Love and Thunder teaser; Title of the film “D&D”; ‘Spider-Verse’ Sequels, ‘Madame Web’ Get Dates; Netflix Cancels ‘Bone’; ‘Ironheart’ Gets Coogler, Directors; Netflix series “Exploding Kittens”

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Spring is coming and showbiz news is blooming. It’s time for another roundup!

Marvel Entertainment has released the long-awaited first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder (see trailer below). In this film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) retires to seek inner peace, but his retirement is cut short by the emergence of Gorr the Butcher God (Christian Bale). Thor then returns to battle the menace, enlisting a team including his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who is surprisingly capable of wielding Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. This film is produced by Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum, and will be directed by Taika Waititi (see “Taika Waititi”), who is also the voice of Korg in the film. The trailer racked up 209 million views in the first 24 hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Paramount Pictures has announced the name of the new Dungeons & Dragons film in a teaser that was unveiled as part of the big J&D news drops this week (teaser below). The film, starring Chris Pine (see “Pine Cast for ‘D&D’ Movie”), Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant, will be titled Honor among thieves. It will be released in theaters on March 3, 2023.

Sony has dated several films in its Spider-Man franchise, according to Deadline. Spider-Man: Through the Spider-VerseJoaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson’s sequel to the hit 2018 animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (see “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Directors”), was moved from October 7, 2022 to June 2, 2023. A third film in the franchiseSpider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse Part IIwas dated March 2029, 2024. Madame Web (see “‘Madame Web'”), with Dakota Johnson (50 shades of gray) was given the date July 7, 2023 (see “Geek Movie Calendar – 2023”).

The Netflix adaptation of Jeff Smith Bone was cancelled, according to The To wrap up and confirmed by co-executive producer Nick Cross on Twitter. The property had been in development as a feature several times over the years; it was the first known attempt as a television series. Netflix’s development deal was announced in 2019 (see “Netflix Gets ‘Bone'”).

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler joined the Stone heart series planned for Disney+ as executive producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sam Bailey (Dear Whites) will direct the first three episodes, and Angela Barnes (Atlanta S4) will direct episodes 4-6. Dominique Thorne will play Riri Williams (see “‘Ironheart’ Series”).

Netflix will launch an animated adult comedy series based on the Explosive kittens tabletop game franchise, the streamer announced. The animated series, titled Explosive kittens, will be about a battle between heaven and hell played out by God and the devil who arrive on Earth in the form of big domestic cats. The series, coming in 2023, will showcase the voice talent of Tom Ellis, Abraham Lim, Lucy Liu, Ally Maki, Mark Proksch and Sasheer Zamata. In May, Netflix will release Explosive Kittens – The Gamea mobile game that features the same gameplay as the original game (see “‘Exploding Kittens'”).

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