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Halo TV series loses director following delay

By Derek Strickland | Dec 5, 2018 04:35 pm CST

Showtime has delayed production of its big new Halo TV series, causing an executive producer to break away.


As the Halo TV show continues to evolve and grow, so does its schedule and resource cost, and conflicts inevitably arise. One such conflict has caused Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt to depart from the Halo show, where he was to executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the 10-part series.

"It's with great disappointment that changes to the production schedule of 'Halo' prevent me from continuing in my role as a director on the series," Wyatt told Variety. "My time on 'Halo' has been a creatively rich and rewarding experience with a phenomenal team of people. I now join the legion of fans out there, excited to see the finished series and wishing everyone involved the very best."

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Blade Runner anime coming to Adult Swim

By Derek Strickland | Nov 29, 2018 06:41 pm CST

Ridley Scott's sci-fi Blade Runner series is getting an anime adaptation, and Adult Swim will broadcast it in the United States.


The new anime series, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, will simultaneously draw from and bridge both movies with a 2032 timeline setting, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Black Lotus will run for 13 episodes and be aired exclusively (outside of Asia) on on Adult Swim's Toonami content block.

Crunchyroll has teamed up with Alcon Television Group for the series, and key talent has been brought on board to work on the show including Blade Runner: 2049 writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson, alongside anime alums like Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama. Cowboy Bebop's Shinichiro Watanabe will also help shape the anime (he's also working closely on Netflix's new live-action Cowboy Bebop show).

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Cowboy Bebop live-action series greenlit at Netflix

By Derek Strickland | Nov 28, 2018 06:25 pm CST

Cowboy Bebop will soon come to life (quite literally) on our television screens.


It's official: Netflix is adapting the stylish 90's anime Cowboy Bebop is being into a live-action series. "Guess it's time to announce that Cowboy Bebop, the live-action series, is heading to Netflix," the entertainment giant announced on Twitter. Casting for the renegade crew of Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed (and most importantly, Ein!) have yet to be revealed.

The show will run for 10 episodes and sees many of the original Cowboy Bebop alums returning, including Shinichiro Watanabe, who directed the anime and consults on the project, as well as various members of Sunrise Inc. Tomorrow Studios has been working on the live-action series for a year now but no release date has been announced.

We may see Cowboy Bebop jump the gun in 2019 alongside Netflix's big new The Witcher TV show.

Resident Evil reboot movie focuses on horror first

By Derek Strickland | Nov 25, 2018 12:18 am CST

The upcoming Resident Evil film reboot will channel the creepy, macabre vibes from the early games.


Unlike the horrifying games, the Resident Evil movies are mostly known for ridiculous action and separate themselves apart from Capcom's beloved interactive experiences. But the new Resident Evil reboot wants to change all that and bring blood and guts to the forefront again. In a recent interview with Discussing Film, reboot screenwriter Greg Russo says the film is inspired by two things: a game and a director. The game is Resident Evil 7, and the director is James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring, etc). This cocktail of chaos bodes well for fans.

"Obviously I'm a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they've made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash," Russo said in the interview. "For me it was very clear cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yea Resident Evil 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft."

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New Monster Hunter movie details surface

By Derek Strickland | Oct 5, 2018 05:09 pm CDT

Capcom is making a feature-length film based on its titanic Monster Hunter game series, and now it's released a few new tidbits about the adaptation.


Making movies out of video games is quite difficult and often goes awry. But Capcom and Toho are keen to try, and they're working with the Resident Evil movie vets at Constantin Films to make it happen. We've known about the Monster Hunter movie for quite some time now--Milla Jovovich will star, and RE director Paul W.S. Anderson has been tapped to write and direct (which could go either way).

Here's what Capcom said in a recent press release: "The film will depict two protagonists who come from different worlds and must cooperate in fighting monsters in order to survive. It is being produced by Constantin Films, and has Paul W. S. Anderson, known for the series of Resident Evil films based on Capcom's games, on as both writer and director. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

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Witcher TV show's screenplay is finished

By Derek Strickland | Sep 24, 2018 06:39 pm CDT

The screenplay for Geralt's first adventure on the small screen has been penned and finalized, show writer Lauren S. Hissrich today confirmed.


Netflix's new live-action Witcher TV series, which stars Superman's Henry Cavill as The Butcher of Blaviken, is coming together nicely for its 2019 release. The screenplay and script for the 8-episode season has been wrapped up (the finale was finished today) by writer Lauren S. Hissrich, who took a leave from Twitter to double-down on the work.

The series will stay true to Andrzej Sapkowski's original vision in The Witcher books, and I'm curious what he thinks of the script. Sapkowski will help with the show itself, but his official capacity may be advisory and help guide the show's darkly medieval focus.

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Witcher TV show coming 2019 on Netflix

By Derek Strickland | Sep 6, 2018 06:43 pm CDT

Netflix's new live-action Witcher series will release ahead of its original 2020 target, show writer Lauren Hissrich today revealed.


On the heels of confirming Superman star Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia in the show, scriptwriter Lauren Hissrich confirmed the Witcher's first season will roll out sometime in 2019. Netflix's adaptation was originally announced in May 2017 and will stay close to the dark and gritty fantasy themes found in Andrzej Sapkowski's original novels.

In fact Sapkowski has been intimately involved with the project since the get-go. "I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing," the Polish author said in 2017. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."

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Henry Cavill to play Geralt in Netflix Witcher series

By Derek Strickland | Sep 4, 2018 01:06 pm CDT

Superman star Henry Cavill has confirmed he will play monster-slayer Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's big new live-action Witcher TV series.


Henry Cavill, who showed interest in playing the Butcher of Blaviken shortly after beating The Witcher 3, today confirmed on Instagram that he's been cast as the gruff swordmaster in Netflix's upcoming adaptation.

Show writer Lauren S. Hissrich also confirmed Cavill's role as Geralt. Hissrich affirms that the the actor is essentially perfect as Andrzej Sapkowski's flawed monster-hunting hero:

"He was my first meeting. I didn't have writers or scripts yet - just a greenlight and a lot of passion. That was four months ago, and I've never forgotten the passion he brought. He IS Geralt. He always has been. I'm so thrilled to welcome HENRY CAVILL to the #Witcher family," she said.

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Diablo Netflix TV series may be in the works

By Derek Strickland | Aug 30, 2018 06:22 pm CDT

Rumor has it Netflix will adapt Blizzard's popular Diablo series into a TV show with Hellboy writer Andrew Cosby penning the script, but nothing's been confirmed just yet.


Diablo is one of my favorite franchises of all time. With its brutal, demon-infested world and grim fantasy themes, it's so darkly enchanting and utterly captivated me during my formative gaming years. So when I hear that Blizzard might be working with Netflix to adapt Diablo into a series I naturally get quite excited. Diablo's cinematics are amazing enough, but imagine if they stretched into an entire show? I'm getting chills already.

Diablo's wide mythical lore makes it a perfect series to adapt. The world of Sanctuary is rife with witches, demons, undead, and prime evils that tear the world asunder with fire and mayhem. The lore itself tells of a battleground where demons and angels fight in an ageless war--the High Heavens against the Burning Hells--for the souls of men and conquest of their realms. Tal Rasha, the Horadrim, the Seven Evils, Bul-Kathos and his Arreat barbarians...there's so, so many things that could be adapted with maximum flavor in a Netflix series.

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Street Fighter is getting a live-action TV show

By Derek Strickland | Mar 24, 2018 03:27 pm CDT

Following the acclaim of the recent web series, Street Fighter is getting a new live-action TV show.


According to Deadline, Entertainment One and Capcom will help fund a new TV series based on the massively popular Street Fighter game series. The creators and team behind the Assassin's Fist will produce the show and it'll likely follow the same format as the British-based web show. With over 40 million units sold across the globe, Street Fighter remains one of the most well-known video game franchises in the industry.

"Street Fighter is a global tour de force franchise, having garnered immense worldwide commercial success and built a vast devoted fanbase that has only grown through its 30 year legacy. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Joey, Jacqueline and Mark, who are already so deeply connected to this brand, to bring this adored story to television audiences everywhere," said Mark Gordon, eOne's President and Chief Content Officer, Film, Television and Digital. "A particular strength of Street Fighter is the wide range of ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game. It will allow us to build an inclusive and engaging TV universe."

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