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Disney Is Developing an Adaptation of Carlos Hernandez’s Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

Disney has tapped John Wick and Grand Hotel producer Eva Longoria and Grand Hotel producer Ben Spector to develop an adaptation of Carlos Hernandez YA novel Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, about a teenager named Sal who can reach through time and space to retrieve things, and his new friend Gabi, who is determined to put that power to good use.

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Howard Shore Is Reportedly Joining Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series

Ever since Amazon announced that it would produce a series set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, a big question that’s hung over the production has been how well it will line up with the existing adaptations of the classic novels. Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-shot films have undoubtedly cemented the image of Middle-earth in the minds of many viewers, and the studio has filmed its first season in the country, which should provide some visual continuity for viewers.

Jackson isn’t involved in the series, although he did take some meetings with Amazon, but the studio has apparently courted another major figure who helped define the series: Howard Shore, the composer who produced the scores for all of Jackson’s Middle-earth-set films.

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Watch the First Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro’s films are always worth watching: the acclaimed director is renowned for his intricate and beautiful worlds, and while he’s probably best known for his genre stories like Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Shape of Water, his next film looks as though it’s going to take place in a slightly more realistic world.

That doesn’t mean that the world through his eyes is any less beautiful. Fox Searchlight has just released a first teaser for del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, and it looks like it’ll be a tense, creepy ride.

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Empire Director Sanaa Hamri Joins Wheel of Time Season 2

Amazon’s fantasy series Wheel of Time might be gearing up to release its first season in November, but work is progressing behind the scenes on the show’s second season. According to Deadline, the studio has hired Empire director Sanaa Hamri to helm half of the show’s second season, and she’ll also serve as one of the season’s executive producers.

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Warner Bros. Eyeing Batman Spinoff Featuring Colin Farrell’s Penguin

Matt Reeves’ The Batman (pictured above) might not appear in theaters until 2022, but Warner Bros. is apparently planning on keeping that particular story going after it does so. According to Deadline, the studio has begun development on a spinoff series featuring the rise of Colin Farrell’s Penguin, describing it as “Scarface-like.”

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Halloween Kills Will Debut in Theaters and on Peacock Simultaneously

Michael Myers is coming back once again, this time in a new sequel to the original 1978 film (following 2018’s Halloween, itself a direct sequel) that helped kick off the slasher genre. Halloween Kills is set to debut on October 15th, and when it does, it’ll do so both in theaters and on Universal’s streaming service, Peacock.

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Check Out This Awesome Murderbot Cosplay

Atlanta’s annual Dragon Con took place over the weekend, and while the convention handed out this year’s Dragon Awards over the weekend, the con is probably best known as one of the biggest destinations for cosplayers.

Among the costumes there this year? An excellent take on Martha Wells’ Murderbot, constructed by Ohio-based cosplayer Christopher Hunter.

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You Can Now Listen to Hans Zimmers’ Dune Sketchbook Soundtrack

Dune is a super-sized book, and Warner Bros. is going all out to make sure that its release in theaters (and on HBO Max) will be just as big. Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation is surrounded by a constellation of tie-ins, as well as three soundtracks.

With just weeks to go before the film’s release, Watertower Music released one of those soundtracks, The Dune Sketchbook to various music streaming services and retailers, and has released the entire thing for free on YouTube.

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