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‘Five Days at Memorial’ series gets a release date. Plus: Updates on ‘Blade,’ ‘Queer as Folk’ and other local projects | Movie/TV

AppleTV’s “Five Days at Memorial,” NBC/Peacock’s “Queer as Folk” and Marvel’s new “Blade” are among local-shot projects worth keeping an eye on.

KATRINA ON-SCREEN: AppleTV+ has announced the release date for its eight-episode drama series based on author Sherri Fink’s “Five Days at Memorial,” which will arrive almost 17 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in Louisiana.

The series, created by Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave,” “American Crime”) will debut Aug. 12, with the arrival on the streaming platform of its first episodes . An additional episode will air every subsequent Friday through Sept. 16.

The 17th anniversary of Katrina’s Louisiana landfall is Aug. 29.

In making the announcement, AppleTV also released its first look at the project, a production photo showing lead actress Vera Farmiga in sweaty scrubs as once-embattled, since-exonerated physician Dr. Anna Pou.

“Five Days at Memorial” charts the happenings at the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the post-Katrina levee failure. Given the headlines it generated at the time, you probably already know what that entailed. If not, I won’t spoil the heart-wrenching details for you.

The official studio blurb: “When the floodwaters rose, power failed and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.”

ON-HOLD? Speaking of AppleTV+ release dates, audiences will apparently have to wait a little longer to see Will Smith’s locally made slave thriller “Emancipation,” inspired by the life of an escaped enslaved man named Gordon.

There’s been no official announcement from the studio, but in the wake of the slap heard ’round the world at March’s Academy Awards, word is that the release of director Antoine Fuqua’s film — which had been generating positive early buzz for Smith — has been pushed to 2023.

WHY NEW ORLEANS? Now that the locally shot reimagining of the series “Queer as Folk” has debuted on NBC’s Peacock streaming service, there are those who might be wondering why it was set and shot in New Orleans.

But for showrunner Stephen Dunn, the question is why wouldn’t he shoot in New Orleans?

“I’ve spent a fair bit of time in New Orleans, and it is my favorite city in the States,” Dunn told the pop-culture website Distractify. “The queer scene specifically, it’s so vibrant, so punk, so unapologetic, so resilient. I mean, it’s this liberal oasis in the Deep South.”

Dunn was particularly excited to highlight the local drag scene, many performers from which he received onscreen roles in the series.

“It’s just, it’s so big and so diverse and there’s so much intersection,” he said. “It felt like the only place to set ‘Queer as Folk.’”

‘BLADE’ IN THE BIG EASY: Marvel Films’ reboot of “Blade,” starring Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter, is reportedly coming to New Orleans.

According to the industry tracker Production List, principal photography is scheduled to crank up July 4 on the project, which will split time between Atlanta and New Orleans.

Bassim Tariq (“Mogul Mowgli”) is directing from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour (“Watchmen”).

Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, “Blade” was previously adapted for the big screen in 1998, with Wesley Snipes starring. It spawned two sequels and a short-lived TV series.

The project will mark a return to town for Ali, who was previously in New Orleans to shoot “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Green Book,” the latter of which earned him an Academy Award for his supporting performance.

COMING HOME: Ali isn’t the only Marvel star in town. New Orleans native Anthony Mackie, who portrays The Falcon in the “Avengers” movies, is also returning for “Twisted Metal,” a non-Marvel adaptation of the video game of the same name.

Described as an action comedy, it will follow Mackie’s character as he attempts to deliver a package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland with a band of marauders in pursuit.

Thomas Haden Church, Neve Campbell and Will Arnett are also listed among the cast.

According to the city film office, “Twisted Metal” will be in production in town through Sept. two.

EAT ON DOWN!: An untitled comedy starring Golden Globe winners Awkwafina and Sandra Oh, and co-starring Jason Schwartzman, Tony Hale and Will Ferrell, will shoot this summer in New Orleans and Los Angeles, 20th Century Studios has announced.

Set to shoot through July 22, the Jessica Yu-directed film will follow the lives of two estranged sisters who decide TV game shows are the key to solving their financial problems.

It is scheduled to air on Hulu in 2023.

Contact Mike Scott at moviegoermike@gmail.com.

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