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Netflix to Debut ‘The Witcher’ Series in Q4 of 2019

It has been a long time coming, but it appears that Netflix’s television series based on the Polish fantasy-drama book series The Witcher will premiere on the streaming series very soon.  Ted Sarandso, the Chief Content Officer for Netflix, announced on a recent investor call that the series, which began principal production last Halloween in Hungary, will debut in Q4 of 2019.

After nearly two years of updates, fans of The Witcher can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Netflix originally announced production back in May of 2017, which would see an English-language adaptation of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular books.  Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Blood Creek) will be the main star, with the rest of the cast revealed back in October of 2018.  Surprisingly, most of the information regarding this project has been leaked by executive producer, writer and show-runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.  Hissrich, who came aboard in December 2017, revealed that she enlisted the assistance of Sapkowksi, and later tweeted in April 2018 that the first season would be 8 episodes long and would be filmed mostly in Central Europe.  It was also recently reported that principal photography was moved last month to Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. read more

New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

A few months ago we dropped the news that Netflix had acquired the rights to the Joe Berlinger-directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy (story here). Written by Michael Werwie, Extremely Wicked is told from the viewpoint of Bundy’s girlfriend Liz Kendall (Lily Collins – The Blind Side), who believes that Bundy is innocent.

A new trailer (below) teases Efron eerily portraying the creepiness of Ted Bundy. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to debut on Netflix on May 3rd. read more

Bats Galore in Netflix’s ‘The Silence’ Trailer

It appears as if Netflix is ready to chase every horror trend from 2018 in Annabelle and Wish Upon director John Leonetti ‘s upcoming bat horror film The Silence.

Not only does The Silence include a sound gimmick (A Quiet Place), a healthy dose of another sense-altering twist (the protagonist is deaf), but it also stars Netflix’s very own Sabrina, Kiernan Shipka (apparently, blindfolds would have been too derivative for Netflix viewers, who just enjoyed a similar tale entitled Bird Box.) read more

One Summer Can Change Everything in ‘Stranger Things 3’ Trailer

Netflix dropped the official trailer for Stranger Things 3 today and change is indeed coming to Hawkins, Indiana. The lovable kids we once knew are growing up and turning info young adults. Perhaps Finn Wolfhard sums it up best in the trailer as Mike says “We’re not kids anymore, I mean, what did you think? We were just going to sit in my basement all day?”

While the official plot is still under wraps, the near three-minute trailer gives us a fair share of what we can expect from the Emmy-nominated series in its junior season. read more

Official Trailer for ‘Z Nation’ Prequel Series ‘Black Summer’ Released by Netflix

Netflix is bringing a zombie series back from the dead, much to the delight of horror fans.  On its official YouTube page, the popular streaming series has released the official trailer for Black Summer, a prequel series based on Z Nation (which was recently cancelled by Syfy after five seasons.)  The trailer can be viewed below.

Expanding the Z Nation universe is welcome news to the rabid fan-base of the zombie series, who were still reeling from the cancellation bombshell from last December.  Black Summer will star Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine, Sin City) as a young mother named Rose.  In the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse, the aftermath of which we viewed through the Z Nation lens, Rose must journey and fight her way through the carnage to find her daughter in the increasingly desolate and dangerous wasteland.  Banding together with a group of Americans, the survivors must work together to find their loved ones while fighting the un-dead…..and even each other.  The show will also star Sal Velez Jr. (FX’s Mayans M.C.) as William Velez, who appears to be an ally based on the trailer sequences. read more

Trailer Arrives for ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2’

Just yesterday, Netflix revealed the official trailer to the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The two-minute trailer which features the Runaways classic Cherry Bomb gives us a glimpse of what to expect including warlocks, witches and other things that go bump in the night.

The official synopsis for the next entry in the series reads as follows:

It’s a wicked world out there, and Sabrina is brewing up trouble. After signing her name in the Book of the Beast, Sabrina struggles to find the balance between her place in the mortal world and her new darker side. New challenges await Sabrina in Part 2, including having to choose between the familiar mortal Harvey Kinkle, and the sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch. She may have signed her name to the Dark Lord, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t willing to raise a little hell. read more

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’: A Horror News Network Wish List

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House was a smash hit when it debuted on Netflix last October, but the series featured a very conclusive ending. Fortunately, Flanagan’s distinctive style for the franchise will live on with the announcement that The Haunting will return in the form of an anthology series in 2020. The next season will focus on Henry James’ 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, and it will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. Given the incredible popularity and the positive critical response to Flanagan’s modern adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, feverous anticipation and lofty expectations will surely swell as we get closer to Bly Manor‘s release date. read more

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy to Produce ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Follow-Up and More Horror Television for Netflix

Between the tremendous successes of The Haunting of Hill House and Gerald’s Game, Netflix knows they’ve got a creative team for the ages in Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. Writer/director Flanagan, and longtime collaborative producer Macy deserve all the praise they received this past fall when Hill House took off like a firecracker after years of excellent projects like Oculus and Hush, and today’s big announcement means that more quality horror content from their twisted minds will soon be streaming to a television near you! read more

‘Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight’ to Call New Netflix Toronto Production Hub Home

Netflix’s operations are expanding in Canada, and Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight will be one of the streaming giant’s first projects in a brand new production hub. Deadline reports that the company, “will lease four sound stages along with office space and support space totaling approximately 164,000 square feet at Cinespace Studios and will also lease four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet at Pinewood Toronto Studios.” That’s a lotta square footage! read more

Bidding Battle for Film Rights of Joe Hill’s Short Story ‘Faun’ Won by Netflix and Sugar23

Coming exclusively from Deadline, Faun, an upcoming short story by Joe Hill, has been picked up by Netflix and Sugar23 to be adapted for the screen.

After winning a three-studio bidding war to secure the rights, Netflix is teaming with Jeremy Slater who will write the script and Michael Sugar will produce through his Sugar23 banner along with Ashley Zalta.

For interested readers, the short story will be published in a collection this coming fall titled At Home in the Dark.

Although the winning bid price has not been disclosed, the pitch presented to the buyers was as follows: read more