Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station Is Heading to Netflix


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Matt Reeves’ studio 6th & Idaho has acquired the rights to adapt Clifford D. Simak’s Hugo-winning novel Way Station as a film for Netflix, according to Deadline.

Reeves is best known for directing Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and is set to direct the next Batman film. His studio has a first-look film deal with Netflix, which is also working on an adaptation of George Orwell’s film Animal Farm, to be directed by Andy Serkis. There’s no indication as to when the adaptation of Way Station will hit Netflix—if it makes its way through the development pipeline—or who will direct it.

Simak first published Way Station as a serialized story in Galaxy Magazine in 1963 under the title Here Gather The Stars, and it earned the Hugo Award for Best Novel the following year. Most recently, Gary K. Wolf selected the title for his latest retrospective ...

Watch the Latest Trailer for HBO’s Watchmen Series


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HBO just dropped a new trailer for its upcoming reimagining-or-perhaps-sequel series to Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen, which is set to debut on October 20.

It’s hard to pin down exactly what this series will be about. It’s described by HBO as a “modern day reimagining” of the original story. Earlier trailers have shown off police officers on the job wearing masks, who are contending with a new group of masked vigilantes that seem to be inspired by Rorschach.

Then again, previous trailers have given us glimpses of the modern day that seem to imply that the events of the original Watchmen graphic novel actually did occur, solidifying the faithless and consolidated U.S. that we see in the trailers for the show. (President-For-Life Robert Redford, anyone?)

As we see in this latest trailer, this latest series takes place in Tulsa, Oklahoma and chronicles a series of ...

Entertainment Weekly Reveals 8 New Details About HBO’s His Dark Materials


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HBO unveiled the release date (November 4th!) for its upcoming fantasy series His Dark Materials earlier this week, and today, Entertainment Weekly has some additional details about the upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s classic series.

For those unfamiliar: the series is set in an alternate Earth where peoples’ souls manifest as shape-shifting animals (known as “daemons”). The first novel, The Golden Compass, followed a young girl named Lyra, who began searching for a kidnapped friend, and stumbled into a horrific plot hatched by her world’s domineering Church. Last September, HBO and BBC studios announced that they had renewed the series for a second season.

EW‘s article takes a closer look at the upcoming first season, and provides some new details about what to expect. Here’s what we learned from it:

  • The series will move quickly. Each episode takes place in a different location, following Lyra from Oxford ...

Explore Carnival Row With This Official RPG While You Wait For Season 2


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Amazon’s Carnival Row has garnered some mixed reviews since it premiered last mont, but we really enjoyed it — a thoughtful Victorian drama that examines themes of racial inequality and colonialism. Prior to its debut, Amazon announced that it had renewed the series for a second season, meaning that those who enjoyed the first eight episodes will have something to look forward to.

But it’ll be a while before that next season begins streaming. Fortunately, those who enjoyed the show will be able to keep returning: Nerdist partnered with Amazon, Legendary Television and Monte Cook Games to produce an official RPG rulebook that uses the Cypher RPG System, which you can download for free.

The 36-page rulebook outlines a broad set of rules, allowing players to create Human, Faerie, Faun, Trow, Centaur, Kobold, and Marrok characters as they navigate the world. The book also provides some interesting background material ...

Mara Jade, Thrawn, and More Could Possibly Appear in The Mandalorian, Says Showrunner


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Star Wars, Mara Jade

Disney’s upcoming live-action Star Wars TV series could potentially have some elements that we’ve seen before. Entertainment Weekly asked showrunner Jon Favreau if the series could reintroduce characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn or Mara Jade, and his response was an…unexpected! “We do have conversations.”

Shortly after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, it did away with the long-running Expanded Universe canon that encompassed novels, games, and comics — much to the disappointment of some fans, who had (myself included) invested years in the long running stories and characters it generated.

At the end of the day, it was probably the best decision: the SWEU had a lot of high points, but with the good comes the very, very bad. Like Han Solo drugging and kidnapping Leia to prevent her from getting married to someone else. Or Luke falling in love with a long-dead Jedi Knight whose soul was trapped in a Clone ...

Vimes! BBC America Casts Richard Dormer in Terry Pratchett Series, The Watch


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TheWrap reports that BBC America has rounded out its cast of its upcoming adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, The Watch, with Richard Dormer (best known for playing Beric Dondarrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones) playing the series lead role. He’ll also be joined by Sam Adewunmi (Doctor Who), Marama Corlette (The City and The City), Adam Hugill (Pennysworth), Jo Eaton-Kent (The Romanoffs), and Lara Rossi (Robin Hood).

BBC Studios and Narrativia revealed last year that they were adapting Pratchett’s novel as a six-part TV series. The series isn’t a direct a adaptation of any single work by the late author, but of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch featured in a number of his books within the Discworld series — Guards! Guards!, Theatre of Cruelty, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch...

Uncanny Magazine Launches Pilot for YouTube Talk Show


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Last year, Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine launched a Kickstarter to fund its fifth year, and provided an interesting perk to entice new backers: a TV pilot episode. A little over a year later, that episode is now out, and you can watch it now.

The episode is hosted and produced by Michi Trota and Matt Peters, the magazine’s Nonfiction Editor and Submissions Editor, respectively, and described last year as a “third pillar of Uncanny content along with” the publication’s podcast and magazine.

Filmed in Chicago, the pilot features three guests: Keisha Howard, Daniel Jun Kim, and Dawn Xiana Moon, who discuss Sugar Gamers (a tech and gaming advocacy group), practicing heroism in real life, and the performance of a song based on Mary Robinette Kowal’s Hugo Award-winning novel The Calculating Stars.

Uncanny included the project as a stretch goal for last year’s Kickstarter if backers passed the $32,000 mark, and ...

Paramount Pictures Is Adapting Markus Sakey’s Superhero Novel Brilliance


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With Marvel’s Cinematic Universe moving on to its next phase, other studios are looking to build their own superhero franchises. One such project is Brilliance, based on the novel by Markus Sakey. According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has snapped up the film rights to the book, with Will Smith tapped to lead the film and Akiva Goldsman writing the script. This marks the fourth film for Smith and Goldsman, following I, Robot, I Am Legend and Hancock.

Sakey first published the novel in 2011 with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint. It’s set in a world much like our own, but where 1 percent of the population has acquired special abilities: these so-called “Brilliants” can turn invisible, detect minute patterns in the stock market, and so forth. The novel follows Nick Cooper, a Brilliant federal agent with a predictive gift and a knack for tracking down people, ...

In Florida, Another Instance of Cosplayers Helping to Combat Bullying


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Going to school is a fraught time for children. Social circles change constantly on top of academic expectations, and there is always the possibility that a bully will focus in on you.

After one girl in Florida came home with signs that she was being attacked, her mother brought in a particularly useful guardian: Batman.

As reported by 10News WTSP and Bleeding Cool, the girl’s mother Erica noticed some drastic changes in her daughter’s behavior: she had come home with a black eye and was reluctant to return to daycare. Even though Erica had reported the behavior to the daycare, it didn’t seem to stop things, and she posted about her frustration on social media.

Those posts attracted the attention of Jack, a cosplayer known as The Batman of Spring Hill. On his Facebook page, he explained that he reached out to the family to ask if he could ...

Sony TV Has Optioned Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night


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Charlie Jane Anders’ novel The City in the Middle of the Night might soon come to a television (or other screen) near you: Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Television has optioned the novel to develop it into a TV series.

Anders’s book published earlier this year with Tor Books. It’s set on a distant, tidally-locked world called January, with two cities on either side: the freewheeling Argelo, and Xiosphant, which is strictly regimented. A student named Sophie is exiled by Xiosphant’s oppressive government, and is rescued by the planet’s native inhabitants, the Gelet. They want to try and connect with humanity, and she might be the perfect person to help them bridge the gap between civilizations.

Sony will produce the show along with Mom de Guerre Productions and Sharon Hall, an executive producer for another notable science fiction series, The Expanse. An option on the series doesn’t automatically mean ...

Listen to a Wheel of Time Fan’s Opening Theme for the Upcoming TV Series


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Amazon is turning Robert Jordan’s classic fantasy epic The Wheel of Time into a major streaming series, and like all shows, it’ll likely come with an opening credits theme. Expectations are high, considering that The Wheel of Time’s thematic television predecessor Game of Thrones, created such an ear worm of an opening theme. One composer in particular is wondering what may spring forth; so much so that he decided to create his own rendition of the theme, with help from the Budapest Orchestra.

The composer is Nikhil Koparkar, a Los Angeles-based musician who’s worked on a variety of film and television projects in recent years, including the score for a forthcoming fantasy film called The Candle and The Curse.

Koparkar explained to Tor.com that he discovered Jordan’s series shortly after Amazon announced that it was adapting the books, and blew through the entire 14-volume epic. “The ...

Star Wars Timeline Explained: The Mandalorian Will Reveal How The First Order Begins


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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted in 2015, it introduced a new enemy: The First Order, a not-quite-sorta-kinda-angrier successor to the Galactic Empire. Since then, fans of the franchise have only picked up slight tidbits on where the First Order came from, and according to Entertainment Weekly, Disney’s upcoming live-action series The Mandalorian, which takes place 5 years after Return of the Jedi, will help set it up more fully.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, director Dave Filoni notes that the galaxy “doesn’t turn into a good guy universe because you blew up two Death Stars.”

You get that the Rebels won and they’re trying to establish a Republic, but there’s no way that could have set in for everybody all at once. You have in a Western where you’re out on the frontier and there might be Washington and they might have some marshals, ...

2018’s Tomb Raider Movie is Getting a Sequel


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Lara Croft will be back. According to Deadline, MGM has set up a sequel to the 2018 reboot of the franchise, with Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Free Fire), set to direct, and with Alicia Vikander set to reprise her role as the film’s title character.

The 2018 film (really? It only came out last year?) picked up mixed reviews when it hit theaters, and is based on the 2013 video game, itself a reboot of the Square Enix franchise, designed to reveal the origins of the famous treasure hunter. The film also helped reboot the film franchise—Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in a pair of earlier adaptations in 2001 and 2003.

The 2018 film followed Lara Croft as she searched for her missing father after discovering a video that he left following his disappearance. It leads her to an island in the South Pacific, where she discovers ...

Dell Magazines is Changing the Name of the John W. Campbell Award


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The John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer is being renamed. The award’s sponsor announced today that the award would be given a new name after this year’s winner, Jeannette Ng, condemned the award’s namesake for his fascist and racist beliefs during their acceptance speech at the 2019 Hugo Awards ceremony. Starting next year, the award will be called the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

Since 1973, Dell Magazines has awarded the Campbell to the best emerging writer in the speculative fiction genre. Since its inception, winners have included such authors as C.J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, Ted Chiang, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and most recently, Jeannette Ng.

In his announcement, Analog Science Fact and Fiction editor Trevor Quachri said that “Campbell’s provocative editorials and opinions on race, slavery, and other matters often reflected positions that went beyond just the mores of his time ...

Disney Isn’t Going Forward with Villain-Centric Book Of Enchantment Series


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Disney will not produce an adaptation of Serena Valentino’s Book of Enchantment book series for its streaming platform, Disney+, reports Variety.  The news comes ahead of Disney’s D23 convention, which kicked off today in Anaheim, California.

Word broke earlier this year that the company was developing the series with producer Michael Seitzman (Code Black, Intelligence, and Quantico), designed as an “epic universe that weaves classic Disney tales told in a brand new way.”

The show would have been based on Valentino’s YA novel series, each of which contains an origin story for some of Disney’s most iconic villains from its animated films.

Over the course of the series (which includes Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil, Mother Knows Best, and The Odd Sisters) Valentino provides some additional motivation for characters like the Wicked Queen from Snow White, ...

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