Great news for fans of the 1980 George R.R. Martin novella Nightflyers. According to Deadline, Syfy has just announced that it has ordered a series based on the science-fiction thriller, and that Netflix will co-produce. The streaming service will also hold the first-run rights for the series outside of the United States. Martin’s novella, which had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987 to a generally negative reaction, will be produced by Syfy’s production arm Universal Cable Productions.
Netflix will be debuting an original film entitled The Open House in just a few short weeks. The thriller will star Dylan Minnettee of 13 Reasons Why fame. Borrowing many of the classic tropes of “old dark house” storytelling, the movie focuses on a boy and his mother who experience unusual occurrences shortly after putting their house on the market and holding… you guessed it… an open house! Perhaps, if the movie is successful, the popular streaming studio can develop a sequel entitled The Home Inspection (about routine radon testing gone wrong), and round out the trilogy with The Mortgage: Predatory Lending! read more
In the land of horror/sci-fi television series’, is any network hotter than Netflix right now? Proving that you don’t even have to speak English to woo an English-speaking audience, Netflix’s newest genre series Dark debuted on December 1st and has already been greenlit for a second season. That’s not to say that the show isn’t a hit overseas as well because it certainly is.
Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, Dark takes place in the German town of Winden and follows the events surrounding the disappearance of two children which sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations. read more
After a steady trickle of teaser clips for upcoming individual episodes, Neflix has gone whole hog this morning with a full trailer for Black Mirror Season Four. In addition, the popular streaming network announced that fans can begin watching the new season in its entirety on December 29th… just three weeks from Friday!
The new trailer contains some new footage from some of the episodes which have previously been given their own mini-trailers, but the majority of the new material is from other episodes in the season. There are a couple of interesting scenes from “USS Callister,” an episode which appears to draw some of its influences from the Star Trek franchise. You can watch the entire clip below: read more
Netflix’s steady release of teaser trailers for Season Four of its wildly popular technophobic series, Black Mirror, is back in full force! Entitled “Metalhead,” this one is more mysterious than any of the previous clips for other episodes. Featuring a crisp black and white aesthetic, the trailer features an unnamed protagonist who appears to be perused by… some kind of… technological dogs? Like I said, this clip is mighty mysterious! You can piece together the clues for yourself by watching the trailer below: read more
Deadline is reporting that a 20-episode, two-season series of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been ordered by Netflix. In October we reported that the CW was in talks to bring the show to their network. Rumor has it that Netflix made an offer to the producing studio, Warner Bros., that it could not refuse. Given the hot streak Netflix has been on lately with such hits as Stranger Things, Mindhunter and The Punisher, the series could seemingly be another solid addition for both horror and comic fans. read more
It’s been a good week for unsurprising renewals of popular Netflix shows! Just yesterday, the streaming service announced that its popular new series, Mindhunter will be coming back for Season Two. Fans weren’t very surprised because the show has been so popular that it seemed all but certain that it would be coming back. Frankly, the only thing stranger would be the cancellation of Stranger Things! But now we know for certain that the horror-centric 80s throwback is definitely coming back for Season Three. Netflix took to its official Twitter account to formally announce the show’s renewal: read more
Netflix’s critically acclaimed new series Mindhunter has just been renewed for Season Two! The hot new program- which was created by Joe Penhall and co-produced with episodes directed by the legendary David Fincher among others- instantly clicked with fans of intelligent and suspenseful storytelling. The show stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, and it focuses on a critical point in time for the FBI as it entered a transition period in how it began to understand and apprehend the serial killers of the late 1970s. read more
Hot off of this past weekend’s trailer release for “Arkangel,” the upcoming Black Mirror Season Four episode directed by Jodie Foster, Netflix has continued to stoke the flames of hype for the franchise by releasing yet another trailer. This one is for an episode entitled “Crocodile,” and it features performances by Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), and Andrew Gower (Outlander). The episode will be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Triple 9). read more
“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher. read more