Doddle Digest: Star Trek TV Shows, Creed II, and More!

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

We’ve got a lot of news this week which includes our first look at Creed II via a brand new trailer that just dropped. We’ll also check in to see how Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is coming along (spoilers: badly), The Batman jumping universes, Samuel L. Jackson on not appearing in Black Panther, and upheaval in Star Trek on television.

Creed II

First up we have a brand new trailer for the second Creed film. You can check that out here and below!

Creed was a beautiful film which led director Ryan Coogler directly to Marvel’s Black Panther. I really loved the hell out of Creed as it took important cues from the Rocky films and spun them into interesting places and dealt with the legacy of Adonis Creed’s father. This film looks like it will do the same, taking the storyline from Rocky IV where Apollo Creed was killed and having the demons from that story haunt Adonis.

Black Panther Will Meet Nick Fury

Speaking of Black Panther, it looks like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will meet up with the King of Wakanda sooner or later. While speaking with ET Online, Jackson went on to describe how much he wished he was part of Black Panther and actually pitched being part of the movie.

He should’ve been there. He should have been somewhere — maybe in that casino in Korea when all of that stuff jumped off. Just so you could say, ‘Oh, Nick Fury is out in the world looking for whatever the evil in the world is.’ He’s just there and is kind of like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s that Black Panther dude.’ ‘Cause there’s no way in the world he doesn’t know where Wakanda is or what vibranium is or any of that, because he’s Nick Fury. It was just like, ‘Ehh, nah. We’re good. Nick Fury and Black Panther will meet somewhere. But not there.’

At least we know that they’ll meet eventually.

Star Trek Television

Loads of news on the Star Trek front for the small screen! We’ll start with a shake-up behind the scenes where, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek: Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been fired and replaced with Alex Kurtzman. The report indicates that the showrunners were abusive to the writing staff which was a direct cause for them being removed.

I am not a big fan of Kurtzman leading the writer’s room as I don’t think he’s a particularly good writer—especially for something as high-brow as Star Trek is supposed to be. But if it’s between them and abusive showrunners I have to agree with CBS in this firing.

What else is very interesting is that a report from Variety states that Kurtzman inked a $25 million deal to develop multiple new Star Trek shows over the next five years. Variety says there are five series being developed:

  • A series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The duo currently serve as co-showrunners on the Hulu-Marvel series “Runaways” and are best known for creating shows like “Gossip Girl” and the CW’s reboot of Dynasty.
  • A limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.
  • A limited series based around the “Wrath of Khan” story. Khan’s full name is Khan Noonien Singh. He was famously portrayed by Ricardo Montalbán in both the original series episode “Space Seed” and again in the film “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan.” Benedict Cumberbatch then played the character in the 2013 film “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
  • An animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps.

Another THR report seems to indicate that there is at least one of the series being produced will see Patrick Stewart return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. That sounds like an extraordinary coup if they get the greenlight!

I have to say that the most surprising piece of news this week is that Patrick Stewart led limited series. This would be the first time we would get to see what happened to the character after the events of the four Next Generation films. I just fear that they’ll create a more J.J. Abrams type series which will dredge up memories of Star Trek: Nemesis and weaves in and out of Discovery. Stewart brings class to everything he does and helped Next Gen carve its own path away from the original series.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

I don’t believe in curses except in this particular case as Terry Gilliam’s long gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has hit another major snag. Indiewire has reported that the Paris Court of Appeal reversed an initial ruling granting Gilliam the rights to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and has ruled in favor of the film’s former producer Paul Branco. The producer has said that Gilliam was in breach of their contract when the director made the movie—and the appeals court judge has ruled in Branco’s favor.

Gilliam was finally able to shoot and finish his film and screen it at Cannes. This wasn’t the first time he attempted to shoot the film (last time starring Johnny Depp) which became the fascinating documentary Lost in La Mancha which was filmed as the project fell apart. A sequel to that documentary is being made right now and, considering the mess the film is in, it looks like it will be just dramatic. Let’s hope there’s a better ending this time.

The Batman Might Move to the Joker Universe

This bit of news comes from The Superhero News Show (via ScienceFiction.com) which has said that Matt Reeves’s standalone movie The Batman may take place in the same universe as the Joaquin Phoenix starring Joker film. If you’re just catching up, there are two Joker movies in development right now: one starring Phoenix and the other starring Jared Leto who debuted as the clown prince of crime in the badly received Suicide Squad.

The Phoenix led film is apparently said to take place in a separate universe dubbed DC Dark or DC Black. Reeves’ The Batman has long been rumored to be recasting the role of Batman so that would make some kind of sense that it would take place in a separate continuity. Right now, there are just discussions about this so it isn’t set in stone.

Warner Bros. has made an absolute mess of the DC property by trying to rush headlong into a shared universe so maybe they should just focus on creating good movies first and worry about connecting them later. Actually, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros. film chairman Toby Emmerich said exactly that:

I think the good movies work better. Somebody once said the best business strategy in motion pictures in quality. And I think in a world of Rotten Tomatoes and social media, what’s been proven the better the movie — particularly in the superhero genre — the better it performs. You can’t hide the bacon anymore.

It’s bizarre that they’re just learning that now.

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