Vincent Chin Limited Series In The Works; Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Feature Finds Its Leads; K-Pop Invades Reality TV
by Team Diaspora | May 11, 2021 | News, TV |
- Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton is busy man. First, it was recently announced that he would helm an adaptation of Facing The Mountain and now, he is set to direct and executive produce a series based on the story of Vincent Chin — a story that has been swept under the rug by history books. The 27-year-old Chinese American brutally beaten and killed in 1982 by two former autoworkers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, who blamed him for the economic downturn in Detroit. The yet-to-be-titled series comes after it was announced that Gemma Chan, A-Major and M88 were partnering with podcast media studio QCODE for a table-read of Hold Still, Vincent which is also based Chin’s murder and is eyeing a big-screen adaptation.
- Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera) has been tapped to play Richard Montanez, the creator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The film appropriately titled Flamin’ Hot, chronicles the creation of the ultimate stoner snack. It marks Eva Longoria‘s feature debut and will also feature Annie Gonzalez from Gentefied.
- Asian people have been listening to K-pop since its inception, but true to form, America is all over it decades later. That said, HBO Max has announced a new series looking to find the next BTS…but the band is gonna come from Latin America. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.
- The HBO Max project ain’t the only K-pop reality series in the works — MGM Television and its chairman Mark Burnett is working with with producer Soo-Man Lee and Korean powerhouse SM Entertainment to develop a K-pop competition series to find the newest members of super group NCT.
- Insecure showrunner and executive producer Prentice Penny is teaming with Janine Nabers (Atlanta) for a single-camera half-hour comedy that follows convicted felon T.R. “The Brick” Johnson who once was one of America’s most beloved athletes and his journey to charm his way back into the country’s hearts.
- It seems like this new Red Sonja project has been in development forever — but there has been some movement! Ant-Man and the Wasp star Hannah John-Kamen is set to play the sword-wielding, crimson-haired heroine in the upcoming iteration.
- Cathy Park Hong‘s book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (that title is truth) is about to get the television treatment courtesy of Russian Doll‘s Greta Lee and A24.
- John David Washington has boarded Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi project True Love for New Regency. No one really knows what it’s about so don’t bother asking.
- Actress and comedian Ali Wong is joining Amazon’s Paper Girls series which is based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s graphic novel. Paper Girls follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future — they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate.
- Pose queen Mj Rodriguez is set to star opposite Maya Rudolph in an upcoming Apple comedy series from Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard. From what we know, this yet-to-be-titled series will follow Molly (Rudolph), a woman whose seemingly perfect life is upended after her husband leaves her with nothing but 87 billion dollars. Rodriguez will step into the role of Sofia, an executive director of a non-profit funded by her absentee billionaire boss, Molly. Mj and Maya is a comedy duo I didn’t know I needed.
- Remember the adaptation of the Argentinean drama The Cleaning Lady which everyone was skeptical about because of the casting of non-Filipino in the lead in what was originally a role for a Filipino? Well, Fox has handed it a series order.
- Good news: The CW’s Kung Fu reboot has been renewed for a second season while the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC has been renewed for a fourth season at FX. We love to see it.
- ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of the Undefeated Kevin Merida has been named the next executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the third person of color to serve as executive editor in the paper’s history. that’s all I have to say about that.