Geekly World News – January 20, 2016

Welcome to the first ever edition of the Geekly World News, the Rogues’ Gallery’s news round up!

First up, we have the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the surprise sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield.
The trailer features John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr., and notably does not feature the found footage style of the first film. The film is directed by up-and-comer Dan Trachtenberg, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what he can do with a feature length film since he released the short film Portal: No Escape in 2011. Now I’ll finally have my answer on March 11th of this year when the film is due to be released.

Next up, Variety reports that Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, is in talks with Netflix about developing a new animated series. As a huge fan of both of his previous shows, this news is extremely exciting to me, but let’s not get our hopes up just yet — even if the story is true, these kinds of talks often do not result in a show actually being made. Still, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Matt Groening at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Neil Patrick Harris is in negotiations to be cast as the villainous Count Olaf in the upcoming Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, an adaptation of the best-selling series of children’s books. Jim Carrey previously portrayed the same role in the 2004 movie of the same name. I loved all of these books when I was a kid, so I’m hoping that this new adaptation will do them justice. Neil Patrick Harris seems like a great casting choice here, so I’m starting to get optimistic.

Neil Patrick Harris in 2011

Consider this one still a rumour, but TVLine is reporting that Netflix is very close to deciding to develop The Punisher, a new Marvel series that would spin off from the upcoming second season of Daredevil, which will be released on March 18th. Slashfilm asked Jeph Loeb, Marvel Television Head, about the possibility of a Punisher-lead series, and he said, “Look, I’m never going to discourage a network from looking at one of our characters and encouraging us to do more. That’s my job, but it’s certainly not how we enter the arena. We go into the arena to tell a story. If we are lucky enough that through the writing, through the direction, through the actor that people want to see more of that person, terrific. That’s certainly not the beginning and the end goal. The beginning goal is always: what is the best 13 episodes of Daredevil season two?” Perhaps fan reaction to Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle, the aforementioned Punisher, will help Netflix and Marvel make their decision.

Bernthal at New York Comic-Con in 2011

Finally, in official news, Marvel and Netflix have announced that Jessica Jones will indeed be getting a second season. I loved the first season and thought Krysten Ritter did a fantastic job in the role of Jessica, so I’m glad that we’ll be getting to see more of her story sooner rather than later.

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

Leave a comment below to tell us if you want to see The Punisher star in his own show. If not, what other Marvel characters would you rather see get the Netflix treatment?
That’s all for today folks, thanks for reading!

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