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News Brief about: Mr. Mercedes; Space Jam 2; Game of Thrones’ Prequel; and More

In brief, new movie news and television show news has broken. Below you will find a brief rundown on all that news and their most significant segments, distilled down to the most salient information.

Mr. Mercedes TV Series Renewed for Season 3 by Audience Network

Audience Network has renewed the Stephen King-based horror / detective television series Mr. Mercedes for a third season.

Space Jam 2 will Film in California following Tax Credit

The LeBron James starring Warner Bros.’ film Space Jam 2 will film in California following a tax break through the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0.

“Space Jam 2 received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit.” Through that tax credit, “Space Jam 2 is on track to generate more than $100 million in qualified spending, including almost $43.2 million in below-the-line wages” within the state.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Renewed for Season 7 by Netflix

ABC has renewed the Marvel Television Universe series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a seventh season. The seventh season will consist of thirteen episodes and will premiere in the summer of 2019.

Swamp Thing TV show now in Production for DC Universe

The new Swamp Thing TV show is now in production for the DC Universe on-demand streaming service. Swamp Thing will begin streaming in 2019.

 

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The Alchemist’s Daughter Comes to the The CW

The CW is adapting Theodora Goss’ novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter into a TV series. AJ Marechal is writing the screenplay for the pilot episode and potentially the series.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter‘s plot synopsis:

Set in Victorian London, the show is set to follow two daughters: One of Dr. Jekyll, the other of Mr. Hyde. The two half-sisters discover one another when they unite with other daughters of famous literary figures to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders connected to their infamous father.

The Brilliance book trilogy is Being Made into a Film Franchise

Akiva Goldsman is writing the screenplays for the film adaptations of Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance book trilogy.

Brilliance‘s plot synopsis:

Brilliance is set in a future world where “brilliants” — the rare 1% born gifted with superior mental abilities — are carefully tracked by the government. Federal agent Nick Cooper, himself a “brilliant,’ is tasked with using his own gifts to infiltrate a radical group and hunt down another ‘brilliant’ who could plunge the entire country into a devastating civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in — and betray his own kind.

The One Novel Ordered to Series by Netflix

John Marrs‘ novel The One has received a ten episode TV series order by Netflix. Howard Overman is developing the adaptation.

The One‘s plot synopsis:

The series is set five minutes into the future in which scientists have perfected using DNA testing to find people their ideal life partner, but even with these seemingly perfect matchings, there are some that still hold secrets. The series will explore some pairings that hold shocking secrets with deadly consequences, as well as the moral ambiguities that go into DNA-based pairing.

Tom Cruise Ends His Run as Jack Reacher as franchise Moves to Television

Tom Cruise has officially stepped away for the role of Jack Reacher. Cruise previous starred in two Jack Reacher films. This news comes as it has been announced that Jack Reacher will be moving from the big screen to the small screen in a potential television series.

Space Jam 2 will Film in California following Tax Credit

The LeBron James starring Warner Bros.’ film Space Jam 2 will film in California following a tax break through the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0.

“Space Jam 2 received the largest conditional allocation with a $21.8 million tax credit.” Through that tax credit, “Space Jam 2 is on track to generate more than $100 million in qualified spending, including almost $43.2 million in below-the-line wages” within the state.

George R.R. Martin Gives a Few Specifics About Game of Thrones’ Prequel TV Series

Fans of Game of Thrones may or may not have been expecting certain elements to be present in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. Two of those elements are dragons and the Targaryens. A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin says that is not so. Martin also goes into the time period for the prequel TV series.

From Martin recent Entertainment Weekly interview:

“‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels. But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ Again, I’m trying to reflect real-life things that a lot of high fantasy doesn’t reflect. In the Bible, it has people living for hundreds of years and then people added up how long each lived and used that to figure out when events took place. Really? I don’t think so. Now we’re getting more realistic dating now from carbon dating and archeology. But Westeros doesn’t have that. They’re still in the stage of ‘my grandfather told me and his grandfather told him. So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years.”

“But you’re right. Westeros is a very different place,” Martin continued. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series. [Goldman] is a tremendous talent. She flew into Santa Fe and we spent a week talking about her ideas. She’s going into territory that I haven’t explored very much in the books. I’ve hinted about them. But she’s a major writer, I love her work.”

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