“Nightflyers is a haunted house story on a starship,” George R.R. Martin says in Syfy’s first behind-the-scenes teaser for its adaptation of his sci-fi/horror novella. “It’s Psycho in space.” Though the video is only a minute long, it’s filled with shots both behind and in front of the camera: the ambitious set and special effects that go into pulling this eerie story out of Martin’s mind, as well as a hint of the gory terrors befalling the crew of the Nightflyer.
“The universe keeps pushing us together.”
“The universe keeps pulling us apart.”
The latest trailer for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger is all about dualities: Tyrone’s (a.k.a. Cloak) need to be perfect, to constantly prove himself at his prep school, contrasted with Tandy’s (a.k.a. Dagger) tendency to skip town when things get tough but also her ability to get away with living on the fringes. But what unites these teenagers are formative childhood tragedies and the fact that, with their complementary powers, they seem fated to meet—as a “divine pairing” meant to team up. But what’s that about one of them living while the other dies?
A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay is finally taking on a superhero film! Variety reports that DuVernay will helm the movie adaptation of Jack Kirby’s comic New Gods, as part of an initiative to “creat[e] a new universe of properties for the studio.” New Gods will fit within the DC Extended Universe, DC Entertainment’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Peter in his old-school Spidey suit! Shuri! Made-up names! The latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has the same THE END IS NEAR high-stakes of the last one, but also a bunch of great little character moments and cameos that we appreciate so much more after seeing Black Panther. Plus, finally, more Thanos.
While we don’t yet know what parts of Westeros the Game of Thrones successor shows (the preferred term to “prequels” or “spinoffs”) will explore, HBO might want to delve deeper into the Iron Bank, because all they’re talking about right now is budget budget budget. At the “Best of HBO” panel at the INTV conference in Israel, HBO senior VP of drama Francesca Orsi and HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed how any potential successor series would demand a larger budget than the early days of Thrones: “$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do,” Orsi said. “We are going big.” That means fans can expect whichever of the five successor show the network chooses to be appropriately epic.
In case you wanted to know what Albus Dumbledore was doing in the 1930s, the answer is apparently… sending Newt Scamander on secret missions?
Among Variety’s writeup of the 12 movie and TV premieres garnering the most buzz at South by Southwest is The Director and the Jedi, a behind-the-scenes documentary from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While the doc is centered on Rian Johnson’s experience writing and directing the film, there’s an extremely personal dimension that we already know is going to give us all the feels: the cast and the crew grappling with Carrie Fisher’s passing in late 2016.
BBC One’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series is starting to come together: Deadline reports that director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has signed on to helm what will be an eight-part television series, and two major roles have been filled. Dafne Keen, the breakout star of Logan, will play alethiometer-consulting orphan Lyra Belacqua, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will play cowboy Lee Scoresby.
Lucasfilm announced today that a live-action Star Wars television series is in the works, to be helmed by Jon Favreau. The actor and director, who helped launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man, will serve as executive producer for the series in what sounds like a showrunner capacity: writing and producing, while overseeing a stable of writers.
At a recent spotlight panel at Emerald City Comic-Con, Patrick Rothfuss gave fans some indirect intel on The Doors of Stone, the eagerly-awaited third book in his epic fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. While it was neither a release date nor plot details, his answer to a fan question could recontextualize both the book and the trilogy as a whole: When asked by if he’s “a DM [Dungeon Master] taking us on a journey where the bard is the hero of the story?”, Rothfuss responded, “It’s way worse than that. I am an author who has tricked you into reading a trilogy that is a million-word prologue.”
Sequels are hard. Sometimes the story or characters you adored just can’t carry over for another romp. That ship sailed and you’re left treading vaguely familiar water, feeling kind of icky and down and also waterlogged. “There’s something a little terrifying about picking up a sequel to a book that broke your heart in the way only the best books can,” Seanan McGuire recently tweeted. “No matter how good it is, it will lack that brilliant newness: it will be following a familiar channel.”
So, can a follow-up novel ever feel… novel? Luckily, McGuire found just that in Deep Roots, the upcoming sequel to Ruthanna Emrys’ Winter Tide—and it got us thinking about other sequels that rise to the occasion. The ones that defy the sophomore slump, and maybe even surpass their progenitors. Check out our favorites below—maybe you’ve got a few to share, too!
Luke Cage has a message for everyone trying to burn, blast, or break him: “You wanna test me? Step up. I’m right here.”
And by “right here,” he means that he’s coming back this summer.
Evan Puschak, who critiques pop culture online as The Nerdwriter, usually sticks to discussing the ways film and television affect us, dissecting trends in Hollywood, and, more recently, looking at current politics. His videos include “See with Your Ears: Spielberg and Sound Design,” “How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes,” and “Intertextuality: Hollywood’s New Currency.” In one of his latest videos, however, he digs into a piece of art.
In a video titled, “The Most Disturbing Painting” he looks at the context around Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son,” looking at the myth of Saturn, Goya’s life, and Spanish politics before exploring a pretty heady topic: how does your art change if you’re making it purely for yourself? The video is an incredibly compelling case for art in the face of war, oppression, and an uncaring universe, and you can and should watch it below.
Entertainment Weekly has reported that Neil Gaiman is returning to The Sandman for its 30th anniversary with an exciting new project. With DC Comics, Neil Gaiman will be launching four ongoing Sandman Universe series. He will oversee the new titles, but they will be written and illustrated by new creative teams.
BBC Studios and Narrativia are teaming up to bring Terry Pratchett’s Discworld to television, starting with a six-part series titled The Watch.
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