Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s culture news roundup. What’s been happening this week? Well, we’ve got some horrific meme news (that’s a good thing, for once) and also some updates on Disney+ and The Batman. Here we go!
Seth Rogen Is Working on a Movie About a Killer Meme
In the latest bit of Movies About the Internet news, Seth Rogen is reportedly working on an adaptation of Boom! Studios’ horror comic, Memetic. The comic, written by James Tynion IV, is about a meme known as the Good Time Sloth, which turns people into murderous “screamers” once they see it. Memetic’s story then follows a young colorblind man who appears to be immune to the meme and goes on a quest to find his boyfriend after the Good Time Sloth apocalypse. Lionsgate is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in final negotiations to get the rights for the comic to produce it alongside Rogen’s production company Point Grey. Mattson Tomlin, who just cowrote The Batman with director Matt Reeves, would write the script.
The Batman Has Begun
Oh hey, speaking of The Batman—it’s apparently filming! Director Matt Reeves tweeted an image of a clapboard for the film earlier this week with the hashtag #DayOne and CC-ing the film’s cinematographer, Greig Fraser. The film will star Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. (Got all that?) It’s set to be released June 2021.
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Disney+ Is Reviving The Quest for Teens
Remember The Quest? It’s OK if you don’t. It was a reality series that aired on ABC in 2014 where contestants went to a castle near Vienna to compete in fantasy-style challenges. That version of the fictional “Everealm” didn’t last long, but Disney+ is bringing it back—this time with teens. The new version of The Quest will once again take place in a castle near Vienna and this time the teenage contestants will, according to a Disney press release, “be embedded in a fully immersive, 360-degree world complete with seamless technology, creature design, practical effects, and scripted characters who interact dynamically with them” in “magical encounters.” The show was announced Wednesday at the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans as part of a slate of unscripted series coming Disney+ in the near future.