Today in the Rundown, we take a look at what might be the coolest update yet for Grand Theft Auto Online! We also have great news for fans of the heroic DC animated series Young Justice, get the first details on a remake of the horror/comedy film An American Werewolf in London, find out how often audiences will be seeing new Fantastic Beasts movies, learn about a potential partnership between Netflix and game maker Ubisoft, and finally, catch the next generation of Pokémon Go.
It looks like the light bikes from Tron have been stolen by the criminals of Grand Theft Auto. Rockstar Games has released a new mode and vehicle for GTA Online that basically recreate the lightcycle matches from Tron. The new mode is called Deadline, and is about as close as you can get to a Tron lightcycle battle without being sued by Disney. Players will also be able to get the futuristic new Nagasaki Shotaro motorcycle, although you won’t be able to leave a deadly trail of light behind you unless you’re in the Deadline mode. The new mode and bike are available now as part of a free update, and Rockstar has vowed to continue releasing new updates for the game well into the future. This one is by far the coolest, and is pretty unexpected. This could indicate that Rockstar is planning to get more crazy and experimental with future updates, but we’ll have to wait and see. This all comes as they’re preparing to release their next big game, Red Dead Redemption 2, which, like GTA V, will have a robust online component. It rides into town in Fall 2017.
A beloved animated superhero show is coming back from the dead. Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment have officially announced that they’re creating a third season of the heroic animated series Young Justice. The show originally ran for two seasons from 2011 to 2013 on the Cartoon Network, but despite critical acclaim and a loyal fan following, it wasn’t renewed. Fans have been begging for new episodes ever since, and rumours of a revival first began circling earlier this year, so the fact that the studio is finally doing it is making DC fans everywhere very happy. In a statement, Warner Bros says they’re excited to bring it back, and they’re once again working with producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman. Like the Young Justice comics, the show focuses on a teenaged group of DC heroes, and the tone is generally more serious than the recent incarnations of the other teenaged DC team, the Teen Titans. The new season of Young Justice will continue with the same roster of characters, and see them face “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats.” Warner Bros hasn’t revealed when it will premiere or what network will carry it, but we’ll have more details as they develop.
The Hollywood remake machine is about to cry wolf. A remake of the 1981 horror/comedy film An American Werewolf in London is in the works. The original was written and directed by filmmaker John Landis, and became a surprise hit, going on to earn an Academy Award for Best Makeup Effects, and influencing the more comedic tone of many other 80s horror movies. The remake is expected to be written and directed by John Landis’ son Max Landis, best known as the screenwriter behind the teen superhero movie Chronicle. Max Landis has also directed several smaller projects, but the remake of An American Werewolf in London will be his biggest directorial effort by far. The new film is being produced by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, so there’s no telling if it will have the same comedic tone as the original, or beat you over the head with gritty violence.
And werewolves aren’t the only supernatural beasts that Hollywood is going to be cranking out. The makers of the new Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be conjuring a new sequel every two years. That’s according to producer David Heyman, who tells Cinema Blend that they hope to be releasing a new movie in the franchise every two years. He admits that this means they’ll have to stick to an intense development schedule, but hey will adjust their plans depending on what audiences want. Hopefully viewers don’t get burned out. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the result of a continuing partnership between Warner Bros and Potter creator JK Rowling, who recently revealed that she has stories planned for at least five films, perhaps more. Given how lucrative the Harry Potter movies have been, it’s no surprise that the studio wants more from the wizarding world. The first Fantastic Beasts film will hit theatres next week.
Game maker Ubisoft has set its sights on more than just the big screen. With the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie billed as just the first in a long line of movies co-produced by Ubisoft, the game maker is looking to branch out in another new way. Speaking with Reuters, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed that they’re in talks to develop their own TV series with Netflix. He didn’t say which one of their franchises the Netflix show might be based on, so it could be as simple as an animated Rabbids show, or something more expensive like a live-action adaptation of mature games like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, or others. Given the success that Netflix has had with their original programming, it seems that if anyone can break the video game adaptation curse, it’s them.
A whole bunch of new pocket monsters might be coming to Pokémon Go very soon. The latest update for the hit augmented reality game contains names and references to dozens of Generation 2 Pokémon characters. This means that developer Niantic Labs and The Pokémon Company are probably getting ready to add the Generation 2 Pokémon to the game in the near future, although, at the time we’re filming this, they haven’t made any official announcements. Right now, the only Pokémon that are officially available in the game are those from Generation 1, meaning, those that were featured in the very first Pokémon game. The Generation 2 Pokémon were first introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver on the GameBoy Color in 1999, and the list includes fan favorites like the purple blob Ditto, the lobster-like Scizor, and the legendary Lugia. Adding them to the game would obviously make Pokémon Go a lot more interesting, and might help win back wayward players. We’ll let you know when it happens. If you’re looking to catch new Pokémon, the 3DS game Pokémon Sun and Moon will introduce the all-new Generation 7 when it hits stores next week.