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Taika Waititi’s inbox must look like a disaster following his screenwriting Oscar last month. He’s unquestionably one of the most in-demand names in Hollywood these days, and not only is he prepping for Thor: Love and Thunder, possibly building Star Wars ties beyond his The Mandalorian role, and starring as a suicidal cult leader, he’s also managing to hug an Avenger during his down time. Now, Netflix has announced that Waititi will direct and write two shows based upon Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The wording of the associated announcements is a little strange, though. Hollywood Reporter emphasizes that these will be “animated event series,” and that wording doesn’t spring from nowhere. Back in November, Netflix declared on Twitter that multiple animated event series based upon Roald Dahl’s works were in development for their platform. Those projects would also include series inspired by Matlida and The BFG, to “be reimagined for a new generation.” What does “event series” mean, though? Marketing folks like to use that term to describe short-run series that are widely marketed and possibly spinoffs of larger series to draw huge audiences during specific time periods like sweeps. The term has also been tossed around to describe those rare juggernaut series that everyone watches weekly, and live, as they happen. Like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and to a degree, arguably Watchmen.
How does Netflix plan to event-ize animated series from Taika Waititi? Would this show surface on a weekly basis, rather than through bingeable seasons? This seems like an unlikely programming strategy, but one never knows. Regardless, the details on the second, Oompa-Loompa-focused series do sound intriguing:
The first series will be based on the world and characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while the second is described as a wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas, the small song-loving humans who worked in Willy Wonka’s infamous factory.
So, Taiki Waititi is the new king of weird, officially, taking over after Tim Burton last handled the franchise? This checks out.
Via Hollywood Reporter
It starts small: A pair of plucky young Brits crash a packed Manchester rally for the British Union of Fascists aka blackshirts to literally sing out their disaffection for a political movement they refuse to support. They’re kicked around, tossed out, thrown into prison, where the worst thing they have to endure is their bickering parents who object to their burgeoning romance. For better and, occasionally, for worse, Peter Bowker’s PBS series “World on Fire” is dedicated to following the interconnected lives of a select handful of people thrown into the tumult of World War II.
Hopscotching across England, Germany, Poland, and France, “World on Fire” tracks the first year of the war, a complicated and horrifying rise that often hinges on the sense that things aren’t so bad, or that they may not get worse, or that the hints that something far darker is occurring aren’t just distasteful rumors. Predominantly focused on normal people — a singer, a journalist, a doctor, a musician, a petty criminal, a widow, and many more — pushed into the extraordinary circumstances of a war they could not ever hope to stop, “World on Fire” offers a more intimate exploration of wartime life than is typically portrayed in World War II dramas.
Still, Bowker’s expansive limited series often bites off more than it can chew, bouncing from storyline to storyline in rapid-fire manner, with some subplots given damningly short shrift before its time for the next one. Others are needlessly expanded on, like the love story that kicks off the series and binds young interpreter-turned-solider Harry Jonah Hauer-King to prickly singer Lois Julia Brown in ways that only further the narrative, never the emotion between the two. Still, the dense episodes — seven in total, each stretching nearly an hour — do eventually give way to satisfying character development and fresh complications.
And, strange as it might sound, the bent toward seemingly petty stories who can care about an ill-fated romance in the face of so much other trauma? keeps the focus firmly on the other cost of war: the end of regular life, normal worries, everyday cares, possibly forever. Harry and Lois’ romance might make a strange focal point, but it helps spin the story off into a variety of often intriguing directions, though Bowker’s series which he wrote every episode of does take its time digging into some of the other characters that populate it.
Not every connection is a hit, either, and some of them feel contrived and unnecessary, while others add great emotional impact to the series and its many characters. It’s mostly immaterial that doctor Webster Brian J. Smith is journalist Nancy’s Helen Hunt nephew or that erstwhile British solider Tom Ewan Mitchell refuses to help Polish...
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out about the big differences between the Best Picture nominated Jojo Rabbit and Christine Leunens’ novel on which it’s based, Caging Skies. Plus, watch how kids react when parents show them 90s cartoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head, and more. Finally, Nick Offerman takes a look back at some of his movie famous characters, especially Parks and Recreation.
First up, CineFix‘s new edition of What’s The Difference focuses on Jojo Rabbit, which was adapted from Christine Leunens‘ novel Caging Skies. While the movie is a hilarious satire mixed with heavy dose of heart-wrenching drama, the book isn’t comedic whatsoever. The movie’s script covers less than half of the original story in the book, so there’s a lot to compare and contrats.
Next up, parents who grew up in the 90s sit down to show their kids clips from cartoons they grew up with like Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Beavis & Butt-Head and Rocko’s Modern Life. See how they react when they see animation, that is clearly older than the cartoons they’re used to watching, and try not to feel old.
Finally, with Nick Offerman appearing in the FX on Hulu series Devs, the folks at GQ had the actor take a look back at some of his more famous characters. Obviously he covers Parks and Recreation, but he also covers the LEGO Movie, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, We’re The Millers, Hearts Beat Loud, and more.