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Game of Thrones - the Broadway musical
ALSO: RIP American Gods. AND: The Handmaid's Tale s4 trailer
Game of Thrones - the lavish Broadway musical
“You’ll finally make a Wildling ooooooooooouuuuuuuuut oooooooooof meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………….”
It was inevitable - Game of Thrones is being adapted into a musical with the show set to debut productions in New York, London, and in Australia. Expect to be spending too much at the theatre in 2023.
The play is from producers Simon Painter and Tim Lawson (The Illusionists), in partnership with Kilburn Live, and will have a story by Martin, who is working alongside award-winning playwright Duncan MacMillan (1984) and acclaimed director Dominic Cooke (The Courier).
The play will tell the story of The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, an event that supposedly happened 16 years prior to the start of the story in the TV show. It involved tournaments of jousting, archery, and political intrigue.
George RR Martin on the stage show:
“The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace,” Martin said in a statement. “Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to watch the finest knights of the realm compete in a great tourney, during the Year of the False Spring. It is a tourney oft referred during HBO's Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Song of Ice & Fire … and now, at last, we can tell the whole story... on the stage.”
Broadway’s finest are no doubt fielding calls from their agents now.
American Gods cancelled
Was there ever really a show based on the Neil Gaiman book American Gods, or was it just a fever dream? Who can say for sure. The first season launched to enthusiasm from fans, but a collective shrug for the most part. The show lumbered on through showrunner and cast changes. Somehow it reached a third season, but Starz is pulling the plug on the production. They may wind things up with a TV movie.
From the media release-o-matic, Starz cut and pasted out this announcement:
"American Gods will not return for a fourth season. Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country," Starz said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter late Monday.
Diana: The Musical (yes, about that Diana) will return to Broadway two months after the Netflix ‘special presentation’ of the show debuts in October. Read: Deadline
Scrubs star Donald Faison will be Professor Utonium on the new live-action Powerpuff Girls series. Read: Variety
Young Sheldon, the prequel series to Old Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, has been renewed for a full three seasons. That seems like a lot. Read: thefutoncritic
PlanetOut and JungoTVto launch a free LGBTQ+ streaming channel in India. Read: Deadline
Disney: The Magic of Animation will open at ACMI in Melbourne this coming May. I’m mad keen to get to Melbourne for it. Read: Mediaweek
897,000 Australians visited the cinema this past weekend. Almost half of those attendees were there to see Kong fighting Godzilla. And about 1/3 of those were just hoping the monsters would kiss. Read: Mediaweek
Lil Rel Howery reportedly quit the Netflix movie Bad Trip after a knife was pulled on him. He came back though. Read: Indiewire
Speaking of Godzilla vs Kong, director Adam Wingard is making a movie based on 80s animated show Thundercats. Read: Variety
The proposed Bo and Cheyenne spin-off from Superstore will not go ahead. Read: Deadline
Netflix has announced its French 2021 slate of TV shows and movies, which includes a new Jean-Claude Van Damme film. Read: Variety
The US Dancing With The Stars has been given the greenlight to season 30. Amazing they still have so many high caliber stars after so many seasons… Read: Deadline
David Ayer is still trying to push for his cut of Suicide Squad to be released the same way Zack Snyder saw his Justice League cut over-invested in. It is telling that HBO Max isn’t a) trumpeting viewer numbers for Zack Snyder’s Justice League; and b) hasn’t announced this project. The numbers obviously aren’t there for the level of expense that these projects demand. Read: EW
Shadow and Bone is set to be a huge new Netflix series debuting April 23.
Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, the story takes place in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.
May the 4 be with you to watch Star Wars: The Bad Batch when it debuts on Disney+.
The Handmaid’s Tale lumbers on to a fourth season debuting on Hulu on April 28.
Rick and Morty returns for season 5 on June 20 by way of Adult Swim. Zoinks! Or, whatever the catchphrase is used on that show.
Ride or Die debuts on Netflix on April 15.
If you love me, destroy everything. A road movie about two women on the run with nowhere to go, depicting what it means to love someone, and to protect the one you love.
The Disciple debuts on Netflix April 30.
A musician's unadulterated devotion, a mirage-like quest for divinity, and the courage to fight your own mediocrity. The Disciple is the tale of an Indian classical vocalist, Sharad Nerulkar, searching for the traditional absolute in a contemporary city that never stops hustling.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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