soon about to be King. Cue the airplane!

And yes, there’s a girl – – Zamundan Mirembe, whose parents have disowned her for becoming a ‘groomer’ – – but knowing she won’t pass muster with the royals, LaVelle doesn’t initially give it a thought. LaVelle has to first stop chasing gold and stop trying to be someone he’s not (and it’s Mirembe that ends up being the voice of reason), and realize he’s already got plenty. Maybe she’s his calling… and maybe royalty isn’t? Yep, that old nugget.

A better match for the throne might be Akeem’s eldest daughter, Meeka, an intelligent born-leader whose theories (especially in relation to Akeem’s rival, General Izzi are concerned – she knows he’s up to no good, Akeem thinks otherwise) and suggestions for her future ‘King’ father are right on the money.

You can see where this is going….

Meantime,  Dave Chappelle is rumored to be reuniting with Murphy for the flick.

According to That Hashtag Show,  Murphy’s “Nutty Professor” co-star would play Baba, an old shaman from Zamunda that advises King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) and later Prince Akeem (Murphy), in the Craig Brewer-directed sequel.

Production kicks off on the film, which will also star Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and John Amos, later this year.

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