2 pointsFor most people, the stories of Harry, Ron and Hermione ended at the conclusion of The Deathly Hallows – Part 2. After defeating Voldemort, we got a touching coda that showed our heroes as adults, passing on their knowledge to a new generation. But those who’ve attended the hit West End and Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child know the full story, which follows Harry and Draco’s children Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy as they team up in an attempt to save Cedric Diggory from his fate. The production has been a smash hit in London and New York, with queues regularly stretching around the block. And today, we’ve learned that Warner Bros. are intending to adapt the story as a film, and they’re going to bring back Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson to do it. This news is guaranteed to send Harry Potter fans absolutely bananas, with the project being a true sequel to the hit movies rather than the prequels of the Fantastic Beasts series. As The Cursed Child is a two-part production, it’s likely that this will be a two film affair as well, though that hasn’t been confirmed just yet. This decision on the studio’s part may come as a reaction to the shocking underperformance of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. After the success of the original, Warner Bros. confirmed their plans for a five-movie series. However, the negative reaction to the last film may have caused them to revise things and focus on the core characters and locations in the franchise instead. Whatever the reason for this reunion, I can’t wait to see the classic cast back on screen once more. Plus, with the focus on their children as they begin attending Hogwarts, we could get a familiar run of sequels as they progress through the semesters. Chalk that up as speculation for now, but until we hear more from Warner Bros. on this, let us know what you’re hoping to see from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie in the comments section down below.
1 pointMajor primetime television shows used to feature 22-24 episodes in a season, but in the era of Peak TV, smaller episode counts have become the new normal for prestige shows. But Amazon’s upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV series may be looking to change that. According to Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who’s on the payroll for the new series, The Lord of the Rings season 1 will be comprised of 20 episodes. Read his comments below, including a fascinating breakdown of which parts of Tolkien’s stories are “off limits” in the series. Lord of the Rings Season 1 to Have 20 Episodes A Fandom tweet pointed me to a German website which conducted an interview with Tom Shippey, one of the people mentioned in Amazon’s recent video showcasing the behind-the-scenes talent working on the highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings show. When asked about recent unconfirmed rumors that the series may film in places like Scotland or New Zealand, Shippey couldn’t confirm where it would be shot, but he did reveal how many episodes are intended to be in the first season: Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming. If that holds true, it would be a big break from the recent trend toward smaller episode counts on major TV shows. Game of Thrones, the most obvious comparison point to this Lord of the Rings show, featured ten episode seasons for most of its run, but even dropped to seven in its seventh season and six in its final stretch. (As for the location itself, Amazon knows where it’s going to film the show, but it has not made that information public yet.) Which Parts of Tolkien’s Histories Can the Amazon Series Use? We’ve known for a while that the Amazon show would be set during Tolkien’s Second Age, and Shippey commented briefly on that: The Tolkien Estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered. Sauron invades Eriador, is forced back by a Númenorean expedition, and returns to Númenor. There he corrupts the Númenoreans and seduces them to break the ban of the Valar. All this, the course of history, must remain the same. But you can add new characters and ask a lot of questions, like: What has Sauron done in the meantime? Where was he after Morgoth was defeated? Theoretically, Amazon can answer these questions by inventing the answers, since Tolkien did not describe it. But it must not contradict anything which Tolkien did say. That’s what Amazon has to watch out for. It must be canonical, it is impossible to change the boundaries which Tolkien has created, it is necessary to remain “tolkienian.” But he also revealed something in this interview I hadn’t heard before: apparently Amazon only has the rights to the Second Age. “The First and Third Ages are ‘off-limits’, you can’t have the First Age. Events could be mentioned at the most if they explain the events of the Second Age. But if it is not described or mentioned in the Lord of the Rings or in the appendices, they probably cannot use it. So the question is to what extent they may hint at events that took place, for example, in the First Age, but still continue to affect the Second Age. There are several maps authorized by Tolkien, not just the ones we are familiar with, and some of those maps have places on them which are not in the other maps. But if Tolkien authorized them then that’s okay. So it’s a bit of a minefield. You have to tread very carefully but at the same time there is quite a lot of scope for interpretation and free invention.” The site says that the Tolkien Estate retains the rights to everything in the First Age, and a company called Middle-earth Enterprises owns the rights to the events depicted in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which take place in the Third Age, and it’s unclear if Amazon has attempted to bargain with Middle-earth Enterprises to be able to reference any of those events in its upcoming show. We’ve never heard of specific ages of a fictional world being split up and sold off to different licensees, but Tolkien’s world is more expansive than most. It was previously assumed that Amazon was drawing from The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s massive history of Middle-earth published after his death, as it looked for stories to tell in this new show. But Shippey’s comments indicate that Amazon can only use the section of that book which covers the Second Age, and that’s only touched on in one of five divided sections of that sprawling book. The Lord of the Rings does not have a premiere date yet, but we’ll keep you posted when we learn more about it.
1 pointThere's a chart with probability percentages in an FAQ on GameFAQs. The one I found was here: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ps4/102484-final-fantasy-x-x-2-hd-remaster/faqs/24392
1 pointA new Matrix movie is happening at Warner Bros. with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity and Lana Wachowski set to write and direct an all-new film set in the genre-defining world. Warner Bros. will co-produce with the franchise’s original co-producer Village Roadshow. Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement today. Lana Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill. Wachowski is co-writing with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” The three previous films, created with Lilly Wachowski writing and directing—The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all Top 10 domestic hits in their year of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world. The Matrix also spawned a successful video game in 2003 timed to Matrix Reloaded, Atari’s Enter the Matrix which sold over 5M copies worldwide, with close to $60M in the U.S. Special 20th Anniversary screenings of “The Matrix” are being held at select AMC Theatres locations across the U.S. starting Aug. 30. Earlier this summer, Reeves took Lionsgate’s John Wick franchise to a new height at the B.O. with John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum earning $321.3M worldwide, $170.7M domestic.
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