Amazon is working on show Strange New Things, based on Michael Faber’s novel The Book of Strange New Things. Netflix has a show called Stranger Things premiering later this year, and I can predict with confidence that I will second guess myself and double check which is which every single time I read about one of them.
There’s movement on the Crazy Rich Asians movie – Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct – and I’ve heard enough good stuff that I just added myself to the hold list at the library. Regardless, I’m excited at the prospect of a big movie that – we assume! We hope! – cannot be whitewashed.
Hugh Laurie gets at exactly what I love about the Tinker, Tailor miniseries and Le Carre in general: “Their version of an action scene was people drinking tea and staring at each other. And yet it was completely thrilling and gripping to watch these devious, ambitious, hungry people trying to outwit each other and yet never reveal their strategy.”
It’s now official that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I think is news that sounds familiar both because I’d heard the rumors and because I just kind of assume he’s in all the Marvel movies.
Good news for fans of historical shows: Herbert Asbury’s book The Barbary Coast about the 1849 Gold Rush is being made into a TV show with… Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and Mel Gibson? That’s, uh, quite a group. (Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell are also involved. It’s quite the family affair.)
This isn’t exactly a surprise, but HBO just announced that Game of Thrones has officially been renewed for a seventh season. You can read the official network statement here. Season six of Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday, April 24th. Silicon Valley and Veep were also renewed.
Whoo! HBO has posted a trailer for season five of Game of Thrones on the show’s official Facebook page, and you can watch it below. The season premieres on Sunday, April 12th.
Along with this good news, though, there’s some bad news for fans of the books – The Winds of Winter is definitely, for sure not being published this year. And that means that it’s also definite that the TV series will end before the books do. Now, I don’t think that this is the huge devastating shock that some outlets are making it out to be – did anyone really think that Martin would write and publish the book following The Winds of Winter in a year? – but it’s an interesting situation, and I’m curious to see how it all plays out.
Eager for the next season of Game of Thrones? To tide you over, HBO is airing a special called “A Day in the Life” on Sunday, February 8th at 7:30pm. It looks like a fascinating glimpse into the process of filming the show. Can’t wait!
It’s been an eventful week already, with two shows based on books already renewed. On Monday, A&E renewed Bates Motel for a third season of ten episodes. And yesterday, HBO announced that its massive hit Game of Thrones has been renewed for seasons five and six: