Game of Thrones prequel, Amazon Fire Cube, and a Stranger Things book. All this and more on Cordkillers!
CordKillers: Ep. 223 - Fire³
Recorded: June 11 2018
- HBO orders GAME OF THRONES prequel pilot from Jane Goldman
- HBO Orders First 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Pilot
- HBO has ordered a pilot of a Game of Thrones spinoff from writer/producer/showrunner Jane Goldman.
- Co-wrote the scripts for Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Woman in Black, Kingsman and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
- Set in the Age of Heroes that began with the Pact signed between the Children of the Forest (the original inhabitants of the continent of Westeros) and the invading First Men,
LOGLINE: "Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. 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."
- George R.R. Martin helped brainstorm ideas, gets a producer and story by credit but will not be active in the series.
- Shoot its pilot next year and, if it gets a series order, will likely air in 2020 or 2021.
- There are other pilot pitches in GoT universe. - Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Brian Helgeland (Legend), Carly Wray (Westworld), and Thrones veteran Bryan Cogman.
- HBO's Casey Bloys previously told THR "My sense right now is we would be very lucky if one of the four rises to the level that we have set. Now, theoretically, what if they're all great? That's a high-class problem that I'll solve when it comes to that. But knowing what we know about the development process, that's why we wanted to increase our odds. But I do not see a scenario where we have more than one. But again, high-class problem."
How to Watch
- Amazon's Fire TV Cube squeezes an Echo into its set-top box
- Amazon announced the Amazon Fire TV Cube
The Fire TV Cube supports Amazon's assistant just like the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV box, but acts like a full-featured Echo device with 8 microphones built-in and support for various voice-based skills. Can't do voice calls or messages.
The Cube supports CEC over HDMI but also includes a multidirectional IR blaster and can can power up your TV, sound system and even cable box.
It ships on June 21st for $119.99.
What to Watch
- Netflix renews controversial '13 Reasons Why' for a third season
- Netflix's controversial teen drama 13 Reasons Why is returning for a third season in 2019. The show centers around a young woman who took her own life, and a box of cassette tapes that reveal the 13 reasons why she did so. At Netflix's annual investor's meeting, CEO Reed Hastings said: "13 Reasons Why has been enormously popular and successful. It's engaging content..it is controversial. But nobody has to watch it."
- Netflix lands Eddie Murphy for 'Dolemite' biopic
- Netflix has obtained the rights to the film Dolemite is My Name, a biopic about singer and actor Rudy Ray Moore, produced by and starring Eddie Murphy. Production is scheduled to begin on June 12th.
- Amazon confirms it'll make 'The Underground Railroad' TV series
- Barry Jenkins will direct 11 episodes of a series based on the alternate history book The Underground Railroad, for Amazon. It's a story about a young slave girl named Cora and her daring escape from a cotton plantation in Georgia through an underground railroad. Expected to premiere sometime in 2019.
- Dolly Parton will produce and star in an 8-episode anthology series for Netflix based around her songs. She'll also serve as singer and songwriter for the series.
- Amazon goes all-in on Jordan Peele's TV shows
- Amazon signed a deal to get first look at any new TV series developed by Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions. Amazon has already ordered a drama called The Hunt and a documentary series about Lorena Bobbit from Monkeypaw. Monkeypaw has a first look deal for films with Universal.
- Amazon breaks Premier League hold of Sky and BT with Prime streaming deal
- Amazon struck a deal to exclusively livestream 20 Premier League football games, with 10 matches over one bank holiday and another 10 during one midweek fixture programme, for three seasons starting in 2019. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Amazon said the matches would be available to UK Prime Video members at no extra cost to their existing subscription.
What We're Watching
- Brian: Deadwood, Westworld
- Tom: The Expanse, Deadwood, Death in Paradise, The Post
- On the Lookout: Comrade Detective
- DirecTV Now's cloud DVR comes to Roku devices
- DirecTV Now has launched its DVR feature in beta on Roku boxes and smart TVs. Subscribers get 20 hours of recordings for 30 days as part of their existing subscription and can pay $10 more per month to extend that to 100 hours and 90 days.
- Stranger Things Is Launching a Book Franchise, Including a Prequel About Eleven's Mom
- Netflix and Penguin Random House are a series of Stranger Things books, which will include a prequel about Eleven’s mom, Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down, starting this autumn. There will also be a young adult gift book with more books coming next year.
- Peter Jackson confirms he IS involved with Amazon's LORD OF THE RINGS prequel series, but won't be in charge
- Peter Jackson has said he will not be the showrunner for Amazon's Lord of the Rings because he lacks experience in TV. He is helping Amazon put the production crew together.
- Facebook enlists anchors from CNN, Fox News, Univision for news shows
- Facebook announced on Wednesday it would offer news programs from various publishers this year on its Watch platform including shows hosted by Anderson Cooper of CNN, Shepard Smith of Fox News and Jorge Ramos of Univision in an effort to improve the quality of news. The shows would be original to Facebook and would launch in the coming months with ad breaks, said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of global news partnerships.
Dispatches from the Front
Matt had trouble watching WHWWHWOWDDHP at a rental house:
My wife and I had an evening without the kids so she decided we should watch Fantastic Beasts and where to find them. I checked Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes and none of them had it to rent. Sure we could buy it for $15 but on principal we decided to watch something else we missed recently in the theater. We tried to find Spider-man Homecoming, John Wick 2, and Get Out and NONE of them were available to rent and all of them were available at an outrageous $15 for the digital stream (some were available on blu-ray for cheaper).
Eventually after much scrolling and disappointment I remembered hearing good things about Game night. We watched it and enjoyed it very much.
Now you might be tempted to just say "sucks to be you" but this is my reminder to the Film industry The only reason I don't download movies for free is because they are easier to rent.
The only reason I don't torrent a high quality movie in 20 minutes is because they are easier to rent.
The only reason I removed the Torrent client on my computer is because the movies I wanted to watch were available to rent.
Dear Film industry,
If you get greedy with windowing I'll fight back with free.
Don't think that every $6 rental is a lost $15 sale. I rarely buy movies, and when I do it's on a Blu-Ray that won't expire and is on sale at Target for $13.
Hello Tom, Brian and anyone else is there
Just a heads up. Babylon 5 is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The video is in SD quality but still viewable.
Actually your statements that charging difference prices based on the card you’re paying with is illegal. You must treat all forms of the same kind of payment the same. MasterCard can go after AMC for this practice. (AMEX has had to fight this same battle in the past )
Hi Tom & Brian,
I wanted to write in with a recent experience. I was at a Pacific Theaters location to see Book Club (not Solo for the second time 😊). Like many other movie houses, they have a ticket counter with humans to facilitate ticket sales, in addition to a number of unattended touchscreen kiosks.
After trying to complete my transaction on two different kiosks with unresponsive touchscreens, I went to the counter to but my ticket. The person behind the counter rung me up and then I handed him my MoviePass. He then informed me that he is not able to complete the sale and I should use the kiosk. I told him the problem and then politely asked him to run the sale, but he insisted it will not go though on his POS terminal.
So, I called him out on it and demanded he accept my card to compete the transaction. One MasterCard is as good as any, right? After a little back and forth, he humored me and attempted to run the charge. Just as he warned me, the sale did not go through. I didn't actually see what was on his screen, but I saw him swipe my card. Somehow, the POS system at Pacific Theaters can identify MoviePass out of any other MasterCard and deny the sale.
It seems like Disney no longer has long-term plans for ESPN3...I tried to watch the NBA Finals through a browser, and while I was able to do so (via ESPN3), what I found interesting was that the page ESPN3.com is actually dead now! I used to use it all the time to watch ESPN3 content. I would assume that this means ESPN3 won't be around in the long run, but I'd love to hear your thought about that.
Sincerely in Christ,