This week a New York Comic Con edition of Hero Nation Index, Deadlines weekly round-up of Hollywood news from sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and superhero fare. Also, at the bottom of this post youll fid an exclusive excerpt from the Image Comics series Undiscovered Country.
EXCLUSIVE: Its rare to see a Hollywood bidding war for a comic book series that hasnt been published yet so there was considerable pent-up curiosity at New York Comic Con over the weekend regarding Undiscovered Country, the Image Comics sci-fi saga that doesnt launch until November 6 but already qualifies as a Hollywood hot property.
New Republic Pictures won acquisition auction with a seven-figure deal with an eye toward a feature film franchise that would evoke post-apocalyptic epics such as The Walking Dead and Max Max. That franchiser would be rooted in the same intriguing (and politically timely) premise as the Image series: Thirty years after the United States walls-off its borders and severs international relations, the fate of the once great republic is a mystery. That changes when a deadly pandemic threatens the globe. A team dispatched to find the cure at any cost follows a trail that leads them past the fortified California coastline and into the dangerous landscape that was once known the “home of the brave.”
The synopsis from Image: “Undiscovered Country takes place 30 years in the future in a territory once known as the United States that has been walled off after a global pandemic. Journeying into the interior, a diplomatic expedition in search of a cure is force to reckon with the truth about themselves and their mission as they traverse the strange land.”
Not everyone has to wait until November to find out whats on the far side of the wall. There were 1,000 special, NYCC-only preview copies printed up by Image for the big weekend and, needless to say, the $10 issues were highly coveted and quickly sold-out.
The Undiscovered Country is a creator-owned property — the creators in this case being writers Scott Snyder (Wytches) and Charles Soule (Curse Words) as well as artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) — but its promising launch is mighty good news for Image. The Portland, Oregon, publisher lost its flagship brand and bestselling title when The Walking Dead series ended abruptly in July after 16 years and 193 monthly issues.
Can Undiscovered Country step up as the inheritor of The Walking Dead mantle? Following in the footsteps of The Walking Dead isnt for the faint of heart in most any circumstances but the Undiscovered Country team has their mind on the horizon ahead of them, not the shadow cast by the past.
“Undiscovered Country feels like the right book at the right time, to me,” Soule said. “A huge concept that lets us look at the great American experiment through an action/adventure lens, and a premise that gives us the ability to use the massive mythology, history and iconography of the US to do just about anything we want.”
That “anything we want” attitude may extend beyond the comic book realm: Snyder and Soule are attached to write the screenplay for the New Republic Pictures adaptation. The pair are also executive producers along with artist Camuncoli. The illustrator said the project already has the aura of something special.
“This is not my first foray in creator-owned territory, but it definitely seems different—with Undiscovered Country, I immediately sensed that the scale I was measuring myself with was unprecedented,” Camuncoli said. “Its such a thrilling and ambitious premise, with such a spectacular and sick world and cast of characters to design and build, the one that Scott and Charles came up with, that it felt like an irresistible call to me. Looks like Im working on something special every day, and its electrifying.”
Like The Walking Dead, Undiscovered Country is planned as an open-ended monthly series. That raises interesting questions about the narrative independence of the comics series and film project. With the same writing team handling both the screenplay and the Image series, a loyal adaptation certainly seems likely but, still, I asked Soule if he and Snyder had a gameplay as far as tethering the script to the events was depicted in the comics.
“The overarching setup and story for both film and comic will be the same, or at least very similar,” Soule explained. “The small beats will probably change between each medium. The truth is, though, telling a story as a monthly comic over several years versus a film, or even a trilogy of films, requires different emphasis and pacing. Its not the same experience. And were not trying to make it equivalent.”
And what about the characters?
“The main characters in the story are a brother and sister, Daniel and Charlotte Graves, who were sent out of the US as children just before the nation sealed itself off from the world,” Soule explained. “Their parents seem to, possibly, have been involved in that event, known as the Sealing, and theres a big mystery around it all. They are part of the seven-person expedition that re-enters the closed US to see whats happened to it, and their story is central to everything. We also have Dr. Sam Elgin, the American scientist who issued the original invitation to the expedition, who seems to be dramatically changed once our crew meets him in the US, and the primary villain of the storys first arc: the Destiny Man, a.k.a. the “black god of the desert.” Lots of amazing characters to meet in the story.”
Synder, who became a superstar Batman writer at DC Comics, after a stint as a protege of Stephen King (who, but the way, is having a big year). Snyder has several properties that are being developed around town (including two other Image series, A.D.: After Death at Sony and Wytches at New Regency) and is a real talent who (like King) has a flair for grounded characters caught up in over-the-top situations. Its clear hes enjoying his work on Undiscovered Country, too.
“Its the kind of series I loved as a kid—over-the-top, epic adventure,” SnyRead More – Source
10 Coronation Street spoilers: Rape trauma, baby danger and Bethanys confession
Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as ou..
Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as our brand new spoilers reveal. As the devastating death of Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) draws nearer, a confession from Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) could have huge ramifications for her dying days.
Elsewhere, a brand new crisis kicks off for David (Jack P Shepherd) as he is forced to come face to face with his rapist Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) in prison while Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) finds herself in a drastic situation ahead of the birth of her quads.
Here, we reveal whats coming up in Weatherfield.
10 Coronation Street spoilers
- Shona blames Max when Harry is injured.
- Gemma is trapped in a turnstile during a day at the match with Chesney.
- Sinead finds herself too ill to undertake everyday tasks.
- Geoff suggests that he and Yasmeen invest in Speed Daal.
- Marion decides that she wants to fighr David and Shona for custody of Max.
- Kirk plans an early Christmas for Sinead.
- Gemma tries to turn the press over her disaster to her advantage.
- David is horrified to come face to face with Josh in prison.
- Geoff contacts Zeedan and arranges to buy his half of Speed Daal.
- James realises that Bethany is in love with Daniel.
Monday 14th October
Wednesday 16th October Part One
Gemma nets two VIP tickets to the Weatherfield County match and excitedly heads there with Chesney but disaster strikes when she tries to get through the turn stile and ends up trapped due to her pregnant stomach.
Max returns home in a foul mood and ends up in a row with Lily over the TV. When Harry is then hurt and has to be taken to hospital, Shona accuses Max who defiantly claims that it was Lily who pushed him.
Sinead is disheartened when she has to use a wheelchair to attend a family picnic and when she becomes too unwell, she has to be taken home. Geoff suggests to Yasmeen that they invest in Speed Daal while Bethany accidentally causes James to be injured.
Wednesday 16th October Part Two
Marion arrives and tells Shona that Max has been visiting her and when she spots that Shona has been drinking, she accuses her of being an unfit mother and seeks legal advice over custody. Later, Shona realises that it was Lily who pushed Harry and she feels terrible.
Gemma is mortified when the fire service have to cut her out of the turnstile while Daniel and Sinead are given a painful reminder that time is running out. Alya agrees to let Alya invest – but not Geoff while Bethany picks James brains over an article.
Friday 18th October Part One
Shona tries to contact Max and is horrified when Marion makes it clear that she plans to fight her and David for custody of Max. David is rocked by the news and his day gets worse when he spots Josh in the medical wing of the prison.
Emmerdale spoilers: Ryan Hawley reveals all on Robert Sugdens exit
Robert Sugden hasnt had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having ..
Robert Sugden hasnt had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having been charged for GBH with intent for brutally assaulting Victoria Bartons (Isabel Hodgins) rapist Lee — but things are set to get much worse for the beloved character before his on-screen exit arrives, and actor Ryan Hawley has all the gossip on Roberts exit.
Robert was livid when he first learned about what had happened to Victoria, and thus he set out to seek revenge on her behalf — in spite of her consistently asking him not to. After multiple failed attempts to get justice for what Lee did, Robert lost control and picked up a shovel, before hitting the rapist on the back of the head — and he was charged for the crime as a result.
He ended up pleading guilty so that he could save Victoria having to lie on his behalf in court, and since then hes been enjoying the free time hes got left with husband Aaron (Danny Miller). On Roberts current state of mind, Ryan said: Hes waiting for the inevitable.He is however, optimistic that it is going to only be a short amount of time that hes going to be away for.
I believe, worst case scenario – only a couple of years. He is quite confident in the fact that he has pled guilty so sentencing will be a bit more lenient.
Roberts circumstances are set to worsen in the coming episodes, as he learns that Lee has passed away in hospital. The ramifications that the rapists death will have on his prison sentence is the main cause of concern, as its now incredibly likely that hell be charged with murder for what he did to the young man.
Robert understandably struggles to process this information, but Liv (Isobel Steele) offers up a solution, when she suggests that he and Aaron go on the run together.
Ryan said: The news has just been broken to them so they havent really got a plan, they are going to have to take it as it comes. It means some very emotional goodbyes to some people in the village, but they have to be quick and there are some people they dont even get the chance to because Read More – Source
Holby City review with spoilers: Ric opts for the risky surgery after Darla decides to keep the baby
Ric considers his options (Picture: BBC)
First the good news on tonights Holby City – Ric Griffin (H..
First the good news on tonights Holby City – Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie)s brain tumour is benign. Unfortunately the bad news is very bad indeed. The tumour is huge, which makes surgery to remove it extremely difficult, according to Ric. The risks are very high that he could have a stroke or not survive the surgery at all. Leaving the tumour where it is could be an option, but it will probably keep on growing and compress his brain, leading to more mood swings, more forgetfulness and worse. His days as a surgeon would definitely be over very soon.
Because he had Darla (Naomi Katiyo) to worry about, he decided that he wouldnt risk the surgery and would try to manage the symptoms of the tumour with drugs. He also decided not to worry Darla by telling her about his diagnosis.
Everything changed when Darla was visited by Peter (Jordan Adene), the father of her baby, who proved to be a very mature, supportive and sensible 15 year old. Donna (Jaye Jacobs) had already detected in Darla signs of doubt that she wanted to go through with having her baby adopted and Peters arrival cemented her decision – she wanted to keep her daughter. Peter said hed get a job and theyd manage.
Ric was on board with this plan because hes always wanted whatever makes Darla happy. Then Peters father (Daniel Adegboyega), an elder of the church, arrived and kicked off a bit. He accused Darla of trying to trap his son and said the baby might not even be Peters. There was a bit of a tussle as he tried to take Peter away and Ric ended up being thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious.
Ric wasnt seriously hurt, but as everyone clustered around his bedside Cameron (Nic Jackman) said something about his serious condition in front of Darla, so Ric had no option but to tell her the truth. Peter proved that hes a keeper by smoothing things out with Darlas dad, so Darla is going to move back in with Kofi and bring up the baby, after making Ric promise that he has to do whats best for him and not delay the surgery just for her sake. And theyre naming the baby Erica, after her great-granddad – which made him fill up. She wouldnt be here now if it werent for you, Darla said. And Cameron, he reminded her, But Ericas a better name.
Ric apologised to Zav (Marcus Griffiths) and Donna for his recent behaviour and told them hes going to go for the surgery, because he wants to carry on being a surgeon himself if theres even a slim chance.
Meanwhile a small bunch of supporting artists had assembled to give Essie (Kaye Wragg) a party to welcome her new adopted baby. This was mainly a plot device so one of the cards would be found later on by Connor (Calum Lill) – Islas father. Hed come to the hospital to get Frankies phone number from Essie but he soon worked out that Essie is pretending that Isla is her legally adopted daughter. Sacha (Bob Barrett) tried to help Essie out by warning Connor off but only succeeded in making the situation worse. Essie finally resorted to good old faRead More – Source
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