There’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s geek favorite novel Ready Player One, including a potential laundry list of big time director’s who could possibly take the helm (names like Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright, Robert Zemeckis, and others have all been mentioned). Now fans have some more good news, you might be able to return to OASIS sooner rather than later, as Cline is reportedly working on a sequel.
Since damn near the very second it was announced, there have been rumors, reports, rampant speculation, and various other potential spoilers for the movie we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney, Lucasfilm, director J.J. Abrams, and the cast have been keeping a lid on things (even with the confluence of spy photos that hit the web a while ago), and we won’t know the legitimacy of most of these until the film opens on December 18. But one of the cast members may have inadvertently confirmed one of the biggest and most unexpected of the rumors we’ve heard.
Be warned, there are potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beyond this point.
Reports circulated earlier this week that Netflix was going to drop streaming for a ton of popular British shows—most notable for our interests were Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Torchwood, and a handful of others. The news kicked off a massive outcry from fans, but as it turns out, there wasn’t as much need to be concerned as many initially thought. At least some of those shows, chief among them the adventures of a certain two-hearted Time Lord from Gallifrey, will remain available for your streaming needs. For a few others favorite titles, however, fans are shit out of luck.
According to Variety, a new deal has been struck between Netflix and the powers that be at the BBC, and for the foreseeable future you’ll still be able to watch these shows on your computer, tablet, smartphone, TV, or whatever your preferred delivery system:
Amazon Studios’ pilot season, where audiences can watch the first episode for a variety of new shows and vote on which ones they want to become full series, is a unique, egalitarian way to go about sourcing new shows. While it’s produced a few things of mild interest, by far the most exciting thing they’ve done up to this point, at least in our humble opinion, is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi novel The Man in the High Castle. The new slate of potential shows is now up for your perusal (we haven’t watched it yet, but we should have a review of it before long), but here is a new clip to whet your appetite.
Set in an alternate reality where the Axis powers won World War II, the book is a sprawling collection of loosely connected narrative threads spread out across the U.S., ranging from coast to coast. You watch as tensions rise between the hegemonic powers of Japan and Germany, and as the underground resistance plies their trade in these dangerous times. It’s not a novel that easily lends itself to adaptation, and we’re curious to see how Amazon pulls it off.
AMC’s The Walking Dead is on a break right now, but that’s never stopped the network from hyping their massively popular zombie drama. But right now there’s even more to talk about beyond new casting and possible future storylines, because things are about to get rolling on the long gestating spinoff series, currently known as Cobalt. Set in the same world as the flagship series, the new adventures go down in a different place, follow new characters, and reportedly even show an earlier era of the undead apocalypse. Cobalt co-creator, and Walking Dead executive producer (he also created the comics the series is based on), Robert Kirkman recently sat down and discussed some of the differences between the two shows.
We know that the action in Cobalt takes place in Los Angeles, the opposite side of the country from the Georgia-based The Walking Dead. It follows Sean Cabrera (Cliff Curtis), Nancy Tompkins (Kim Dickens), her kids Nick (Frank Dillane) and Ashley (Alycia Debnam Carey), and others. While chatting with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman kept specifics to himself, while driving home how distinct the two shows will be. He said:
Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, redo, or whatever you want to call it, has been controversial to say the least. Some don’t want a new Ghostbusters to happen at all, while many, many others have taken issue with the idea of a female-fronted version of the paranormal investigating team. For his part, Feig hasn’t even really addressed the hullabaloo, and has just kept on trucking, working on his project, and he recently shared some details about what the movie will look like.
Even though it will be set in the modern day, and the nature of the title team may be different (one rumor has said they could be something that sounds very much like a clandestine government agency, almost like Men in Black), at least one thing won’t change: the setting. Talking to Empire, Feig says he plans to keep Ghostbusters set in the Big Apple. He says, “To me it’s such a New York movie and the biggest sin would be to pull it out of there. I just love New York and, selfishly, I just want to shoot in New York.”