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  1. There's been a couple of attempts to bring it to TV before, but this time, with HBO behind it, it might actually happen. Written by William Bridges, who wrote a couple of Black Mirror episodes (USS Callister and Shut Up and Dance) and directed by Yann Demange ('71, Top Boy, Lovecraft Country). https://deadline.com/2022/09/scanners-hbo-series-1235123991/
  2. Some of this has been in the Batgirl thread but let's give it a thread of its own. WB has a history of surviving being bought by/merged with other companies: Here's the difference between their two streaming services, as described by CEO David Zaslav: https://www.avclub.com/hbo-max-discovery-plus-genredom-male-skew-merger-1849375117 Recently, lots of things have been removed from HBO Max, even things owned by WB and not available to stream anywhere else. These range from things as recent as the Zemeckis version of The Witches, to things as old as early episodes of Sesame Street: https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/hbo-max-removes-warner-bros-films-streaming-exclusive-1235332258/ https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/hbo-max-originals-removed-1235344286/ https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/hbo-max-removes-sesame-street-episodes-1235345685/ Additionally, things associated with promoting the removed series elsewhere online are being deleted, such as YouTube clips, soundtrack albums, and even tweets mentioning the programmes' titles. Tweet by the creator of OK KO: Lots of people asked: "Why do this? Surely it costs WB almost nothing to host streaming copies of things that it owns?" Apparently not, because of residuals that go towards the animators' union: Owen Dennis, the creator of the removed series Infinity Train (who has now changed his Twitter bio to "Creator of #InfinityTrain, a show that got pulled from @HBOMax and can now only be pirated") wrote this Substack newsletter about the situation: https://owendennis.substack.com/p/so-uh-whats-going-on-with-infinity These film and TV series removals, and the finances of the merged companies, raise some wider questions about the shift away from physical media and towards streaming, such as: 1. The ethics of using piracy to preserve media that would otherwise be lost (Owen Dennis's post above includes a section with his opinion on this). 2. The temporary nature of things available only via streaming. We had a thread in Discussion about what digital collections mean for game ownership, but I don't think we've had a similar one about film & TV: 3. Will it really turn out to be a sound financial decision for the whole film and TV industry to try and follow Netflix? Yes, Netflix's subscriber numbers and share price were increasing until recently, which has led to Amazon, Disney, Paramount, Hulu etc focusing on making CONTENT CONTENT CONTENT to attract subscribers. But is that amount of film and TV production sustainable with the current funding system based around monthly subscriptions? Especially now there are so many competing services, and people will start cycling their subscriptions between multiple different services every few months.
  3. Armando Iannucci & Sam Mendes are doing a pilot for HBO about superhero movie making. https://deadline.com/2022/08/armando-iannucci-sam-mendes-hbo-comedy-pilot-the-franchise-1235087329/
  4. HBO pirate comedy loosely based on Stede Bonnet. Bonnet was an aristocrat who left that life to become a pirate. Rhys Darby will play Bonnet. As well as EP and director of the first episode, Taika Waititi will also play Blackbeard, who really did have dealings with Bonnet.
  5. On 6 May (and 7 May on Sky), HBO and Sky start a new drama of the Chernobyl disaster. Not sure how many episodes (edit- 5 parts), but it's billed as a miniseries. Stars Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson, playing a Kremlin scientist, government official and nuclear physicist respectively. Looks like a few other familiar British and Irish faces in the trailer too.
  6. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/robert-downey-jr-nic-pizzolatto-hbo-tv-1201836724/ Robert Downey Jr. had been trying to get a Perry Mason movie going at WB for a few years, but now it looks like it'll happen as a series at HBO, with True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto involved.
  7. It's HBO, so there's reason for hope, right? It's only early in talks, but Damon Lindelof, fresh off The Leftovers, is currently attached too.
  8. http://deadline.com/2018/05/lovecraft-country-jonathan-majors-hbo-series-jordan-peele-jj-abrams-misha-green-1202381033/ Thought this sounds like it could be interesting. Based on a 2016 book of the same name. Anyone read it? Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell play the leads in Jim Crow 1950s America. They, and another character, go on a road trip to find Majors character's missing father. They encounter horrors of both the racist and Lovecraft kind.
  9. https://deadline.com/2020/08/sphere-drama-series-book-michael-crichton-hbo-denise-the-1203024878/ HBO are to make a series of Michael Crichton’s Sphere, previously made as a movie in 1998. It's being produced by the producers of Westworld along with Team Downey. I've only seen the movie, so I don't know if it's much different from the book.
  10. https://deadline.com/2020/04/hellraiser-david-gordon-green-directing-hbo-series-halloween-pilot-1202918558/ HBO are to bring Hellraiser to TV. Pilot and several other episodes to be directed by David Gordon Green. It'll be written by Mark Verheiden and Michael Dougherty. Apparently not a remake, but built on the existing mythology.
  11. I couldn't find a thread for this one so apologies if there is one. Jude Law plays the Pope in this new HBO series from Paolo Sorrentino. I watched the first episode last night & it's absolutely stunning to look at. Jude Law is pretty amazing in it. Not really got a clue what's going on yet but enjoying it nevertheless.
  12. Looks like it's not been abandoned yet. They're looking to nab Mahershala Ali to star. It's not technically been renewed yet. Variety think it all going to hinge on who they can sign to star and the script.
  13. It's been known for a while that they're working on a series set thousands of years before Game of Thrones. Casting has started, so maybe it's time for a thread. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been cast as leads. GRRM used the name The Long Night in a post about Watts casting, but it's not officially been named yet. It's based on a story by George RR Martin and Jane Goldman, and Goldman is also showrunner.
  14. https://www.google.ie/amp/variety.com/2017/tv/news/fahrenheit-451-michael-b-jordan-michael-shannon-hbo-1202390676/amp/ HBO Films are remaking Fahrenheit 451 with Michael B Jordan and Michael Shannon. Based on the Ray Bradbury book. Most are probably at least vaguely familiar with the story, set in a world where books are burned by "firemen". Jordan plays Montag, a young fireman, and Shannon plays Beatty, his captain and mentor.
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