Nerdy News 2/4/21

Here’s the breakdown of the latest news in nerd culture: 

Kong: Skull Island and Tomb Raider Anime Series on the Way

Netflix and Legendary Television are teaming up to expand the worlds of Kong: Skull Island and Tomb Raider with two new anime series. Skull Island will be a new chapter in Legendary’s “Monster-verse” franchise and will follow the adventures of shipwrecked characters as they try to escape the titular island home of prehistoric monsters, including King Kong. 

The Tomb Raider anime series will pick up after the video game reboot trilogy and follow Lara Croft 25 years after her first game appeared as she explores new territory. There are no release dates yet for either project. Perhaps, if these are successful, we could see more anime based on other popular movies and video games further down the road. 

Black Panther Spin-off Series Coming to Disney+

Disney has made a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media. This will include a drama based in the Kingdom of Wakanda as seen in Black Panther. This Wakanda series is set to air on Disney+. 

Coogler, who directed the first Black Panther film for Marvel Studios, is also returning to direct its feature-length sequel. With a new movie and now a TV series on the way from the same director, Black Panther fans have a lot to look forward to. 

Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios

Google has announced that it will be closing down its two in-house gaming studios in Montreal and in Los Angeles. This comes less than two years after the Stadia’s launch in 2019, and neither studio has released any video games as of yet. 

The closure will affect over 150 developers. All games currently on the Stadia will remain available on the console, and third party companies will continue to develop games to be streamed on it. The tech company is claiming that very little will change for Stadia users. However, the fact that Google will no longer develop games for the console like originally planned probably isn’t a great sign for the Stadia’s future. 

New Cloverfield Sequel Currently in Development

A direct sequel to the 2008 giant monster hit, Cloverfield, is finally in development. Unlike the original film, this sequel will not use a “found footage” style of direction. The sequel will be written by Joe Barton, who is helming HBO Max’s The Batman spin-off series centered on the Gotham City Police Department, and J.J. Abrams, who produced the first movie, will return to produce this one as well. 

Of course, there are other films (10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox) that are technically a part of the same franchise, but this one is said to be a direct follow up rather than a spiritual successor like the other two films. Either way, it seems like there will be more monster mayhem on the way.

That wraps up this round of Nerdy News. Make sure to check back at nonstopnerd.com for more on all things nerdy!

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