Fantasy After Dark ICYMI: Supernatural Drama, A Campaign for Selena Gomez To Be The Next Sabrina, and Game of Thrones Updates
Welcome to Issue No. 05 of Fantasy After Dark. In case you didn’t catch last week’s issue, here’s a little taste of what you missed.
The drama between Supernatural and Warner Bros. continues and there may be a possible lawsuit in the works in the distant future. In the rumor mill, Twitter is campaigning on Selena Gomez to play Sabrina in the new Sabrina Netflix series. And Sophie Turner discussed what to expect in season 8 of Game of Thrones. Other Supernatural news in Issue 4 was that Danneel Ackles, the wife of Jensen Ackles, would have a guest starring role as Sister Jo on the show. Since we published, Danneel released a photo from her first day on set! See it below!
Continue here for more on last week and let’s get on to what happened this week!
Hot Topic: The Witcher Saga to Become a Netflix Series and a Harry Potter Video Game In the Works
Another new series is in the works for Netflix! Variety has exclusively learned that Lauren Schmidt Hissrich is adapting the fantasy novel saga, The Witcher, to be produced into a Netflix series. In case you haven’t read it, the series is about monster hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to fight deadly monsters and things. It began as a collection of short stories from the 1980s and the most recent Witcher story was published in 2013. Since then, it has also been developed into a video game franchise and has been adapted into varies comic books over the years and Polish television series. Given how successful Netflix has been in their Marvel and DCTV franchised shows, the future’s looking bright for The Witcher.
Also, do you remember when the “Pokémon GO!” game was released? And subsequently how crazy obsessed you and everyone you know probably got over it? Well, Warner Bros. and some other bright brains are banking on that happening for the Harry Potter franchise. That’s right! According to ComingSoon, a Harry Potter Augmented Reality game will be released at some point next year for mobile devices and it will be called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery! The game is being developed by mobile developer Jam City aka the guys who founded your other old fave, MySpace, to be released on the Apple and Amazon App Stores and Google Play. From what we know, you will finally get your chance to live (virtually) as a Hogwarts student and go to Duelling Club and play with potions and everything you expected. Do you think it will be the next AR craze?
Guess Who: Yet Another Star Is Joining Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens
The upcoming series Good Omens, which is slated as the next hit from Amazon Studios, has already booked some insanely huge stars for the series including Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and David Tennant, and now – Sir Derek Jacobi, EW has learned.
You may know Jacobi from playing Shakespeare or in his role of The Master in Doctor Who. Jacobi will be joining the cast of Good Omens as Metatron, or his other name, the Voice of God. His character is described as “The Voice of God. But not the voice of God. An entity in its own right. Rather like a Presidential spokesman.” The upcoming series is adapted from the novel co-written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and is scheduled to debut on Amazon in 2019.
Interviews: Casey Lee on partnering with The Walking Dead creator to expand Summoners War and Alyssa Milano on #MeToo and the Brad Kern allegations
Casey Lee sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about the new RPG game in the works and plans to expand Summoners War into its own franchise through several different mediums. We’re talking an animated series, comics, and a bunch of other types! The developer of the game is partnering with Skybound Entertainment, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s company to do so. Casey Lee had this to say when talking about the franchise:
“We couldn’t be more excited to work closely with Skybound to expand the Summoners War franchise into new mediums, Our goal at Com2us has always been to allow our amazing community to interact with the Summoners War IP in engaging ways, and through this partnership we can’t wait for it to expand into comics, animation and more. In addition, Skybound’s enthusiasm for our partnership has reaffirmed our decision to continue expanding into additional brand platforms in the future”
Finally, Alyssa Milano also sat down with Variety to dish on Charmed and specifically, the sexual harassment allegations surrounding the showrunner of the WB series that is one of several that have become widely important issues happening in Hollywood. Variety had been investigating the Charmed showrunner who is now the showrunner for NCIS: New Orleans, Brad Kern for quite some time now and discovered there were already not one but two CBS HR investigations into the situation. Milano discussed the ‘Me Too’ Movement and her thoughts on the new allegations towards Kern. She said she had no idea what was going on and that it is an example of the purging she feels needs to happen in Hollywood and that women should support each other. She sums it up by saying:
“The reason why this [harassment] conversation is so important right now is because we have a very small window of opportunity to really make effective, lasting, meaningful change. And where Hollywood goes, the state of California goes. Where the state of California goes, the country goes. Where our country goes, the entire world goes. So we have a certain responsibility ‒ and when I say we, I mean all of our unions, all of our studios, all of our executives ‒ anyone in a position of power has a responsibility to really fix this problem.”
Things learned this week: Don’t mess with Alyssa Milano and get ready to play your heart out in the new Hogwarts AR game.If fantasy sparks your mind, we also recommending checking out our Sci-fi After Dark news roundups!
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