News and Updates From Around The Web
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.
Marvel Studios has premiered the first full trailer and poster for the 1990s-set “Captain Marvel,” the first Marvel Studios film with a female lead along with the first film prequel.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, a pilot with superhuman powers who gets caught up in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg reprise their roles of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson (thanks to digital de-aging), while “Guardians of the Galaxy” actors Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou also reprise their roles.
Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Gemma Chan, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, and McKenna Grace co-star. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck direct from a script by Meg LeFauve with the film set for a March 8th 2019 release.
Writer Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night, SHADOWHAWK) and artist Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider, THE TITHE) team up for THE FREEZE, an all-new science fiction series coming this December from Image/Top Cow.
The entire human population is frozen by a mysterious global event…all except Ray, and only he has the power to unfreeze them. Now—with the fate of the world in his hands—he must figure out what is going on, how to set things right again, and answer the question: does everyone deserve to be saved?
“THE FREEZE is a post-apocalyptic survival story where the biggest danger is man’s true nature,” said Wickline. “We strip the world down to one decent person and then give him the power to rebuild society from scratch, not knowing if those he awakens will benefit the new world or indulge their darkest inclinations. It’s an intriguing concept to explore as a writer, and Phillip is just hitting it out of the park with his art.”
“Great sci-fi is about taking a cool concept and using it as a vehicle to examine the choices,
attitudes, thoughts, and prejudices we, as people, have,” added Sevy. “The premise and its execution in THE FREEZE is what drew me to the project and keeps me fueled as I work on it. I can’t wait for people to read it—Dan’s written a great book!”
Advance praise for THE FREEZE:
“Wow! It so rare to find someone who can do the end of the world in a way we have not seen. But Dan Wickline and Phillip Sevy have pulled it off with their wicked apocalyptic game of freeze tag that has me wanting more…a lot more! Wickline’s usual sense of character is on full display while Sevy’s art is crisp and cinematic and serves the conflict beautifully. This is fantastic, intriguing stuff!”
—Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday)
“It’s a great concept. I smell a movie adaptation.” —Dan Brereton (NOCTURNALS)
“THE FREEZE is kind of like… what if Left Behind was good, and less religious? A
fantastically fresh concept that begs to be explored, expertly rendered with art that’s surprisingly vibrant and dynamic for a book about people that literally can’t move.”
—Ryan Cady (INFINITE DARK)
Andy Diggle (THIEF OF THIEVES, Losers) and Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors) team up to bring Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s sci-fi/action series HARDCORE to life—coming this December from Image/Skybound. The series will feature cover art by award-winning artist Dan Panosian (SLOTS, Conan/Red Sonja).
“Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s action-packed concept immediately appealed to me,” said Diggle. “It’s been a pleasure to write and expand upon this idea, and I can’t wait for comic book readers to see where HARDCORE goes.”
Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.
Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?
“I’m very happy and honored to have worked on HARDCORE,” added Vitti. “Seeing my name next to Andy Diggle for this project is fantastic. I’m thankful to Jon Moisan and his colleagues at Skybound, and Image, for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to share this project with readers!”
Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics have premiered the launch trailer for “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” which finally scores a release this Friday on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Reviews have gone up with the game’s Metacritic score hovering at the 77-83 mark depending upon platform, compared to the 85-86 of 2013’s reboot and the 86-88 of the second game “Rise of the Tomb Raider”.
The third and final title in the reboot trilogy, Camilla Luddington makes her return as Lara Croft in this look at the defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour.
As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.
Disney Channel has premiered the first-look trailer for “Star Wars: Resistance,” the new animated series set within the “Star Wars” universe. In addition, a premiere date has been announced with the show to launch on Sunday October 7th.
Set before the events of ‘The Force Awakens,’ the series follows Kazuda ‘Kaz’ Xiono (Christopher Sean), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.
He’s appointed to the Colossus, a massive aircraft re-fueling platform on an outer-rim water planet that’s home to colorful new aliens, droids and creatures. While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe Dameron’s old friend Yeager (Scott Lawrence), a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam (Suzie McGrath), Neeku (Josh Brener) and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket.
Oscar Isaac, Donald Faison, Jim Rash, Bobby Moynihan, Gwendoline Christie, Myrna Velasco and Rachel Butera lend their voices to the series created by Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni and executive produced by Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman.