It may only be less than a month since the final curtain fell on Games of Thrones after eight action packed seasons. Few tv shows in recent memory have had such mass appeal and widespread hysteria attached to them. But now it’s all over, and the way is clear for a new obsession to take over our lives. There are lots of great shows currently set for release or in the development stages, but here are seven that could potentially become must see TV on a Thrones type level when they eventually hit our screens!
Untitled Game of Thrones Prequel
Game of Thrones may be done, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Westeros. Codenamed “Bloodmoon”, the prequel to the hit HBO series has already begun filming in Northern Ireland.
The series is to be set thousands of years before the events of GOT, and will tell the story of how the world descends from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour during the Long Night, and chronicle the epic Battle for Dawn in which legendary knight Azor Ahai leads the realms of man in a battle to save Westeros from eternal night!
Naomi Watts, Jamie Campbell Bower and Miranda Richardson have already been announced as leads in an impressive cast. Details about the series are a closely guarded secret as you would expect, but according to HBO, Watts is playing a glamorous high born woman who is hiding a dark secret.
The Black Company
The Black Company is a series of dark fantasy novels created by American author Glen Cook. The series follows the elite mercenary group known as the Black Company, telling the story of roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year history. The books are known for combining fantasy elements with military fiction across 10 instalments in a gritty series. The first book was published all the way back in 1984 with the most recent published in 2018. An eleventh volume is forthcoming.
The series is currently under development in a joint venture between IM Global Television and Boston Diva Productions. Boston Diva CEO Eliza Dushku (best known for playing the iconic Slayer Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is also set to start in the prominent role of The Lady, a dark sorceress who rules over the Northern Empire and who uses the skills of the Black Company to her advantage. David S. Goyer (known for his work on the Christopher Nolan Batman series, Da Vinci’s Demons and the DC Extended Universe) is set to executive produce.
The Witcher is due for release towards the end of 2019, with Henry Cavil staring in the lead role of Geralt of Rivia. The Netflix show is based on the series of short stories and novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which have already been adapted into a hugely successful video game series.
The Witcher Saga follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, who is raised from a young age to become a Witcher, part of an expertly trained and supernaturally altered group of monster hunters, who travel around an unnamed continent hunting down deadly beasts.
The casting of the series has caused some controversy amongst fans, with many feeling Cavill is not the correct actor to portray Geralt. Many are also speaking out against the casting of 22-year-old Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, the love interest to Geralt in the story, with many feeling she is too young to play alongside the 36-year-old Cavill. However, Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich spoke to the Hollywood Reporter last October about the controversy, saying: “We’re looking for the best actors for these roles. Period. End of story.”
Filming for the series wrapped in May, according to Cavill, and is due to land on the streaming service later this year.
Y: The Last Man
FX has order the first season of Y, which is based on the comic book series Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. The series will star Diane Lane, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch and Ireland’s very own Barry Keoghan in the lead role, and is due to premiere on the American network in 2020.
Y will tell the story of Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin Monkey Ampersand, who are believed to be the only male mammals left alive on earth after a cataclysmic event wipes all the others out. The series will explore a new world order in which females have all the control.
The series will be produced by Vaughn along with Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson. The comic book series ran for a total of 60 issues between 2002 and 2008 and received three Eisner Awards during its run. A movie adaptation had languished in development hell for over a decade, before the series found its home on TV.
HBO have another highly anticipated offering arriving at the tail end of this year in Watchmen. The series is based on the DC Comics limited series of the same name from the 80s, which was a dark dystopian take on the superhero genre which saw superheroes emerge during the 40s and 60s and alter the course of history.
It’s not the first time that the comic has been adapted, with a 2009 movie about starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman struggling at the box office and receiving mix reviews from critics.
HBO’s take on the series will not be a direct adaptation of the Alan Moore comic, and has been described by Damon Lindelof – who has created the series for television – as a sort of sequel to the comic set years into the future.
Not much as been revealed about the show thus far, bar perhaps this intriguing trailer. But Watchmen has a strong cast attached already, with the likes of Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons and Frances Fisher set to appear.
The Lord of the Rings
The iconic book series by J.R.R Tolkien has already been made into a hugely popular film series. And now they are set to get the TV adaptation treatment, after Amazon acquired the global television rights to the series in 2017. The series is not intended to be a direct adaptation of the books, but instead acts as a prequel, with events taking place before what happens in the first book of the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring.
Very little is known about the show as regards casting or production details, but it is expected that the story will explore Middle Earth’s Second Age, showing the evil Sauron’s rise to power and the forging of the titular Rings of Power.
No release date has been confirmed yet by the looks of things, but a report last year claimed that the series will be the most expensive TV show ever produced.
See is an upcoming original series from AppleTV+. The series is written by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence, and will be lead by Jason Momoa in the role of Baba Voss, and Alfre Woodard, who plays a priestess called Paris.
The intriguing plot of See takes place in the future where the human race has lost the ability of sight, forcing them to adapt by coming up with new ways of interacting, building and hunting. It is said that humans have been so long without sight, that debate rages as to whether they ever had it in the first place. Things take a strange turn when a set of twins who have the ability to see are born.
Not much is yet know about the series other than its casting and that principal photography was due to take place between September 2018 and February 2019, with a premiere date presumably happening in late 2019/early 2020.
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