Suicide Squad 2: Will Smith Drops Out

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The upcoming Suicide Squad sequel has lost one of its biggest stars. Sources told Variety that Smith, who played Deadshot in the 2016 Oscar winning film, is not expected to return for the follow-up reportedly due in part to scheduling issues.

Smith and Warner Bros. reportedly parted ways amicably. It's also worth nothing that Smith was never even officially confirmed to return as Deadshot in Suicide Squad 2. According to the report, producers wanted Smith and Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn, to return for the sequel. No official casting announcements about Suicide Squad 2 have been made as of yet, however.

Suicide Squad might not have been a critical hit, but it made $746 million at the global box office, which basically guaranteed a sequel. As mentioned, it won an Oscar--for Makeup and Hairstyling.

Will Halo Infinite Have A Battle Royale Mode? Nothing Is Certain Yet

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In a recent interview, 343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross said Halo Infinite's sandbox multiplayer is potentially capable of delivering a battle royale experience as one of its modes. Nothing is confirmed at this stage, and that remains the case, according to Halo franchise manager Frank O'Connor.

He responded to someone on Twitter who said Ross's comments equated to a confirmation that Halo Infinite will have a battle royale mode. That's not the case.

"I don't know how you get from 'Sandbox is capable of' to 'basically confirmed,'" O'Connor said. "The sandbox is also capable of 1:1 Big Team Invisible Low G SWAT Vehicle Fiesta and I can tell you that's not happening because I've pitched it for five games straight now."

Avengers: Endgame Is Expected To Make More Money Than Infinity War For Its Opening Weekend

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It's not a big surprise, but now one research firm has put out a report about how much money Avengers: Endgame is predicted to make for its opening in April--and it is a lot.

Numbers from Research Exhibitor via Collider state that Endgame is lined up to make $282 million in the United States and Canada for its opening weekend to set a new opening-weekend record. For comparison, 2018's Infinity War made $258 million domestically on its opening weekend.

A massive opening weekend for Endgame is expected. Infinity War ended on an epic cliffhanger thanks to Thanos' snap, and the film itself is said to mark a conclusion of sorts to the overarching storyline that began 10 years ago.

Overkill's Walking Dead Removed For PC; PS4 And Xbox One Versions In Question

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The news keeps getting worse for Overkill's The Walking Dead. After Walking Dead rights-owner Skybound announced it would terminate its agreement with Starbreeze for the co-op shooter due to the poor quality of the game, Starbreeze has now confirmed the PC edition will be removed from sale while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are now in question.

In a news release, Starbreeze said it was in communication with Skybound to try to find "a solution." In the meantime, Starbreeze said sales of the PC edition of Overkill's The Walking Dead will "likely be disabled," and should no agreement be met, the game would never return to Steam. Additionally, the PS4 and Xbox One versions "would not be released" if no new deal between Skybound and Starbreeze can be reached. It appears the game has already been removed from Steam.

Starbreeze added that Overkill's The Walking Dead generated sales of 34.1 million Swedish Krona, which comes out to around $3.7 million USD. However, "costs related to development of Overkill's The Walking Dead has so far exceeded revenue," Starbreeze admitted.

Alien: Isolation Digital Series Announced With Trailer And It Releases Tomorrow

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Why wait for whatever Ridley Scott has planned next to dive back into the Alien franchise after 2017's Alien: Covenant? A new digital series is is coming soon--very soon--and will take viewers into the world of the Alien: Isolation video game from 2014.

The new series, which will debut on IGN on February 28, will present the cut scenes from the game as "a new animation experience to add additional layers to the story of Ellen Ripley's daughter." To achieve that, Fox has partnered with Reverse Engineering Studios and DVgroup to develop new scenes that, when combined with newly shot-and-edited first-person footage from the game and existing cut scenes, will create a complete story.

The Isolation game is set between the original Alien film and its 1986 sequel Aliens. In it, Amanda Ripley--daughter of Sigourney Weaver's Ellen--searches for a hint of her mother's whereabouts on a space station and comes face-to-face with the same kind of alien creature that plagues the rest of the franchise.

James Bond 25 Still Wants Rami Malek To Play Villain, Other Casting Details Revealed

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It has been rumoured for some time now that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, who recently won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, would play the main villain in the upcoming 25th James Bond movie. Now, a report from Variety claims producers are still looking at Malek for the role, while the story also has other interesting casting details yet to be confirmed.

Starting with Malek, Variety's report says there is "renewed interest" in hiring Malek to play the villain. Previously it was thought that Malek may not be able to play the part due to scheduling conflicts related to shooting the final season of Mr. Robot. Producers have reportedly met with other actors to play the role, but Malek has always been the top choice, apparently. The report doesn't say what other actors may be in consideration for the role.

Outside of the villain casting, the Variety report says producers are searching to fill three more roles, two of which are expected to be played by women. One is a new MI6 agent and the other is a friend to James Bond not unlike Olga Kurylenko's character in Quantum of Solace. Variety reported that producers are going through "chemistry reads" with James Bond actor Daniel Craig to find the best actresses to play the roles. "These two characters will spend the most amount of time with him on screen," the report said.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed For 7th Season

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NBC's police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed for a seventh season. The network announced today that the show is coming back for new episodes to air in the 2019-2020 season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine originally aired on Fox. It was canceled in 2018, and it took NBC only a matter of hours to pick up the show for a sixth season. The seventh will be the second season on NBC.

"It's been one of our great joys as a network to give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a second life," NBC Entertainment scripted programming executives Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). "Cheers to [executive producers] Dan Goor, Mike Schur, Luke Del Tredici and David Miner, and our amazing cast and crew who each week turn New York's finest into New York's funniest."

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Renewed For 7th Season, See The Cast React To The News

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NBC's police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed for a seventh season. The network announced today that the show is coming back for new episodes to air in the 2019-2020 season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine originally aired on Fox. It was canceled in 2018, and it took NBC only a matter of hours to pick up the show for a sixth season. The seventh will be the second season on NBC. Here's a video of the moment that NBC informed the cast of the renewal order:

In true #Brooklyn99 fashion, we waited 9 seconds to tell them the good news.

When Does Fortnite Season 8 Start? Downtime Set For Thursday

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We're only a few hours away from the start of Fortnite Season 8. The new season of Epic's hit battle royale game kicks off across all platforms on Thursday, February 28, with downtime set to begin at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT / 8 PM AET, the developer confirmed on Twitter.

Epic hasn't specified how long tomorrow's downtime will last, but the developer notes that the patch size "will be larger than normal updates." This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as the start of every season introduces a load of new cosmetics to unlock as well as some other big changes; Season 7, for instance, added a snow biome to the map and the game's first plane vehicle, the Stormwing.

As for what players can expect from Season 8, we know it will have a pirate theme. Epic revealed the theme in a series of teasers in shared leading up to the start of the new season, which referenced treasure and "those who arrive on the waves." The fourth and final teaser shows off a banana man, which could be one of the new skins players can unlock in the new season. When all the teaser images are combined, they form a skull and volcano.