Industry News: The Shape of Water, The Twilight Zone, The Black Mirror and More!

THE SHAPE OF WATER TOPS CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS: The Shape of Water is capitalizing on the three wins it earned at the LA Film Critics’ award show on Sunday, with 14 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Awards. The noms include Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay for Guillermo Del Toro and acting mentions for Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, and Octavia Spencer, plus several others. Other Best Picture and Director nods went to Dunkirk, Lady Bird, The Post and Call Me By Your Name, earning eight apiece. The Critics Choice Awards are set for January 11th at 8 p.m. on the CW.

JORDAN PEELE’S TWILIGHT ZONE REVIVAL A GO: CBS All Access is greenlighting Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone. “Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said in a statement announcing the series. Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez will executive produce and collaborate on the first episode. “The original The Twilight Zone bridged science-fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content at CBS All Access. “Under the auspices of Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez, and with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”

BLACK MIRROR DROPS SEASON 4 TRAILER: Netflix has dropped its first trailer and announced that return date for Black Mirror’s fourth season: December 29th. Jodie Foster will direct one of the six episodes and Rosemarie Dewitt, Jesse Plemons and Aldis Hodge are set to guest star.

GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO SEQUEL CASTS NEW ACTOR FOR DANIEL CRAIG’S ROLE: In with the new for Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Mikael Blomkvist will be played by Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason (instead of Daniel Craig) in Sony’s sequel to 2011’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, due out in 2018. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will adapt Stieg Larsson’s best-selling book of the same name. Claire Foy will also succeed Rooney Mara as the new Lisbeth Salander, and Sylvia Hoeks is set to play her twin sister.

FIRST LOOK AT A STAR IS BORN: Bradley Cooper discusses his directorial debut A Star Is Born, toplining Lady Gaga, in Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue. The film is a remake several times over, but Cooper says the essential story spoke to him, and that he believes he can offer a fresh take on it. He says: “[F]or some reason, this story somehow moved me in a deep way, somewhere inside of myself. It all came down to this broken love story, and there’s no better way to express that than through singing because there’s nowhere to hide when you’re singing.” He adds that the story is also an exploration of “what unconditional love is.” The film lands May 18th. Are you excited to see what Cooper and Lady Gaga will bring to A Star Is Born?