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Sounds like Elisabeth Shue is headed to Cobra Kai

Actress played Daniel’s first love Ali Mills in the original 1984 movie

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It was hinted at in its first season but seems the putty is starting to dry on an Elisabeth Shue appearance in “Cobra Kai”.

Shue, whose “Karate Kid” character Ali Mills hasn’t been seen but has been referenced (See below) on the YouTube Red series, could be back to help form a complicated triangle in the lives of Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) in the new season.

The brass behind the show remain tight-lipped but a couple of choice words from co-creator John Heald in a recent interview suggests something could be happening.

“Ali is one of those characters from the movies and in this universe that is very, very important and very integral to the relationship and the rivalry and the dynamic and the history between these characters, and I can say no more than that,” the showrunner tells EW.

If Shue is indeed lined up to reprise her role from the 1984 film (she didn’t reprise her role for the 1986 sequel though Daniel mentioned Ally briefly – mostly in relation to the damage she’d done to his car), expect the series to save her until seasons end, just as they did with Martin Kove’s John Kreese.

Who else could “Cobra Kai” bring back from the “Karate Kid” series that we haven’t seen yet? Maybe Thomas Ian Griffith’s twisted Terry?, the sweet Jessica, played by Robin Lively? Or maybe the ‘Bad Boy of Karate’, Mike Barnes, played by Sean Kanan?

If Shue, an Oscar winner these days thanks to her head-turning performance in “Leaving Las Vegas”, is indeed keen to return to some of her past roles, she might also want to look into the “Cocktail” sequel that the film’s writer is trying to get off the ground and into the bar.

The 55-year-old actress, seen recently in “Death Wish” with Bruce Willis, next appears on the new Amazon series “The Boys”.

“Cobra Kai” returns to YouTube Red later in the year.

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Justin Kurzel directing Pentridge escapee drama for Apple

“Snowtown” helmer will direct four of ten episodes

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Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”) will direct the small-screen adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ “Shantaram”.

The “Macbeth” helmer has inked a deal with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content to direct four of the 10-episodes that Apple has ordered of the series. Kurtzel, directing the first two and final two episodes, will kick-off the shoot in October in Victoria, Australia.

Eric Warren Singer, who worked with Paramount on the upcoming “Top Gun : Maverick”, penned the script.

The 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts fixes on a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison and flees to India.

There have been numerous attempts at getting a feature film version of “Shantaram” before the cameras over the years, most of them spearheaded by Johnny Depp, who acquired the rights in 2004.

“Shantaram” will be filmed at Docklands Studios, Pentridge Prison and other locations, including parts of Melbourne and Mumbai.

Joel Edgerton had been attached to star in an earlier version; it’s unclear whether he is still involved.

The 45-year-old Western Australian filmmaker’s latest, “True History of the Kelly Gang” plays at TIFF next month.

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Netflix news : Aubrey Plaza comedy set; To All The Boys 2 premiere date

Plaza will star in a new film from the makers of “The Breaker Upperers”

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Aubrey Plaza will star in “Hope”, a new comedy for Netflix from directors Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami (”The Breaker Upperers”).

”Hope” marks the second feature to be directed by the comedic duo following their female-driven comedy ”The Breaker Upperers”, which they also co-wrote and starred in, and premiered on Netflix in February 2019.

Writers Karen McCullah & Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith have some nice credits too – “10 Things I Hate About You” and “The House Bunny” among them; they are currently writing the ”Spice Girls” movie for Paramount Animation.

Plaza will also produce the film.

The plot is being kept under wraps.
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Event Horizon gets new life on streamer

“Blair Witch” director brings the 1997 ‘cult classic’ to the small screen

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A TV series based on the darn f*ckin freaky ’90s flick “Event Horizon” – man, my spine will never forgive me for summoning such chills up it during the film’s last half – is in the works over at Amazon.

Paramount, who produced the film, has inked a deal with the streamer to adapt the 1997 movie for the small screen. Needless to say, the stars of the flick – Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Joely Richardson and Kathleen Quinlan – won’t be returning for the do-over, and neither will original helmer Paul W.S Anderson – if only because the original production would’ve caused him quite the headache (the studio had him rush the flick, subsequently not giving him enough time to do a polish on it in the editing room, with the reviews at the time nothing to fax mom and pop at home about).

Paramount and Amazon have buddied up on quite a few projects of late, most of which are small-screen takes on some of the former’s movies – for instance, the “Jack Ryan” series, being an adaptation of the Tom Clancy-created character that appeared in five films, and the upcoming “Jack Reacher” and “Galaxy Quest” adaptations.

The new “Event Horizon” will be spearheaded by “Blair Witch” helmer Adam Wingard, who serves as director and executive producer. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, who produced the film, will executive produce with Wingard and Jeremy Platt.

The film, a dud at the box-office (grossing $26.7 million on a $60 million production budget) but now considered somewhat of a cult fave, featured a Philip Eisner-penned story of a crew of astronauts sent on a rescue mission after a missing spaceship, the Event Horizon, spontaneously appears in orbit around Neptune. Searching the ship for signs of life, the rescue crew learns that the Event Horizon was a test bed for an experimental engine that opened a rift in the space time continuum and left our universe entirely, allowing a hostile entity to possess the ship. The original 130-minute cut of the film was heavily edited by demand of the studio, much to the chagrin of Anderson – who was coming off “Mortal Kombat” at the time.

After a successful initial DVD release, the studio and Anderson became interested in assembling a director’s cut but they quickly found out that the excised footage had not been carefully stored and that much of it had gone missing. The deleted scenes were stored in a salt mine in Transylvania and had rotted away due to how they were stored in the mine. The plan to assemble a director’s cut was abandoned and instead a special-edition two-DVD set was released that featured one deleted scene, two extended scenes, and a few shots of deleted material in the included making-of. The footage is of “video” quality.

Had Anderson’s film not garnered such popularity over the years, and made a good profit on VHS and DVD, Paramount wouldn’t have likely even had considered adaptation it for television – so here’s t the troubled film that could getting some overdue remuneration.

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