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Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties to Be Adapted as Black Mirror-esque Anthology Series

Since Carmen Maria Machado’s short fiction collection Her Body and Other Parties was published last October, individual stories have emerged as their own conversation pieces: the stark, sexist horror of “The Husband Stitch,” a retelling of that eerie favorite urban legend about the woman with the green ribbon around her neck; the brutally clever “Especially Heinous,” told through micro-recaps of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and so forth. It’s fitting, then, that the television adaptation of Machado’s collection is being pitched as an anthology series described as a feminist Black Mirror.

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Victor LaValle’s The Changeling Coming to FX!

Victor LaValle’s gorgeous, unsettling horror novel, The Changeling, wasn’t just one of the scariest books of last year, it was also the most interesting. Now the dark fairy tale will be coming to FX! The show will be produced by Annapurna Television, and the script will be written by Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel.

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The Wheel of Time TV Series in Development at Amazon Studios

A recent Deadline interview with Jennifer Salke, the new head of Amazon Studios, confirmed what had been rumored for some time: A television adaptation of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series is one of the projects in development at the streaming service. While news broke in 2017 that Sony Pictures Television was adapting the series, with Rafe Judkins as showrunner, this interview confirms Amazon’s role in the adaptation.

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Brandon Sanderson Developing Multimedia Fantasy Project Dark One

FremantleMedia North America and Random House Studio are partnering with fantasy author Brandon Sanderson on a new multimedia project called Dark One. This fantasy drama, about a young man with visions of a fantasy world he is fated to destroy, will take place over an ambitious number of platforms including a dramatic television series, a graphic novel, a supplementary book series, and a podcast.

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Steven Gould’s Teleportation Thriller Impulse Premieres Today on YouTube Premium

Steven Gould’s 2013 thriller Impulse has become a series on Youtube Premium—and you can binge the whole thing today! Henry, a 16-year-old girl who’s finding it hard to fit into her new town of Reston, New York. When her date with another student, Clay, abruptly turns violent, she wakes to a terrifying new reality: her golden boy classmate is in a coma, and she’s suddenly having chronic inexplicable seizures…that lead to teleportation.

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Watch the First Trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part!

Bricksburg has gone full Mad Max: Fury Road in the first teaser trailer for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: It’s been five years since the events of Taco Tuesday, and Emmet, Lucy, and the other survivors are still rebuilding when a new threat comes… from outer space? That’s right, instead of the evil Lord Business, it’s a horde of LEGO Duplo figures! Can the Special rise to the occasion to ward off an enemy that fights with stickers and spaceships?

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American Gods Casts Three Roles—Including Sam Black Crow!

American Gods has just added three key cast members! Mr. Town, Mr. World’s right hand man, will be played by Dean Winters, Gillian Anderson’s Media will be replaced by New Media, portrayed by Kahyun Kim, and Sam Black Crow will be played by First Nations actor Devery Jacobs.

Dean Winters should be at home in his role as Mr. World’s enforcer, since he was recently in John Wick. Kahyun Kim has appeared in Austin & Ally and The Mysteries of Laura, and Devery Jacobs has appeared in Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Being Human, and Mohawk Girls, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress for her performance in Rhymes for Young Ghouls in 2013. According to Deadline, Jacobs grew up in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, “which shaped her passion for Indigenous rights activism.” [Read more]

5 Ideas For a Lando Movie That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong

Obviously Solo: A Star Wars Story is about Han Solo—and we enjoyed it! Seeing Young Han was fun, and we loved the Easter eggs and squealed over Chewie and clapped with delight the first time the Millennium Falcon made an appearance.

BUT.

We all know who stole this show, and our hearts, and that man was Donald Glover as younger-but-still-unspeakably-suave Lando Calrissian. And as much as we’re a bit fatigued by this constant need to prequel and spin off every single story in recorded history, we honestly wouldn’t mind a Lando story. So, we’ve gathered some pitches.

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Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera to Be Adapted into Movie Musical Extravaganza

For a novel that has been described as “Eurovision in space,” it was only a matter of time before Space Opera—Catherynne M. Valente’s glittery intergalactic adventure in which the fate of the human race hinges on their ability to rock—made it to the silver screen. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has optioned the movie rights, with La La Land’s Marc Platt producing alongside Colin Trevorrow.

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The Roci will Fly Again! The Expanse Picked Up by Amazon

Break out the celebratory lasagna—The Expanse has been saved! The show will move over to Amazon’s streaming service after its third season ends on Syfy. Jeff Bezos made the announcement himself last night, after a panel at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which featured three of the show’s stars, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, and Cas Anvar, along with showrunner Naren Shankar.

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The 12 Most Gratuitous Robot Deaths in Sci-Fi

Sometimes it feels like robots only exist to be abused, you know? We love them and the window they provide on the human condition, but science fiction is usually pretty mean to them overall. It loves to torment robots (and when we say “robots” we’re really talking about any form of android or A.I. or sentient toaster or what-have-you) with the constant threat of obsolescence or deactivation or destruction. And some of these deaths are just plain gratuitous, leaving us betrayed, bewildered, and otherwise bereaved.

Here are the worst of them.

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