There’s a lot happening to geek out over. New openings at Disney, new shows to binge-watch on Netflix, and new spooky movies to get frightened by and accidentally spill your popcorn over. We rounded up the news we’re most excited for—the news we want to read about. Take a look! Let us know in the comments below what you’re most hyped for.
Toy Story Land Opens in Hollywood Studios on June 30
Get ready to see the world as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and all our other Toy Story pals. Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story films, Toy Story Land will open in Hollywood Studios on June 30. Guests will feel like they’ve shrunk down to the size of a toy in this larger-than-life backyard. Expect giant building blocks, game board pieces, and family-friendly roller coasters, such as Slinky Dog Dash. Hungry? Stop by Woody’s Lunch Box for some grub.
Toy Story Land will also celebrate what once defined entertainment for a generation. Crayons, Rubik’s Cubes, Cooties, Green Army Men, and other retro toys and games will pour on the nostalgia for park-goers, including lamp posts shaped like Tinkertoys. In addition to Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land, another Toy Story Land opened in Shanghai Disneyland last month.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Return With New Animated Series
Everyone’s favorite guys in green are back with a fresh new look and powers. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will premiere in September on Nickelodeon.
The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller as Raphael, Ben Schwartz as Leonardo, Josh Brener as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith as Michelangelo, Kat Graham as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauz—from the original TMNT—as Splinter. The cast also welcomes John Cena, who will play villian Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all humans into mutants.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to reinvent the TMNT mythos in several ways, equipping the crew with “mystic ninja powers” and new visual changes. While the show debuts in September, fans can get their hands on the first comic book in July, written by Matthew K. Manning and Chard Thomas, and published by IDW Publishing.
Who is She? The New Doctor Who
Jodie Whittaker becomes the first female to play the iconic sci-fi role of the Doctor in Doctor Who’s 54-year history. It’s unknown how many series she’s signed on for.
Whittaker made her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in last year’s Christmas special with just two words: ”Oh, brilliant.”Doctor Who series 11 will premiere in the fall on BBC. A premiere date has not been released.
Jamie Lee Curtis Stars in Halloween Reboot
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to reclaim her role as Laurie in a reboot of Halloween, hitting theaters in October. While few details have been released, this film will pick up where the original 1978 Halloween left off.
The new movie will serve as a sequel to the original, disregarding the seven sequels and two rebooted films from director Rob Zombie. ”There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?’ If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold,” Curtis tells Yahoo. ”It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.”
Netflix Announces New Original Series
Grab your sweatpants, it’s binge-watching time. Netflix will launch new original series this year, including Dead to Me and PARADISE P.D.
Dead to Me is a new dark comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret. The series is created by Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum. We’re still waiting for the release date and cast details, but the first season will feature 10 episodes.
Also coming soon to your Netflix queue is PARADISE P.D., a new animated comedy series for adults from the creators of Brickleberry and Bob’s Burgers. The show focuses on a small-town police department that’s bad. Not bad like “no nonsense,” not bad like “cool,” but bad like “sh*tty.” They’re the worst responders. The cast includes Dana Snyder, Cedric Yarbrough, Sarah Chalke, and more. The show is set to premiere before the end of the year.
The Peripheral is Getting its Own Series
Amazon is working on a TV adaptation of the 2014 William Gibson novel The Peripheral. Although the project is still in the early stages of development, there is talk that it could bypass Amazon’s regular pilot process and get a straight-to-series order.
The Peripheral is a complicated story about time travel, divergent futures, religious protest groups, and a massive corporation called Hefty Mart. It takes place both in an economically barren town in the U.S. and in a post-apocalyptic London. The former is set in the near-future, and the latter in a more distant one. The story follows Flynne Fisher, a woman who discovers a connection between the two worlds when she’s testing a video game.
Marvel-Themed Lands Come to Three Disney Parks
Fans will marvel at these new attractions. The Walt Disney Co. announced that California Adventure, part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim; Disneyland Paris; and Hong Kong Disneyland will all see Marvel attractions by 2020.
California Adventure will see Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in new attractions and a new live show.
At Disneyland Paris, a new Marvel-themed area will include an attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and other Avengers on a “hyper-kinetic adventure” (psst, Disnelyand Paris will also host a Marvel Summer of Super Heroes stage show this summer from June 10 to Sept. 30).
A new themed area in Hong Kong Disneyland will include an attraction where guests team up with Ant-Man and the Wasp.
The new attractions were developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment.
Symphony Orchestra Performs Music from METAL GEAR
The official Metal Gear orchestral concert series will make its debut outside of Japan, starting in Los Angeles on October 10, before moving to New York on October 13, and Paris on October 28. The concert will feature more than 70 musicians on stage, including singer Donna Burke. During the show, HD footage from the game will be projected onto a giant screen in perfect sync with the music. This concert will revive the most memorable moments and the best music from the Metal Gear Solid games, with background music including “Main Theme,” “Encounter,” “Father and Son,” as well as memorable songs such as “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “Snake Eater,” and “Heavens Divide,” which Donna Burke will sing live.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Gets a Movie
‘90s kids rejoice—and get ready for a chilling reboot! Paramount will adapt the Nickelodeon TV horror series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, into a movie, set to premiere on October 11, 2019, just in time for Halloween.
News of the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie was unveiled late last year when It writer Gary Dauberman was hired to write and produce the film. Matt Kaplan will produce alongside him.
The anthology series was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran on Nickelodeon from 1992 to 1996. It was set around a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell scary stories.