Reel TV: 'Doctor Strange' Director Finds 'Snowpiercer,' First 'Star Trek: Discovery' Image and More

Reel TV: 'Doctor Strange' Director Finds 'Snowpiercer,' First 'Star Trek: Discovery' Image and More

May 17, 2017

Snowpiercer Recruits Doctor Strange Director

Way back on November 12, 2015 we mentioned in a news roundup that the Korean sci-fi movie Snowpiercer was getting a TV adaptation. Coincidentally, above that bite in the same post was a bit of small casting news for Doctor Strange. We say coincidentally because news has just hit that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson will be directing the Snowpiercer pilot episode and executive producing the series.

That's not the only Snowpiercer news, either. Hamilton breakout actor Daveed Diggs is set to star in the series. He'll play a prisoner enduring the harsh conditions aboard a train that endlessly circles the Earth. Said prisoner ends up being a key figure in a resistance movement swelling aboard the train, threatening to upset the balance of power between the elite passengers and those that keep the system running.

So it sounds like Diggs won't just be playing Chris Evans' character from the original movie (Evans wasn't a prisoner, just a low man on the ladder), but he'll essentially fulfill the same role. And if you're wondering what Evans thinks about that, you don't have to.

 

 

Snowpiercer will air on TNT. And not only is Derrickson producing, but so are Korean producers Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Dooho Choi and Bong Joon-Ho. You can read our interview with the latter about the original Snowpiercer here.

 

Jordan Peele Summons Up Lovecraft Country

If you thought the massive success of Get Out meant that Jordan Peele was done with TV for good, think again. The Key & Peele star will be diving back into the small screen for a new show with HBO and Bad Robot. It's not comedy, either. It's straight up horror.

Lovecraft Country will be based off of Matt Ruff's 2016 novel of the same name. Based on the Amazon synopsis we can easily see why the Get Out director is interested in it.

"Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction."

Peele will produce the show along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Misha Green. The latter, who had a recent hit with Underground, will be the showrunner on Lovecraft Country. There's no word yet on whether or not Peele will also direct the pilot, but it would sure be great if he did.

 

Netflix Throws Down With The Witcher

Ever since HBO turned Game of Thrones into a world wide phenomenon, every network has been searching for what could be the next Game of Thrones. Netflix may have just found it in The Witcher.

The best-selling books about monster hunters has already been turned into a beloved and acclaimed video game franchise, as well as a a film and TV series in its native Poland called The Hexer. But now The Witcher is going to burst into the mainstream thanks to the producers of the terrific sci-fi series The Expanse.

There's no public timetable for production yet, or even a director or writer announced, but considering how hungry Netflix is to keep producing bigger and and bigger projects, expect this to happen sooner rather than later.

 

First Star Trek: Discovery Image

The new CBS Star Trek series has been playing things very close to the chest so far. Basically, all we know is:

1. It's a prequel to the original 1966 series.

2. It's got a great cast that includes Jason Isaacs (as Captain Lorca), James Frain (as Spock's dad, Sarek), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru, a new alien), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou) and Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham).

That's pretty much it. But today CBS dropped an image from the show. Check it out.

 

Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS All Access some time in 2017.

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