Starz presented a panel for season two of Ash vs Evil Dead, their series based on the Evil Dead films. Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and producer Robert Tapert spoke with reporters in roundtables, where Tapert stated that the current focus is to produce more seasons of the TV series. However, success means a fourth movie is more likely down the line than it would have been without a TV show.
“Yes, the focus is on more seasons of the show,” Tapert said. “Sam [Raimi], bless him, talked about doing Evil Dead as a movie for many, many years and teased the fans forever and a day. Finally when the day came, we went, ‘Well, we think it might be better as a TV show.’ That was other people who thought that and Bruce really welcomed the idea and I welcomed the idea because Bruce said, ‘Look, I did three movies. I’m not certain I knew my last name so at least in a TV show I get to explore the character and who he is and all that more.’ Is there a movie out there that we are thinking about that would continue on that would merge everything? There certainly are those thoughts starting to percolate.”
Campbell, ever the showman, joined Raimi in keeping hope for a new film alive. “One feeds the other,” Campbell said. “The movies were dead. Now the TV show comes back, the movies come back to life. It’s funny how that works.” Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Shailene Woodley‘s Tris has overcome a lot over the past three Divergent movies, but not even she can overcome audience indifference. Following a weak performance for The Divergent Series: Allegiant this spring, Lionsgate has opted to skip theaters for the planned finale, The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Instead, the dystopian YA saga will conclude with a TV movie that will then launch a standalone spinoff TV series. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fargo‘s second season premiered about a year and a half after its first season did, and Fargo‘s third season won’t arrive until 2017. And assuming we ever get a Fargo season four, the wait might get even longer. Series creator Noah Hawley says he may take a page out of the Louie playbook and just ignore the calendar, delaying new seasons of Fargo until he gets a really good idea for another one. Read More »
The Exorcist is the latest classic movie getting the TV treatment. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, who already experienced a different sort of franchise in 2015’s Fantastic Four, got out ahead of the fall premiere on Twitter. He tweeted that one reason he took on The Exorcist was so no one else would remake it. He also shared Deadline’s report that Alan Ruck had been bumped up to series regular.
Last week, Fox screened the pilot for The Exorcist to press. The show takes place in present day, though Google searches show that the Father Merrin exorcism still happened. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is helping the Rance family in his church. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) thinks there’s more than just a degenerative head trauma plaguing her husband (Ruck), and her daughters are manifesting symptoms too. Ortega has vivid dreams of another exorcist, Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels), and the pilot features some new twists on classic Exorcist images.
We had a chance to speak with Slater during the reception for the pilot screening. Some spoilers follow, but most likely things that will be hyped up in the trailers for the show anyway. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’ll be a few more weeks before we see how Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters has turned out, but Sony isn’t waiting to double down on that property. Sony Pictures Animation has just announced a new Ghostbusters animated TV series to hit in 2018, titled Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. The biggest twist? This new show will be set in the year 2050 — decades after the events of the old Ghostbusters or the new one. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Justin Simien made a big splash with his feature directing debut Dear White People, and now he’ll continue making waves over at Netflix. The streaming service has ordered a Dear White People TV series, which like the movie will center on students of color attending a mostly white Ivy League school. As of now, there’s no word on whether any of the original cast members (which included Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, and Tyler James Williams) will return. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
Patricia Highsmith‘s name may not be quite famous enough to be a brand unto itself, like Jane Austen or Stephen King, but you’ve been watching her work for ages even if you don’t realize it. Most recently, her novel The Price of Salt was turned into the remarkable drama Carol, but adaptations of her writing go all the way back to 1951’s Strangers on a Train.
Now the late author is headed to the small screen. Luthor creator Neil Cross is working on a TV series centered around Tom Ripley, the slippery con artist who features in several of Highsmith’s novels starting with The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read More »
Director Martin Scorsese finally got the Oscar love he deserved when his work on The Departed allowed him to take home the Academy Award for Best Director, not to mention the film winning Best Picture and screenwriter William Monahan winning Best Adapted Screenplay. And since the film was a remake of the Chinese crime film Infernal Affairs, which was the first in a trilogy of films, some have wondered why we never got a sequel to The Departed.
William Monahan previously revealed details as to what the story would have been for a once-developing sequel, but it’s just not going to happen, mostly because Scorsese just isn’t interested. However, The Departed may still make a comeback on the small screen as the film’s producer Roy Lee revealed that a TV series adaptation of the film is in development. Find out what we know about The Departed TV series so far. Read More »
Update from editor Peter Sciretta: It’s official, Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed on to reprise her role in a television version of Cruel Intentions for NBC. On February 6th we reported that Gellar had been approached to appear in the series and now Variety confirms the earlier report.
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