Last week in television: Game of Thrones, Luther, David Fincher’s Mindhunter, The Haunting of Hill House, The Passage, and more
The past week has seen some interesting television related news, and we bring you the following updates:
HBO’s Game of Thrones to live stream a new after show special, BBC’s Luther returning for a 5th season, David Fincher’s Mindhunter series gets a release date, The Haunting of Hill House casting news, Little Nightmares being adapted for television, and casting news for TNT’s Snowpiercer and FOX’s The Passage.
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Game of Thrones season 7 new after show special and more
According to Variety, season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones will have an after show titled Talk the Thrones which will stream live on twitter after new episodes air, and will be free for viewers without needing cable access. It will be hosted by Ringer’s Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, who formerly hosted “After the Thrones” and will be available to stream @ringer. In related news the network have also released a new featurette taking a look at the special effects for the series (above).
The season 7 cast includes Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Ellie Kendrick, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Kristofer Hivju, Rory McCann, Hannah Murray, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Aiden Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Bella Ramsey.
Following season 7, the series based on the popular book series from George R.R. Martin will conclude with an 8th season consisting of six episodes.
Game of Thrones season 7 premieres July 16th on HBO.
Lead image credit: HBO/Helen Sloan
BBC’s Luther starring Idris Elba returning for a 5th season
According to TVLine, critically acclaimed BBC drama series Luther starring Idris Elba will be returning for a 5th season. Penned by series creator Neil Cross, the season will consist of 4 parts. Elba plays DCI John Luther, a near-genius murder detective. He had the following to say about the development:
“Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
The series is expected to begin filming in 2018. Here’s hoping the series can get Ruth Wilson’s character Alice Morgan to reprise her role as well.
David Fincher’s Netflix Original series Mindhunter release date
Collider are reporting that David Fincher’s Mindhunter series has an October release date on Netflix. Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, the series stars Jonathan Groff (Looking), Anna Torv (Fringe), Holt McCallany (Alien 3), and Hannah Gross (Unless). It is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead) Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers. The synopsis reads:
An agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Mindhunter will stream exclusively on Netflix Friday, October 13th.
The Haunting of Hill House casting news
THR are reporting that Netflix has cast Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, Orphan Black) for their upcoming series The Haunting of Hill House. Slated to be a reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, the series will be helmed by Mike Flanagan, who’s currently working on an adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Known for his work on horror films Absentia, Oculus, and Hush, Flanagan will write, direct and executive produce alongside his frequent collaborator, Trevor Macy. According to the article:
Huisman will take on the role of Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — including a memoir about his family’s time living at Hill House.
For those unfamiliar with the novel, the synopsis reads as follows:
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
No further details such are known about the project at this time, but we’ll keep readers posted as news becomes available.
Snowpiercer series casting news
According to Deadline, are reporting that TNT have added Alison Wright (The Americans) and Benjamin Haigh (The Conjuring 2) to the cast of their upcoming Snowpiercer series. In a separate article it’s also reported that Annalise Basso (Captain Fantastic, Ouija) and Sasha Frolova (The OA) have been added as series regulars. They join Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), Jennifer Connelly (Requiem for a Dream), and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton). The series is a futuristic thriller based on the feature film of the same name from director by Bong Joon-ho, and an adaptation of the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob. Sumner is to portray Bess Till, while Connelly plays Melanie Cavill, and Diggs plays Layton Well. Directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), the series is executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Derrickson, Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius, Last Man Standing), and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi. The synopsis:
Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
The series is expected to air in 2018.
Little Nightmares videogame being adapted for television by the Russo Brothers
According to THR, Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War) are joining forces with director Henry Selick (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) to bring horror-adventure video game Little Nightmares to the small screen. The series will be developed and executive produced by the Russo’s along with with Dmitri M. Johnson and Stephan Bugaj of DJ2 Entertainment. Dan Jevons will serve as a producer, while Samuel Gatte will executive produce for Bandai-Namco. Selick will direct the pilot episode and possibly others. The article describes the synopsis as:
The Little Nightmares game follows a 9-year-old girl named Six who finds herself trapped on the bottom of a terror-filled ship named the Maw. With hunger and the depths one goes to satiate that hunger as the themes, the storyline follows Six as she tries to escape from the ship while evading capture and death at the hands of characters named the Janitor, the Twin Chefs and the Lady.
Little else is known about the project at this time.
The Passage series casting news
THR have reported that Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire) has joined the cast of FOX’s The Passage, which is based on the best-selling trilogy by Justin Cronin. Piazza will play the role of Clark Richards and joins Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Pitch, Family Guy) as Wolgast. Other cast members include Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6, Run All Night), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens, The Exorcist series), B.J. Britt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Jennifer Ferrin (The Following, Hell on Wheels). The series is to be written by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights), who serves as executive producer alongside Matt Reeves (Felicity), Adam Kassan, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Marcos Siega (who will direct the pilot). According to the article, the series plot reads:
Based on the best-selling trilogy by Justin Cronin, the drama begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The potential series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy (Saniyya Sidney) who must save the human race.
Additional details are unknown at this time.
That’s all for television related news from the past week, feel free to check back next Sunday for the latest updates.