Saturday, May 26, 2018

NEW BOOK ADAPTATIONS: HULU TO TURN ISABEL ALLENDE'S 'HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS' INTO TV SERIES, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S 'ICE DRAGON' TO BECOME ANIMATED MOVIE, 'BLACK BEAUTY' GETS NEW MOVIE VERSION

   'THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS'
TO BECOME A TV SERIES AT HULU
The book has been sold in 70 million copies
A number of adaptations I forgot to inform you about earlier this week! First of all, Isabel Allende's famous classic THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, which was already made into a movie with Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, Antonio Banderas and Glenn Close some twenty years ago, will be turned into a TV series by Hulu! The book which was sold in more than 70 million copies to date has been translated in almost 40 different languages following the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the rich rancher Trueba family in Chile over the twentieth century.

   NEW 'BLACK BEAUTY'
 MODERN MOVIE ADAPTATION
Black Beauty will get a modern reimagining
Another period set literary classic that is getting a new more modern movie adaptation is Anna Sewell's popular novel BLACK BEAUTY! Ashley Avis is set to direct the movie which will put the events from the 1877 book into a modern setting following Jo Green, a teenager who recently lost her parents, and who is sent to live with her uncle at a horse and animal sanctuary on Long Island. She eventually bonds with the wild Black Beauty, who was similarly taken away from her family when her mustang herd was captured in the West.

    'THE ICE DRAGON'
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN'S BOOK TO BECOME ANIMATED ADVENTURE
Ice Dragon will be turned into an animated feature
But if you're more into fantasy, despair not, as another of George R. R. Martin's books will be adapted for the big screen. His 1980's children's books THE ICE DRAGON will be turned into a feature animated adventure! Martin will also produce the story set in a world of medieval fantasy where warring kingdoms harness the power of fire breathing dragons. It’s the story of a young girl named Adara, who secretly befriends a rare Ice Dragon. When the invading army of dragons invade her city, only the Ice Dragon can help her save their world from utter destruction.

FAMILY FRIDAY: NEW 'CHRISTOPHER ROBIN' TRAILER & POSTER WITH EWAN MCGREGOR & WINNIE THE POOH! FANTASY CLASSIC 'EARTHSEA' TO BE TURNED INTO MOVIES!

   NEW 'CHRISTOPHER ROBIN'
TRAILER WITH EWAN MCGREGOR
Your Friday delights are lovely new trailer and poster for CHRISTOPHER ROBIN in which our dearest Ewan McGregor plays the grown up friend of
The Pooh arrives this August!
the famous little bear. With the release of the film scheduled for August 17th, the Marc Forster directed family adventure also stars Hayley Atwell as Christopher's wife Evelyn!
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is now an adult and focused on his new life and work as a London businessman and is, apparently, at a risk to lose his wife and family because he is too devoted to his work and does not have any time to play so he needs to find his younger self again! When he’s ordered to work yet another weekend, Christopher’s stuffed childhood pals arrive to set things right and that is when he meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh again, from his
Ewan McGregor plays an adult overworked Christopher Robin
unforgotten childhood past, who comes to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood where they need to find Pooh's lost friends.



   'EARTHSEA' FANTASY SAGA
TO BE TURNED INTO MOVIES!
Ursula wrote more than 20 books in her career
Meanwhile,  producer Jennifer Fox will turn Ursula K. Le Guin's fantasy classic EARTHSEA into a series of movies. Ursula sold her the rights before she died at the beginning of this year. As 'Deadline' reports, the saga includes five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperilled by those who use magic to gain power and upset its delicate balance. Most of its characters are people of colour and the emphasis is on understanding nature and human nature, not possessing power over them.

Friday, May 25, 2018

ANDREW BUCHAN, JOHN MALKOVICH, RUPERT GRINT TO LEAD BBC'S 'ABC MURDERS' AGATHA CHRISTIE MINI SERIES! IDRIS ELBA IS QUASIMODO IN NETFLIX' 'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME' MUSICAL

  BBC'S 'THE ABC MURDERS'
ANDREW BUCHAN, RUPERT GRINT, JOHN MALKOVICH IN NEW AGATHA CHRISTIE TV SERIES
BBC One and Amazon have announced the cast for their new Agatha Christie three part drama THE ABC MURDERS, the fourth one in the
Andrew Buchan will star as one of the male leads
slate. Produced by Poldark and Victoria's Mammoth Screen it will have a cast led by Andrew Buchan, Rupert Grint and John Malkovich who will play Hercule Poirot (the strangest and, if I may say, the most off-putting of choices)! Rupert Grint will be Inspector Crome, Andrew Buchan is Franklin Clarke, with Eamon Farren, Tara Fitzgerald, Bronwyn James and Freya Mavor also in the cast!
 THE ABC MURDERS is set in the 1930s; a time when the nation is dangerously divided and suspicion and hatred are on the rise. In the midst of this Poirot faces a serial killer known only as A.B.C. First the killer strikes in Andover, then Bexhill. As the murder count rises, the only clue is the copy of
White Princess' Freya Mavor and Rupert Grint will also star!
The ABC Railway Guide at each crime scene. Poirot’s investigations are thwarted at every turn by an enemy determined to outsmart him. If Poirot is to match his nemesis then everything about him will be called into question; his authority, his integrity, his past, his identity.

  IDRIS ELBA IS THE NEW
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Idris Elba is the new Quasimodo!
Rival Netflix is meanwhile moving over to Notre Dame with no one else but Idris Elba. In the third or possibly fourth of the current projects on that topic, he will play the famous Hunchback! As 'Hollywood Reporter' reports Netflix' THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME adaptation of Victor Hugo's famous story will be a musical experience! Beside playing the famous guard of the church called Quasimodo who is secretly in love with a gorgeous gipsy girl Esmeralda, Idris Elba will also produce the movie and write original songs for it! It is not so strange as he really did play as a DJ in a number of music festivals around Europe. The Current War director Michael Mitnick is set to helm the new adaptation of the French classic.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ACTION PACKED WEDNESDAY: NEW TRAILER AND POSTER FOR DWAYNE JOHNSON'S 'SKYSCRAPER' AND 'PAPILLON' REMAKE WITH CHARLIE HUNNAM, RAMI MALEK

   'SKYSCRAPER' TRAILER 
Dwayne climbs the skyscraper this July
STARRING DWAYNE JOHNSON!
Action movie trailers and posters for you today, starting with everybody's favourite Dwayne Johnson in a brand new second trailer for his SKYSCRAPER movie which should hit Northern American cinemas this summer, July 13th! In it he plays a man who assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, he must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building... above the fire line.



  'PAPILLON' REMAKE TRAILER
WITH CHARLIE HUNNAM AND RAMI MALEK ESCAPING THE PRISON
Papillon remake arrives to cinemas this August
First trailer and poster have been released for the remake of PAPILLON as well which is out August 24th! Based on the international best selling autobiographic books "Papillon" and "Banco", it follows the epic story of Henri "Papillon" Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safe cracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon's escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NEW EPIC TV SERIES PROJECTS 'DOCTOR ZHIVAGO', SF 'SILO' AND 'LAST AMAZON' ON AMAZON QUEENS! 'MOWGLI' TRAILER WITH CATE BLANCHETT, CHRISTIAN BALE, JACK REYNOR, FREIDA PINTO, ANDY SERKIS

  NEW EPIC TV SERIES
 DOCTOR ZHIVAGO & THE LAST AMAZON FOR SMALL SCREENS?
Doctor Zhivago is among the possible new projects
Amazing news from the epic genre. Atrium TV group, which develops ideas for new projects and offers them to their members among networks and producers, has a stunning slate of new projects which includes Michael Douglas produced sf series SILO , set in a future San Francisco which has become, because of diminished resources and over population, a gated community behind a massive wall!
  They also have a pitch for eight part DOCTOR ZHIVAGO epic saga from Sherlock producers which would adapt Boris Pasternak's sweeping political and romantic drama set in Russia before WWI!
Coming from Narcos producers and written by Rafe Judkins, with Ava DuVernay as executive producers, is also THE LAST AMAZON character driven series which will focus on the great Amazon Queens such as Antiope and Hippolyta, portraying their loves and major battles, notably, their campaign against the Ancient Greeks. Atrium's Quasimodo from their first slate of projects is already eyeing production!

  'MOWGLI' TRAILER
IS SADLY NOT THE WARM STORY FROM YOUR CHILDHOODS
Speaking of epic, Andy Serkis has released the first trailer for his version of Jungle Book's MOWGLI which is out this October following a human child
Mowgli arrives to the cinemas this October
raised by wolves, which must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins. Cate Blanchett lends her voice to snake Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch is evil tiger Shere Khan, Andy Serkis is Baloo the bear, Christian Bale is panther Bagheera, with Jack Reynor, Tom Hollander, Matthew Rhys, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, Freida Pinto, also in the super stellar voice cast of the upcoming adventure. This version will be darker and more serious than the previous ones and certainly much more so than the beloved book by Rudyard Kipling. The actors don't just lend their voices but also play their characters in action capture technique.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

'VICTORIA' EPIC TV SAGA STARTS SEASON 3 PRODUCTION CASTS LAURENCE FOX, KATE FLEETWOOD, LILY TRAVERS! BBC REVEALS 1ST SURANNE JONES 'GENTLEMAN JACK' EPIC SAGA PHOTO

  'VICTORIA' EPIC SERIES
STARTS SEASON 3 PRODUCTION
Laurence Fox is the new foreign minister!
While you were watching that ghastly bad wedding over at the British isle last weekend, another royal missive from the British court and the Windsors popped up into our mail box! ITV has started with the production on the third season of their epic saga VICTORIA which will be set in 1848 a turbulent and uncertain time for both Europe and the monarchy. With 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.

MEET THE NEW CAST! 
ITV has also revealed new cast members! 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
Lily Travers and David Burnett are the new additions at the court!
wayward Foreign Secretary! Kate Fleetwood will portray Feodora, Victoria’s mysterious sister who makes an unexpected return into the Queen’s life. The eight episode season three has also added John Sessions as Prime Minister
Kate Fleetwood and Nicholas Audsley have also joined the cast
John Russell, Lily Travers as the Duchess of Monmouth, Nicholas Audsley, David Burnett and Emily Forbes to the cast. The series will air this Autumn in UK and probably next spring on PBS in USA.

   'GENTLEMAN JACK'
BBC REVEALS FIRST PHOTO
ITV's main rival BBC has revealed the first photo of Suranne Jones as GENTLEMAN JACK the 19th century rich lesbian heiress from their new period set series. The photo also shows Sophie Rundle as her love interest
Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle are the new love couple
whom she wants to marry after returning to her father's home Shibden Hall in Halifax in 1832 and taking over his industrial and mining business. Based on Anne Lister's real diaries, the series will also star Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Peter Davison, Vincent Franklin and Shaun Dooley.

Monday, May 21, 2018

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY: BBC SETS AIRING DATE FOR ANTHONY HOPKINS' 'KING LEAR' WITH EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON, JIM BROADBENT, TOBIAS MENZIES! STUNNING NEW 'MACBETH' WITH MARK ROWLEY

  BBC SETS DATE FOR 'KING LEAR'
WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, EMMA THOMPSON, EMILY WATSON!
A little bit of Shakespeare for your enlightenment today, starting with Anthony Hopkins' TV movie KING LEAR which will air on BBC Two Monday 28th May! You can check out the trailer below the post!
THE BURDEN OF BEING A KING
Set in the fictional present, the 80 year old King Lear (Anthony Hopkins) divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril (Emma Thompson), Regan (Emily Watson) and Cordelia (Florence Pugh) - according to their
The new adaptation was directed by Richard Eyre!
affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the
Hopkins was mistaken for a homeless man during the shooting
same time, Lear's prime minister, Gloucester (Jim Broadbent), is betrayed by his son Edmund (John Macmillan) and his other son, Edgar (Andrew
Tobias Menzies is also the part of the stunningly stellar cast
Scott), is forced to go into hiding. Lear becomes mad, Gloucester is blinded: both the kingdom and the family descend into chaos and warfare.


  NEW 'MACBETH' MOVIE
Macbeth aired in UK cinemas in March
WITH MARK ROWLEY
Speaking of Shakespeare's works done in a new light, check out this one: MACBETH  entirely shot on green screen and reinvented by director Kit Monkman starring The Last Kingdom's Mark Rowley! Monkman’s unique adaptation successfully bridges the gap between theatre and film by exploiting the capabilities of the green screen to portray the vast world of make-believe while maintaining the traditional values, language and themes of Shakespeare’s original theatrical play.
Super hunky Mark Rowley plays the lead role

A BRAVE NEW VISION OF THE OLD STORY
Brilliant young general MACBETH pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, MACBETH sets his sights on the throne. In Kit Monkman's adventurous new adaptation, this compelling tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into nihilism is encountered in a strange and claustrophobic territory partly conjured by the mind. The movie is currently available to stream and download on Amazon.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

EXPLOSIVE SATURDAY: TRAILERS & POSTERS FOR '12TH MAN' WW2 ADVENTURE WITH JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, 'A-X-L' FANTASY ADVENTURE WITH ALEX NEUSTAEDTER, JACKIE CHAN'S 'BLEEDING STEEL'

 'THE 12TH MAN' WW2 MOVIE
WITH JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS
Three new trailers and posters for you this lazy Saturday people, before we hit some lavish Shakespeare tomorrow (do stay tuned). First up today, a stunning
The movie is based on a true story!
poster for historical adventure THE 12TH MAN a World War II thriller coming from Norway which is currently out in North America and some parts of Europe starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
The story is set in Norway, 1943: after a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad) finds himself on the run from the Gestapo through the snowbound Arctic reaches of Scandinavia. It's a harrowing journey across unforgiving, frozen wilderness that will stretch on for months and force Jan to take extreme action in order to survive. They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...



 'A-X-L' FANTASY MOVIE
WITH A CYBORG DOGGO!
Then there is also something much brighter: a beautiful trailer for lovely family adventure A-X-L which arrives to cinemas August 24th!  It is a
The movie was directed by Oliver Daly
new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (Becky G), to protect his new best friend. Thomas Jane also stars in this thrilling adventure.



 'BLEEDING STEEL' TRAILER
 WITH JACKIE CHAN AGAINST THE BORG... OR SOMETHING LIKE IT
Bleeding Steel arrives to USA this July!
Some strange and imaginative cyborg technology can be seen in Jackie Chan's BLEEDING STEEL as well! He plays a special force agent and police officer who is assigned to protect a young woman involved in a science experiment of longevity, from a gangster with an army of advanced technology who desires to obtain her power, while also having connections with him. Australian superstar Callan Mulvey also stars in the expensive $65 million worth action adventure arriving from Chinese Honk Kong. After playing last winter in parts of Europe and this spring in Asia, this delightfully trashy flick hits Northern America this July!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

STARZ REVEALS 'SPANISH PRINCESS' EPIC TV SERIES FULL CAST LED BY CHARLOTTE HOPE, ELLIOT COWAN, OLLY RIX, ALEXANDRA MOEN!

 'THE SPANISH PRINCESS'
STARZ REVEALS FULL CAST!
Charlotte Hope will be Catherine of Aragon!
I've already told you before that after the success of The White Princess, which was probably one of the best epic series last year, Starz is making THE SPANISH PRINCESS sequel series also based on Philippa Gregory's books, and now they've announced the cast too led by Charlotte Hope and our dear Elliot Cowan!
THE TUDOR SAGA
Continuing the saga of the Tudor dynasty, it will be a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen
Alicia Boracherro, Elliot Cowan and Alexandra Moen will rule the courts
uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of colour, living and working in 16th century London.

ELLIOT COWAN RULES THE COURT
In the focus of it all is Charlotte Hope as young Catherine of Aragon! Promised in marriage to the future King of England Prince Arthur (Angus Imrie), Catherine is the source of curiosity, resentment and suspicion among
Olly Rix, Richard Pepper and Philip Cumbus will hunk up the cast!
her new family; the formidable Margaret Beaufort (Harriet Walter), Arthur’s guardian Margaret (Maggie) Pole (Laura Carmichael),   Arthur’s charismatic brother Prince Harry who will become King Henry VIII (Ruairi O’Connor), his sister Margaret (Meg) Tudor (Georgie Henley), their father
Alan McKenna, Jordan Renzo and Aaron Cobham!
King Henry Tudor (Elliot Cowan) and mother Queen Elizabeth (Alexandra Moen). Philip Cumbus will play famous Thomas Wolsey. When Prince Arthur dies shortly after their wedding, Catherine finds her future as Queen in question and at the mercy of a divided Tudor court under the threat of
Angus Imrie, Laura Carmichael and Georgie Henley!
enemies both abroad and closer to home. Catherine's ladies will be played by Nadia Parkes, as Rosa, and Stephanie Levi John, as Lina de Cardonnes! Aaron Cobham will play a young soldier of the Spanish court, Oviedo. Alan McKenna will be Tudor noble Richard Pole with Richard Pepper as Thomas, Earl of Wiltshire! Our dear Olly Rix will play Edward Stafford and
Stephanie Levi John, Ruairi O'Connor and Harriet Walter.
Jordan Renzo will be Charlie Brandon. Daniel Cerqueira will be De Fuensalida, ambassador to England and loyal servant of Spanish Queen Isabella, played by Spanish star Alicia Borrachero! PS in other news from the period set TV series front, The Durrells is getting the fourth season, and there are rumours that Lord of the Rings series at Amazon might focus on young Aragorn, prince of Gondor!

Friday, May 18, 2018

PERIOD SET THURSDAY: 'THE BOMBING' WW2 MOVIE POSTER WITH BRUCE WILLIS, ADRIEN BRODY, FAN BINGBING! FRENCH 18TH CENTURY DRAMA 'ROYAL EXCHANGE' WITH LAMBERT WILSON

 'THE BOMBING' WW2 MOVIE
POSTER WITH BRUCE WILLIS, ADRIEN BRODY, FAN BINGBING
After I remind you to scroll down and check out our Sunday spotlight on freshly ordered comedy pilots to which I added new trailers, we shall move
The movie arrives to cinemas this August!
onto two new international historical movie projects as Hollywood is mostly sleeping today. First, you can check out the first poster for World War II drama THE BOMBING coming from China with Bruce Willis and Adrien Brody joining Asian super stars Fan Bingbing, Ye Liu and Nicholas Tse!
Out this August in Chinese cinemas, the movie is set during World War II following five different Chinese people who fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940. The movie was shot with a rather expensive $65 million budget! And did I tell you Mel Gibson is the artistic producer?



  'THE ROYAL EXCHANGE'
LAMBERT WILSON RULES SPAIN AS KING PHILIPPE
The movie was out in France last winter!
Meanwhile, over from France comes period set movie L'échange des princesses or THE ROYAL EXCHANGE starring Lambert Wilson! In 1721, the Regent of France, wanting to seal the peace with Spain, offers to the Spanish King, a marriage between their respective heirs: Louis XV, age 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the 4 year old Spanish infanta. The Regent of France also offers to marry his daughter, Mademoiselle de Montpensier, 12, to the Prince of Asturias, the 14 year old heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds
The movie is the adaptation of a Chantal Thomas book!
enthusiastically to both proposals, and the ceremonies are promptly organized. The exchange of the princesses is to take place with great pomp on a small island, in the river bordering the two countries. Everything has been done to expect the best of the children, but nothing will proceed as planned.