It's been a busy week for Netflix news. Marvel's "Daredevil" has thankfully been picked up for a second season, "Parks and Recreation" funnyman Aziz Ansari has a new series on the way, and the "Full House" revival – titled "Fuller House" – is actually going to be a thing, not just a figment of TV's bad idea dream factory.
If that all wasn't enough, Lena Dunham said that she wants to make a "Girls" movie ... when she's 40 years old.
1. Thankfully, Netflix is bringing back "Daredevil" for season 2
If you're in the mood for strong superhero-related storytelling and impressive fight sequences with bone cracking vengeance ... or you just want to wash out the memories of the 2003 film of the same title, then you will most definitely enjoy the new Netflix series "Daredevil." Thankfully, and unsurprisingly, Netflix has announced that the series will be coming back for a second season in 2016.
If you didn't know by now, "Daredevil" is the first of three planned Marvel series coming to the streaming service. Later this year, "A.K.A. Jessica Jones" starring Krysten Ritter and David Tennant will hit the small screen, followed by "Marvel's Luke Cage" in 2016. These characters will then unite Avengers-style for "The Defenders."
Now, if you haven't started binging "Daredevil" yet, log onto Netflix and watch immediately. You don't want to miss it.
2. It's official: "Full House" graduates to "Fuller House" next year
That's right; thanks to Netflix, we're now going to find out what happened to the Tanner family post-Michelle's horse accident amnesia.
Netflix has ordered a 13-episode season of "Fuller House," with John Stamos producing and reprising his role of Uncle Jesse in the spin-off. Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber will also star.
Discussions with other cast members – such as Bob Saget, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin – are said to be "ongoing," which probably means they're seeking how much money they can really get to relive the past. Jeff Franklin is returning as the show’s creator.
So ... what exactly happened to the Tanner family after all these years? Well, we don't know the details as of yet, but what we do know is that D.J. Tanner-Fuller (hence the title) is pregnant, recently widowed and still living in San Francisco. Her sister Stephanie, now an aspiring musician, and fellow single mom Kimmy Gibbler both move in to help raise D.J.'s two rebellious sons.
Here are a few things I want to see happen on "Fuller House":
- At one of her performances, someone heckles Stephanie, and she responds with, "How rude!"
- D.J. reunites with her high school flame Steve after finding him heartbroken and homeless, wearing an "Aladdin" t-shirt and eating a sandwich.
- Plot twist: Michelle (played by Elizabeth Olsen to not cause confusion), a former fashion mogul, gets amnesia following a second horse accident during a fashion show and is now married to a weird looking French guy. Her only line of dialogue will just be "You got it, dude."
- Danny's OCD has worsened, so now instead of just cleaning all the time, he now collects cleaning supplies and is now a neatly organized hoarder of all the best soaps and vacuum cleaners.
- Jesse and the Rippers and The Beach Boys go on a reunion tour. Hijinks ensue.
- After a freak accident and head trauma, Rebecca left her family and San Fransisco behind to work as a host for Fox News.
- The twins, now in their 20s, still weirdly wear matching clothes like they did when they were adorable toddlers.
- Joey is still chasing his dream of becoming a comedian and now, at this point, it's just sad.
3. Netflix picks up Aziz Ansari comedy series
Did you really think that once "Parks and Recreation" ended its run earlier this year, you had seen the last of Aziz Ansari? You clearly thought wrong. The funnyman is going places, and the first stop is Netflix for a new comedy series.
According to Deadline, Ansari co-created the show, which has a 10-episode straight-to-series order with "Parks and Recreation" co-executive producer Alan Yang and co-creator and executive producer Michael Schur.
Co-starring alongside Ansari in the series, which is currently filming in New York, are fellow comedians H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob's Burgers"), Lena Waithe ("Dear White People"), Eric Wareheim (half of the comedy duo Tim and Eric), Kelvin Yu ("Grandma's Boy") and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Noël Wells
The most intriguing news about all of this is that James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now" and the upcoming "The End of the Tour") is directing (say what!?). Although details about what it's about are being kept under wraps, it's been reported that it'll be a semi-autobiographical tale that deals with dating and relationships.
Though that doesn't exactly spell out originality by any means, with the talent that's on board, I'm totally game and ready to stream. Just tell me when.
4. Lena Dunham wants to make a "Girls" movie when she's 40
Will "Girls" follow the same path of "Sex and the City" and "Entourage" to the big screen? That's what Lena Dunham hopes ... but don't hold your breath, because it may take a few years.
In a great Variety profile piece, Dunham – who is referred to as a "Sex and the City" groupie who has seen every episode – wants to wait at least a decade before making a "Girls" movie.
"I have fantasies of us all coming back when we’re 40," Dunham said in the article. "We’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down."
I'd be curious to see where Hannah and the rest of her friends are after they've snuck out of their twenties and are matured adults (well, hopefully). In the mean time, Dunham is working on the fifth season of "Girls," which will show up on HBO in early next year.
Colton Dunham's passion for movies began back as far as he can remember. Before he reached double digits in age, he stayed up on Saturday nights and watched numerous classic horror movies with his grandfather. Eventually, he branched out to other genres and the passion grew to what it is today.
Only this time, he's writing about his response to each movie he sees, whether it's a review for a website, or a short, 140-character review on Twitter. When he's not inside of a movie theater, at home binge watching a television show, or bragging that he's a published author, he's pursuing to keep movies a huge part of his life, whether it's as a journalist/critic or, ahem, a screenwriter.