The world of development, like New York City, never sleeps. Here's what's in the works from the wonderful world of genre entertainment...
Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the adult-oriented animated series follows the exploits of a waning sitcom star from the 1990s, an anthropomorphic horse (voiced by Will Arnett) with deep depression, a serious drinking problem, and a genuine talent for self-destruction and friend/loved-one alienation.
The comedic (and often surrealist) world of BoJack Horseman offers unique critiques on entertainment, mental health, love, and more mature themes, making it a constant hit with critics and audiences alike. It also boasts a seriously A-list cast of principal players and guest stars, such as Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, J.K. Simmons, Patton Oswalt, Stanley Tucci, Wendie Malick, and Matthew Broderick.
Next, game developer Ubisoft is moving into the world of television with adaptations of two of its own titles, Child of Light and Werewolves Within, according to Variety. The former will be a live-action TV show, while the latter has its sights on the big screen.
These two adaptations are part of Ubisoft's first-ever "Women’s Film and Television Fellowship." The initiative is meant to highlight female screenwriters by giving them access to the developer's eclectic collection of games. Tasha Huo (Light) and Mishna Wolff (Werewolves) were the first two selected, working closely with Margaret Boykin (director of Ubisoft's film development), Danielle Kreinik (director of Ubisoft's television development), and Jason Altman (head of film and television).
“We were so thrilled with the outcome of this fellowship, it is exactly what we wanted,” Boykin said in a statement to Variety. “We were so lucky to work with these two women.”
Released in 2014, Child of Light is a platformer set in the fantasy setting of Lemuria. Players take on the role of Aurora, a young woman tasked with rescuing the sun, moon, and stars from the dreaded Black Queen.
“We love that the game centers around Aurora discovering strength,” Huo said. “I love video games and I’m passionate about them, but you want people who have never heard of these games to fall in love with them.”
Werewolves Within, a multiplayer game, was released in 2016 and takes place in the medieval hamlet of Gallowstown. Tired of a string of werewolf attacks, the village citizens work together, using a special guidebook, to eliminate all lupine offenders in their midst.
“When I first came to Ubisoft there was another one I was interested in,” said Wolff. “But Werewolves Within kept gnawing at me ... It kept popping into my head. It was just demanding I tell a story.”
Lastly, a sequel to August's The Meg has already entered the early stages of development, writes Variety. This was confirmed by EP Catherine Xujun Ying at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles.
“It’s still in the very early stages, but we’re working on it. We’re trying to keep it secret at this time," she said.
Based on the 1997 novel by Steve Alten, The Meg was directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) and revolves around a massive type of shark thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago, a megalodon. When one appears after all these years, it's up to Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Jessica McNamee, Cliff Curtis, and Winston Chao to prevent beachgoers from becoming the shark's lunch.
Thanks to Atlen, there's no shortage of sequels to adapt, as the author penned six and a half books (Book #4.5, Vostok, was a prequel) in the series, the latest of which was just released in June.