From a Twilight series to a The Big Bang Theory spin-off, here are some of the big projects that you should keep an eye out for.
Can you ever get enough of your favorite fictional worlds? Those captivating realms that transport us to incredible adventures, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and minds? From the vampire-laden romance of Twilight to the enchanting wizarding world of Harry Potter, certain stories endure time, evoking a powerful nostalgia that lingers long after the final page is turned or the credits roll.
But what happens when the stories we love refuse to fade into the realm of memory? Enter the era of reboots, prequels, and spin-offs, where beloved movies and shows are resurrected, expanded, and reimagined, offering a fresh perspective and an opportunity to rediscover the magic all over again. So, as if answering your fervent wishes, here’s a list of upcoming projects that will transport you back to that familiar and satisfying place you know well and love.
Potterheads, rejoice! More than a decade after the last Harry Potter film, it is now finally confirmed that a television adaptation of the iconic franchise is in the works. It was announced during the presentation of Warner Bros. and Discovery last April, where their merger streaming platform named as Max (formerly HBO Max) was also unveiled. This confirms the reports of a Harry Potter TV treatment a couple of years ago.
Described to be a “faithful adaptation,” each season of the Harry Potter show is reported to cover each book of the storied and best-selling book series and is envisioned to be a “decade-long” offering. And no, it seems that we won’t see any familiar faces as the series will feature an entirely new cast from the movies. While it’s still in the development stages, the Harry Potter series will surely offer another expansive and immersive experience to satisfy those who are craving for the wizarding world. Author J.K. Rowling is set to executive produce this Max Original.
Game of thrones
Another tentpole show getting greenlit on HBO is George R.R. Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight. Seven Kingdoms is based on Martin’s Dunk and Egg books, a series of fantasy novellas following the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg), a century before the events of Game of Thrones.
The story will revolve around the aforementioned unlikely heroes and is set in an era when the Targaryen line still sits on the Iron Throne “and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living memory.” Seven Kingdoms is the latest Westeros-based project to move forward at HBO following the other Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. Martin will write and executive produce.
The horror of The Conjuring Universe is set to offer us the terrifying thrills on the small screen as well. Also being developed on Max, the series treatment of New Line Cinema’s flagship horror franchise will be helmed by Peter Safran, who has produced the first The Conjuring movie, and director James Wan.
The show will be a welcome addition to the sweeping and two billion dollars-earning eight-film franchise that includes “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun,” “Annabelle Comes Home,” and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.” Meanwhile, the ninth installment, The Nun 2, will have its premiere this September.
THE Big Bang Theory
It looks like we’ll be getting more of quantum physics, friendships, love and all its satisfying correlations with the announcement of another The Big Bang Theory spinoff. Years after the 12-season spanning show went out with a bang in 2019, garnering record-high numbers and countless hearts touched with its heartwarming finale, it’s confirmed that Big Bang and Young Sheldon creator Chuck Lorre is developing another comedy series derived from the Big Bang universe, after signing a deal with Warner Bros. Television.
Expected to stream on Max, the new Big Bang show’s plot details have yet to be revealed but is believed to be an hour-long series headlined by mostly new cast. Is there a possibility for the beloved original The Big Bang crew to make a cameo in the show? Well, you have all the more reasons to get hyped up because it’s reported that some former Big Bang stars are most likely to appear in guest features.
For the Bella Swan and Team Edward stans out there. If you think that it’s already the end of the road for The Twilight Saga then get your hopes up because reports say that something’s cooking. As per The Hollywood Reporter, the Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling book series is getting a television treatment.
According to sources, the Twilight series is in the early stages of development at Lionsgate Television with Sinead Daly, writer Tell Me Lies, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and Raised by Wolves, attached to pen the script. Since it’s still in its infancy, the Twilight show has no network or platform yet but sources say that Lionsgate TV plans to lead the development of the project with author Meyer also expected to be involved in the adaptation.
Do you miss the thrill of the clandestine and portal-switching operations of the high school trio Sam, Clover, and Alex? Fret not because Totally Spies! is going to get its much-deserved revival and is heading straight to Cartoon Network and Max next year. First airing in 2001 up until 2015 across six seasons, the original series follows brainy Sam, fashionista Clover, and clumsy Alex as they balance their high school lives in Beverly Hills and their roles as secret agents for the World Organization of Human Protection (WOOHP).
Just last month, Banijay Kids & Family (Totally Spies!’ home for years) announced that the era-defining, French-Canadian, and Charlie’s Angels-esque animation was picked up by Warner Bros. Discovery, including the rights to the show’s seventh season. The new season is confirmed to be a reboot with the girls attending high school again in a new city.
THE Walking dead
If you think that after 11 seasons AMC’s The Walking Dead has already lost its steam then think again because its satisfyingly dystopian world is just about to expand even further. According to a report, a new short-form series within the Walking Dead universe has already been ordered at AMC. It’s called More Tales From The Walking Dead Universe, an on-the-nose off-shoot of another spin-off, Tales From The Walking Dead. And just like the latter, More Tales will feature more self-contained and bite-size stories set in the world of TWD.
And it seems that that’s not even it for the AMC’s flagship zombie series. Because after Fear of the Walking Dead, it was announced earlier before the airing of TWD’s final episode that three more spin-offs are already confirmed. One is Dead City, led by the unlikely duo of characters Maggie and Negan as they embark on a mission to save her son from kidnappers in zombie-infested New York. Meanwhile, Norman Reedus’s Daryl Dixon will headline another untitled spin-off which sees him traveling to Europe. And of course, here’s the much-awaited comeback of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes in Rick & Michonne.
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