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It should come as no surprise that another of George R.R. Martin‘s works is getting the premium cable network series treatment. Fans will be glad to know that Martin will not be handling the scripting duties for the new Cinemax series, The Skin Trade, instead Kalinda Vazquez (Prison Break, Once Upon A Time) will write the pilot and produce the show. What’s the series about? (more…)

Robert Kirkman‘s latest foray in turning one of his comic books, Outcast by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, into a television series has its first trailer debut today at NYCC15. Outcast will air on Cinemax, as the channel increases its original programming series in an effort to get away from its soft core porn after 9PM beginnings. Outcast is a tale of horror and supernatural happenings starring Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, Gone Girl) as Kyle Barnes. (more…)

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While people may be talking about The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman has another contender coming out of the gate. Outcast, a title out of Skybound/Image comics, is Kirkman and artist Paul Azteca’s excorcism-themed project; centered around protagonist Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. (more…)

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The Knick premieres tonight August 8th at 10 pm EST on Cinemax and follows Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), the pretentious, brilliant, drug-addicted head of surgery at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, as he and the rest of the staff (surgeons, nurses, and administration) navigate the challenges of healthcare in the early 1900’s. As the tagline says “Modern Medicine Had to Start Somewhere”.

It’ll be interesting to see how modern television critics respond to The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s triumphant ten-hour return to the tube. Not easily lending itself to the Recap Industrial Complex that drives hits to its respective cogs, The Knick is a work which demands you deconstruct it from a place of mordant post-formalism and stagnancy. Yes, there is a plot that drives forward, but the constantly chameleonic director is more content with noticing how Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen, reminding us all what a talent he is when challenged) remains a stoic, dilated disciple of science in the face of unending disease and death. Taking more cues from the equally clinical David Cronenberg and cribbing from the digitally anachronistic aesthetics of Michael Mann (whose Public Enemies feels like an improved upon touchstone), the retired auteur proves yet again that he’s a better artist than almost all of us, even when saddled to his rocking chair.  (more…)

Bon Temps is all shaken up! If you thought last seasons ending was a shocker, then think again. News has just hit the web that Alan Ball, the man who brought Charlaine Hariss’ addictive Sookie Stackhouse novels to the cable network HBO, will be stepping down  from his position after True Blood Season 5.  HBO gave Hollywood Reporter the following statement in response to the announcement:

When we extended our multiyear deal with Alan Ball in July 2011, we always intended that if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. If we proceed to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years.  This is the best possible world for both HBO and Alan Ball. Alan will remain available as executive producer to consult and advise on True Blood and he will be free to develop new shows for both HBO and Cinemax. Banshee, on which Alan serves as executive producer, is the first in house series for Cinemax and is expected to begin production this spring.

This of course sends me, and I’m sure other die-hard fans of True Blood,  in a worm-hole of shock. Even though the show has had its ups and downs plot-wise, it tried to stay true to the essence of the story line. We’ve all grown to love and hate different characters that stay in our memories, especially those off the wall sex scenes. (yummy) Alan Ball was reported to being “drained of energy” for the show after this last season and had this to say about his decision to leave:

True Blood has been, and will continue to be, a highlight of not only my career but my life,” Ball said in a statement. “Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive as I look forward to new and exciting ventures.”

Alan Ball is already getting ready to leave the sci-fi realm for a different project for both HBO and Cinemax, one of which is titled Banshee which he will be executive producer and the other  being “Wichita, an hour-long medical drama in development at HBO about a Kansas surgeon who inadvertently becomes the focal point of a contemporary political, cultural and ethical war surrounding late-term abortions.” While these new projects he plans to focus on are great, will his departure from the show ‘hurt it in the long run or is new blood needed to bring an invigorating spice and allure back to the show?

 

Warner Bros has cast Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) to star in 300: The Battle of Artemisia, which will be directed by Noam Murro for Warner Bros. Stapleton will play Themistokles, the Greek naval warlord, with whom the other key character, Xerxes, has a great rivalry.

There was some Internet talk that Stapleton might play Xerxes, but word is that the actor who originated that role in 300, Rodrigo Santoro is in talks to return to the role in this film. Stapleton was one of the terrific ensemble of Animal Kingdom, and he just completed a supporting role for the studio in Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed period crime film that stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Stapleton, who stars on the Cinemax series Strike Back, is repped by WME. ICM reps Santoro.

This looks like a smart casting move and a great opportunity for Stapleton. This NerdBastard hopes to see some great 300 style sea battles between Themistokles and Xerxes great war host.