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January 19 is fast approaching for the 30th annual PGA Awards, but there s no point in having in ceremony if nobody s nominated right? That changed this morning when the Producers Guild revealed their top picks for the year, with the film nominations ranging from superhero fare to revitalized rom-coms. Get the full list below!The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesBlack PantherProducer: Kevin FeigeBlacKkKlansmanProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, Spike LeeBohemian RhapsodyProducer: Graham KingCrazy Rich AsiansProducers: Nina Jacobson Brad Simpson, John PenottiThe FavouriteProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos LanthimosGreen BookProducers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick VallelongaA Quiet PlaceProducers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad FullerRomaProducers: Gabriela Rodríguez, Alfonso CuarónA Star Is BornProducers: Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, Lynette Howell TaylorViceProducers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin Messick, Adam McKayThe Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion PicturesThe Dawn WallProducers: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Philipp ManderlaFree SoloProducers: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, Shannon DillHalProducers: Christine Beebe, Jonathan Lynch, Brian MorrowInto the OkavangoProducer: Neil GelinasRBGProducers: Betsy West, Julie CohenThree Identical StrangersProducers: Becky Read, Grace Hughes-HallettWon’t You Be My Neighbor?Producers: Morgan Neville, Nicholas Ma, Caryn CapotostoThe Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion PicturesDr. Seuss’ The GrinchProducers: Chris Meledandri, Janet HealyIncredibles 2Producers: John Walker, Nicole GrindleIsle of DogsProducers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*Ralph Breaks the InternetProducer: Clark SpencerSpider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseProducers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina SteinbergThe Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – DramaThe Americans (Season 6)Producers: Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Chris Long, Graham Yost, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stephen Schiff, Mary Rae Thewlis, Tracey Scott Wilson, Peter Ackerman, Joshua BrandBetter Call Saul (Season 4)Producers: Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Nina Jack, Diane Mercer, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock, Ann Cherkis, Bob Odenkirk, Robin SweetThe Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)Producers: Bruce Miller, Warren Littlefield, Elisabeth Moss, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Mike Barker, Sheila Hockin, Eric Tuchman, Kira Snyder, Yahlin Chang, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Joseph Boccia, Dorothy Fortenberry, Margaret Atwood, Ron MilbauerOzark (Season 2)Producers: Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, David Manson, Alyson Feltes, Ryan Farley, Patrick Markey, Matthew Spiegel, Erin MitchellThis Is Us (Season 3)Producers: Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charles Gogolak, Jess Rosenthal, Steve Beers, KJ Steinberg, Kevin Falls, Julia Brownell, Vera Herbert, Bekah Brunstetter, Shukree Hassan Tilghman, Cathy Mickel Gibson, Nick PavonettiThe Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – ComedyAtlanta (Season 2)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*Barry (Season 1)Producers: Alec Berg, Bill Hader, Aida Rodgers, Emily Heller, Liz SarnoffGLOW (Season 2)Producers: Jenji Kohan, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Tara Herrmann, Mark A. Burley, Nick Jones, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Leanne MooreThe Good Place (Season 3)Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan, Joe Mande, Megan Amram, David Hyman, Jen StatskyThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 2)Producers: Amy Sherman‐Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert, Sheila LawrenceThe David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series TelevisionThe Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Season 2)Producers: Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tom Rob Smith, Daniel Minahan, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Chip Vucelich, Maggie Cohn, Eric Kovtun, Lou Eyrich, Eryn Krueger MekashEscape at DannemoraProducers: Ben Stiller, Nicholas Weinstock, Michael De Luca, Bryan Zuriff, Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin, Bill Carraro, Adam Brightman, Lisa M. RoweManiacProducers: Patrick Somerville, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Michael Sugar, Doug Wald, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Pal Kristiansen, Anne Kolbjørnsen, Espen Huseby, Carol Cuddy, Mauricio Katz, Caroline Williams, Ashley Zalta, Jessica Levin, Jon MallardThe RomanoffsProducers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*Sharp ObjectsProducers: Marti Noxon, Jason Blum, Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams, Jean‐Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, Jessica Rhoades, Vince Calandra, David AugeThe Award for Outstanding Producer of Streamed or Televised Motion PicturesFahrenheit 451Producers: Sarah Green, Ramin Bahrani, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, David CoatsworthKing LearProducers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*My Dinner with HervéProducers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*PaternoProducers: Barry Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita, Lindsay Sloane, Amy HermanSense8: Together Until the EndProducers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television30 for 30 (Season 9)Producers: Connor Schell, John Dahl, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden, Adam Neuhaus, Jenna Anthony, Gentry Kirby, Marquis Daisy, Deirdre FentonAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 11, Season 12)Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra ZweigLeah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 3)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*Queer Eye (Season 1, Season 2)Producers: David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jennifer Lane, Jordana Hochman, Mark Bracero, Rachelle MendezWild Wild Country (Season 1)Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Josh Braun, Dan Braun, Juliana LembiThe Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment Talk TelevisionThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Season 24)Producers: Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jennifer Flanz, Jill Katz, Justin Melkmann, David Kibuuka, Zhubin Parang, Max Browning, Eric Davies, Pamela DePace, Ramin Hedayati, Elise Terrell, Dave Blog, Adam Chodikoff, Jimmy Donn, Jeff Gussow, Kira Klang Hopf, Allison MacDonald, Ryan MiddletonLast Week Tonight with John Oliver (Season 5)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Season 4)Producers: Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Barry Julien, Denise Rehrig, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Emily Gertler, Aaron Cohen, Michael Brumm, Paige Kendig, Jake PlunkettReal Time with Bill Maher (Season 16)Producers: Bill Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Billy Martin, Dean E. Johnsen, Chris Kelly, Matt WoodSaturday Night Live (Season 44)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*The Award for Outstanding Producer of Game Competition TelevisionThe Amazing Race (Season 30)Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark VertulloAmerica’s Got Talent (Season 13)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 10)Producers: *Eligibility Determination Pending*Top Chef (Season 15)Producers: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Doneen Arquines, Tara Siener, Justin Rae Barnes, Blake Davis, Wade Sheeler, Brian Fowler, Elida Carbajal Araiza, Zoe Jackson, Patrick Schmedeman, Diana SchmedemanThe Voice (Season 14, Season 15)Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Teddy Valenti, Carson DalyThe Award for Outstanding Short-Form ProgramBiography: History, Herstory (Season 1)Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Season 2)Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Season 5)Her America: 50 Women, 50 States (Season 1)Kevin Hart: What The Fit (Season 1)The Award for Outstanding Sports ProgramBeing Serena (Season 1)E:60 (2018)Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns (Season 13)Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Season 24)SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt (Season 4)The Award for Outstanding Children’s ProgramFuller House (Season 4)PJ Masks (Season 2)A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 2)Sesame Street (Season 48)Teen Titans Go! 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Joel MearesThe lineup for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival was announced this morning. This year s festival – which runs May 14-26 – opens with Jim Jarmusch s star-studded zombie-comedy The Dead Don t Die, starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton. New films from Pedro Almodóvar and Terrence Malick will also play In Competition, as will Parasite, the latest from Snowpiercer and Okja director Bong Joon Ho. Meanwhile, the festival will also feature out-of-competition screenings of the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton and Richard Madden, and Sundance standout Share, from writer-director Pippa Bianco.Also of note: this year s festival ties the Cannes record for the number the number of female-directed movies in the main Competition section. They are Mati Diop s Atlantique, Jessica Hausner s Little Joe, Celine Schiamma s Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire, and Sibyl from Justine Triet. Nine more female directors feature in other parts of the programming.This first announcement did have one notable absence: Quentin Tarantino s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Festival general delegate Thierry Frémaux explained to press after the lineup was announced that Tarantino s ninth studio film is not ready yet, but the festival has hope it will be completed by the final lineup announcement. Check out the full selection of films below.IN COMPETITIONAtlantique Mati DiopBacarau Kleber Mendonça Filho Juliano DornellesThe Dead Don’t Die Jim JarmuschFrankie Ira SachsA Hidden Life Terrence MalickIt Must Be Heaven Elia SuleimanLes Misérables Ladj LyLittle Joe Jessica HausnerMatthias and Maxime Xavier DolanOh Mercy! Arnaud DesplechinParasite OR Gisaengchung Bong Joon HoPortrait of the Young Girl on Fire Céline SciammaSibyl Justine TrietSorry We Missed You Ken LoachPain and Glory Pedro AlmodóvarThe Traitor Marco BellocchioThe Whistlers Corneliu PorumboiuThe Wild Goose Lake OR Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui Diao YinanThe Young Ahmed Jean-Pierre Dardenne Luc DardenneUN CERTAIN REGARDAdam Maryam TouzaniBeanpole OR Dylda Kantemir BalagovA Brother’s Love Monia ChokriBull Annie SilversteinThe Climb Michael CovinoEvge Nariman AlievFreedom Albert SerraInvisible Life Karim AïnouzJoan of Arc Bruno DumontChambre 212 Christophe HonoréPapicha Mounia MeddourPort Authority Danielle LessovitzSummer of Changsha Zu FengThe Swallows of Kabul Zabou Breitman Eléa Gobé MévellecA Sun That Never Sets Olivir LaxeZhuo Ren Mi Mi Midi ZOUT OF COMPETITIONThe Best Years of a Life Claude LelouchDiego Maradona Asif KapadiaLa Belle Époque Nicolas BedosRocketman Dexter FletcherToo Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell Nicolas Winding RefnMIDNIGHT SCREENINGSThe Gangster, the Cop, the Devil Lee Won-TaeSPECIAL SCREENINGS(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Josh Johnson)Family Romance, LLC. Werner HerzogFor Sama Waad Al Kateab, Edward WattsQue Sea Ley Juan SolanasShare Pippa BiancoTo Be Alive and Know It OR Être vivant et le savior Alain CavalierTommaso Abel FerraraThe Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-26. For more information, check out the Festival de Cannes website.
(Photo by New Line Cinema)TV is set for an onslaught of high-profile fantasy epics in the next few years, and we at Rotten Tomatoes can t wait. Witness the buzz around The Lord of the Rings television series in development at Amazon — acquired for 0 million and expected to ultimately cost more than billion — along with the Gormenghast series announced in 2018 by FreemantleMedia North America, and HBO’s endless plans for the Game of Thrones world. It s a big change from the genre s historical position in the medium.It may be strange to think of it now, but Game of Thrones was a risky proposition when HBO first began development of the series, and its prospects were buoyed by the fact that its more fantastic elements appeared later in the narrative (we had to wait so long for those dragons). Prior to that, fantasy was relegated to syndicated fare like Conan the Adventurer and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena: Warrior Princess was an outlier in terms of quality storytelling, but its occasionally cheesy effects proved to the television executives that fantasy TV was too expensive, while other series proved it was often built on poor story standards. GoT changed that perception, even if the fantasy shows that emerged in its wake — The Shannara Chronicles and Shadowhunters for example — proved closer in story quality to the BeastMaster television series.But The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones prequels are not the only promising fantasy series in development at the moment. A number of classic fantasy epics and novels will become television thanks to the power of streaming services like Amazon, cable options like BBC America, and other outlets that are worth spotlighting. There are also a few notable series not yet scooped up by the powers in television that we think should get the TV treatment as soon as possible. So here is a handy list of the fantasy series currently in development and a couple we hope will follow them.FANTASY SERIES COMING TO TV AND STREAMINGUPDATED: The Lord of the Rings(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)TV Release Date: most likely 2021Based On: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, an epic tale of four Hobbits, a Wizard, an Elf, two Men and a Dwarf attempting to destroy the Dark Lord Sauron’s master weapon without letting him discover their plan. A war across most of Middle-earth ensues.The Fanbase: The obsessive devotees of Tolkien’s legendarium and fans of the Peter Jackson film series.Everything We Know So Far: Amazon is committed to produce a five-season series based on The Lord of the Rings in partnership with Tolkien’s estate and the various rights holders of the Rings and Hobbit film series. Amazon renewed the series for season 2, while season 1 is still early in pre-production in New Zealand, Deadline reported in November. The renewal necessitates a break in filming season 1, so that the writers room can reassemble and address season 2 plotting and scripts — possibly facilitating simultaneous or back-to-back filming of seasons 1 and 2.While early reports speculated that the series would focus on a younger Aragorn, who roamed the lands of Middle-earth as a Dunedain ranger under various names like Strider and Thorongil, Amazon s own teases contradict that theory. In February 2019, Amazon released an interactive map of Middle-earth extending into the far east region not included on maps Tolkien made himself; though he sketched out some topography for the area in his notes. The streaming platform also included this enigmatic quote from Tolkien s Ring Poem: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky. But after weeks of teasing, the map finally changed to reveal a Second Age setting — the time in which the Elven rings were forged and the Dark Lord Sauron conquered lands in the southern parts of Middle-earth.The streamer also released the series social media pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.In July of 2019, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona signed on to helm the first two episodes of the series. He and producing partner Belén Atienza will also serve as executive producers.(Photo by HBO: Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark in 'Game of Thrones')The cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Joseph Mawle, and Morfydd Clark as Galadriel. In March of 2021, Tom Budge announced his departure from the series, citing the producers’ decision to take his character in a different direction. That same month, Wayne Che Yip took over directing duties in New Zealand.Read More: Everything We Know About The Lord of the Rings Amazon Series It’s Most Like: The Lord of the Rings film series. Since the TV rights to Tolkien’s work remained with his estate, hammering out a deal with the likes of Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, and MGM suggests Amazon has an interest in making the series visually consistent with Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The Lord of the Rings films are all Certified Fresh at 91%, 95%, and 93% respectively. The Hobbit films less so — 64%, 74%, and 59% — but they were always at a disadvantage by adopting the tone of LOTR. The tale of Sauron and the various people he encounters in the Second Age share the scope and thematic consistency of Tolkien s classic fantasy novel.The Witcher: Blood Origin(Photo by Netflix)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The world created by Witcher novelist Andrzej Sapkowski and Netflix’s Witcher television series.The Fanbase: The various factions of Witcher fans who come to the series thanks to the novels, video games, Netflix series, and that song.Everything We Know So Far: On July 27, 2020, Netflix announced its intention to produce a 6-episode limited series based on a key aspect of Witcher lore. 1200 years before Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) walked the Continent, a conjunction of the spheres forced the worlds of monsters, elves, and men to become one land. And out of the tumult, the first Witcher was born. Laurence O’Fuarain stars as Fjall, a fierce warrior whose search for redemption leads him into unlikely company. Declan de Barra serves as showrunner while The Witcher’s Lauren Schmidt is also onboard as an executive producer. Production is expected to begin in July. Unfortunately, Jodie Turner-Smith, who was cast as another lead character, dropped out in April over scheduling conflicts.It’s Most Like: Well, The Witcher, but the prominence on Elves does offer it a slight Lord of the Rings vibe as well.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The first season of The Witcher produced a Tomatometer score of 67%, but an audience of 91%, so the program will likely please fans of the Continent and its history.Game of Thrones Prequels(Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The yarns of history or myth A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin likes to tell while characters eat sweet meats and plot their next move in the Game of Thrones. Also based on the short stories and longer histories the author publishes while he is not finishing The Winds of Winter.The Fanbase: Game of Thrones fans, which is a large part of HBO s subscriber base at this point.Everything We Know So Far: At one point, HBO president Casey Bloys said there could be as many as five prequel series after Game of Thrones completed its run in 2019. Developed with Martin, multiple premises were in an informal competition for a programming slot. All of those initial programs failed to become series, but a new round of spinoff development began in 2021.In the interim, the first prequel to get the greenlight in a 10-episode, straight-to-series order, is called House of the Dragon. The announcement was made at the October 29, 2019 HBO Max presentation on the Warner Bros. lot in in Burbank.House of the Dragon#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO.The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. pic.twitter.com/9ttMzElgXm 🔥 Game of Thrones 🔥 (@GameOfThrones) October 29, 2019The series, set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) and Ryan Condal (Colony) will partner as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes of the series, which will be written by Condal.Martin responded to the news on his blog. House of the Dragon has been in development for several years (though the title has changed a couple of times during that process). It was actually the first concept I pitched to HBO when we started talking about a successor show, way back in the summer of 2016. If you’d like to know a bit more of what the show will be about… well, I can’t actually spill those beans, but you might want to pick up a copy of two anthologies I did with Gardner Dozois, Dangerous Women and Rogues, and then move on to Archmaester Gyldayn’s history, Fire Blood. Martin released Fire Blood, the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros, in November 2018. Centuries before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire series, the Targaryens fled Valyria and landed at Dragonstone. The book begins with Aegon the Conqueror, who married his sister and created the Iron Throne. The second prequel would cover the events in that novel up through the Dance of Dragons, a bloody, great civil war between Targaryens for the Iron Throne that saw sibling slay sibling and dragon battle dragon.Did someone say dragon battle ? Yes, unlike the now-deceased first prequel, the second story should feature some of the most fearsome of the Targaryen dragons, including Balerion (The Black Dread), the only Westeros dragon to have lived in Valyria and whose skull is seen filling the basement of the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write an episodes of House, Martin wrote in his October 30, 2019 blog post, following news of the series order.In his September post, Martin gave an update following the intense media attention to news on the second prequel: Yes, it is based on material from one of my books. (FWIW, those who have read Fire Blood will realize it contains enough materials for a dozen shows.) This one has a title, but no one else has revealed it, so I had better not either. (But it’s not the obvious title.) It has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first rate, exciting. They’re the work of Ryan Condal, he wrote. He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, Dunk Egg, and Westeros in general. I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep on working with him for years to come on this new successor show, the title of which is… Ooops. Almost slipped. Can’t say yet. I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me? Across late 2020 and early 2021, a cast formed including Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy and Fabien Frankel. Considine plays King Viserys Targaryen, a kindly ruler of the Seven Kingdoms whose unusual plan for succession leads to the Dance of Dragons. The other castmembers either play his relatives or other ambitious people within the realm looking to use the instability for their own gain.Read more: Everything We Know About HBO s Game of Thrones (Dead) PrequelTales of Dunk and EggIn January of 2021, word broke that HBO is also developing as series based on Martin’s “Dunk and Egg” novellas. Currently known as Tales of Dunk and Egg, the proposed program is set 90 years prior to Game of Thrones and will center on Ser Duncan the Tall, aka Dunk, and his squire, Egg, as they journey around Westeros. It is unclear how important Egg’s destiny as King Aegon V Targaryen will be to the program, though.Four Other PrequelsBeyond House of the Dragon and Dunk and Egg, four other projects are in the works at HBO. These include an animated series of which little is known, a program Bruno Heller is developing about House of the Dragon supporting character Lord Corlys Velaryon – although it is unclear if it is a direct spinoff of that series – a show focusing on Princess Nymeria and the founding of Dorne 1,000 years before Games of Thrones, and another set in the King’s Landing slum of Flea Bottom.They re Most Like: Game of Thrones.Chances They Will Be Certified Fresh Hits: Unless they re colossal train wrecks, the prequel series will be hits. Until its eighth and final season, GoT never dipped below 90% Fresh on the Tomatometer. And with a new production staff coming in, the senioritis that plagued GoT s final year shouldn t be a factor.The Kingkiller Chronicle(Photo by DAW Books)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Patrick Rothfuss’s as-yet incomplete trilogy – which began with The Name of the Wind and continued in The Wise Man’s Fear – and other works Rothfuss set in the same reality. The main series tells the tale of a famed scribe and biographer listening to the stories of an adventurer, arcanist, and musician named Kvothe, who appears to have settled into a retirement as an innkeeper.The Fanbase: Fantasy lovers and musicians like Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.Everything We Know So Far: Lionsgate has been developing a series, film, and video game series based on Rothfuss’s novels since 2015. In November of 2016, Miranda signed on as a “creative producer” for the film and TV aspects of the project. The films – the first of which is to be directed by Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi – will concern Kvothe’s chronicle, while the TV series will explore other aspects of Rothfuss’s world. Both the author and Miranda are said to be developing characters for the series, which was in development at Showtime. In February of 2019, Showtime president Gary Levine told reporters showrunner John Rogers (Leverage) and “a group of writers” were working on the series with input from Manuel, but offered no further details. The premise reportedly revolved around two traveling musicians a generation prior to the events of the main novels and eventual film series. By that September, Showtime passed on the series, but left Lionsgate’s television division free to shop it around to other outlets. Reportedly, a number of scripts have already been written and at least one set-to-launch streaming service may be in the process of reading them. In November of 2020, Miranda said working on His Dark Materials gave him a new perspective on the material and that it just needs the right director and script to make the whole thing work.It’s Most Like: Other fantasy epics with a wonderful Interview with the Vampire–esque narrative conceit.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It all depends on when it happens. Since the movie appears to be further along in development, it remains to be seen how much crossover will exist between it and the series. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted cohesion with the film franchises for the first couple of years, but eventually needed narrative distance. And without that strong tie to the films, it is unclear if fans will take to new characters without Kvothe as a unifying force. Also, this is assuming the film itself is a Certified Fresh hit.Earthsea(Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images; Simon & Schuster, Inc.)Based On: The Earthsea novels and stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. Set on a planet of small archipelagos, various cultures, and a real magic tradition, the first novel centers around Ged, a young mage who comes of age while trying to escape a demonic shadow he conjured into being. Sadly, Le Guin passed away before anyone could make an Earthsea adaptation that reflected her core concept for the world: a fantasy setting composed mainly of brown-skinned people accepting the inevitability of death.The Fanbase: Almost every fantasy and science fiction fan on the planet.It s Most Like: Itself. The Earthsea series set the standard for so many that followed.Everything We Know So Far: Optioned for films by Nightcrawler’s Jennifer Fox (pictured) shortly before Le Guin’s death in 2018, A24 and Fox revealed in September of 2019 they will develop the project as a television series.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Adaptations of Earthsea have not fared well. Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea, directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, rests at a Rotten 43% on the Tomatometer and almost equally bad audience score of 46%. Le Guin was disappointed in its focus on combat and an externalized villain, despite praising its visual beauty. An earlier Sci-Fi Channel miniseries fares a little better with an audience score of 53%, but has no official Tomatometer score. Le Guin was not a fan, as it cast Shawn Ashmore as the brown-skinned Ged among other liberties taken with the material. Her criticisms of the adaptation are far more entertaining than the show itself. All of which means that any new adaptation has an uphill battle as it begins its development as a television series — at least the Tomatometer bar is set low.The Wheel of TimeDebbie DayTV Release Date: TBDBased On: The epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan and concluded by Brandon Sanderson — whose own Mistborn series is getting the film-franchise treatment — after Jordan s death in 2007. Set in a world that is both Earth s distant past and far future, the cycle of time is threatened by a Shadow of ultimate evil. It searches for The Dragon Reborn, a being of light fated to clash with the Shadow. Various enemies and allies of both sides appear as the main characters learn more about their fate and even cross into parallel worlds. Each book in the latter half of the series — books eight through 14 — hit No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.The Fanbase: Probably every fantasy fan you know.Everything We Know So Far: Amazon and Sony Pictures Television announced in February 2018 that they are developing the series in concert, and at a London press event on Oct. 2, 2018, they announced that they ordered the one-hour action-fantasy to series, with Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chuck), who adapted the novels for television, serving as showrunner and executive producer. Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures (Beirut, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) are executive producers. Consulting producer Harriet McDougal edited the Wheel of Time novels written by her late husband Jordan and is the current copyright holder. In June 2019, Rosamund Pike signed on to star in the series as Moiraine, a woman who leads a group of youngsters across the worlds in an attempt to find the Dragon Reborn. Pike will also serve as a producer on the series. That August, the streaming service announced the five fresh faces who will play those young men and women: Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve, and Josha Stradowski as Rand Al’Thor (pictured above). In September that year, Hawaii 5-0’s Daniel Henney joined the cast as al’Lan Mandragoran, the last scion of Malkier s noble line. In March of 2021, Amazon released a very brief tease of Pike’s Moiraine declaring “Do not underestimate the women in this tower.”(Photo by Tor Books)It’s Most Like: The Lord of the Rings, which may be a problem as Amazon s five-season LOTR series is also in the works.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It s hard to say. Judkins boasts credits on CF seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fresh season of Chuck, but his primary credits also include a co-producer role on the 27%-scoring first season of Hemlock Grove; that said, the disastrous Netflix supernatural series starred Bill Skarsgård, who s gone on to roles like Pennywise in CF horror film It and the mysterious prisoner in another supernatural series, Hulu s CF hit Castle Rock. The key issue now is whether or not Amazon will have money to develop another property with an epic scope once LOTR begins production.The Sandman(Photo by DC Comics)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The DC/Vertigo comic book series by writer Neil Gaiman and a variety of artists, including Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Michael Zulli, and Jill Thompson, in which Dream of the Endless – the manifestation of dreams across the cosmos – faces a dilemma when his self-imposed obligations make it impossible for him to continue to function as he has for millennia. Of course, before he can deal with that internal conflict, he must put his realm, the Dreaming, back in order after being held prisoner on Earth for 75 years.The Fanbase: Goths, Tori Amos fans, and people who started reading books for fun at a really early age.Everything We Know So Far: After nearly 30 years of attempts to adapt The Sandman into a feature film, Warner Bros. Television and Netflix struck a deal for a direct-to-series adaptation — which is, really, The Sandman’s best destiny outside of the comics. Gaiman will executive produce alongside Krypton’s David S. Goyer — the pair was also attached as executive producers on the last feature film attempt — while Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg will co-write the pilot alongside Gaiman and serve as showrunner.The rumors are true. The tangled story of Morpheus, King of Dreams is becoming a Netflix series! Warner Brothers and executive producer Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman screenwriter) have signed on to bring the dream of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman into reality. pic.twitter.com/cOMjPL5cqp Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) July 1, 2019Following the announcement, Gaiman took to Twitter to clear up some confusion about his role in the series. Among the nuggets he offered: the series will be set in the present day — outside of flashbacks to certain incidents in history, we’re presuming — and not the late 1980s/1990s setting of the original comic book series. He will be involved “much more than American Gods” but “less than Good Omens.” He also hopes “we can make something on television that feels as personal and true as the best of the Sandman comics did.” The first season will be 11 episodes and comprise the story told in the comic’s first seven issues (now known collectively as Preludes Nocturnes) and “a little bit more.” We’re hoping a single-issue tale like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Calliope” or “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” becomes that “little bit more.” Although, we’ll be stunned if “The Sound of Her Wings” is held back until season 2. The cast includes Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as Cain and Abel; and Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian.It’s Most Like: Good Omens, which is no surprise as Gaiman began writing the series around the time he and Terry Pratchett were writing the novel upon which the recent Amazon series was based. Both span thousands of years of history and see characters learning they are more than their titles. Then there’s also the whimsy to consider, and another role in which Michael Sheen could dress all in white. Although, the Corinthian is a far less agreeable chap than Aziraphale.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good Omens was a Certified Fresh hit at 82% on the Tomatometer. Readers seemed to like it a bit more, as it has a 92% audience score. American Gods, also based on Gaiman’s work, came out of its second season with 75% on the Tomatometer and an 82% audience score. Considering Gaiman intends to be more involved in The Sandman than he was during American Gods’ reportedly troubled second season, we predict a high Tomatometer score when the Sandman series eventually debuts. Though the comic was a magnet for Gothy types, it really appeals to just about everyone who gives it a shot. Presumably, its best qualities will make it irresistible to Netflix subscribers and reviewers alike. Gormenghast(Photo by BBC/courtesy Everett Collection)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Mervyn Peake’s mid-20th century novel trilogy — Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone — and the incomplete follow-ups centering on Titus Goran, reluctant heir to the immense Castle Gormenghast and the surrounding domain. But even as Titus grows up knowing he must eventually become a ruler, an ambitious kitchen boy plots his downfall.The Fanbase: Writerly types like Neil Gaiman.Everything We Know So Far: Gormenghast fan Gaiman, Doctor Who scribe Toby Whithouse, and Star Trek: Discovery’s Akiva Goldsman set up a new version of Gormenghast for FremantleMedia North America in 2018 without a streaming platform or broadcaster attached, but in August 2019 the project landed at Showtime. While the 2000 BBC adaptation of Gormenghast, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (pictured above), focused on the first two novels, the new series will cover all three of Peakes completed novels and the two further stories he outlined prior to his death in 1957.It’s Most Like: Historical fiction with a few fantasy trappings.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Unlike most of the other projects in development, Gormenghast is notable for a distinct lack of magic despite its fantasy setting. Like the grounded first season of Game of Thrones, the more realistic world will set it apart from Middle-earth and the Hyborian Age.The Chronicles of Narnia(Photo by Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The seven Narnia novels by author C.S. Lewis, in which a group of WWII-era British school children gain access to a parallel realm known as Narnia. There, the Great Lion Aslan – a manifestation of Jesus Christ – teaches the children life lessons while giving them dominion over the land. The series eventually pivots from the Pevensie children to their cousin Eustace Scrubb, who goes from being a right git to a proper hero of Narnia. Santa Claus also makes a cameo appearance.The Fanbase: Fans of high fantasy with overt Christian allegories.Everything We Know So Far: On October 3, 2018, Netflix announced it acquired the film and television rights to the Narnia book series. The plan includes both films and television series, which suggests there may be a way to include the prequel novel, The Magician’s Nephew, in the story cycle. Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, and Vincent Sieber will serve as executive producers for the television series and as producers for features. In June 2019, Coco co-writer Matthew Aldrich signed on to oversee the adaptation as an overall creative director for both the television series and the planned films. In early 2021, Netflix film cheif Scott Stuber mentioned Narnia is still in the works.It’s Most Like: As Lewis and Tolkien were friends and sparring partners, similarities between Narnia and Middle-earth abound, right down to walking trees. As realized in other media, though, Narnia is not as fully formed as Tolkien’s Arda, with the world, costumes, and critters seeming more traditionally European in concept.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The Narnia film series followed a downward slope with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe obtaining a Certified Fresh 76% on the Tomatometer, Prince Caspian following it up with a 67%, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader striking out with a 50% score. But as the series eventually changes protagonists, the switch to Eustace always made Narnia a tougher theatrical sell. He may fare better on television.Conan(Photo by Universal Pictures)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The stories of Robert E. Howard featuring Conan the Cimmerian who roamed a fictional Hyborian Age said to occur after the destruction of Atlantis, but before the rise of “modern” civilization. An accomplished warrior in his teens, Conan became a pirate, thief and mercenary before claiming the throne of Aquilonia in his forties by strangling the man who was sitting in it at the time.The Fanbase: Everyone from fantasy authors like Robert Jordan to filmmakers like Oliver Stone and former president Barack Obama, as well as fans of the Conan films like 1982 Universal Pictures release Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (pictured).Everything We Know So Far: At one time, Amazon was developing a series based more directly on Howard’s stories than later authors’ work or the Marvel Comics series of the 1970s and ’80s. Colony co-creator Ryan Condal was onboard to write and produce with Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik attached to direct the pilot. But years went by with no further developments and both Condal and Sapochnik moved on to House of the Dragon. In September of 2020, word broke indicating Netflix now had the property with Pathfinder Media set to produce. But as before, news on Conan is surprisingly scarce.It’s Most Like: A Dark Age version of Thrones in which men wear fewer garments.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: In light of the significant change, this one is tough to call. Netflix’s experience with fantasy (The Witcher, Cursed) is encouraging, but without any creatives attached to the project, the program is even more of a wildcard than it was during the Amazon years.The Dark Tower(Photo by Photos by Jonathan Hession -- Sam Strike in 'Nightflyers' Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; Jasper Paakkonen in 'Vikings' History)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: Stephen King’s flagship fantasy series The Dark Tower. Across eight novels, a number of short stories and numerous connections to his other writings, the series details the journey of gunslinger Roland and his band of friends as they attempt to reach the Dark Tower — anchor point of the multiverse — before the Man in Black can destroy it. Once there, Roland discovers he’s played out this cycle before, clearing the way for film and television adaptations to be sequels of the original novel series.The Fanbase: King’s wide audience and fantasy lovers who manage to get past the rough first chapters of The Gunslinger, the cycle’s first novel.Everything We Know So Far: Originally intended as a companion piece to 2017’s The Dark Tower film centering on the life of Roland (played by Idris Elba) in Mid-World, the series will instead start over with Nightflyers’ Sam Strike (pictured above left) as Roland and Vikings’ Jasper Pääkkönen (pictured above right) as the villainous Man in Black. Considering the film s poor performance (17% on the Tomatometer), it is probably for the best. In early 2020, Amazon passed on the project, although executive producer Glen Mazzara said he hoped the series will find a home elsewhere. One year later, we doubt Roland will ever make it to the Dark Tower in live action.It’s Most Like: Like a number of fantasy series from the 1970s and ’80s, it openly wears its Tolkien inspiration everywhere. In fact, King says as much in a foreword to the novel series. But it grows by leaps and bounds as King discovers a way to tie Mid-World to Derry, Maine, and his other favorite locations.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It seems The Dark Tower may be unworkable as either a film or television series. Or, at least, too expensive and unwieldly for companies already engaged in creating things like The Lord of the Rings and The Witcher. In terms of critical reception, any such series would need the full resources of a streaming service or cable outlet to be welcomed favorably.The Ruin of Kings(Photo by Macmillan Publishers/Annapurna Pictures)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: The first novel in author Jenn Lyons’ A Chorus of Dragons series. Young thief Kihrin discovers he may be of the royal bloodline, and he may also be at the center of a prophecy stating that he will end the empire. There are a lot of conditional statements in his life, making him sound more like the most timid Skyrim player to ever live. But the Black Brotherhood, after buying him as a slave, may provide motivation enough for him to care about his foretold destiny.The Fanbase: Since the book only debuted in February 2019, the fanbase is still forming.Everything We Know So Far: Annapurna Television optioned the rights shortly after The Ruin of Kings was published. Presumably, the search is underway for key creatives and a home for the program.It’s Most Like: Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings with its mix of prophecies, scrappy heroes, gods, witches, zombies, and even krakens.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Even odds. A Chorus of Dragons is such a new concept that a simple logline makes it sound utterly derivative of other popular series. But with fantasy, it is all in how those well-worn creatures and tropes get used. And if reviews of the novel are to be believed, The Ruin of Kings mixes those elements in an unexpected and worthwhile way.The Broken Earth(Photo by Orbit)TV Release Date: TBDBased On: N.K. Jemisin’s novels about a world in which the single supercontinent, Stillness, is ravaged every few centuries by a dramatic climate change known as “The Fifth Season.” The most recent Fifth Season proved to be particularly bad, leading some to believe the end is at hand. The society of Stillness is broken into races, castes and species. Those divisions help and hinder the people’s efforts to weather the possible apocalypse. Set against this landscape is the tale of three women with the power to both calm and agitate seismic activity under Stillness. All three books in the series won the Hugo Award for best novel.The Fanbase: The voting bodies of both the Hugo Awards and the Nebulas, who nominated The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate for best novel in their respective years.Everything We Know So Far: The Fifth Season was optioned by TNT in August of 2017 with Sleepy Hollow’s Leigh Dana Jackson set to write the pilot. Heroes’ Tim Kring was also set to serve as an executive producer. There has been no news since, but development on even a simple (from a design perspective) high-school drama can take forever.It’s most like… Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind with a touch of Game of Thrones.Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: As suggested above, it could be a strong counter-program to Amazon’s The Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings series with a strong emphasis on female characters and ecological disaster. At the same time, TNT is not known for long-running fantasy series – unless you count the fantastic elements of The Librarians – with its last true fantasy project, The Mists of Avalon, debuting back in 2001. That miniseries falters at 44% on the Tomatometer, but it should be noted that TNT was very different entity at the time. The current leadership could offer The Broken Earth the money and support it needs to be a special voice in fantasy television.OUR FANTASY TV WISH LISTElric of Melniboné(Photo by Nelson Doubleday)Based On: The novellas – and later novels – of Michael Moorcock featuring Elric, a frail albino who also happens to be the 428th and final emperor of Meliboné. Though quite weak, Elric’s sword, Stormbringer, offers him renewed health and vitality, but it requires a constant supply of souls to keep it powered. At odds with traditional Meliboné society, his antics cause him troubles at court and lead to his own nephew plotting a coup against him.Why We Want a TV Series: In its setting, it may remind some of Lord of the Rings and Conan, but Moorcock actively wrote Elric as an antithesis of the Cimmerian wanderer. Heady, weird, and expressly anti-Conan, Elric’s chances of success commercially or critically are a long shot. But then, an enterprising producer could position a series based on Moorcock’s stories as a compelling alternative to Conan.Dragonlance(Photo by Wizards of the Coast)Based On: The Dungeons Dragons role-playing scenarios by Laura and Tracy Hickman and the later tie-in novels by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. In the world of Krynn, dragons dominate and dragonlances are the only weapons mortals not adept in magic can use to kill them. In the first trio of novels, the Heroes of the Lance fight to restore order to the realm. Since then, nearly 200 Dragonlance novels have been published.Why We Want a TV Series: While seemingly obscure, a properly developed Dragonlance series would have the potential to fill the void left by Game of Thrones when it ends in 2019. The upcoming Dungeons Dragons film is said to be based on Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the first Dragonlance novel, but a full series devoted to the game mechanics of D D and the world of Krynn could be something revolutionary. And as Geek Sundry’s Critical Role proves every Thursday, there is an audience for stories steeped in the role-playing tradition.Got another fantasy novel or series you think a smart network or streaming service should adapt? Let us know in the comments.
Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: This performance is amazing, and I think people are going to be surprised and delighted by what you do in Respect. Can you talk a little bit about the real-life musician you play, Reverend Dr. James Cleveland? I know you, like many, were very familiar with his work growing up. How did his music and story first enter your life?Tituss Burgess: Not entirely unlike many people of color from the South in a particular age bracket [I knew his work from a young age]. At the time of the birth of gospel music, before it began to be lured into this hybrid pop sound that we hear today, where gospel music was a handful of groups – the Clark Sisters, and several pastors who travel with their choirs, as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland did, and, of course, Aretha later on. But long before Aretha became “Aretha,” Dr. Cleveland had already very much established himself as a formidable part of the fabric of American gospel music.(Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert /© MGM)And we sang his music, at least one of his songs, every Sunday. There was a moment where his music became so, not popular, but so much a part of the protocol of church service that a few of his songs began to find themselves in hymns as staples. And it was then that I sort of realized: “Oh, this man doesn t just write chart toppers!” The African American church respects him on such a level that we are to carry him for all the ages. You re not going to find “Shackles” by Mary Mary in a hymnbook. And I love their music, don t get me wrong. But when we re discussing respect and what it does for the culture, there is a paradigm shift when you mention his name and his influence.Rotten Tomatoes: So then knowing that influence and how largely he loomed in your life and in the culture, as you said, was there any trepidation or nervousness about taking on the role?Burgess: No, no. I have lived, and nothing scares me anymore, and I cannot control how consumers consume or how people watch or how people listen. I can only make the best meal out of the ingredients that I m given. And that is how I approach every single role. That s it. Full stop.Rotten Tomatoes: People are so familiar with you from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And the last thing I had watched you in was Dishmantled, which I absolutely loved. I think a lot of people will see you here and say, “Okay, this is a very different mode.” And I think one of the things that’s really great about this film is not just your vocals and performance, but the relationship between Aretha and the Reverend, and between yourself and Jennifer. Can can talk about the bond that your character had with Aretha in real life and then how you recreated that with Jennifer onscreen?Burgess: Sure. Dr. Cleveland gave Aretha piano lessons when she was a kid; he was already an adult and already a pastor. So imagine that dynamic: This grown man and a little girl, and having her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, respecting Dr. Cleveland enough and his influence – you follow me – in the world to go, Oh, I think what you house and the connection and the source that you subscribe to, I want that influence in my daughter. So their relationship transcended music. It was a big brother/little sister type of relationship, and, of course, later when Aretha became a grown woman, there was a leveling ground. And when Aretha came into her composer self and when Aretha came into her musician self, there was a level of respect and a hands-off-ness that Dr. Cleveland had to acknowledge and both perform and adhere to when it came to the shift in their relationship.That said, that sort of informed how I related to young Aretha and how I related to older Aretha. Jennifer and I met when she was doing The Color Purple [on Broadway], but very, very briefly. And… the one thing I do get nervous about is energy and what type of energy I m about to walk into because I just want the energy to serve the project. And sometimes they say, Never meet your idols because it destroys how you see and think of them. But this was not the case with Ms. Hudson. We were fast friends, and what I loved most about her was that she has an insatiable appetite to learn, and she doesn t lead with her résumé or her credentials or the prowess of her voice and the largeness of her gift, but rather with her heart and her desire to learn. And it makes for an irresistible offering. And so it was easy to transform that and pour that into our on-camera chemistry.Rotten Tomatoes: And just finally, what was the feeling when you were recreating the “Amazing Grace” performance that we see in this film [famously documented in the celebrated album and recently released documentary], which is so iconic and people are so familiar with? I just can t imagine what it was like to be there on set and do that.Burgess: I ll tell you what it was like. We were not aware of the cameras. They were not a part of what we were summoning. We were having church, as we know it, and you guys were just privy to seeing it. It was a church service. We sang the same songs. We wore similar clothes. We had similar camera setups, but there is no way to fake the authenticity of that type of worship service. So that s what it was like.Respect is in theaters from Friday August 13, 2021. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.Thumbnail: Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic, © Neon, © 2oth Century Fox Film Corp, © Paramount, courtesy Everett Collection
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David Lowery’s The Green Knight has earned a solidly Fresh Tomatometer score thanks to largely positive reviews and its position as theatrical counter-programming against the glut of big-budget summer blockbusters hitting theaters as of late. It’s a reimagining of the late 14th-century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” which tells one of the most well-known stories in Arthurian legend canon – the tale of Sir Gawain, who accepts a terrifying challenge from a stranger on Christmas, and the quest he must embark on one year later.It was a bold choice for Lowery to adapt a 700-year-old chivalric romance for the 21st century, and one that required a number of changes so that a story so profoundly rooted in the morality and literary style of the Middle Ages resonated with a modern audience. Here are five ways he changed the original Arthurian epic to do just that… and one important way he kept the medieval story intact.The Green Knight Gets Wild(Photo by © A24)In Lowery’s vision of Arthurian legend, the Green Knight is a primal supernatural entity, one whose ties to the natural world are right in his design. He is the Green Man of ancient myth come to life with his bark face accented by a beard made of curling twigs. Neither fully man nor tree, he harkens back to an older, pagan time when the lines between the natural world and the supernatural were far more blurred. Even the offshoot “branches” that crown his head vaguely evoke the horns of Cernunnos, the Celtic Horned God and lord of wild things. It’s deliberate character design meant to evoke the ancient unease of humanity realizing it doesn’t have full control of the world, and it’s a smart decision on Lowery’s part.The design of the Green Knight in the original poem is a less wild thing; the antagonist is more nobleman who just happens to be green. When Arthur’s court meets him, he’s kitted out in forest green finery, with emeralds and jewels encrusting his ax and bridle, his fine-spun clothes trimmed with silk and ermine. It was a striking image, one that made an impression in the late 14th century, but one that today would fail to impress modern moviegoers who have seen it all. By stripping the sense of rich civility from the Green Knight, Lowery draws out the inherent otherness of the character and tinges it with horror.Mother Knows Best: Recasting Morgan le Fay and Enriching Her Motivation(Photo by © A24)When the original poem was written, it was during a time in the Middle Ages in which Morgan le Fay’s role in Arthurian legend was transitioning from benevolent protector to villain. As patriarchal Christian morality took root and began heavily influencing writing of the era, Morgan (Arthur’s half-sibling), previously an amalgam of earlier revered, magical female Celtic deities, was recast as a malevolent sorceress of evil intent. Her role was often to play the antagonist in the mythology, intent on causing chaos in her half-brother’s court.Her motivations for summoning the Green Knight and arranging the challenge in the original poem were fittingly petty: hoping Arthur would take up the challenge, Morgan merely wanted to frighten Guinevere in a bit of spite. Gawain taking up the challenge instead was coincidental. That’s a flimsy and wildly outdated premise to build a story around in modern times. Lowery changed Morgan’s connection to Gawain and, in doing so, changed her motivation. By making Morgan Gawain’s mother in the film, her game, while harsh, made much more sense. A petty, inexplicably cruel woman sending a man to his potential death because she’s miffed at another woman is nonsensical and regressive; but a powerful woman secretly pushing her son to find his greatness is something one can understand, if not necessarily agree with.Sir Gawain: Peak Millennial(Photo by © A24)As with so many things in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” what makes perfect sense in a medieval poem doesn’t translate so well to the big screen in 2021. This is arguably never truer than with Gawain himself. Dev Patel’s portrayal of Gawain is vastly different than the Gawain of the poem; while he’s less likable, he’s also more relatable.Poem Gawain was not so much a character in his own right, but a noble archetype and morality tale in one. He was meant to be the chivalric ideal and had the depiction to match. In fact, Gawain held himself to such a high standard in the poem that his test was to learn he was human and fallible, and that perfection is something that only God himself can achieve. Gawain is pious and pure, humble and extraordinarily chaste, courageous and benevolent to all he meets.Thus, Lowery was presented with the Captain America problem: how does one make a character so inherently perfect interesting? Marvel achieved it not by changing Captain America, but by changing the world around him. Lowery achieved it by doing the opposite: keeping the world the same but changing Gawain. His Gawain is far more flawed than the version in the poem, an entitled wastrel who is squandering his potential in sex and drink. Purity and chastity are not in movie Gawain’s nature and his test, in many ways, is the opposite of the test presented in the source. Poem Gawain had to learn that even great knights can wobble; movie Gawain had to see if he could even be great at all.As a heroic ideal, The Green Knight’s protagonist is quite lacking, but as a character whose struggle makes sense for moviegoers today, he’s incredibly timely.Making New Frenemies(Photo by © A24)“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is a true hero’s journey, an epic quest of man vs. nature, but moreover, of man vs. himself. There are only a handful of characters in the original poem and Gawain spends large chunks of the story by himself. For the purposes of depicting the Christ-like trials of a noble knight in a chivalric romance, it works; for a modern movie adaptation, however, it makes for an awfully boring on-screen story.Lowery wisely recognizes this and addresses it by adding three characters who seamlessly blend into the story while playing key roles in Gawain’s growth. Essel (Alicia Vikander) is the earthly temptation he must set aside to fully devote himself to his quest; the Scavenger (Barry Keoghan) is meant to shatter the naiveté and sheltered worldview Gawain holds; Winifred (Erin Kellyman) presents Gawain with a test of his altruism and chivalry. Each brings something essential that Gawain must learn in order to evolve, and their use provides a blueprint for how to add original characters to Arthurian adaptations that still feel as vital and necessary to the story as any characters in the old mythology.Bye, Bye to The Wild – and Potentially Slow – Hunt (Photo by © A24)Adapting an older story requires an insightful balance of knowing what to keep and what to cut: Too slavishly devote yourself to the original source and you risk dragging the story down with unnecessary scenes; deviate too far and you risk undermining the very aspects that made the original story so beloved in the first place.While Lowery certainly added to the story, he also excised certain parts with a decisive hand. The most impactful edit was Lowery’s compression of the poem’s lengthily told three-day hunting scene, during which readers follow Lord Bertilak as he rides out each day to hunt, with the third and final day offering a parallel narrative with Bertilak chasing a wily and evasive fox as Gawain tries to evade Lady Bertilak’s aggressive advances back at the castle. It’s a great bit of symbolism, but an unnecessary part of the story that would have further dragged down the already slow-burn movie.Condensing it kept the crux of Gawain’s quandary intact in the film while not killing the momentum that was building up heading into the third act.…And What Lowery Smartly Chose NOT To Change(Photo by © A24)Though Lowery took plenty of liberties with the original poem, The Green Knight remains true to the spirit of its source. So many layers are packed into “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” but what truly holds it up are two tentpole themes that remain searingly relevant: the duality of the pagan natural world vs. ordered Christianity, and the core story of a knight discovering the man he truly is. Remove or change other elements and the story still largely stands on its own, but remove those two foundational pillars and it comes crashing down.Lowery’s instincts for what to change and what to leave intact served him well, and the result is the old, archetypal story told in a fresh new way. One that feels urgent and modern, and yet true to its source. After Hollywood’s recent, multiple failed attempts to bring more Arthurian stories to the big screen, it might look to The Green Knight for an example of how to make Camelot and its endless well of stories relevant again.The Green Knight is in theaters now. On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.