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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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WarnerMedia Reveals New Streaming Service HBO Max

Everyone wants a slice of the streaming pie that started when Netflix began killing it in the ratings when it debuted original content way back in 2013. Hulu and Amazon have already made names for themselves in the streaming wars and it won’t be long until Disney and Apple enter the fray with their own original content. And now we can add another contender to the mix: WarnerMedia.

 

After months of speculation, WarnerMedia finally unveiled the name of their own streaming service: HBO Max. Sharing the name with the popular premium cable channel, HBO Max will host over 10,000 hours of content, with some big names attached to it.

 

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HBO Max will feature all current HBO series and library including Game Of Thrones and Westworld. Shows from The CW, like Riverdale and all current DC-related shows on that channel, will also stream after their runs on television. Content from Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, CNN, and DC Entertainment will also be featured. And of course, Warner Bros. films will also be available.

 

HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home to classic shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars. Original content will also come to the service. Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon are producing films for the service, and we already know of two literary adaptations being made into series.

 

But perhaps the biggest news to come from this announcement: Friends will be leaving Netflix next year to stream exclusively on HBO Max. Netflix confirmed the series’ departure in a tweet:

 


With all this content coming, it is unclear what will happen to HBO GO, HBO NOW, and DC Universe in the future.

 

Watch the announcement trailer here:

 

 

 

 

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Cannon Busters by LeSean Thomas

Netflix’s ‘Cannon Busters’ Adaptation Finally Has Release Date!

It is about time we have the release date for the long awaited adaptation LeSean Thomas’s Cannon Busters. The news came this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Anime Expo from Netflix’s sci-fi/fantasy twitter account stating that the show would air August 15, just in time for a weekend long binge!

Thomas first published the series in 2005, and it centers itself around an unlikely trio’s adventures: a high-end friendship droid, a discarded maintenance robot, and a deadly fugitive. Together, the three embark on a deadly adventure to find the heir to the kingdom. If it sounds exciting, that’s because it is very exciting and jam packed with action that will leave you wanting more. The release date leaves viewers with just over a month to get their hands on a copy before they binge the next best thing to come from Netflix.

 

 

The road to Netflix for Cannon Busters was long. After being published in 2005, Thomas created a kickstarter to make it into a feature in 2014. It was announced in 2017 that it would be a series on Netflix, which was pushed back to 2018 before being shelved. Fourteen years after publication, we will finally get to see Thomas’s work grace our screens! I already have an alert set, how about you?

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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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Sandman Artwork

Netflix and Warner Bros. Near Deal for Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman has been in talks to be adapted for years, and Netflix is nearing a deal to secure the rights from Warner Bros. TV and give us what we’ve all been waiting for!

The story was originally published in a series of comics released by DC Comics’ imprint, Vertigo, and it is set to have Allan Heinberg as writer and showrunner. Heinberg recently worked on Wonder Woman, a widely successful DC Comics adaptation, which should bring hope to the many of us who have been waiting for Sandman to come to life. Gaiman will executive produce with David Goyer.

 

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Sandman was originally slated to be a film when it was announced that Vertigo titles were being adapted by New Line Cinema. Joseph Gordon Levitt was to direct and star, but he split over creative differences, placing the project on hold. Gaiman and Goyer were also set to work on this adaptation, and Gaiman even spoke about the adaptation being in the works at Comic Con.

With a second, and even better, chance at telling this story, it will just be one more addition to Gaiman’s list of TV adapted titles. American Gods is on STARZ, Good Omens is on Amazon, and Sandman will be joining Lucifer on Netflix. Whatever streaming service you use, you can find Gaiman and his stories.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the Netflix series or would you have preferred the theater experience? Let us know!

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