Nnedi Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death is officially being adapted for television at HBO. Set in a post-apocalyptic Sudan, the story follows the a young woman named Onyesonwu. An outcast in her society, she goes on a journey to defeat her evil sorcerer father Daib.
Okorafor is consulting on the show, and the pilot will be written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds. George R.R. Martin, Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso are executive producing.
Who Fears Death was first published in 2010 and won both a 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity. It’s is a unique coming of age tale, and should bring a unique voice to television. With Okorafor heavily involved in the development process, it also means that any area explored outside the confines of the original novel will stay in tune with that voice.
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s comic Watchmen is widely considered to be a classic. We’ve seen it adapted to screen before, but that film took (arguably necessary) liberties with the plot. It’s frankly hard to cram everything into a single film. To really present all of the elements of a story like that, you need something in a longer format.
And that’s exactly what we might just get.
Damon Lindelof is reportedly developing a live action Watchmen television series for HBO. Should it go forward, we may finally get a version of the story that isn’t forced to cut key elements from the story.
This isn’t the first time the network has tried to develop an adaptation of Watchmen, as HBO previously was developing an adaptation back in 2014. This new series has no connection to that earlier version though, nor the film version we previously mentioned. All of this is in early days of course, so this may also end up going nowhere just like their earlier attempt.
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Underground creator Misha Green, Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV are making an anthology series for HBO called Lovecraft Country. Based off of the Matt Ruff novel of the same name, The Wrap summarizes the series pretty succinctly:
When his father goes missing, 25-year-old Atticus Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. And so begins their fight to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
So yeah, it’s going to be a combination of mid-20th century racism and Lovecraftian horror — and it sounds amazing. Green is writing the pilot and showrunning the series, and will executive produce alongside Peele, and Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
While it’s far from the first trailer we’ve seen for HBO’s upcoming Westworld television adaptation, this one’s probably the darkest. I don’t want to give too much away, but I should warn you some of the imagery is kind of disturbing.
Am I a bad person for being more excited about the series because of it though?
We first heard about HBO’s TV series remake of the 1973 film Westworld back in 2014, and the show has been slowly but surely marching towards television. The ambitious series is, frankly, taking much longer than most of us expected — at one point temporarily halting production so the writers would have more time to get scripts done.
The show is currently scheduled to come out this fall, and the network has put out a new trailer for the series last night.
For those of you who have never watched the original film, Westworld is about a near future theme park that’s filled with androids, where park goers can indulge in whatever weird fantasies they happen to have. Of course, things go sideways — and lots of people die.
That’s the cliff’s notes at least.
From what we see in the new teaser, it looks like the show will delve much further into the philosophy of the premise. It’s also visually striking, and I for one am excited for when the show debuts later this year.
The Foundation series is a classic of science fiction literature, and I think a fairly challenging project to bring to the screen. Of course, to be honest, I only made it halfway through the second book of the original trilogy (and that was fifteen years ago), so I’m not sure how clear my recollection is.
In any case, Foundation is pretty serious hard-sci fi, and it’s kind of amazing to even think that a TV series might be happening based off of it.
Falling under the category of “remakes that don’t bother Trae,” some of you may know that there is a pilot in production for HBO based off the 1973 film “Westworld.”
Well, TVLine reports that the latest addition to the Westworld pilot’s cast is none other than Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins.
Hopkins will reportedly play the owner of the robot themed amusement park (where robots end up turning on guests and killing them) that is Westworld’s setting. Hopkins is an amazing actor who hasn’t been afraid to work in genre productions, so this in my mind bodes well for the remake’s production.
On this installment we talk about Anime Milwaukee, 90s’ TV Flash is joining the cast of the CW’s Flash, DC Animation getting a new shared universe, a US remake of the UK series Utopia, Gargoyles showing up on Youtube, and lawmakers in New Jersey are trying to rename the Sea of Japan.
You read that right.
Also, Pher has lost his voice, so you’ll be getting a lot of Trae and Nick this episode.