Damon Lindelof Eyes Watchmen HBO Series

A Watchmen HBO series is in development. Would you watch an Watchmen HBO series?

Damon Lindelof is reportedly developing a Watchmen HBO series

Watchmen may be headed to the small screen. Variety reports that HBO is looking into developing a take on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic book classic with The Leftovers‘ Damon Lindelof. This Watchmen HBO series is reportedly unrelated to the version that the cable channel was eyeing two years ago with Watchmen film director Zack Snyder.

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Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. Snyder’s feature adaptation of Watchmen, meanwhile, was released in 2009 and brought in just $ 185 million at the worldwide box office. The cast includes Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Patrick Wilson.

Since the film’s release, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the pasts of the central characters. More recently, DC Comics has made efforts to integrate Watchmen into the broader DC Multiverse.

Lindelof, whose The Leftovers recently concluded its three season run, is best known for co-creating the hit ABC series Lost. His contributions to the big screen include scripting films like Prometheus, Tomorrowland and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Would you like to see Damon Lindelof develop a Watchmen HBO series? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see that didn’t make it into the Watchmen film? Who would you like to see headline? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Raindance VRX Awards & Masterclass Series

Virtual Reality

After keeping it tightly under wraps for a while now, we are so very excited to announce the launch of Raindance VRX Awards and a dedicated virtual reality strand within the annual Raindance Film Festival, running alongside the main Official Selection.

The new awards will celebrate pioneering VR experiences by independent creators from around the world. The winners in 10 categories will be announced at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.

Here’s what those 10 categories are:

  1. Best Interactive Narrative Experience
  2. Best Mobile Interactive Experience
  3. Best Cinematic Narrative Experience
  4. Best Documentary Experience
  5. Best Music Experience
  6. Best Animation Experience
  7. Best Branded Experience
  8. Best Sensual Experience
  9. Best Social Impact Experience
  10. Best Sound Design Experience

In addition, Raindance will continue to nurture and embrace education opportunities for creators and new talent by offering a number of VR courses taught by leading practitioners in the field.

“We are thrilled to be launching Raindance VRX awards and new courses for virtual reality. We believe VR is a powerful new medium and the most exciting change in filmmaking since the onslaught of internet distribution which started with Youtube in 2005.” Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival.

The Raindance VR strand will take place throughout the 25th Raindance Film Festival from 20th September – 1st October 2017 in London. It will feature a VR arcade and a jam-packed schedule of events with industry experts covering new advances in virtual reality narratives and technologies.

Mária Rakušanová, the brand new Director of VR and New Media at Raindance adds: “Raindance aims to champion and award pioneering VR experiences, and nurture a new generation of talent. As the possibilities of VR technologies continue to grow, more and more exciting opportunities for creators will arise. We are dedicated to finding new virtual reality experiences and helping fresh voices to be discovered.”

Submissions for VR experiences are open. For further information on how to submit visit: www.raindancefestival.org/virtual-reality

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It’s official — ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ will send the series back to the second great war


The rumors are true — the Call of Duty series is diving back into the world of Axis vs. Allies with Call of Duty: WWII.

Activision revealed today the title of its upcoming game Call of Duty: WWII along with a picture of a soldier wearing a U.S. military helmet. More information about the game will be revealed during a live stream April 26 at 1 p.m. ET on the Call of Duty website.

Call of Duty: WWII is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the team that developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and co-developed Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward.

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Sony Nabs TV Series Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time Novels

Sony Nabs TV Series Based on Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Novels

Sony is set to develop Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time as a television series

A TV series based on the late Robert Jordan‘s The Wheel of Time series of novels is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, according to Variety. The series began with The Eye of the World back in 1990 and ended with A Memory of Light in 2013. The final book was finished by Brandon Sanderson, as Jordan passed away in 2007. The eighth through fourteenth books in The Wheel of Time series each reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. The story follows a group of characters lead by Rand al’Thor on the search for the Dragon Reborn. There are 14 novels in the series, which was nominated for a Hugo Award after its completion.

Sony will produce with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins, known for working on ABC;s Agents of SHIELD, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and NBC’s Chuck is on board to write and executive produce. Red Eagle’s Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon and Radar’s Ted Field and Mike Weber will executive produce with Darren Lemke. Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will be a consulting producer.

McDougal posted the following on the Google+ page for the series:

“Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet”

There have been attempts to make films and series based on “The Wheel of Time” since 2000. There has been a video game, a role-playing game and a soundtrack album based on the series. Are you guys interested in seeing a TV series based on Robert Jordan’s novels? Who would you like to see cast in the main roles? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘The Keepers’ Trailer: Netflix Explores a Nun’s Murder in Its Latest True Crime Series

The Keepers Netflix

With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.

That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.

The Keepers trailer

I know there’s still an audience out there for true crime shows like this, but does anyone else feel that the genre is beginning to fall in a bit of a rut? All of these series are starting to look the same to me, and it’s only in extraordinarily rare cases like The Jinx where there’s actually a satisfying conclusion at the end of the tunnel.

Still, I’ll admit that The Keepers looks fascinating; its allegations of corruption and a cover-up that may have lasted almost half a century help it stand out from its contemporaries. And corruption within the Catholic church is likely something that’s still relatively fresh on the minds of many cinephiles in the wake of Spotlight’s Best Picture win not too long ago.

Netflix seems to be leaning into the true crime genre pretty hard with this, Casting JonBenet, and an impending second season of Making a Murder on the way. Since they don’t release viewer numbers, we won’t know exactly how many people tune in to those shows, but Netflix wouldn’t be continuing to churn them out if the company’s algorithm didn’t indicate a significant portion of its audience would be curious enough to check it out. Are you one of them?

All seven episodes of The Keepers arrive on Netflix on May 19, 2017.

Directed by Ryan White (Serena, The Case Against 8), The Keepers will have everyone asking the question “who killed Sister Cathy?” The series was produced by Film 45 and Tripod Media for Netflix. Along with White and Jessica Hargrave, Josh Braun, Ben Cotner, Jason Spingarn-Koff and Lisa Nishimura are executive producers.
Through interviews with dozens of friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens determined to uncover the truth, White pieces together a story that goes beyond the death of a beloved Catholic schoolteacher to encompass clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says “at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up.”
The Keepers poster

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King Kong TV Series in Development, Unrelated to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island

King Kong TV Series in Development, Unrelated to Legendary's Kong: Skull Island

King Kong TV Series in Development, Unrelated to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island

MarVista Entertainment has announced today a partnership with IM Global Television to develop, co-produce, and co-finance a King Kong television series, which is completely unrelated to the recent Kong: Skull Island.

Based on DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island property and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong, King Kong Skull Island is a comprehensive King Kong Universe exclusively endorsed by Kong’s creator. The series is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins. Academy Award nominees Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are attached as writers/executive producers. Dannie Festa (Trolls) of World Builder Entertainment will executive produce.

“It’s been a privilege to work with Joe DeVito and his truly unique, never-before-seen Kong universe,” said Festa. “We feel confident that it will be hugely appealing to fans all over the world.”

“Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. “It is with great anticipation that we partner with IM Global Television to bring this exciting new vision directly into viewers’ homes.”

“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacy and Jonathan’s approach to this adaptation and look forward to partnering with MarVista as we bring this gripping tale of survival and adventure to life for a new generation of Kong fans,” said IM Global Television President Mark Stern.

It is worth noting the the legal history of King Kong is an incredibly-complicated thing. In a world of fairly cut and dry “movie rights” like DC Comics or Marvel, King Kong has gone through an extensive battle in the court system with the character’s ownership divided across multiple parties: Time Warner own the rights to RKO’s original 1933 film and its sequel; StudioCanal own the international rights to the 1976 remake and its sequel, however Paramount Pictures owns domestic rights to the 1976 remake; Merian C. Cooper’s estate owns the book and publishing rights to the character; and Universal Studios own the majority of the rights to Kong, except (perhaps most importantly) the trademark to the character. In addition, the novelization of the screenplay to the 1933 film sits in the public domain, and is open to adaptation by anyone. It’s a veritable jungle.

Furthermore, it is also worth pointing out that writer/artist Joe DeVito, of the aforementioned DeVito ArtWorks, previously sued Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., and the producers of Kong: Skull Island for allegedly stealing his ideas in a defunct pitch for a Kong TV series. In 2004, with the permission of the Cooper estate, DeVito created and illustrated Kong: King Of Skull Island, a book that functioned as prequel/sequel to the original movie, which will be the basis for the in-development television series.

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Digital Sputnik’s New Voyager Series Aims at Low-Budget Filmmakers

Digital Sputnik ups the lighting game again with the new, affordable Voyager series lights to be released at NAB.

Building on its success with its RGB LED lights (famously used in Star Wars: Rogue One), Digital Sputnik will reveal the Voyager series at NAB this year. The new lights aim to provide an even more flexible, portable and affordable lighting toolset for the masses than the revolutionary DS series. The Voyagers complement the DS series by being tubular soft lights, with removable diffusers.

Digital Sputnik CEO Kaur Kallas told No Film School, «Our approach to lighting remains the same with the Voyager line. It is designed to be our most affordable fixture, and we have added all the features that we would want from a softlight—that we would like to use ourselves—into the Voyager.»

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The Mist Series Trailer Rolls In

The Mist series trailer offers a look at the Stephen King adaptation. What do you think of The Mist series trailer.

Spike has released the first The Mist series trailer

The Mist series trailer has just rolled in! In the player below, you can take a first look at Spike‘s new original scripted The Mist, based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television, The Mist series stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Washington, Jr. and Frances Conroy.

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A poster for The Mist series has debuted, meanwhile, at EW. Check it out in full in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page.

The Mist was previously adapted as a 2007 feature film, directed by Frank Darabont. The story centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.

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Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser are Executive Producers for TWC-Dimension Television with Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine as Producers. Levy, Ted Gold, Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, and Lauren Ruggiero, Senior Director, Scripted Programming will oversee the project for Spike with Vlad Wolynetz as Co-Executive Producer.

What do you think of The Mist series trailer? Will you be tuning in for the series when it premiere in June 22? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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‘Sense8’ Season 2 Trailer: Netflix’s Strange Science Fiction Series is Back

sense8 season 2 trailer

I’m a huge fan of just about everything Lana and Lilly Wachowski have touched (yes, even the Matrix sequels), but I never got around to watching Sense8, the science fiction series they co-created with J. Michael Straczynski for Netflix. However, the arrival of the trailer for the second season may be the kick in the butt I need to get around to this one. This show looks goofy and thoughtful and action-packed and honest and silly and visually dynamic…well, it looks in line with past work by both the Wachowskis and Straczynski.

The trailer for the 10-epsode second season comes with a release date – the new batch of episodes will be available to stream on May 5, 2017. However, the first episodes of the season will premiere at the Series Mania festival in Paris later this month before screening at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre a few days later. So we’ll be hearing some early buzz soon enough.

I remember the first season of Sense8 dividing people all over the internet, with passionate fans sticking up for it in the face of critics who couldn’t stop rolling their eyes in its general direction. With the new season arriving in under a month, I suppose it’s time for me to get around to having an opinion on this one.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From renowned creative geniuses Lana Wachowski, Grant Hill (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, World War Z), Sense8 is centered around eight characters, from different parts of the world, who experience a violent vision, and soon find themselves mentally connected by the experience.  They become connected, able to see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, with access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must the eight adapt to this new ability and to each other, they must figure out why their lives are now in jeopardy. In Season 2, dark forces continue to track the cluster of eight connected characters. The sensates will learn more about BPO, the secret organization searching for their cluster and others like them, and will work to protect themselves from this organization that is out to hunt and kill them.

The Sense8 cast includes Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Terrence Mann, Naveen Andrews, and Daryl Hannah. If you’re like me and have been planning to catch up with the the first season at some point, this may be the best window to do so.

sense8 season 2 trailer

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