TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES BY WHITE QUEEN PRODUCERS
Another epic series we can expect is the adaptation of Imogen Hermes Gowar‘s THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK.
Playground Entertainment (Wolf Hall, White Queen) has bought the rights on the 1785 London set novel which follows Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having sold Hancock’s ship and cargo in exchange for an extraordinary creature; a mermaid. This mermaid becomes the subject of great curiosity and forges an encounter between Hancock and the desirable courtesan, Angelica Neal. The story describes their intertwined lives. This historical fantasy was sold earlier this year in a race between ten publishing houses for a six number sum.
Although winter is slowly giving up, your trusted spy predicts frost and ice later this month when wintery new mini-series THE TERROR starts overtly at AMC on March 26th! You can feast your eyes today on the first character photos and atmospheric posters from the 19th-century epic thriller featuring a rather stellar cast lead by some of our favorite men from period set project Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam Nagaitis, Liam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan Raftery. They all play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was
The series is based on the best selling novel by Dan Simmons
found actually last year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons.
The Terror will have ten hour-long episodes
THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the
David Kajganich is the showrunner of the mini-series
unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong
Nive Nielsen plays the lead female character of Lady Silence
when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other. Meet the main characters below:
CAPTAIN FRANCIS CROZIER
Played by Jarred Harris, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition, Francis Crozier is a peerless sailor who has reached his glass ceiling in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.
SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
Played by Ciaran Hinds, Captain of HMS Erebus and commander of the expedition, Sir John Franklin is an experienced leader with a blemished record in the Royal Navy.
CAPTAIN JAMES FITZJAMES
Played by Tobias Menzies, James Fitzjames is a rising star in the British Royal Navy and has secured John Franklin’s confidence in spite of his never having sailed in the polar regions before.
DOCTOR HENRY GOODSIR
Played by Paul Ready, the most junior of the expedition’s four doctors, Henry Goodsir is a gentle, moral soul who is of the first to realize something supernatural is at play.
Played by Adam Nagaitis, Cornelius Hickey is a young petty officer whose rank on the ships should keep him invisible to the officers. But Hickey is not quite what he seems.
Played by Ian Hart, Ice Master of Terror and longtime friend of FrancisCrozier, Thomas Blanky has the experience to be a captain but prefers the thrill and challenge of battling the constant puzzle of the Arctic ice.
1st trailer has been released for the sequel to that snoozefest FANTASTIC BEASTS: CRIMES OF Grindelwald which is out November. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by Magical Congress of the United States of America, with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pureblood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart his plans, professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the
Jude Law plays a younger version of Professor Dumbledore
dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Ewan McGregor plays an adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, when he suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends.In the process he will find the boy he once were and who is still inside his heart. Directed by Marc Forster it is out in cinemas this August! Hayley Atwell plays his wife.
Armando Iannucci will direct the big screen version of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD based on Charles Dickens’ semi autobiographical chronicle of the life of the iconic title character, and now it has been announced by ‘Variety’ that Dev Patel will take the role of the titular hero. The story follows Copperfield as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, all the while on a journey full of life, colour and humanity. Dickens actually modelled the character after himself. The shooting should begin later this year with casting already under way!
Dev Patel to Star in Armando Iannucci‘s ‘David Copperfield’ Film (Exclusive)
Feb 14, 2018 1:45 PM | Variety – Film News
Dev Patel is set to play David Copperfield in FilmNation’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” which will be directed and written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci. The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character …
Info coming from ‘The Guardian’ that Tudors, Elizabeth and Vikings creator Michael Hirst is preparing THE CAESARS series with Martin Scorsese which will cover the lives of some of Rome’s most famous rulers. The series, expected to start shooting its first season next year in Italy, will tell the story of the early rulers of ancient Rome, beginning with the rise to power of Julius Caesar! Unlike other projects which used to depict him in his mature age, this series would depict him when he was young, ambitious and full of vitality. As you probably remember, Julius Caesar was indeed already shown as a very ambitious young soldier, filled with both political and sexual energy, in super popular Spartacus series.
The series apparently already has the pilot written
While we are waiting to see Chris Pine as a Scottish hero Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King later this year, it seems Netflix is preparing another royal project. THE KING will star Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet as king Henry V! Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier were just some of the actors who portrayed the king famous for the battle at Agincourt.
THE KING, directed by David Michod, will see Chalamet playing the king who, after his brother is killed in battle before his coronation, takes over the crown in the early 1400s. The reluctant ruler wears the crown at a time when England was near a war with France, and the empire is teetering. He rises to the occasion, admirably.
What better way to warm yourself up a bit during cold winter nights than with some scantily clad Greek warriors and princesses, starting next Saturday, February 17th, when British BBC will start airing TROY: FALL OF A CITY, eight episode brand new epic television series!
TROY: FALL OF A CITY an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.
David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy
Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy
Bella Dayne is flimsy Helen of Troy whose adultery starts the war
THE CAST OF THE 8 PART DRAMA
The eight part saga, which will also air on Netflix after the run in UK, will see Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall plays Paris’ father, King Priam of Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones as their eldest son brave Hector. They are joined by a cast ncluding Joseph Mawle as Odysseus the king of Ithaca, Chloe Pirrie as Hector’s wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon the king of Mycenae who attacks Troy with his brother Menalaus, David Gyasi as Achilles (yes, for some reason he will be black and so will be his lover Patroklus and also the almighty Zeus indeed), and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaus, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when Paris arrives in his city. Further casting includes Alfred Enoch as the Trojan general Aeneas the cousin of King Priam, David Avery as Xanthius, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, prophetess princess Cassandra.
Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne are two epic brats Paris and Helen
Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaus
Johnny Harris is Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae
Tom Weston Jones is the brave and heroic prince of Troy Hector
For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi
Australian actor Louis Hunter is the bratty prince of Troy Paris
Priam first want to marry Paris to Spartan princess Hermione (right)
You absolute adored him last year in heartbreaking Me Before You (for which he did not even get an Oscar nomination), Their Finest and in My Cousin Rachel, and this summer, in June, you will watch Sam Claflin in disaster thriller ADRIFT from director Baltasar Kormakur in which Shailene Woodley plays the female lead opposite Sam. They play avid sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean and encounter one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
Later this year, you will also watch lovely Sam Claflin in period set darma THE NIGHTINGALE set in 1825 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.
Photo updates from some of our most anticipated 2018 period set projects this Saturday, people! The spy has found a few new photos from MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS which arrives (or possibly rides as you can see in one of the photos) into theatres this September starring two current Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as English queen Elizabeth depicted at the time when the Scottish queen plotted against her cousin Elizabeth in order to take over her throne which only led to her own demise.
Notice the intricate details on Mary’s gown!
Releases USA November 02, 2018
Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, UK
Derbyshire, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Glencoe, Highland, Scotland, UK
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Mary Queen of Scots riding a horse in a magnificent blue gown
Jack Lowden (left) plays one of Mary’s husbands
Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle and Joe Alvyn also star. Spy on it more here!