Good day! Welcome to The Monitor, WIREDs roundup of all the biggest pop culture news around. This weeks biggest news so far has been a bit of a grab-bag, spanning everything from Studio Ghibli to Radiohead and of course, streaming services, because in 2020, theres always something happening with streaming services. Here we go.
Marvel is getting back into the Carol Danvers business. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is officially working on a sequel to last years Captain Marvel. The studio has reportedly tapped Megan McDonnell, a writer on the upcoming series WandaVision, to work on the script, which will bring Brie Larsons hero into the modern day. THR notes that Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who directed the first film, wont return for the sequel, so Marvel is looking for a new director for the project. It could hit theaters as early as 2022.
Despite a lot of fresh competition from services like Disney+ and Apple TV+, Netflix added nearly 8.8 million new subscribers in the last quarter of 2019. That brings the streaming giants global membership up to 167 million, an increase of 20 percent from the same period the year prior. In other Netflix data news, the streaming service reported that some 76 million member households watched the first season of The Witcher. That may sound like a lotand it isbut it also reflects a change in how Netflix tracks views. Previously, an account would have to watch 70 percent of one episode of a TV show or 70 percent of movie for it to be counted as a view. Now, Netflix is just counting members that chose to watch something, meaning they watched as little as two minutes of the series or film.
We have good news and we have bad news. The good news is that a big batch of films from Studio Ghibli is coming to Netflix. The bad news is that they wont be available in the US (or Canada, or Japan). For those who will have access, Netflix says it will be offering 21 filmsincluding Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Arrietty, and My Neighbor Totorofrom the Japanese animation studio starting on February 1. In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said in a statement. Weve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue. Fans in the US, however, will have to wait until the studios catalog comes to HBO Max in May.
Hot off the announcement that the streaming service would be releasing Spike Jonzes upcoming Beastie Boys doc, Apple TV+ presented some of its forthcoming shows to the members of Television Critics Association on Sundayand its a pretty hearty slate of shows. For starters, it handed out renewals to Mythic Quest: Ravens Banquet, Home Before Dark, Kumail Nanjianis anthology series Little America, and M. Night Shyamalans Servant. Mythic Quest will drop on February 7. Meanwhile, Visible: Out on Television, a doc about LGBTQ people on TV, will hit on February 14 (Valentines Day, awwww ) and the first five episodes of Steven Spielbergs Amazing Stories will hit the service on March 6. Finally, Apple TV+ will release the first three episodes of the Chris Evans-starring miniseries Defending Jacob on April 24. See? Told you it was a lotand thats not even all of it.
Just when it seemed Radiohead had done it all, the band has a new initiative: Radiohead Public Library. The new venture, which lives on Radiohead.com and willyesprovide fans with library cards, provides an archive of the bands catalogue, videos, artwork, and live and TV performances. The band also commemorated the librarys launch by releasing a streaming version of their 1992 debut EP Drill, the track I Want None of This, and a remix EP from 2011 called TKOL RMX 8. Search the archive for yourself here.