Cowboy Bebop and Ronald Dahl at Netflix and the Movies You Should Keep an Eye On…Like Artemis Fowl and Anna and the Apocalypse

It seems like the holidays are going to be very quiet with all the shows shutting down for the holidays and rightly so…as most of us are trying to figure out presents for all our friends and family and planning for the big holiday dinners. 

With that said, there are some exciting news movie-wise. 

First up, Artemis Fowl:

As I watched, I had the same feeling I got when I saw the first Harry Potter movie teaser. 

If you are intrigued, there are a series of books that revolve around Artemis Fowl and they are written by Eoin Colfer. Here is the summary of book 1:

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous–and extremely high-tech–fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?

The second bit of movie news that had many excited revolved around the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Sony has Bek Smith working on the script for the sequel that will focus on three generations of Spider-Women, one of which is Spider-Gwen. If you have not seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you are missing out on a fun movie. Deadline

Zoey Deutch has been  cast in the sequel to Zombieland. The original cast has also signed on and the movie will be released in time for Halloween 2019.  Variety

Since it is the holidays, I only thought it fair to show you a trailer to a movie that screams Christmas…

One last thing, if you have a teen (my 16 year old niece texted me this bit of news) that loved the Netflix movie To All the Boys I Loved Before, it is getting a sequel. That reminds me, if you get the book, there are Christmas cookie recipes in the back. 

Now, about TV…

 Netflix has been working hard lining up programming:

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ACTION SERIES COWBOY BEBOP BASED ON THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES

  • Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
  • Episodes: 10
  • Co-Production: Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle physical production.
  • Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
  • Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
  • Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
  • Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)

NETFLIX TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL ANIMATED EVENT SERIES FROM THE ICONIC ROALD DAHL STORY UNIVERSE

Netflix Will Reimagine and Extend Some of the World’s Most Beloved Stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and More

Hollywood, Calif. and London, UK – November 27, 2018 – Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas are joining The BFG, Matilda, The Twits, and a host of other iconic characters who have all found a brand new home together on Netflix! Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company jointly announced today that Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series, based on the books from the acclaimed and award-winning author’s best-selling library, including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe Twits, and many other beloved titles.

Roald Dahl stories have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” added Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe TwitsCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorGeorge’s Marvellous MedicineBoy – Tales of ChildhoodGoing SoloThe Enormous CrocodileThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeHenry SugarBilly and the MinpinsThe Magic FingerEsio TrotDirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.

Happily, The Walking Dead‘s numbers are up from the week prior. Unfortunately, the fall season finale for season 9 was the lowest of all of the mid-season finales. I would take this as a win for the show, but we shall see how many will keep on watching when the show returns February 10th at 9 pm. 

In Memoriam: The saddest news of the week revolves around the passing of the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants. Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS on Monday. Hillenburg was an avid artist and a marine biologist, he combined both of his loves and created a beloved character and his friends that lived in a fictional underwater city called Bikini Bottom. The show popped up on Nickelodeon in the late 90s and continues to be a fan favorite. Hillenburg has made many children and those who are still a child at heart smile. In response, Nickelodeon observed a moment of silence. TV Guide

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