Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett - the original Mandalorian
It’s now official - Disney+ is rolling out to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Netherlands.
November 12 (same day as the US launch) Canadian - CAD$8.99 per month, or CAD $89.99 per year. Netherlands - 6.99 euros per month, or 69.99 euros per year.
November 19 Australia - AUD$8.99 per month or AUD$89.99 per year New Zealand - NZD$9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year
At current exchange rates, those prices translate to $6.09 per month and $6.42 per month in U.S. dollars
The big question now is what content we can expect to see in each country. Initially, each country will have different libraries based on content availability (some movies and shows are licensed elsewhere in different countries). We know that the new Star Wars live-action show The Mandalorianwill debut at launch (will it be a full-season release on day one, released in chunks, or will it be weekly?). Every original title made for Disney+ will most likely be available on the platform as they are released. But what about the Marvel films - how many will we actually see on Disney+? Will every territory get the promised ‘every Simpsons ever’ as they’ll get in the US?
Regardless, this is pretty exciting and I think it’s great that Australia is one of the initial launch countries - it’s just a shame that it’ll be a week after the US… Australians have a terrible habit of pirating TV shows if they’re not available locally - expect to hear from a lot of Aussies who are watching The Mandalorian at the same time as Americans.
After last week’s non-trailer for the new Apple TV show The Morning Show, a proper trailer that shows off the series debuted this morning. One can’t help but suspect all of the criticism of the first trailer not actually saying anything of value about the show may have prompted a sooner-than-planned release of this.
A TV show based on Practical Magic has been commissioned for yet-to-launch streaming service HBO Max. It is based on one of the books in the series that Practical Magic was based on, this series taking place early in the lives of the witches. The show will be run by Jessica Jones’Melissa Rosenberg.
Also commissioned is a half-hour show called Generation.
It follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.
There’s also a Steven Soderbergh film Let Them All Talk starring Meryl Streep Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hedges and Gemma Chan.
And series Let Them Talk.
A YA morality and psychological horror series about eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house—all for different reasons—and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them.
In the last 12 months, screen watchers have seen some of the best Spider-Man content ever made. The animated film Into The Spider-Verse is worthy of the Academy Award it won for best Animated Film, and the recent live-action film Spider-Man: Far From Home was wildly entertaining. But the best Spidey action was found in a Sony Playstation game for the PS4 titled… wait for it… Spider-Man.
Sony has purchased Insomniac Games, the company that produced Spider-Man. Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios explained that the game played a big part in the reason the studio was acquired:
Sure. Spider-Man underscores how consequential Insomniac is to gaming in the overall. They are an impact maker. They are a style-setter. There are just a clutch of studios in that independent sphere who are at an accomplishment level of something like Insomniac. They are a very rare bird and we felt that this was the time to formalize the relationship.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a VR game that furthers the world of the film.
Players dip back into the world of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania as the son of Phil Connors, the aptly named Phil Connors Junior. The game, which traps you in a time loop alla the original film, is said to include puzzles and much of the iconic (and now cartoonish) environments from the game’s namesake.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is back for season 3 on December 6.
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