Quick News: SHIELD, Abyss, Dozen, Ripley

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
ABC has released a new promotional photo from the seventh and final season of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” the shot showcasing the cast dressed in period costume as they go undercover in 1930s Manhattan where they ended up in the sixth season finale. The new season has thirteen episodes and will kick off sometime in mid-2020. [Source: Twitter]

The Abyss
HBO Now has kicked off the new year by adding both James Cameron’s “The Abyss” and “True Lies” to their service, both in HD and their correct aspect ratio. The bad news is “The Abyss” is theatrical cut only, no special edition, and there’s conflicting reports indicating this is likely NOT the 4K remaster Cameron has worked on that will hopefully arrive sometime in 2020 on disc and more widespread streaming services (ie. Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, etc.). [Source: Bloody Disgusting]

The Dirty Dozen
“Suicide Squad” helmer David Ayer says his upcoming contemporary times-set remake of the 1967 classic “The Dirty Dozen”is the first of a planned franchise, telling Collider: “I think it’s just an opportunity for a great ensemble action franchise. I’ll have a really solid lead character, and I see it in the vein of the Mission: Impossible movies, or the Fast and Furious franchise…. you build an amazing family of characters, and then you watch them bounce off of each other and drive each other crazy.”

Ripley
Steven Zaillian will reportedly film his eight-episode Mr. Ripley TV series starting in September in Italy including locations on the Amalfi Coast as well as Rome and Palermo. “Sherlock” and “Fleabag” breakout Andrew Scott plays the tile role of the gay conman/serial killer from the five Patricia Highsmith novels. The first season is based on the first book “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and is set in the early 1960s as Ripley is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home. [Source: Variety]