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Amazon Greenlights ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series For Multiseason Order

Last week we reported that Amazon was in talks with Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate to produce a Lord of the Rings television series for their Prime streaming service. Well, it’s now moved beyond talks, as it’s now being reported that Amazon has made a multiseason order for the show.

Interestingly enough, the series will not rehash the events of anything covered in the Peter Jackson films. Instead the show will focus on stories that occurred prior to The Lord of the Rings. We don’t really know specifically what that means though, whether these will be events between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings or if we’re tackling something bigger like The Silmarillion.

No word yet on the creative team, let alone actors or a release date, but we also know the deal includes the options for spinoff series as well.

Via EW

Amazon in Talks to Make ‘Lord of the Rings’ Television Series

Amazon is apparently in talks to develop a television series based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. Warner Bros and the Tolkien estate have apparently been shopping the program around with a pretty hefty price tag, and it looks like the streaming service is biting.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos had apparently instructed Amazon Studios to pursue a large scale genre show, so it makes sense that this is a property they’d go after. The fact that Warner Bros and the Tolkein estate are working together productively is probably the more surprising part, as they only just settled their 2012 lawsuit over merchandising this last summer.

Honestly, I’m not sure if this is something that anyone really wants though. While the later Hobbit films had some issues, most people love the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. Any show they produce will not just be judged against the source material, but against a movie version of the franchise that’s remembered fondly. While Jackson’s films weren’t flawless, if a television series gets wrong what the movies got right the critics will have a field day with it.

But I guess we’ll see what happens.

Via Variety, Deadline

Episode 108 – Not Quite Drift Compatible

On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Amazon developing new TV shows based on Snow Crash, Ringworld and Lazarus to start. We also talk about the new trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, how the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie is still happening, Time Lord Expo getting cancelled just weeks before the con, and the sorry state of Wizard World.

It’s exciting.

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Amazon Developing Television Series Based on ‘Snow Crash,’ ‘Ringworld,’ and ‘Lazarus’

Amazon is doubling (tripling?) down on genre shows for their streaming service it seems, as they are now working on adapting three pretty big properties for television. It’s been announced the company is working on taking Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, Larry Niven’s Ringworld, and Greg Rucka’s Lazarus from the printed page and putting it on the small screen.

Stephenson’s novel Snow Crash is, of course, considered a classic piece of cyberpunk fiction. Paramount is co-producing the adaptation, with Joe Cornish and Frank Marshall on board to executive produce.

Niven’s Ringworld is more of a classic science fiction tale, set in the distant future where a ring-shaped world is discovered beyond “known space.” MGM is co-producing Ringworld.

Lazarus is a comic written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Michael Lark. Set in a dystopian future where the world is divided into territories ruled by 16 families, each family has a “Lazarus” — a highly trained killer who fights a family’s wars and stops uprisings. Rucka will write the series and executive produce alongside Michael Lark and Angela Cheng Caplan.

Via Variety

First Look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in ‘Good Omens,’ More Cast Confirmed

The march of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens to television screens continues forward, with the latest news being a first look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in costume as Crowley and Aziraphale. The official Terry Pratchett twitter account tweeted out an image of the two earlier today:

Beyond that image, we also know a lot more casting information about the show now. It’s been announced that Jack Whitehall will take on the role of Newt alongside Michael McKean as Sgt. Shadwell. Filling out that corner of the story, Miranda Richardson will play the psychic/courtesan Madame Tracy.

We importantly also know that Adria Arjona will play Anathema Device, the descendant of prophetic witch Agnes Nutter. In less notable parts of the cast, we have Nina Sosanya as Sister Mary Loquacious, Ned Dennehy as Hastur, and Ariyon Bakare as Ligur. No word yet on who will play the Horsemen, Adam, or the rest of Adam’s gang.

Good Omens is expected to be released in 2019.

Via Twitter, Variety, DarkHorizons

Watch the First Trailer For Amazon’s Anthology Series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams”

When Amazon picked up Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams to series last February we were obviously excited. I mean, it’s an anthology series based on the works of Philip K Dick and produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner.

It sounds pretty great.

Well, we now have our first trailer for the show, not through Amazon but via the Australian network Stan (which will also air the series). Of course, since the official Stan copy of the trailer is region locked, we’ve embedded someone else’s upload — so it may disappear at any moment.

Check it out while you can though, because this show looks really, really neat.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant Will Star in Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Adaptation

We’ve known for a while that Neil Gaiman was adapting his and Terry Pratchett’s amazing novel Good Omens for television. The series eventually landed at Amazon, and is being co-produced by BBC studios. The big news everyone has been waiting on though is who the heck are going to play Aziraphale and Crowley?

Well, thanks to Variety, we now know. According to the publication, Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been respectively cast as the Angel and Demon. Sheen is best known for his roles in the Twilight saga and Masters of Sex, but to me he’ll always be 30 Rock‘s “Wesley Snipes.” David Tennant is, of course, David Tennant.

The casting is pretty ideal (even if Tennant’s a little thin for how I always pictured Crawley). Often I get nervous when my favorite books get adapted for screen, but since Neil Gaiman himself actually wrote the six episodes and is showrunning, I’m pretty confident we’ll get something true to the text at least.

I’m excited.

Via Variety

Amazon Gives ‘The Tick’ an August Premiere Date

Last year we got our first look at Amazon’s pilot for a new television series based off of The Tick, and it was picked up for a full season order back in September. And while we’re still waiting to see more of the big blue guy, at least now we know when the show will arrive.

Amazon has released a short tease, promising a August 25th release date earlier today:

Now with prior Amazon releases, episodes have been doled out one at a time, so don’t expect to binge watch the whole season in one day. That said, it’s nice to know when we’ll finally get to dig into a reboot we literally first wrote about back in August of 2014.

It’s pretty exciting.

Amazon Picks Up “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” From Ron Moore and Bryan Cranston

Amazon has now officially picked up science fiction anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for a ten episode season. Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner, each episode will feature a different science fiction tale based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick.

The project, developed at Sony, was originally intended to air on AMC in the states, but was dropped by the network. Amazon picking it up makes perfect sense though, as they already have one series based on Dick’s work on air (The Man in the High Castle) and it gives them something to compete with rival streaming service Netflix’s Black Mirror.

Personally, I’m excited.

Via Tracking Board

No, ‘The Grand Tour’ is NOT the Most Pirated Show of All TIme

So I want you repeat after me: “I will never trust The Daily Mail, I will never trust The Daily Mail, I will never trust The Daily Mail… ” and just keep going with that for at least an hour. Once you know it by heart, we can proceed.

The internet was awash in articles today with headlines like “Amazon’s The Grand Tour is the Most Illegally Downloaded Show Ever,” “The Grand Tour May Be The Most Illegally Downloaded TV Show In History,” and “Amazon’s ‘Grand Tour‘ may be the most pirated TV show ever.” Everyone seems to be talking about how the spiritual successor to the “new” Top Gear (old-new Top Gear?) had miraculously become the most pirated show of all time.

I mean, that would be miraculous. Because while The Grand Tour has been an unparalleled success for Amazon’s streaming platform, to beat out The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones in popularity on illegal platforms would take such a massive ground swell of activity it would boggle the mind. Piracy is usually proportional to popularity, and if The Grand Tour really was the most pirated show of all time, it’d surely be headline worthy. Except here’s the thing – it’s really not.

Not by a long shot.

You see, all of those articles go back to a singular source — this Daily Mail article. And, if you recall how I started this particular article, you should never trust The Daily Mail.

Their article cites data from Muso, a London based anti-piracy company, but doesn’t really contextualize it. Everyone just started repeating what The Daily Mail published without actually confirming it (or even checking to see if that’s what Muso’s data said). Well, everyone except Variety.

Variety actually contacted Muso, and Muso told them that it was The Grand Tour was the most pirated British TV show and had the “highest level of piracy for a TV series in its first season through the first three episodes.” Muso didn’t release any actual numbers though, so Variety sought out other sources of data:

Data from another research firm, Germany-based Tecxipio, shows that “Grand Tour” was not even close to being the most-pirated show over the last three weeks. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 11, episodes of “The Grand Tour” were shared 1.92 million times by internet users on peer-to-peer piracy networks, per Tecxipio. By comparison, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” over the same time period saw 9.87 million total illegal downloads.

And while those numbers for The Walking Dead seem impressive, they’re nothing compared to how often Game of Thrones gets pirated. But people didn’t want to dig, and saw potential for a flashy headline — going to press with dubious claims promoted by The Daily Mail.

And, as I always say, you should never trust The Daily Mail.

Via Variety