Friday, January 15, 2021

A SAGA OF GUNPOWDER AND WIZARDRY IN JOSEPH MALLOZZI'S EPIC TV SERIES ADAPTATION OF BRIAN MCCLELLAN'S FANTASY BOOK SERIES THE POWDER MAGE!

  THE POWDER MAGE TRILOGY  
TO BECOME EPIC TV SAGA
It was published seven years ago and has been sold in over 700,000 copies and now THE POWDER MAGE fantasy saga from Brian McClellan will be adapted into a TV series by Joseph Mallozzi (Utopia Falls) with No Equal Entertainment and Frantic Films companies. As Deadline reports, the drama series will take place in the Nine Nations, a
The Powder Mage saga has been sold in 700,000 copies so far
fictional world in which magic collides with 18th century technology against the backdrop of political and social revolution. At the heart of the story are Powder Mages, unique individuals who gain magical abilities from common gunpowder. The series is a fight for survival as mythical gods return to battle for a world that has changed in their absence. It will feature epic battles, gritty magic, heart-stopping duels, cunning political maneuvers, intrepid investigators, and shocking betrayals.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

EPIC TV SERIES UPDATES: AMAZON PRIME RENEWS EL CID SPANISH HISTORICAL SAGA FOR SECOND SEASON, STARLINGS TELEVISION PREPARING ALEXANDER THE GREAT, RED WINTER ROMANOVS' SERIES AND SHERLOCK'S DAUGHTER

   EPIC TV SERIES NEWS 
NEW SHOWS ON ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE ROMANOVS
With the news that Amazon Prime has greenlit their El Cid Spanish epic TV series for a second season, also comes info from Starlings Television (they're producing Pandora for CW) that they are
Greek Antena and German ZDF will coproduce
currently in advanced stages of developing historical series on ALEXANDER THE GREAT and spy thriller series RED WINTER about the imperial family of Romanovs! The pilot for Alexander the Great, which will be shot in Greece, is being written by Tudors and Vikings creator Michael Hirst, while the Romanovs series, written by Stephen Kronish, is being done in the collaboration with Russia's national broadcaster Russia 1 and German ZDF. Together with Brendan Foley, they are also preparing SHERLOCK'S DAUGHTER series, a new take on the world’s greatest detective, following a young American woman who, after the mysterious
El Cid will be getting another season after the first aired last month
murder of her mother, travels to London to track down her biological father – the legendary Sherlock Holmes. But Holmes is not the mythical figure Amelia has come to expect.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

FIRST SET PHOTO OF ALICIA VON RITTBERG AS ELIZABETH I IN STARZ NEW EPIC TV SERIES BECOMING ELIZABETH ON THE VIRGIN QUEEN

  1ST BECOMING ELIZABETH 
PIC WITH ALICIA VON RITTBERG
Earlier this weekend all the world talked about was Hollywood Spy's mega massive spotlight on all the epic and period set TV shows arriving in 2021 in
Photo by Jason Bryant of Alicia at the set
which, among other shows, we also mentioned BECOMING ELIZABETH which Starz is currently shooting in Somerset, and now wehave the first photo of Alicia Von Rittberg at the set in the costume of the future queen of England from Daily Mail. 
 
  BECOMING ELIZABETH The 16th century series follows Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown. With no clear heir, the death of King Henry the VIII sets into motion a
One of the men at the set in a photo by Jason Bryant
dangerous scramble for power. His survivingchildren find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.Elizabeth struggles to control her own destiny and take real power as people around her attempt to claim her sovereignty. Her fascinating and factual journey to secure the crown is filled with scheming, betrayal and illicit relationships that threaten to bring forth her demise at a time in which every man or woman of the court is on the wheel of fortune, which may take them to a position of great power one moment, or the executioner’s block the next. Elizabeth ultimately ascended to the throne and ruled for 45 years. You've watched Alicia in Genius Einstein series. Stay tuned for other casting news for the eight episode series. We currently don't know who else is in the series cast but this man in the photo looks awfully like out deary Tom Cullen from Knightfall! Is he Henry himself?.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

MOVING TRAILERS FOR PENGUIN BLOOM TRUE STORY WITH NAOMI WATTS AND ANDREW LINCOLN AND COWBOYS DRAMA WITH STEVE ZAHN, ANN DOWD

  PENGUIN BLOOM TRAILER  
AN INSPIRATIONAL TRUE STORY
We've been announcing this one for at least half a decade and now we finally have a trailer for PENGUIN BLOOM true story movie with Andrew
Penguin Bloom arrives later this month
Lincoln and Naomi Watts. Coming to Netflix January 27th, it is based on the best selling book of the same name, and it tells the story of Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) a young mother whose world is turned upside down after a shocking, near fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Sam's husband, (Andrew Lincoln), her three young boys and her mother (Jacki Weaver), are struggling to adjust to their new situation when an unlikely ally enters their world in the form of an injured baby magpie they name Penguin. The bird's arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference on Sam's life, teaching her how to live again. 
 

  COWBOYS MOVIE TRAILER  
WITH STEVE ZAHN & ANN DOWD
Cowboys arrives this spring!
Speaking of deeply moving stories, check out the first trailer for drama movie COWBOYS which arrives to cinemas April 15th starring Steve Zahn as a troubled but well intentioned father who has recently separated from his conservative wife and who runs off with his trans gender son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife's refusal to let their son live as his authentic self. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe's family. The tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run was written and directed by Anna Kerrigan.
 

Monday, January 11, 2021

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S MEGA MASSIVE SPOTLIGHT ON ALL THE PERIOD SET AND EPIC TV SHOWS ARRIVING TO THE SMALL SCREENS IN 2021!

    2021 EPIC TV SHOWS   
EPIC FANTASY, IMPERIAL RUSSIA, ROMANS AND VIKINGS
Another year has just started and the spy is here with the list of all the period set and epic shows we might get the chance to watch in 2021. With BBC and ITV in production hiatus, the genre will look rather bleak. Some shows I haven't included in the list (Lord of the Rings, Cowboy Bebop) as I don't believe we will get to see them this year, and even the new seasons of Witcher and Last Kingdom could be delayed. We will probably get second season of All Creatures Great and Small and third season of Lost in Space.

VALHALLA AT NETFLIX
Netflix' sequel to Vikings, might get delayed till 2022, but if we get it this year it will be late winter, methinks. Created by Tudors' and Vikings' Michael Hirst, it will be set over 100 years after the events of Vikings: the end of the Viking age draws ever closer as the Kingdom of England stands tall against its
Valhalla might not arrive this year!
Scandinavian raiders. Historical figures such as Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eriksdottir, Harald Hardrada, and William the Conqueror, will all appear. Netflix hasn't revealed the cast, but the hottest gossip of the year is that David Oakes will star, and so will Kenneth Christensen, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Bill Murphy, Alan Devine, Gavin O’Connor, Jack Mullarkey, Ethan Dillon and Frida Gustavsson!

THE NORTH WATER AT BBC
Is the last of all the series ordered three years ago to finally arrive to the small screens. It tells the story of Patrick Sumner (Jack O'Connell), a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as ship's doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic. On board he meets Henry Drax (Colin Farrell), the harpooner, a brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland.

THE CATHEDRAL FROM RUSSIA
One of the series that is coming from Russia this year is The Cathedral set in the time when Peter the Great was building up and reforming the Russian empire. Set in the 1700s, the epic saga will follow Sergey Marin as young serf Ivan Starshov who wants to build a cathedral in Sankt Peterburg to impress his love Maria, the daughter of his master. Maksim Averin plays the tzar himself.

THE NEVERS AT HBO
Although scandalous Joss Whedon has been kicked out of the producer's seat this winter, this one is coming to us this summer starring Tom Riley, Ben Chaplin, James Norton, Olivia Williams, Eleanor Tomlinson, Laura Donnelly, Nick Frost in an epic tale following a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
A new, wokeish take on the famous adventure will air this year on BBC, HBO, RAI and ZDF starring David Tennant as  gentleman adventurer Phileas Fogg who sets out on a quest to travel around the world and back home in a period of 80 days. Based on Jules Verne's popular book, it will have eight episodes.

BECOMING ELIZABETH AT STARZ
After their atrocious take on Catherine of Aragon in Spanish Princess, Starz is doing a series on her daughter's rival Elizabeth I but in her young age. Alicia von Rittberg has been cast as Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown. It is possible this one will arrive in spring next year not in 2021.

STEPHEN KING'S CHAPEL WAITE AT EPIX
I'm not sure what is the status of this one, based on Stephen King's fan popular Jerusalem's Lot. In this Gothic horror costume drama which should air sometime this year on Epix in USA, Adrien Brody plays Captain Charles Boone who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher's Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. The cast also includes Emily Hampshire who stars as the nanny of the family.

WHEEL OF TIME AT AMAZON
I'm also not sure if the small screen adaptation of  Robert Jordan's famous epic saga will arrive this year as it has been announced. It is set in a rich fantasy world where magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) is a member of an incredibly powerful all-female organization, and the story follows her as she embarks on a dangerous, world spanning journey. She is joined by five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn (Josha Stradowski), who will either save or destroy humanity.

FOUNDATION AT APPLE TV
Apple TV is bringing is this epic fantasy adaptation of award winning novel by Isaac Asimov. It will be a complex ten episode saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire ruled by Lee Pace as the emperor. Jared Harris also stars in the story which follows a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization after the fall of the Galactic Empire. 

GERMINAL FROM FRANCE
France 2 is, meanwhile, bringing us an epic small screen adaptation of Zola's famous novel. Louis Peres stars as our late 19th century hero Etienne Lantier, a miner in love with a young woman courted by a brutal worker, who will push his comrades to strike when the mining company lowers wages. Alix Poisson, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Sami Bouajila and Thierry Godard also star in the six episode series that will also air on Italian RAI.

MAYA AND THE THREE
Now this one will be an animated mini series, but it is epic in genre. Netflix is preparing this nine episode adventure about a demigod warrior princess who embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods. Creator Jorge Gutierrez calls the English language series a Mexican, funny Lord of the Rings! 

DOMINA AT SKY
Your Spy's personal favourite this year, eight episode historical saga on Ancient Roman empress Livia Drusilla (Kasia Smutniak), who after many hardships becomes the most powerful woman in the world, will have tons of our dearest period set series stars starring in it from Matthew McNulty and Ben Batt to Liam Cunningham, Bart Edwards, Tom Forbes and Lex Shrapnel next to Isabella Rossellini and Claire Forlani! 

VOSKRESENSKIY FROM RUSSIA
I've already introduced you to this one a few weeks ago. Coming to Russia 1 in eight episodes with actor Yuri Kolokolnikov transforming into a talented pre WW1 detective doctor to help the police solve intricate murder cases. Episode by episode, he will prove that real murderers are behind the crimes, and not otherworldly forces and mysticism, as it might seem at first glance. 

SHADOW AND BONE AT NETFLIX
Will be another small screen adaptation of a popular epic saga, this time from Leigh Bardugo. Eight episodes of this epic series will be set in a Russia inspired magical land following a young woman with newfound powers who tries to save her land from a powerful, evil force. Ben Barnes is the most famous name starring in this fantasy series scheduled to hit the streamer later this April!

GLOW AND DARKNESS
I'm not sure if we will get to see this one as it still hasn't opened international sales, but this lavish saga is envisioned as a three season series which tells the intertwined stories of characters such as Saladin, Emperor Barbarossa, Richard the Lionheart, Philip Augustus, Francis of Assisi and Eleanor of Aquitaine, among others. It is the time of the burghs, the fairs, the

Provencal literature and the crusades. Jane Seymour, Geraldine Chaplin, Joan Collins, Mira Sorvino, Denise Richards, Steve Buyers, Bart Edwards and Dominic Andersen, in the lead role of Assisi, are just some of the stellar cast members.

LAND OF LEGENDS
Will be another saga coming from Russia. The 15th century. Sent to remote Parma by the Grand Prince of Moscow, prince Yermolay tells his son Mikhail about his dream: to create a grand princedom that would unite the peoples inhabiting these lands. Soon Yermolay is killed in the battle against the rebellious local tribes, the Voguls. His heir Mikhail finds himself in the middle of two worlds – the Grand Duchy of Moscow and the ancient lands of Perm populated by pagans.

LEONARDO FROM ITALY
Will depict famous painter Leonardo da Vinci (Aidan Turner) and his extraordinary life through the works that made him famous, through the stories hidden within those works, revealing little by little the inner torment of a man obsessed with attaining perfection. A detective series in plot, it will depict Leo as gay that he delightfully was.

NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN
Is coming to us this year from Australian streamer SBS. Four part epic series starring Mulan and Luminaries’ Yoson An alongside Vikings’ Alyssa Sutherland, Christopher James Baker and Dan Spielman, tells the untold story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners who risked everything for a chance at unlikely fortune in a new land.

THE IRREGULARS AT NETFLIX
The eight episode drama offers a twist on the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes, by focusing on a group of children whose crime-solving work is taken credit by Holmes. Henry Lloyd Hughes will play the evil Holmes, with Harrison Osterfield (in the photo in his costume) as the leader of the youngsters.

THE GILDED AGE
Coming to HBO from Julian Fellowes it will be set in 19th century New York following a wide eyed young scion of a conservative family who embarks on a mission to infiltrate the wealthy neighboring clan dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell (Morgan Spector), his rakish son, Larry, and his ambitious wife, Bertha (Carrie Coon). The insanely big cast also includes Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon and Poldark's sweetheart Harry Richardson alongside Da Vinci's Demons villain Blake Ritson and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

THE SLAVS FROM SLOVAKIA
Will be their most expensive series and will finally air on national channels in Slovakia and Ukraine. This 12 episode fantasy adventure series is set in the 7th Century and follows the lives of the occupants of the Carpathian basin, at the time before the union of Slav tribes! The plot takes place at the neighboring forts Big table and Furnau, which need each other for trade but the power interests and the pressure from the incoming Avar marauders will put them into conflict.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

THE MUSKETEERS ARE BACK, ALTHOUGH A BIT RUSTY, IN SKY ITALY'S HISTORICAL ADVENTURE ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL

   ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL  
THE MUSKETEERS ARE BACK!
The movie aired on Christmas in Italy
Three years ago the Musketeers came from retirement in The King's Musketeers, and now they are back in ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL (Tutti per 1 - 1 per tutti) historical comedy which aired on Sky Cinema for Christmas as Sky Italia's original. Still vivacious but more rusty, the Musketeers D'Artagnan (Pierfrancesco Favino), Porthos (Valerio Mastandrea) and Athos (Rocco Papaleo) are back, summoned by Queen Anne of Austria (Margherita Buy) for a very latest secret mission. Guided this time by a singular seer named Tomtom (Giulia Michelini), they will embark on a new, amazing adventure that will intertwine the destinies of little Princess Ginevra (Sara Ciocca),
Pierfrancesco Favino returns as D'Artagnan!
daughter of Enrichetta of England (Anna Ferzetti), and Buffon (Federico Ielapi), a very young and curly orphan. On a journey full of challenges of all kinds and fantastic encounters, including the one with Cyrano (Guido
The movie is a sequel to The King's Musketeers from 2018
Caprino), they will face the toughest of trials: choosing between loyalty to the Crown and friendship. Speaking of costume projects, stay tuned with us this weekend, as the spy will be bringing you an extensive spotlight on all the epic series we can expect this year! 

Friday, January 8, 2021

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON SOMEONE HAS TO DIE SPANISH PERIOD SET SERIES STREAMING OVER AT NETFLIX: HOMOPHOBIA, CONSERVATISM AND FAMILY OBLIGATIONS IN 1950S SPAIN

   SOMEONE HAS TO DIE   
NEW NETFLIX MINI SERIES
Someone Has To Die streams over at Netflix
Earlier this winter we talked about the historical brutality of homophobia in Mexico when we spotlighted Dance of the 41 drama, and the same topic appears in their new period set mini TV series SOMEONE HAS TO DIE which is available for watching over at Netflix. Would you believe that they even had special prisons for torturing gay people? This three episode drama, starring Cecilia Suárez, Ernesto Alterio, Ester Expósito, Alejandro Speitzer, Carlos Cuevas, Isaac Hernández, Mariola Fuentes and Carmen Maura, is set in conservative 1950s Spain, where the alleged relationship between a young man and a Mexican ballerino creates an uproar of harrowing consequences.

SOMEONE HAS TO DIE IS SET
in Spain, 1954. The Falcon family enjoys all the trappings of high society, even as Francisco Franco’s nationalist dictatorship crushes dissent under the bootheel of the state and shuttles undesirables into prisons and factory labor. Gregorio (Ernesto Altiero), the father, is a Francoist bureaucrat and
This historical mini series airs in three episodes
domestic tyrant who rules over the family’s home and social fortunes with his scheming, traditionalist mother in tow. His wife Mina (Cecilia Suarez), originally from Mexico but long a member of Spain’s elite, sees the greater world changing but is stuck under Gregorio’s thumb. The Falcons’ only son
The series was written and created by Manolo Caro
Gabino (Alejandro Speitzer) has just arrived home after a decade spent with Mina’s family in Mexico. Gregorio has arranged to marry Gabino to Cayetana (Ester Esposito), favorite daughter of the wealthy Aldama family. The match would secure the Falcons in society, and grease the wheels for state
The series comes from the House of Flowers creators
labor contracts to run through Senor Aldama’s network of factories. Papa’s seemingly got it all sorted. Problem is, Gabino’s come back from Mexico with a “friend,” a lithe young dancer named Lazaro (Isaac Hernandez). And children of any age or privilege rarely do what their parents tell them.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

YOUR EMPTY NESTER MOMA IS COMING TO BOTHER YOU AGAIN IN ABC'S CALL YOUR MOTHER MULTICAM SITCOM WITH KYRA SEDGWICK!

     CALL YOUR MOTHER   
NEW MULTICAM SITCOM AT ABC
New sitcom starts January 13th on ABC
After Call me Kat, the second brand new multicamera sitcom to arrive to the small screens will be CALL YOUR MOTHER which starts at ABC next Wednesday, January 13th, starring Kyra Sedgwick as an empty nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. Each episode will be available on Hulu too a day after airing on ABC. The first available clips promise some really shockingly bad acting from all the kids and some seriously unfunny gags and jokes.
    CALL YOUR MOTHER SITCOM
 stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jean, an empty nester mom, who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family, and as she reinserts herself into
The show comes from Kari Lizer executive producer
their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought! Rachel Sennott and Joey Bragg star as her kids, while Sherri Shepherd will play Sharon, Jean’s salty and salt of the earth best friend from Iowa. Left behind when Jean makes the move to be with her kids in LA,
The series was originally titled My Village
Sharon faithfully keeps their connection strong and doesn’t let Jean forget where she came from. Patrick Brammall stars as Danny! The series comes from Kari Lizer, producer of New Adventures of Old Christine and Will and Grace sitcoms.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

ERIC BANA'S THE DRY THRILLER BREAKS RECORDS IN AUSTRALIA! ANNE HATHAWAY AND CHIWETEL EJIOFOR GO ON A COVID HEIST IN LOCKED DOWN!

   THE DRY TRAILER   
ERIC BANA BREAKS OZ RECORDS
Currently a huge hit in Australian cinemas where it had the biggest opening for an independent movie ever, THE DRY sees Eric Bana playing Federal Agent Aaron Falk who returns to his home town after an absence of
This is Bana's 1st Oz movie in a decade
over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life - a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound - the death of 17 year old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke's innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and and pent-up rage of a terrified community.  The fifth biggest debut for an Australian movie ever is based on the book by Jane Harper.

  LOCKED DOWN TRAILER SENDS  
ANNE HATHAWAY ON A HEIST
There is also the first trailer for a movie which will debut directly on HBO Max LOCKED DOWN in which Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple living together during a lockdown which obviously proves to be a
The movie was directed by Doug Liman during Covid pandemic in London
challenge as a result, but fuelled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, they come up with a plan to attempt a high-risk, high-stakes heist at Harrods
The screenplay for the movie was written by Steven Knight
during lockdown that could well bring them closer together. The film that also stars Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller and Stephen Merchant was shot in London in 18 days during the pandemic.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NEW HISTORICAL TV SERIES VOSKRESENSKIY SET IN THE 1912 NORTHERN RUSSIAN CAPITAL ST. PETERSBURG

   VOSKRESENSKIY TV SERIES  
PERIOD SET DRAMA FROM RUSSIA
New series will air sometime this year in Russia
Just like it happened in 2020, when the genre of period set series was saved in the corona infested year by the international productions and we've seen German, French and Spanish shows saving the day, I think it will be the same this year too. Russians have already announced a few period set series, and beside The Cathedral on Peter the Great, another costume drama that will hit the small screens this year is VOSKRESENSKIY which is coming to Russia 1 in eight episodes with actor Yuri Kolokolnikov transforming into a talented pre WW1 detective
The surgical instrument that Voskresenskiy uses are historically accurate.
doctor to help the police solve intricate murder cases. Episode by episode, he will prove that real murderers are behind the crimes, and not otherworldly
Yuri Kolokolnikov takes the lead role of the professor
forces and mysticism, as it might seem at first glance. Maxim Lagashkin, Andrey Nazimov, Vilma Kutavichyute, Anton Khabarov also star in the new series.
 
    VOSKRESENSKIY IS SET IN
St. Petersburg, 1912. The progress of the new century begins, however, human nature does not change with progress - all the same, people take each other's
Wilma Kutavichiute takes the lead female role in the series
life, sometimes in the most terrible and incredible ways! Every time the metropolitan police, along with all their modern equipment - and there is
Maksim Lagashkin also stars in the new series
already finger printing and much more, - cannot cope with another terrible murder, the luminary of surgery, 40 year old professor of medicine
Director Dmitriy Petrun started shooting in August 2018
Voskresenskiy, is called for help. The cases that Voskresenskiy investigates during eight episodes are the most inexplicable and terrible. But episode after
Voskresenskiy has a dagger hidden in his walking cane.
episode, case after case, Voskresenskiy proves that behind the inexplicable crimes there are quite real killers who cannot contain the dark sides of their desires - and this, alas, is quite in the human nature.