Netflix has ordered a ten episode small screen adaptation of Jonathan Mabbery‘s best selling book V-WARS and has set Ian Somerhalder as the lead star!In the series that chronicles the first Vampire War, he will be Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.
The series is based on IDW Publishing’s V-Wars franchise, written by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. High Park Entertainment produces alongside IDW Entertainment, which will distribute the series worldwide (excluding Canada). 1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners. Brad Turner (Stargate, Stargate Atlantis) will direct and exec produce. High Park’s Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will exec produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures’ Games Gibb.
“We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”
V-Wars was first announced in 2014 as part of a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One. That company, as well as the drama’s original writer and producers Circle of Confusion are no longer attached. The pickup comes as IDW’s Locke and Key is being shopped to other streaming outlets, among others, as the company looks to find a new home for the Carlton Cuse drama based on Joe Hill’s beloved comic series. Despite multiple attempts to bring the series to both the big and small screen, IDW remains committed to finding the project a creative home.
For Somerhalder, meanwhile, V-Wars arrives a year after he signed off of The CW’s Vampire Diaries following its eight-season run. He currently has a pod deal with TVD producers Warner Bros. Television with actress Nikki Reed, his wife, via their Rare Bird Productions banner. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
V-Wars arrives as Netflix continues to spend an estimated $8 billion annually on original programming. The genre drama joins a roster of Marvel fare including the recently renewed Jessica Jones and gives the streamer a series vampire drama as The CW is prepping the final season of Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, while working on yet another offshoot from the franchise. The genre remains popular with NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and Syfy’s Van Helsing, among others.
Ian has previously starred in Vampire Diaries
I must say, I can hardly wait for this one. I hope they can do it justice to the original. I’ve always thought this was a film that should never be remade. The music in the original was haunting. ~Genie The series starts this May on Amazon Prime
Period set delights for you today, starting with the first trailer forNatalie Dormer’s THE PICNIC AT HANGING ROCKwhich will, produced by Australian Foxtel, air on Amazon Prime and also on BBC in UK. This new reimagining of Joan Lindsay’s novel, will first premiere its six episodes in Australia on May 6th and then on May 25th at Amazon Prime.
The original and it’s haunting flute.
Netflix has revealed the first teaser and April 13th as the launch date for new LOST IN SPACE sf series starring Toby Stephens! Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is
|Tobey Stephens leads the cast as the head of the Robinson family|
among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en
|The first season starting this April will have ten episodes|
route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, light-years from their original destination. Stranded along with the Robinsons are two outsiders who find
|Ignacio Serricchio is a charming contractor lost in space!|
themselves thrown together by circumstance and a mutual knack for deception. The unsettlingly charismatic Dr. Smith (Parker Posey) is a master manipulator with an inscrutable end game. And the roguish, but
|Molly Parker plays mother of the Robinson family!|
inadvertently charming Don West (Ignacio Serricchio) is a highly-skilled, blue collar contractor, who had no intention of joining the colony, let alone crash landing on a lost planet.
CASTING REVEALED FOR CINEMAX NEW 19TH CENTURY MARTIAL ARTS TV SERIES ‘THE WARRIOR’ WITH KIERAN BEW, TOM WESTON JONES, JOE TASLIM, ANDREW KOJI, LANGLEY KIRKWOOD!
|Nice casting news for the new period set action series THE WARRIOR, a Bruce Lee inspired martial arts television saga by Cinemax! Fast and Furious Justin Lin will produce the Tong Wars ten episode series, inspired by the writings and work of martial arts icon Bruce Lee!
Kieran Bew will play Officer “Big Bill” O’Hara, a hard-drinking Irish cop charged with forming a Chinatown squad and Tom Weston Jones will be Richard Lee, a transplanted Southerner and rookie cop! Olivia Cheng will appear as Ah Toy, Chinatown’s most accomplished courtesan and madame, while Jason Tobin is Young Jun, the hard-partying son of a powerful tong boss. Dianne Doan will play Mai Ling, a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who, through sheer force of will, has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs! Dean Jagger will be Dan Leary, the unofficial godfather of the Irish community of San Francisco and leader of the Workingmen’s party. Christian McKay will govern San Francisco as Mayor Samuel Blake and Joanna Vanderham will portray Penelope Blake, the aristocratic heir to a railroad fortune trapped in a loveless marriage to the mayor! Joe Taslim is Li Yong, a tong Lieutenant and kung fu master while Langley Kirkwood will be Walter Buckley, a Civil War veteran and Deputy Mayor with his own political aspirations! Perry Yung is Father Jun, the leader of the most powerful tong in Chinatown.
|Beowulf’s Kieran Bew leads the cast|
The Story of the Warrior
will be set against the backdrop of the brutal Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1800s! The cast is led by Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who travels from China to San Francisco and ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown!
|Joe Taslim is a kung fu master!|
|You watched Tom Weston Jones in Dickensian & in BBC’s upcoming Troy|
|Game of Thrones’ Dean Jagger will be an Irish ruffian!|
|Dominion’s Langley Kirkwood will be an ambitious deputy major!|
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Amazon has released the trailer for their new mini series THE LAST TYCOON which will start airing July 28th starring Matt Bomer, Lily Collins and Kelsey Grammer. Nine episodes are a Scott. F. Fitzgerald adaptation. The story follows Monroe Stahr, Hollywood’s Golden Boy as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady for the soul of their studio. In a world darkened by the Depression and the growing influence of Hitler’s Germany, THE LAST TYCOON illuminates the passions, violence and towering ambition of 1930s Hollywood.
Amazon Prime Original
The Collection focuses on an illustrious Paris fashion house, emerging from the dark days of the Occupation. It is centered on two very different brothers. Coyle plays Paul Sabine, the couturier with a romantic vision he hopes will resuscitate a beleaguered, post-war Paris. Riley plays his brother Claude, the true but hidden genius behind the Sabine label. Gummer is Paul’s American wife, an expat who has lived in Paris for 10 years. The Sabines’ mother (de la Tour) is a scheming matriarch who will stop at nothing to use her sons to help achieve her own thwarted ambitions. Jenna Thiam (The Returned) is Nina, the working-class daughter of Sabine’s chief seamstress and the unexpected beauty who becomes the iconic face of the label.
Richard Coyle, Tom Riley, Frances de la Tour, Mamie Gummer, and Jenna Thiam.
The two major broadcast networks in the UK are jointly launching a streaming service under the name BritBox. The BBC and ITV are backing a Netflix-esque service that’ll showcase the best of the two firm’s output. Users will be able to watch a wide range of the pair’s programming, including premium dramas and sitcoms. In addition, Anglophiles will be able to view some of the country’s most popular soap operas, including EastEnders and Emmerdale, a day after they air in the UK.
The service will also offer a host of archive material including classic premium BBC dramas like State of Play and Pride and Prejudice. ITV, which is more traditionally downmarket than the publicly-owned broadcaster, will offer up detective shows like Inspector Morse and Rosemary and Thyme. In addition, classic sitcoms like Fawlty Towers and Keeping up Appearances will help explain Britain’s obsession with class and gardening. In total, there will be “thousands of hours” worth of material for people hungry for new content to binge.
We are curious what this will mean for BBC America in the long run, since that has been the home of so much British TV content. AMC Networks invests in the channel and has taken a minority stake in BritBox, so it’s likely that one won’t attempt to hurt the other. Instead, the service may pull together the otherwise piecemeal distribution of British TV in the US, which is scattered around several different broadcasters. It’s likely that flagship shows like Doctor Who and Top Gear will remain available on cable rather than behind a paywall.
BritBox will launch at some point at the start of 2017 for an as-yet undisclosed price, but we can expect it to be around the ten dollar mark. The platform will be available online, as well as on iOS and Android devices — not to mention on the Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast TV gear. It’s about damn time too, given that the international version of the iPlayer never made it to the US and was shuttered back in 2015.