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Development: Titans goes global at Netflix, Audible scares up original horror series, and more

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Oct 1, 2018

We tackle Titans' clash with the spoken word and the worst of the Thor trilogy in our latest round of development news from the entertainment industry. You already know the drill. Let's get down to business (whether or not it involves defeating the Huns is up to you). 

Right off the bat, Automatik Entertainment is working on a feature-length version of Kevin Margo's short sci-fi film, Construct, writes Deadline. Margo served as a VFX supervisor on 2013's Thor: The Dark World. He's also worked on X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a number of the Batman: Arkham games. 

Clocking in at 11-minutes, Construct follows a house-building robot named Aiden, who discovers that his boss and co-workers are murderers. Soon, he finds himself battling for his life and that of his son. It's got a surprising amount of pathos and some really awesome coreography. 

You can watch the short feature below:

According to Deadline, the official synopsis is as follows: 

"Aiden Connolly['s] robotic son is kidnapped by a desperate father working with a rogue group of AIs in a world where robots represent the lowest socio-economic class. To rescue his son, Aiden must navigate the violent cultural divide by inhabiting their mechanical form."

Margo will direct with Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) producing. Even Google is getting in on the action!


Next up we head over to Audible, which is planning to roll out its own original horror/mystery series entitled Reverse Transmission

Revolving around a self-driving car that starts murdering people, the series (a product of Wham City Comedy) is said to be a mix of pitch black humor, "science fiction and dystopian thrillers."

The main character is Jay, a poor artist that takes on the job of "driving" a self-driving car at the Awooga rideshare company. Get it? "Awooga!" is the sound a car horn sometimes makes. 

Things take a turn for the surreal when her work vehicle runs over a pedestrian and talks her into getting rid of the body. In other words, think of it as a cross between Stephen King's Christine, Ray Bradbury's The Pedestrian, and the classic mid-60s TV show My Mother, the Car

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Credit: Audible.com

"The central mystery of the show is who or what is causing the car to kill? Could it be the CEO of Awooga? Has the car become sentient – and homicidal? Or is an anti-technology cult resisting artificial intelligence and augmented reality behind the violence? The non-linear, non-traditional format of Reverse Transmission adds to the intrigue, and it’s ultimately up to listeners to figure everything out," reads the official release. 

Reverse Transmission drives onto Audible.com Oct. 24. 


Lastly, we've got some news from the world of DC, where Netflix has picked up the international rights to distribute the upcoming Titans show, reports Variety

If it's a country that's not America or China, then Netflix has streaming dibs, something that is not new for the company. They're already hosting Star Trek: Discovery (a CBS All Access original) in territories outside of the U.S. and Canada. 

Titans will premiere on the DC Universe streaming service Oct. 12. Whether it will also make its debut on Netflix at the same time, and whether all of Season 1 will be readily available to binge has not been disclosed. In the case of DC Universe, one episode is to be released every week as with every other show on mainstream television or Hulu. 


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