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The Punchlist: This Week’s News for Nerds

Welcome to this week’s PUNCHLIST, where we round up the biggest news in nerd culture. It might be from the MCU, board gaming, D&D, and more. But whatever the news is this week, you can bet it will eventually separate you from your money.

7. Marvel Unlimited Fast Tracks New Titles

Previously, Marvel Unlimited subscribers had to wait six months between a book’s retail debut and its digital berth on the app. As of Monday, October 19th, that wait has been cut fully in half to just three months!

+ More here: Marvel Unlimited’s Faster Digital Releases

6. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are Suing Wizards of the Coast

Weis and Hickman’s popular Dragonlance setting was due to expand with a brand new trilogy, but Wizards of the Coast has apparently put a stop to their production. Regarding this is a breach of contract, the writers are seeking damages and a court order for WotC to fulfill the original contract.

+ More here: Dragonlance Novels in Jeopardy

5. Michael B. Jordan to Produce Static Shock Movie for DC

Jordan’s Outlier Society production company is locked-in for a live action Static Shock movie. Says Jordan: “I’m proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around black superheroes; our community deserves that.” No timeline has been set for production or release.

+ More here: Static Shock Movie

4. Dexter Limited Series Coming to Showtime

The 10 episode series will take place canonically after the season 8 finale. Executive Producer Clyde Phillips says “This isn’t Dexter season 9…This was an opportunity to write a second finale for the show…10 years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage.” It is slated for Fall 2021.

+ More here: Dexter Limited Series

3. Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy to Star in Fury Road Prequel

Furiosa will be directed by George Miller, and Taylor-Joy will take the lead as a younger version of Theron’s Furiosa. Hemsworth’s role, along with that of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, are currently undisclosed.

+ More here: Furiosa

2. Disney+ Developing Willow TV Series; Warrick Davis Returning

It’s official: 1988’s Willow is getting a revival via a Disney+ series. Warrick Davis is confirmed to return as Willow Ufgood, and Ron Howard will serve as executive producer as Jon M. Chu directs. The series will be Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars title since 2015’s Strange Magic.

1. Monster Hunter Trailer Unleashed

Monster Hunter, the upcoming big-budget movie based on the video game series of the same name, released its first trailer this week. It stars Mila Jovavich and Tony Jaa, is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and has a December 2020 release date.

Check back next Wednesday for more news for nerds. And don’t forget to catch Clave and Abram’s Facebook Live breakdown of each week’s news Wednesdays at 4:30pm CST!

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