Do you have the time? Never mind, put your watch down, we know what time it is. It's time for another round of development news from the world of genre entertainment! In this round-up, we're heading back in time to the Second World War, admiring a supernatural and comedic painting, and kvelling over a surprising character reveal for Arrow Season 7.
At the top of the development roster, you've got the second season of AMC's The Terror. /Film reports that Season 2 has found its director in Narcos alum Josef Kubota Wladyka and will be set during WWII in a Japanese-American internment camp.
“We are so thrilled to have gotten our dream director in Josef Kubota Wladyka. Not only is he a proven talent in both features and television, but his Japanese-American background gives him a personal connection to the material as well," said EP Alexander Woo.
These aforementioned camps were set up in the western deserts of the U.S. in 1942 after FDR signed Executive Order 9066. One of the darker times in American history, the decision to round up Japanese-Americans was an act of xenophobia, stemming from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.
Despite the fact that these people were fully-fledged American citizens, those in the upper echelons of the federal government feared that they had dual loyalties and would undermine the country during its war against Imperial Japan. A prominent individual that spent the majority of the war in an internment camp was Star Trek's George Takei.
"We hope to convey the abject terror of the historical experience in a way that feels modern and relevant to the present moment,” Woo said. “The prospect of doing so with a majority Asian and Asian-American cast is both thrilling and humbling.”
Obviously, the series is turning into an anthology, with each season being unrelated to the events of the previous one. Based on 2007 novel by Dan Simmons, Season 1 was set in 1848 and focused on an Antarctic expedition. Well-received by critics and audiences, The Terror was hailed as mixture of The Thing and Master and Commander.
The next bit of news involves you to take out your paintbrushes and easels. Got them at the ready? Good!
According to Deadline, The CW is working on a humurous and female-centric adaptation of Oscar Wilde's late 19th Century novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Revolving around the titular character, the book tells the story of a hedonistic man, who sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth. However, every one of his misdeeds is reflected in a beautifully-rendered portrait of himself, which ages and turns ugly with the passage of time.
Warner Bros. Television is spearheading the comedic adaptation, alongside writer Marisa Coughlan (Super Troopers 2) and producer Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie). Coughlan's story is about a woman that sold her soul to the Devil 50 years ago for the same benefits that Dorian Gray got in the book. When her sins catch up to her all these years later, she's ready to die, but must first make up for every single one of them.
Think of this upcoming series as a mixture of 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd and Joan of Arcadia. Impressed that we remembered Eddie McDowd?
Dorian Gray's been depicted on the screen (both big and small) numerous times, cropping up in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Penny Dreaful.
Our final bit of news comes after the fact of its reveal, which is that Ben Lewis (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has joined Arrow for a season-long arc as William, the adult son of Oliver Queen.
He appeared in the Oct. 15 season premiere episode, "Inmate 4587." Star Stephen Amell welcomed Lewis "to the family" on Twitter, to which Lewis replied, "Thanks, dad!"
Episode 2 of Arrow, "The Longbow Hunters," airs Monday, Oct. 22.