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Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira Announce ‘Walking Dead’ Spin-Off During Surprise Comic-Con 2022 Appearance

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As The Walking Dead returned to San Diego Comic-Con to preview the remaining episodes of its final season on AMC, Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira made a surprise appearance following the panel in Hall H. 

Lincoln, who originated the role of Rick Grimes, played the character for the first nine seasons before departing the zombie franchise. After his departure in 2018, it was reported that he was set to reprise his role in a trilogy of Walking Dead feature films. But in the four years since his character was rescued by a helicopter and seemingly disappeared for good, there’s been no formal announcement or movement on the projects. 

However, that all changed during Comic-Con 2022, when Lincoln and Gurira took the stage to announce the next part of their Walking Dead journey: instead of a movie, we’re getting a six-part Rick and Michonne-focused limited series, coming to AMC+ next year!

EP Scott Gimple also took a moment to update fans on the upcoming Isle of the Walking Dead spin-off, announcing some new cast members. Mahina Napoleon in the role of Ginny, Zeljko Ivanek in the role of “The Croat,” Jonathan Higginbotham in the role of Tommaso, and Karina Ortiz in the role of Amaia. They join previously announced cast members Lauren Cohen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gaius Charles.

The Walking Dead, meanwhile, is set to end after 11 seasons, when the final eight episodes premiere on AMC on Oct. 2. Longtime fans were also treated to an intense new trailer, previewing what’s to come as the main installment in the zombie franchise comes to a close. 

During the panel moderated by Chris Hardwick, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang and executive producer, director and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero, as well as stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Seth Gilliam, Josh McDermitt, Michael James Shaw, Cailey Fleming and Lauren Ridloff all appeared in-person to discuss the upcoming episodes. (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lauren Cohen weren’t able to attend, as they are currently filming Isle of the Walking Dead, but promised to be in attendance next year!)

“I kind of just want to cry and make out with everybody at the same time,” Reedus admitted of saying goodbye to the series. “It feels good, though… I’ve made some of my best friends on this show.”

Adding that The Walking Dead belongs to the fans, as much as the cast, the actor, one of the few remaining original cast members, added, “For most actors, this never happens. And for most of us, it may never happen again.”

McBride, another cast member who’s been with the show since season 1, began to tear up as she talking about the series end. “This whole experience has been amazing, out of this world,” she said. “I never thought it would become what it became.”


See below for more of Entertainment Tonight’s ongoing coverage of Comic-Con 2022, including the daily schedule and biggest highlights of the weekend:

 



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First Cobra Kai Season 5 Images Confirm Mike Barnes Returns

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New images from Cobra Kai season 5 confirm the return of Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan), who was previously the villain in Karate Kid III with Terry Silver.

The first images from Cobra Kai season 5 confirm Mike Barnes’ return. The Karate Kid franchise returned in a big way a few years ago when the rivalry between Johnny Lawrence (William Zapka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) was restored through a TV show. Cobra Kai has become a huge hit across the world thanks to Netflix, which became the show’s home for season 3 and beyond. The incredible popularity meant announcing Cobra Kai season 5 even before season 4’s release in 2021.

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The story of season 5 was directly set up in Cobra Kai season 4, as Terry Silver’s Cobra Kai won the All-Valley Tournament, meaning Johnny and Daniel had to shut down their separate dojos. Meanwhile, John Kreese (Martin Cove) was sent to prison as part of Silver’s plan to create an empire of Cobra Kai dojos across The Valley. This plan and Cobra Kai’s willingness to bring back characters from the past movies led to great speculation that The Karate Kid Part III’s Mike Barnes could return next.


Netflix officially confirmed Sean Kanan is returning as Mike Barnes in Cobra Kai season 5. The release of 10 new photos from the upcoming season highlights many exciting developments in the narrative, but the big reveal is the first look at Mike Barnes’ return. Executive Producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg teased Cobra Kai season 5 bringing back Mike Barnes after Karate Kid III and how it affects the rest of the season by saying, “As Terry Silver calls upon some old friends to put the Valley in a stranglehold, Daniel and Johnny are going to need all the help they can get to stop Cobra Kai in its tracks.” See the first look at Mike Barnes in Cobra Kai season 5 below, along with a handful of other new images.


The confirmation that Mike Barnes is in Cobra Kai season 5 does not come with any details about how this will happen. The showrunners are keeping details of his return under wraps for the time being, and the image of Sean Kanan’s return does not reveal much about his setting. It is important to note that Mike Barnes is shown wearing a nice black suit, not one of the black Gi’s that members of Cobra Kai wear – even if he is fighting position.

Since it has been over 30 years since audiences have seen Mike Barnes, it will be fascinating to see how he factors into Cobra Kai season 5. It has been widely speculated that this will come through Terry Silver’s growing Cobra Kai empire. However, theories have also suggested that he could rebel against his former abusive and manipulative teacher, resulting in him teaming up with Daniel and Chozen instead. There are likely to be some surprises in store with Mike Barnes’ role, as Cobra Kai has repeatedly proven it will go in unexpected directions with its returning characters.


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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5: Mike Barnes Is Back in First-Look Photos

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Netflix is pulling back the curtain on the fifth season of “Cobra Kai,” releasing a batch of first-look images for the “Karate Kid” sequel series’ new episodes.

The new material provides “Cobra Kai” fans a hint of the events of the upcoming season, which will see Cobra Kai plan to expand its dojo across the San Fernando Valley, under the total control of Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) will need to recruit some new and familiar faces to combat the takeover.

Among that group of familiar faces is actor Sean Kanan, who is reprising his role as Mike Barnes from “The Karate Kid III.” The details around how Barnes resurfaces in “Cobra Kai” remain unknown.

“Cobra Kai” follows the lives of Daniel and Johnny more than 30 years after the events of the ’80s “Karate Kid” franchise. When the two decide to open competing dojos, they reignite their old rivalry from high school. Now, they’re aligned against Silver, who’s taken over Cobra Kai from Martin Kove’s villain John Kreese.

Other stars from the original franchise who reprise their roles in “Cobra Kai” include Randee Heller as Lucille LaRusso and Yuji Okumoto as Chozen Toguchi. Tanner Buchanan, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Courtney Henggeler, Jacob Bertrand, Peyton List and Vanessa Rubio also star in the series.

“Cobra Kai” first premiered as a YouTube Premium original series in 2018, but was later acquired by Netflix in 2020 after YouTube stopped producing original scripted content. Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are the series creators and executive produce through Counterbalance Entertainment. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka also serve as executive producers, along with Will Smith, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Susan Ekins. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

“Cobra Kai” Season 5 will debut on Netflix on Sept. 9.

Take a look at the new images below:

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Oona O’Brien as Devon, Peyton List as Tory Nichols in Cobra Kai. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Joe Seo as Kyler, Dallas Dupree Young as Kenny in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Xolo Maridueña as Miguel Diaz in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. Sean Kanan as Mike Barnes in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Gianni DeCenzo as Demetri, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, Jacob Bertrand as Eli 'Hawk' Moskowitz, Aedin Mincks as Mitch, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Nathaniel Oh as Nate, Khalil Everage as Chris in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, Courtney Henggeler as Amanda Larusso in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, Peyton List as Tory Nichols in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022

Cobra Kai. (L to R) Courtney Henggeler as Amanda Larusso, Vanessa Rubio as Carmen in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2022



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Jason Momoa Gets Brutally Honest About Conan The Barbarian Remake

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Jason Momoa gets brutally honest about his Conan the Barbarian remake, praising his experience but feeling it was turned into a “big pile of s–t.”

While audiences have largely moved on from the project, Jason Momoa is getting brutally honest about his Conan the Barbarian remake. Robert E. Howard’s iconic titular character was first brought to life on the big screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1982 film of the same name, which saw his Conan on a quest for vengeance for the death of his parents at the hands of snake cult leader Thulsa Doom. Though met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike upon its release, Schwarzenegger’s Conan the Barbarian was a box office success and became a cult favorite, spawning the sequel Conan the Destroyer, which scored poor reviews and underperformed at the box office, leading to a threequel dying in development hell.

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Warner Bros. later acquired the rights to the Conan the Barbarian character and spent years attempting to develop a remake, only for Nu Image/Millennium Films to later acquire the rights and partner with Lionsgate to produce it. Having endured a variety of directors and writers coming and going on the project, the Conan the Barbarian remake began moving forward with Marcus Nispel in the director’s chair and Jason Momoa attached for the titular role. Hitting theaters in mid-2011, Momoa’s Conan the Barbarian debuted to mostly negative reviews from critics and audiences alike and was a box office bomb, scrapping plans for a follow-up and now one of the stars at the center of the project is getting honest about the film.


In a recent cover feature with GQ, Jason Momoa reflected on some of his lesser-received films from early in his acting career. Momoa specifically looked towards his time on the Conan the Barbarian remake, praising his experiencing filming it but criticizing how it was changed in the editing process. See what Momoa said below:

“I’ve been a part of a lot of things that really sucked, and movies where it’s out of your hands. Conan [the Barbarian] was one of them. It’s one of the best experiences I had and it [was] taken over and turned into a big pile of shit.”

As is the case for a variety of other remakes in Hollywood, Momoa’s Conan the Barbarian endured a variety of troubles in its development, with the likes of The Matrix duo The Wachowskis, Schwarzenegger’s first Conan director John Milius, Robert Rodriguez and Brett Ratner all having been in various points of negotiations to helm the project. With it having been one of his first major film roles after breakout TV roles in Baywatch and Stargate: Atlantis, Momoa memorably underwent rigorous training in order to effectively portray Conan, enrolling in a six-week training program at a stunt and martial arts academy before even finishing negotiations to star in the film. Momoa also turned to future John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch to help him build 10 pounds of muscle for his role in the Conan the Barbarian remake.


As he notes, Momoa’s Conan the Barbarian was largely dismissed by critics and audiences alike upon its release, namely for its poor script, characters and performances, though Momoa himself did ultimately receive some positive reception for his work in the film. Luckily for him and action genre fans, Momoa would go on to better make a name for himself on both the big and small screens with everything from Game of Thrones to Aquaman. While audiences await the latter character’s return in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in March, they can revisit Momoa’s Conan the Barbarian streaming on HBO Max now.


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