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Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, More Voicing BBC One’s Watership Down Miniseries


The classic novel, “Watership Down” that I am sure everyone read in school, is getting another adaptation: this time via the BBC and with way more bitchin’ voice acting.

The Richard Adam allegorical rabbit tale was first released as a novel in 1972 before being adapted into a feature length animated movie in 1978. Now the BBC is going to adapt it once more as an animated miniseries featuring the voice acting of en Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Freddie Fox, Anne-Marie Duff, Miles Jupp and Olivia Colman.

“Watership Down” is set in the rural landscape of southern England, where a group of rabbits must flee from the intrusion of humans and the impending destruction of their homes. With a pair of bunny brothers taking the lead, the group ventures from their native land to an ideal society. Along the way, they face predators and adversaries that test their courage and will.

Matthew Read, BBC’s network drama commissioning editor, released a statement championing their retelling of the famous novel.

“Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest selling books in history,” Read said. “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience with such an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation.”

The four-part CGI miniseries is slated to air in 2017 and will see Kingsley, Boyega, McAvoy and Hoult voicing the stories central characters, led by McAvoy’s Hazel and Hoult’s Fiver. The project is being produced by U.K. production and management company 42, in addition to Noam Murro’s Biscuit Films. Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) will direct, while BAFTA-nominated Tom Bidwell will pen the script.

Co-director Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie) is leading the series’ CGI animation team, along with producer Hugo Sands and animation studio Brown Bag Films.

AMC Picks Up The Night Manager With Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston


The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that AMC has officially picked up a bid to partner with the BBC to release a miniseries based on the novel, “The Night Manager.” The 6 – 8 part miniseries stars Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

The novel was originally released in 1993 by John le Carre. The tale follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine in his new line of work as a night auditor for a luxurious hotel, where he meets a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black market weapons dealer. Sophie winds up dead after giving Pine incriminating documents, and he goes undercover with British intelligence in a sting operation against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.

Le Carre is no stranger to the world of adaptations. Several of his previous works have been made into pretty successful films including A Most Wanted ManTinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Constant Gardener. Some television series have also already been made based on his work such as “A Perfect Spy” and “A Murder of Quality.”

The adaptation will be written by David Farr for Ink Factory. There is no word yet on when the miniseries will begin production or an anticipated premiere date.


BBC Initially Felt Benedict Cumberbatch Was “Not Sexy Enough”


It is hard to imagine BBC’s “Sherlock” without Benedict Cumberbatch. One might even say he adds a bit of sex appeal to the show. Some might say. However, according to showrunner Steven Moffat, they initially didn’t think that was the case. (and honestly I kind of only think Cumberbatch is sexy in Sherlock and not in anything else, otherwise he sort of looks like an alien, no? I mean he is a really amazing actor don’t get me wrong but he did play an alien in “Star Trek” so… )

Moffat was once quoted as saying that Cumberbatch seemed “not sexy enough” when he was first cast as Sherlock Holmes on the series. In an interview with Radio Times Moffat explained the reactions of casting David Tennant and Cumberbatch in roles at the time.

“They said of casting David Tennant [in a mini series] as Casanova: ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier,’ ” Moffat, who continues to oversee Doctor Who and Sherlock, said, according to the publication. “With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.’ “

Though in the end it worked out well didn’t it? I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role nor would I want to.

New Interactive Trailer for Sherlock Series Three


Season 3 of BBC’s “Sherlock” is finally almost here and BBC One has revealed a new interactive trailer for the upcoming third season.  The third season will premiere on BBC One on January 1st with “The Empty Hearse.” The third season will kick-off in the United States on January 19th on PBS.

After the New Year’s Day premiere, the second episode will air on Sunday, January 5th, followed by the third and final part on Sunday, January 12th. Those episodes are titled “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow.” All three episodes will run at 90 minutes each.

“Sherlock” is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Six episodes have been produced, the first three of which aired in 2010. Series two aired in 2012, and a third series began production in March 2013. The series has been sold to over 180 territories.

The series depicts Sherlock depicts “consulting detective” Holmes, assisting the Metropolitan Police Service, primarily Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), in solving various crimes. Holmes is assisted by his flatmate, Dr John Watson, who has returned from military service in Afghanistan. Although the series depicts a variety of crimes and perpetrators, Holmes’ conflict with his archnemesis Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) is a recurring feature. Pathologist Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) assists Holmes in her laboratory. Other recurring roles include Una Stubbs as Mrs. Hudson, Holmes and Watson’s landlady; and co-creator Mark Gatiss as Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes.