Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Preacher was never going to make it to television without undergoing its fair share of changes. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s blasphemous and brutal comic series is very much a product of the ’90s, a story that gives political correctness a big middle finger being stomping its face in with a steel-toed cowboy boot. It’s certainly not unadaptable, but it features characters, storylines, and images that feel specifically built for a comic book, where things like “budget” and “good taste” don’t have to exist. To adapt Preacher is to recognize the spirit of the thing – to bottle its acerbic wit, grotesque slapstick, and surprising humanity – even if it means taking the story in a separate direction.
Now, a piece of casting news has revealed just how far from the source material writer/producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin and planning to stray. Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as a villainous character whose presence in the show’s first season defies the comic’s original storyline in a huge way.
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Some of the best stories being told today are happening on television. It’s a new Golden Age for the flickering box, at least on cable networks, and the AMC has another promising project on the way to the United States thanks to the BBC.
The Night Manager is a miniseries adaptation of John Le Carré‘s novel of the same name, and Tom Hiddleston takes the lead as a former soldier working as a night manager at a hotel who is recruited by British Intelligence to complete an undercover mission to help take out an arms dealer. However, it may be even more risky than originally thought as The Night Manager trailer teases some potential double-crossing from Hugh Laurie. Watch it below! Read More »
Ridley Scott is a busy man. He always has a few movies on his plate, including an adaptation of The Cartel and possibly a remake of The Prisoner, and his company also produces a healthy amount of movies. Scott Free Productions is currently working on Marvel, a TV adaptation of George Pendle‘s nonfiction book Strange Angel. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Marvel Studios or Marvel Comics.
Learn more about the Ridley Scott TV show after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
With exactly one month to go until its return, Better Call Saul has finally, at long last, released the first bit of new footage from season 2. Jimmy McGill is still Jimmy McGill at this point, not Saul Goodman, but you can see a bit of good old Slippin’ Jimmy slipping out. And no wonder, given what we saw of his life last season. Watch the first Better Call Saul season 2 footage after the jump. Read More »
Unfortunately for zombie lovers out there, The Walking Dead won’t be back this year until February 14th. That should make for one bloody Valentine’s Day, especially since series creator Robert Kirkman has promised there will be a lot of death when the show comes back from the midseason break. And for those of you who just can’t get enough of the comic book adaptation, there doesn’t seem to be any end to the show in sight.
AMC executives appearing at the Television Critics Association panels this week said that they aren’t even thinking about the end of the series and are focused on keeping it alive as long as the comics “are firing on all cylinders.” Find out more below! Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
AMC is really doubling down on the “gruesome horror adaptation” thing. With The Walking Dead still shambling along and the adaptation of the sure-to-be-controversial Preacher waiting in the wings, the network has decided to adapt Joe Hill‘s excellent novel NOS4A2 into a series. That is one hell of a horror trifecta right there – nothing says AMC like flesh-eating carnage, blasphemous comic book adaptations, and shows about immortal creeps stealing the souls of innocent children.
Hit the jump for everything we currently know about the NOS4A2 TV series.
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Last night’s The Walking Dead midseason finale was, in typical The Walking Dead fashion, a big ol’ shrug to an otherwise fairly strong batch of episodes. Loyal viewers of the show should be familiar with this by now – no series on television manages to feature so many peaks and valleys in such close proximity.
It’s telling that the most interesting aspect of the episode wasn’t even a proper part of the episode, but rather a “prologue” for the second half of the season, which will air early next year. This brief clip, presumably from an upcoming episode, features the first onscreen mention of the Negan, the villain who will loom over the second half of season 6, make his grand debut in the finale, and then become a regular character in season 7. You can check out the Walking Dead Negan clip for yourself after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
You can say a lot of things about the still hugely popular The Walking Dead – it’s thrilling, disgusting, boring, repetitive, suddenly-good-after-all-these-years, and/or just-as-bad-as-ever – but you won’t find many people calling it “fun.” The series is punishing at best, putting its characters through the wringer and asking audiences to continually sympathize people who have become worse than the monsters they’re fighting.
So it may be a little weird that AMC‘s flagship series is becoming a theme park ride. Just a little.
Sally Corp, who build animatronics and attractions for museums and theme parks, has revealed The Walking Dead: Battle For Survival at this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) convention in Orlando, Florida. The “mixed media” dark ride is already fully designed. It just needs a buyer and a home.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Walking Dead remains one of the most frustrating shows on television. Fluctuating between genuinely thrilling genre filmmaking and insipid, wheel-spinning nonsense, no show on modern television demands that its fans grin and bear it quite like AMC’s ever-popular zombie drama. But when it’s good — and it has often been very good these past two seasons — it’s one of the most visceral gun-punches available on any medium right now. It just took more than a few years of tedium to get there.
And now, the TV series is about to embark on one of its constantly terrific comic book counterpart’s most famous and controversial storylines. The reliably great Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the Walking Dead cast as Negan, a human villain who makes David Morrissey’s Governor look downright cuddly. This character has defined the past few years of the comic book storyline for writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. If handled well, Negan is going to be a big deal on the show.
For more on the Walking Dead Negan casting, hit the jump.
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Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Preacher has been battling to reach the screen in some form since the late ’90s, when Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s controversial, critically praised comic series was still a new kid on the block. Now, years after Kevin Smith and Sam Mendes and Mark Steven Johnson tried and failed to produce big screen and small screen versions, the infamous series is finally arriving as a show on AMC. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin are behind this incarnation. Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, and Joseph Gilgun are playing the story’s central heroes. And now, the first trailer for the series is here. Just be careful – people who associate with Preacher tend to get struck by lightning if they ever step near a church again.
Cleanse yourself with some holy water and watch the first Preacher trailer after the jump. Read More »