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HBO Orders Pilot Episode for Damon Lindelof ‘Watchmen’ Series

In June we reported that Damon Lindelof, the prolific writer behind such projects as as television’s Lost, and movies like PrometheusStar Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z, was in talks with HBO over developing a series based on the DC Comics classic, Watchmen. While news over the project went quiet for a couple of months, Variety confirms that HBO has officially ordered a pilot episode for the tentative new series.

For those who are new to the game of television production, a pilot episode is a sample episode that studios can order to have a better idea of what the series would look like before making the decision to greenlight the entire season. Many pilot episodes ultimately become the first episode of a television series if the studio decides to move forward with production. Given the facts that Lindelof and HBO have been talking about this series for months and the series is based on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic books of all time, chances are pretty good that HBO will like what they see. read more

True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

Variety has confirmed that actor Nelsan Ellis has died at the young age of 39 due to heart failure.

Although the quality of HBO’s True Blood declined in later seasons, one constant was always Nelsan Ellis’ performance as the feisty short-order cook Lafayette Reynolds.  He was so popular with fans that, unlike the Charlene Harris books that the show was based on, his character survived through the series’ entirety.  The literary version of the character never makes it past Harris’ second novel, but Ellis’ Lafayette became an integral part of the show, as one of the main confidants of Sookie Stackhouse and a loyal cousin to Sookie’s best friend Tara. read more

Damon Lindelof in Talks to Bring ‘Watchmen’ to HBO

HBO, a network known for its dark and gritty television series like The Night OfTrue Detective, and Oz, may be adding an adaptation of the definitive dark and gritty graphic novel masterpiece, Watchmen, to its stable. Variety reports that the prolific screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, is in talks to develop an adaptation of the book into a television series for the premium network.

Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen has since become recognized as one of the finest and most influential graphic novels ever published; so it’s no wonder the network believes it is a strong property to adapt. HBO unsuccessfully attempted to develop a Watchmen television series back in 2014. Lindelof’s current project is said to be completely independent of that process. Lindelof’s previous work for HBO was on The Leftover, which recently concluded. His previous screenwriting work includes science fiction and horror projects such as television’s Lost, and movies like PrometheusStar Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z. read more

Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce ‘Lovecraft Country’ for HBO

Jordan Peele went from being a comic genius to horror mastermind overnight with the unbelievable critical and financial performance of Get Out. Since the success of that picture, there have been reports that Peele would continue to move towards more horror and suspense projects. We learned today that in addition to his other planned directorial projects, Peele will co-produce another horror/suspense story which will examine race in America.

Deadline reports that Peele, Misha Green (writer/producer of Underground), and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company will produce an HBO series based on Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country. Here’s how Harper, the book’s publisher, describe’s Ruff’s work: read more

Sylvain White Hired to Direct Slender Man Film for Screen Gems

As reported today by deadline, Sylvain White has been tapped to direct a horror film based on the Creepypasta fan-fiction character Slender Man.  The film, which is currently in pre-production, is slated for a 2018 release.

White has not made a feature film since 2010’s comic adaptation the Losers.  He has directed a number of television shows since, including eight episodes of Hawaii Five-O.  White was once rumored to be attached to Frank Miller’s Ronin as the director of the futuristic Samurai comic, but there have been no updates for quite some time on a potential film. read more

The First Trailer for the Slenderman Documentary is Here

HBO has released the first trailer for their documentary Beware the Slenderman which is set to air on the channel on January 23, 2017.

The Slenderman (or The Slender Man) is a fictional boogeyman-type character that was created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen for a contest on the internet forum Something Awful. The character is very tall and thin and wears a dark suit and has a mostly feature-less face. From Knudsen’s creation, an internet legend was born.

The Slenderman quickly went viral and numerous websites soon had fanart dedicated to the character as well as fan-fiction revolving around him…and in fiction the character remained until May of 2014 when two 12 year old Wisconsin girls stabbed a classmate 19 times and said that they did it to become servants of the Slenderman. read more