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Geiger Heading to Television
Yesterday Deadline exclusively broke the news that Geoff Johns’ original comic book series, Geiger, is headed for the comic book streaming world by the auspices of Paramount+.
Geiger was co-created by Johns and artist Gary Frank. Per Deadline:
Set in the year 2050, Geiger centers around a radioactive family man named Tariq Geiger who spends his days and nights doing anything he must to protect the fallout shelter housing his family. When Geiger fights off a group of violent scavengers, he faces the wrath of the criminal empire they are connected to.
Both Johns and Frank are set to executive producer with Johns writing the pilot episode and showrunning – in much the same style he did with Titans which is about to debut its fourth season on November 3rd. Alongside Johns Dear White People creator Justin Simien (who is also directing the upcoming Haunted Mansion movie which I mention for totally normal reasons and not the least bit because I am very excited about this fact), will also serve as showrunner.
Simien and his production company Culture Machine recently signed a three year deal with Paramount+ which is likely how Geiger ended up with this particular streamer as its home. If you are not familiar with Culture Machine Deadline explains:
Culture Machine is a production company dedicated to inclusive content bolstering marginalized voices poised to disrupt, activate and electrify popular culture. They produced all four seasons of Simien’s Netflix series, Dear White People , adapted from his own feature film. Additionally, Culture Machine is producing the Flashdance series reboot for Paramount+ with Simien set to adapt and direct. Their slate also includes Plan A from writer Steven J. Kung for Starz and Lionsgate Television.
No news yet on whether Johns and Frank’s second original character, Junkyard Joe, will appear in Geiger or be in development for its own series.
The Crown Season 5 Trailer is Here
Yesterday Netflix dropped the first full trailer for the upcoming season of The Crown which will be the fifth in the series:
In season 5 Elizabeth Debicki takes over the roles of Princess Diana Spencer from Emma Corinn with Dominic West stepping into the role of Prince Charles from Josh O’Connor – both of whom gave celebrated performances in the role and this trailer is fans first look at the new era of the popular historic drama for the streaming giant.
The Crown Season 5 debuts November 9th.
Black Adam Early Reception Mixed
The much anticipated Black Adam movie from DC and Warner Bros Studios debuts today. Tuesday the review embargo went up and early reactions were mixed to poor. At the time of writing this feature Rotten Tomatoes has Black Adam sitting at a 46%.
The Wrap’s review exploded on social media with their use of the phrase “anti-entertainment” to describe Black Adam.
In spite of this fans – and Black Adam, himself, Dwayne Johnson – remain overwhelming positive on Twitter:
Ultimately, I think the positive fans have the right of it. If you want to see Black Adam I encourage you to do so and make up your own mind.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Tracking High
Despite Black Adam being in cinemas worldwide today the eyes are already looking to the future. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens on November 11th with advance tickets sales already high and tracking even higher. Per Variety Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently tracking to hit $175 million in its opening weekend. This would drop it right smack in the running for top earners for the year.
Early tracking, released by NRG, has the superhero sequel debuting to $175 million, but many rival studio executives believe that figure could grow after reviews hit and word-of-mouth builds. Disney and Marvel still haven’t released the bulk of their marketing materials, which could also goose ticket sales.
Marvel’s Studios Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted at $187.4 million which would land Black Panther: Wakanda Forever right behind it. A strong showing for Marvel and Disney in a year where most production studios and movie theatres are struggling.