JACKIE CHAN, JOHN CENA TALK COLLAB: WWE champ and rising film star John Cena attended the Shanghai International Film Festival in part to meet with (and speak at the panel with) Jackie Chan. They are working together on Project X, a Chinese-funded film using all local crews in China. Scott Waugh also stars. Chan tells The Hollywood Reporter: "In the film, both characters start off as quite normal guys, both retired military and not superheroes." Soon they team up to fight what Chan describes as the "true" enemy. Cena said: "His process never stops. It’s going to be so special. Not only will we make a good movie, I’m going to learn so much."
'ROSEANNE' SPINOFF 'THE CONNERS' ORDERED BY ABC: The Conners will carry on without Roseanne Barr. Variety is reporting that ABC has ordered a "Roseanne" spinoff starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. The new series, "The Conners," will debut this fall and take over the 8 p.m. timeslot that "Roseanne" had been slated to occupy.
MUDBOUND PRODUCER COMPLETES FINANCING FOR FILM VIA CROWDFUNDING: Movie Collective, a new indie film company founded by Cassian Elwes (the producer of Mudbound, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and filmmaker Marcus Markou (Papadopoulos & Sons), has managed to seed its first project via crowdfunding. The campaign raised more than $700,000 by giving investors a 15.6% share of the company. They used Crowdcube for the campaign. Rebecca Hall and Angelica Huston star in the movie, titled Utopia Road. Shooting will begin this summer. In total 528 people invested. Do you contribute to crowdfunding campaigns?
FIRST LOOK AT JOHN MALKOVICH IN THE ABC MURDERS: The BBC and Amazon are sharing the first look at John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in the upcoming adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel, The ABC Murders. Broadcasters also announced new additions to the cast: Shirley Henderson, Kevin McNally and Gregor Fisher. Filming is underway.
DARIA REBOOT WORK RUMORS HEAT UP: MTV has launched MTV Studios with the goal of reviving classic shows for other platforms. (Like Netflix’s reboot of Bravo’s Queer Eye). First up is Daria, dubbed Daria and Jodie, from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Grace Edwards. Details on when and where the show would be available are still being hammered out. The original aired on MTV from 1997-2002. MTV is also said to be rebooting Aeon Flux and The Real World. Are you ready for a Daria reboot?
HURRICANE HEIST PRODUCERS TEAM UP WITH SUPERKOMBAT CEO ON ACTION LABEL: Producers Moshe Diamont (Black Dalia) and Christopher Milburn (Outcast) are teaming up with Superkombat Fighting Championship CEO Eduard Irimia to launch an action-centric film and TV label, SuperFilm. The company will have a presence in L.A., London and Bucharest.