George R.R Martin’s next series won’t be going to HBO it seems, with Hulu in talks with the famed author to bring his “Wild Cards” book series to the streamer.
The project, from Universal Cable Prods, is setting up a writers room for two new series that would create a ‘’Wild Cards’’ universe.
The two series will be written and executive produced by Andrew Miller, of “The Secret Garden” fame.
Set in the present, the series explores the aftermath of an alien virus, released over Manhattan in 1946 that killed 90% of those it infected. In the survivors, DNA was altered, creating grotesque physical deformities, except for a tiny percentage who develop super human powers instead. Called the Wild Card virus, it has passed down through generations, and can go undetected until suddenly activated by a traumatic event — at which point the carrier is either killed, mutated or granted god-like powers. Effects that are largely a manifestation of the victim’s emotional state, making them vulnerable to reverence or ridicule on a deeply personal level. Now, after decades of sociological turmoil, having been worshipped, oppressed, exploited and ignored… Victims of the virus want to define their own future.
Martin isn’t involved in writing the series because he’s got an exclusive deal with HBO where he’s spearheading the “Game of Thrones” spinoff projects, in addition to co-executive producing the parent series.
James Wan, Mark Millar team for Netflix fantasy series
“The Magic Order” tells of five families of magicians sworn to protect our world
James Wan has joined the producing committee over on “The Magic Order”, a new Netflix series based on an original story by Mark Millar.
The “Aquaman” director will also direct the pilot for the series, which Lindsay Beer will server as writer/showrunner on.
Here’s the logline : Five families of magicians sworn to protect our world must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness – unless the darkness gets them first.
First look at Patrick Stewart in Star Trek : Picard!
The title, and a look at the upcoming series, were revealed at Upfronts week in New York.
CBS All Access has revealed the official title and a sneak peek at Patrick Stewart-starrer “Star Trek : Picard”.
The title, and a quick screengrab from the upcoming series, were revealed at Upfronts week in New York.
The series, set donkey’s years after the events of “The Next Generation”, can be beamed, er, streamed later in the year.
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Who’s playing Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen!?
Dr. Jonathan Osterman hails from the big wet, it would seem!
Our friends at Geek Vibes Nation have the word on the ‘who is Yayha Abdul-Mateen II playing in Watchmen?’ question that’s been floated in the forums for a while.
According to the site, the HBO series has the “Aquaman” star playing none other than Dr. Manhattan!
For the unversed, Dr. Jonathan Osterman aka Doctor Manhattan is a nuclear physicist who in 1959 acquired superpowers after surviving being disintegrated in an Intrinsic Field Subtractor and reconstructing himself. Following his reanimation, he was immediately pressed into service by the United States government, who gave him the name Doctor Manhattan, after the Manhattan Project.
Billy Crudup played the part in Zack Snyder’s 2009 feature film version.
Interestingly enough, Abdul-Mateen’s character has been listed as ‘Cal Abraham’ thus far, suggesting he might be donning a fake name when we first meet him in the series.
Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson and Louis Gossett Jr are also part of the series, set to premiere in the fall.
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