The Icelandic auteur has co-created Katla with Trapped showrunner Sigurjón Kjartansson. The eight-part series is set in Iceland and begins one year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, which dramatically disturbs the peace and tranquility of the small town of Vik.
As people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt. The few remaining people manage to provide necessary community service and despite its grand location the area turns out somewhat apocalyptic. Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice and cause consequences no one could have ever foreseen.
Production is set to start on the project, which is written by is written by Kjartansson, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Davíð Már Stefánsson, in 2020.
Kormákur has been developing the series, which is produced by his own RVK Studios, for a number of years and took it to Berlinale in 2017, where a number of linear broadcasters were thought to have been interested.
Deadline understands it is one of two projects that Kormákur is working on for Netflix — the other is thought to be a feature film.
“It's an exciting challenge to embark on this journey on Katla with Netflix and we're honored to be the first Icelandic production team to be commissioned to deliver a full series. Katla is a unique and ambitious sci-fi project that has been in development within my company, RVK Studios for a few years and we're delighted that it now has been picked up by Netflix,” said Kormákur.
Tesha Crawford, Director Netflix International Originals Northern Europe, added, “Iceland has been the home for so many series and films over the years. We are excited to be able to feature it's breathtaking surroundings in a story that is so grounded in Icelandic themes. Working with such an acclaimed talent like Basar Kormákur makes this project a perfect set up for us. We can't wait to see this story come to life and bring it to our members all across the globe.”
[Editor’s Note: The following story contains spoilers for Season 1 of “The Politician.”]
As with any Ryan Murphy show, the season finale of “The Politician” took a big swing, jumping ahead in time three years in order to set up a brand new reality for Season 2. With the introduction of Judith Light and Bette Midler’s characters, and the final revelation that Ben Platt’s Payton Hobart will be mounting a campaign for New York State Senator, Murphy once again proved that anything is possible in his universe. Series regular Lucy Boynton, who plays school mean girl Astrid, put it succinctly: “You know [Season 2 is] gonna be so different from Season 1. It has to be, it's Ryan.”
Just how different the second season of the soapy political drama will be is yet to be seen, but judging from the shenanigans in Season 1, Murphy will continue to push the envelope. Though we’re told actual details are being kept as mum as those for a Marvel movie, the cast members of Netflix’s popular teen dramedy have their own hopes for their characters — not to mention everyone else’s. Will Payton and Alice’s fraught romance last? Will James and McAffee become more than mere henchman? How long will we have to wait to see Judith Light and Ben Platt duke it out on the debate stage, with Bette Midler biting her nails backstage?
During a recent slate of in-person interviews, much of the main cast shared their hopes for Season 2 of “The Politician.”
Ben Platt Payton Hobart:
“Obviously Season 2 will follow that election and I'm really excited to go toe to toe with Judith [Light]. I would hope that it would continue to explore this larger question of authenticity and feigned authenticity. When [Payton] is getting involved now in the real world of politics and we don't have sort of the cover of, like, a high school sheen, how does that battle then manifest as far as how much can you get away with curating your image? I'm sure there'll also be lots of hot article [inspiration] – the way there has been in the first season with gun control and voter fraud and all of that.”
“I would love to see what a ‘healthy’ actual human relationship might do for Payton, like a romantic one. Both of his romantic relationships in Season 1 are obviously very fraught for different reasons. One is very wrapped up in the tactic and one is no longer alive, so to see how an actual steady romantic relationship might pull him in either direction — of like blind ambition, sacrificing that, or leaning into the empathy and authenticity — would be interesting.”
Zoey Deutch Infinity Jackson:
Zooey Deutch and Ben Platt in “The Politician”
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“Because Infinity is so smart and she is a survivor and she is a product of her victim of her environment, I'd be really interested to see what she morphs into. And if there is some semblance of awareness that comes to play. I think at the present there's not a ton of awareness.”
Lucy Boynton Astrid Sloan:
“I'm excited to see her actually be her, because I think the majority of Season 1 we see her as this constructed version of herself. She has cast herself as the school mean girl, but then that starts to break down. We only really see her beginning to enter that new questioning of who she actually is and what she stands for. So I'll be interested to see what she's actually like. But also hope that while she's working that out you do get incremental moments of old Astrid and new Astrid.”
“I hope they all stick around. I'm excited to see how differently they'll interact. Especially in this new political sphere, as we see at the end of Season 1, the game will definitely change. High school rules don't apply anymore, so to see how they adapt to that will be really interesting.”
Theo Germaine James Sullivan:
“I wanna see what’s going on behind the scenes with James a little bit. I wanna see what his relationship with Alice is in Season 2, like what comes up between the two of them, because they haven't seen each other in a long time. James is so connected to Payton that I'm curious to see, even when the time passes and they're in college together, does he become a little more independent?”
“He's also kind of one of the grounded keepers of Payton. If Payton is the big, wild, flashy personality, James is the ultimate sidekick, and maybe part of his identity is just being the best support he can be in order to make this thing happen.”
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners’ Sigourney Weaver-Kevin Kline feature reteam The Good House has added six castmembers including Deadpool franchise’s Morena Baccarin and Rob Delaney, as well as Vacation‘s Beverly D’Angelo, David Rasche, Rebecca Henderson and Molly Brown.
The pic, already shooting in Canada, is directed by Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, based on a script they co-wrote adapted from the Ann Leary novel . The Good House follows Hildy Good Weaver, a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches who loves her wine and loves her secrets. Her compartmentalized life starts to unravel as she rekindles an old romance and becomes dangerously entwined in one person's reckless behavior.
Baccarin will play Rebecca McAllister, a beautiful, luminous woman in an unhappy marriage. She's distractible, emotional, with an air of danger around her. Baccarin just wrapped back to back films Waldo opposite Charlie Hunnam and Greenland opposite Gerard Butler. She’s starred in such TV series as V, Gotham and Homeland, the latter on which she received a best supporting actress Emmy nomination. Baccarin is repped by UTA and Seven Summits Pictures & Management.
Delaney plays Peter Newbold, a handsome and astute psychiatrist in his 40s who grew up in Wendover but now feels trapped there and his restlessness leads him to stray from his marriage. Delaney is repped by UTA, Avalon Management and Goodman Schenkman. The stand-up comedian is the co-creator and co-star of the Channel 4/Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe. In 2016, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy alongside his co-creator Sharon Horgan in the Outstanding Writing for Comedy Series category. He’s also starred in such movies as The Hustle, Hobbs & Shaw, upcoming Bombshell, Tom & Jerry and Last Christmas.
D'Angelo will portray the loud, gregarious best friend to Weaver’s character. D’Angelo, renowned for the Vacation franchise, can be seen recurring on the Netflix series, Insatiable. She also starred in USA’s series Shooter and HBO’s Entourage. She is repped by Innovative Artists and Link Entertainment.
Rasche will play Scott, a posh, good-natured antiques dealer. He left Hildy after coming out as gay but they share an affectionate bond, and he's the loving father to their two daughters. Rasche starred in In the Loop, Burn After Reading, Men in Black 3, Kill Your Darlings and Tribeca- and Deauville Film Festival-winning film Swallow. He is repped by Innovative Artists, Liebman Entertainment, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
Henderson portrays Tess Good, Hildy's eldest daughter and mother of Hildy's grandson. Her credits include Mistress America and HBO’s Westworld and Netflix’s Russian Doll. She is represented by Framework Entertainment.
Brown will play Emily Good, Hildy's youngest daughter, who lives in New York and is trying to make a living as an artist. She is represented by Nicolosi & Co. Credits include The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and High Maintenance.
If you were one of the lucky patrons to devour a Max Burger at Saved by the Max, enjoy the 90210 life at The Peach Pit or gobble down some Good Chunks at Good Burgerthen you will certainly will be ready to throw on your hazmat suit and enter the “ Breaking Bad Experience”, a pop up bar a restaurant which will open its doors on October 16.
From the team that brought you the aforementioned TV experiences, the “ Breaking BadExpeirence” will celebrate the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning AMC drama starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and is timed with the October 11 debut of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix.
“We couldn't be more excited to bring the world of Breaking Bad to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners. “We are always looking to further elevate the nostalgic pop-up experience into something both foodies and show fans will love. So, when the timing aligned for this to become our next concept, we saw an opportunity to cook up our most immersive experience yet.”
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan added, “It's exciting to be able to give the folks who supported the show for all these years the chance to experience Walt's world firsthand.”
Fans of Walt and Jesse, will get be able to dive into Heisenberg's world which will not only the show's trademark RV but also an assortment of Insta-worthy set recreations from all five seasons of the show. The pop-up will feature a restaurant that will include bar snacks and libations inspired by the show including Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese the “Half Measure” if you want it crustless!, and Loaded SAULsa Nachos, all safely served via hazmat tableside.
Tickets for the pop-up are available now. The “ Breaking BadExperience” is located at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, ABC Signature, a division of Disney TV Studios, has acquired the rights to develop The Tiger's Wife author Téa Obreht's bestselling new novel Inland for television. The project will be executive produced by Drew Goddard and Sarah Esberg under Goddard's Goddard Textiles banner.
It marks one of the first major pieces of development for former Daredeviland The Defenders executive producer Goddard, who is under a massive four-year overall deal at ABC Studios and its cable/streaming unit ABC Signature. The sought-after TV creator was originally signed by Disney TV Studios' 20th Century Fox TV; Goddard's pact migrated to ABC Studios following former 20th TV President of Creative Affairs Jonnie Davis' appointment as ABC Studios President this past summer.
Published by Random House on August 13, Inland tells the story of two extraordinary lives that collide in the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, a newspaperman who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument.
Nora is biding her time and enduring her thirst with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and her husband's seventeen-year-old cousin, who communes with spirits. Lurie is an immigrant—a man born under Ottoman rule who comes to America as a child—and a former outlaw who is haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected companion who inspires a momentous expedition across the West.
Inland, a New York Times bestseller, was a pick on President Obama's summer reading list. It has been named a best book of summer by Elle, The Week, Time.com, USA Today, Esquire, Town & Country, PopSugar, Bustle, NYLON, Minnesota Public Radio, Thrillist, Alma, LitHub, Bookish, Southern Living and Publishers Weekly.
Obreht's debut novel, The Tiger's Wife, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction. An international bestseller, it has sold over a million copies worldwide. Obreht was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and was named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best American fiction writers under 40.
Obreht is repped by The Gernert Company and Anonymous Content.
There's comedy and then there's dark comedy. The two genres share a few traits — you're guaranteed some laugh-out-loud moments, a few slapstick scenes and plenty of physical humor — but a dark comedy doesn't shy away from the tough, gruesome, eyebrow-raising elements of life. If anything, a dark comedy takes those awkward, macabre, tension-filled moments and mines humor from them. Sure, you'll watch these films below and constantly question, “Should I be laughing at this?” but that's really half the fun.
Here are the 10 best dark comedies currently streaming on Netflix that deserve a place in your queue.
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Run Time: 93 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Danny Boyle's black comedy crime film has become a cult classic and made it on plenty of “best movies” lists over the years. Ewan McGregor plays Mark Renton, an unemployed heroin addict, who shares a flat with his equally unimpressive friends, Spud, Sick Boy, Franco, and Tommy. The group parties together constantly, doing drugs, getting into fights, and committing petty crimes before Renton attempts to get clean only to return home to make a drug deal that could set him up with a clean slate. It's darkly comedic, with some ridiculous twists thrown in, but the core of the story is surprisingly emotional.
The Lobster 2015
Run Time: 119 min | IMDb: 7.1/10
Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz star in this dark, absurdist comedy about a man searching for love under some very strange circumstances. Farrell plays David, a man whose wife recently left him. David is sent to a hotel where he's told he must find a mate within 45 days or be turned into an animal. While there, David witnesses strange rituals and must follow strict rules in order to find love, but it's not until he ventures into the woods, where the “loners” live, that he pairs up with a woman Weisz, who may be his soulmate. It's weird, eccentric, and the perfect Farrell-starring vehicle.
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Run Time: 103 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Heathers was a vicious counterpoint to the John Hughes '80s teen flicks. Where Hughes found the magic in high school, Heathers dwelled on its hell, subverting high-school politics and making a punchline of teenage suicide “Don't do it!”. It's a deranged Breakfast Club, twisted and turned inside out and layered in scathing satire and school violence that might not sit as well in a post-Columbine world, even if the spirit of Heathers continues to resonate. For younger viewers who have always wondered what the big deal about Christian Slater was, Heathers should provide all the answers.
The Land of Steady Habits 2018
Run Time: 98 min | IMDb: 6.2/10
Ben Mendelsohn, Connie Britton, and Edie Falco star in this American drama about a dysfunctional family and the tragic events that bring them together. Mendelsohn plays Anders Hill, an ex-finance guy who struggles to adapt to retired life, especially since he's still pining for his ex-wife Helene Falco. Their son Preston Thomas Mann is a recovering addict whose sobriety is in limbo. Over the course of a couple family gatherings, secrets come to light, a death hits close to home, and Anders must figure out how to move on from the life he thought he'd have.
Burn After Reading 2008
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10
Burn After Reading is for people who like their comedy unapologetically mean. Pitch black and filled with irredeemable idiots, Burn After Reading features Brad Pitt as the opportunistic himbo Chad, who accidentally acquires the sensitive memoirs of a CIA agent, and George Clooney as the inept and unscrupulous U.S. Marshall, who is trying to retrieve it. While these two morons may be at the center of the film, scene-stealing supporting performances from Frances McDormand and John Malkovich really elevate this to one of the Coens' funniest and best films to date.
Life After Beth 2014
Run Time: 89 min, IMDb: 5.6/10
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this horror comedy about a guy named Zach mourning the loss of his girlfriend, only to discover she's come back to life. Plaza stars as Beth, the dead girl revived, who begin exhibiting strange behavior, eventually going into full-blown zombie mode while her devoted boyfriend Zach DeHaan tries to manage her mood swings and her pesky craving for human flesh. John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon play Beth's parents, who hilariously try to cover-up their daughter's current undead state, and though things go off the rails in the final third, watching Plaza play a moody, angst-ridden walking corpse is one hell of a good time.
Other People 2016
Run Time: 97 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
There's a lot going on in the dramedy Other People. Most of the action centers on Jesse Plemmons' David, a 29-year-old gay man returning home to a conservative, religious household. Then there's the subplot, David's coming home because his mother a brilliant Molly Shannon has cancer. On top of that, David is trying to reconcile with his father, a man who refuses to accept his son's sexuality even though it's been 10 years since he came out of the closet. Of course, Shannon can be counted on to bring the laughs, even as a woman who's resigned herself to an early grave, and Plemmons is awkward and endearing as a young man searching for his place in the world. Most of the comedy is mined from pretty sh*tty circumstances, but there's a lot of heart to this one.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 2010
Run Time: 88 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
This indie comedy has quickly become a cult classic, turning familiar scary movie tropes on their heads in bloody and hilarious ways. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine star as two bumbling-yet-well-meaning hillbillies who get pulled into a nightmare scenario when a group of horny coeds, who they think are trying to kill them. In a series of events that escalate in violence, Tucker and Dale try to do the right thing while managing to stay alive in the process. As one of the best horror comedies, it's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those looking for off-the-beaten-path hilarity.
The Polka King 2017
Run Time: 95 min | IMDb: 5.9/10
Jack Black stars in this quirky comedy about the leader of a polka band who finds himself in trouble with the law after running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. Black plays Jan Lewans, an immigrant working hard to pursue the American dream, performing with dancing bears, delivering pizzas, and swindling unsuspecting investors out of their money. Jenny Slate plays Jan's wife, a beauty pageant contestant, but Black is the real star of the show, proving his comedic chops with this eccentrically memorable turn.
The Informant! 2009
Run Time: 108 min | IMDb: 6.5/10
Matt Damon stars in this comedy-crime flick from Steven Soderbergh playing an in-over-his-head whistleblower during the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-90s. Based on a true story, Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, an executive at Archer Daniels Midland who informs the FBI that his company is price-fixing a chemical used in the commercial livestock industry. He spends years gathering evidence in order to bring the criminals down, but, in a shocking turn of events, his bipolar disorder and increasing paranoia implicate him in a much larger embezzlement scheme. Most of the movie is Damon losing his sh*t over increasingly random events, which is as fun to watch as it sounds.