Each Friday we’re going to talk about our favorite tidbits of industry news from the week.
So, let’s dive in!
Top on the list, of course, is Sunday’s new series launch of Twin Peaks on Showtime. I haven’t sat down yet to watch (although I’m planning on it tonight), but what I’ve read so far about audience response has been overwhelmingly positive in every aspect hardcore fans would hope for – zany, funny, creepy, amazing music, and generally awesome. We’ll follow the series more closely as it progresses, so stay tuned for deeper thoughts. In the meantime, drop everything you’re doing and go pop that on your television screen!
In other TV series announcements, four others in particular were of note last week:
The first is Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country coming to HBO. It’s being marketed as “racially charged” while combining social and horror influences, so we certainly expect this to continue in the vein of the unanimously successful Get Out.
Peele is set to Executive Produce along with J.J. Abrams, but showrunner/lead writer will be Misha Green (also executive producing). The series will be based on the 2016 novel written by Matt Ruff and takes place in 1950’s Jim Crow America featuring main character Atticus on a quest to find his missing father. Lovecraft Country will be anthological, and, according to Deadline, aims to “reclaim genre-storytelling” from the African-American perspective.”
Green is primarily known for creating the television series Underground but has also worked on Helix, Spartacus, Heroes, and Sons of Anarchy.
Fingers remain crossed that Peele and Abrams will at least have some writing and directorial influence, but regardless – it sounds like a recipe for awesomesauce.
The second, which you can read about in greater detail on our spotlight piece here, is the new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This is a prequel series produced by The Jim Henson Company coming exclusively to Netflix with release date yet to be announced. But there’s some amazing content on their website and a lot to be excited about, so go check it out!
Third, fans of the 2013 science fiction/action thriller Snowpiercer should be excited! A new series continuation is coming to TNT (an interesting network choice).
Daveed Diggs has been cast as frontman Layton Well. From what we know so far, he, like Chris Evans' character in the film, lives at the back of the train with pet rats and a reliance on Chronole.
For those unfamiliar with the original story, we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic ice age setting in which survivors have boarded a train which continuously cycles the same year-long track. It’s divided into a social cast system, with the poorest or “lowest” living at the back eating manufactured bars of bug guts while the upper class dine swankly and party in hot tubs. To summarize, anyway.
For people who haven’t seen the film (or haven’t read the French graphic novel), we won’t say much more here other than we highly encourage you to check it out. It was one of my favorite science fiction films of the past few years, and I’m really curious to see which direction they choose to take with the storyline and characters as well as how TNT will handle the graphically violent and incessantly dark nature of the tale.
Fourth, also coming to Netflix is a series based upon the book series, The Witcher, also known by the hugely successful video game franchise, which reportedly follows the novels closely.
Forbes published an interesting article on the announcement with casting choices, which you can read and debate here.
As for my lame, old school PS3-owning ass, I finally have a PC worthy of playing Witcher 2, so I’ll hopefully be getting around to that sometime soon.
In the meantime, what are you guys most excited about for this installment?