Plans of the long-rumored X-Men TV series are on the way, with Marvel and Fox Networks teaming up to create not one but two shows — Hellfire and Legion — set in the wider X-Men universe.
According Deadline, the two media giants are giving the two untapped Marvel properties some love. Both TV shows will be directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.
Set in the 1960s, Hellfire draws inspiration from Marvel’s The Hellfire Club comics and follows young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires — The Hellfire Club — to take over the world. It was originally created by Manny Coto, Evan Katz, Patrick McKay and JD Payne, all of whom will serve as executive producers (Payne and McKay are also the writers).
Legion, on the other hand, will be written and produced by Fargo creator Noah Hawley and is about David Haller, a young man who’s struggled with severe mental illness since he was a teenager but eventually comes to suspect an underlying cause from legendary dad Professor X.
This is yet another case of Marvel joining forces with another studio who owns the rights to its characters, having previously announced that Sony-owned Spider-Man would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All everyone hopes for now is for the poorly-handled, Fox-owned Fantastic Four franchise to be saved in a similar manner.
Here’s Who Plays Who In The Witcher Netflix Series
There are up to 50 actors in the promising Netflix Series, least of which is Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill as the iconic White Wolf.
Henry Cavill wasn’t kidding when he expressed a desire to join Netflix’s The Witcher.
The British actor, best know for playing Superman in the Man of Steel and Justice League movies, is a fan of both the fantasy novels and CD Projekt’s RPG series, letting it be known that he would love to play Geralt of Rivia. His wish has come true.
Freya Allan (Into the Badlands) will star alongside Cavill as Ciri, Geralt’s adoptive daughter in The Witcher series, while badass sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders). Yennefer is also Ciri’s mother figure and Geralt’s true love.
Jodhi May (Game of Thrones) takes the helm as Queen Calanthe, with Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Fortitude) serving as the the knight Eist, her husband. Adam Levy (Knightfall, Snatch) plays Mousesack the druid.
Tissaia (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Kill List) leads the magical academy at Aretuza, where novice sorcerers Fringilla (Mimi Ndiweni, Black Earth Rising) and Sabrina (Therica Wilson-Read, Profile) are training.
Also joining the cast is Millie Brady (The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit) as the outcast Princess Renfri.
It seems like a good mix of newcomers and star talent. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, showrunner and executive producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich revealed that the cast is currently up to 50 actors, and over 200 people auditioned for the Ciri role alone.
Are you satisfied with the casting for The Witcher Netflix Series? What changes would you make?
George R.R. Martin Didn’t Want Game of Thrones To End
Season 8 marks the end, but it didn’t have to be so.
If Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin had his way, the show wouldn’t end after eight seasons, revealing to Variety that the unpopular decision laid solely with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Martin would have liked to see it continue for several years yet, stating:
“We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons. David and Dan have been saying for like five seasons that seven seasons is all they would go. We got them to go to eight but not any more than that. There was a period like five years ago when they were saying seven seasons and I was saying 10 seasons and they won, they’re the ones actually working on it. I know all of the actors, as great as they are, all the actors are anxious to get on and play other roles. They don’t want to spend their entire lives playing one role and that’s fine, that’s great, we had such an amazing cast.”
HBO is in Martin’s camp and is so keen to extend the life of its flagship series that it has began work on several spinoff series.
Tentatively titled The Long Night, the first of HBO’s spinoffs takes place thousands of years in the past and chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.
Netflix Is Turning Diablo Video Game Into Animated Series
It’s yet another vido game adaptation for the popular media services provider.
Netflix is bringing another video game franchise to the small screen after the success of its Castlevania series, and it’s Diablo.
A twitter post by Boom! Studios founder Andrew Cosby confirmed that an animated adaptation of Diablo is in the works.
Created by Blizzard in 1996, the Diablo franchise is set in the Kingdom of Khanduras, where a lone hero (the player) fights to rid the world of Diablo, the Lord of Terror. It was succeeded by the critically-acclaimed Diablo II in 2000 and Diablo III in 2012.
Cosby is credited with creating the TV series Eureka, which ran for five seasons between 2006 and 2012, and penned the script for the Hellboy reboot.
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