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TV Updates: Stephenie Meyer Adaptation, Pilots from Ilene Chaiken & Liz Meriwether in the Works

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Another day, another batch of women-centric and created series announced. Projects from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and showrunners Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”) and Liz Meriwether (“New Girl”) may be heading our way, according to reports from Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

Deadline confirms that Tomorrow Studios is developing a TV adaptation of Meyer’s “The Chemist.” The 2016 thriller novel is about a woman working for “a U.S. government agency so clandestine it didn’t even have a name.” “When they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back but it means taking one last job for her ex-employers.”

Meyer and Meghan Hibbett are producing via Fickle Fish Films. Tomorrow StudiosMarty Adelstein and Becky Clements will also produce.

“Stephenie
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American Gods has been renewed for a second season

Amazon today announced that the highly-acclaimed Amazon Original Series American Gods, which premiered on May 1st, has been renewed for a second season. Currently, American Gods is the most watched show in the UK on Prime Video.

“We’re delighted to bring a second season of Neil Gaiman’s riveting story to fans across the globe,” said Tim Leslie, Vice President, International, Prime Video. “Audiences have responded overwhelmingly to season one – it is stunning entertainment unlike anything else and we can’t wait for the next series.”

In Season one, viewers encountered a war brewing between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Adapted from the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) as protagonist ex-con Shadow Moon,
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Starz Renews American Gods for a Second Season

The conflict between Old Gods and New Gods will continue to be explored on screen, as Starz has officially renewed American Gods (based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name) for a second season.

Starz announced the season 2 news on Twitter. No other details are known at this time, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further developments. The eight-episode first season of American Gods will conclude on June 18th.

From the Press Release: "“American Gods” posits a different kind of war brewing—one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to
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TV News Roundup: ‘American Gods’ Opening Titles Released, Seeso Announces Summer Premiere Dates

TV News Roundup: ‘American Gods’ Opening Titles Released, Seeso Announces Summer Premiere Dates
In today’s TV news roundup, Starz has released the opening title sequence for “American Gods,” Seeso announced its upcoming programming schedule, and Netflix announced the premiere date for “The Ranch” second season.

First Look

One month ahead of the series premiere, Starz has released the opening titles for its upcoming original series, “American Gods,” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel of the same name. The title sequence, created by Elastic Media, sees a technicolor montage of stylized pagan relics alongside the series’ cast members: Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”), Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”), Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” “Legend”), and Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black”). “American Gods” premieres April 30 at 9 p.m.

Casting

AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests who are set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick” (an hour-long spin-off of Hardwick’s after-show special, “Talking Dead
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New trailer for Neil Gaiman adaptation ‘American Gods’

Starz have announced that the highly-anticipated eight-episode first season of American Gods, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, will make its network premiere on Sunday April 30th.

American Gods posits a different kind of war brewing – one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.

Adapted from the award-winning novel, “American Gods” stars Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) as Shadow Moon; Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”) as
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Premiere Date & Key Art for Starz Series American Gods

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Based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name, the Starz series American Gods will premiere on Sunday, April 30th (following its world premiere at SXSW) and is teased in new key art.

Press Release (via TheFutonCritic): Beverly Hills, Calif. - February 23, 2017 - Starz announced today that the highly-anticipated eight-episode first season of FremantleMedia North America produced Starz Original Series "American Gods," adapted from Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, will make its network premiere on Sunday, April 30th at 9Pm Et/Pt.

Starz also debuted the U.S. key art. Both announcements come ahead of the World Premiere and extended Q&A of the series at SXSW in March. The series will debut publicly at the festival on March 11 at 11 Am Ct at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center followed by an extended Q&A moderated by Kcrw's Elvis Mitchell. Showrunners and cast in attendance will include Bryan Fuller,
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AnnaSophia Robb to Star in Supernatural Drama ‘Down a Dark Hall’ From Stephenie Meyer

AnnaSophia Robb to Star in Supernatural Drama ‘Down a Dark Hall’ From Stephenie Meyer
AnnaSophia Robb will star in the supernatural drama “Down a Dark Hall” for Lionsgate, which has been in development for two years.

Rodrigo Cortes is directing “Down a Dark Hall,” which also stars Isabelle Fuhrman. The film started shooting in Barcelona.

Lionsgate acquired rights to the project in 2014 with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Twilight” movie franchise producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen on broad to produce. Adrian Guerra of Nostromo Pictures is also producing.

The project is based on the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan. Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Godfrey and Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner. Meyer optioned the book in 2013.

The story follows the newest student at a boarding school who confronts the darkly seductive powers of the headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural abilities that could make her all-powerful or destroy her.

Fickle Fish produced “The Host,
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‘Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie is Writing a Major Fantasy Film for Warner Brothers

‘Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie is Writing a Major Fantasy Film for Warner Brothers
Though he’s currently on tour as the Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie already has another opportunity lined up. The Tracking Board reports has been tapped to write a new fantasy film for Warner Bros. Pictures entitled “Moonland.” The film will follow an 11-year-old girl who lands in a magical world via a flying bike and immediately gets wrapped up in an adventure. Wrongfully imprisoned, the girl escapes to go on a mission with a knight to save a beautiful princess. “Moonland” will reunite McKenzie with director James Bobin, who previously co-created and directed the “Flight of the Conchords” TV show.

Read More: Why Jemaine Clement, Unlikely Romantic Hero of ‘People Places Things,’ Wasn’t Sure What Kind of Film They Were Making

McKenzie is best known for his work as one half of the New Zealand-based musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. He and partner Jemaine Clement spawned a BBC radio series,
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The Legend of Tarzan and Free State of Jones movies review: enough with the white saviors

Filtering other people’s stories through the eyes of white men is tedious and offensive, and it feels like a desperate hedge against fresh perspectives. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s a problem lately with lots of Hollywood movies… and some not-Hollywood movies, too. The same sorts of stories — often literally the same stories, as with reboots and remakes — are getting told over and over again, and with little apparent notion that what is required is a good reason to tell those same stories again. And here we go again.

To say that tales of Tarzan have been told before is an almost absurd understatement: he has been a mainstay of cinema since the silent era. And while The Legend of Tarzan is only very loosely based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs,
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Mickey Sumner joins horror 'Caught' for former Maven Pictures exec

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Exclusive: Robert Halmi, Jr. and Jim Reeve will executive-produce feature now underway in UK.

Frances Ha actress Mickey Sumner has joined April Pearson (Skins), Cian Barry (Nina Forever) and Ruben Crow (Austenland) in horror Caught, which is currently shooting in the UK.

The film tells the story of a journalist couple who invite a man and woman into their idyllic village home, but what begins with an informal interview descends into a nightmarish fight for survival.

Robert Halmi Jr (Olympus) and Jim Reeve (Foyle’s War) are executive producers for Great Point Media, which will also handle world sales.

Jamie Patterson (City Of Dreamers) is directing the script written by Dave Allsop and Alex Francis, from a story developed by Allsop and Clint Langley.

The film is a Gael Films, Dandelion Productions and Castleview Films production, produced by Jeremy Davis, Christina O’Shea-Daly (The Fixer) and Francis.

The feature marks the first for former Maven Pictures senior
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'Twilight' Creator Stephenie Meyer To Produce Thrilling New Ya Project 'Anna Dressed In Blood'

From the producer and creator of the blockbuster Twilight film series comes a newfeature film franchise, the young adult supernatural romance Anna Dressed In Blood. Fresh faces Maddie Hasson (ABCFamily series 'Twisted', I Saw The Light) and Cameron Monaghan (Showtime Networks series "Shameless', Fox series'Gotham') have been cast in the new film from Fickle Fish Films producers Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett, it wasannounced today by The Solution Entertainment Group's Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Nestel and Wilson are producing with Meyer and Hibbett and are financing the project. The Solution will introduce the film to buyers and handle international sales at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group represents theUS rights and packaged the project.

Meyer optioned the book Anna Dressed In Blood, the first book in a successful two-book series, from acclaimed author KendareBlake and developed the project
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‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Adapting YA Book Franchise ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer Adapting YA Book Franchise ‘Anna Dressed in Blood’
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is adapting the YA supernatural book series “Anna Dressed in Blood” into a movie franchise.

Maddie Hasson of the ABC Family series ‘Twisted” and Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless,” “Gotham”) have been cast in the new film from Fickle Fish Films producers Meyer and Meghan Hibbett. Trish Sie (“Step Up: All In”) will direct from a screenplay written by Allison Wood.

The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are producing, while Meyer and Hibbett and are financing the project.

The Solution will introduce the film to buyers and handle international sales at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group represents the U.S. rights and packaged the project. The film is slated to begin principal photography this November.

Meyer optioned the book “Anna Dressed in Blood,” the first novel in the two-book series, from author Kendare Blake.

Monaghan will play
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'American Gods' Starts Filming Plus More Cast Members Announced

Starz and FremantleMedia North America began production this week on the 10-episode first season of American Gods, the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel. Shooting has commenced in Toronto, Canada and will continue in additional locations across America.

Joining the previously announced cast are Cloris Leachman (“Malcom in The Middle,” “Raising Hope”) as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare (“Fargo,” “Prison Break”) as Czernobog, Chris Obi (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Counselor”) as Anubis, and Mousa Kraish (“Superbad,” “Fast & Furious”) as The Jinn.

The cast includes Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” “Legend”) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (“The Borgias,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (“Aquarius,” “Masters of Sex”) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (“Deadly Waters”) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (“Back to the Future”) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (“Kingdom”) as Low Key Lyesmith.
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American Gods star ponders a leprechaun and zombie romance

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Pablo Schreiber has been chatting about going full Bonnie and Clyde with Emily Browning on American Gods...

The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods may have started out as the story of Shadow Moon and his dealings with Mr. Wednesday, but over the course of 8 episodes the relationship between Pablo Schreiber's leprechaun and the dead girl who absorbed his lucky coin (Emily Browning) became the most engaging storyline of them all.

See related Willy Wonka: new movie will not adapt any of the books, origin beats confirmed

It turns out that this was no accident. Mad Sweeney and Laura Moon were always supposed to bring light to the darkness, as Schreiber recently confirmed to io9.

"One of the key elements of the pitch they gave me was that his journey was going to be sort of like 'Bonnie and Clyde
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'American Gods' TV Show Lands '100' Star Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon

'American Gods' TV Show Lands '100' Star Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon
Starz and FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) announced today that Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April. Here's what author Neil Gaiman had to say about the casting in a statement.

"I'm thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I'm delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts."

A native of Oldham, Greater Manchester England, Whittle's credits include The 100, Austenland, Hollyoaks, Mistresses, NCIS and Holby City. Whittle is the son
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First American Gods Casting News: Ricky Whittle to Portray Shadow Moon

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” Austenland) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the network’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. The series will begin shooting in… Continue Reading →

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Ricky Whittle cast as Shadow Moon in Neil Gaiman's American Gods TV Adaptation

Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.

Neil Gaiman said:

“I'm thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun. American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I'm delighted Ricky will get to embody Shadow. Now the fun starts.”

Commented Bryan Fuller and Michael Green:

“We searched every continent and country and all the islands in between for our Shadow Moon, and we are lucky to have found Ricky. Fans of the novel
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Ricky Whittle Has Been Cast as Shadow Moon in the Upcoming Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 'American Gods'

Starz and FremantleMedia North America (Fmna) announced today that Ricky Whittle (“The 100,” “Austenland”) has been cast as Shadow Moon in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, "American Gods." The series will begin shooting in April. Neil Gaiman said, “I'm thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun.American Gods is, at its heart, a book about immigrants, and it seems perfectly appropriate that Shadow will, like so much else, be Coming to America. I'm delighted Ricky will get to embody...
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‘American Gods’ Casts Its Shadow: ‘The 100’ Actor to Play Lead Role in Starz TV Adaptation

‘American Gods’ Casts Its Shadow: ‘The 100’ Actor to Play Lead Role in Starz TV Adaptation
American Gods,” Starz’s TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved fantasy novel, has cast Ricky Whittle in the lead role of Shadow Moon, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

The series posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The plot centers around Shadow Moon, an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

Gaiman said in a statement, “I’m thrilled that Ricky has been cast as Shadow. His auditions were remarkable. The process of taking a world out of the pages of a book, and putting it onto the screen has begun.
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Don Verdean | Review

Going Clear: Hess’ Uncomfortable Religious Comedy Defuses Subversive Potential

Religion and comedy don’t make for comfortable bedfellows, at least not for films attempting to play it safe by simultaneously poking fun at blind belief while expecting us to empathize with an inability to question basic tenets of any particular religious belief system. This is exactly the tone director Jared Hess strikes with his new comedy Don Verdean, a film about a well-meaning religious charlatan preying on the superstitious beliefs of Christians devoted to finding archaeological relics supposedly proving various mythological instances from the Bible. Rather than castigate his characters, we’re meant to laugh at their desperate antics in a sort of moral fable whose agenda is made palatable by its notable cast members allowing for a work around from falling into a religious niche market.

A decade ago, biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) discovered an artifact in
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