Category Archives: Books

The Witcher is heading to Netflix!

Netflix is developing and producing a new English-language drama series based on The Witcher, the globally popular fantasy saga from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski that has entranced legions of fans worldwide. Known collectively as The Witcher Saga, Sapkowski’s eight novels and story collections center on “witchers” — hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters. The New York Times bestselling books have spawned a major video game franchise and have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing [it to] Netflix members around the world.”

“I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”

Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the series. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise, Ben-Hur, The Expanse) and Jason Brown (The Expanse), partners at the Sean Daniel Company, are executive producers along with Tomek Baginski (Oscar-nominated short The Cathedral, BAFTA-winning Fallen Art, Ambition) and Jarek Sawko (Fallen Art, Another Day of Life) from Platige Image, the Polish production and visual effects company. Bagiński will also direct at least one episode of each season.

“The Witcher stories follow an unconventional family that comes together to fight for truth in a dangerous world,” said Sean Daniel and Jason Brown. “The characters are original, funny, and constantly surprising; and we can’t wait to bring them to life at Netflix, the perfect home for innovative storytelling.”

Added Platige Image’s Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko: “There is a moral and intellectual depth in these books which goes beyond genre. It is a story about today and today’s challenges, hidden under a fantasy cover. It is a story about us, about the monster and the hero inside all of our hearts.”

Amazon to adapt The Underground Railroad

It has been revealed that Amazon have ordered a one-hour limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad. The project will be written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).

The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad.

Inferno Squad is coming to the Star Wars Universe

Lucasfilm have revealed a new Star Wars tie in that is set to continue the Rogue One story from a different perspective. Inferno Squad, written by Christie Golden, will be released July 25th 2017 and will follow an elite Imperial squad and their mission following the Rebellion’s successful theft of the Death Star plans:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

Mortal Engines directed by Peter Jackson arrives in 2018!

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) return to the big screen with Universal and MRC’s “Mortal Engines” which is the first (of four) of an award-winning sci-fi book series by Philip Reeve. The film will open on December 14th 2018, according to Universal.

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by a “Sixty Minute War”, which caused massive geological upheaval. To escape the earthquakes, volcanoes, and other instabilities, a Nomad leader called Nikola Quercus installed huge engines and wheels on London, and enabled it to dismantle other cities for resources. The technology rapidly spread, and evolved into what is known as “Municipal Darwinism”.

Although the planet has since become stable, Municipal Darwinism has spread to most of the world except for Asia and parts of Africa. Much technological and scientific knowledge was lost during the war. Because scientific progress has almost completely halted, “Old Tech” is highly prized and recovered by scavengers and archeologists. Europe, some of Asia, North Africa, Antarctica, and the Arctic are dominated by Traction Cities, whereas North America was so ravaged by the war that it is often identified as “the dead continent”, and the rest of the world is the stronghold of the Anti-Traction League, which seeks to keep cities from moving and thus stop the intense consumption of the planet’s remaining resources.

Syfy to adapt Brave New World with Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor

Syfy are currently adapting Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World for television and have turned to Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor to scribe the show.

The novel opens in London in AF 632 (AD 2540 in the Gregorian calendar) and follows two main characters Lenina Crowne and Bernard Marx.

Lenina is a hatchery worker, is socially accepted and contented, but Bernard, a psychologist in the Directorate of Hatcheries and Conditioning, is not. He is shorter in stature than the average of his Alpha caste—a quality shared by the lower castes, which gives him an inferiority complex. His intelligence and his work withhypnopaedia allow him to understand, and disapprove of, the methods by which society is sustained. Courting disaster, he is vocal and arrogant about his differences. Bernard is mocked by other Alphas because of his stature, as well as for his individualistic tendencies, and is threatened with exile to Iceland because of his nonconformity.

In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum writing for The Observer included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in “the top 100 greatest novels of all time”, and the novel was listed at number 87 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

Ready Player One avatar contest launched

Pre-production is well under way on Steven Spielberg’s interpretation of Ernest Cline’s cult novel Ready Player One.

Now Cline has invited us to take part in a contest where we must design our own Ready Player One avatars. Five different fan-designed Ready Player One avatars will be selected to appear in the movie which is due out in March 2018:

 

Sony is developing a Goosebumps sequel

Sony Pictures are all but done in signing director Rob Letterman and writer Darren Lemke for a Goosebumps sequel based on R.L. Stine’s books of the same name. Word is that Sony aim to also resign Jack Black to return as the onscreen version of Stine.

The 2015 hit Goosebumps drew $157 million theatrically worldwide with good business coming from the home releases.

It looks like Slappy will return…

Bret Easton Ellis to direct The Deleted

The disappearance of three seemingly unconnected people from Los Angeles triggers a collective paranoia among a group of twentysomethings, all of whom escaped from a cult ‎several years back.

The Fullscreen Network will soon be launching its Netflix-like streaming service tomorrow and have announced that they will be premiering The Deleted, a thriller series to be directed by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis.

The network, which will cost $4.99 a month, will allow customers to search for shows based on their “vibe,” including “feel all the feels,” “learn new things” or “laugh till it hurts.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to be published in July

It was the Harry Potter play that caused controversy with its casting. J.K. Rowling proclaimed the play cannon and now it will all be made official when the book is published in July.

Both parts of J.K. Rowling’s script will be published by Little Brown UK on 31 July with online fansite Pottermore also publishing the e-book edition, The Bookseller has confirmed. The play itself will open at the Palace Theatre in the West End the day before.

The decision to publish the script was a result of “massive public demand”, especially from fans living overseas who wanted to share in the London-based excitement.

The storyline catches up with Harry, Ron and Hermione’s 19 years after the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, ended in 2007.

It’s an exciting time for Potter fans, with next year marking the 20th anniversary of first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Four new editions of the book will be released, with each one representing a different Hogwarts house.

Upcoming spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, about the magizoologist behind the key Hogwarts textbook, will reach UK cinemas on 18 November 2016.