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.

RELATED: The IT Trailer is Here to Make You Afraid of Clowns Forever

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.

RELATED: Sleeping Beauties: Stephen King and Owen King’s Novel to Become Series

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

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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.

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‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Trailer: There’s No Such Thing as An Easy Laugh in Showtime’s New Series

I'm Dying Up Here Trailer

There used to be a time when summer was a dead zone when it came to finding good television. But nowadays there’s an overabundance of programming to be found at every turn. Netflix always has something cooking, which means broadcast and cable networks are trying to keep up with great fresh content of their own, and Showtime looks to have something great on their hands.

I’m Dying Up Here is a new one-hour drama series at Showtime that follows an ensemble cast of up and coming comedians in 1970s Los Angeles, when the art of stand-up comedy was seeing a surge in popularity from the stages of comedy clubs to being in front of the curtain on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A new I’m Dying Up Here trailer showcases even more of the drama and laughs that come from trying to deliver a set that kills, and you can watch it below (but beware of some NSFW language).

I love everything I’ve seen from this show so far. It has the style of Vinyl, but it feels much more engaging and authentic in its portrayal of this particular scene at this specific time. Cast members like Ari Graynor, Michael Angarano, Jake and RJ Cyler feel like they could really be young stand-up comics, and they’re surrounding by the real deal with comedians like Erik Griffin and Al Madrigal making appearances as well.

However, the element that could elevate this show to greatness is Melissa Leo as the comedy club owner Goldie, whose club can give comedians the time that brings about a huge break in their career. But she’s not running a charity, and Goldie isn’t about to let these comics on her stage if they’re not going to put in the hard work.

Like I’ve said before, I might have to get Showtime just to watch this show. If you want to see more, you can watch the previous trailer right here.

The new one-hour Showtime drama series I’m Dying Up Here explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene where the careers of legends such as David Letterman, Jay Leno and Richard Pryor were launched. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson.

I’m Dying Up Here stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast.

This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

I’m Dying Up Here premieres on Sunday, June 4th at 10PM ET/PT.

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New Trailer For I’m Dying Up Here Series from Showtime

I'm Dying Up Here series from Showtime gets a new trailer. Watch the I'm Dying Up Here trailer.

I’m Dying Up Here series from Showtime gets a new trailer

Showtime has released a new trailer for the I’m Dying Up Here series about the stand-up scene in the 1970s. The series is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The pilot was directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and written by Dave Flebotte and is produced by Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne.

 The I’m Dying Up Here series explores L.A.’s famed ’70s stand-up comedy scene and stars Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme), Ari Graynor (Bad Teacher), Michael Angarano (The Knick), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine), Andrew Santino (Mixology), Erik Griffin (Workaholics), RJ Cyler (Power Rangers), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show) and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child) as part of a large ensemble cast.

The I’m Dying Up Here series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience “dying” for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson. This fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians is mentored by “Goldie” (Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh. Recurring guest stars include Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brianne Howey (Horrible Bosses 2), Jon Daly (Kroll Show) and Ginger Gonzaga (Togetherness). Guest stars include Emmy(R) nominee Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Oscar nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Oscar nominee Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), With Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Martian) and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina (Chocolat).

You can check out the trailer for the I’m Dying Up Here series below. Let us know what you think in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Sleeping Beauties: Stephen King and Owen King’s Novel to Become Series

Sleeping Beauties: Stephen King and Owen King's Novel to Become Series

The upcoming novel Sleeping Beauties from Stephen King and Owen King is being developed for TV

The rights to the upcoming Stephen King and Owen King novel Sleeping Beauties were recently acquired by Anonymous Content, according to Deadline. Now we’ve learned that the novel is being developed for TV. Sleeping Beauties will be released on September 26, 2017 and is set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison. King, of course, is well known for his writing with 54 novels and counting, as well as over 200 short stories and six non-fiction books. Many of those have been brought to the big screen, including MiseryPet CemeteryThe Green Mile and Cujo, just to name a few. We’ll see more when IT and The Dark Tower premiere later this year. We’re also getting an amalgam of his work in the Hulu streaming series Castle Rock. The executive producers for Sleeping Beauties are Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta.

Here is the official Amazon description of Sleeping Beauties: “In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?”

What do you guys think of the premise for Sleeping Beauties? Are you excited at the prospect of more work from Stephen King hitting your TV? Are you interested in reading his work with his son Owen? Are you looking forward to IT and The Dark Tower? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

 

 

 

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Netflix Plans A Series of Unfortunate Events Season Three

Get ready for A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3. Will you watch A Series of Unfortunate events season three?

Netflix has made plans for A Series of Unfortunate Events season three

Another season of Netflix‘s hit A Series of Unfortunate Events is on the way. Less than a month after the official announcement of a Series of Unfortunate Events season two comes word, via TVLine, that A Series of Unfortunate Events season three is also in the works. The show’s first season, now available to stream, adapts the first four books in the hugely popular Lemony Snicket book series. Season two is expected to adapt books five through nine, while A Series of Unfortunate Events season three would finish off the the adaptations, taking on books ten through thirteen.

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Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire), Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire), Presley Smith (Sunny) Alfre Woodard (Aunt Josephine), Catherine O’Hara (Dr. Orwell), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Aasif Maandvi (Uncle Monty), Don Johnson (Sir) and more.

Are you glad to hear that A Series of Unfortunate Events season three is happening? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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First Look at Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables Series

Anne Trailer: First Look at Netflix's Anne of Green Gables Series

First look at Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables series

Netflix has released the official trailer for their upcoming series Anne, a reimagining of the classic children’s book, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Check it out in the player below!

Set to premiere on May 12, the series stars Amybeth McNulty (“Anne Shirley Cuthbert”), Geraldine James (“Marilla Cuthbert”) and R.H. Thomson (“Matthew Cuthbert”).

Anne is a coming-of-age story about an outsider who, against all odds and many challenges, fights for love and acceptance and her place in the world. Set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s, the series centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young orphaned girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an aging sister and brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne will transform the lives of Marilla (Geraldine James) and Matthew Cuthbert (R.H. Thomson) and eventually the entire small town in which they live with her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination. Anne’s adventures will reflect timeless and topical issues including themes of identity, feminism, bullying and prejudice.

Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad, Flesh and Bone) and Miranda de Pencier (Thanks For Sharing, Beginners) are executive producers on the series. Susan Murdoch is a producer. Anne is a Northwood Entertainment production for CBC and Netflix.

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‘Girlboss’ Trailer: Britt Robertson Flips Clothes with Attitude in Netflix’s New Series

Girlboss Trailer - Britt Robertson

Britt Robertston fought for the future in Tomorrowland, found sappy romance in The Longest Ride, and came of age in The First Time. Now she’s going to become a self-made entrepreneur by flipping clothes in the same way that people flip houses.

Girlboss, a new Netflix series based on Sophia Amoruso‘s autobiography of the same name, tells the story of a young, feisty girl (Robertson) who had no direction in life, but used her passion for fashion to create a business selling clothes on eBay, the kind of clothes that you’d find in Goodwill that are secretly worth hundreds of dollars more than the thrifty price tag.

The trailer takes an interesting twist when Sophia is forced to create her own website after some bad business on eBay doesn’t go in her favor. She doesn’t take this slight lying down, and after a quick cry, she uses it to fuel her ambition. Anyone who knows Sophia’s real life story knows what happens next, but for those who don’t, here’s how the book on which the series is based is described:

Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school–a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.

Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $ 100-million-plus fashion retailer. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

It’s not clear if the series will focus on those teenage years where Sophia was taking on more nefarious activities while living on the streets, but either way, this looks rather entertaining. It reminded me how great Britt Robertson really is, and how much she deserves to be a bigger star. Perhaps Girlboss is the project that can help her get some more recognition. The rest of the cast includes Ellie Reed as Annie, Alphonso McAuley as Dax, Johnny Simmons as Shane and Breaking Bad co-star Dean Norris as Jay. Hopefully, there are some other cameos along the lines of Jim Rash working in the thrift store.

Girlboss is created and executive produced by Kay Cannon, the writer of Pitch Perfect who also delivered plenty of hilarity to the NBC series 30 Rock. Christian Ditter (How to Be Single) directs all 13 episodes of the series in addition to executive producing with Charlize Theron, Laverne McKinnon and Sophia Amoruso herself.

Girlboss hits Netflix on April 21.

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