It’s undoubtedly been a difficult few weeks. The list of men accused of misconduct and sexual abuse in Hollywood continues to grow as more victims find the courage to tell their stories. We can only hope that this wave will lead to an overall positive change of culture, creating a safer place for all and paving the way for a more diverse and welcoming creative field.
Bryan Singer, eXposed
The latest man facing accusations is director Bryan Singer. Singer, best known for helming the entire X-Men film franchise (as well as serving as executive producer on X-Men shows like Legion and The Gifted) is now being sued over an allegation that in 2003 he raped Cesar Sanchez-Guzman when he was just 17 years old.
It seems Singer’s abhorrent and predatory behavior was an open secret in Hollywood. When the Weinstein allegations were first surfacing, Evan Rachel Wood said in a now deleted tweet, “Yeah lets not forget Brian [sic] Singer either.” In November, Jessica Chastain tweeted something similar, saying simply “Let us not forget,” and linking to an article of Singer’s past allegations. Singer has had allegations leveled at him for years, from a lawsuit alleging that he crossed the line with minors on the set of Apt Pupil in 1997 to yet another sexual-abuse allegation in 2014 by Michael F. Egan III. His money, power, and fame has, until now, allowed him to go completely unscathed.
Singer’s production company, Bad Hat Harry, will be leaving the Twentieth Century Fox lot. The USC School of Cinematic Arts will also remove Singer’s name from its Division of Cinema & Media Studies program.
Cool Projects from Cool People
After Netflix severed ties with Kevin Spacey, who was accused by numerous parties of sexual assault, the fate of House of Cards hung in the air. The New York Times has now stated that season six will be its last, and it will focus on Robin Wright’s character.
Hulu and HBO Asia are co-producing Miss Sherlock, a reimagining of the Arthur Conon Doyle tale starring two Japanese women as Sherlock and Watson. The show will premiere in April of next year.
BBC One will be adapting novelist Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, a story set in the final days of slavery in Jamaica.
BBC’s Orphan Black is getting a Japanese version remake. It will be the first iteration of the show since the BBC America version and will star South Korean actress and singer Kang Ji-Young.
Game of Thrones director Matt Shakman to is set to direct a live action version of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth, a classic children’s fantasy story where a boy acquires a magical tollbooth and travels to a magical land.
FX is moving ahead with producing a Welcome to Nightvale TV show! Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the podcast, will serve as executive producers for the series.
Underground creator Misha Green is set to write and produce a remake of the 1973 blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones. According to Deadline, the film will present Jones as the “female answer to James Bond.”
Marvel is working on some diverse animated titles that we’re excited about. They announced the 2018 film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, which will star characters like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, America Chavez, and Spider Gwen (to be called Ghost-Spider). In conjunction with Sony, they also released a gorgeous new trailer for an upcoming animated film starring Miles Morales, entitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
- We now have a Battle Angel: Alita trailer; opinions seem to be split about the full-body use of CGI on Rosa Salazar, particularly in regards to her eyes.
- We also got a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer this week. Folks, I’m not feeling particularly interested in or impressed by this one.
- The Disney and Fox deal seems to be chugging ahead, with both sides now bringing in bankers to finalize the fine print. We’ll have to wait and see what this means for the future of some beloved franchises — and more importantly, what this means for the overall media landscape as well.