The Witcher Epic Series

  ‘THE WITCHER’ EPIC SERIES
MOST ANTICIPATED SERIES OF THE YEAR IS READY TO LAUNCH
The Witcher starts December 20th

The moment is finally upon us, spylings, Netflix is ready to start airing what is without any doubt the most anticipated series of the year, from December 20th! Lavish small screen adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s epic fantasy adventure (the books have been sold to date in more than 30 million copies around the world) THE WITCHER will stream its eight episode opening season ahead of Christmas with the second season already ordered. Hollywood’s leading hunk Henry Cavill toplines the cast as demon hunter in an epic tale of fate and family. Anya Chalotra stars as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. Other

The series is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s ultra popular saga

cast members include Jodhi May as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia, Mimi

The series will have eight episodes

Ndiweni as Fringilla, Eamon Farren as Cahir, Joey Batey as Jaskier, Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor, Royce Pierreson as Istredd, Maciej Musiał as Sir Lazlo, and Anna Shaffer as Triss.

The Witcher Is An Epic Story
revolving around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who lives in the world of The Continent where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, where people often prove more dangerous than beasts, and good and evil is not easily identified! But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
Witcher Geralt of Rivia

A demon hunter played by Henry Cavill who says that Geralt is not an average hero! He’s a tough person who won’t treat everybody perfectly. He’s

Henry Cavill is Geralt of Rivia

very hard on the exterior because that’s what he believes the world is!  He kills monsters who have invaded his world from a parallel dimension. He has a faithful horse called Roach.

Princess Cirrilla, played by Freya Allan, feels like she’s been sheltered from the real world. Hidden behind shrouds of loyalty and castles. She sneaks

Freya Allan is Princess Ciri of CIntra

out from time to time. She remains loyal but strives to know the world outside of her walls. After losing her entire family and everyone she loves in one night,

The series will feature exquisitely lavish and rich costumes and sets

Cirilla feels lost. She is thrown into a vicious, upside-down world than she is used to and must push forward to find Geralt. Adventuring from place to place

Joey Batey is charming minstrel Jaskier

and finding herself in new landscapes and towns, Cirilla learns a lot about herself. A power that she possesses, but cannot understand. Yet.

 

Yennefer of Vengerberg

Played by Anya Chalotra, Yennefer’s story arc is powerful and full of challenges. Born with a misshapen spine and jaw, she is sold by her father who

Anya Chalotra is sorceress Yennefer

resented her for her differences. This not only begins her on her journey but completely changes her life arguably for the better. She will become a powerful sorceress.

 Did You Know?
The series is created and executive produced by Lauren Schmidt who also produced Umbrella Academy and Daredevil series. Henry Cavill actively pursued the role of Geralt but was initially turned down before the
Henry Cavill was cast after 200 actors were turned down for the role
show was even written. After Schmidt tested more than 200 actors she realised Henry was the only right choice especially as she kept hearing his
MyAnna Buring is Tissaia de Vries a powerful sorceress who takes Yennefer under her wing
voice in her head while writing Geralt’s lines. Henry considers the role a dream come true and I’m sure you will all agree we wouldn’t want anybody else leading this show!

1917 – USA Release Dec. 25, 2019

At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap. The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.  Source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

  JUSTIN KURZEL TO DIRECT
 THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP

The novel won The Man Booker prize in 2014

NORTH WW2 MINI SERIES

After The Railwayman with Colin Firth we are getting a new movie on the horrors of infamous railway in Burma during World War II! As ‘Deadline’ reports, director Justin Kurzel has boarded Freemantle’s small screen adaptation of Richard Flanagan’s acclaimed novel THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH which has the story set against the backdrop of the horrific Burma Railway in 1943 and across the Pacific during World War II. The mini series will chart the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love, as seen through the eyes of an Australian doctor and prisoner of war.

Valhalla Epic Series

TUDORS CREATOR MICHAEL HIRST TO CREATE VALHALLA EPIC TV SAGA FOR NETFLIX FOLLOWING HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS VIKINGS! LEGENDARY ELRIC OF MELNIBONE SF SAGA TO BECOME TV SERIES ‘VALHALLA’ EPIC SERIES HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS VIKINGS

The Vikings saga will continue on Netflix. The streamer has picked up Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel to the hit series that is heading into its sixth and final season on History. I hear Netflix has ordered 24 episodes of the new series from Vikings creator Michael Hirst and studio MGM Television, which continues the storytelling of the original.

 

Three streaming services fought for the series Valhalla will have the story which begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend. It will bring heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty, and power!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘THE ELRIC SAGA’
TO BECOME EPIC TV SERIES

The Elric Saga has been translated into many languages

Speaking of epic delights, Deadline reports that New Republic Pictures has acquired rights on Michael Moorcock’s famous THE ELRIC SAGA with the plan to turn it into TV series with Glen Mazzara and Vaun Wilmott attached to pen it. It is a series of 11 complex and layered novels that take place across multiple dimensions of reality and alternative universes. They began with the legendary Elric of Melnibone novel. The saga brings sword and sorcery tales that centre on the title character, a brooding albino warrior who presides over an unruly, decadent island nation. The novels follow Elric on a series of adventures, in which he is betrayed by his cousin, sent into exile and attempts to come to terms with his own humanity.

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‘Vikings: Valhalla’: Netflix Orders ‘Vikings’ Sequel Series From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart & MGM TV

The Vikings saga will continue on Netflix. The streamer has picked up Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel to the hit series that is heading into its sixth and final season on History. I hear Netflix has ordered 24 episodes of the new series from Vikings creator Michael Hirst and studio MGM Television, which continues the storytelling of the original.

Written and executive produced by feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), Vikings: Valhalla begins 100 years after the original series concludes and dramatizes the adventures of the most famous Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). These men and women will blaze new paths as they fight for survival in an ever-changing and evolving Europe. This is the explosive next chapter of the Vikings legend.

Stuart executive produces with Vikings executive producers Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan for MGM Television.

When Deadline broke the news in January that History’s flagship drama would be coming to an end after Season 6, we also revealed that Hirst and MGM TV were looking to extend the Vikings franchise with a new series, written and exec produced by Stuart, who had been handpicked by Hirst.

At the time, History was in talks with MGM TV about the offshoot. But interest in the project quickly grew as streamers with deep pockets went after the hot, global-appeal property. By this fall, Vikings: Valhalla was in a bidding situation with three major streaming companies in pursuit. Netflix landed the series in a pricey deal with a massive commitment, by its standards, of 24 episodes. Netflix’s average season size is eight to 10 episodes.

Vikings is accustomed to large orders — it has been producing 20 episodes a season since its fourth season; they have been airing in 10-episode half-seasons.

The mothership Vikings series currently is not available on Netflix; it’s streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Netflix is expected to pursue SVOD rights to Vikings to have on the platform alongside sequel Vikings: Valhalla. 

“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our Vikings saga,” Hirst said. “I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix. Jeb Stuart, a truly wonderful writer, will bring new story-lines and a powerful visceral vision to stories about some of the most famous Vikings known to history.

Hirst, who also created The Tudors and co-created Camelot, has a first-look deal at MGM. In addition to him and O’Sullivan, much of the Vikings team in all departments will return for the sequel. It will be filmed in Ireland where the original series was shot.

MGM

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Morgan, Jeb and Netflix on the next chapter in the incredible Vikings universe,” said Steve Stark, MGM’s President of Television Production and Development. “Valhalla has been a labor of love for everyone involved and as we look ahead to the continuation of this great saga, we are excited to know that fans the world over will have the opportunity to continue with the series on its new home at Netflix.”

Vikings has been an important show for MGM TV. It marked the first series order for the company as it was rebuilding itself post-bankruptcy. The TV studio has ramped up its portfolio since; it also includes the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo.

When he originally was tapped to spearhead the Vikings followup series, Stuart was working with History sibling A+E Studios as creator, writer and executive producer of animated World War II drama series The Liberator, which initially had been developed for History but ended up at Netflix.

History

Vikings: Valhalla promises to be everything that fans love about the franchise: heart-pounding, unstoppable action rooted in rich characters and dramatic storytelling that shines the light on family, loyalty and power,” said Channing Dungey, VP Original Series at Netflix. “We are thrilled to bring the next iteration of the Vikings saga to life with Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart, Morgan O’Sullivan and MGM Television.”

Created and executive produced by Hirst, who has written every episode, Vikings was a breakout ratings hit when it debuted in 2013 and remains History’s No. 1 scripted series of all time, successfully overcoming a number of cast changes, including the exit of original lead Travis Fimmel, whose character Ragnar Lothbrok’s story arc came to an end in Season 4.

Vikings originally set out to follow the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) and tell the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family. Because it was based on actual historical figures and events, Vikings had a finite number of stories to tell and had been building toward an end, set by Hirst as the creative mastermind behind the series.

His Dark Materials Nov 4

‘HIS DARK MATERIALS’
STARTS WEAVING TONIGHT!
It starts tomorrow on HBO for USA audience

It is here, spylings, it is finally here, the premiere of the small screen television series adaptation of Philip Pullman‘s epic saga HIS DARK MATERIALS hits BBC tonight and then HBO tomorrow evening, November 4th! I can’t say I’m overly thrilled, there is something deeply unappealing about this cast for me, but I know most of you will not agree, so I will leave you to enjoy it tonight with today’s spotlight on the main characters!

The Eight Part Saga
tells the story of Lyra, who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel, she lives a sheltered life amongst the

The series will start tonight on BBC oNE

scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master and Librarian Scholar Charles. When the glamorous Mrs Coulter enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father Macphail, Lord Boreal and journalist Adele Starminster at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board. Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians who take her North in her quest. Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.

Dafne Keen is Lyra Belacqua

A young orphan raised by the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford, Lyra’s never happier than roaming the city with her friends – but revelations about

Due to kids growing fast, Daphne Keen already shot the second season of the series, sixteen episodes in total so far! We will see first eight this year

her true heritage will take her on a dangerous journey, where her talent with the future predicting alethiometer will be put to the ultimate test. Her dæmon, Pantalaimon, has yet to settle in one form.

James McAvoy is Lord Asriel

A fierce and formidable man from an aristocratic background, Lord

Helen McRory lends her voice to James McAvoy’s Stelmaria snow leopard

Asriel plans a momentous scientific expedition that could bring serious repercussions down on Lyra. His dæmon, Stelmaria, takes the form of a Snow Leopard.

Ruth Wilson is Mrs Coulter

The mesmerizing and elegant Mrs Coulter enchants Lyra, but

Ruth Wilson is evil and very secretive Mrs Coulter

proves to have a dark side when her true schemes are revealed. Her dæmon takes the form of a golden monkey.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is Lee Scoresby

A Texan aeronaut and adventurer, Scoresby finds himself pulled into

Lin Manuel Miranda plays an adventurer who helps Lira

Lyra’s adventure when he’s hired to transport her across the north. His dæmon, Hester, takes the form of an Arctic Hare.

Ruta Gedmintas is Serafina Pekkala

The clan queen of the witches of Lake Enara, Serafina forms a close

Ruta Gedmintas plays the queen of witches

bond with Lyra as she helps her on her journey. Her dæmon is a snow goose called Kaisa.

Will Keen is Father MacPhail

MacPhail is the president of the Consistorial Court of Discipline, an

Will Keen is also the real life father of Daphne Keen!

important part of the Church, and he has designs to track down Lyra or have her assassinated. His dæmon is a lizard.

 

The Aeronauts Dec 6 USA

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON THE AERONAUTS PERIOD SET ADVENTURE WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE, FELICITY JONES, VINCENT PEREZ, TOM COURTENAY, ANNE REID

   ‘THE AERONAUTS’ 
AIM HIGH REACH FOR THE SKY
The movie hits Amazon Prime around Christmas

The two of them starred together for the first time in The Theory of Everything five years ago and both Eddie Redmayneand Felicity Joneswere nominated for Oscars that year for their roles in that one, and now they are working together in THE AERONAUTS but it is safe to say this one won’t be in the running for Academy Awards. It is ready, though, to premier November 4th in United Kingdom, and then from December 6th in USA and December 20th on Amazon Prime, following daredevil pilot Amelia Wren and weather scientist James Glaisher who find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

  Inspired By True Events
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in

This is the second time Redmayne and Jones are starring together

history. While breaking records and advancing scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.

Erased For Being A Man?

Although James Glaisher was the real historical person, Amelia Wren is a fictional character who replaces his real life assistant  Henry Tracey Coxwell with a female version. Wonder what would feminists have to say on

The film is based on Richard Holmes book Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

that? They say the aim was to inspire girls that they can go on adventures too, but if that did not really happen isn’t it a despicable case of fabricating history for the sake of modern agenda in which a real life hero Coxwell gets totally

The movie was directed by Tom Harper

erased just because he wasn’t a female? While portraying Glaisher, Eddie Redmayne has a serious ankle injury and had to wear a cast! With Tom Harper from BBC’s War and Peace directing, the cast also includes Tom Courtenay and Anne Reid as James’ parents, Vincent Perez as Amelia’s husband.

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