On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.
It’s all very exciting.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Subscribe: Android |
The first season of Starz’s American Gods, based off the of the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, was honestly just plain amazing. It accurately captured the novel’s feel and tone, while expanding on the material in interesting ways. The show is just plain good. Unfortunately though, we don’t know if that will continue in the show’s second season, as it’s now been announced that showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller are leaving the series.
There haven’t been any officials reason for their departure, but the prevailing theory was that it was a dispute over budget. The first season of the show was far more expensive than Starz anticipated, and the network may have been wanting to cut back.
The network is reportedly looking for a new showrunner to take over American Gods right now. The small upside is that over half of the upcoming second season has already been written, so at least something close to Fuller and Green’s vision may reach screens. It’s discouraging though, as one of the reasons fans were drawn to the program was Fuller’s unique style.
American Gods season 2 is still expected to reach screens mid-2018, though if a new showrunner isn’t found soon that may be delayed.
The Blade Runner sequel is one of those things where I can’t decide whether or not it’s a brilliant idea or a terrible one. But regardless of how it turns out, it’s a thing that is happening and we all have to be okay with it.
Anyway, this thing that is happening, and now we know who is going to actually be in it. Besides Harrison Ford (who is reprising his role from the original) and Ryan Gosling (who’s expected to play the lead), it’s now been confirmed that Dave Bautista and Robin Wright will also star. Audiences know Wright from House of Cards, and Bautista is, of course, best known for Guardians of the Galaxy.
The film is scheduled to go into production this summer with a script by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Denis Villeneuve is directing the film, with Ridley Scott taking the role of executive producer. It’s a solid team, but making a sequel to Blade Runner is still a daunting task.
I guess we’ll all find out if they pull it out when Blade Runner 2 comes out on January 12, 2018.
Ever since Starz put in a series order for an Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, the biggest question out there has been who will play the lead, Moon Shadow. Well, it looks like we finally have the answer, as Starz has announced the role will be filled by actor Ricky Whittle.
Whittle may be best known to our readers as Lincoln on The CW’s The 100, and honestly this is about as close to perfect as it gets when it comes to casting. The British actor comes remarkably close to the image I already had of the character in my head.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are, as we’ve mentioned before, showrunning American Gods together, and it’s expected to air on Starz in 2017.
The journey of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful novel American Gods to TV screens has been a long one. HBO was originally developing the project as far back as 2011, but ended up passing on the project. Starz then put the show back into development almost a year ago.
Well, Starz has finally decided to move forward with the project, and has placed ordered the show to series officially. Bryan Fuller is still writing, Michael Green (now “of Gotham fame”) is still showrunning, and Neil Gaiman is still executive producing. No cast announcements yet, but as soon as we know who is playing Shadow I’m sure I’ll be dissecting whether or not said unnamed actor is right for the part.
Because I love this book very, very much. Here’s hoping they actually shoot in Wisconsin. Or Minnesota I guess. That looks a lot like Northern Wisconsin.
Eh, who am I kidding – it’ll end up being Vancouver, won’t it.
Via The Verge