News Brief about: Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Retirement; Game of Thrones Reunion; Cowboy Behop Live Adaptation; and More
Cowboy Behop Comes To Netflix as a Live-action TV series
A ten-episode, live-action version of Cowboy Behop has been greenlit at Netflix. Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of the original anime TV series, will be a consultant on this television series. Christopher Yost is writing the screenplay for the pilot episode.
Cowboy Behop‘s plot synopsis: “In 2071, roughly fifty years after an accident with a hyperspace gateway made the Earth almost uninhabitable, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. Amid a rising crime rate, the Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) set up a legalized contract system, in which registered bounty hunters (also referred to as “Cowboys”) chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward. The series’ protagonists are bounty hunters working from the spaceship Bebop. The original crew are Spike Spiegel, an exiled former hitman of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate, and his partner Jet Black, a former ISSP officer. They are later joined by Faye Valentine, an amnesiac con artist; Edward Wong, an eccentric girl skilled in hacking; and Ein, a genetically-engineered Pembroke Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.”
Sylvester Stallone Bids Farewell To Rocky Role After Creed II
In an Instagram video, Sylvester Stallone announced that Creed II will be his last time reprising the role of Rocky Balboa.
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I am reposting this because there was a technical difficulty. I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ….
Game of Thrones Reunion Special will be Included in Game of Thrones Series Set
The Game of Thrones reunion special, shot with old and current cast members in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2018 after the series wrapped, will be included as a special feature in the box set for all eight seasons. The box set will be released in late 2019. The reunion will be hosted by Conan O’Brien, will include Sean Bean and may include Jason Momoa.
Young Wallander Novel Ordered to Series by Netflix
Henning Mankell‘s Swedish detective Kurt Wallander novel series has received a TV series order by Netflix. Howard Overman is developing the adaptation.
Young Wallander‘s plot synopsis: “Set in contemporary Sweden, the series will follow Wallander investigating his gripping first case and his personal and professional experiences as a graduated police officer in his early twenties.The series will feature a cast of British and Swedish performers and will feature a story told over serialized six episodes.”
5 Year TV Series from Robert Kirkman Developed by Skybound and eOne
5 Year, a new TV series being developed by Robert Kirkman, is in new series development by eOne and Skybound Entertainment. “International sales and distribution deals have already been put into place for Korea, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Germany, India, Russia, China and Italy… Skybound has an ambitious plan to try and produce localized productions of the story for each market it’s being released in [.]”
5 Year‘s plot synopsis: it “will follow various regions of the Earth in the final five years before a fatal meteor is set to collide with the planet.”
Good Christian Bitches TV Series Developed by The CW
Kim Gatlin‘s novel Good Christian Bitches is being developed as a TV series by The CW.
Leila Cohan-Miccio will write the screenplay for the TV series.
The book synopsis for Good Christian Bitches:
Amanda Vaughn needs some heaven-sent help. Her husband has betrayed her in the worst possible way, and, newly divorced, she’s fled with her pre-teen children to her hometown of Hillside Park, an upper-class Dallas suburb. She’s happy to leave behind the shallow, Godless life she lived in California and return to the welcoming, Christian world where she grow up. But things aren’t that simple. When Amanda returns to the town and church she remembers so fondly, nothing is as she remembers it. She encounters a cast of old friends, neighbors and fellow church members who are sweet and pious as can be … until Amanda’s back is turned. Then the claws come out. Amanda realizes she’s encountered a group of Good Christian Bitches, or GCBs. Sharon, Heather, and Darlene are as fake as their costume jewelry. In the whirling midst of salacious rumors, Botox, and fraud, Amanda realizes that her so-called friends are out to destroy her reputation. And what’s worse, it’s all under the guise of old-fashioned Christian caring. Will the Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will Amanda find a way to rise above the drama and triumph?
Console Wars is Being Developed as a TV Series by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are developing Blake J. Harris’ novel Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation into a TV series.
Mike Rosolio is writing the screenplay for the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed pilot episode.
The book synopsis for Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation:
a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.
In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.
The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.
Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punchline into a market leader. It’s the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.
SuperCLEAN TV Series Developed by The CW
Heath Amodio and Cullen Bunn‘s upcoming graphic novel SuperCLEAN is being developed as a TV series by The CW. The series will be written by Sascha Rothchild.
Super Clean‘s plot synopsis: “Super Clean explores the superhero genre from the human side. Becky Masters, an uber-organized and brilliant human, and her ragtag team of non-powered cohorts navigate the danger and drama of “cleaning up” after superheroes and villains, all while Becky works to prove her superhero boyfriend is innocent of a dastardly crime.”
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