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Hulu & Netflix ‘Sleigh’ With December Adaptations

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means—families coming together to bicker and brawl about politics, panicking about decorations and dinners, and gifts, gifts, and more gifts! So hide away from all the chaos in either these book adaptations or the original books themselves.

 

 

This month we have the long-awaited release of Netflix’s adapted series, The Witcher, to be released December 20th. Marvel fans can find entertainment on Hulu with the 2008 Iron Man film released, and, for those of you who dare to watch it, Spider-Man 3 is being released at the end of December as well.

December is also bringing a whole lot of intense action and drama. The award-winning adaptation of No Country for Old Men will be shooting its way onto Hulu at the very start of the year, and the legendary martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also be released to start the month.

The Silence of the Lambs will be available to chill the already chilly season, on top of a new season of You.

 

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Experience this horrific sight all over again December 31st on Hulu | Image via tenor

 

There’s even more streaming to look forward to this December! Check-out the full adaptation list below.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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The Witcher will make his entrance December 20th on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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You’d be crazy to not watch this new season of You on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Watch No Country For Old Men, it’ll blow your mind! | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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While Morgan Freedman is Driving Miss Daisy, you can  “drive youself” to Hulu to watch the film December 1st

 

 

 

Action

 

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While the holidays “dragon”, find peace in the action packed film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

 

 

 

ROMANCE

 

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 Tired of Holiday Shopping? Chill at home by watching A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Netflix

 

 

 

Comics

 

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Suit up for Iron Man, December 27th on Hulu

 

 

Who knew all these movies and shows were based on book? Granted, its obvious that the book will always be better, but we’re glad that these authors are receiving the recognition that they deserve!

 

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Syfy Cancels George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’

If you ever have impostor syndrome over your creative work—which is practically a given if you make creative work—sometimes it’s reassuring to know that even your idol can’t always be perfect. Even George R.R. Martin can’t always make winners. That’s bad news if you’re a fan of Syfy’s Nightflyers… but it turns out, few people were.

 

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The TV show, based on George R.R. Martin’s futuristic novella of the same name, was one of the network’s riskiest undertakings. As the most expensive series Syfy has ever produced, even this best-seller wasn’t a sure thing. As a result, the show needed to nab higher earnings than the GDP of most of the nations of Westeros. Ultimately, it only recieved 420,000 viewers for its finale, a drastic drop from its initial 630,000 views for the premier. Given that Game of Thrones premiers and finales can get double-digit millions of views, the network’s gamble didn’t exactly pay off. Syfy attempted to boost the show by releasing the entire series across all platforms. Sadly, Nightflyers didn’t make it too far off the ground.

 

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Even though the show is leaving Syfy after one season, the novella is still available for our enjoyment. Though we primarily know George R.R. Martin for his fantasy writing (or maybe his massive wizard beard), he’s also an award-winning author of horror and science fiction. Nightflyers combines elements of both genres while also ditching the length of his fantasy works—this may not be a book big enough to use as a blunt-force weapon, but the storytelling will still knock fans flat. Take a look:

 

'Nightflyers' Novella by George R.R. Martin

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Nine misfit academics on an expedition to find the volcryn, a mythic race of intersteller nomads, and the only ship available for this strange quest is the Nightflyer, a cybernetic wonder with a never-seen captain…

Nine innocents are about to find themselves in deep space, trapped with an insane murderer who can go anywhere, do anything, and intends to kill them all.

 

Despite the limited success of the adaptation, the novella itself is an acclaimed work of fiction. Shortly after its release, it was nominated for a prestigious Hugo Award and adapted into a feature film. So, what went wrong? Apparently, George R.R. Martin had little involvement in the show’s development. Turns out you can’t just sell a big name. The show may have been set in 2093, but it didn’t have a future.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin ‘Ashamed’ of White-Washing of Original ‘Nightflyers’ Film, Fights Back in New Adaptation

Last Friday 13th, George R.R. Martin, the mastermind and wordsmith behind the famed Game of Thrones franchise, told-all during a panel at the annual Thriller-author convention, Thrillerfest.

 

During an open-panel interview, Martin spoke candidly about his past struggles with novels that didn’t sell, the wild nights of sci-fi author conventions during the 1970’s, his love for H.P. Lovecraft, and more. Martin spoke in such an open, friendly, and conversational manner that it would’ve been impossible not to be completely charmed and feel as though you were listening to stories from a close friend in your living room, as opposed to listening to an insanely famous bestselling author inside of an audience-packed ballroom.

 

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George R.R. Martin at Thrillerfest 2018

 

During the discussion, Martin also delved into some controversy from his past, speaking openly and honestly about the prejudices that took place surrounding his 1985 novella, Nightflyers (which is currently being adapted as a SyFy series).

 

According to Martin, he wrote protagonist Melantha Jhirl with a very specific image in mind; as the name Melantha directly translates to black flower, Martin had only ever envisioned her as African American woman. However, in the same vein of many Hollywood film directors, when Martin received the book back from his editor with the new cover in place, he discovered something more-than-unsettling:

 

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Clearly, the woman on the cover who is supposed to be portraying Melantha is nothing like the character herself; instead of acknowledging Martin’s descriptions of the protagonist he, himself, created in any way, the editor had decided to disregard Martin and choose a white female model to portray the lead. And, as if this total disregard for a character’s literal ethnicity wasn’t gross enough, when Martin pointed out how wrong it was to have a white woman on the cover, he was told

 

Well, you want your book to sell, don’t you? No one’s going to buy a book with a black woman on the cover.

 

Even Martin said that, although he protested, arguing with his editor and openly speaking about how wrong it was to white-wash Melantha, he was still a struggling writer who didn’t hold much power, and he wound up losing the fight. Still, he’s always wished that he could go back and protest even harder. Martin spoke of his regret at not pushing further for accurate representation:

 

I should have fought harder, I should have protested, but I didn’t… It’s bothered me ever since. I’ve been ashamed of it ever since.

 

So, the moment he got notice of the new SyFy adaptation currently in the works, he contacted the team behind it and said that they could take all the creative liberties they wanted with the story, his one and only requirement being: Melantha must be played by a woman of color. The team at SyFy agreed immediately, casting Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead role. 

 

Martin commented, “I’m pleased that that injustice has been resolved.”

 

It’s so vitally important for more popular figureheads to keep pushing forward toward diversity; the more we stand up, the more we will progress.

 

You can check out Nightflyers in Fall 2018.

 

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Get Your First Look at the Series George R. R. Martin Calls “‘Psycho’ in Space”!

As fans wait patiently for the final season of Game of Thrones, Syfy released the first trailer for its adaptation of Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s 1980 novella Nightflyers.

 

Described in the trailer as ‘just fucking awesome,’ Nightflyers follows a crew of scientists on a mission to attempt contact with aliens, however their plan goes very, very wrong and the situation soon becomes violent and dangerous. Fans of Martin are no strangers to the concepts of extreme peril and brutality, so this sounds pretty much on the money. 

 

Martin himself appears in the trailer, describing the upcoming series “a haunted house story on a starship…It’s Psycho in space. I can’t wait to actually see it come alive on the screen.”

 

The series, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions and adapted by Jeff Buhler stars Eoin Macken, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, and Jodie Turner-Smith.

 

 

 

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