After Lost became a cultural phenomenon, networks everywhere rushed to to emulate the show’s mystery box formula. This produced a wave of copycats, like Heroes, Flash Forward and more. Even though Lost ended eight years ago, NBC’s new show Manifest looks to be in the same vein. The series follows a group of airline passengers who find themselves at the center of an unexplainable event. In an attempt to drum up hype for the series, NBC has dropped the Manifest first act online. Watch it below. Read More »
Hollywood has never been a town that likes original ideas. It likes safe and established and easy. But sometimes the attraction to stories with those qualities veers into bizarre obsession. So it has been lately with anything that looks like a fairy tale or romantic fantasy story. We’ve got multiple Snow White movies in development with two racing towards production, several possible Wizard of Oz offshoots, and similar projects like Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Killer and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Can we blame the fact that the Harry Potter and Twilight series are nearing the end of their run, leaving producers everywhere scrambling to find new ways to capture audiences that will no longer turn towards those mega-franchises? Do studios need something to start standing in for comic books as source material? Or is it just some zeitgeist current that leaves everyone looking towards dark romantic fantasy? Impossible to tell, really, but the trend isn’t dead yet. Peter Pan is the latest development mini-craze, and no less than five Pan projects are in play right now. Read More »