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Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Can NBC's Hannibal top its superlative second season? With what season 3 has in store, Gabriel believes so...
When the credits rolled on Hannibal’s second season finale, my heart did not slow down for twenty minutes. I stared at my TV screen, mouth hanging open, unable to believe the sheer insane, vicious horror and beauty of what I had just witnessed. Not only was it the kind of carnage that could give Game Of Thrones a run for its money, but it was also so full of genuine pathos and emotion. Betrayal, forgiveness, revenge; it all came together in those final minutes. It was a finale of peculiar power, full of the kind of sad inevitability that could move you to tears and get your adrenalin pumping all at the same time. Quite simply, I have »
This month, Boston is paying tribute to its native son: the Master of Macabre. A new statue of Edgar Allan Poe was recently revealed in Poe Square, a bronze bust of Poe will be unveiled on October 30th, one evening before Jeffrey Combs performs in Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe at the Somerville Theatre, and now a poster adds to the celebration with a depiction of Combs as Poe.
Illustrated by Phantom City Creative artist Justin Erickson, the 18” x 24” Nevermore prints are limited to 100 and are priced at $50 apiece. We have the official details on the prints, the bronze bust, and Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe:
Boston (October 1, 2014) — “On October 31, fans of the darker literary persuasion will find a very special treat at the Somerville Theatre. At 8pm, the house lights will go down, and Edgar Allan Poe will return. In “Nevermore: »
- Derek Anderson
Tonight, Americans have the choice between watching Dancing with the Stars, Monday Night Football, and … a SyFy movie with gay Russian spies on the moon. Curious? You’re not alone: SyFy executives thought the same thing of Bryan Fuller’s newest creation, High Moon. For four years, Fuller and the channel entered into an on-again, off-again relationship. At first it was a pilot, then a miniseries, then back to a pilot, then back to… you get the idea.
“ecause of how strange the development process was at the network, I don’t think anybody was surprised [that it wasn't made into a series],” Fuller said. “Right before we were ordered, »
- Kathryn Luttner
"Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" producer Bryan Fuller is moving forward with the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods". In a new and lengthy interview with Den of Geek, Fuller says he and screenwriter Michael Green have no plans to whitewash the lead character of Shadow as some feared might happen:
"In our conversations about who our ideals are for specific roles, Shadow is described as... is he a gypsy? Is he Hispanic? Is he black? Or is he all of those things in one? So we know that he is not white! I think if we cast a white man to play Shadow we would be the biggest a--holes on television."
The plan is to not just translate but potentially expand upon the world which Gaiman created:
"You have to ground it in the emotional reality of what Shadow, or Wednesday, or Laura is experiencing in that moment. »
- Garth Franklin
Warning: contains a minor spoiler for American Gods.
While chatting to Bryan Fuller about plans for Hannibal season three, we couldn’t fail to bring up the forthcoming TV version of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, which Fuller is currently adapting for Starz with Heroes’ Michael Green.
The full interview will be on the site next week, but in the meantime, here are a few excerpts from our chat, taking in why the project failed at HBO, plans for the show to extend beyond the world of the novel and into multiple seasons, how the series will approach some of the novel’s stranger moments, and what would make he and Michael Green “the biggest assholes in television”...
On why American Gods [which HBO originally had the option on adapting] proved so tricky for HBO to get right: »
(Cbr) - Even as a "Sandman" movie takes its first steps at Warner Bros. and "American Gods" moves from HBO to Starz, an adaptation of another Neil Gaiman book is heading into development. Variety reports that Juliet Blake, who partnered with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey to produce "The Hundred-Foot Journey," has acquired the film rights to "Hansel & Gretel," the forthcoming reimagining of the Brothers Grimm tale by Gaiman and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti. "For me, retelling 'Hansel and Gretel' was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, now," Gaiman said in a statement. "It reminds us of how paper thin civilization really is. It’s about hunger, and about families." "Hansel & Gretel" will be published Oct. 28 by Toon Books. Gaiman’s earlier works "Coraline" and "Stardust" have already been adapted for the big screen. Like the latter, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Neil Gaiman's take on Hansel & Gretel is said to be made into a film...
Another piece of Neil Gaiman writing is to be adapted for the big screen, as it's been revealed overnight that the film rights have been picked up for his incoming graphic novel of Hansel & Gretel.
Juliet Blake, who produced The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the one who's picked said rights up, through her Four Chickens For A Fiver company (great name). It follows earlier Gaiman works, Coraline and Stardust, to the movies. Sandman is on its way too, and American Gods is heading to television.
Gaiman's graphic novel (based on the Grimms' fairy tale) is released in October, and it sounds as if he's quite involved in the movie adaptation as well. Look forward to seeing this one - both graphic novel and film...
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Juliet Blake, producer of The Hundred-Foot Journey, is bringing Neil Gaiman's graphic novel Hansel & Gretel to the big screen. As the title suggests, the graphic novel is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
Perhaps the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters didn't leave you with much appetite for this fairy tale, but something tells us that this adaptation will be a lot different. After all, Gaiman is the author of works like Coraline and Stardust, which have successful adaptions.
Illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti and to be released in October, Hansel & Gretel follows the story of a brother and sister who discover a candy house that's actually a trap for kids set up by a wicked witch. The adaptation will be live-action.
Gaiman said in a press release that "retelling Hansel and Gretel was a way of telling an old tale in a way that made it immediate and true, and about us, »
- Laura Frances
According to Bleeding Cool, it's looking like Supergirl might get her own TV series. Their source says DC Entertainment is pitching the idea and that they've brought in TV producer Michael Green to help.
I'm sure most of you don't know who Green is, but he's worked on developing series such as Gotham, American Gods, Smallville, and Heroes. He was also a writer on Smallville, Heroes, Gotham, and films such as Green Lantern and the upcoming series The Flash. He also worked with Mike Johnson on the New 52 reboot of Supergirl. The guy definitely knows his way around the superhero kitchen.
He will write and produce the series if it happens, and why wouldn't it happen? Look at all the shows being developed right now! We've got Arrow, Flash, Constantine, and Gotham. It would only make sense that Supergirl would be included, especially with all this talk of female superheroes »
- Joey Paur
Acclaimed author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his novels adapted for the big screen (see: Stardust, Coraline), and right now there are multiple films based on Gaiman’s literature in development. There’s also the American Gods TV series (based on Gaiman’s award-winning book) that is coming together over at Starz.
The list of Gaiman adaptations in the works includes a cinematic treatment of The Sandman comic book (or graphic novel, whatever your preference) series from Joseph Gordon-Levitt; a movie based on Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties short story that’ll be starring Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch); and now, a feature-length ...
- Sandy Schaefer
While superhero movies have been dominating at the box office year after year, numerous comic book characters are becoming more and more prevalent on the small screen, with new shows such as Gotham, The Flash and Constantine debuting over the next few weeks. Today we have a new report from Bleeding Cool that DC is currently pitching a Supergirl TV series, which has Michael Green (Smallville) attached to write and produce.
While no specific details were given regarding the Supergirl TV series, it seems likely that the show will be based on the New 52 reboot, since Michael Green co-created the comic alongside Mike Johnson, Mahmud Asrar and Dan Green. Unlike the original comics, the New 52 reboot initially didn't include any mention of Kara Zor-El's cousin, Superman, but the comic eventually delved into her own planet, Krypton.
Fans who feel that Warner Brothers is behind the ball at adapting their DC Comics characters for the big screen have no such argument to make about the television front, considering we’ll be seeing five DC shows on air this year. Arrow is going into its highly-anticipated third season while The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, and iZombie are debuting in the fall. Now, according to Bleeding Cool, we may be on the verge of seeing a sixth series.
The site claims that they’ve been “reliably informed” that a new series featuring Superman’s Kryptonian cousin Supergirl may be on the horizon from DC Comics writer Michael Green. Green not only worked on the New 52 reboot of Supergirl, but has a history of writing and producing superhero and comics-based series like Gotham, Smallville, Heroes, The Flash, and Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. He also worked on the 2011 Green Lantern film, »
- James Garcia
Welcome To Issue 61!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers. Not so much this week.
This Week: DC does some good things with TV that make them win the week as Marvel gears up for a month of marketing to your children. Plus, The Rock says who he's playing in the Dcu and my power went out so I'm writing this all from my phone. Fun!
Clark! Clark Kent!
One of the things I liked most in terms of changed Man of Steel made to the superhero mythology of Superman is that Lois Lane knows Kal-El first and Clark Kent second. It really, really helps with keeping this world semi-grounded in reality while still allowing Clark to wander around with glasses on, utterly fooling fools about his true identiy. »
Last month came word that Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman are all set to executive produce a TV series adaptation of Gaiman's 2001 novel "American Gods" which will likely go into production sometime next year.
The story is set in a world where the old gods from biblical and mythological roots are losing believers to a new pantheon of gods which reflect the things modern society worships - technology, money, celebrity and drugs. The main protagonist is an ex-con named Shadow Moon who becomes bodyguard and traveling companion to Mr. Wednesday, a conman who is actually of the older gods.
Speaking with Crave Online this week, Fuller says the plan is to expand the scope of the story beyond just the point of view of the two leads:
"It's basically the following the events of the books, but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go »
- Garth Franklin
Starz has a new hit TV series on its hands, with the fantasy novel series adaptation Outlander; the network aims to replicate that success when it brings the world of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods from the page to small screen. Gaiman’s work of modern Americana fantasy is a best-seller that’s won multiple prestigious awards (including the Hugo and Nebula); it also has a sequel novel in development by the author and shares characters in common with Gaiman’s Anansi Boys novel and the novella “Monarch of the Glen” (which revolves around the protagonist of American Gods, Shadow).
That is to say, there’s a reasonable amount of source material – and critically-acclaimed source material at that – for American Gods ...
- Sandy Schaefer
You’ll have to excuse poor Claire in this week’s Outlander. After all, a desperate person will grasp on to any hope – no matter how slim, improbable and/or inspired by a folk song – if it means achieving a desired outcome. And Claire is as desperate as they get.
So to you and I, pegging all of one’s aspirations on the information contained in some bard’s pretty chorus doesn’t sound like a plan for success, but we also haven’t been thrown back in time, accused of sorcery and forced to use a chamber pot. All I’m saying is, »
Which explains exactly why Hannibal ended its sophomore run in spectacularly bloody fashion.
Michael Ausiello sat down in TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite with the executive producer, fellow Ep Martha De Laurentiis and cast members Caroline Dhavernas, Aaron Abrams and Scott Thompson to dish some of Season 2′s most shocking moments: »
While we wait to see what becomes of those long-gestating Sandman and American Gods adaptations, another Neil Gaiman tale is taking a step toward the big screen. Elle Fanning has signed on to lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a 2006 short story by Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell is directing. Get […]
- Angie Han
Sandman may be the highest profile Neil Gaiman project going through the Hollywood system at the moment (with American Gods heading to the small screen), but there's also a feature based on one of his short stories in the works too.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties is a Gaiman short story that's being adapted for the big screen by John Cameron Mitchell, along with Philippa Goslett. Mitchell is also set to direct. He is the man, of course, behind the terrific Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Furthermore, it's now been revealed that Elle Fanning is attached to star in the film, taking on the role of a female alien on Earth, who wants to explore the most dangerous place in the entire galaxy. That would be Croydon. »
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