Welcome back Studio Coffee Folks! Today’s news brings you several new quarantine activities, including the brand new AFI Movie Club and Netflix US’ addition of The Matrix trilogy to its library. That and more, right here.
And ICYMI, we’ve also got a fresh list of escapist sci-fi movies.
Miss talking movies with friends? Join the new AFI film club
The American Film Institute and Steven Spielberg are bringing people together (virtually) with the new AFI Movie Club, described as “a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty,” per Deadline. Going forward, AFI will pick a movie a day for anyone to join in on. Those who participate will get access archive material including “fun facts and family discussion points.” To join in on the fun, head over to AFI.com/MovieClub to find details on what the movie of the day is and where to watch. AFI plans to continue with this plan for the foreseeable future. Spielberg had the honor of choosing the first movie, The Wizard of Oz, citing its timely message, “there’s no place like home.”
Robots deserve love, too in Edgar Wright’s next movie
Edgar Wright is planning to adapt the upcoming novel, Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson. Wright’s known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver and is in the midst of production on Last Night in Soho. Once that’s wrapped, he’ll begin work on this project; a story of a robot in love. Per THR, Set My Heart to Five follows Jared, an android dentist, who develops emotions following recent viewings of ‘80s and ‘90s movies. He’s motivated to advocate for android rights to feel, which leads him to the West Coast, where he dreams of meeting his programmer and writing a movie. Anybody else really want to read this? Working Title Films, which is also working with Wright on Last Night in Soho, nabbed the book rights early on. Stephenson will script the movie himself.
More Law & Order as Christopher Meloni returns
Law & Order: SVU will spin off in a 13-episode series starring Christopher Meloni, who’s reprising his role as Elliot Stabler from the original series. Dick Wolf writes the series for NBC as the first in a recently inked five-year, nine-figure, multi-platform deal with Universal Television. The spinoff will follow Stabler as he leads the NYPD organized crime unit, presenting potential for crossovers with neighboring dramas. Meloni worked on SVU for 12 seasons and his exit from the show resulted in the character retiring from the police force. The new series finds itself at home amongst four other Wolf series, including SVU and the three Chicago series.
A few more classics to add to your quarantine watch list
The Matrix was released 21 years ago today!
and at midnight tonight, The Matrix Trilogy will be available on Netflix US pic.twitter.com/ZfbSDyUJzO
— Netflix (@netflix) March 31, 2020
If there’s a Matrix sized hold in your heart, the original streamer has got you covered. Last night at midnight, Netflix US launched the entire trilogy for its subscribers (and their friends). Created by the Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves, the series is a classic of the sci-fi and action genre. Following the third movie, Reeves went on a bit of a hiatus from the spotlight, returned with the beloved John Wick franchise and that fame sparked the hope for a Matrix 4, which is set to hit theaters on May 21, 2021. For now, check out the original three, only on Netflix.
Netflix drops a trailer for its high stakes teen drama, Outer Banks
Outer Banks is Netflix’s upcoming teenage drama following the disappearance of a boy’s father, his friends’ effort to figure out what happened – and to find the millions they think he ran with. Of course, along the way these North Carolina kids fall in love with each other and make terrible choices, too. Anybody else get Riverdale vibes? Starring Chase Stokes, Rudy Pankow, Jonathan Daviss and Madison Bailey, Outer Banks hits Netflix on April 15.