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Daniel José Older’s YA Urban Fantasy Shadowshaper Optioned for Film and TV

Actress and producer Anika Noni Rose has optioned film and television rights to Daniel José Older’s The Shadowshaper Cypher series, the bestselling YA urban fantasy series with an Afro-Latina heroine who can shape magic through paintings, music, and stories. This is Rose’s (via her company Roaring Virgin Productions) second collaboration with Older; in 2015 she optioned his Bone Street Rumba series.

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“The dwarfs’ jazz party was pretty bad.” C. S. Lewis Reviews Disney’s Snow White

First great thing: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis went on movie dates to see blockbuster films. Second great thing: They reviewed them in letters to their friends.

Atlas Obscura has highlighted a passage from the J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, an out of print reference text, that describes Lewis taking Tolkien to see Disney’s Snow White in 1938. The article’s author Eric Grundhauser pulls in other reference material–letters from Lewis and reactions from scholars–to get a more complete picture of just how rankled the authors got over Disney’s depiction of fairy tales.

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Attention Citizens: We Have A Premiere Date for The Tick!

The Tick is coming to Amazon on Friday, August 25th! The reboot of the show stars Peter Serafinowicz as the titular Tick and Griffin Newman as his sidekick Arthur, and is taking the characters in a somewhat grittier direction as the duo investigates a conspiracy involving a mysterious super villain who may have faked his own death.

Tick-creator Ben Edlund is executive producing along with Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld. Edlund is also writing, and the show will be directed by Wally Pfister. You can read a review of the pilot here, and click through for a brief-yet-adorable promo!

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Art Show “Never Grow Up” Showcases Fantastic Riffs on Disney Classics

There are few things we love as much as re-imagined Disney artwork, and the latest art show from Mondo Gallery does not disappoint. Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show, is being presented by Mondo in association with Cyclops Print Works, and will feature new limited-edition posters celebrating the entire history of Disney. We honestly couldn’t pick a favorite, so we’ve rounded up a few highlights below.

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Which Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Character Should Get a Standalone Novel?

In Brian Staveley’s recent Reddit r/fantasy AMA for Skullsworn, the standalone prequel set in the world of The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a question about writing different characters’ perspectives led into conversation about possible standalone novels. Skullsworn stars Pyrre, the assassin who played a pivotal role in The Providence of Fire (the second book in the series), as she earns her stripes within her religious order by killing ten people in a month. (Or, as Staveley described it when revealing the cover, “a romance novel—some kissing, some heartache, some sex—but with monsters, murder, and buckets and buckets of blood.”) But there’s at least one other side character who Staveley would be interested in exploring down the line.

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Glen Cook’s ‘The Black Company’ Series Coming to Television; To Star Eliza Dushku

Glen Cook’s epic series The Black Company may be the next fantasy adaptation to make the jump to the television screens—Deadline is reporting that the series is in development with IM Global Television, who are working with Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions along with David Goyer’s Phantom Four. Dushku, known for her work in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse, will star as The Lady, a dark sorceress who hires the mercenary Black Company.

The Black Company begin their series as a tough, cynical unit who sell their skills to the highest bidder. However, when they learn that an ancient prophecy may be coming true, they have to reevaluate their choices, and most importantly, decide whether to forsake old loyalties. The Lady, who rules the Northern Empire, hires the Black Company for her own ends.

Goyer will be an executive producer for the show, along with Dushku, Nate Dushku, and Ami Lourie of Boston Diva. Dushku spoke of the series’ scope in her statement, saying, “The Black Company is vast in scope yet remains fundamentally relevant through the morally ambiguous choices it presents at every turn.”

Dushku’s production company has optioned the ten-book epic fantasy series, as well a forthcoming book titled Port of Shadows, tentatively scheduled for release in 2018 from Tor Books, which chronicles the events surrounding Croker and his cohort right after the first three Black Company books. You can learn more about the series in Graeme Flory’s Reread of The Black Company, and as always we’re eager to hear your casting ideas in the comments.

Subterranean Press to Release Special Limited Edition of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a hardcover edition of N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning novel The Fifth Season, here’s your chance: This September, Subterranean Press will release fewer than 500 limited-edition hardcover copies of the book, with gorgeous new cover art by Miranda Meeks.

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Tiny Jyn Erso Heads to Star Wars Celebration, Hands Every Leia a Copy of the Death Star Plans

This small Jyn Erso is actually named Harley, and her dad Dino Ignacio makes all sort of fantastic cosplay outfits for his family. This year, in honor of the dearly departed Carrie Fisher, Harley came to the Star Wars Celebration prepared with her Jyn outfit and a stack of Death Star plans–and handed them out to every Leia she saw.

Observe. And then cry with us.

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What is the Best Collective Noun for Authors?

Writing, when you get down to the nuts and bolts of actually putting words on paper, is one of the loneliest professions. But then there are conventions, panels, collaborative serialized storytelling experiments, and (thanks to social media) Twitter hashtag fun and Reddit AMAs, all of which see authors congregating in the same physical or digital space. But what do you call it when these famously reclusive creatures are all collected together? Like a mob of kangaroos or a unkindness of ravens, we thought writers deserved their very own descriptive collective noun. We came up with “a mischief of authors,” but we want to hear yours!

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New To The Wheel of Time? This Video Gives You the Basics in 60 Seconds

Robert Jordan’s fantasy The Wheel of Time is coming to television! But for those for you who haven’t yet read the epic, getting up to speed with an adaptation of a 14-book series can be a daunting prospect. Luckily, IGN has distilled the central idea of WoT into a 60-second video, which makes for a solid platform for people to dive into the books, or the upcoming television show.

Check it out below!

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The X-Files will Return for 10-Episode Event Series

After returning to television for a six-episode series last year, Scully and Mulder will resume their hunt for THE TRUTH. Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny will all be back for a ten-episode “event series” sometime in the 2017-2018 season.

The last event series added a new, wistful tone to the detectives’ relationship, along with new recurring character Tad O’Malley, a bloviating conspiracy theorist played by Joel McHale, new mini-agents Miller and Einstein, and a few great scenes of Mitch Pileggi’s A.D. Skinner. It will be interesting to see if they return given the expanded ten-episode format the show has to play with. The last series also delved more into Scully and Mulder’s past together and the fate of their child, William, so it seems inevitable that he’ll figure into the new mini-season.

You can read more about the new series over at EW! What do you want to see when The X-Files returns…again?

Hulu Orders Locke and Key Pilot from Joe Hill and Carlton Cuse

Six years ago, Fox tried to get a television pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s graphic novel series Locke and Key on the air, but the series didn’t pick up. The unaired pilot, written by Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, was screened at Comic-Con a few years later, and was generally well received. Kurtzman and Orci later tried to make a movie trilogy happen instead, but that also fell through.

Now, Hulu has taken a stab at the project, ordering a new pilot written by Hill himself, with Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) serving as showrunner. Hill’s series, published by IDW, follows the three Locke siblings (Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode) as they move with their mother Nina across the country to the mysterious Keyhouse, their ancestral home in Maine. But as they adjust to their new lives, the kid discover a series of magical keys that grant them special powers.

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Check Out the First Official Photos from Game of Thrones Season 7

Look who’s back for Game of Thrones season 7! It’s a surprising number of players, considering the series’ penchant for shocking deaths. HBO has released the first batch of official photos, and while they won’t tell you anything you didn’t know by the season 6 finale, it’s still great to see all these faces again as the series heads into the first half of its final thirteen episodes. Especially Tormund.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Writers to Adapt Neal Shusterman’s Scythe

Last year, Universal Pictures acquired the rights to adapt Scythe, Neal Shusterman’s YA novel envisioning a future in which people called “scythes” keep overpopulation in check by killing others at random—mimicking the death that no longer occurs now that mankind has eradicated all disease. Deadline reports that the studio has landed on its writers: Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, who penned the screenplay for 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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