'Tuca & Bertie' Revived for Second Season by Adult Swim After Netflix Cancelation

Tuca & Bertie is getting a second wind. Following Netflix’s cancelation of Lisa Hanawalt‘s critically acclaimed animated comedy after just one season, Adult Swim has swooped in to pick up Tuca & Bertie for a second season. Tuca and Bertie season 2 has been greenlit for a 10-episode order by the network, which has slated the release for 2021.

Created by Hanawalt and produced by Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-WaksbergTuca & Bertie seemed like it had everything going for it. A flashy Netflix debut, a star-studded cast lead by Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong at the height of their comedic prowess, and critical raves praising the animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women. But to everyone’s shock, Netflix canceled Tuca & Bertie after just one season — leaving fans of the show to do little but join the throngs of embittered Twitter users barraging Netflix’s Twitter account with requests to save their favorite series. But there was still hope that Tuca & Bertie could be saved by an outside network, which Haddish was confident would come true. And this week, Adult Swim made it happen.

Adult Swim announced (via IndieWire) that Tuca & Bertie will return for a 10-episode season 2 on the WarnerMedia network. Haddish, Wong, Steven Yeun, and the rest of the main cast are set to return for the season, which is slated for release in 2021.

“I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I’m thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation,” Hanawalt said. Hanawalt celebrated the rescue of her show on Twitter, with a teaser image for season 2, showing Tuca and Bertie celebrating the good news.

Hanawalt created and executive produces Tuca and Bertie, with Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, Haddish, and Wong also serving as executive producers. The series is produced by Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company and the animation will be done at Shadowmachine.

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Luca Guadagnino to remake Scarface with Coen brothers script

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is to take on the long-gestating new version of classic gangster film Scarface.

According to Variety, Guadagnino is the latest director installed on a project that goes back to at least 2011. There are two previous versions: the 1932 original starring Paul Muni and directed by Howard Hawks, and the 1983 reworking with Al Pacino and directed by Brian De Palma.

The new production has a choppy history. Martin Bregman, who produced the De Palma film, was named as a producer, with Harry Potter’s David Yates lined up to direct a script by David Ayer. In 2014 it was reported that Pablo Larrain, the Chilean director of No, The Club and Jackie, was set to take over directing duties, with a script from Homicide: Life on the Street’s Paul Attanasio that focused on “a Mexican hustler in Los Angeles”. Subsequent reports suggested that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) had at one point been set to direct, and after Fuqua left the project, a script by the Coen brothers was about to be filmed with Diego Luna in the lead role.

The Variety report says Guadagnino will be working from the Coens’ script, with The Batman’s Dylan Clark on board as producer. (Bregman died in 2018.)

Guadagnino was Oscar-nominated for best picture for Call Me By Your Name, the Italian-set romance starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, and has since completed a remake of the Dario Argento horror film Suspiria, with Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton.

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New 'Tiger King' Episode in the Works at Netflix, Will Focus on Siegfried & Roy

Netflix is more than happy to turn Tiger King into a brand name. So much so that they’re already working on a new episode of the series that will focus on a completely different topic. Rather than touch on the strange story of Joe Exotic, this new Tiger King episode will focus on the 2003 tiger mauling attack during a Siegfried & Roy show.

You want more Tiger King? You’ve got it. But it won’t be what you expect. THR says they received a call from someone who worked on the docuseries, and that the call revealed what could be coming next:

Dr. James Liu, a wildlife veterinarian and field biologist who is the associate director of the Turtle Conservancy, contacted The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, requesting contact information for Chris Lawrence, a former tiger handler for Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas show. Lawrence received national media attention in March 2019 when he was profiled in THR about his 15-year battle with PTSD following the infamous attack, which left Roy Horn permanently injured. (The handler, who was onstage during the mauling, disputed what he termed the pair’s “romanticized” narrative of what had occurred, detailing a mix of Horn’s own operational failures and errors as the culprit.)

Liu added that he was working on “a follow-up episode, under the Tiger King name.” He also added that the hope is for this new episode to make up for some of the criticisms lobbed against the original Tiger King series, most of which revolve around the tone of the show, and how it portrayed some of its subjects. However, Goode Films, producers of Tiger King, told THR that it was “untrue that the direction is going in a more conservational route.” Make of that what you will.

Siegfried & Roy were magicians who often performed with white lions and white tigers. Their popular Las Vegas stage act came to an end when Roy Horn was mauled by a tiger on stage in 2003. The attack came right around the time Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks were set to debut Father of the Pride, a digitally animated series about a family of white lions who work as part of Siegfried & Roy’s show. Roy Horn died this month due to complications from the coronavirus.

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Daily Podcast: Taika Waititi's Star Wars, Nicolas Cage’s Tiger King, Michael Jackson’s Spider-Man, Hercules, Transformers, GI Joe, Demolition Man 2 & More – /Film

On the May 4, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and tv news, including Taika Waititi’s Star Wars, Nicolas Cage’s Tiger King, Michael Jackson’s Spider-Man, Hercules, Transformers, GI Joe, Demolition Man 2 and more.

Opening Banter: Happy May the Fourth!

In The News:

  • Chris: New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Coming From Director Taika Waititi
    • What do we think of Taika as a director? 
    • Have you seen his Mandalorian episode?
    • Do we think this is a new story? If not, what character/story would you think Taika would work best with?

    All the other stuff you need to know:

    • You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.
    • /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. 
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Fandango Buys Vudu – What Could This Mean for the Future of the Service?

We’re quarantined for the foreseeable future, and since many people are now spending more time than ever watching things at home, we’re paying extra attention to an acquisition announced today which might end up affecting how your digital library of movies and television operates. Fandango has just entered into an agreement to purchase Vudu from Walmart, which presents a number of interesting possibilities for the future. Let’s break down a few of them.

Vudu’s official blog (via Deadline) has an announcement about Fandango buying Vudu, so let’s take a look at what implications this could have for users everywhere.

FandangoNow Could Eventually Absorb Vudu

As of right now, all of the official messaging says that Vudu will not be shut down – it will apparently continue to operate, users will continue to have access to their libraries, promotion codes will still valid, and “nothing about your experience on any Vudu apps across devices will be different.” That’s good news in the short term, but I wonder if that decision will stick.

On the FAQ page, the question is posed if FandangoNow, FandangoNow, the streaming arm of Fandango, and Vudu are both going to remain separate entities. “Our priority is to ensure that Vudu customers and partners are given the highest level of service during this time of transition,” the answer reads. “So, there will be no immediate changes to either service. In the months ahead, we will explore ways to bring great online entertainment experiences to our valued customers.” Sounds like they’re leaving the door open for the possibility of making a change down the road, and if FandangoNow eventually absorbs Vudu altogether, that may cause some problems.

Right now, if you buy a movie on Vudu, it will be available there as well as services like iTunes, Amazon, Movies Anywhere, and FandangoNow – unless the film is from one of the few studios, like Paramount or Lionsgate, that are not participating in the Movies Anywhere consortium. So let’s say you bought Lionsgate’s La La Land on Vudu: right now, that’s the only service where your movie is accessible. If FandangoNow effectively shutters Vudu and absorbs that service, would that La La Land purchase port over? It’s unclear if they’ll go the extra mile to merge those purchases into a single library.

Will the Disc to Digital Program Survive?

Currently, Vudu has a disc to digital program which, for as little as $2 apiece and 100 times per year, lets users scan the barcodes of their physical media disks and receive a digital copy. (It costs $5 to upscale a DVD to HD.) This program helps Walmart because it motivates physical disc sales, but once Fandango takes ownership of Vudu, I can imagine it falling by the wayside. Fandango likely does not want to encourage the ownership of physical media, because they’re focused on ticket and digital sales. So if I were a Vudu user, I’d be scrambling to convert as many movies as possible just in case (and crossing my fingers that they figure out a way to port over purchases from all studios, regardless of whether or not they participate in Movies Anywhere).

Potential Benefits

FandangoNow is obviously under the same corporate umbrella as Fandango, the movie ticket purchasing site. Perhaps they could leverage that access point to their advantage and offer a synergistic deal, like purchasing a more expensive movie ticket from Fandango to see a film in theaters and then receiving a digital copy of that movie on FandangoNow (or Vudu, if they do end up keeping it alive). With the coronavirus pandemic changing the industry perception of theatrical windows (thanks in part to Trolls World Tour, which hails from NBCUniversal, the same company that owns Fandango), maybe the company could give folks an extra incentive by offering a deal for an upcharged theatrical ticket and granting access to a digital copy a few days before the rest of the world gets it.

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Daily Podcast: Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars, Darren Aronofsky’s Batman, Rogue One, The Shining, Myst and More – /Film

On the April 17, 2020 Episode of /Film Daily, Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and tv news, including Rogue One, The Shining, Myst, Darren Aronofsky’s Batman and Steven Spielberg’s Star Wars.

 

At The News:

  • Chris: Cinemark Hopes to Start Reopening Movie Theaters in July
  • Ben: San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Has Officially Been Cancelled 
  • Chris: Cannes Film Festival Cancelation Still Seems Likely, But Organizers Hoping to Make Something Happen This Year
  • Ben: 20 Things We Learned From the New ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Commentary: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ References, Alternate Titles, Cassian’s Backstory, and More
  • Chris: ‘The Shining’ TV Series, ‘Justice League Dark’ Coming From Bad Robot & HBO Max
  • Ben: ‘Myst’ TV Series in the Works From ‘X-Men: First Class’ Writer Ashley Edward Miller
  • Chris: Darren Aronofsky’s Batman Movie Was To Star Joaquin Phoenix
  • Ben: Steven Spielberg May Have Saved Babu Frik’s Life in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

All the other stuff you need to know:

  • You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.
  • /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. 
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