Welcome back Studio Coffee Folks! Today we’re rounding up a collection of HBO news, as well as taking a look at the Hunting Season, a collaboration between James Wan and John Wick writer Derek Kolstad.
The Hunting Season unites James Wan and John Wick writer Derek Kolstad
The Conjuring director James Wan and John Wick writer Derek Kolstad will adapt The Hunting Season, Frank M. Robinson’s sci-fi time-travel novelette, with help from Transformers producer Don Murphy. It’s set in a militaristic society where the impoverished are sent back in time to be hunted by the bourgeoisie, and follows a law officer who’s punished in this way and given three days to survive in a new, old world. Robinson is remembered as a preeminent 20th century sci-fi writer, and speech writer for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Wan’s Atomic Monster will produce The Hunting Season with Murphy’s Angry Films banner, per THR.
In related John Wick news, the franchise’s fourth entry, has found its new release date after facing COVID delays. It’s now slated for May 27, 2022, one year later than anticipated.
HBO renews Issa Rae comedy, Insecure
Insecure is all set for another season thanks to a Friday renewal from HBO. Issa Rae stars in and created the series with Larry Wilmore, using her Awkward Black Girl webseries as a basis. Currently, the show is three episodes into its 10-episode fourth season, having debuted on April 12 with supporting cast Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Natasha Rothwell, Amanda Seales and Alexander Hodge. Since its 2016 debut, the series has seen several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, and has even won the Peabody Award.
And HBO Max signs a deal with Hulu
That’s not all HBO was up to this weekend. As more folks wonder about how they’ll be able to access its revamped streaming service, HBO announced a new bundle with Disney-owned Hulu. It’s another reach across the aisle from aisle, with the recent news that HBO Max is also bringing customers who subscribe through Apple into a free streaming upgrade. The situation here is comparable. The two companies are arranging an “add-on” model to allow Hulu subscribers to bundle an HBO Max subscription. Essentially, the deal will allow customers to pay for both Hulu and HBO Max in one fell swoop – and is even offering a $12 a month deal for those subscribing with partner platforms, per Deadline.
Janelle Monae’s Antebellum is rescheduled for August
Janelle Monae’s Lionsgate horror movie, Antebellum, has recently been rescheduled for an August 21 release date in North American theaters. The film, which faced COVID delays, stars Monae as a successful author Veronica Henley, after she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality where she is a 19th century slave in the Southern United States, indentured side-by-side with her ancestors. Antebellum also stars Marque Richardson, Eric Lange, Jack Huston and Kiersey Clemons. Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz direct their own screenplay and have also recently lined up another horror project with Lionsgate titled Rapture.
A new G.I. Joe movie is on the way – just don’t call is a sequel
Paramount and Hasbro have ordered up a Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe sequel – but it’s not exactly a sequel. Per THR, Seberg writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are currently in negotiations for the project which aims to expand the world of G.I. Joe itself, rather than doing a deeper dive into the title character. No details are certain as of yet, although Snake Eyes is scheduled for an October premiere. Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding stars as the title character and Robert Schwentke directs.