BUZZ News Shorts: Meg, The Mist, The Killing Joke, The Dark Tower & More


••• The Deadpool effect continues? According to Entertainment Weekly, Warners’ new animated version of classic Batman tale The Killing Joke has officially been rated R in the States which equates to a 15 over here in the UK. “From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros Animation to remain faithful to the original story, regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” says Sam Register, president of Warner Bros Animation & Warner Digital Series. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”

••• Jason Statham is set to star in Meg, a giant prehistoric shark movie which seems to have been in development Hell since Steve Alten’s novel came out in 1997. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is set to direct the film from a script by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Independence Day: Resurgence). [via The Hollywood Reporter]

••• Although originally commissioned as a pilot, Spike’s TV series The Mist will now go straight to a series. It is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name that inspired the 2007 Frank Darabont movie The Mist. Not to be confused with John Carpenter’s The Fog which was similar but a bit thicker. “From the brilliant mind of Stephen King and the incredible production team at TWC-Dimension TV, The Mist will take audiences on a thrilling ride through a small town grappling with a mysterious and shocking horror,” says Spike boss Sharon Levy. [via Coming Soon]

••• Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Nightmare On Elm Street] has nabbed himself two new fantasy roles. He’ll be central bad guy The Terror in Amazon’s new live-action version of The Tick, while in Sony’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which begins filming this week, he will play vampire leader Sayre, a humanoid who fears no one. [via Coming Soon]

••• Lionsgate and Saban have revealed the logo for the new Power Rangers movie.




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