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First Look At Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Dracula’ Adaptation!

Sink your teeth into this, vampire fans. A new Dracula tv series, based on the original novel by Bram Stoker, is coming to Netflix and the BBC. While not airing for quite a while (the supernatural drama is expected to air in late 2019 or early 2020), what details have been revealed are quite salivating. According to The Radio Times  the series will be a collaboration between the BBC and Netflix, with the two corporations working together to air the series. Dracula will be helmed by the creators of SherlockSteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Dracula himself will be played by Claes Bang, a Danish actor who said he would be ‘thrilled’ by the opportunity. He was further quoted as saying:

 

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock.”

 

Bang will be joined by a wide ensemble of actors to help bring the bloody world of Dracula to life. Actors Joanna Scanlan, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard, Lydia West, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Lujza Richter and Morfydd Clark, Paul Brennen, Sofia Oxenham, John McCrea, Phil Dunster and Millicent Wong will be joining the drama in as-yet unknown roles. Mark Gatiss himself will also be in the cast, having expressed an interest in playing Dracula’s mad henchman Renfield. But nothing is set in stone yet.

 

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The show will last approximately three episodes, each of undisclosed length but since this is from the creators of Sherlock, we’re guessing each episode will be movie length in runtime, an hour or more to get their money’s worth of the material. The show’s plot will be, naturally, an adaptation of the Dracula novel but offering a new spin to make it relevant to modern audiences. Moffat said the show will re-centre Dracula as the hero of his own story, as opposed to the antagonist he was in the book and most other adaptations. He will be at the center of the action, as opposed to a more shadowy figure who makes fleeting appearances to menace the heroes. Moffat and Gatiss described the process as difficult, keen to give Dracula center stage but also not take away from his evil at all. They hope their hard work pays off and say they ‘handled’ making Dracula both the main character and truly evil. But we’ll have to wait to see how that plays out onscreen.

 

 

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The series is currently in production, having recently completed its second episode. The show is currently filming at Bray Studios, Maidenhead, which was also the location of many classic vampire films starring Christopher Lee as the titular Count, made by Hammer Film Productions. Not much else is known about the show at this time, how closely it will adapt the book or even what the plot will be but the BBC released a short synopsis as a little teaser:

‘Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.’

We can’t wait to see this adaptation of a classic horror novel coming to television. We’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for further developments. Until then, watch the shadows and keep your garlic close!

 

 

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Full Trailer For ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Has Dropped!

Good news for Disney fans! The full trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil has dropped and it looks to be an exciting preview of the next chapter of the adventures of the villainess turned hero played Angelina Jolie. The sequel is follow up to the 2014 box office hit, which chronicled the tale of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of Maleficent, who was originally the villain of the 1959 animated film. Jolie will obviously reprise her role as the dark fairy, while Elle Fanning returns as Princess Aurora. The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

The 2014 grossed over 700 million and was received positively by critics, although it received a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with criticism going to some of the changes made to the narrative of the original classic film. Still, Angelina Jolie was very positively received as Maleficent, easily channeling the dark coolness of the villainess.

 

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In the sequel, it appears the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora will be further explored. Maleficent has become an overprotective mother towards Aurora and is having trouble letting her adoptive daughter be married off to Prince Philip. What follows is a disastrous banquet, where Maleficent refuses to let Aurora be married to the prince and declares war on his Kingdom, calling for the assistance of magical creatures to her aid. The special effects look magnificent and the two lead roles look to be explored in even greater depth. If nothing else, we’re here to see Maleficent unleash hell and spread her black wings once more.

 

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil releases this fall on October 8th. Are you excited to see the dark mistress once more, against the backdrop of the fantasy world she inhabits? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

 

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New Images Released for Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Witcher!’

After a very long production cycle, the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is finally ready to debut sometime later this year. The show will star Henry Cavill, the British actor famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, in the lead role as the titular Witcher: Geralt of Rivia. The series is an adaptation of The Witcher series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski centering around the adventures of Geralt in the fantasy world of an unnamed continent inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other races living alongside humans. Geralt was trained at a young age, gifted supernatural powers and skills in order to slay deadly monsters that roam the land. The books have had a cult following worldwide and have been adapted into a series of best selling video games.

 

So far, there have been eight books in The Witcher series, three stand alone tales while the rest revolve around a story arc concerning a girl named Ciri, a child of destiny who is wanted by supernatural forces for her power and whom Geralt must protect. Netflix debuted the first poster and a few preview images for the series, showcasing Henry Cavill’s Geralt along with a few other characters from the series, such as the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri. Check them out below!

 

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While obviously just teaser images, the poster and images are extremely exciting. Geralt’s appearance looks extremely close to the actual games, bringing the grittiness we’ve come to expect from the character. In addition, the looks of Yennefer and Ciri feel close to the spirit of the original works while being slightly altered for this adaptation of the source material. Overall, these images are extremely exciting and we can’t wait to see these characters on our screens when the series debuts sometime in the fall. Netflix also released the official longline for the series, which also sounds very exciting:

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Fantasy fans, this one is a must see! How do you like this teaser? Are you excited for The Witcher’s debut? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Joe Hill To Launch Horror Line of Comics!

Joe Hill, son of esteemed writer Stephen King, is best known as a novelist and is known for works such as NOS4A2. But he is also known as a deep lover of comic books, having written a dark fantasy comic called Locke & Key. The comic tells of a haunted house filled with numerous doors that transform all those who walk through them, with a restless creature waiting within to be unleashed upon the world! Its certainly what we’d expect from a horror novelist like Joe Hill. Bouncing off of these, it appears that Joe Hill will be launching a line of comics, all horror themed!

 

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Joe Hill confessed he always felt like a comic book writer ‘first’ and he felt he had discovered his element when writing comics. He felt Locke & Key was the most satisfying writing experience of his career and finds it incredibly satisfying to write scripts, working with artists, and working with other writers to bring comic books to fruition. The comic book line will be called Hill House, which will offer numerous limited series such as Basketful of Heads, The Dollhouse Family, The Low, Low Woods, and Sea Dogs. Hill will be writing the first series, along with numerous others for the future!

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Hill’s comic, Basketful of Heads, will be about a young couple defending their home from a group of supernatural invaders, although not is all is at it seems with the seemingly mundane premises, nor the family itself. The artist for the series, Leomacs, says Hill perfectly captures the humanity of the characters, allowing the audience to feel for them amidst the chaos of the situation, allowing the scares to land even better than just a bunch of generics being killed off. The other premises of the line include American werewolves fighting during the American Revolution and a supernatural monster menacing researchers in the frozen Arctic.

The first issue of Basketful of Heads launches the line on October 30th, just in time for Halloween. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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