Category Archives: TV Adaptations

“Shannara” Ordered Straight to Series at MTV

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MTV is officially moving forward with its own fantasy thriller series (likely hoping it will be the networks own “Game of Thrones.) The network will be adapting Terry Brooks’ Shannara straight to series with a 10-episode order.

MTV is teaming with Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar to adapt the international best-selling fantasy novels. The script came from Gough and Millar and immediately was approved by the studio executives causing Shannara to bypass the traditional pilot stage.

Casting has not yet begun. Jonathan Liebesman has signed on to direct taking over for Favreau. Liebesman will direct the first two episodes and also be credited as an exec producer. Gough and Millar will write and exec produce; Brooks, Dan Farah and Favreau will also exec produce.

The Shannara series is a long running beloved fantasy series that first started in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara and encompasses multiple trilogies and a prequel totaling over 25 books.

Shannara takes place thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.

This adaptation will be the first time the series has been brought to television. It was optioned for a film in 2007 but the rights expired in 2010 having never been made.

HBO says Game of Thrones To Last At Least EIGHT Seasons

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“Game of Thrones” showrunners have previously mentioned that they think the show will end up running around 70 hoursm yet HBO programming president Michael Lombardo recently revealed that the series will go on for at least EIGHT seasons.

He proclaimed,

“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation,” Lombardo said to critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Thursday when a reporter asked if the show would end after seven. “The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Eight season is not the final order especially considering the currently order has the show renewed through next year only. However, Eight seasons as a verbal commitment is pretty comforting.

Even if the show did end at eight seasons, there has been talk about a prequel season where fans could see events such as Robert’s Rebellion. There is a LOT of material to tackle that has been mentioned in the book series and seriously laid the ground work for the chain of events for the war we see now.

“I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do—about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show. We haven’t had any conversations about that at this point.”

Lombardo also discussed the shocking events of the recent season finale and whether Jon Snow is really dead. Lombardo maintained the same stance as the rest of the show’s team.

 “Dead is dead is dead,” he said. “He be dead. Um, yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”

While that is not the most encouraging thing we have ever heard, fans were left with some good news. Season 5 will be available on home video next month—much earlier than usual.

Agent Carter Renewed For Season 2 – Moving to Hollywood!

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Thank the old gods and the new, “Agent Carter” was renewed for a second season. Then at San Diego Comic Con this year, we learned some very exciting information about the upcoming sophomore season. Jeph Loeb spoke with executive producers Chris Dingess, Tara Butters, and Michele Fazekas and cast members James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) at Comic-Con about the characters, the popularity of the series, and what’s ahead in Season 2.

Peggy Carter will be moving from her haven in New York City to Hollywood. Looking at what fans can expect from season two, Butter said, “We are off to Hollywood.” It’s 1947, approximately six months after the first season ended. Fazekas explained, “Things are different… not everyone is in New York anymore. There’s some history we’re not quite sure about.” She said some people aren’t talking and we don’t know why, and Carter gets a call to go to Los Angeles to investigate a murder. Fazekas said, “Just changing the location generates such great stories and interactions between the characters.”

But don’t worry, Peggy’s right hand man, Jarvis, will be already in Hollywood.

Fazekas explained, “He’s been there helping Howard Stark set up his new estate in Beverly Hills. He’s [Howard] doing government work.” Howard has also started a movie studio. D’Arcy asked if he gets to meet his wife, and it seems like the answer is yes. Thought just because D’Arcy does, apparently the audience may not this season.

Then, one of the questions that is always on fans minds, is whether Peggy will finally find love again after Steve. Fazekas said, “I would say that Peggy has put Steve’s memory to rest and has a couple of new opportunities.”

Atwell also commented how she has loved playing the now iconic character and how the quality of writing was clear from the very first script.

“There were so many nuances of character.” She continued, “She’s [Peggy] has taken over my life in such an amazing way… It’s changed my life.”

Hulu Snags Streaming Rights to Fear the Walking Dead

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Hulu has officially closed an exclusive deal with AMC for the rights to stream the upcoming series “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead.”

The multi-year deal between Hulu and AMC also included several other scripted shows from the network.

Mike Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer at Hulu, said,

“AMC Networks has an incredible reputation and track record in producing captivating storytelling across a variety of genres for true connoisseurs of television. This huge partnership guarantees that Hulu viewers will soon be able to enjoy the newest slate of premium programming from some of the top cable networks.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“The 100”). The spin-off companion series is set in Los Angeles and centers on new characters and storyline but in the zombified world created by Robert Kirkman.

“The Walking Dead” veterans Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all executive producers of the new series. Kirkman will also be involved in the spin-off and has said that the spinoff will look and feel “startlingly different” from the original series. Dave Erickson is an executive producer and showrunner.

The spin-off has already been ordered for two seasons. The first six episodes will premiere on AMC later this summer on AMC.

 

Netflix Renews ‘Daredevil’ for Second Season — With New Showrunners

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Not surprisingly, Netflix has officially renewed “Daredevil” for a second season. The renewal came just 11 days after the Netflix Original Series premiered season one on the streaming service. However season 2 will return with different showrunners.

“Daredevil” stars “Boardwalk Empire” star Charlie Cox.  Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who will take over for Steven DeKnight. (DeKnight originally took over for the initial showrunner Drew Goddard, who had to leave the series to focus on other Marvel features.)

The series is the first of the five Marvel series to debut on the streaming service.

“Daredevil” will return for a second season in 2016.

 

Robert Kirkman Dishes On Details For Season 6 of Walking Dead

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It has only been a few weeks since season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has ended but everyone wants to know what they can expect in season 6. The creator, Robert Kirkman was at the National Association of Broadcasters Show to discuss season finale and where the show might be heading, especially regarding a key dynamic between two characters.

Note: Spoilers Ahead!!

The season 5 finale saw a reunion fans have been awaiting for years. Rick and Morgan found each other in the seemingly safe city but in a precarious situation. Kirkman said,

“Having Rick and Morgan together, finally, again is a huge deal, and it’s definitely going to be a big part of Season 6. Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship,” Kirkman continued. “And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together—if they’re going to work together—and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six.”

Steven Yeun, the actor who plays Glenn, was also present at the panel and spoke about his character’s fate in the upcoming season in the most vague way possibly.

“If I go—that could happen,” Yeun commented. “The way that we make the show, the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. So if it were for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.”

Kirkman added about Glenn’s future that they had “a lot of cool stuff” lined up for Glenn in the next season.

Wes Craven to Develop Two New TV Shows for SyFy Channel

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Wes Craven, the horror movie maverick, will be making his television debut with two series on the SyFy channel. According to a recent announcement, the director will be small screen adaptations of The People Under the Stairs and We Are All Completely Fine, the former of which is based on Craven’s own 1991 film of the same name.

In the television version of “The People Under the Stairs” Craven will serve as executive producer. The series is being described as  “a contemporary Downton Abbey meets Amityville Horror, with a young woman’s disappearance in the Robeson Family Manor exposing the estate’s dark history.”

“We Are All Completely Fine” is based off the novel by Daryl Gregory. It follows psychologist Dr. Jan Sayer as he forms a support groups for survivors of five different horror film scenarios. Craven is slated to write the script and direct the pilot episode, as well as act as executive producer for the series.

Dawn Olmstead, UCP executive vice president of development, said in a release,

“We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television.”

Craven recently also signed on to executive produce the MTV small screen adaptation of the popular horror film series, Scream.

Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood Is Being Adapted for Television

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The iconic true crime novel is making its way to television. The novel, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote has been optioned for a television adaptation by the Weinstein Company.

“In Cold Blood” details the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two of their four children. When Capote learned of the quadruple murder, before the killers were captured, he decided to travel to Kansas and write about the crime. He traveled to the town with his childhood friend and fellow author Harper Lee, and together they interviewed local residents and investigators assigned to the case and took thousands of pages of notes. The killers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, were arrested six weeks after the murders, and Capote ultimately spent six years working on the book.

The television adaptation is being produced through TWC while working closely with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios.

This is the fourth time “In Cold Blood” will be adapted from the novel. In 1967, a film was released, directed by Richard Brooks. Then the crimes themselves using parts of the book, have been adapted for film on three separate occasions, the last of which was Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, which told the story of the relationship between the author and the convicted murderers.

Reports say that Kevin Hood will be writing the script for the series. Hood is best known for penning the Jane Austin biopic, Becoming Jane. 

TWC has not announced what network will air the series or when we can expect it to premiere.

The project comes after the immense popularity of “The Jinx” documentary on HBO that followed the murder investigations in connection with Robert Durst while interviewing his side of the story. FX also recently started production on Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story. The first season will follow O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.

More information on In Cold Blood can be expected as the script inches towards completion.

A&E Is Developing a Let the Right One In Television Series

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There have already been two film adaptations of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let the Right One In but now there will be a television series based on the novel about a pre-adolescent vampire and her outcast best friend. It comes as a bit of a surprise that we are getting a third remake of the novel in less than a decade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has acquired the television rights to the original novel. The channel won the rights after a bidding war with Showtime to produce and broadcast the forthcoming series.

“Let the Right One In” the series will be headed by Jeff Davis, who has previously worked on the series “Teen Wolf.”

The series is still in development so details are very scarce. There is no word on who the studio is eyeing to star or an anticipated release date.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Will Run 90 Minutes

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The season five finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is just a few weeks away and according to Dalton Ross, the finale will run 90 minutes – much to the joy of fans and viewers everywhere. This will be the first time the show has extended an episode past its usual hour-long length.

Currently, there is not much known about the events of the finale but the fact that they are extending it must mean it will be incredible. Heart pounding? Most likely? A character death? Probably.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 pm on AMC with the finale airing on March 29. You can see the tweet below.

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