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WIRE Buzz: Crypt TV peers into 'Stereoscope' trailer; Game of Thrones S8; more

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Aug 14, 2020, 1:19 PM EDT

Discover a horrifying reality that lies just next to our own in the monstrous trailer for Crypt TV's Stereoscope. SYFY WIRE can exclusively debut the first footage for the new scripted horror series, which premieres on Facebook Watch next Friday, Aug. 21. Season 1 consists of 10 episodes.

Starring Bree Winslow, Prema Cruz, Blaine Maye, and Brian White, the show centers around a mysterious stereoscope that can transport the viewer to another world. When the only scientist (White) who truly understands its power is violently killed, his wife (Cruz) and daughter (Winslow) must figure out a way to stop the supernatural force (a xenomorph-inspired beast by the looks of it) the device has unleashed.

Watch the trailer below:

"Crypt is excited to have Stereoscope kickoff 50 consecutive weeks of new original scary programming, exclusive to our Facebook pages, for Crypt's global fanbase of nearly ten million strong on the platform," Crypt TV's Chief Operating Officer Darren Brandl said in a statement. "Our partnership with Facebook Watch is built on turning our best performing IP on our pages to long form shows and utilizing the unique interactive community building on Facebook Watch. Stereoscope is a story our fans have been demanding to see more of, and we can’t wait to see their reaction as we begin delivering more and more premium originals from Crypt."

Jasmine Johnson developed the show, which is  based on the 2017 short film of the same name by Alexander Babaev. Lena Tsodykovskaya serves as director, working off scripts by Trent Atkinson. Each episode runs for about 10 minutes. 

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Jack Davis, Kate Krantz and Darren Brandl executive-produce, while Babaev, Jeremy Elliott, and independent studio Wiiip co-produce. Stereoscope will also be available to international audiences with subtitles in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Hindi, and Indonesian.

Last month, Facebook Watch renewed another Crypt TV series, The Birch, which SYFY WIRE exclusively previewed last fall. That project amassed millions of views during its 14-episode run.

While we're still waiting to hear more about Daniel Kaluuya's (Black Panther, Get Out) plans to reboot Barney for the big screen (yes, that Barney), the actor has another project for fans to look forward to, as Deadline is reporting that he'll produce and star in a Netflix adaptation of the YA novel The Upper World.

Written by Femi Fadugba, the book is a part of a planned series of novels, with the first being released in the U.K. in 2021, and in early 2022 in the U.S., through Penguin U.K. and HarperCollins, respectively. 

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The Upper World is set in Peckham, London, and follows the story of Esso, a teen stuck in the middle of a deadly feud and at the risk of expulsion, who discovers he has the ability to access a world where he can see snapshots of the past and future. Meanwhile, in 2035, Rhia is walking to football practice unaware that she's going to meet a stranger who'll need her help to escape from a bullet fired 15 years in the past.

Serving as producers alongside Kaluuya are Screen Arcade's Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, who brought the book to Netflix through a first-look deal. Fadugba, a UPenn Thouron Scholar who holds a master's degree from Oxford University, where he published in quantum physics, will also executive-produce.

Fan disappointment over Game of Thrones' final season on HBO struck a chord with a key figure in Westeros. Speaking with Variety, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who played Jaime Lannister across all eight seasons of the epic fantasy adaptation) admitted that he nearly donated to the campaign to remake Season 8.

"I was aware of the petition for a new ending, which I thought was hilarious. I almost wanted to donate to that petition," the actor said. "HBO saying, 'You’re right, so many people want it, we’re going to do it.' I think everyone had their own opinion. I find the world of fandom really interesting. Everyone wanted something specific and different from what they got. It’s a combination of — you imagine an ending; but also, I think if you’re a hardcore fan, it was really upsetting that it ended. You lived with this for eight seasons. There is still a massive community dedicated to Game of Thrones. I think there was a real fear that was going to go away. It had to end."

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When asked if he would do anything differently about his character's ultimate fate (crushed under Kings Landing rubble while holding his sister/lover, Cersei, close), Coster-Waldau said: "It was great. It was fine. How do you end that story? Let’s talk about this in 10 years, then you can talk about it. But now, I think it’s a little too recent."

HBO is currently working on a Targaryen spinoff series, House of the Dragon.