From the latest feature on Variety, many directors in Hollywood have all too great a challenge coming up with something new that audiences will pay to see. For Jordan Peele, director of 2017’s Get Out, he hit a home run with his directorial debut achieving critical acclaim and commercial success that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now, Peele has his eyes on all new projects with his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, that includes Lovecraft Country at HBO and The Twilight Zone to be streamed on CBS All Access.
According to Deadline, Deborah Ayorinde will be joining an already solid cast for HBO’s True Detective Season Three.
Ayorinde (Girls Trip, Luke Cage, Sleepy Hollow) will portray Becca Hayes, the estranged daughter of retired Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hayes (played by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali). The already announced cast includes Carmen Ejogo, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn, Michael Graziadei, Josh Hopkins, Stephen Dorff and Jodi Balfour. read more
John Kassir- the unforgettable voice actor behind the infamous Crypt Keeper of HBO’s classic anthology series, Tales from the Crypt– kicked off this weekend’s ComiCONN at Foxwoods Resort Casino with an engaging panel about his storied career. Veteran Altered Reality Entertainment panel interviewer/host Lisa asked Kassir about the various highlights of his career, and fans were given the opportunity to ask several questions of their own. Horror News Network covered the event to bring you all of the gory details! read more
What would another week in pop culture be without a Jordan Peele-project update? This week it involves the HBO drama Lovecraft Country, in which Peele will produce along with heavyweights like screenwriter Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and many others. It was just announced over at Deadline that award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance has been added to an impressive cast that already includes Elizabeth Debicki (The Cloverfield Paradox), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation.) read more
The folks at HBO have just released a teaser trailer for their upcoming Sharp Objects miniseries to coincide with the premiere of Westworld Season Two. The clip for the show- which is based on a novel by Gillain Flynn (the author of Gone Girl)- does not reveal many plot details, but it highlights numerous interesting characters and set pieces from the series.
Amy Adams will star in the series as Camille Preaker. Her character and story is revealed in the official synopsis for the show:
“…this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.” read more
In June we reported that Damon Lindelof, the prolific writer behind such projects as as television’s Lost, and movies like Prometheus, Star 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
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
HBO, a network known for its dark and gritty television series like The Night Of, True 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 Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z. read more
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
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