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Shonda Rhimes revealed Friday that she’s producing eight new series for Netflix.
“This is Shondaland 2.0,” she said in a statement, referring to her production company. Netflix hired Rhimes away from ABC in a deal reportedly worth more than $150 million.
She told the New York Times she was looking forward to shows that would go beyond the boundaries of her offerings for ABC, such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and others.
The documentary “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s award-winning reimagining of the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. https://t.co/klqbHmrTAt
“It would be really amazing to me at some point down the line — not now — if somebody said, ‘There was a Shonda for Shondaland?’” Rhimes told the Times. “It needs to be bigger than me.”
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the Times that “more than half” of Netflix’s 124 million subscribers have watched a Shondaland show, making her a natural partner for the streaming company.
The first batch of shows to come out of that relationship will include a series on the migration of African Americans from the Jim Crow South based on the book The Warmth of Other Suns and a reimagining of The Nutcracker.
#Scandal vet @ChrisVanDusen will adapt Julia Quinn’s best-selling Bridgerton novels into a series that offers a smart, feminist take on Regency England romance & unveils the wealthy, sexual, painful, funny and sometimes lonely lives in London’s high society marriage mart. https://t.co/JWNQ68Hn1t
A number of longtime collaborators and award-winning writers and directors will join Rhimes in creating the shows, according to Netflix. No release dates for any of the projects were announced Friday.
The original series ran from 1997 through 2003 on (now defunct networks) the WB and UPN. It starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular heroine who battled vampires and demons by night and the horrors of high school (and later college and adulthood) by day.
The show’s setting will be contemporary, richly diverse, and build on the mythology of the original show, BuzzFeed News has learned.
They’re making a revamped BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. My old version of BUFFY will still exist and still be awesome and this new one could also exist and be awesome at the same time! See how I did that, Ghost bros?
The good news is if they make a black Buffy the Vampire Slayer they won’t kill her after a few episodes.
God, #Buffy is trending… This goddamn reboot can’t really happen. Please don’t… I think I might cry, I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and cutting into my heart.. Please don’t…
“Hey here’s your favorite thing but you start COMPLETELY OVER and it’s all new characters and basically a completely different show” – why not keep it in the same universe, with a new slayer rather than a new Buffy? I’d love a show where we can get cameos from the Scoobies
A black Buffy isn’t a cool concept it’s insulting and lazy on so many levels. This is such a bad idea.
I’d be here for a show based in the same universe & lore, say for instance around Fray (the comic), but Buffy comes from a very specific moment in media history, especially feminist media history. I’m afraid no matter how talented the folks involved are, it wouldn’t live up to it
I already have to deal with this JOKE of a reboot for Charmed, now you want to mess with Buffy?! Literally my two favorite shows of all time and two of the most influential shows ever……just try to be creative for ONCE and make something new! https://t.co/pkZOIKFLT3
Representatives for the Black-ish star said he “unequivocally disputes the claim.”
Anthony Anderson, one of the stars of the ABC sitcom Black-ish, is denying any wrongdoing after police confirmed he is the subject of a criminal investigation.
“He was listed in a crime report as a suspect and the investigation is ongoing,” a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
The spokesperson said they could not provide further details about the alleged incident, nor when the crime report was taken, due to the ongoing investigation.
A spokesperson for Anderson told BuzzFeed News, “It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false.”
“The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter,” the spokesperson added. “Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.”
Earlier on Friday, The Blast reported that an unnamed woman had alleged to police the actor had assaulted her.
A spokesperson for ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates or follow BuzzFeed News on Twitter.
Jamie Lee Curtis, star of the upcoming Halloween movie, said she chose to return to the iconic horror franchise because she was inspired amid the #MeToo movement by the idea of a woman taking back “the narrative” of her life.
Speaking to the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, Curtis reflected upon how her character, Laurie Strode, had been long tormented by a “random act of violence” when she was just 17. (The new film takes place 40 years after the original Halloween film and ignores the sequels completely.)
“This is a girl who, 40 years later, never had any mental health services. … She was raised in the Midwest. I’m sure they sent her back to school two days later,” Curtis said. “And yet she has carried the trauma and PTSD of someone who was attacked randomly.”
The actor said that returning to the role appealed to her because “there comes a point where you say, I am not my trauma — the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim.”
“And that, weirdly enough, seems to be a bit of a thing in the world,” Curtis said, highlighting a moment from Sunday’s ESPY awards, where more than 100 women abused by disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
“When all of those women stood on stage, while that MF … rots in prison, those women stood there and said, ‘You do not control our narrative anymore.’”
Curtis on where we meet her character in the new Halloween film, which ignores the other movies in the franchise save for the original. #SDCC https://t.co/skB6uKhee3
As for the Laurie Strode fans will see in this new movie, Curtis said her character has been profoundly changed by her PTSD.
“Trauma is real, and the effects of PTSD and trauma on human beings is profound,” she said. “And I think she did the thing that most people do: They drink too much, they bang into people, they try to do relationships.
“She lives in complete isolation, basically, waiting for him [Michael Myers] to come back because she knows he’s going to.”
James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis are all starring in the third installment of the Unbreakable trilogy.
The first trailer for Glass, the third film in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series, debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.
The film, a sequel to 2016’s Split and 2000’s Unbreakable, sees James McAvoy return as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 split personalities, including the animal-like The Beast, who abducts and devours women.
Also receiving top billing is Bruce Willis as David Dunn, the security guard from the 2000 film who survived a deadly train crash to discover he has superhuman strength.
And, of course, Samuel L. Jackson is back as Elijah Price, aka the super smart, yet super fragile, Mr. Glass.
Jackson told fans at a Comic-Con panel he was proud to sign on to the film because of the complexity of the character.
Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story also makes her debut in the series as a doctor treating people with delusions of being superheroes.
When it was released in 2016, Split wasn’t marketed as a sequel to Unbreakable, but (spolier!) Willis’s surprise appearance at the end of the film confirmed they take place in the same universe.