David Goyer and Eliza Dushku Developing The Black Company Books for Television

David Goyer and Eliza Dushku Developing The Black Company Books for Television

David Goyer and Eliza Dushku developing The Black Company books for television

IM Global Television has announced development on The Black Company, an adaptation of Glen Cook’s books, a fantasy series with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.

Boston Diva Productions optioned the ten-book epic action fantasy series, as well as the forthcoming book, Port of Shadows, which falls between Book 1 and 2 in the series and will be published by Tor Books in 2018. Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will portray the pivotal role of the dark sorceress, “The Lady.” Under IM Global Television’s first-look deal, David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons, Flash Forward) will executive produce along with Kevin Turen (Birth of a Nation, All Is Lost, Arbitrage). Also on board as executive producers through their Boston Diva company are Dushku, Nate Dushku, and Ami Lourie, along with Sam Maydew (Ghetto Klown) of Silver Lining Entertainment.

IM Global Television President Mark Stern said, “Glen Cook’s books turn the traditional fantasy adventure tropes on their ear with wry, dimensional characters and a modern sensibility. We’re excited to explore this intricate and exciting world for television with David and Kevin along with Eliza, Nate, Ami and Sam.”

Dushku added, “’The Black Company’ is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn. We are excited to bring Glen Cook’s classic story to life with Mark and David, luminaries in the cinematic pursuit of science fiction and epic fantasy, who will inevitably assemble poignant characters embroiled in jaw-dropping action.”

The series follows the exploits of the Black Company, an elite mercenary unit that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder across a Tolkeinesque landscape. When these hard-bitten men discover the prophecy that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. “The Lady,” who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

The book series began with The Black Company in 1984 with Cook having since published eight additional novels, a spin-off, several short stories, and with two more books forthcoming.

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Official Trailer for Amber Tamblyn’s Directorial Debut ‘Paint it Black’

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«I want you to suffer the way I’m suffering now!» Imagination Worldwide has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled Paint it Black, the feature directorial debut of actress Amber Tamblyn, who also co-wrote the script, adapting Janet Fitch’s book of the same name. The film stars Alia Shawkat, Alfred Molina, Janet McTeer, Emily Rios, Annabelle Attanasio, John Roberts, and Rhys Wakefield. The story follows Shawkat as Josie, who learns that her boyfriend has died, and she struggles with both grief and his intense, cruel mother, played by McTeer. Tamblyn says: «My hope was to make a movie that was as visually intoxicating as it is psychologically — a true and twisted look at the violent, terrifying, and beautiful subconscious lives of women in the throws of major life changes.» This definitely looks stylish. Take a look. ›››

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Exclusive Black Rose Clip Reveals a Killer

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Serial killer thriller Black Rose is directed by actor Alexander Nevsky and co-stars Terminator 3’s Kristanna Loken

Released in Russia back in 2014, director and star Alexander Nevsky’s serial killer thriller Black Rose is finally hitting theaters at the end of this month — April 28th to be exact — before stabbing onto VOD and DVD on May 2nd. The film stars Nevsky as a Russian police major enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood. Can the Russian supercop and his American partner stop the mad murderer before he spills enough blood to stain the streets red?

The slick, violent chiller is written by Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty) and George Saunders (The Hunt for Red October) and is maybe most notable for starring the still badass Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, BloodRayne) and Highlander TV series star Adrian Paul, along with the great Robert Davi (Showgirls) in key roles.

Check out the exclusive clip with have for you below and the high-octane trailer below that. Enjoy and Happy Easter!



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Watch: Is Black and White Still Relevant?

This video essay explores the timless beauty of black and white cinema and makes a case for its continued relevance.

For whatever reason, some people just don’t like black and white movies. Perhaps, as this essay from RocketJump Film School opines, it’s because a younger generation of viewers assumes that these films are going to be «old, unrealistic and boring.» However, some contemporary filmmakers—like the makers of festival favorites The Eyes of My Mother, Butterfly Kisses, and GOOK—have chosen to shoot their films in this format.

This essay, while favoring neither color nor black and white, (they’re «both a tool,» after all) makes the case that monochromatic cinematography can do things that color can’t, and watching it just might change some minds. Below are three we learned about black and white cinematography from this video.

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Watch the Trailer for Natasha Henstridge Shocker The Black Room

Species star Natasha Henstridge and Insidious mainstay Lin Shaye star in supernatural shocker The Black Room

Species star Natasha Henstridge and Insidious mainstay Lin Shaye star in supernatural shocker The Black Room

Natasha Henstridge will be forever loved by horror and sci-fi fans for her turn as the horny hybrid H.R. Giger alien/sexy blonde human in the Species franchise, and we simply don’t see enough of her anymore. Which is why cult director Rolfe Kanefsky’s The Black Room is cause for celebration. The supernatural horror movie stars Henstridge as well as beloved actress Lin Shaye (the Insidious films) and Dominique Swain (Lolita, Face/Off) in a terrifying tale of domestic bliss gone bloody and things locked up that want out!

Synopsis: Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day.

The Black Room will be opening in theaters on April 28th and will hit VOD May 9th via Cleopatra Entertainment (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). For more on the movie, you can visit the official The Black Room site, the official Facebook page and follow the movie on Twitter.

Now, buckle in for the eerie trailer below and some sexy, twisted exclusive photos below that…

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Superhero Bits: ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ Voices Revealed, Black Order in Infinity War & More

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How will Black Widow deal with meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy? Who will voice Batman and Harley Quinn in the animated feature with the hero and villain? Will the Black Order be featured in Avengers: Infinity War? What does Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins think of Joss Whedon directing Batgirl? Which DCEU star did Tom Holland hope would end up playing Kraven in the MCU? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Here are some new banners for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that could make good Facebook cover photos.

Scarlett Johansson doesn’t think Black Widow will be phased by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Infinity War.

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Trailer for Horror Film ‘The Black Room’ Starring Natasha Henstridge

The Black Room Trailer

«It will try to seduce you, trick you with pleasure, make you want more. It feeds off your desires.» Check out the official trailer for a gore-filled horror film titled The Black Room, from filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky. The film stars Natasha Henstridge (where has she been recently?) and Lukas Hassel as a newly married couple who move into their dream house, only to discover there’s something evil in the «black room» in the cellar. Also starring Lin Shaye, Dominique Swain, James Duval, Auggie Duke, and Caleb Scott. From the looks of it, this doesn’t seem like anything particular special. There’s new horror films being made all the time, and this one seems forgettable despite the marketing. The flaming title card really tops it off. ›››

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‘The Creature From the Black Lagoon’ Gets a Water-Friendly Screenwriter

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This summer’s new take on The Mummy doesn’t even open for a few more months, but Universal keeps on digging in their heels and doubling down on their new monsters universe. And while the studio waits with bated breath to see if there’s a blockbuster-sized audience for this new venture, they keep on hiring writers to shepherd new characters to the screen. And for their new take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon, a writer already very familiar with lead characters who are more able in water than on land has nabbed the job.

According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Will Beall has been tasked with resurrecting the gill-man for the 21st century. Beall is no stranger to writing water-loving characters in cinematic universes – he recently wrote Aquaman for Warner Bros., which is just about to go before cameras under the direction of James Wan. Beall’s other credits include episodes of Castle, the new Training Day series, and Gangster Squad.

As with many of Universal’s other pending monsters projects (the line-up includes The Wolfman, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Van Helsing and more), there’s no rigid release date for the new Creature From the Black Lagoon. You get the impression that everyone is waiting to see what goes down with The Mummy before committing to anything beyond script pages.

Building a New Creature

I’m choosing to remain “glass half-full” when it comes to the new Universal monster movies (The Mummy looks pretty cool, even if it doesn’t look like a horror movie), so I’m ready to look on the brightest possible side of a new Creature From the Black Lagoon. Specifically, a new version, built to be part of a shared universe, could truly belong to the Universal monster family in a way that the previous version did not.

Released in 1954, the original The Creature From the Black Lagoon is the weird cousin of the “core” Universal monsters. Arriving long after the heyday of Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man (who collectively ruled the ’30s and the early ’40s), it is seen by many genre fans as the final “classic” Universal monster movies. Others have argued that it is just a monster movie produced by Universal, not a “proper” Universal monster film. This debate still rages today and it’s understandable – the gill-man doesn’t seem to have a lot in common with the wounded, gothic creatures of those early films. Well, not until 1956’s The Creature Walks Among Us, where the gill-man is elevated to something so much more complex. In one of the most underrated horror movies of all time, that horny fish-man became a desperate and tragic figure driven to suicide by the actions of man. It’s a great movie.

While I remain a fan of the original movie, a remake has the opportunity to start where that final film left off and create a central monster who is more layered, complex, and at-home with his complicated Universal brethren. With the right approach, Beall could build a Creature From the Black Lagoon movie that definitively establishes the gill-man as a permanent resident of the Universal monster family, not a tourist.

Of course, let’s see how The Mummy goes first.

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Superhero Bits: Black Lightning, Tony Stark and Aunt May Romance, Justice League Runtime & More

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Which of DC Comics villains will be appearing in Injustice 2? Will there be any romance between Tony Stark and Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is a new Marvel Comics arc with Thanos hinting at a set-up for Avengers: Infinity War? Did you hear that the rumor about Justice League‘s runtime is totally bogus? Want a first look at Black Lightning? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Comic Book Resources names 15 reasons why X-Men: Apocalypse is the worst movie in the entire mutant franchise.

If you were thinking that Tony Stark and Aunt May might spark a romance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, think again.

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Patty Jenkins talks a bit about the version of Steve Trevor that Chris Pine will play in this summer’s Wonder Woman.

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Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells fans that there are two lines that the series will never cross.

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Black Lightning Costume Revealed!

Take a look at the Black Lightning costume. What do you think of the Black Lightning costume?

Take a first look at the Black Lightning costume as production begins on the DC Comics pilot

The latest DC Comics small screen hero has today made a colorful debut. Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in the title role, has officially started production in Atlanta. In the gallery viewer below, you can take a first look at the Black Lightning costume in a piece of art from the upcoming The CW pilot. Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock and Sarah Schechter are executive producers on Black Lightning, from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil is directing the pilot from a script he wrote.

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“I knew way too much about the world as a young boy growing up in Richmond, California,” says Akil. “I was no stranger to violence, death, hopelessness or the feeling that no one cared about what was happening in my life… Comics were a great way for me to escape. I was about 13 when Black Lightning was created, and finally there was a Black Super Hero that gave a damn about our neighborhood and our lives.”

Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, made his first appearance in 1977’s Black Lightning #1. The story follows Jefferson Pierce, a former Olympian, who was secretly born with the ability to create and manipulate electromagnetic fields. Although he had abandoned his hometown in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum after the murder of his father, Pierce returns there with his wife and daughters, taking a job as a high school principal. It is after losing one of his students to the gang violence that threatens the city that Pierce decides to take advantage of his powers. Adopting the identity Black Lightning, he becomes a costumed superhero who goes on to serve as team member of both the Outsiders and the Justice League.

The Black Lightning costume was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, whose credits include films like The Jungle BookScott Pilgrim vs. The World and Iron Man, for which she was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award.

What do you think of the Black Lightning costume? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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