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Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman” film is going multi-platform.
HBO Max has handed out a series commitment to Warner Bros. Television for an original DC drama set within the Gotham City police department.
Said project will be set in the same world Reeves is creating for “The Batman” and will build upon the film’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, along with exploring the myriad of complex characters of Gotham.
Reeves will executive produce, as will “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter who will also pen the series which sounds very akin to the “Gotham Central” comic. Dylan Clark also executive produces.
Reeves says in a statement: “This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a longform format can afford – and getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”
This marks the first project for Reeves under his recently announced major overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group. It is not clear whether Batman will be among the characters on the show.
Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons – The Movie offers a new take on the Deathstroke legacy. Mercenary and master assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: one as the relentless killer known as Deathstroke, and the other as a dedicated family man. When these worlds collide, forced together by the vicious terror group known as H.I.V.E., it is the killer in Slade who must fight to save his loved ones, as well as what remains of himself. With his soul torn apart and his young son held captive, Deathstroke will have to atone for the sins of his past to fuel the battles of his future!
Canada’s Lark Productions has acquired the exclusive television rights to Image Comics’ sci-fi graphic novel series “Descender,” and its sequel “Ascender,” created by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (“Black Hammer”) and artist Dustin Nguyen (“Batman: Streets of Gotham”).
“Fortunate Son” producer Lark, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, will develop and produce the series.
“Descender” was launched in 2015 and 32 graphic novels were published through 2018. It follows Tim-21, a companion robot who is thrust into a hostile cosmos when he discovers that he’s the missing link between a fleet of life-annihilating constructs and modern robotics. In 2016, Nguyen won the Eisner for best painter/multi-media artist for the series.
“Ascender” was launched in 2019. Set 10 years after the events of “Descender,” “Ascender” imagines a magical world sans machines and follows a young girl who embarks on an epic quest to find Tim-21.
Lemire said, “The world of “Descender” and “Ascender” just keeps growing, and Dustin and I are very happy to be working with Lark to bring it to televisions screens as well. Their passion for the comics and devotion to telling the story the right way has us both very excited.”
“‘Descender’ [and] ‘Ascender’ is a beautifully crafted saga, examining the tolls of technology on nature and humanity, which feels very timely for television,” added Erin Haskett, president of Lark Productions.
Haskett, Lemire and Nguyen will serve as executive producers on the project.
In 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment acquired rights for a feature film adaptation of “Descender.”
Netflix has handed out an eight-episode series order for live-action drama series based on Jeff Lemire’s famed DC Vertigo Comics title “Sweet Tooth” which hails from Warner Bros. Television.
James Brolin will lend his voice as the show’s narrator while Will Forte (“MacGruber”), Adeel Akhtar (“The Big Sick”), Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Christian Convery (“Beautiful Boy”) will star.
Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell and Linda Moran are set to executive produce the project described as a family-friendly and broad appealing work following the storybook adventures of Gus – part deer, part boy – who leaves his home in the forest to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event.
He joins a ragtag family of humans and animal-children hybrids like himself in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins.
Jim Mickle (“Hap and Leonard”) and Beth Schwartz (“Arrow”) are set to pen the script, executive produce and serve as co-showrunners. Mickle also will direct.
An all-star cast has been assembled for Audible’s audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed comic series “Sandman” with James McAvoy taking on the lead role of Dream/Morpheus while Gaiman himself serves as narrator.
Other cast members include Taron Egerton as John Constantine, Michael Sheen as Lucifer, Kat Dennings as Death, Riz Ahmed as The Corinthian, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Miriam Margolyes as Despair, Bebe Neuwirth as The Siamese Cat and Samantha Morton as Urania Blackwell.
There’s also Joanna Lumley as Lady Joanna Constantine, Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, Paterson Jospeh as Choronzon, Justin Vivian Bond as Desire, Reginald D. Hunter as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, Anton Lesser as Dr. John Hathaway, Josie Lawrence as Mad Hettie, William Hope as Doctor Destiny, Matthew Horne as Hob Gadling and Sue Johnston as Unity Kinkaid.
The original comic ran for 75 issues from 1989-1996 and began with the accidental capture of Dream, the younger brother of Death, and the journey that begins when he is released seven decades later.
The first part of the Audible drama will debut July 15th and adapts the first three volumes of the graphic novel series. Gaiman is narrating the series and is executive producing alongside longtime collaborator Dirk Maggs who adapted the comics and is directing the series.
It comes as attempts are being made by New Line, Netflix and Warner Bros. Television to adapt the property into an event series – one that will be the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done.
For Readers to Enjoy During a Trying Time
Daniel Corey here, live from DangerKatt Central! I have an announcement to share with you: effectively immediately, I am making my first graphic novel, DangerKatt’s Prophet, available as a free download at my website.
Prophet was originally released under the DangerKatt label in 2009. It was written by me, with art by Anthony Diecidue. Prophet has a very special place in my heart: it was the first comic that Anthony and I had ever created. We would later go on to release Moriarty and Red City together with Image Comics.
Prophet is a fun, pulpy mix of the Spaghetti Western, horror and superhero genres; think Constantine meets Fistful of Dollars, or Deadwood meets Hellboy. In creating Prophet, I was hoping to blend everything that I love about Western films together with a modern pop-culture sensibility to give readers an entertaining and hopefully thought-provoking experience.
These are difficult times, what with the world in peril due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I was talking the other day to my literary manager, David Server of Archetype, who told me that although we are not doctors or first responders, artists play an important role in crises such as these: people look to the books and films that we create for comfort. He suggested that I make something available for free, so that is what I am doing.
If you are an artist, musician, dancer, actor, filmmaker — whatever your discipline — please consider sharing your craft online, from your home. That can take the form of sharing drawings or art process videos, living room couch concerts or dance numbers, or however you want to express your message of encouragement. Please feel free to tag me on Twitter at @dangerkatt or Instagram at @thedangerkatt, or hashtag #DangerCraft, and I will retweet or share in my Insta story about your work.
I hope everyone is keeping healthy and safe. Please stay at home, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing. Although we are separated at the moment, we will nevertheless get through this together.
Daniel Corey is a writer and comic book creator based in Los Angeles, CA. His graphic novels have been distributed worldwide, and he has been recognized as a noted influencer in VR and new media. Daniel is also a singer/songwriter, has worked in broadcast news, serves on the Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee at Full Sail University, and speaks at pop culture conventions around the country.
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Sony PlayStation and Naughty Dog’s highly acclaimed video game “The Last of Us” is set to become an HBO TV series which will see “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin serving as showrunner and executive producer.
The game followed Ellie and Joel, a teenage girl and a hardened older male smuggler who navigate a zombie-ridden world two decades after a horrible fungal plague spread throughout humanity. It was released in 2013 and was awarded ‘Game of the Year’ honors by many outlets, along with selling more than 17 million copies.
A film adaptation has been in the works for years but never quite coalesced, and was always seen as problematic due to the sheer density and quality of the game’s long narrative being near impossible to compress to two hours without losing what makes it special.
There are no such problems with a series format however, and in a rare development the game’s writer and creative director Neil Druckmann will be heavily involved in the series and will work with Mazin to pen and executive produce.
The series will reportedly cover the events of the original game along with new content and some elements likely in the forthcoming game sequel releasing late May.
Carolyn Strauss and Naughty Dog president Evan Wells will also executive produce what will be the first television series from PlayStation Productions who plans to develop more properties based on PlayStation titles.
Source: Heat Vision