TV News: American Gods, Zoo, & More

Neil GaimanBryan Fuller has an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in the works at Starz.

CBS has given a series order to James Patterson’s thriller Zoo.

If you’re going to Comic-Con, take note: DC Comics shows Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, and Gotham are having one big panel including full pilot screenings of The Flash and Gotham.

David S. Goyer is working on an adaptation of Christopher Golden’s Snowblind.

NBC Premiere Dates: About a Boy & Constantine

ConstantineNBC announced its fall premiere dates yesterday, and you can read them all at Give Me My Remote. But there are two particularly relevant to our interests here. New DC Comics drama Constantine will premiere on Friday, October 24th at 10/9c. And the second season of comedy About a Boy will begin on Thursday, October 14th at 9:30/8:30c. Anyone looking forward to these?

TV News: Comics Adaptations Everywhere!

Agent CarterABC, the CW, and NBC all picked up and renewed a bunch of shows yesterday, and by my count, we’re going to have no fewer than seven Marvel or DC Comics adaptations on the air next TV season. Here’s the rundown:

On the Marvel side, ABC renewed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and picked up Agent Carter, about Agent Peggy Carter (from the Captain America movies, played by Hayley Atwell) in the 1940s. I am excited about that one – old timey spies! Female lead and showrunners!

And on the DC side, as I previously posted, Fox had already picked up Batman prequel Gothamhere’s the trailer, if you missed it – and Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive interview with showrunner Bruno Heller if you’d like some more information on the show.

The CW had already renewed Arrow, and yesterday they picked up Arrow spinoff The Flash as well as DC Comics adaptation iZombie, from Veronica Mars showrunner Rob Thomas.

And last but not least, NBC has ordered Constantine, an adaptation of DC Comics’s Hellblazer starring Matt Ryan.

TV in Development: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, John Scalzi, & More

FremantleMedia has acquired Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods and is working on turning it into a drama series.

Universal TV is adapting Stephen King’s short story “Ayana.”

FX is working on a limited series based on John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

Seth Rogen is adapting the comic Preacher for AMC.

Syfy is working on an adaptation of DC Comics’s DMZ.

Superman-Batman Movie Casting & Other News

Jesse EisenbergThe Superman-Batman movie has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.

Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld in the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s For the Dogs.

Marvel exec Craig Kyle will co-write the third Thor movie.

Fox 2000 has optioned Laura Dave’s The Last Harvest; Dave will write the adaptation.

Kieran Scott’s forthcoming YA trilogy True Love has been acquired for film and TV.

The CW Orders The Flash & iZombie Pilots

Grant GustinThe CW has given official pilot orders to two new dramas based on DC Comics properties. The Flash is an Arrow spinoff – we already met the title character, played by Grant Gustin – and also stars Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, and Rick Cosnett. Gustin plays Barry Allen, a scientist who is given the power of super speed (during a lightning strike we saw on Arrow).

iZombie is being written and produced by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero of Veronica Mars. It’s a “supernatural crime procedural that centers on a medical-student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity. However, with every brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.” (via THR) I’ll admit I’m not a zombie fan, but I like Thomas and Ruggiero’s writing, so I’m willing to give this a try!

Pilot News: The Flash, Constantine, Hoke, Ellen More or Less

Jesse L. MartinJesse L. Martin has joined the CW’s Flash pilot as Detective West.

NBC has picked up pilot Ellen More or Less based on Amy Parham’s book 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl.

They’ve also picked up to pilot their adaptation of DC Comics’s Constantine.

Hoke has cast John Carroll Lynch, Oona Chaplin, Robert Wisdom, Jordi Molla, and Tammy Blanchard.

Movie News: Vampire Academy, Batman/Superman, Peter Pan, Avengers

Vampire AcademyVampire Academy fans, you’re in luck! The movie’s release date has been moved up a week, to February 7th.

The Batman/Superman movie has been moved to May 6, 2016, and Joe Wright’s Peter Pan movie will take its place on July 17, 2015.

Dracula‘s Thomas Kretschmann has joined Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Strucker.

Sony has acquired David Ignatius’s forthcoming novel The Director.

TV in Development: Beowulf, Roots, Dangerous Liaisons, Catherine the Great, Hourman, & More