Fantasy Books coming to the screen

NEW FANTASY BOOK ADAPTATIONS: HUXLEY’S BRAVE NEW WORLD, JENN LYONS’ THE RUIN OF KINGS, ADAM SILVERA’S THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END TO BECOME TV SERIES

‘THE RUIN OF KINGS’ TO
BECOME EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES

A number of new fantasy books are getting adaptations, people! Annapurna TV will turn Jenn Lyons‘ THE RUIN OF KINGS into an epic fantasy

The Ruin of Kings was published this month

television series. It is the first book of her five part saga A Chorus of Dragons.

Set in a sprawling, magic filled world populated by gods, dragons, krakens, witches, demons, ghosts, shape shifters and zombies, THE RUIN OF KINGSfollows the story of Khirin, a young thief who discovers he may be the son of a prince and involved in a complex prophecy where he is more valuable alive than dead. Lyons, who worked as a graphic artist on video games before, has published this one just two weeks ago for Tor Books!
  ‘BRAVE NEW WORLD’
TO BECOME USA NETWORK SHOW

USA Network has taken over from SyFy the series adaptation of Aldous Huxley‘s seminal work BRAVE NEW WORLD set in a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy,

Brave New World has been in work since 2015

privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage, who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.

‘THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END’
TO BECOME SF SHOW AT HBO
Silvera’s bestseller will become HBO series

Over at HBO they’ve decided to turn Adam Silvera‘s fantasy novel THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END into a half hour series produced byChris Kelly and J.J. Abrams. The story is set in the near future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them at the start of their last day on Earth! The series will follow a seemingly disparate group of people as they live their scary, funny, weird, hopeful, romantic, and unexpected final hours, all connected through the two gay teenage boys who are both looking to make a new friend on their End Day and will meet up for one last great adventure — to live a lifetime in a single day.

Tolkien 2019 – May 10

NICHOLAS HOULT & LILY COLLINS

First official trailer has just been revealed from the upcoming movie TOLKIEN a biopic which will follow the young days of the author of world’s favourite epic fantasy saga Lord of the Rings, starring Nicholas Hoult and

The movie should also reveal how he came up with the imaginative LOTR world

Lily Collins. The opening data has also been set for May 10th! The trailer is rather short, disappointing and does not tell or show much, hope we get a longer one soon.

 

The movie explores the early life of J. R. R. TOLKIEN as he finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. When the

Brand new father Nicholas Hoult plays legendary Tolkien in the movie

horrors of World War I envelope Tolkien’s life, they threaten to tear this “fellowship” apart, and he questions the very meaning and purpose of his art.

Tolkien was an orphan as a child who tried to form a fellowship of friends before WW1

Instead, he finds a way to use these experiences as inspiration for his famous works, among them The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lily

Tolkien was a poet, novelist, philologist and university professor

Collins is his love and wife Edith Bratt who inspired the elven princesses from his sagas. Derek JacobiColm Meaney and Anthony Boyle also star!

 

 

Victoria S3 starts Sunday January 13th (US and CA)

THE SHOCK! THE SCANDAL! VICTORIA EPIC TV SERIES SEASON 3 TO START AIRING THIS SUNDAY ON PBS BEFORE EVEN SETTING UK AIRING DATE!

‘VICTORIA’ TV SERIES
SEASON 3 STARTS THIS SUNDAY!
Season 3 arrives this Sunday on PBS!

The shock! The scandal, and a royal one too! Listen to this: the long awaited third season of super popular British epic drama VICTORIA will start airing in Northern America on PBS Masterpiece from this Sunday, January 13th, before even setting its British airing date! This is the first time in history something like this happens! The British fans are flabbergasted that the series won’t hit ITV screens first (and we don’t even know when it will). Anyhow, all is set for the eight new episodes to start airing in USA this weekend. The story of the new season will be set in 1848 a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the British monarchy. With

The third season should end with the eight episode on March 3rd

revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, VICTORIA is under pressure from the government to leave London for her own safety. The queen will also face the traumatic impact of a cholera

Tom Hughes and Jenna Coleman will play the royal couple again

epidemic on the streets of London and also an assassination attempt. And of course, there will be more royal babies as well, as the queen kept them coming like hot cakes.

THE NEW COURT MEMBERS

The new season will have eight episodes!

ITV has also revealed new cast members who will joinJenna Coleman as Victoria and Tom Hughesas Prince Albert! If you were in tears after Leo Sutter’s character was killed in the last season finale, do not despair, a new hunk is arriving to the court: Laurence Fox will play Lord Palmerston, the wayward Foreign Secretary! Kate Fleetwood will portray Feodora, Victoria’s mysterious sister who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life. Not everyone will be happy! The eight episode season

Jenna Coleman said that she might be leaving the series soon as the queen is getting older in the story and the cast will have to change with older actors

three has also added John Sessions as Prime Minister John Russell, Lily Travers as the Duchess of Monmouth, Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett

The queen is facing revolution, cholera, new babies and exile in the new season

and Emily Forbes to the cast. Previous two seasons traditionally aired in Autumn with a magnificently festive Christmas special on Christmas Day! The third season took longer to shoot and the airing schedule was thus changed.

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Raised by Wolves

TRAVIS FIMMEL TO LEAD
RIDLEY SCOTT’S RAISED BY   WOLVES SF SERIES

Ridley Scott will direct first two episodes
 Science fiction all the way today! After starring in Vikings, Australian star Travis Fimmel is to lead another epic show: he will topline TNT’s sf saga RAISED BY WOLVES which is supposed to be helmed by Ridley Scott with the story revolving around two androids — Father and Mother — tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task. Ridley Scott will also produce THE LONG DARK, also a sf series which is being described as religious apocalypse!

Vikings star Travis Fimmel is headed back to television! The actor has just landed his first big follow-up role, and it will mark a significant genre change for him.

Travis Fimmel has boarded the upcoming TNT series, Raised by Wolves, per Deadline. While its title may evoke Vikings‘ cutthroat vibes, it will be a considerable change-up from the History series.

Raised by Wolves is a sci-fi drama that already has a straight-to-series order, so you should not have to worry you will never get to see it. So, what is this new show about? Well, the plot is as futuristic as they come.

The series is from writer-showrunner Aaron Guzikowski and Blade Runner director Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. It centers on a highly intriguing premise. Raised by Wolves will revolve around two androids that are assigned to be a father and mother.

Per the report’s description, the duo will have to raise six human children on a “mysterious virgin planet.” The human colony will be on the verge of being torn apart due to their religious divergences. In turn, the androids will learn that trying to control human’s beliefs is a “treacherous and difficult task.”

Sounds like a job for Ragnar Lothbrok! Maneuvering religious differences and managing lots of children is something that Travis Fimmel had to handle as Ragnar. Interestingly, the comparisons do not end there.

Travis Fimmel’s character in Raised by Wolves is named Marcus, and the sci-fi character and Ragnar have something in common. During his run on Vikings, Ragnar had six children. That’s the same number Marcus will be tasked with raising. That is probably where the comparisons end, though. Fans of the actor will have to tune in to see for certain.

Travis Fimmel has not been on a TV show since he completed his run on Vikings in 2017. As expected, his absence set off a seismic shift in the series. Following his exit, Fimmel signed on for a Wyatt Earp anthology for A+E. Fast forward roughly two years into the future, and the project has yet to premiere.

It is unclear what Travis Fimmel signing on for Raised by Wolves will mean for the promising-sounding anthology. Whatever the status on the project, Fimmel will be returning to television, which is the giant silver lining worth seizing here.

Travis Fimmel played a crucial role in making Vikings the success it initially became for History. As an actor, he brings something to the screen that few actors can.

There is a unique, enigmatic quality that Travis Fimmel imbues his characters with, which adds lots of dimension to them. So, it will be exciting to see what he comes up with to portray an android. There is a lot for him to explore.

No premiere date has been set for Raised by Wolves, so stay tuned. As for Vikings, the end is near for the drama. However, it still quite a bit into the future.

Catch the final three episodes of Vikings Season 5B when they air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on History. The show is among many that will continue airing new during the midseason.

Death Comes as the End (3 episode series) 2019

DEATH COMES AS THE END’ 
CHRISTIE’S NEXT SERIES AT BBC

So, now that BBC’s latest Agatha Christie adaptation ABC Murders did not exactly amaze the audience, which was mostly left appalled by JohnMalkovich‘s insufferable accent and poor acting and overall bad writing,

The book has no European characters!

which of her stories will be made into mini series next year?  DEATH COMES AS THE END is next, the only of her books that isn’t set in the 20th century but in Ancient Egypt! The good news is that the three part series won’t be written by Sarah Phelps (who pretty much ruined three previous ones, Ordeal by Innocence, Witness for the Prosecutionand ABC). Gwyneth Hughes will write the new one (not that her Vanity Fair gig for ITV was any better).

 

DEATH COMES AS THE END

Set in  2000 BC Thebes, it follows Imhotep, wealthy landowner and priest, who has outraged his sons and daughters by bringing a beautiful concubine

Death on the Nile will  be turned into a film

into their fold. And the manipulative Nofret has already set about a plan to usurp her rivals’ rightful legacies. When her lifeless body is discovered at the foot of a cliff, Imhotep’s own flesh and blood become the apparent conspirators in her shocking murder. But vengeance and greed may not be the only motives…

 

Don’t forget that over in Hollywood, Kenneth Branagh, after bringing Murder on the Orient Express two years ago to the big screens with huge cinematic success, will direct DEATH ON THE NILE adaptation with Gal Gadot andArmie Hammer in which Branagh will again play Hercule Poirot investigating a murder during a luxurious cruise on the Nile River that he just happens to be on.

Project Blue Book (series)

  ‘PROJECT BLUE BOOK’
STARTS NEXT MONTH AT HISTORY
 Arriving next month. From January 8that History Channel starts a new science fiction period set series PROJECT BLUE BOOK based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969.

 

THE STORY OF THE SERIES
follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aidan Gillen), a brilliant yet under-appreciated college professor, who is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called PROJECT BLUE BOOK. Along with his

Aidan Gillen and Michael Malarkey lead the cast

partner, the debonair Air Force Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey), he is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and use science to discover what really happened. However, when some

The new series is based on true events

encounters cannot be explained away and cases remain open, Hynek begins to suspect that he has been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and rising Atomic

Blue Book is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis

Era, each episode will draw from the actual PROJECT BLUE BOOK case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events from one of the most mysterious eras in US history.

The Spanish Princess (more photos)

 
PHOTOS FROM ENGLISH COURT
We continue with the First Look exclusives that Entertainment Weekly has published in their latest issue with new photos from Starz’ epic drama THE SPANISH PRINCESS which will probably hit the small screens sometime next spring. One of the photos reveals Charlotte Hope as Spanish princess Catherine of Aragon as she arrives to England with her entourage in order to marry prince Arthur, Henry VIII’s (Ruairi O’Connor) brother. The secondphoto shows Laura Carmichael as Maggie Pole. Elliot Cowan will play the King of England! Among the characters there will also be a black woman who served as Catherine’s lady-in-waiting for 24 years.

The Last Kingdom Season 4 renewed on Netflix

DESTINY IS ALL! NETFLIX RENEWS THE LAST KINGDOM EPIC TV SAGA FOR SEASON FOUR WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, DAVID DAWSON!

     ‘THE LAST KINGDOM’
GETS SEASON 4 AT NETFLIX!
Oh, what wonderful news for you in this festive weekend at the end of the year: Netflix has announced that they have

The third season is currently airing on Netflix

renewed their super popular historical saga THE LAST KINGDOM for the fourth season (I’ve heard rumors, but don’t tell anyone, that they’ve actually secretly ordered the fifth season as well)! And you know what this means: you watched the third season, which is currently airing on Netflix, in great numbers!
The third season was shot by Carnival Films without BBC as the co-producer and has ten episodes instead of the usual eight. The season saw our hero, brave knight Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) break his bonds with disrespectful King Alfred of Wessex (David Dawson) and also with his Danish brothers. Hopefully, the fans won’t have to wait more than a year for the fourth season

The series has been a major success for the streaming network

like they did with the current one. So far, the writers have covered six novels of Bernard Cornwell’s 11 part saga the show is based upon. We can probably expect more battles for Uhtred and his merry gang of warriors and probably

Alexander Dreymon is portraying fearless Lord Uhtred in the epic TV series

not much peace for the courageous 10th century knight who still believes in his motto Destiny Is All! Will he finally win his father’s land of Bebbanburg and become the lord of his own kingdom? Will he find yet another wife?

UPCOMING NEW EPIC DRAMAS (part1) 2019

MOST ANTICIPATED EPIC & PERIOD SET 2019 SERIES: CATHERINE THE GREAT, BEECHAM HOUSE, MEDICI, WAR OF THE WORLDS, HIS DARK MATERIALS, NAME OF THE ROSE, SPANISH PRINCESS, LES MISERABLES AND OTHERS!

LES MISERABLES

One of the first ones to arrive is BBC One’s six part adaptation of LES MISERABLES which will air in UK from December 30th and later on at PBStoo. Starring Lily Collins and Dominic West it is set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more. Spy more here!

 

 

THE LONG SONG

Arriving a bit sooner, also on BBC One, from December 18th is three part 19th century saga THE LONG SONG starring Jack Lowden and Hayley Atwell bringing the story of an enslaved woman (Tamara Lawrance) living in Jamaica in 1838 under British rule.Spy more here!

 

 

DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES

Already airing on BBC is another three part historical drama DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys. It is an epic tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge set in the Irish countryside in 1885. Spy more here!

 

 

MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT
This one is technically a 2nd season not a new series, but the title and the cast are new: MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT has already aired in Italy but will air soon on Netflix with Daniel Sharman playing Lorenzo De Medici who is now taking over the family’s business with his brother played by Bradley James. Spy more here!

Beecham House 2019

1ST ‘BEECHAM HOUSE’PHOTOS FROM INDIA SET SAGA

The first photos are in from ITV’s upcoming new historical saga BEECHAM HOUSE which will air sometime next year starring Tom Bateman as a handsome and soulful former soldier, John Beecham, who has acquired the

Tom Bateman leads the cast in the India set TV series

Delhi house to start a new life for his family and a business as a trader. Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation


Beecham House will air sometime next year in six episodes

during his time with the controlling East India Company and appears haunted by his past. Determined to escape that life, he sets his sights on becoming an


Bateman starred in ITV’s Vanity Fair and Jekyll and Hyde series

honourable member of the region’s trading community. But in the glorious setting of BEECHAM HOUSE, John’s life remains shrouded in mystery. His arrival provokes gossip amongst the servants and despite filling his residence 


Viceroy’s House Gurinder Chadha is directing the saga

with relatives and friends, Beecham’s house still has dark corners that crackle with conspiracy and sinister intent. The story also unfolds at a time when the


Hope we can expect tons of exotic sets and costumes!

1,000 year old Mughal rule is over and the British vie with the Maharajas to claim India as their own. The cast also includes Marc Warren, Gregory Fitoussi, Leo Suter and others.