This week s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering such titles as Knives Out 2 (and 3), ThunderCats, and the 7th and 8th Transformers.This WEEK S TOP STORYGODZILLA VS KONG DIRECTOR YELLS THUNDER, THUNDER, THUNDER, THUNDERCATS HO! (Photo by Jason Mendez/Everett Collection, (c)Telepictures Corp.)So many iconic comics, toys, games, and TV shows have at some point been adapted into movies that it might be surprising to learn which ones haven t. The original American animated series ThunderCats is remembered fondly by many 1980s kids and teenagers, but despite a couple of revival series in 2011 and 2020, ThunderCats has eluded a live-action movie. Some of that might have to do with the necessary makeup, as they re basically humanoids of various big cats (Lion-O is a lion, Cheetara is a cheetah, and so forth). Rumors of a possible ThunderCats movie date back at least 2007, when test footage for a CGI ThunderCats was done (which you can watch right here). This week s Godzilla vs Kong (Certified Fresh at 78%) features a setting that sort of resembles the Third Earth of ThunderCats, so it s not entirely surprising that the film s director, Adam Wingard, has signed with Warner Bros. to direct and co-write the ThunderCats movie. Wingard s writing partner on the CGI/live-action hybrid ThunderCats will be Simon Barrett, who was previously Wingard s writer on You re Next (Certified Fresh at 79%), The Guest (Certified Fresh at 91%), and Blair Witch (Rotten at 37%). You can read interviews with Wingard where he talks about ThunderCats and his upcoming Face/Off sequel at Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.Other Top Headlines1. WARNER BROS PULLS THE PLUG ON NEW GODS AND AQUAMAN SPINOFF(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)From the hiring of Ta-Nehisi Coates to reboot Superman to the casting of the first Latina Supergirl to their new Blue Beetle, Hourman, Batgirl, and Zatanna movies, Warner Bros. has been particularly busy in early 2021 seemingly readying to move their DC Comics movies in a new direction. Although Zack Snyder didn t direct all of their recent movies (obviously), the three DCEU films he did direct left a long unifying shadow over many of them. This week, Warner Bros. appeared to make room for some of those new projects by shelving two of them. Warner Bros. has stopped development of Ava DuVernay s New Gods (based on a Jack Kirby series similar to his Eternals for Marvel) and James Wan s The Trench, which would have been an underwater horror movie spun off from the monsters in Aquaman. Although both movies were shelved, Warner Bros is holding out the possibility that they could be revived at some later point. In related news, this week Warner Bros. also hired screenwriter Randy McKinnon, who wrote the football drama Safety for Disney+, to work on their adaptation of DC Comics Static Shock, which Michael B. Jordan is producing for the studio.2. NETFLIX LANDS KNIVES OUT SEQUELS IN MASSIVE DEAL (Photo by Claire Folger/©Lionsgate)After the star-studded ensemble mystery Knives Out (Certified Fresh at 97%) earned over 1 million from a budget of just million, it was quickly obvious that the film would probably get at least one sequel, and by January of last year, that s exactly what began to take shape. With Knives Out, Lionsgate suddenly had a lucrative franchise that promised to be the mini-major studio s biggest since The Hunger Games. Director Rian Johnson planned Knives Out very wisely, however, retaining all rights after that first film, so he was in a position this week to sell two Knives Out sequels to Netflix in a deal worth over 0 million (i.e. million than the first movie earned). Daniel Craig will return as detective Benoit Blanc for both sequels, the first of which will start filming at locations in Greece this summer, 2021.3. IN THE HEIGHTS STAR JOINS ONE OF MULTIPLE UPCOMING TRANSFORMERS PROJECTS (Photo by Jason Mendez/Everett Collection)Although the Transformers movies have mostly earned Rotten Tomatometer scores (except the most recent, Bumblebee, which was Certified Fresh at 91%), those movies have also earned nearly billion worldwide, so Paramount Pictures obviously has an incentive to keep on making them. This week, Paramount s efforts to keep the Transformers franchise alive got a little confusing, as two separate Transformers projects made the news within a few days of feach other. Let s start with In the Heights star Anthony Ramos, who is being eyed by Paramount to be the lead in the next Transformers movie to be filmed, under the direction of Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II, Certified Fresh at 83%). Also this week, we learned Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto is now developing another Transformers project, separate from the one starring Ramos. Soto is also developing the Blue Beetle movie for Warner Bros., which was announced earlier this year. Finally, in addition to these two projects, Paramount is also developing an animated feature film to be directed by Josh Cooley (Toy Story 4).4. STEVEN YEUN TO STAR IN JORDAN PEELE S MYSTERIOUS NEXT FILM (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Following the success of his directorial debut Get Out (Certified Fresh at 98%), Jordan Peele cast Lupita Nyong o to star in his mysterious next film, which we now know as Us (Certified Fresh at 93%). Two years later, Jordan Peele is again preparing for a project shrouded in mystery, but this time around, the Academy Award-nominated star that he is eyeing to cast is Steven Yeun, who is up for an Oscar this year for his role in Minari (Certified Fresh at 98%). So little is known about the project that we don t even know what genre it is, much less any clue about the premise or setting. The only other details we have right now is that Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, who is also Oscar-nominated this year for his supporting role in Judas and the Black Messiah (Certified Fresh at 96%), is also in talks, as is Keke Palmer, and that the release date is July 22, 2022.5. RUSSELL CROWE JOINS THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER (BUT AS WHO OR WHAT?)(Photo by © Universal Pictures)Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi has been filming the fourth Thor movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, on sets in Sydney, Australia for over two months now, and as late as this week, we re still finding out about new cast members. In addition to the various returning MCU stars (including Chris Pratt and other Guardians of the Galaxy), the Thor: Love and Thunder cast even before this week s news included Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher and Melissa McCarthy as the actress who plays Hela in an Asgardian play. To that list, we can also now include Australian star Russell Crowe, but that s really all we know about his participation right now. Fans have been making lots of guesses (including Beta Ray Bill), but one strong possibility, given his late addition, might be as just another of the Asgardian play actors. We haven t, for example, heard about anyone playing the Hulk in the play, so perhaps that s what Crowe will be doing? Marvel Studios has scheduled Thor: Love and Thunder for release on May 6, 2022, just a little over a year from now.6. MEDICAL HISTORY MOVIES ABOUT JONAS SALK AND HEINRICH HIMMLER (Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)There are frequently more than just ten movies worth mentioning, so when it s applicable, the we ll sometimes group stories together to get them covered. The common theme here is 20th century true stories involving doctors. Let s start with Woody Harrelson, who is now signed to star in the drama The Man with the Miraculous Hands as a Finnish doctor who was forced to become the doctor of Heinrich Himmler, the Nazi leader of the S.S. during World War II. With his Texas drawl, Harrelson doesn t seem like an obvious choice to play a Finnish doctor in the 1940s, but he s proven himself capable of handling serious material, so it could work. The other similar project announced this week is the drama Splendid Solution, which will feature Jeremy Strong (The Trial of the Chicago 7) as Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. Splendid Solution will be adapted from a bestselling non fiction book by Gillian Weeks, whose book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 was adapted as the Ron Howard film Apollo 13.7. JOHN WOO PRODUCING UNPUBLISHED STAN LEE COMIC MONKEY MASTER (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)Although Stan Lee was obviously The Man steering the ship through Marvel Comics most creative period during the 1960s and most of the 1970s, he actually stopped writing comics for Marvel in 1972, and had completely stepped away from Marvel in the 1990s. Despite this, Lee did continue to be active in other projects, both in and out of comics, well into the 21st century, although none of those projects came close to the fame of even some of his more obscure Marvel titles. Hong Kong producer and director John Woo now has his eye on raising the profile of at least one of those Stan Lee projects, as he is now developing a feature film based on Lee s unpublished comic book series Monkey Master. The project was something Lee was working on in 2016, just two years before his death in 2018 at the age of 95. Monkey Master is described as an adaptation of the classic Chinese legend of the Monkey King, which has found its way into all sorts of pop culture works. It is not yet known if Woo will also direct the Monkey Master movie. In 2016, Stan Lee was quoted as saying, I’ve written countless superheroes of every nationality and every part of the world before. I’ve even created many heroes from other planets and galaxies, but Monkey Master will be unique in how it interweaves myth to create a modern day hero that will entertain fans across the world with his martial arts skills and unstoppable super-powers. 8. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY S REMAKE RESULTS IN MILLION COPYRIGHT SUIT (Photo by Everett Collection)Although it s true that Hollywood has been remaking movies since the Silent Era, the last decade or so has felt like there have been more than usual. Right about now, Paramount Pictures may be feeling like there was one remake they never should have commissioned. The statutory heirs of the late author Truman Capote have brought a million copyright claim against Paramount over a Breakfast at Tiffany s remake screenplay that Paramount executives have been circulating internally. The question behind the claim is whether the rights to remake Breakfast at Tiffany s reverted back to Capote s heirs at some point, or whether Paramount retains those rights in perpetuity. Of course, neither side seems to be asking perhaps the most relevant question, which is whether a beloved (and at the same time, problematic) classic like Breakfast at Tiffany s (Certified Fresh at 89%) should even be remade at all.9. ARMIE HAMMER DROPPED FROM YET ANOTHER FILM (Photo by Daniel Smith/Warner Bros.)Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Police Department began a probe into charges filed against actor Armie Hammer following allegations earlier this year about possible assault. In February, Hammer had already lost his starring role in the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Shotgun Wedding (in which he was replaced by Josh Duhamel). This week, he was dealt another career blow as he has been dropped from the thriller The Billion Dollar Spy starring Mads Mikkelsen. The producers of that project have not yet announced a replacement to play what would ve been Armie Hammer s role.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. 为了给予玩家一定的操作体验，该作在回合制的基础上增加了相对自由的即时战斗，玩家可以自由移动人物方向或选择防守与进攻。虽然战斗场面对于ACT风格的《尼尔：机械纪元》有所减弱，但通过精致的游戏特效的加持，回合制玩法的《尼尔手游》同样也能实现主机游戏品质的战斗打击感与动作特效。
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Horror connoisseurs of a certain age will remember the visceral terror of their first encounter with Candyman in the 1992 film of the same name. Equal parts gruesome, tragic, and chilling, that film recounted the story of a restless, hook-handed spirit born of anguish who stalked the famous Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago and punished anyone foolish enough to utter his name five times in front of a mirror. Almost 30 years later, 2021 s Candyman picks up the pieces, as struggling artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move into a swanky loft in the now-gentrified neighborhood where Cabrini-Green once stood. When Anthony learns of the dark history that surrounds him, he dives deep into the past and unearths something he never intended to set free. Critics say director Nia DaCosta s fresh update on the urban legend ambitiously tackles some heady themes even as it strives for jump-out-of-your-seat thrills, and while it doesn t always mange the perfect balance of the two, it offers plenty of food for thought and expands the original s mythology in satisfyingly chilling ways.
• And Kate, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an assassin who has been poisoned and has just 24 hours left to live, unless she can find a cure on a dangerous dash through the streets of Tokyo. Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, and Michiel Huisman also star in the movie, which premieres Sept. 10.• And Blood Red Sky, a horror movie in which a gang hijacks a plane for money, but doesn’t count on a passenger who will do anything to protect her son, using her abilities as a vampire/werewolf-kinda hybrid. Dominic Purcell stars in the movie, which premieres July 23.For a week of highlights of all of Netflix’s Geeked Week announcements, check out the Netflix Geeked Week guide.NEW TRAILERS: No Sudden Move: Steven Soderbergh Rounds Up an All-Star Crime Thriller No Sudden Move is a crime thriller film, set in 1955 Detroit, about a group of small-time criminals hired to steal a new auto technology, and their search for who hired them when the plan goes very, very wrong. The all-star cast, directed by Steven Soderbergh, includes Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Julia Fox, Amy Seimetz, Benicio del Toro, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, and David Harbour. Premieres July 1. (HBO Max)More trailers and teasers released this week:• The Good Fight season 5 sees Diane deciding whether or not it’s appropriate for her to help operate an African American law firm with Liz, while Hal Wackner – played by new cast member Mandy Patinkin – enters the orbit of the firm when he, a regular Chicago citizen, decides to open a courtroom in the back of a copy shop. Stars Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. Premieres June 24. (Paramount+)• tick, tick … BOOM! is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature film-directing debut, an adaptation of an autobiographical play by the late Rent composter Jonathan Larson, who was questioning his decision to pursue a life in the performing arts. Stars Andrew Garfield, Judith Light, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, MJ Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, and Vanessa Hudgens. Premieres fall 2021. (Netflix)• The Gossip Girl reboot goes back to school, the same Upper East Side NYC private school of the original, but with a whole new generation of teens who will be getting into all kinds of new drama, often courtesy of the new social media available to them. Stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith. Premieres July 8. (HBO Max)• Power Book III: Raising Kanan is the second spin-off from Power, this one set in the 1990s and focusing on the backstory of Kanan, played by 50 Cent in the original series, and Mekai Curtis in Raising Kanan. Also stars Omar Epps. Premieres July 18. (Starz)• In Betty, Season 2, the New York skateboarders are back, and their plan to make a new video to show off their talents is being edged out by the hunt for
(Photo by New Line Cinema)TV is set for an onslaught of high-profile fantasy epics in the next few years, and we at Rotten Tomatoes can t wait. Witness the buzz around The Lord of the Rings television series in development at Amazon — acquired for 0 million and expected to ultimately cost more than billion — along with the Gormenghast series announced in 2018 by FreemantleMedia North America, and HBO’s endless plans for the Game of Thrones world. It s a big change from the genre s historical position in the medium.It may be strange to think of it now, but Game of Thrones was a risky proposition when HBO first began development of the series, and its prospects were buoyed by the fact that its more fantastic elements appeared later in the narrative (we had to wait so long for those dragons). Prior to that, fantasy was relegated to syndicated fare like Conan the Adventurer and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena: Warrior Princess was an outlier in terms of quality storytelling, but its occasionally cheesy effects proved to the television executives that fantasy TV was too expensive, while other series proved it was often built on poor story standards. GoT changed that perception, even if the fantasy shows that emerged in its wake — The Shannara Chronicles and Shadowhunters for example — proved closer in story quality to the BeastMaster television series.But The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones prequels are not the only promising fantasy series in development at the moment. A number of classic fantasy epics and novels will become television thanks to the power of streaming services like Amazon, cable options like BBC America, and other outlets that are worth spotlighting. There are also a few notable series not yet scooped up by the powers in television that we think should get the TV treatment as soon as possible. So here is a handy list of the fantasy series currently in development and a couple we hope will follow them.FANTASY SERIES COMING TO TV AND STREAMINGUPDATED: The Lord of the Rings(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)TV Release Date: most likely 2021Based On: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, an epic tale of four Hobbits, a Wizard, an Elf, two Men and a Dwarf attempting to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron’s master weapon without letting him discover their plan. A war across most of Middle-earth ensues.The Fanbase: The obsessive devotees of Tolkien’s legendarium and fans of the Peter Jackson film series.Everything We Know So Far: Amazon is committed to produce a five-season series based on The Lord of the Rings in partnership with Tolkien’s estate and the various rights holders of the Rings and Hobbit film series. Amazon renewed the series for season 2, while season 1 is still early in pre-production in New Zealand, Deadline reported in November. The renewal necessitates a break in filming season 1, so that the writers room can reassemble and address season 2 plotting and scripts — possibly facilitating simultaneous or back-to-back filming of seasons 1 and 2.While early reports speculated that the series would focus on a younger Aragorn, who roamed the lands of Middle-earth as a Dunedain ranger under various names like Strider and Thorongil, Amazon s own teases contradict that theory. In February 2019, Amazon released an interactive map of Middle-earth extending into the far east region not included on maps Tolkien made himself; though he sketched out some topography for the area in his notes. The streaming platform also included this enigmatic quote from Tolkien s Ring Poem: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky. But after weeks of teasing, the map finally changed to reveal a Second Age setting — the time in which the Elven rings were forged and the Dark Lord Sauron conquered lands in the southern parts of Middle-earth.The streamer also released the series social media pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.In July of 2019, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona signed on to helm the first two episodes of the series. He and producing partner Belén Atienza will also serve as executive producers.(Photo by HBO: Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark in 'Game of Thrones')The cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Joseph Mawle, and Morfydd Clark as Galadriel. In March of 2021, Tom Budge announced his departure from the series, citing the producers’ decision to take his character in a different direction. That same month, Wayne Che Yip took over directing duties in New Zealand.Read More: Everything We Know About The Lord of the Rings Amazon Series It’s Most Like: The Lord of the Rings film series. Since the TV rights to Tolkien’s work remained with his estate, hammering out a deal with the likes of Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, and MGM suggests Amazon has an interest in making the series visually consistent with Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The Lord of the Rings films are all Certified Fresh at 91%, 95%, and 93% respectively. The Hobbit films less so — 64%, 74%, and 59% — but they were always at a disadvantage by adopting the tone of LOTR. The tale of Sauron and the various people he encounters in the Second Age share the scope and thematic consistency of Tolkien s classic fantasy novel.The Witcher: Blood Origin(Photo by Netflix)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The world created by Witcher novelist Andrzej Sapkowski and Netflix’s Witcher television series.The Fanbase: The various factions of Witcher fans who come to the series thanks to the novels, video games, Netflix series, and that song.Everything We Know So Far: On July 27, 2020, Netflix announced its intention to produce a 6-episode limited series based on a key aspect of Witcher lore. 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) walked the Continent, a conjunction of the spheres forced the worlds of monsters, elves, and men to become one land. And out of the tumult, the first Witcher was born. Laurence O’Fuarain stars as Fjall, a fierce warrior whose search for redemption leads him into unlikely company. Declan de Barra serves as showrunner while The Witcher’s Lauren Schmidt is also onboard as an executive producer. Production is expected to begin in July. Unfortunately, Jodie Turner-Smith, who was cast as another lead character, dropped out in April over scheduling conflicts.It’s Most Like: Well, The Witcher, but the prominence on Elves does offer it a slight Lord of the Rings vibe as well.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The first season of The Witcher produced a Tomatometer score of 67%, but an audience of 91%, so the program will likely please fans of the Continent and its history.Game of Thrones Prequels(Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The yarns of history or myth A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin likes to tell while characters eat sweet meats and plot their next move in the Game of Thrones. Also based on the short stories and longer histories the author publishes while he is not finishing The Winds of Winter.The Fanbase: Game of Thrones fans, which is a large part of HBO s subscriber base at this point.Everything We Know So Far: At one point, HBO president Casey Bloys said there could be as many as five prequel series after Game of Thrones completed its run in 2019. Developed with Martin, multiple premises were in an informal competition for a programming slot. All of those initial programs failed to become series, but a new round of spinoff development began in 2021.In the interim, the first prequel to get the greenlight in a 10-episode, straight-to-series order, is called House of the Dragon. The announcement was made at the October 29, 2019 HBO Max presentation on the Warner Bros. lot in in Burbank.House of the Dragon#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO.The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. pic.twitter.com/9ttMzElgXm 🔥 Game of Thrones 🔥 (@GameOfThrones) October 29, 2019The series, set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) and Ryan Condal (Colony) will partner as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series, which will be written by Condal.Martin responded to the news on his blog. House of the Dragon has been in development for several years (though the title has changed a couple of times during that process). It was actually the first concept I pitched to HBO when we started talking about a successor show, way back in the summer of 2016. If you’d like to know a bit more of what the show will be about… well, I can’t actually spill those beans, but you might want to pick up a copy of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women and Rogues, and then move on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire Blood. Martin released Fire Blood, the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros, in November 2018. Centuries before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire series, the Targaryens fled Valyria and landed at Dragonstone. The book begins with Aegon the Conqueror, who married his sister and created the Iron Throne. The second prequel would cover the events in that novel up through the Dance of Dragons, a bloody, great civil war between Targaryens for the Iron Throne that saw sibling slay sibling and dragon battle dragon.Did someone say dragon battle ? Yes, unlike the now-deceased first prequel, the second story should feature some of the most fearsome of the Targaryen dragons, including Balerion (The Black Dread), the only Westeros dragon to have lived in Valyria and whose skull is seen filling the basement of the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of House, Martin wrote in his October 30, 2019 blog post, following news of the series order.In his September post, Martin gave an update following the intense media attention to news on the second prequel: Yes, it is based on material from one of my books. (FWIW, those who have read Fire Blood will realize it contains enough materials for a dozen shows.) This one has a title, but no one else has revealed it, so I had better not either. (But it’s not the obvious title.) It has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first rate, exciting. They’re the work of Ryan Condal, he wrote. He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, Dunk Egg, and Westeros in general. I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep on working with him for years to come on this new successor show, the title of which is… Ooops. Almost slipped. Can’t say yet. I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me? Across late 2020 and early 2021, a cast formed including Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy and Fabien Frankel. Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, a kindly ruler of the Seven Kingdoms whose unusual plan for succession leads to the Dance of Dragons. The other castmembers either play his relatives or other ambitious people within the realm looking to use the instability for their own gain.Read more: Everything We Know About HBO s Game of Thrones (Dead) PrequelTales of Dunk and EggIn January of 2021, word broke that HBO is also developing as series based on Martin’s “Dunk and Egg” novellas. Currently known as Tales of Dunk and Egg, the proposed program is set 90 years prior to Game of Thrones and will center on Ser Duncan the Tall, aka Dunk, and his squire, Egg, as they journey around Westeros. It is unclear how important Egg’s destiny as King Aegon V Targaryen will be to the program, though.Four Other PrequelsBeyond House of the Dragon and Dunk and Egg, four other projects are in the works at HBO. These include an animated series of which little is known, a program Bruno Heller is developing about House of the Dragon supporting character Lord Corlys Velaryon – although it is unclear if it is a direct spinoff of that series – a show focusing on Princess Nymeria and the founding of Dorne 1,000 years before Games of Thrones, and another set in the King’s Landing slum of Flea Bottom.They re Most Like: Game of Thrones.Chances They Will Be Certified Fresh Hits: Unless they re colossal train wrecks, the prequel series will be hits. Until its eighth and final season, GoT never dipped below 90% Fresh on the Tomatometer. And with a new production staff coming in, the senioritis that plagued GoT s final year shouldn t be a factor.The Kingkiller Chronicle(Photo by DAW Books)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Patrick Rothfuss’s as-yet incomplete trilogy – which began with The Name of the Wind and continued in The Wise Man’s Fear – and other works Rothfuss set in the same reality. The main series tells the tale of a famed scribe and biographer listening to the stories of an adventurer, arcanist, and musician named Kvothe, who appears to have settled into a retirement as an innkeeper.The Fanbase: Fantasy lovers and musicians like Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.Everything We Know So Far: Lionsgate has been developing a series, film, and video game series based on Rothfuss’s novels since 2015. In November of 2016, Miranda signed on as a “creative producer” for the film and TV aspects of the project. The films – the first of which is to be directed by Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi – will concern Kvothe’s chronicle, while the TV series will explore other aspects of Rothfuss’s world. Both the author and Miranda are said to be developing characters for the series, which was in development at Showtime. In February of 2019, Showtime president Gary Levine told reporters showrunner John Rogers (Leverage) and “a group of writers” were working on the series with input from Manuel, but offered no further details. The premise reportedly revolved around two traveling musicians a generation prior to the events of the main novels and eventual film series. By that September, Showtime passed on the series, but left Lionsgate’s television division free to shop it around to other outlets. Reportedly, a number of scripts have already been written and at least one set-to-launch streaming service may be in the process of reading them. In November of 2020, Miranda said working on His Dark Materials gave him a new perspective on the material and that it just needs the right director and script to make the whole thing work.It’s Most Like: Other fantasy epics with a wonderful Interview with the Vampire–esque narrative conceit.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It all depends on when it happens. Since the movie appears to be further along in development, it remains to be seen how much crossover will exist between it and the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted cohesion with the film franchises for the first couple of years, but eventually needed narrative distance. And without that strong tie to the films, it is unclear if fans will take to new characters without Kvothe as a unifying force. Also, this is assuming the film itself is a Certified Fresh hit.Earthsea(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images; Simon & Schuster, Inc.)Based On: The Earthsea novels and stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Set on a planet of small archipelagos, various cultures, and a real magic tradition, the first novel centers around Ged, a young mage who comes of age while trying to escape a demonic shadow he conjured into being. Sadly, Le Guin passed away before anyone could make an Earthsea adaptation that reflected her core concept for the world: a fantasy setting composed mainly of brown-skinned people accepting the inevitability of death.The Fanbase: Almost every fantasy and science fiction fan on the planet.It s Most Like: Itself. The Earthsea series set the standard for so many that followed.Everything We Know So Far: Optioned for films by Nightcrawler’s Jennifer Fox (pictured) shortly before Le Guin’s death in 2018, A24 and Fox revealed in September of 2019 they will develop the project as a television series.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Adaptations of Earthsea have not fared well. Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea, directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, rests at a Rotten 43% on the Tomatometer and almost equally bad audience score of 46%. Le Guin was disappointed in its focus on combat and an externalized villain, despite praising its visual beauty. An earlier Sci-Fi Channel miniseries fares a little better with an audience score of 53%, but has no official Tomatometer score. Le Guin was not a fan, as it cast Shawn Ashmore as the brown-skinned Ged among other liberties taken with the material. Her criticisms of the adaptation are far more entertaining than the show itself. All of which means that any new adaptation has an uphill battle as it begins its development as a television series — at least the Tomatometer bar is set low.The Wheel of TimeDebbie DayTV Release Date: TBDBased On: The epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan and concluded by Brandon Sanderson — whose own Mistborn series is getting the film-franchise treatment — after Jordan s death in 2007. Set in a world that is both Earth s distant past and far future, the cycle of time is threatened by a Shadow of ultimate evil. It searches for The Dragon Reborn, a being of light fated to clash with the Shadow. Various enemies and allies of both sides appear as the main characters learn more about their fate and even cross into parallel worlds. Each book in the latter half of the series — books eight through 14 — hit No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.The Fanbase: Probably every fantasy fan you know.Everything We Know So Far: Amazon and Sony Pictures Television announced in February 2018 that they are developing the series in concert, and at a London press event on Oct. 2, 2018, they announced that they ordered the one-hour action-fantasy to series, with Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chuck), who adapted the novels for television, serving as showrunner and executive producer. Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures (Beirut, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) are executive producers. Consulting producer Harriet McDougal edited the Wheel of Time novels written by her late husband Jordan and is the current copyright holder. In June 2019, Rosamund Pike signed on to star in the series as Moiraine, a woman who leads a group of youngsters across the worlds in an attempt to find the Dragon Reborn. Pike will also serve as a producer on the series. That August, the streaming service announced the five fresh faces who will play those young men and women: Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve, and Josha Stradowski as Rand Al’Thor (pictured above). In September that year, Hawaii 5-0’s Daniel Henney joined the cast as al’Lan Mandragoran, the last scion of Malkier s noble line. In March of 2021, Amazon released a very brief tease of Pike’s Moiraine declaring “Do not underestimate the women in this tower.”(Photo by Tor Books)It’s Most Like: The Lord of the Rings, which may be a problem as Amazon s five-season LOTR series is also in the works.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It s hard to say. Judkins boasts credits on CF seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fresh season of Chuck, but his primary credits also include a co-producer role on the 27%-scoring first season of Hemlock Grove; that said, the disastrous Netflix supernatural series starred Bill Skarsgård, who s gone on to roles like Pennywise in CF horror film It and the mysterious prisoner in another supernatural series, Hulu s CF hit Castle Rock. The key issue now is whether or not Amazon will have money to develop another property with an epic scope once LOTR begins production.The Sandman(Photo by DC Comics)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The DC/Vertigo comic book series by writer Neil Gaiman and a variety of artists, including Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Michael Zulli, and Jill Thompson, in which Dream of the Endless – the manifestation of dreams across the cosmos – faces a dilemma when his self-imposed obligations make it impossible for him to continue to function as he has for millennia. Of course, before he can deal with that internal conflict, he must put his realm, the Dreaming, back in order after being held prisoner on Earth for 75 years.The Fanbase: Goths, Tori Amos fans, and people who started reading books for fun at a really early age.Everything We Know So Far: After nearly 30 years of attempts to adapt The Sandman into a feature film, Warner Bros. Television and Netflix struck a deal for a direct-to-series adaptation — which is, really, The Sandman’s best destiny outside of the comics. Gaiman will executive produce alongside Krypton’s David S. Goyer — the pair was also attached as executive producers on the last feature film attempt — while Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg will co-write the pilot alongside Gaiman and serve as showrunner.The rumors are true. The tangled story of Morpheus, King of Dreams is becoming a Netflix series! Warner Brothers and executive producer Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman screenwriter) have signed on to bring the dream of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman into reality. pic.twitter.com/cOMjPL5cqp Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) July 1, 2019Following the announcement, Gaiman took to Twitter to clear up some confusion about his role in the series. Among the nuggets he offered: the series will be set in the present day — outside of flashbacks to certain incidents in history, we’re presuming — and not the late 1980s/1990s setting of the original comic book series. He will be involved “much more than American Gods” but “less than Good Omens.” He also hopes “we can make something on television that feels as personal and true as the best of the Sandman comics did.” The first season will be 11 episodes and comprise the story told in the comic’s first seven issues (now known collectively as Preludes Nocturnes) and “a little bit more.” We’re hoping a single-issue tale like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Calliope” or “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” becomes that “little bit more.” Although, we’ll be stunned if “The Sound of Her Wings” is held back until season 2. The cast includes Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as Cain and Abel; and Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian.It’s Most Like: Good Omens, which is no surprise as Gaiman began writing the series around the time he and Terry Pratchett were writing the novel upon which the recent Amazon series was based. Both span thousands of years of history and see characters learning they are more than their titles. Then there’s also the whimsy to consider, and another role in which Michael Sheen could dress all in white. Although, the Corinthian is a far less agreeable chap than Aziraphale.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good Omens was a Certified Fresh hit at 82% on the Tomatometer. Readers seemed to like it a bit more, as it has a 92% audience score. American Gods, also based on Gaiman’s work, came out of its second season with 75% on the Tomatometer and an 82% audience score. Considering Gaiman intends to be more involved in The Sandman than he was during American Gods’ reportedly troubled second season, we predict a high Tomatometer score when the Sandman series eventually debuts. Though the comic was a magnet for Gothy types, it really appeals to just about everyone who gives it a shot. Presumably, its best qualities will make it irresistible to Netflix subscribers and reviewers alike. Gormenghast(Photo by BBC/courtesy Everett Collection)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Mervyn Peake’s mid-20th century novel trilogy — Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone — and the incomplete follow-ups centering on Titus Goran, reluctant heir to the immense Castle Gormenghast and the surrounding domain. But even as Titus grows up knowing he must eventually become a ruler, an ambitious kitchen boy plots his downfall.The Fanbase: Writerly types like Neil Gaiman.Everything We Know So Far: Gormenghast fan Gaiman, Doctor Who scribe Toby Whithouse, and Star Trek: Discovery’s Akiva Goldsman set up a new version of Gormenghast for FremantleMedia North America in 2018 without a streaming platform or broadcaster attached, but in August 2019 the project landed at Showtime. While the 2000 BBC adaptation of Gormenghast, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (pictured above), focused on the first two novels, the new series will cover all three of Peakes completed novels and the two further stories he outlined prior to his death in 1957.It’s Most Like: Historical fiction with a few fantasy trappings.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Unlike most of the other projects in development, Gormenghast is notable for a distinct lack of magic despite its fantasy setting. Like the grounded first season of Game of Thrones, the more realistic world will set it apart from Middle-earth and the Hyborian Age.The Chronicles of Narnia(Photo by Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The seven Narnia novels by author C.S. Lewis, in which a group of WWII-era British school children gain access to a parallel realm known as Narnia. There, the Great Lion Aslan – a manifestation of Jesus Christ – teaches the children life lessons while giving them dominion over the land. The series eventually pivots from the Pevensie children to their cousin Eustace Scrubb, who goes from being a right git to a proper hero of Narnia. Santa Claus also makes a cameo appearance.The Fanbase: Fans of high fantasy with overt Christian allegories.Everything We Know So Far: On October 3, 2018, Netflix announced it acquired the film and television rights to the Narnia book series. The plan includes both films and television series, which suggests there may be a way to include the prequel novel, The Magician’s Nephew, in the story cycle. Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, and Vincent Sieber will serve as executive producers for the television series and as producers for features. In June 2019, Coco co-writer Matthew Aldrich signed on to oversee the adaptation as an overall creative director for both the television series and the planned films. In early 2021, Netflix film cheif Scott Stuber mentioned Narnia is still in the works.It’s Most Like: As Lewis and Tolkien were friends and sparring partners, similarities between Narnia and Middle-earth abound, right down to walking trees. As realized in other media, though, Narnia is not as fully formed as Tolkien’s Arda, with the world, costumes, and critters seeming more traditionally European in concept.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The Narnia film series followed a downward slope with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe obtaining a Certified Fresh 76% on the Tomatometer, Prince Caspian following it up with a 67%, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader striking out with a 50% score. But as the series eventually changes protagonists, the switch to Eustace always made Narnia a tougher theatrical sell. He may fare better on television.Conan(Photo by Universal Pictures)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The stories of Robert E. Howard featuring Conan the Cimmerian who roamed a fictional Hyborian Age said to occur after the destruction of Atlantis, but before the rise of “modern” civilization. An accomplished warrior in his teens, Conan became a pirate, thief and mercenary before claiming the throne of Aquilonia in his forties by strangling the man who was sitting in it at the time.The Fanbase: Everyone from fantasy authors like Robert Jordan to filmmakers like Oliver Stone and former president Barack Obama, as well as fans of the Conan films like 1982 Universal Pictures release Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured).Everything We Know So Far: At one time, Amazon was developing a series based more directly on Howard’s stories than later authors’ work or the Marvel Comics series of the 1970s and ’80s. Colony co-creator Ryan Condal was onboard to write and produce with Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik attached to direct the pilot. But years went by with no further developments and both Condal and Sapochnik moved on to House of the Dragon. In September of 2020, word broke indicating Netflix now had the property with Pathfinder Media set to produce. But as before, news on Conan is surprisingly scarce.It’s Most Like: A Dark Age version of Thrones in which men wear fewer garments.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: In light of the significant change, this one is tough to call. Netflix’s experience with fantasy (The Witcher, Cursed) is encouraging, but without any creatives attached to the project, the program is even more of a wildcard than it was during the Amazon years.The Dark Tower(Photo by Photos by Jonathan Hession -- Sam Strike in 'Nightflyers' Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Jasper Paakkonen in 'Vikings' History)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Stephen King’s flagship fantasy series The Dark Tower. Across eight novels, a number of short stories and numerous connections to his other writings, the series details the journey of gunslinger Roland and his band of friends as they attempt to reach the Dark Tower — anchor point of the multiverse — before the Man in Black can destroy it. Once there, Roland discovers he’s played out this cycle before, clearing the way for film and television adaptations to be sequels of the original novel series.The Fanbase: King’s wide audience and fantasy lovers who manage to get past the rough first chapters of The Gunslinger, the cycle’s first novel.Everything We Know So Far: Originally intended as a companion piece to 2017’s The Dark Tower film centering on the life of Roland (played by Idris Elba) in Mid-World, the series will instead start over with Nightflyers’ Sam Strike (pictured above left) as Roland and Vikings’ Jasper Pääkkönen (pictured above right) as the villainous Man in Black. Considering the film s poor performance (17% on the Tomatometer), it is probably for the best. In early 2020, Amazon passed on the project, although executive producer Glen Mazzara said he hoped the series will find a home elsewhere. One year later, we doubt Roland will ever make it to the Dark Tower in live action.It’s Most Like: Like a number of fantasy series from the 1970s and ’80s, it openly wears its Tolkien inspiration everywhere. In fact, King says as much in a foreword to the novel series. But it grows by leaps and bounds as King discovers a way to tie Mid-World to Derry, Maine, and his other favorite locations.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It seems The Dark Tower may be unworkable as either a film or television series. Or, at least, too expensive and unwieldly for companies already engaged in creating things like The Lord of the Rings and The Witcher. In terms of critical reception, any such series would need the full resources of a streaming service or cable outlet to be welcomed favorably.The Ruin of Kings(Photo by Macmillan Publishers/Annapurna Pictures)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The first novel in author Jenn Lyons’ A Chorus of Dragons series. Young thief Kihrin discovers he may be of the royal bloodline, and he may also be at the center of a prophecy stating that he will end the empire. There are a lot of conditional statements in his life, making him sound more like the most timid Skyrim player to ever live. But the Black Brotherhood, after buying him as a slave, may provide motivation enough for him to care about his foretold destiny.The Fanbase: Since the book only debuted in February 2019, the fanbase is still forming.Everything We Know So Far: Annapurna Television optioned the rights shortly after The Ruin of Kings was published. Presumably, the search is underway for key creatives and a home for the program.It’s Most Like: Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings with its mix of prophecies, scrappy heroes, gods, witches, zombies, and even krakens.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Even odds. A Chorus of Dragons is such a new concept that a simple logline makes it sound utterly derivative of other popular series. But with fantasy, it is all in how those well-worn creatures and tropes get used. And if reviews of the novel are to be believed, The Ruin of Kings mixes those elements in an unexpected and worthwhile way.The Broken Earth(Photo by Orbit)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: N.K. Jemisin’s novels about a world in which the single supercontinent, Stillness, is ravaged every few centuries by a dramatic climate change known as “The Fifth Season.” The most recent Fifth Season proved to be particularly bad, leading some to believe the end is at hand. The society of Stillness is broken into races, castes and species. Those divisions help and hinder the people’s efforts to weather the possible apocalypse. Set against this landscape is the tale of three women with the power to both calm and agitate seismic activity under Stillness. All three books in the series won the Hugo Award for best novel.The Fanbase: The voting bodies of both the Hugo Awards and the Nebulas, who nominated The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate for best novel in their respective years.Everything We Know So Far: The Fifth Season was optioned by TNT in August of 2017 with Sleepy Hollow’s Leigh Dana Jackson set to write the pilot. Heroes’ Tim Kring was also set to serve as an executive producer. There has been no news since, but development on even a simple (from a design perspective) high-school drama can take forever.It’s most like… Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind with a touch of Game of Thrones.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: As suggested above, it could be a strong counter-program to Amazon’s The Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings series with a strong emphasis on female characters and ecological disaster. At the same time, TNT is not known for long-running fantasy series – unless you count the fantastic elements of The Librarians – with its last true fantasy project, The Mists of Avalon, debuting back in 2001. That miniseries falters at 44% on the Tomatometer, but it should be noted that TNT was very different entity at the time. The current leadership could offer The Broken Earth the money and support it needs to be a special voice in fantasy television.OUR FANTASY TV WISH LISTElric of Melniboné(Photo by Nelson Doubleday)Based On: The novellas – and later novels – of Michael Moorcock featuring Elric, a frail albino who also happens to be the 428th and final emperor of Meliboné. Though quite weak, Elric’s sword, Stormbringer, offers him renewed health and vitality, but it requires a constant supply of souls to keep it powered. At odds with traditional Meliboné society, his antics cause him troubles at court and lead to his own nephew plotting a coup against him.Why We Want a TV Series: In its setting, it may remind some of Lord of the Rings and Conan, but Moorcock actively wrote Elric as an antithesis of the Cimmerian wanderer. Heady, weird, and expressly anti-Conan, Elric’s chances of success commercially or critically are a long shot. But then, an enterprising producer could position a series based on Moorcock’s stories as a compelling alternative to Conan.Dragonlance(Photo by Wizards of the Coast)Based On: The Dungeons Dragons role-playing scenarios by Laura and Tracy Hickman and the later tie-in novels by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. In the world of Krynn, dragons dominate and dragonlances are the only weapons mortals not adept in magic can use to kill them. In the first trio of novels, the Heroes of the Lance fight to restore order to the realm. Since then, nearly 200 Dragonlance novels have been published.Why We Want a TV Series: While seemingly obscure, a properly developed Dragonlance series would have the potential to fill the void left by Game of Thrones when it ends in 2019. The upcoming Dungeons Dragons film is said to be based on Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the first Dragonlance novel, but a full series devoted to the game mechanics of D D and the world of Krynn could be something revolutionary. And as Geek Sundry’s Critical Role proves every Thursday, there is an audience for stories steeped in the role-playing tradition.Got another fantasy novel or series you think a smart network or streaming service should adapt? Let us know in the comments.
(Photo by Netflix)Alan Arkin reacted to his Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in The Kominsky Method in the most Alan Arkin way possible:“Wow, I am 85 years old, so this comes in just the nick of time,” Arkin said in a statement via Netflix.Joey King shaved her head to play Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy victim Gypsy Rose Blanchard on Hulu’s The Act. She shared her emotional reaction to the nomination with double nominee Patricia Arquette (for The Act and Escape At Dannemora) on Twitter.I cannot believe this is happening. I’ve just been Nominated for an Emmy for my work in The Act. There’s so many people to thank for this moment and getting to talk to my mom and Patricia immediately after it was announced was so special. I’m in shock pic.twitter.com/7pDSu3lmD0 Joey King (@JoeyKing) July 16, 2019This Is Us earned acting nominations for Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan, guest stars Ron Cephas Jones, Phylicia Rashad, and Michael Angarano and composer Siddhartha Khosla (who is at least 50 percent of the reason This Is Us makes us sob uncontrollably.)Brown had his son join him in thanking the Academy.Thank you @TelevisionAcad for this incredible honor!!! And for recognizing #ThisIsUs in such a spectacular way!!! Big Up to my whole extraordinary ensemble, especially my man @SullivanTweet my momma @TheMandyMoore for their first nominations!!! (More to come) pic.twitter.com/HzzDdcup6i Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) July 16, 2019Creator Dan Fogelman thanked the Academy for recognizing them all and nominating the show again for Best Drama.So grateful to the @TelevisionAcad for the best drama Emmy nom for #ThisIsUs. And thrilled to see Mandy, Sterling, Milo, Sully, Ron, Phylicia, Michael, and (my college roomate) Sidd all recognized! A great day for all of Us. Now back to set to do a stunt with a dog. Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) July 16, 2019Angarano responded in a statement.“I’m honored to be nominated for This Is Us,” Angarano said. “Thank you Dan Fogelman and the special group of writers for giving me a temporary home. Congratulations to the cast and crew on all of their nominations. It was truly a dream job and I’m so grateful for it. Netflix may have cancelled One Day At a Time, but Pop saved it, and now Pop has a three-time Emmy nominee with the latest nod for Editor Pat Barnett, who was nominated last season too. Could this be the year they win? Creator Gloria Calderon Kellett sang Barnett’s praises on Twitter.Yes! One Day At A Time was nominated for an #Emmy for editing! Our amazing @pattheeditor is once again the only woman in her category! You make us proud, Pat!! #MoreODAAT 🍭🎉🎈@TelevisionAcad ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nsGPjydYsJ Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) July 16, 2019The women of Killing Eve had a love fest on social media congratulating each other for their nominations, the second year in a row for the show’s two seasons.Congratulations to all the Emmy Nominees. Extra love to the @KillingEve team and my wonderful co-stars @IamSandraOh Fiona Shaw. Not forgetting our fleabag friends and the dangerously talented PWB @DryWrite. 💗 @KillingEve https://t.co/dBlk8COyHV Jodie Comer (@jodiecomer) July 16, 2019Christina Applegate earned her fifth nomination for the first season of Dead to Me. She shared that her daughter found out before she did.Uhhhhh. Shocked. Grateful. Holy crap!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! Best part of the morning was my kid finding out and she screamed. Haha christina applegate (@1capplegate) July 16, 2019Ryan Murphy’s FX drama Pose broke ground in television for its cast of trans actors and characters. Now it adds an Emmy nomination Billy Porter as Lead Actor in a Drama Series to its legacy.“The Category Is: Speechless!” Porter said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day. Pose speaks a truth that has the power to transform hearts and minds. I’m honored and humbled to be counted in the number.“Co-creator and writer Steven Canals congratulated Porter on Twitter too.Aaaaahhh!! @PoseOnFX is an @TelevisionAcad #EMMY nominee for Drama Series!! So proud of entire team producers, cast, crew who work tirelessly to tell this story of family, resilience, inclusion, and love!! #PoseFX pic.twitter.com/rHcsokV4xK Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) July 16, 2019Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t on social media to react to her nominations for acting in and creating the comedy series Fleabag but her TV sister Sian Clifford is for hers!CRYING AND DYING 👾👜💕😭😭😭🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🥳🥳🥳😱😱😱 Thank you to everyone everyone who voted. I cannot speak!!!!!! Our whole team is in bits #Fleabag FOREVER https://t.co/45GA2Gxgrw Sian Clifford (@SiansUniverse) July 16, 2019The official Fleabag account celebrated them all, including Supporting Actress Olivia Colman, with Fleabag worthy one-liners.Godmother s talents are undeniable. Help us congratulate Olivia Colman on her #Emmys nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. #Fleabag pic.twitter.com/Lw3m9OwbEo Fleabag (@fleabag) July 16, 2019We d run through an airport for her. Congratulations to Phoebe Waller-Bridge on her #Emmys nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. #Fleabag pic.twitter.com/odwmrdKxo0 Fleabag (@fleabag) July 16, 2019(Photo by Netflix)The show goes on for House of Cards with the final season led by Robin Wright earning a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Michael Kelly.“What an incredible honor to be nominated alongside such talented men and women this year,” Kelly said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thankful to the TV Academy, and to my fearless cast and crew who made this all possible. Excited to be going back to one of my favorite nights of the year!””The show didn’t go on for Rent Live when an injury forced Fox to air a dress rehearsal instead. That didn’t stop the production from earning Emmy nominations in five categories: Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special, Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Variety Special (Live) and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Special.“We are grateful to the Television Academy for recognizing Rent among its Emmy nominations this morning,” EPs Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, and Julie Larson said in a joint statement. “It was a joyous experience gathering together members of the original Broadway creative team with our talented young cast in presenting this beloved musical to a wider audience, and we congratulate the entire team for their stellar work.”(Photo by Netflix)Netflix shed light on the Central Park Five by airing Ava Duvernay’s series When They See Us. The show’s Emmy nominations, including Aunjanue Ellis for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, will bring them even more attention.“This nomination is a tribute to Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam,” Ellis said in a statement. “Let’s all say their names. Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam, is nothing less than a warrior for her son and a survivor of an emotional violence few of us will ever understand. I am utterly grateful to her. Thank you to the visionary Ava DuVernay and Netflix for giving me the blessing to be a part of this act of restorative justice.”John Leguizamo also earned a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and said in a statement: “This nomination is not for me, but for the parents of the innocent children who have been put through the unimaginable. Just because their vulnerable children were unjustly accused of a crime by racial profiling, and how almost impossible it was to clear themselves. For her Supporting Actress nom, Vera Farmiga said in a statement, “Astonished by the surprising Emmy pat on my back, humbled. My heart is bursting with pride for all my When They See Us brothers and sisters and their noms. I pray that Kevin, Antron, Raymond, Korey and Yusef continue to absorb healing from this sweeping acknowledgment. Thank you to the Television Academy.”Niecy Nash shared her gratitude with her on screen son Jharrel Jerome, also nominated:Mother Son 💙 @jharreljerome Thank you for your gift💋😢 We’re Emmy Nominated!!!!! #YesGod whentheyseeus @netflix @televisionacad https://t.co/P5ThKpjAuA Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) July 16, 2019Young Asante Blackk also tweeted his thanks.woke up to find out i’m nominated for an emmy. for my first ever project. at 17 years old. wow. i love y’all. thank you so much. pic.twitter.com/G0h0agcRwQ Asante Blackk (@AsanteBlackk) July 16, 2019DuVernay tweeted:Just off the phone with Korey Wise. I told him to get his tux ready. He said: “You did that, Queen. You told the story. You did what you came to do. They had to see it. They listened.” #WhenTheySeeUs pic.twitter.com/vzmKSeYEAa Ava DuVernay (@ava) July 16, 2019(Photo by HBO)Chernobyl terrified viewers and critics alike in its stark, harrowing portrayal of the nuclear meltdown. As a reward for giving us all nightmares, Chernobyl was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, Jared Harris, Emily Watson, and Stellan Skarsgard for Acting and 15 other nominations.Harris responded in a statement while creator Craig Mazin took to Twitter. I am so happy for everyone involved, Harris said. These nominations in so many categories speak to the excellence of Chernobyl as a whole; Craig and Johan deserve all the praise. Personally I am delighted and thrilled for Stellan Emily, who are both magnificent. The international reception to Chernobyl took many industry insiders by surprise. My hope is that its impact emboldens programmers to keep taking risks to not only delight, but also challenge their audiences. Honestly overwhelmed by the nominations for Chernobyl, and really thrilled that so many of our cast and crew were acknowledged for their work.This was a labor of love for us all, and Carolyn, Jane and I thank the @TelevisionAcad for this recognition. Craig Mazin (@clmazin) July 16, 2019Adam McKay was nominated for directing Succession, also the show’s first Emmy nomination. He thanked the Academy, and also congratulated Drunk History and I Love You, America.Thank you. All credit to incredible cast, crew, writing staff and of course Jesse Armstrong! https://t.co/Zy3Kg6r7XN Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) July 16, 2019Full Frontal with Samantha Bee was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.“It s such an honor to be nominated with so many of my friends,” Bee said in a statement. “I am truly grateful to the Academy for recognizing the hard work of my entire staff. It is always a group effort and any day I can order celebratory cake to be delivered to the office is a good day. See you in LA! Conan cut half his show out but still earned three nominations for his half hour edition. Conan O’Brien mixed sincere gratitude with a wacky joke I have an excellent staff and I’m very happy to see them recognized with 3 Emmy Nominations,” O’Brien said in a statement. “Next stop: the Latin Grammys. Amy Sedaris launched her comedic variety show At Home with Amy Sedaris and earned two Emmy nominations. Maybe she’ll do an episode on how to prepare for an awards show!“It s always nice to be invited to a party!” Sedaris said in a statement. “Thanks so much to the Television Academy for nominating us again and everyone at truTV, the writers, cast and crew for making our show possible. I must admit this year’s Emmy nomination is slightly bittersweet – I had my eye on hosting.”Netflix swept reality TV too. For his nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, Somebody Feed Phil Host and Executive Producer Phil Rosenthal said in a statement, “I’m thrilled for our team who work so hard trying to make me look sexy. The best thing about this is that hopefully I get to keep working with my friends, my family, meeting new families around the world, and eating all their food.”Meanwhile, Netflix’s Chef’s Table earned a nomination for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction series. “It’s a huge honor to be nominated amongst such great company, and we are thrilled to see Chef’s Table continue to receive recognition as the show has evolved over the years,” Creator and EP David Gelb said in a statement. “We are beyond grateful to Netflix for believing in us, and to our chefs for sharing their lives with us and the world.”The Fab Five celebrated Queer Eye’s six nominations including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program with group hugs.GROUP HUGGIES! 🤗🤗 We’re honored to be nominated for 6 #Emmys this year including Outstanding Structured Reality Program. ✨💖 pic.twitter.com/VPyue66HDZ Queer Eye (@QueerEye) July 16, 2019National Geographic swept documentary categories as one should expect from the longtime contender. Angela Bassett earned a nomination for Outstanding Narration for The Flood.“I am deeply honored to receive this Emmy nomination for such an important project,” Bassett said in a statement. “I truly hope it will bring more much-needed attention to this rarely seen kingdom of resilient, beautiful animals in a way that inspires everyone to help protect it for years to come.”Hostile Planet received three nominations including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.“It s been so inspiring to be part of Hostile Planet, a series unlike any other that I’ve been involved in before,” Host and EP Bear Grylls said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that it shines new light on how unforgiving and challenging life can be for animals at the toughest of times. I’m incredibly grateful to the Television Academy for honoring my role in this groundbreaking series and to National Geographic for the privilege of being able to guide viewers through these powerful, and at times shocking stories of survival.”The Emmys air September 22 at on Fox.