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Following their successful collaboration adapting his comic “Happy!” for Syfy, famed comic writer Grant Morrison and Universal Cable Productions will re-team to develop and produce a TV series based on Morrison’s 1990s Vertigo comic series “The Invisibles”.
Set in 2020, the story follows an elite international cell of occult freedom fighters dedicated to the creation of a better world for everyone – by any means necessary. The comic served as a major inspiration for The Wachowski’s “The Matrix” Trilogy.
Morrison’s work on “Batman,” “JLA” and “Doom Patrol” have been celebrated, and his other creations include “The Filth” and “We3”. Morrison is also working with Brian Taylor and David Weiner to adapt Aldous Huxley’s sci-fi novel “Brave New World” for television.
The expansion of CBS All Access’ Star Trek universe continues with a two-season order to Star Trek: Lower Decks, a half-hour adult animated comedy series from Rick and Morty head writer and executive producer Mike McMahan, a long-time Star Trek fan. Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, marks CBS All Access’ first original animated series and the first project to be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, a newly launched animation arm of CBS Television Studios.
It hails from Alex Kurtzman’s CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout, which had been spearheading the Star Trek franchise expansion, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth as well as former Cartoon Network executive Katie Krentz will executive produce alongside McMahan. Aaron Baiers, who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer. Continue reading
**Spoiler Alert** This is more of a “my thoughts” than a legit review. I am going to discuss specific plot points and giving away the end, so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read this yet. Once you do, come back and we’ll discuss.
Anna Brewster (“Versailles”), Michael Pitt (“Ghost in the Shell”), and Sharlto Copley (“Free Fire”) will all join Edgar Ramirez in the cast of the Netflix feature “The Last Days of American Crime” to be helmed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2”) from a script by Karl Gajdusek.
Based on Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini’s graphic novel, the story is set when, in a final response to fight terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.
Graham Bricke (Ramirez), a career criminal who was never able to hit the big score, teams up with Kevin Cash (Pitt) and Shelby Dupree (Brewster) to commit the heist of the century and the last crime in American history before the signal goes off.
Week two of our Halloween Movie Countdown comes to a close with some beautiful, spooky, thunderstormy (yes, I just made that word up) weather as I write this. Perfect weather for Halloween movies! Curl up with a cozy blanket, a warm drink and check out what we watched this week!
Fox21 Television Studios has reportedly optioned the rights to Jim Butcher’s long-running contemporary fantasy novel series “The Dresden Files” with plans to develop a series.
The story follows private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden, as he recounts investigations into supernatural disturbances in modern-day Chicago in his job as the world’s only ‘consulting wizard’.
He accepts supernatural cases from both human and nonhuman clients, as well as the Chicago PD’s Special Investigation unit and takes on an increasingly important role in the supernatural world at large.
Ileen Maisel and Temple Hill Entertainment are reportedly producing the series which won’t be linked to the previous 2007 adaptation which starred “Arrow’ actor Paul Blackthorne in the title role.
It’s time for our first review recap! It was a busy week of decorating, movie watching and getting our Halloween groove on.
While watching our movies, we chose a simple rating system. They have to be 1- spooky, 2- charming, 3- teach a lesson of some sort, 4- have great music and 5- reference Halloween at least ONCE in the film. Additionally, they have to actually ENJOY it; one “harvest moon” is awarded when they decide it’s worth watching again.
Read on to see what we reviewed first!
Following the success of breakout comedy Happy!, Universal Cable Prods. is adapting another Image Comics property into a TV series. UCP is developing Image Comics’ comic book series Ice Cream Man, which debuted in January.
Max and Adam Reid (Sneaky Pete) will write the adaptation. The duo will serve as executive producers alongside Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner of Good Fear Films. The project will be shopped to premium cable and streaming services.
Based on the namesake Image Comics series created by W. Maxwell Prince, Ice Cream Man is a horror-fantasy anthology series presented by its omnipresent narrator, the Ice Cream Man. Weaving a dark tapestry of tales from his truck, the Ice Cream Man peels back the layers of the suburban American psyche with stories that always end with a macabre twist.
The Ice Cream Man frames the stories for viewers with darkly wry observations about human nature and the cruel ironies of fate. That narrator structure and the twist-ending tone put Ice Cream Man in the tradition of classic television franchises such as The Twilight Zone,Night Gallery and Tales From the Crypt, the latter also an import from the comics world.
UCP also produces Syfy’s hit Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel from Image. The studio’s comic-based series portfolio also includes the upcoming Umbrella Academy for Netflix.
Good Fear partners Bender and Weiner’s next film out is David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. They are currently in production on Disney’s live-action Mulan with Niki Caro directing and Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Gong Li and Donnie Yen starring; and STX’s My Spy directed by Pete Segal with Dave Bautista starring. Other projects in development include Milk at New Line, Red Queen at Universal, Man Alive at 20th Century Fox, and Sweet Tooth at New Line.