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Friday Newsbits: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Charmed’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ & More

Production on Pitch Perfect 3 has officially begun. The sequel is slated to arrive in theaters later this year on December 22nd, courtesy of Universal. Star Rebel Wilson christened the start of filming yesterday by sharing the above cast photo on her Twitter account. Pitch Perfect 3 is directed by Trish Sie, from a script by Kay Cannon. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Ruby Rose, and many more are counted among its cast. Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, and Max Handelman have returned to produce.

The CW and Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder are collaborating on another series together: a reboot of Charmed. The original incarnation of the witchcraft-oriented series ran on The CW’s predecessor channel, The WB, from 1998 to 2006. According to The Live Feed, this new incarnation will be set in the 1970s and is expected to have ties to the original show, although what they are has not yet been revealed. Given the timeframe, I’m betting the mother of the original’s protagonists will be one of the main characters. Charmed came close to being remade over on CBS a few years back, but a deal was never made. CBS will also produce this incarnation as part of their co-ownership of The CW.

THR is reporting that Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel has been revealed as a major cast member in Hulu‘s upcoming series, The Handmaid’s Tale. The show is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and takes place in a futuristic society where population control is of the utmost concern. Elisabeth Moss stars as lead Offred, a handmaid living in sexual servitude amidst the affluent families of Gilead. Bledel co-stars as Ofglen, her friend and a fellow handmaid. The 10-episode first season is expected to premiere later this year.

Universal Studios have scooped up the rights to Jackie Collins‘ series of Lucky Santangelo novels. Deadline states that the current goal is to craft a trilogy of films based on the character, who is the daughter of an Italian gangster. Monumental Pictures and Working Title will co-produce the projects for the studio. There’s no word at this time as to which specific books from the series, which grew to nine novels before Collins’ death in 2015. Two of the books were previously adapted for television in the ’90s.

 

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