Sci-Fi News Roundup

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It is once again time for your weekly Sci-Fi News Roundup! Let’s do this!


After a bit of a discussion, Naomi Watts is set to lead the cast for the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot. The series was created by Jane Goldman and George R. R. Martin, with the story being written based on a story from her and Martin.The prequel is set to take place thousands of years before the events of ‘Game Of Thrones’. It follows the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes to the darkest hour. Though it may seem like Goldman would want a female-led show, that is not the case — there will be a strong presence of both men and women. For now though, we are left with just a hint of what Watts’ character will be like – a charismatic socialite that is hiding a dark secret. For more details about Watts and the upcoming prequel, check it out at Deadline Hollywood.


Stephen King is heading to TV with his novel, ‘Joyland.’ Freeform is developing this new series based on King’s novel with writers, Chris Pena, Cyrus Nowrasteh and Bill Haber, who brings Ostar productions to the fold. The series will feature a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in one of North Carolina’s tourist towns. He will face the legacy of a devastating murder and the fate of a dying child, both will change his life forever. Pena and Nowrasteh are set to write the pilot and produce.For more details about this upcoming thriller, check out Deadline Hollywood.

A Renewal and Cancellation

There was something enchanting about the show, ‘Disenchanment,’ because Netflix has renewed it for a second season. The series was created by ‘The Simpsons’ Matt Groening and follows the misadventures of a rarely sober princess, Bean. In a crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, Bean and her not-so-helpful companions, Elfo and Luci, engage in one disaster after another. Elfo is a feisty elf and Luci is Bean’s personal demon. With these two beside her and a drink always in her hand, Bean encounters ogres, imps, harpies and many human idiots. This adult anime series may have been a little cringy, but a second season is definitely what we need. For more details about season two of ‘Disenchantment’ head to Deadline Hollywood.

Another superhero drama is getting kicked to the curb by Netflix. Say goodbye to Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ and the lead hero played by Mike Colter. The canceling of this series comes only a week after Netflix cancelled Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist.’ There’s a lot of talk about why the show was cancelled, including the dreaded “creative differences” between Netflix and the show’s team. Regardless of the reason, it’s ending. ‘Luke Cage’ just had its season 2 debut this past June and it is with heavy hearts that we will no longer get to see the handsome Luke in anymore action. This leaves us wondering what will happen to the rest of Marvel’s superhero dramas and what their future may have in store for them. Head on over to TVLine for more details.


‘Timeless’ fans, get ready for a very special Christmas gift that is coming early. NBC announced that the two-hour series finale will air on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 8/7c. Executive producers Eric Kripke, Shawn Ryan and Arika Lisanne Mittman have promised that fans will get an epic ride along with a good amount of Christmas spirit throughout the finale. The finale will put Lucy, Wyatt and the entire Time Team through tests like they’ve never seen before. The team will fight to preserve history and save Rufus, while trying to stop Rittenhouse once and for all. This special finale of ‘Timeless’ is something you won’t want to miss!
For more details about the finale, check out more at TVLine.

A third feature from writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, ‘Blood Moon,’ has cast Kate Hudson and Craig Robinson in this upcoming thriller. Zac Efron is also in talks to join what should be an interesting offering. The story will follow a girl who has strange and dangerous abilities and escapes a mental asylum in New Orleans. The film is inspired by fantasy-adventure movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s and it set to begin production in spring 2019. For more details about this upcoming movie, head on over to Deadline Hollywood.


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