I don't know about you, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Castle Rock. I love this show! I'm just such a huge fan of Stephen King and seeing this supernatural world that he's built in his stories come together in the series like this has been so cool and exciting.
I'm happy to report that Hulu has officially renewed the series for a second season and it's said that the new season of the anthology series will offer fans a "wholly original" story. Hulu's senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich told Variety.
"It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them. The reaction from the variety of audiences has been overwhelming and it seems to be one of the most talked about shows of the summer."
Erwich goes on to say, "Stephen and JJ are the masters of mystery, and the mystery and the guessing game of what’s going on has sustained week to week."
They've certainly done a fantastic job with this show and I've been completely engulfed in the story that Season 1 is telling. I can't wait to see how that story plays out and comes to an end. I also can't wait to see what's in store for Season 2!
If you're a fan of director Wes Anderson and his movies, the first details have surfaced for his next film project. Anderson is the director of films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently Isle of Dogs. Now he is about to embark on a journey to develop his tenth film.
The French publication Sudoest is reporting that Anderson will start shooting his next film in France in February next year, which is where he's currently living. The shoot will last for four months and the movie will be shot in the southwest commune of Angoulême.
As far as the story goes, all we know at this time is that it will take place just after World War II. It will be really interesting to see what the plot of the film ends up being. There's no doubt that he'll end up casting the usual suspects that he likes to bring into his film projects.
The French New Wave has been a big influence on Anderson's work so with the film shooting in France shortly after WWII, I'm curious to see what he is planning.
Jordan Peele has been keeping incredibly busy in Hollywood since his film Get Out became a huge hit. He's working on various film and TV projects. He's currently developing the film US, which we don't know much about, but one of the most high-profile projects he's developing is a new Twilight Zone series.
He was very reluctant to jump on board The Twilight Zone. This is an iconic series that creator Rod Serling already executed perfectly. So why did Peele decide to take on the series? He explains in an interview with Variety:
"I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip ‘Twilight Zone’ off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call."
That call came from Simon Kinberg, who has been trying to get a reboot of the series off the ground for years at CBS. Peele ended up taking a meeting with him and all of a sudden, he found himself excited about the possibilities of what he could do with the series. He went on to explain that he feels it is an opportunity to continue Rod Serling's mission:
"The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission. If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow ‘Twilight Zone’ fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society."
That's a great way to look at it. I'm looking forward to seeing what Peele is planning for his Twilight Zone series and the stories he will tell. Peele goes on to say that he's hesitant about stepping into the shoes of Rod Serling as on-camera presenter role for the revival, but he hasn't ruled it out yet. "Peele worries that his face is too associated with comedy, that his presence would undermine the serious work he’s putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy." Do you think he should be the presenter of the Twilight Zone episodes?
Peele also talked about the lack of imagination in Hollywood and how it is fueling him as a storyteller, saying:
"There has been a lack of imagination in Hollywood, which sets us up to bring in really new, creative ways of storytelling. The imagination, especially, when we talk about representation, has been dull. For years and years and years, there’s this preconceived notion that diversity presents a struggle for projects. Well, the truth is, we haven’t invested in diversity. We haven’t invested in artists. So there’s a lack of courage, and I think, when you take leaps and you bring courage and confidence to projects, it works."
"We can make projects that take courage to produce. When we can give companies a bit of the courage to do something new, something special, something bold and novel can really come from it."
Peele is one of those filmmakers that is really trying to make a difference in Hollywood and with the projects he's involved with. There's no doubt that his success is just going to keep growing as he continues to develop more films and TV projects.
Over the past few months, a lot of rumors have surfaced in regards to an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars movie. It's been said that film is in pre-production and will be ready to start shooting in 2019. There was a plot synopsis that leaked and talk of the movie being developed for Disney's streaming service. The movie even had a director attached to it at one point. That director was Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown), who is supposedly no longer attached.
There have been so many rumors from so many different sources, it's hard not to think that something is happening with an Obi-Wan movie! But now, actor Ewan McGregor claims that there are no plans! While he was a guest on The View, McGregor was asked about possibly coming back to reprise his role and this was his reply:
"I would totally do it, of course. There’s no plans as such to do it, as far as I know."
There's a good chance that he's saying this because he's not allowed to confirm that something is happening. After All, Lucasfilm hasn't made any kind of official announcement. If there is an Obi-Wan movie being developed, it's not like McGregor is going to make the big announcement on The View. McGregor went on to say:
"There must be a good story to tell as they’re doing spin-offs – there’s likely to be a good Obi-Wan between me and Alec Guinness."
That story would most likely take place while on Tatooine after the events of Revenge of the Sith. It's there he went into hiding and looked after Luke Skywalker from afar. He was there for decades and I think that there are a lot of stories to explore there.
After everything that we've been hearing about this Obi-Wan movie, and now McGregor denying he knows anything about it, I'm curious to see how this whole thing shakes out. I hope we do get an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, though! What do you think about McGregor's comments?
As we were all expecting, Legendary Pictures is reportedly getting ready to leave its distribution and co-financing deal with Universal Pictures and is headed back to Warner Bros. I always thought it was interesting that Legendary seemed to keep one foot in over at WB after they left them for Universal. Not long after they left WB, they moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal Pictures to WB because they wanted to keep the giant franchises under the same distributor.
Then later on after releasing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Skyscraper under the Universal distribution deal, they moved Detective Pikachu to WB as well. Things obviously just didn't work out the way they were hoping they would when Legendary moved to Universal. In the end, none of their plans paid off.
The news of the move comes from Variety, but a new deal has yet to be signed. As of right now, the two studios are negotiating the terms and they are expected to come to an agreement shortly. The report goes on to say that the new deal will be a lot different than previous pacts that Legendary has signed.
Namely, the Warner Bros. alliance will be a straight output deal, meaning that the studio will release Legendary’s films for a fee. It will not be a slate financing partnership, which was the kind of alliance that Legendary had at Warner Bros. during an eight-year relationship that ended in 2013. Warner Bros. could invest in certain Legendary films and vice versa, but neither company is be obligated to take equity stakes in each other’s films.
In case you're wondering why Legendary left WB in the first place, it's explained that there was some bad blood between Legendary's Thomas Tull and former WB studio chief Jeff Robinov. Now both companies are under new leadership with Toby Emmerich heading up Warners, and Josh Grode leading the charge at Legendary. It's said that "the two men have been hammering out a new deal in recent weeks."
Legendary no longer has any movies set up at Universal, and they were originally slated to end the deal with them in December. With no commitments holding them down over there, I imagine that Legendary and Universal will gladly part ways in the near future.
It's kinda interesting to see how this whole thing with Legendary played out over the past few years.
"Is there anyone left in New York that doesn't want me dead!?"
Sony has released the launch trailer for their highly anticipated new Spider-Man PS4 game and it's loaded with tons of new gameplay footage. Watching this just gets me even more excited about getting my hands on the game! The trailer also includes footage of Miles Morales, Silver Sable, Aunt May, and more.
I have a feeling I'm not going to be very productive for about a month or so following this release of the game.
Starring the world’s most iconic Super Hero, Marvel’s Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities, improvisation, and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for, while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game. From traversing with parkour and utilizing the environment, to new combat and blockbuster set pieces, it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before.
Marvel and Insomniac Games have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man story. This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met before, or seen in a movie. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of nine million New Yorkers rests upon his shoulders.
An experienced Spider-Man with several years of crime fighting under his belt, Peter Parker has sheer mastery of his powerful spider-sense, dynamic skills, acrobatic abilities and a new suit. This is an all-new Spider-Man universe, featuring familiar characters in unfamiliar roles. Take control of a complex dual life, as a young adult with great powers… and evolving relationships. Swing freely through Marvel’s New York City in epic action set-pieces filled with a rich narrative and relatable characters.
Marvel’s Spider-Man will debut exclusively on PlayStation on September 7th.
After being canceled by FOX, Lucifer wasluckily picked up by Netflix for a fourth season and now production on that season has started! We are only going to be treated with ten episodes, but ten episodes are better than none!
To celebrate the start of the production of Lucifer Season 4, Netflix shared the following video from the set.
Lucifer Season 3 left fans on a little cliffhanger so I'm excited to see how that will all play out in the upcoming episodes. Production onLucifer is said to last until December for an expected 2019 premiere.
Based on the Vertigo character, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals.
Len Wiseman serves as director and executive producer on the series and I'll be looking forward to its return.
The History Channel has officially ordered a second season of their medieval drama series Knightfall. That's great news if you were a fan of the first season, but to make things even more interesting, it's been announced that Mark Hamill (Star Wars) is joining the cast!
Knightfall stars Tom Cullen and it goes "inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics. Knightfall goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to learn who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing."
Hamill will take on the role of a character named Talus, "a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order."
That sounds like it will be an awesome role for him to take on! He will be joined by Tom Forbes (The Bastard Executioner, Wolf Hall) and Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals). Forbes will portray Prince Louis, "the violent and unpredictable son of King Philip and heir to the throne" and Gaunt will play Isabella, "the daughter of King Philip and well on her way to becoming the woman who history would call 'the she-wolf of France.'"
Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming of History had this to say in a statement about the series:
"In the face of ever-increasing competition, we’re proud of History’s track record of producing signature drama series that are epic in scope with complex characters. Whether it’s the legendary Knights Templar, the extraordinary tale of medieval Norsemen, or the story of a formerly classified United States Air Force program investigating UFOs during the Cold War, these series reflect our commitment to bringing the defining, big canvas stories of history to life. We look forward to offering our viewers a grittier, darker Knightfall in season two and welcoming Mark to the cast."
Knightfall season 2 joins History’s Vikings and the upcoming UFO drama Project Blue Book from executive producer Robert Zemeckis.
Aaron Helbing (The Flash, Spartacus: War of the Damned) is set as the showrunner and executive producer. I'm excited to see what he ends up bringing to Season 2! Casting Mark Hamill was certainly a great choice!
I thought the first season of Marvel's Runaways was a great and solid season. I like the characters they set up and the direction of the story and I can't wait to see where things end up going in Season 2.
It's been several months since Season 1 ended and now Hulu has finally given Season 2 a premiere date of December 21st, 2018. So we won't have to wait much longer. We also have a new synopsis to share that confirms all the teenage superhero characters will be on the run and they will be doing everything they can to stop PRIDE.
The Runaways have left their homes (and evil parents) behind and now have to learn to live on their own. As they scavenge for food, search for shelter, and take care of one another, our kids begin to realize that, for better or worse, they’re stuck with each other. And it’s up to them to take down PRIDE once and for all. But someone sent a mysterious message to Jonah… Is there a mole in the Runaways? Meanwhile PRIDE is focused on finding their children, and Jonah has his own dangerous plan in mind.
TV Line is reporting the series will pick up within hours of the first season’s finale. The heroes are desperately trying to figure out what to do next. The group will also discover the classic deserted hostel hideout, which becomes their primary base of operations.
Showrunner Stephanie Savage explains that the show’s take on the hostel will be more of a luxurious mansion that was swallowed up by some kind of natural disaster. She also hinted that the latter half of the second season will feature the show’s "first real breadcrumb that connects us to the MCU, in some way."
I'm curious to see if Runaways actually ends up crossing over with Cloak & Dagger. There's been a lot of rumor and speculation about that but nothing has been officially announced on that. It's not too hard to think that while teen heroes are on the run that they could find themselves in New Orleans, crossing paths with Tandy and Tyrone.
The entire second season of Runaways Season 2, which consists of 13-episodes, will be released on Hulu at once so that fans can binge through it if they want.
Are you a fan of Marvel's Runaways and are you excited about Season 2?
I enjoy a good murder mystery thriller and CBS All Access has released the first trailer for a new series called One Dollar that looks really interesting. The series was created by Craig Zobel (The Leftovers, Compliance) and this is the synopsis:
One Dollar is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paint a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed.
The cast of One Dollar includes John Carroll Lynch, Nathaniel Martello-White, Chris Denham, Philip Ettinger, Kirrilee Berger, Gracie Lawrence, Joshua Bitton, Nikẹ Uche Kadri, Hamilton Clancy, Greg Germann, Sturgill Simpson, Aleksa Palladino, Jeff Perry and Leslie Odom Jr.