Ghormenghast TV series

Neil Gaiman is stepping up his TV game. The author has been gradually making his way over to the small screen, first executive producing the Starz adaptation of his magnum opus novel, American Gods, then taking on the role of showrunner for the BBC adaptation of Good Omens. Now, he will be teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to develop a TV adaptation of fantasy novels that he had no part in writing.

Gaiman and Goldman will be adapting the Gormenghast TV series, based off of Mervyn Peake’s acclaimed fantasy series.

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rob liefeld netflix movies

Netflix wants in on that sweet superhero cinematic universe action, and they’ve turned to the creator of Deadpool to make it happen. Rob Liefeld has inked a deal with the streaming service to bring his Extreme Universe comic book characters to a series of inter-connected films. Akiva Goldsman will set up a writers room to tackle the projects.

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Ology movies

In terms of blockbuster franchises, Paramount Pictures has Mission: Impossible, Star TrekTransformers, Terminator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Cloverfield movies to its name. Some of those are more viable than others, so it makes sense that the studio is looking to add some more surefire winners to its library. One of the properties they’re betting on is a series of Ology movies, films that will be based on popular young adult “encyclopedias” that explore concepts like “Alienology” and “Spyology.”

A writers’ room has been put in place to develop scripts for potential movie adaptations, but there’s a catch: the person running the whole thing doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence.

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Akiva Goldsman is no stranger to the minefield of fan franchises. Akiva Goldsman and I bonded when I interviewed him for Underground and shared my love for his maligned adaptation of Winter’s Tale. He survived the original Batman sequels and most recently headed up a writers room for Transformers: The Last Knight. He came aboard Star Trek: Discovery when Bryan Fuller left to focus on American Gods.

Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before The Original Series and tells a continuing serialized story involving the war between The Federation and Klingons. Goldsman spoke with /Film at the CBS party for the Television Critics Association.

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Akiva Goldsman Transformers

When Paramount and Hasbro began laying the groundwork for a potential Transformers Cinematic Universe, they hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room to expand the world. The first movie that resulted from that writers room was this summer’s Transformers: The Last Knight, with a Bumblebee standalone movie next in line.

Things got less certain in the lead-up to The Last Knight’s release, with both director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg suggesting they were done with Transformers movies. Now, /Film has learned that Goldsman is done, too. Goldsman spoke with us at the Television Critics Association, where he was representing Star Trek: Discovery.

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During the Television Critics Association panel for Star Trek: Discovery, producers played the show’s opening title song by Jeff Russo for the first time. The theme song runs a full minute and a half, and they intend it to play on every episode of the CBS All Access streaming service.

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The Dark Tower Problems Plagued Post-Production

After years and years of waiting for an adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic series, The Dark Tower is now only days away from opening in theaters. Will general audiences jump right into King’s bizarre fantasy world? It’s currently on track to make somewhere around $25 million this weekend, but the accessibility of the story seemed to be a concern throughout the making of the film, leading to a series of creative clashes between the filmmakers and executives at Sony.

Below, learn about some The Dark Tower behind the scenes troubles.

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Akiva Goldsman, the ever-busy screenwriter/producer/director who has managed to win an Oscar, run the Transformers writers room, and direct the legitimately insane Winter’s Tale, has added a trio of new projects to his plate. But while a film franchise based on the young adult Ologies series and an adaption of the comic book Avengelyne will prove interesting to some parties, one piece of news can’t help but stand out beyond the others. Goldsman is developing a big screen version of the Tom Clancy novel Rainbow Six and is reportedly courting Ryan Reynolds to star.

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firestarter

You can’t keep a good Firestarter down. After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen. Hit the jump to learn more about the Firestarter remake.

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audio commentaries

A trend in audio commentaries for comic book movies? They’re often much lighter than, say, a historical drama or a war movie. The participants are typically jovial, and perhaps it’s because they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel after a two or three experience, or maybe even more than that in some instances.

After spending a few years on a project, and coming out of that high-stakes process with a movie they’re actually proud of, the filmmakers in commentary tracks for comic book movies seem more than happy to go down memory lane. If you’re in the mood to get some insights into some of the finer comic book adaptations from the past few years, here are five recommendations on where to get started.

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