Quick News: Venom, Boys, TrafficKing, Deuce, Astra

Venom Co Writer Wont Return For Sequel

Venom
Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed this week that while a sequel to “Venom” is in the works, there is “no timetable” at present for the project which means the film’s previously targeted October 2nd 2020 release date is almost certainly a no go. Critics were mixed on the Spidey spin-off, but the movie made $856 million at the worldwide box office so a sequel was inevitable. At present, there’s no word on the film’s director, script, or cast. [Source: CBM]

The Boys
“You’re The Worst” star Aya Cash is in talks to join a second season of Amazon’s superhero drama series “The Boys” in the gender-swapped key role of Stormfront. No official decision has been made on a second season as yet, but it seems things are being lined up for the possibility.

The story is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. In the comics, Stormfront is a Thor/Shazam amalgamation – incredibly powered but also an unrepentant bigot. [Source: Deadline]

TrafficKing
More/Medavoy has optioned Conchita Sarnoff’s novel “TrafficKing,” which chronicles the Jeffrey Epstein child-trafficking case, with plans for a limited series or telemovie adaptation. The Epstein case has received renewed attention following the billionaire financier’s recent arrest. He was charged with federal sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy of minors in a two-count indictment in Florida and New York between 2002 and 2005. Each charge carries a penalty of 10 years to life in prison. [Source: Deadline]

The Deuce
HBO has set a September 9th premiere date for the third and final season of its drama series “The Deuce” starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal as porn-industry pioneers. The new season takes a leap in time from the previous 1970s setting to the 1980s where the rise of HIV, the cocaine epidemic and the big business of the mid-1980s, along with the changing real estate market, are set to bring the deadly party to a close. [Source: HBO]

Ad Astra
Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox have shared another new TV spot for James Gray’s sci-fi space epic “Ad Astra” featuring new footage from the film in which Brad Pitt is an astronaut who races against the clock to save the solar system while simultaneously uncovering his father’s (Tommy Lee Jones) biggest secrets. Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Jamie Kennedy, Kimberly Elise, LisaGay Hamilton and John Ortiz co-star in the film which opens September 18th.