Bob Iger Extends Contract As Disney CEO Through Mid-2019

Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract as the company’s chief executive by one year, through July 2, 2019, a move that had been expected as Disney continues its long search for his successor. (VAR)

CBS Renews 16 Series, Including ‘Bull’, ‘Hawaii Five-0′, ‘Scorpion’, ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘MacGyver’

CBS has its eye on the 2017-18 TV season, handing out early renewals to 16 more of its current series, including rookie series Bull, MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and Superior Donuts. (TVL)

Russo Brothers Follow Infinity War With Sci-Fi Film From ‘Swiss Army Man’ Creators

Swiss Army Man writer/directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are teaming up with directors Joe and Anthony Russo on an untitled science-fiction film. (EMP)

Paramount To Adapt Garth Ennis’ ‘The Pro’

Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s 2002 graphic novel The Pro. Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay while Erwin Stoff is producing. (DAR)

Lionsgate Taps ‘Highlander’ Creator Gregory Widen To Script Film On First Black Samurai

Lionsgate has commenced Highlander creator Gregory Widen to script Black Samurai. Mike De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing and the film is a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions. (DH)

Lionsgate, StudioCanal Sign New Movie Output Deal

The territory deal for Australia and New Zealand includes the release of Summit Entertainment’s John Wick: Chapter Two and The Shack. (THR)

Kyle Chandler Joins Jason Bateman In ‘Game Night’ For New Line

Kyle Chandler is set to join New Line Cinema‘s upcoming comedy Game Night. He’ll be joining Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury, Lamorne Morris and Billy Magnussen. (CS)

Mike Epps Reteams With Bruce Willis As ‘Acts Of Violence’ Sets Cast

Mike Epps is set to reteam with Bruce Willis for Acts of Violence, the new actioner from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also have been cast in the film. (DH)

‘The Knick’ Cancelled: Steven Soderbergh’s Medical Series Is ‘Done,’

Cinemax may be canceling the series after its second season. Although there is no official word from the network, it seems like Steven Soderbergh’s medical drama, starring Clive Owen, may not be returning for a third season. (IW)

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