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    Four ‘Game Of Thrones’ Offshoot Series In Works At HBO With George R. R. Martin

    By Koby,

    BbW1hrv.jpgAs Game of Thrones is heading into the final chapters of its eight-season run on HBO, the premium cable network has revealed some information about its succession plan, signing deals with four writers to join George R.R. Martin in the development and writing of four GOT offshoot series.


    The network would not specify whether the series would be prequels, sequels, spinoffs or companion series to GoT — or all of the above — only noting that each project would “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe” in his epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire.


    GoT creators/executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff, who are finishing up the upcoming seventh season and already are in the midst of writing and preparing for the series’ eighth and final season, are attached as executive producers on all projects alongside Martin but will not be involved in the writing. The four potential GoT offshoot series will be written by:

    • Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island)
    • Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman and X-Men franchises), George R. R. Martin
    • Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, A Knights Tale)
    • Carly Wray (HBO’s The Leftovers & Westword, AMC’s Mad Man), George R. R. Martin


    HBO stresses that all four projects are in development. There is no set timetable for them, and they will be evaluated when the scripts are completed.


    It is logical to assume that the network would like to have a new GoT-themed series launch behind the final season of the blockbuster mothership show. HBO brass had hinted about trying to expand the popular GoT franchise with additional series, including a possible prequel or spinoff. Martin, who is under an overall deal at HBO, also had been alluding to new projects he has in the works at the network.


    Game of Thrones is one of the biggest series on television alongside AMC’s The Walking Dead, which also got a companion series with prequel Fear the Walking Dead.

    Amazon's Anime Strike Offers Downloadable Episodes

    By Koby,

    P2gsjQe.jpgAmazon announced on Wednesday that its Anime Strike channel is offering downloads for anime episodes on the channel. Users can download videos to their desktop, tablet, or smartphone using the Prime Video app and can watch the videos without an internet connection.

    The channel has also partnered with digital reading platform Comixology to offer Anime Strike users a full manga volume download every month until the end of 2017. The channel is offering the first volume of Parasyte for May.


    The channel costs US$4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership, and a seven-day free trial is available.

    Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Animated Film Debuts for Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 18

    By Koby,

    RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA, the action-packed third installment in the state-of-the-art CG animated franchise from executive producer Takashi Shimizu (director of The Grudge), debuts on digital June 20 and on 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray™ and DVD July 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


    The 4K Ultra HD disc will feature both Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, making it the first title from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to feature both technologies.


    Based on “Resident Evil™,” one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time, the film will also be released in select movie theaters nationwide June 19 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events, Park Circus and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Featuring the return of fan favorite characters Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman) and Leon S. Kennedy (Matthew Mercer) as well as the film debut of Rebecca Chambers (Erin Cahill), RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA follows the trio as they aim to stop the spread of a deadly virus that threatens to destroy New York City.


    Leveraging the HDR innovation that powers Dolby's most advanced cinemas around the world, Dolby Vision transforms the TV experience in the home by delivering greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment to life all around the audience. Together, consumers will experience both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound technology for a fully immersive entertainment experience.


    The 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray™ DVD and digital releases of RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA comes with Filmmaker's Commentary and a Stills Gallery featuring 30 sketches and designs that illustrate the unique look of the film. In addition, the Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray™ and the digital release come with three additional featurettes: In “Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver”, motion capture actor Dante Carver guides fans on an exclusive tour of the set with a detailed look at motion capture creation and cast interviews. The CGI animators are featured in two pieces: in “The Creature”, they walk fans through the process of designing the monsters in the film; and in “CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta” they discuss how they created a new aesthetic in an evolving franchise.


    The 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-disc Blu-ray™ also comes with an exclusive bonus disc that takes fans behind-the-scenes with “Tokyo Game Show Footage 2016”, as well as two additional featurettes: Fans will assemble with the BSAA Operatives team to receive the intelligence briefing to defeat a deadly threat in “BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias,” while Director Takanori Tsujimoto and his creative team lead fans in a conversation on the film's design aesthetic and what it took to evolve the story in “Designing The World of Vendetta.”


    yPug1jJ.jpgIn addition, Best Buy will offer an exclusive Steelbook packaging for the 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack.


    Also, coming soon on Madison Gate Records, “RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”, featuring Kenji Kawai's original score.


    Synopsis: BSAA Chris Redfield enlists the help of government agent Leon S. Kennedy and Professor Rebecca Chambers from Alexander Institute of Biotechnology to stop a death merchant with a vengeance from spreading a deadly virus in New York.


    Directed by Takanori Tsujimoto with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami (Psycho Pass), RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA was produced by Hiroyasu Shinohara and executive produced by Takashi Shimizu, with music by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell).


    4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-disc Blu-ray™ Bonus Materials Include:

    • Three Featurettes:
      • “The Creature”
      • “Motion Capture Set Tour with Dante Carver”
      • “CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta”
    • Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)
    • Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami
    • BONUS DISC with three featurettes:
      • “BSAA Mission Briefing: Combat Arias”
      • “Designing The World of Vendetta”
      • “2016 Tokyo Game Show Footage”


    Digital Extras Include:

    • Three Featurettes:
      • “The Creature”
      • “Walk-around on set (motion-capture) with Dante Carver”
      • “CGI to Reality: Designing Vendetta”
    • Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)
    • Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami


    DVD Bonus Materials Include:

    • Still gallery (30 sketches/designs)
    • Filmmaker Audio Commentary (in Japanese) with Director Takanori Tsujimoto, Executive Producer Takashi Shimizu and Writer Makoto Fukami


    RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated R for bloody violence throughout.

    ‘Into the Badlands’ Renewed for Season 3 on AMC

    By Koby,

    NoJHrwA.jpgAMC has ordered a third season of its martial arts drama “Into the Badlands.”


    Sixteen episodes will air in 2018, which is up from the 10-episode, currently airing Season 2.


    “‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a statement. “Thanks to series creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, the terrific cast, led by Daniel Wu, the amazing martial arts team guided by the incomparable Master Dee Dee and fight directors Stephen Fung and Andy Cheng, and everyone else involved who brings this thrill ride to the fans.”


    The show follows Sunny (Daniel Wu), the top warrior for a savage tyrant named Quinn (Martin Csokas), who rules over an empire in a dystopian future. But a boy named MK (Aramis Knight) may hold the key to Sunny’s escape from a life he has come to hate.


    From AMC Studios, the series was created by showrunners, executive producers, and writers Gough and Millar. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Wu also serve as executive producers.


    “Into the Badlands” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.

    Freeform Renewed Shadowhunters for Season 3

    By Koby,

    LlGjAOn.jpgIt seems there’s no end in sight for Jace and Clary’s war against Valentine — Freeform has announced that Shadowhunters was renewed for a third season.


    This news comes just two days after Freeform held its annual upfront presentation in New York, which — due to scheduling conflicts — the Shadowhunters gang was unable to attend.


    The second half of Season 2, currently being filmed in Toronto, premieres Monday, June 5 at 8/7c.


    Will Tudor (Game of Thrones, Humans) is joining the cast as Sebastian, an iconic character from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments novels, upon which the series is based.


    “We really put our own spin on him the character,” showrunner Todd Slavkin said. “As we’ve done with all the episodes you’ve seen, we’ve always had our own spin on everything — and Sebastian is no different.”

    Your hopes for Shadowhunters‘ third season? Drop ’em in a comment below.