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The Weekly Wrap: Avengers: Infinity War Sets Records

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The latest Marvel adventure has been setting records at the box-office. Numerous tallies have fallen to the world’s mightiest heroes including the opening weekend record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Avengers: Infinity War raked in USD257.6 million over its opening weekend, breaking the USD247.9 million set by the Star Wars adventure in 2015. LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy sent out a congratulatory message to Marvel Studios through the official Star Wars Twitter page with a rather cool piece of artwork.

DC Developing Streaming Service
swamp-thing_DCWarner Bros and DC are developing a streaming service which will bring an immersive digital experience to their fans. The DC Universe will reportedly have a number of original series developed exclusively for the service including shows based on properties such as Swamp Thing, Titans and Young Justice. Fans will be able to access the service via membership and DC has already setup a landing page for fans to discover more. Check it out here.

First Look: Sabrina the Teenage Witch
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Netflix will be bringing a new Sabrina Teenage Witch to its streaming service. But fans who think they’re getting a light-hearted comedic tale will be in for a disappointment as this version is a lot darker. Based on the ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ book series, this version sees Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka starring as the titular half-human, half-witch character. The series also stars Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, and Ross Lynch. The first look sees Shipka channeling the character. No news yet on when Netflix will premiere the series.

Power Rangers Goes To Hasbro
new_power_rangersIt looks like the Power Rangers is now part of the Transformers family following Hasbro’s acquisition of the intellectual property. Reportedly, Hasbro forked over USD500 million to purchase the Power Rangers from Saban. The deal will see new Power Rangers products hitting stores in Spring 2019. The question of the film franchise is still questionable though. 2017’s live-action Power Rangers film with Lionsgate fizzled at the box-office. But under Hasbro, there may be plans to resurrect the franchise along with its other film properties such as Transformers and G.I. Joe.

Dwayne Johnson Producing Movie Starring John Cena
john_cenaDespite being opponents in the ring, both John Cena and Dwayne Johnson will now collaborate on a new film project. Cena, who is currently making great strides in Hollywood, will star in The Janson Directive, which will be produced by Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production Company. The film, based on the Robert Ludlum novel, was initially supposed to star Johnson as the film’s lead, Paul Janson. But due to the action star’s busy schedule, Johnson has had to back out of it. In his place though, ‘The Rock’ looked to the WWE and cast his onetime opponent in the lead instead.

Disney Looks To The One and Only Ivan
the-one-and-only-ivan-bookKatherine Applegate’s beloved children’s book, The One and Only Ivan, is being adapted into a film at Disney. The live-action/CG adaptation will star Bryan Cranston and feature the voice talents of Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell and Helen Mirren. The film will also star Ramon Rodriquez and Arianna Greenblatt. The film will tell a tale based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall. No release date has been given for the film as yet.

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