The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for Oct 31, 2018
Naomi Watts will star in the Game of Thrones prequel pilot at HBO. The exact details of Watts’ character are being kept under wraps, but it is known she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the project chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend – it’s not the story we think we know. The series is one of five Game of Thrones projects that has been in the works at HBO.
The gigantic shark is headed back to spook the depths, according to Variety. Are you ready for a franchise around The Meg? “It’s still very early stages right now, but we’re working or starting to work on it. We’d like to keep it a secret at this time,” executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying, told the crowd at the US-China Entertainment Summit, of a planned The Meg sequel. The Jason Statham-starrer was the highest grossing co-production between the U.S. and China, ever.
Actor/director Tyler Perry says he’s ending his Madea character in 2019. Since debuting in 1999, Madea has appeared in dozens of films, plays, and television appearances. But in 2019, the filmmaker will do a farewell stage tour and 2019’s “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral” to say goodbye to his iconic character. Perry said, “I’m happy to kill that old bitch, I’m tired, man. I just don’t want to be her age, playing her.”
Broad City seems to have found its slightly raunchy, definitely happy place on Comedy Central, but it almost made it onto the much more family-friendly FX. The series stars and co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer originally sold the script to FX, but after a pilot order, the network passed, deeming it “too girly,” Jacobson spills in her new memoir, I Might Regret This.
Variety reports that Falcon and Winter Soldier could team up for a limited series on the new streaming platform arriving in 2019. Writer and producer Malcolm Spellman, known for musical drama series Empire, could write the series, though the source of that information has yet to be revealed. If true, the actors who have popularized these characters, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan respectively, would be back to reprise these roles. Previous reports on what big shows could come to Disney’s platform also include a Scarlet Witch limited series of six to eight episodes, as well as a Loki series, of the same expected length.