Issa López to Write & Direct the Film Adaptation of the Short Story “Lost Souls”

Issa Lópezis a lost soul…

The 48-year-old Mexican writer and director is set to write the script and direct an adaptation of the Matthew Baker short story Lost Souls, which Searchlight and Noah Hawley optioned last year.

Issa López

The film is set in a world in which some babies are born without souls. A young expectant mother is sent to an unusual wellness center in the desert, with the hopes that it will improve her chances of delivering a healthy baby. 

It’s one of several short stories written by Baker that turned into big movie deals. Hawley and his 26 Keysis turning Baker’s short story Why Visit Americainto an FXpilot Baker is writing and Hawley is executive producing. Hawley is producing two others based on Baker stories.

López won Best Director in the Horror Category at Fantastic Fest 2017 for her film Tigers Are Not Afraid, which was released by AMC Shudder

She’s currently in development on a supernatural folklore film that Guillermo Del Torowill produce for Searchlight

Colman Domingo to Star in MGM & Jordan Peele’s “Candyman” Reboot

Colman Domingo has landed a sweet (but scary) role…

The 49-year-old Afro-Latino actor has been castin MGMand Jordan Peele’s forthcoming reboot of the classic horror film Candyman, which has begun principal photography in Chicago. 

Colman Domingo

Domingo will star opposite Nathan Stewart-Jarrett,Yahya Abdul-Mateen IIand Teyonah Parrisin the film.

The film will be directed by Nia DaCostaand will be a spiritual sequel to Benard Rose’s 1992 gothic horror movie, which was originally based on Clive Barker’s short story The Forbidden

The film will be shot entirely in Chicago and feature various locations throughout the city, including the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified North Side where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.

The original movie followed the urban legend of the titular character and starred Tony Toddas Candyman, a former slave turned artist who fell in love and with a white woman and fathered a child during the late 1800s. Because of this forbidden relationship, his lover’s father hired a lynch mob to kill him. He was smeared with honey and bees attacked him. He was burned to death and his ashes were scattered upon what became the present-day the Cabrini-Green housing project. The story of his death became an urban legend and by saying his name five times in the mirror, he comes and murders you. The horror became popular among the masses and spawned two sequels.

Universal Pictureswill distribute Candymanglobally with the U.S. release date set for June 12, 2020.

Tony andLawrence Olivier-nominated actor and playwright, Domingo is known for his role as Victor Strand on Fear the Walking DeadHe also appears on HBO’s EuphoriaHe can next be seen in A24’s ZolaNoah Hawley’s Lucy in the Skyand The God Committeealongside Kelsey Grammarand Julia Stiles. He is currently filming Ma Rainey’s Black Bottomwith Viola Davisand Chadwick Boseman.

FX Renews Plaza’s Marvel Series “Legion” for Second Season

It’s Marvel-ous news for Aubrey Plaza

Two weeks before the end of the first season of Marvel’s Legion, starring the 32-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress, FX has renewed the Noah Hawley-created series for a second season.

Aubrey Plaza

There’s no word yet on when in 2018 Legion will debut or how many episodes FX has ordered of the series that stars Plaza, Dan Stevens and Katie Aselton.

The eight-episode first season ends on March 29.

“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement,” said FX’s Eric Schrier when he and fellow president of Original Programming Nick Grad announced the pick-up of the well-watched show. “More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre,” Schrier added. “Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”

Legion centers on David Haller (Stevens), who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After an encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness. Plaza portrays Lenny Busker, Haller’s friend, who is optimistic despite a history of drug and alcoholic abuse.

“We are thrilled there will be a new season of Legion,” said Legion EP and Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb. “Noah’s spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more. We’re particularly proud of our partners at FX and the success we share on our first TV series together.”

Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television.

Araiza to Appear on FX’s X-Men-Universe Drama Series “Legion”

X(-Men) marks the spot for Ellie Araiza

The Mexican actress has landed a recurring role in FX’s X-Men-universe drama series Legion.

Ellie Araiza

From Fargo creator Noah Hawley, Marvel Television and FX ProductionsLegion introduces the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier.

Araiza will play Philly. Perky and aloof, Philly doesn’t always follow the conversation, but she certainly tries.

Araiza is best known for her recurring character Celia Delgado on FX’s The Bridge. Her other credits include appearances on Stalker and Southland.

Plaza to Star in FX’s X-Men-Universe Pilot “Legion”

Aubrey Plaza will soon have a new legion of fans… 

The 31-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress/comedian will star in Legion, FX’s X-Men-universe pilot from Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

Aubrey Plaza

Starring Downton Abbey heartthrob Dan Stevens in the title role, the pilot hails from Marvel Television and FX Prods.

Legion introduces the story of David Haller (Stevens), based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. A haunted man, David is getting tired of finding his way back to sanity and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams, a fellow patient. After the strange encounter, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

Plaza will play David’s friend Lenny, who, despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse, knows that any day now her life is going to turn around, which gives her the likable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor.

Fargo‘s Hawley wrote the pilot and serves as an executive producer.

Parks & Recreation alumna Plaza will next be seen in Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates.