Amazon is undergoing even more overhaul. In addition to its abandonment of the viewer feedback model for new pilots, Amazon has now passed on almost all of its latest shows, and might not renew some critical favorites.
Glenn Close’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard has prompted Paramount to start pursuing a film adaptation — that is, a movie based on a musical that is itself based on another movie. And they want her to play the lead.
We knew Amazon wouldn’t stay out of the zombie genre after Zombieland, but adding Glenn Close to lead the next venture is another matter. The Damages and Guardians of the Galaxy star will join Sea Oak, a new half-hour comedy about undead revenge.
One of the few upsides of living in our current political climate is the uptick in dystopian film and television we’re about to see. From the successful run of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu to HBO’s planned adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, we are quite possibly entering in a new golden age of dystopian fiction, with every screenwriter who ever jotted down an idea about a broken society pitching their brains out with their original idea. That may not seem like much of a silver lining, but hey, it’s better than nothing!
The zombie apocalypse heyday has seemingly come and gone, leaving us with a few truly inspired gems like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead. But, much like zombies themselves, the genre just doesn’t die, leaving plenty of opportunity for filmmakers to test out their own reimaginings of a familiar trope. This, as it turns out, is a good thing, as in the wake of zombie movie madness comes The Girl With All the Gifts.
There are a lot of movies about adults searching for their birth parents, but those are often warm, heart-touching stories about love and reunion. In ‘Bastards,’ that search is more about two sons digging up their mother’s sexual past.