Check out the new poster for CW Seed’s Constantine animated series
The Constantine animated series that was announced for CW Seed back in January at the Television Critics Association winter press tour has gotten a brand new poster. The series will feature the voice of Matt Ryan, who starred as the title character in the live-action NBC series, which aired for one season. The Constantine animated series will consist of five to six 10-minute episodes and will premiere in 2018. You can stream the live-action series on CW Seed right now.
This all-new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
The Constantine animated series is produced by David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy and the Constantine live action series), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl) and Sarah Schechter (Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). It’s produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited), written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin) and will be directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice).
Fans at New York Comic-Con this Sunday can check out a three-minute sneak peek at the Constantine animated series at the beginning of the Warner Bros. Television panel in the Hammerstein Ballroom at 2pm. Are you excited for the new series? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more news from NYCC!
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series teaser builds a bomb
Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, where the full trailer will be revealed to the world, Amazon has released a new teaser for their upcoming new Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series. Check out the teaser in the player below and stay tuned on Saturday, October 7 as the show’s panel kicks off at 5:30 PM ET.
John Krasinski (13 Hours, The Office) stars in the series as the titular Jack Ryan, a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero, a character with a star-filled Hollywood history, having been previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan follows an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a kdangerous field assignment for the first time. Ryan (Krasinski) uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.
Set to executive produce are Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Almost Human), who wrote the pilot based on a story he and Cuse developed. Jack Ryan is co-produced with Paramount and Skydance Television, executive produced by Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form (Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), as well as Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross, along with Mace Neufeld (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Lindsey Springer.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime in 2018.
The Academy Award-winning director behind La La Land and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, is joining forces with Netflix and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Star Wars: Episode IX) for a musical called The Eddy. Chazelle will direct two of the eight episodes, which are all set in Paris, France. After how lavish and dreamy Chazelle made Los Angeles look in La La Land, I can’t wait to see what he does with Paris.
Below, learn more about the Damien Chazelle Netflix musical series.
Back in April, we learned the project was being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services, but now we know a little bit more. The story is about a Paris jazz club and focuses on the owner, the band, and the city. It’s set in present day and deals heavily with the relationship between the American and French-Arab co-owners of the club, complete with roles for French, English, and Arabic speaking talent.
Netflix’s VP of international originals, Erik Barmack, told Variety the series will feature French actors, crew members, and maybe some directors. Barmack described The Eddy as “somewhere in between” Whiplash and La La Land, “From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying.”
As for Chazelle, he’s “always dreamed of shooting in Paris.” He’s working with some real heavy-hitters on The Eddy, including six-time Grammy winner, Glen Ballard. The composer and producer worked with Michael Jackson on “Bad” and “Thriller,” in addition to co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette’s finest album, “Jagged Little Pill,” which Diablo Cody is adapting into a stage musical. Ballard is writing the original score for the Netflix series, which Six Feet Under and The Newsroom‘s Alan Poul is executive producing.
I imagine a few networks were interested in a Damien Chazzelle musical series after the success of La La Land, but Netflix seems like a great home for the filmmaker, to hopefully help tell the story how he sees fit. La La Land is such a joyful musical with both heartbreak and wonder. If he can capture even a small portion of that magic with his Netflix show, we’re in for a treat. When the filmmaker will fit The Eddy into his busy schedule is unknown at the moment. He’s currently working on the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which Jon Bernthal joined the cast of only yesterday. He’s shooting that ambitious drama starting in November, with a fourth-quarter 2018 release date already locked down.
Remember the Starsky and Hutch reboot we heard about last week? Amazon is already behind it, giving the project a script-to-series commitment. Executive producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) is reportedly directing the pilot, which he’s co-writing with his brother, Brian Gunn (PG Porn), and cousin Mark Gunn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). However, eboot may me the wrong word for the project because, in a recent Facebook post celebrating the original series and the deal with Amazon, Gunn wrote it’s not a “reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way.”
Below, read what Gunn had to say about the Starsky and Hutch reboot.
The project will mark the first dive into television for Gunn’s production company, Troll Court Entertainment. The filmmaker is working with Sony Pictures Television and the powerhouse producer behind Fast & Furious, Neal Moritz. Gunn wants to make a Starsky & Hutch series that “would honor the genre while turning it inside-out.” He has a lot of love for the series, being the first “adult” show he ever watched and loved, so he doesn’t want to do a spoof like Todd Phillips’ 2004 film starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
From 1975 to 1979 on ABC, David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul) watched the streets of Bay City, California. William Blinn created the series, and it’s nice to learn Gunn wants to honor his work instead of poking fun at it. Here’s what Gunn wrote about the series:
You may have just read the news that I’m doing a version of Starsky & Hutch over at Amazon, producing alongside Neal Moritz with Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn writing. Well…
When I was a kid, Starsky & Hutch was the first “adult” show I ever saw, and I fell in love. It instilled in me a lifelong love of gritty street shows, of killer 70’s threads, and muscle cars. So when Neal – the producer of the Fast and Furious franchise – asked me if I wanted to be a part of an all new Starsky and Hutch on TV, I was instantly intrigued.
So I considered it. For me, as so many of you know, I can’t become involved with something unless I really love and am committed to the project. So I started writing down some outlandish ideas for how we would handle Starsky and Hutch today – ideas that would be exciting and different and not at all what people expect. This would NOT be a reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way. Like Guardians of the Galaxy did with the space opera, it would honor the genre while turning it inside-out. And it would definitely not be a spoof like the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie – it would be gritty and driven by both characters and high stakes. I came up with a lot of wild ideas – things I can’t go into quite yet – but stuff that got me excited about the prospect of creating a TV show.
So I sent my ideas off to Neall and the guys and, instead of balking at the twists of it all, they fully embraced my vision and were excited by it. So Neal and I got the two writers I trusted most in the world to work with us, my brother Brian Gunn (co-creator of our PG-Porn web series) and my cousin Mark Gunn. They took my nascent ideas and ran with them, creating a complex storyline we’re all crazy about.
Out of all the places that wanted to finance the pilot script, we chose Amazon. At Amazon I believed we would have the most freedom to create something that is different, challenges the audience, and that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time. I also have quite a few filmmaker friends who have been working with Amazon lately, and what sets them apart from most of the other friends I have working in TV is that they love them.
So, yes, I AM working on Starsky & Hutch for Amazon: I couldn’t be more excited, and I can’t wait for you guys to see what we come up with. Striped Tomato forever! Stay tuned!
The details: – This is the first foray into television for my production company, Troll Court Entertainment. – Sony Pictures TV is behind the show, and Brian, Mark, and I will executive produce alongside Neal Moritz, whose Original Films has an overall deal with Sony TV. The company’s head of TV, Pavun Shetty, is also executive producing. – The original series was created by William Blinn and produced by Spelling-Goldberg, airing on ABC from 1975 to 1979. It starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul as Starsky & Hutch as they protected the streets of the fictional and awesome Bay City.
“Outlandish,” “gritty,” and a story “that strays outside the parameters of genre from time to time” sounds great, especially from Gunn. He can write a story that is completely outlandish but still has real emotion and stakes. The tone of the Starsky and Hutch Amazon series doesn’t sound too different from what Gunn accomplishes with his Guardians movies, which tonally, are impressive in how the director can infuse so much heart and soul into some ridiculousness scenarios. Maybe we’ll see him pull off a similar feat with Amazon’s Starsky and Hutch, which sounds more promising than I ever thought a Starsky and Hutch reboot would sound.
Deadline reports that Blumhouse TV has hired Natali to helm to the pilot for the Tremors revival series and it’s a match that makes perfect sense. After all, Blumhouse has built its empire on low-budget horror movies and Natali cut his teeth on tiny-but-terrific genre films like Cube and Splice. And while he hasn’t directed a feature since 2013’s ambitious and clever Haunter, he’s made a successful transition to television, having helmed episodes of Hannibal, American Gods, Luke Cage, Westworld, Orphan Black, and The Strain. So yeah, making monsters and science fiction and horror sing on a TV budget is what he does best.
As you may recall, Tremors followed the citizens of a small Nevada town who do battle with a group of “graboids,” giant worms that tunnel underground to hunt their victims. It’s icky without being violent, scary without being upsetting, and funny without losing its edge. It’s a hoot.
And unlike the four direct-to-video Tremors sequels (a fifth is on the way), this television sequel will actually bother to bring back the lead character from the first movie. Whether or not those other entries will be referenced in any way, or if they’ll be part of the Tremors canon, remains to be seen. It gets even more confusing when you recall that Syfy (then known as the Sci-Fi Channel) aired another Tremors TV series sequel in 2003. It didn’t last long.
But that TV series sequel had more in common with the increasingly ludicrous and cheap sequels than the original movie, which remains a delicious blend of horror and comedy nearly 30 years after its release. Here’s how Deadline describes the plot of the new series:
…the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex.
Despite his extensive television experience, this will be Natali’s first time directing a pilot, so it will be exciting to see him establish the look and tone of an entire series. The pilot is also a reunion, as writer Andrew Miller also starred in Natali’s audacious 1997 debut, Cube.
The Tremors TV series does not have an air date yet, but should Syfy like what they see, expect to see something in 2018.
David Letterman stepped down from his longtime post as the host of The Late Show on CBS in 2015, replaced by comedian Stephen Colbert. But as any good comedian will tell you, it’s hard to stay away from the spotlight, and David Letterman is a great comedian, so it should come as no surprise that he’s coming out of retirement with a new show. But it won’t be on any of the big networks.
Netflix is bringing David Letterman into their ever-expanding roster of comedy talent for a new series on the streaming service with six episodes in 2018. But exactly what kind of show can we expect from the legendary, respected comedian and television host?
The New York Times reports news of Netflix rounding up David Letterman for a series that doesn’t have a title yet, but the streaming service said it will be an hour-long program that will have Letterman doing two of the things he does best “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.”
With 33 years of late night hosting experience under his belt, not to mention all the time he spent honing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Letterman is one of the best in the business, and the fact that Netflix was able to coax him out of retirement is a big deal. Actually, the comedian was the one who was getting antsy about doing a new project, telling NYT, “I keep saying, jeez, I still think I can do something. I want that epiphany that others have had. It’s the same epiphany that I had about wanting to do a TV show when I was, like, 17.”
Letterman has kept a low profile since leaving television in 2015, though he has made a few appearances here and there on the National Geographic Channel and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In the press release from Netflix, Letterman himself said, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”
Now the comedian is another huge name added to the comedy mix on the streaming service, which will soon have new specials from Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock on the way. It remains to be seen if this is just the beginning of a larger relationship that Letterman will have with Netflix, but for now, this is a good start. Whether or not his Santa Claus style beard will stick around when he returns to TV hosting, we’ll have to wait and see.
Are you looking forward to the David Letterman Netflix show?
black-ish spinoff (formerly college-ish) will now be called grown-ish and has cast three series regulars
Freeform, Disney‘s young adult television and streaming network has announced that the upcoming black-ish spinoff formerly known as college-ish will now be called grown-ish. In addition, Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson have been announced as grown-ish series regulars.
Creator and executive producer Kenya Barris said, “grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in-between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time. Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”
From black-ish executive producer Kenya Barris comes a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter – as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Yara is joined by black-ish‘s Deon Cole (Charlie) who portrays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Zoey runs into Charlie during college orientation where she learns that he moonlights as an adjunct marketing professor. Arlook will portray Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no-holds-barred attitude. Parnell will portray the dean of Southern California University, and Jackson will portray a socially conscious sophomore at Southern California University.
Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers on grown-ish, from ABC Studios. The show was written by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore.
What do you guys think of the new title for the black-ish spinoff? Are you interested in grown-ish? What do you think of the new series regulars? We want to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
Training Day star Katrina Law joins Sean Bean and Ryan Kwanten in The Oath series
Training Day star Katrina Law has just been cast in Crackle‘s The Oath series. She’ll join previously announced cast members Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Cory Hardrict (American Sniper) and Arlen Escarpeta (The Magicians). In The Oath series, Law will play Karen Beach, a police officer, and the sole female member of the Ravens cop gang, who has tendency to overcompensate by out-toughing the macho company she runs with and gets involved in a forbidden love affair with a member of a rival cop gang.
Created by Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-O, Secrets and Lies), who worked as a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy in South Central for 17 years, 12 of which as an undercover officer, the series takes an unforgiving look at the complicated dynamics in these organizations and documents the lives of those willing to risk it all, to have it all. The gritty, action-packed drama, explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join—only a select few make the cut–but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks.
The Oath series is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim of Storied Media Group, as well as former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Joe Halpin (Hawaii Five-O, Secrets And Lies), who served for over a decade as an undercover cop in South Central and brings an invaluable air of authenticity to the series in his role as series creator, writer, and showrunner. Veteran filmmaker Jeff T. Thomas (Blindspot, Wayward Pines) will direct the series’ premiere episode.
In addition to Training Day, Law is known for her work in the Starz series Spartacus and for playing Nyssa al Ghul on The CW’s Arrow.
Are you guys excited for The Oath series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
After HBO sadly canceled Togetherness, they ordered another series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. Their upcoming anthology series, Room 104, is set entirely in one hotel room. Each episode follows a new guest. Some of these guests are played Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Orlando Jones, Mae Whitman, and Philip Baker Hall. Starting next month, you can watch them check into Room 104.
Below, watch the Room 104 trailer.
The Duplass brothers have described the series as “finding some magic in the seemingly mundane.” After years of going in and out of hotels and motels, they were left curious by what had gone on in some of their rooms, most notably at the hotels by the airport. Some of the stories they’re telling involve a cult priest (Orlando Jones), a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) and her younger self, two Mormon missionaries, and more.
After Togetherness, whatever HBO and the Duplass brothers do next should be high up on anyone’s watch list. The cable network lets the brothers’ voices ring loud and clear in their collaborations. They didn’t direct any Room 104 episodes, but Mark Duplass wrote seven out of the 10 episodes. HBO has released synopsises for every episode, one of which is directed by the filmmakers behind Half Nelson, the great Mississippi Grind, and Marvel’s Captain Marvel, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Here’s the full episode list:
Episode #1: “Ralphie” Debut: FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT) Things go horribly awry when a babysitter (Melonie Diaz) arrives at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy named Ralph (Ethan Kent). Ross Partridge also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
Episode #2: “Pizza Boy” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple’s twisted games. James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue star. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.
Episode #3: “The Knockadoo” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones) promising to help her transcend the ordinary world for another realm. Written by Carson Mell; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.
Episode #4: “I Knew You Weren’t Dead” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 18 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) A visitor (Jay Duplass) in Room 104 seeks advice about his marital troubles from a long-lost friend. Will Tranfo and Frank Ashmore also star.
Episode #5: “The Internet” Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 25 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) In 1997, a son (Karan Soni) must teach his mother (Poorna Jagannathan) how to use the Internet over the phone after leaving behind an important document on his laptop. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Doug Emmett.
Episode #6: “Voyeurs” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) The past and present come face to face when a housekeeper (Dendrie Taylor) reconnects with her younger self (Sarah Hay). Written by Dayna Hanson; directed by Dayna Hanson.
Episode #7: “The Missionaries” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 8 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two young Mormon missionaries (Adam Foster, Nat Wolff) test the boundaries of their faith. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
Episode #8: “Phoenix” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) In 1969, the sole survivor (Amy Landecker) of a plane crash is faced with a decision: go back to the life she had or seize the opportunity to start anew. Mae Whitman also stars. Story by Xan Aranda and Ross Partridge; teleplay by Ross Partridge; directed by Ross Partridge.
Episode #9: “Boris” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) When an aging Croatian tennis player (Konstantin Lavysh) reveals memories of his tortured past to a housekeeper (Veronica Falcon), an unlikely bond is formed. Biff Wiff also stars. Written by Ross Partridge; directed by Chad Hartigan.
Episode #10: “Red Tent” Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two young men (Keir Gilchrist, Brian Hostenske) plotting to disrupt a political convention are interrupted by nerves… and an AC repairman (Hugo Armstrong). Written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
Episode #11: “The Fight” Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) Two female Mixed Martial Arts fighters (Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett) work together to score a bigger payday in an upcoming bout. Stephen Rannazzisi also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Megan Griffiths.
Episode #12: “My Love” Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (11:30 p.m.-midnight) An octogenarian couple (Philip Baker Hall, Ellen Geer) returns to Room 104 to relive their first night together. Jacqueline Wright also stars. Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Marta Cunningham.
Discussions about a live-action movie based on Hanna-Barbera’s 1960s cartoon, The Jetsons, began in the 1990s. Most recently, an animated version at Warner Bros. picked up some momentum with the hiring of Sausage Party co-director, Conrad Vernon. While The Jetsons may finally hit the big screen (again) in the coming years, they may return to television as well.
Below, learn more about The Jetsons live-action series in the works.
TV Line has learned Warner Bros. TV is developing the series. They declined to comment, but the outlet’s sources told them an executive producer and writer on Family Guy, Gary Janetti, is leading the way on the project. Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, Jackie Levine (Untitled 2018 Zemeckis Project), and Jack Rapke (The Walk) are executing producing the show, too, which will be presented to broadcast and cable networks within the next few weeks.
With Zemeckis involved, one can’t help but imagine what a live-action Jetsons film directed by him would look like. There’s no word if Zemeckis, who hasn’t directed television since making three episodes of Tales from the Crypt in the ’90s, will direct the pilot. Right now, he’s only involved as an executive producer. Next up for the filmmaker is a Steve Carell-led drama based on the documentaryMarwencol, which comes out in 2018. The filmmaker was born in 1952, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he was a big fan of The Jetsons growing up; it debuted when he was 10 years old. Back to the Future II felt a little inspired by the series as well.
The original series was set in 2062 and ran for 24 episodes. The show was brought back in the ’80s and an animated feature came out in 1990. Around the time of The Flinstones movie, conversations began about a live-action Jetsons movie. The closest thing we’ve seen to a live-action film is a recent commercial directed by Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), featuring George Jetson and the whole family. At one point, Kanye West was involved with a Jetsons movie in some unknown capacity. Of all the visions for The Jetsons movie, it’s West’s I’d like to see the most. One director who spent years developing a live-action film was Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), who also attempted to directJohnny Quest. There haven’t been any significant developments on a live-action Jetsons movie in years now.