Industry News: Salim Akil, Stan Lee, Colin Farrell and More!
WARNER BROS. INVESTIGATING SALIM AKIL: Shortly after allegations of a domestic violence lawsuit being filed against Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil emerged, Warner Bros. TV announced it would launch an investigation into the CW series. In a complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, Amber Drixon Brenner accused him of "non-consensual assault and battery." He has not been suspended from the show. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE TO BID FAREWELL TO STAN LEE: Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse drops December 14th, and it will be the sixth major film this year alone to feature a cameo by the legendary Stan Lee. It will be the first one released following his death at age 95 on November 12th. The filmmakers recently spoke about the scene to The Hollywood Reporter (no spoilers). "It was important to us that his character was important to the plot," said Bob Perischetti, another member of the directing trio. "And we achieved that, his character has a key moment and gives Miles a talisman." In all, Lee has appeared in more than three dozen films over the past two decades. COLIN FARRELL JOINS MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY IN TOFF GUYS: Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys has recruited Colin Farrell to join his all-star cast, which includes Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant and Jeremy Strong. The Miramax feature is said to be a return to Ritchie’s roots, along the lines of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Michelle Dockery replaces Kate Beckinsale as McConaughey’s—a weed business guru—wife. DAREDEVIL CANCELED BY NETFLIX: Marvel series are not faring well at Netflix. Daredevil, which kicked off the Marvel Universe on the streaming giant, has been axed after three seasons. This comes after Netflix pulled the plug on Iron Fist and Luke Cage last month. However, fans can take comfort in the news that the Daredevil character will live on in future Marvel projects. "We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future," the company said in a statement. HAPPY DEATH DAY2U TRAILER DROPS: Happy Dead Day2U, an upcoming Valentine’s Day murder-comedy, has dropped a new trailer. The first film brought in $123 million, with Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard back in action.