Industry News: Infinity War, Ethan Hawke, Paul Hogan and More!
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR BREAKS $2B: Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has officially crossed the $2 billion mark, joining Avatar ($2.78 billion), Titanic ($2.18 billion) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.06B). Infinity War is Marvel’s top release ever, besting2012’s Avengers ($1.5 billion), and followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 billion) and Black Panther ($1.345 billion). Infinity War crossed the mark on its 48thday of release.
ETHAN HAWKE AND JASON BLUM ADAPTING THE GOOD LORD BIRD: Blumhouse Television is cranking out a limited series based on James McBride’s National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, Variety reports. Ethan Hawke has signed on to star as abolitionist John Brown and will co-write the series with Mark Richard. Producer Jason Blum is also in. The Good Lord Bird follows a young slave who joins up with Brown.
CROCODILE DUNDEE’S PAUL HOGAN TO LEAD THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE: Paul Hogan, star of Crocodile Dundee, is heading back to the screen and the franchise with the comedy The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee! The film will not be a sequel to the iconic 1980s action-comedy, but will instead have Hogan playing himself as he prepares to receive a Knighthood for services to comedy. Production is set to begin in July.
LUKE CAGE TRAILER DROPS: Mariah Dillard and Bushmaster are battling for control of Harlem in a new teaser for Luke Cage’s second season. “Harlem doesn’t need a hero, it needs a Queen,” opines Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard, as she faces the unstoppable Bushmaster. Meanwhile, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) mulls intervening in the battle. All 13 episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 premiere June 22 on Netflix.
ARACHNAPHOBIA SEQUEL IS HAPPENING: After helming Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring, James Wan is stepping away from directing horror films. But he is all in for producing them! Deadline reports that he is developing an Arachnaphobia remake with Amblin; original director Frank Marshall has signed on to exec produce.