Quick News: Avengers, Bond, WGA, Patriot, Mary

Square Enix’s Avengers Game
Shaun Escayg, the creative director on last year’s “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” who has also worked on “The Last of Us” and “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” is leaving Naughty Dog after seven years with the studio.

His new home? It appears to be Square Enix where he’s teaming with “Tomb Raider” series developer Crystal Dynamics on their secretive project based on Marvel’s “Avengers” direct announced a year ago. [Source: CBM]

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“James Bond” film series producer Barbara Broccoli hasn’t ruled out either a woman or person of color eventually taking on the iconic role of 007 once Daniel Craig wraps the role with his next film opening late 2019. She tells The Daily Mail this week:

“These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”

The Writer’s Guild of America announced the film and documentary nominees for the 2018 WGA Awards. “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “Get Out,” “I, Tonya” and “The Big Sick” were nominated in the Original Screenplay category while “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Logan,” “Molly’s Game” and “Mudbound” all earned Adapted Screenplay nominations. [Source: The Playlist]

Debra Winger is adding to her series regular role in Netflix comedy “The Ranch” by signing on to co-star in season two of Amazon’s drama “Patriot”. Winger plays Bernice Tavner, mother to lead John Tavner (Michael Dorman) and a high-ranking federal government official whose obligation to her country requires distance from her son’s complicated work – even as his mental state continues to decline and requires her close care. [Source: The Live Feed]

Mary and the Witch’s Flower
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” marks the first film from animation house Studio Ponoc, the new home of some of Studio Ghibli’s departed workforce including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. To celebrate the film’s U.S. release on January 19th, distributor GKids has released a three minute clip from the opening sequence of the film.

The opening sees a witch escape with some magical seeds – sees that turn into flowers which a young girl living in the country finds and which give her extraordinary abilities.