Industry News: Priyanka Chopra, Halloween, Maleficent II and More!
ABC DEFENDS PRIYANKA CHOPRA AMID CRITICISM OF QUANTICO PLOT: A recent episode of ABC’s Quantico featured a terror plot involving Indian nationalists, resulting in a backlash against Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. ABC apologized, and took the blame. “ABC Studios and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo,’ ” the network said in a statement. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.” Quantico is wrapping up its third and final season. (Deadline — Click our Twitter or Facebook buttons to share this link!)
HALLOWEEN TRAILER ARRIVES: Boo! Michael Myers is donning his old mask again. In a new trailer, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode and waits for Myers to return. Halloween returns to theaters October 19th.
JUDITH SHEKONI JOINS ANGELINA JOLIE, ELLE FANNING IN MALEFICENT 2: Judith Shekoni (Heroes Reborn, Ice), is joining Angelina Jole and Elle Fanning for the sequel to Maleficent. The British actress will play Shrike, a character who befriends the evil queen. Ed Skrein and Michelle Pfeiffer also star. Filming is underway in London.
SUICIDE SQUAD SEQUEL GETS NEW WRITERS: David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick are co-writing the script for the Suicide Squad sequel, alongside Gavin O’Connor, who’s helming the film, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The Jared Leto-starring original was panned critically, but earned $746 million worldwide. Legend of Tarzan's Adam Cozad had previously worked on a script to the sequel for Warner Bros. No release date has been set.
MATTHEW VAUGHN PLANS KICK-A** REBOOT: Matthew Vaughn of Marv Films is planning to reboot his action-comedy Kick-A** series. In an interview with Empire magazine, he hinted that the African-American single mom Patience Lee may be next in line to take center stage in the film version. “We’re going to reboot Kick-A** and Hit-Girl,” Vaughn said in the interview. “Look what Mark Millar is doing with the comic for clues.” A third Kingsman film, titled Kingsman: The Great Game, is also set, Vaughn revealed. This iteration will explore the spy organization in the early 1900s.