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New G,I Joe Spinoff Movie in the Works From Paramount, Hasbro (Exclusive). This one will make you chuckle. The job is never done for the real American heroes. Even as they work on Snake-Eyes, Paramount and Hasbro have thrown into development another movie project based on the G.I. Joe toyline. The companies have Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who wrote the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies as well as Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, writing a script for what is described as an ensemble piece. One of the characters in the currently untitled project is said to be Chuckles, who has not appeared in the previous Joe movies. While he is not the center of the film, the project is in deep development and things could change. Chuckles is a character from the 1980s line of action figures who first debuted in 1987 and in the beloved Marvel Comics that same year in issue #60. The character is known for his undercover and infiltration work. Joe, after The Transformers and The Lego Movie franchises, has been one of the more successful toys-to-screen adaptations, with two movies under its belt. While the brand has cooled in recent years, moviewise, Paramount is in the process of redeveloping it not with just a mainline team movie, but with various spinoffs focusing on key characters. Snake Eyes is in preproduction with an Oct. 16, 2020 release date. Appelbaum and Nemec are best know for their television credits, having worked on Alias and as co-creators on a slew of shows such as Life on Mars and Zoo. Their work on Alias and Ghost Protocol did feature plenty of spy craft and undercover shenanigans, making them a natural for the project in the eyes of execs. They are also working on Rainbow Six, the Tom Clancy-based anti-terrorism thriller set up at Paramount with Michael B. Jordan producing. The pair is repped by WME and Sloane Offer. (Hollywood Reporter)

Universal cancels The Hunt release following controversy. In the wake of political uproar over the new thriller The Hunt, in which everyday people are kidnapped and hunted for sport by rich elites, Universal has announced it's canceling the release of the film. "While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film," a Universal Pictures spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. "We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film." Starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank, The Hunt tells the story of rich elites who kidnap normal people from Republican-voting heartland states like Wyoming and Mississippi and then set them loose in the wild to be hunted by people who pay for the privilege. Universal had already paused the film's marketing campaign in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, but now the studio has pulled the plug entirely. It might have something to do with the fact that President Donald Trump launched a Twitter tirade against The Hunt earlier this week. "Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!" Trump wrote in a two-part tweet. "They like to call themselves 'Elite,' but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order ... to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country!" Universal has since taken down its official YouTube links of the movie's trailer, but anyone who has watched them will surely notice that the characters being hunted (such as the one played by Gilpin) are clearly the protagonists/heroes of the story, and the elites hunting them are the malicious villians. But it's now unclear if anyone will ever get to take in the full story. (Entertainment Weekly)

Rose McGowan Ready to Direct "Acting Is in the Past." The former actress isn't abandoning Hollywood as she reveals to The Hollywood Reporter that she's trying to drum up interest in an animated feature and psychological thriller. Rose McGowan may have given up acting -- she says she was blacklisted for exposing sexual misconduct -- but she isn't abandoning Hollywood. After helming a breakout short film titled Dawn, the Charmed and Death Proof star is planning her feature-length debut behind the camera, an animated feature called Pomerania. "It's about a little dog who hides in the closet, and once she comes out of the closet she becomes the queen of a land called Pomerania," McGowan tells The Hollywood Reporter during a stop at the Odessa Film Festival. "And she's at war with Muttlandia, where all the mutts are. So, it's all about race, breed, classism -- and it's very funny." On the other end of the spectrum, McGowan is developing a psychological horror project called Sleepwalk in collaboration with Joshua Miller and Mark Fortin, writers of her 2014 short Dawn. "It's a very haunting story," she says, "about a young girl who sleepwalks a lot, and she blurs what is reality and what is false. It's about how we all do that in our own lives." McGowan says she hopes to begin shooting on Sleepwalk next year but declined to divulge financing details for either of the projects. When it comes to acting, however, McGowan says she is done. "People in Hollywood have not been brave enough to step up for me as I stepped up for them. Because I helped to clean out the system and they haven't been brave in return. So, I do miss performing but I feel like acting is in the past, mostly because of the lack of support that I've gotten." Commenting on her hosts in Odessa, McGowan says, despite the "dire" position of women in the region, she actually sees reason for hope. "In Eastern Europe and Russia, women have a fighting spirit," she says. "So, I believe they are gonna get there. We just need not to live under control. And we need to understand that women are human, just like men are human. And I think if we can see our collective humanity, we could solve this problem." With the next presidential election looming, McGowan says she hasn't yet picked a candidate to support. "God, it's hard," she said. "I guess, as long it's not Donald Trump we're better off. I like Elizabeth Warren, I like Kamala Harris. I actually like Pete Buttigieg. He's an out gay candidate, and he makes the most sense to me." (Hollywood Reporter)

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