EXCLUSIVE: Newcomer Calahan Skogman, Zoë Wanamaker Killing Eve, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Kevin Eldon Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, Game Of Thrones, Julian Kostov Treadstone, Berlin Station, Luke Pasqualino Snatch, The Musketeers, Jasmine Blackborow School's Out Forever, Aamir and Gabrielle Brooks Young Vic Theatre's Twelfth Night, Regents Park Theatre's Midsummer Night’s Dream round out the recurring cast of Shadow and Bone, Netflix's eight-part adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's bestselling Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows Grishaverse fantasy novels. The series hails from Eric Heisserer Bird Box, Shawn Levy and 21 Laps Entertainment. The seven actors join previously announced Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, Kit Young who are set to lead the cast alongside Sujaya Dasgupta, Danielle Galligan, Daisy Head and Simon Sears. Production on season one is currently underway in Budapest.
In Shadow and Bone, in a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive. The series is created, written and executive produced by Heisserer, who also will showrun.
Skogman who will play Matthias. A Fjerdan witchhunter raised to despise the Grisha and their magic.
Wanamaker will portray Baghra. A ruthless teacher and trainer, determined to hone the power of each of her charges.
Eldon will play the Apparat. The mysterious spiritual advisor to Ravka’s royal family.
Kostov is Fedyor. A free-spirited Heartrender and loyal follower of General Kirigan.
Pasqualino will portray David. A brilliant Fabrikator who feels most at ease with his nose buried in a scientific treatise.
Blackborow will play Marie. An Inferni who tries to teach Alina the social rules of the Little Palace.
Brooks will portray Nadia. A Squaller who befriends Alina despite opposition from Zoya.
Heiser executive produces with Bardugo and Pouya Shahbazian the Divergent series along with Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment.
It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...