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Development: Netflix's Castlevania renewed; first Watch the Skies promo, and more

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Oct 31, 2018

Thirsty for more genre development news and perhaps a little blood of the innocent? We're here to provide all of that and more!

We'll preface this first news hit by warning you to wear a turtleneck or thick scarf. Why? Because the vampires over on Netflix's Castlevania series will go on the prowl for a third season, reports Deadline

Premiering last July for a total of four episodes, Castlevania's trial run was met with acclaim, but complaints that the first season was just too short. The 8-episode second season dropped on Netflix just a few days ago and currently holds a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The anime-inspired show (written by comic book creator Warren Ellis) is based on the Konami video game franchise of the same name, telling the story of an epic struggle between Dracula and a determined vampire hunter.


Secondly, TriCoast Studios has released the first promo video for its upcoming animated feature, Watch the Skies.

A co-production between the U.S. and China, the E.T.-esque film follows an dragon-like alien boy, who crashes on Earth and is rescued by a group of kids that must protect him from a horde of alien hunters. Interestingly, "Watch the Skies" was the title for the E.T. sequel that Steven Spielberg almost made, meaning that this movie's name 

The animated film boasts an impressive cast of Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia), Asa Butterfield (Time Freak), and David Fynn (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!).

Check out the BTS promo below:

Directed by Mark Byers, Watch the Skies will be released in America next November. 


Lastly, the sci-fi anthology film, Warning, is starting to take shape with a number of high-profile casting choices that include Alice Eve (Iron Fist), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas). 

Currently in preproduction, the movie will be helmed by directorial newcomer Agata Alexander, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rob Michaelson and Jason Kaye (The Powerpuff Girls). Set in the future, the plot will consist of interconnected stories. 

Cybill Lui, who is producing under her Anova Pictures banner said:

“We are so excited to have the beautiful and talented Alice join us,” said Lui. “This project is a rarity as it is high-concept, thought-provoking, funny, grounded sci-fi material envisioned by a female filmmaker supported by a really cool and diverse cast.”

International rights to the project are held by The Exchange, while the North American rights are being retained  by ICM. The former is trying to entice buyers at the American Film Market festival, which kicked off today in Santa Monica, California. 

(via Deadline)


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