Dec
11
2017
0

Witcher series moves along with coming to Netflix.

OK. I don’t know if I can approve of a Witcher TV series. It’s not because of the producer

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will adapt fantasy saga “The Witcher” into a series for Netflix, Variety has learned.

Like the stories on which it is based, Netflix’s “The Witcher” chronicles monster hunters who, with training and body modification, develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly beasts. Hissrich will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Her writing and co-executive producer credits include Marvel-produced superhero dramas “The Defenders” and “Daredevil” for Netflix and Starz’s “Power.” She is represented by UTA.

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Sep
19
2017
3

Netflix nicely cease-and-desists a Stranger Things pop-up bar.

My first reaction: “What’s a pop-up bar?” I don’t know this because I’m old (for the purposes of this discussion), have never been particularly hip, and genially loathe the nearest major metropolitan area to me*.  Anyway, Netflix found out that there was a Stranger Things-themed pop-up bar, and they managed to find a way to warn  the owners that “the Netflix lawyers will rip them into a parallel dimension and suck the life from their bodies” (if the pop-up continues, unsanctioned) without actually sounding like jackwagons:   (more…)

Aug
09
2017
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Netflix acquires Millarworld.

Link here: what this basically means is that Netflix can now draw (heh) on Mark Millar’s comic properties when making its own comic book movies or shows.  Assuming that Netflix wants to do that. And why would they want to do that, anyway? — Aside from the fact that Marvel and DC are raking in the big bucks, of course. Which is why Netflix wants to do that.

There was also a list of what Millar properties should be immediately optioned, but I’m not linking to it because it was a stupid list.  And why was it a stupid list?  Because it didn’t have Starlight on it. Yes, I know that that’s supposed to be going to 20th Century Fox, but that studio hasn’t done anything with it and do we really want them to, anyway?  Starlight is probably my favorite Millar comic; it should get made into a miniseries, pronto.

May
24
2017
2

Castlevania coming to Netflix as an animated series.

I never played Castlevania, because I never had a NES, because I was lucky to have a Commodore 64.  But if this was your jam*, back in the day, then Netflix wants your attention.  Apparently Warren Ellis is doing the writing, too:

Amusing intro to that trailer, too.  It’s what convinced me to put it up, in fact.  It’s the little things, huh?

Moe Lane

*Did I say that right?  I’m pretty sure that’s what the kids say, these days. It seemed weirdly appropriate.

May
17
2017
4

Netflix developing The Witcher series.

See, this is where you do the goram dark and gritty.  Please, by all means, make it dark and gritty.  That’s what The Witcher is for.

Netflix has announced that they will be developing a new epic fantasy series based on the hit video game franchise The Witcher. The game itself is based on a series of novels written by polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. There are eight novels and they will serve as the main inspiration for the new series.

But who do you get to play Geralt? Worse: how do you reconcile the voice of the games with the voice of the eventual actor? Because I don’t know if Doug Cockle has the right look.  He’s obviously got the right voice, but the right look?

Apr
30
2017
9

What was the victory condition for the Netflix Orange is the New Black extortion hack?

Brief summary: somebody apparently hacked Netflix, got episodes of Orange is the New Black, and threatened to release them online prior to their first viewing in June unless Netflix paid up.  Netflix said no. The episodes were duly released. And, as Forbes pointed out: what, exactly, was the goal here?

Netflix is a streaming service. Nobody pays for individual episodes of Orange is the New Black. In fact, is anyone even watching Orange is the New Black anymore? Perhaps The Dark Overlord imagined hoards of fans canceling their memberships, finally liberated from Netflix’s tyrannical monthly fee, heading in droves to The Pirate Bay to watch ten out of thirteen episodes in low-definition. Finally, the evil overlord Netflix felled by the might of the dark one.

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Mar
02
2017
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The Netflix ‘Ingobnerable’ trailer.

That’s not a typo, presumably: I suppose that’s how you say ‘Ungovernable’ in Spanish. It looks like it’s a show about the First Lady of Mexico, on the run after her apparent murder of her estranged husband the President of Mexico; and there are enough scenes involving firearms to raise my hopes that this will be suitably action-packed. Obviously it’s going to be subtitled, but I don’t mind those. Out March 24th.

…OK, I’ll admit it. I’m kind of hoping that this will be an R-rated telenovela with an American-sized budget and Hollywood-level special effects. I’d watch it.  I’m dead to shame that way.

Feb
26
2017
7

The First ‘Bright’ Trailer (Netflix Urban Fantasy).

I first mentioned it here.  Short version: Will Smith in a buddy cop movie.  With an Orc.  Looks promising: it comes out in December.

Feb
07
2017
7

The ‘Iron Fist’ series trailer.

The preparations are complete.  Now Marvel prepares for the next stage of its machinations. Which will be awesome, because a Defenders series probably means… yup.  Squirrel Girl.  At the bare minimum, there’ll be a cameo.

(Iron Fist drops March 17th.)

Jan
18
2017
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So, the Netflix/treadmill thing might actually work.

I walked for a half hour while watching the beginning of the pilot for Supergirl.  Actual exercise was had and it’s obviously better for me than obsessively doing the social media click cycle looking for responses, likes, shares, and — God forbid — people signing up for my Patreon. Oh, and processing rejection slips: I’m finally starting to get some of those.  I was starting to worry that I was sending this stuff out and they were hitting the equivalent of a brick wall, or something like that*.

So, productive day, in its way.

Moe Lane

*Sure, I’d rather cash checks. But one of the submissions got bounced because the magazine was going out of business, which isn’t the story’s fault, at least. Which is a morbid way of looking at it, to be sure, but then: ‘morbid’ describes the publishing industry right down to a T.

Jan
12
2017
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The iBoy Netflix trailer.

You know, I think that I’m going to give this one a shot.

Yes, sure, the science is absolutely absurd. Then again, so was Spectral’s, and I had a pretty good time. IBoy is coming out on Netflix on January 27th, and the kid’s superpowers remind me a lot of the Drummer’s in Planetary. Also: if you’ve never actually read Planetary then you should probably redress that unfortunate condition that you’re currently in. It’s one of the best superhero comic series ever written.  As in, in the top five.  Maybe in the top three.

Sep
13
2016
2

‘The Siege of Jadotville.’

Sweet suffering Christ, but this sounds like a thoroughly Irish* kind of situation.

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