Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s pop culture news roundup. What’s been happening in the world of entertainment? For one, Avengers: Endgame is getting re-released to theaters with some new footage. For another, writer/director/producer Janet Mock is going to Netflix. And finally, Pixar has a new movie slated for 2020 and it sounds like a trip. Let’s begin.
Avengers: Endgame Is Returning to Theaters With Some ‘Surprises’
Did you think the Avengers: Endgame box office domination was over? Think again. In an interview with ScreenRant, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige said that the movie will be re-released on June 28 and that while the it’s “not an extended cut” the movie will feature “a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises” at the end. Endgame is only a few million dollars shy of Avatar’s all-time worldwide box office record. Could this final push help the movie best James Cameron? We’ll find out soon.
Janet Mock Just Signed a Big Deal With Netflix
And now, some history-making news: Janet Mock, the writer/director/producer currently working on FX’s Pose, just signed a massive three-year deal with Netflix. The agreement gives Netflix exclusive rights to her TV series and a first look at her feature film projects. It also makes her the first out transgender woman to make such a deal with the streaming company. While she will continue her work on Pose, the new pact also means Mock will serve as executive producer and director on Ryan Murphyâ€™s new series Hollywood.
Pixarâ€™s Soul, Coming in 2020, Sounds Deep
Pixar just announced its next movie and it sounds super deep. Like, headier than Inside Out deep. Directed by Pete Doctor, Pixar describes the movie, titled Soul, thusly: “Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams, and your interests come from? What is it that makes you â€¦ YOU? [Soul] takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.” Uh, OK! Soul will arrive in theaters on June 19, 2020.
Rosamund Pike to Star in Amazonâ€™s The Wheel of Time
Amazon has found a lead for the streaming serviceâ€™s forthcoming adaptation of The Wheel of Time. The Gone Girl star will play Moiraine, a member of the all-female organization known as the Aes Sedai, in the series based on Robert Jordanâ€™s fantasy books. No word yet on a premiere date for the show.
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