Stranger Things 2, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and More – The Weekend Chill

Last Friday, Stephen King revealed in an interview that The Dark Tower TV series, which was initially supposed to be a prequel, would now be a complete reboot of the franchise. That’s understandable given the poor reception the film received earlier this year, and it’s a bit surprising that the people involved haven’t cancelled the plans altogether.

On Monday, CBS All Access ordered a second season for Star Trek: Discovery, which is currently six episodes into its first season. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has said that it will not air before early 2019, given the various production troubles.

We also learnt that Justice League will be the shortest DC Extended Universe film yet, after its official runtime – at 2 hours and 1 minute – was confirmed on Monday by Manabyte. That’s two minutes shorter than last year’s dumpster-fire, Suicide Squad.

USA Today posted some new images and a behind-the-scenes video of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Tuesday, showing director Rian Johnson’s excitement at being on a Star Wars set, a space horse we haven’t seen before, Snoke’s Grand Throne room, and Finn being joined by DJ (Benicio del Toro) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on an undercover mission.

Venom, the Spider-Man spin-off began shooting this week, and Andy Serkis – who isn’t officially attached with the movie – told Yahoo in an interview that Tom Hardy would be playing the character in a mo-cap suit. The reason Serkis knows might have something to do with his performance capture studio, The Imaginarium, but there’s no official word from Sony or Imaginarium on any collaboration.

Logan director James Mangold is working on a X-23 spin-off centred around the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen), who was terrific, in one of this year’s best superhero films. Mangold said it’s thanks to the success of Wonder Woman that the studio is considering a female-centric superhero film.

Netflix released a new trailer for its fantasy thriller Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as cops of distinct species – one human and one orc, respectively – who stumble onto a conspiracy involving fairies. The David Ayer-directed film is out December 22.

Vincent D’Onofrio will return as Wilson Fisk aka the villain Kingpin in the third season of Daredevil, according to Deadline. This only further confirms the “Born Again” storyline, where Fisk finds out the civilian identity of Matt Murdock. Daredevil season 3 doesn’t have a release date yet.

On Thursday, Vin Diesel revealed the return of director Justin Lin, and actress Jordana Brewster (Mia) to the Fast and Furious franchise, via a Facebook live-stream. Lin was responsible for the series’ resurrection of sorts with Fast Five, and his return is much needed given its lacklustre eighth outing earlier this year.

Later that day, Showtime announced that it had picked up The Kingkiller Chronicle – based on the books by Patrick Rothfuss – to series, which involves Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as executive producer and music composer. John Rogers will serve as showrunner, for what is being billed as an origin story set a generation before the book’s events. A film and interactive games are also in development.

And lastly, Seth Rogen confirmed on Twitter that AMC had ordered a third season for Preacher, continuing the adventures of a super-powered preacher, his vampire friend, and his ex-girlfriend as they attempt to literally find God. The show will return in 2018.

That’s all the entertainment news for this week. Welcome back to The Weekend Chill, your one-stop destination for what to watch, play, or listen to this weekend. Here are the best picks:

Stranger Things
The breakout hit of 2016 is back. Stranger Things 2 moves the story forward by a year to 1984, with the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana trying to get their lives back to normal. But with the anniversary of Will Byers’ abduction coming up, he’s having nightmarish visions of the Upside Down, which involve a new “shadow monster”, spotted in trailers.

Hawkins meanwhile has two new characters in Max (Sadie Sink), a tomboy who brings a new dynamic to the AV Club gang, and her step-brother Billy (Dacre Montgomery), who’s a bigger jock than Steve. Eleven is back in season two, though she spends much more time on her own this time around.

We had early access to the full season of nine episodes, and we loved most of what we saw. The show is much more action-packed than the first season, and it never feels padded or slowed down. And as always, there are tons of references to the 80s for that sweet nostalgia fix.