Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Entertainment Weekly Premiers Star Wars Covers
This week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine debuted three distinct covers for the three trilogies in the Star Wars universe:
Let us know which one is your fave!
EW also premiered some exclusive Rise of Skywalker photo:
‘Runaways’ Wraps with Season 3
With the news of Kevin Feige taking over Marvel Studios television and Jeph Loeb taking an exit coupled with the cancelation of Cloak & Dagger it felt like only a matter of time before Marvel’s Runaways saw the end of its run.
I had a brief glimmer of hope when Disney+ launched with Runaways on the front page, but sadly, Variety has confirmed that the already filmed third season will be the last we see of The Pride verse Their Children.
Variety goes a into a little more detail about the finer points of the power shift:
In October, Kevin Feige was named the chief creative officer of Marvel, giving him reign over creative direction of Marvel’s storytelling across mediums, including publishing, film, TV, and animation. Shortly after that announcement, Variety reported that Loeb was likely to exit Marvel before the end of the year. Feige, meanwhile, is prepping multiple Marvel limited series for Disney Plus built around characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Loki and Hawkeye.
As a fan of Marvel’s Runaways – and the original comic book series – I’m seriously bummed to lose this series. It always felt like a five season show to me. All we can hope for now is that the third season wraps everything up with a bow and some of our favourite stars go on to bigger, better, geekier things!
Check out the trailer for Marvel’s Runaways season 3 below!
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Amazon Renews ‘Lord of the Rings’ Already
Deadline swept in with the news that Amazon Studios have already renewed their upcoming untitled Lord of the Rings prequel series for a second season before it has even hit streaming.
This is a trend we’re seeing in the streaming world – especially the genre streaming world – more and more. Fans might want to jump to the conclusion that it speaks to a level of confidence the production studio has in the show. More likely, the cost of building the intense Middle-Earth sets was so costly that Amazon is determined to recoup their losses in adverts and subscriptions by commissioning more episodes.
Don’t get me wrong … I’m super excited!
However, shooting hasn’t even begun on the project, as Variety points out in their coverage:
Pre-production on the project’s first season, which is set to film in New Zealand, is currently underway — although sources tell Variety that the full cast has not yet been set. Several actors, including Markella Kavenagh, Will Poulter, and Joseph Mawle, have already been cast.
Little is known about the plot of the “Lord of the Rings” series beyond the fact it will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The show’s official Twitter account sent out an image of a map along with the two messages: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie,” as well as “Welcome to the Second Age.” In the Tolkien mythology, the Second Age was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron’s One Ring, came into existence.
It’s hard to say much more than that!
BBC Announces Doctor Who Season 12 Writers
The Twelfth Doctor’s writer’s room has reconvened! BBC.co.uk published the official listed of series twelve writers including new writers:
- Nina Metivier
- Maxine Alderton
- Charlene James
… and directors:
- Nida Manzoor
- Emma Sullivan
- Jamie Magnus Stone
- Lee Haven Jones
Who are all returning to pen Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor:
- Vinay Patel (Demons of The Punjab)
- Ed Hime (It Takes You Away)
- Pete McTighe (Kerblam!)
Showrunner Chris Chibnall had this to say about the new team:
We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television. Along with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who family. The Doctor Who team is crammed with British television’s brightest writers and directors: we’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to show you the explosive stuff they’ve created!
Since Whittaker’s Doctor has been about forging new grounds for the franchise bringing in fresh new talent is an exciting prospect for me! I would love to know your hopes and dreams for the next series of Doctor Who in the comments section below.