Netflix reveals first look at The Witcher cast

In anticipation of San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Netflix revealed the first full look at the lead characters of The Witcher series in costume.

A previous first look showed off Henry Cavill as Geralt in a costume test, with his very … er … distinct-looking silver wig. Now we get a different angle of Cavill’s costume — more specifically, Geralt’s very strong-looking behind and a brooding side view. Does the wig look better? Prepare to scrutinize.

henry cavill as geralt in netflix the witcher Image: Netflix

In addition to more Geralt, Netflix also showed off Anya Chalotra as the sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as the princess Ciri, both looking ready to embark on an epic fantasy quest. Both actress are newcomers, at least compared to the franchise-seasoned Cavill, but take on important roles in the story of the Witcher.

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in Netflix’s Witcher series Image: Netflix

Freya Allan as Ciri in Netflix’s Witcher show Image: Netflix

The Netflix series adapts the fantasy book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which has been previously translated into various properties, including a best-selling video game series. Netflix will announce more information about The Witcher during San Diego Comic Con on July 19 during a Hall H panel.

In addition to the character posters, Netflix also revealed the official title treatment and tagline: The worst monsters are the ones we create. There is still no release date for The Witcher, but it’s set to air sometime later in 2019.

the witcher title treatment Image: Netflix

Freya Allan as Ciri in Netflix’s Witcher show Image: Netflix

Anya Chalotra as Yennefer in Netflix’s Witcher series Image: Netflix

Henry Cavill as Geralt in witcher netflix Image: Netflix

Cavill shared another front-facing Geralt image to his Instagram.



Source: Polygon.com

Netflix to mount epic Sandman series with Neil Gaiman and Dark Knight writer

A Sandman series is reportedly in the works for Netflix, with creator Neil Gaiman and The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer attached to bring the comic to life. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Netflix signed a “massive” deal with Warner Bros. Television to turn the book into a live-action series.

Previous attempts to bring the Sandman series to the big screen involved a 1990s film project, which fell apart in development hell. In 2013, Gaiman announced he would team up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to bring the project to life as a feature film for New Line, but in 2018, Gordon-Levitt left the project, citing creative differences with the company. The new series is pegged as “the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done.”

The Sandman series, published under DC’s now-defunct Vertigo line, is a fantasy, horror, and mythology-inspired story following Morpheus, the god of dreams, and six other manifestations of various concepts — Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire, and Delirium. The series ran from 1989 to 1993. Gaiman recently handpicked four writers to expand the Sandman universe.

The Netflix series would be the third television adaptation of Gaiman’s works in the past few years, following American Gods on Starz and Good Omens, the 1990 collaboration with Terry Pratchett currently available on Amazon Prime. Unlike the other two projects, this one belongs fully to Warner Bros. and DC. It also marks another aggressive move by Netflix to invest in big fantasy franchise names, such as The Witcher, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Magic: The Gathering, as networks and streaming services everywhere scramble to find the next Game of Thrones.

There is currently no date, episode count, or casting information for the Sandman project.

Source: Polygon.com

Danny DeVito gets sucked into The Rock’s body in the Jumanji: The Next Level trailer

The first trailer for the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the crew back to the jungle — except this time, everything has changed.

Despite the team bonding that took place during (and was arguably the point of) the first Jumanji reboot film, it appears that the crew has since grown apart. When Spencer disappears into the game once again, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha make the decision to reenter and attempt to rescue him.

However, something goes wrong in the process: not everyone makes it back into their original avatars, and Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and friend, played by Danny Glover, get sucked into the game as well. With the new additions, the group has to find Spencer and make their way back out.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black return in addition to Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Colin Hanks, and Nick Jonas. In addition to DeVito and Glover, Awkwafina joins the cast.

Jumanji: The Next Level hits theaters on Dec. 13.

Source: Polygon.com

Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment regains publishing rights

Publishing rights for the Alan Wake series of games has reverted back to the original developer, Remedy Entertainment. The announcement was made in an official news release for investors, which also notes a one-time, €2.5 million windfall. No word on what this could mean for a remake of the original game or a proper sequel.

The first game in the series, Alan Wake, was released in 2010 as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The supernatural thriller focused on the adventures of a famous novelist in the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington. It was divided internally into six “episodes,” and featured two additional downloadable expansions referred to as “specials.” There was also a spinoff called Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, published in 2012, also for the Xbox 360. Both titles are now available on Windows PC.

As revealed by Polygon in 2015, there was an early prototype for Alan Wake 2, but the project was eventually canceled. At least some of the work that went into it is expected to be repurposed for an Alan Wake television series, now in development by Remedy and Contradiction Films. The game’s creator, Sam Lake, is the executive producer while Peter Calloway (Cloak and Dagger, Legion) is set to be the showrunner and writer.

Remedy is currently working on Control, a third-person action adventure game with a solitary female protagonist lost inside a mysterious, shifting structure.

Source: Polygon.com

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Source: Kotaku.com

Attack On Titan’s Final Season Is Coming In Fall 2020

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The final season of the Attack on Titan anime will premiere in fall 2020. A short teaser announcing the news has been released.

In it, Mikasa is heard saying, “Eren, please, come back.”

Attack on Titan debuted as a manga back in 2009. The first season of its anime adaptation premiered in April 2013. Next year will see its fourth and final season.

Source: Kotaku.com

Fortnite Boss Is In Avengers: Endgame’s Re-Released Footage

Avengers: Endgame returned to theatres this weekend with bonus footage–and included in that is Epic Games boss Donald Mustard. Mustard, who is worldwide creative director at the Fortnite studio, said on Twitter that he appears for 3.2 seconds as a pony-tailed character.

Mustard shared a photo of himself in costume, chatting to Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. and Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch. A second photo posted by Mustard’s wife, Laura Mustard, shows them all hanging out with directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

In another tweet, Mustard says he thought about stealing his sling ring, but the film crew had security locked down. The Russo brothers are big fans of Fortnite; they’ve worn Fortnite t-shirts in various media appearances, and they even put a Fortnite scene in Endgame.

Endgame made a further $5.5 million in the US and Canada this weekend, and a few million more overseas, pushing its total lifetime haul to $2.76 billion. That’s about $27 million shy of Avatar’s overall all-time record; it’s a record that Endgame may never beat.

Source: GameSpot.com

Cyberpunk 2077’s Special Cover Art Is Very Nice

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Comic artist Josan Gonzalez, whose The Future is Now we featured last year, has a new entry in the series up on Kickstarter. He’s also done some work recently for CD Projekt Red, illustrating the steelbook cover art for Cyberpunk 2077’s collector’s editions.

You can check out The Future is Now: Nightfall on Kickstarter, and see more of Gonzalez’s stuff at his ArtStation page.


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Source: Kotaku.com

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