Television is looking very geeky in the latest news.Variety. The deal also includes potential spin-offs. The series will be produced with the cooperation of the Tolkien estate, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, who have buried the legal hatchet over the rights to the property (see “More 'Lord of the Rings'?”). Lord of the Rings is the latest deal in Amazon Studios’ focus on genre fare (see “'The Boys' Ordered to Series”). Variety. The two series will join Trollhunters as part of the interconnected Tales of Arcadia universe. 3 Below will debut in 2018. The series follows two royal teenagers and their bodyguard as they hide on Earth from a coup on their home planet. Wizards bows in 2019 and will bind all three series together. The second season of Trollhunters debuts on Netflix on December 15. The series are part of Netflix’s deal as the global home (excepting China) for DreamWorks Animation (see “New 'Voltron' on Netflix”). Dark Horse will release a graphic novel tie-in, Trollhunters: The Secret History of Trollkind, on February 14. Deadline. Announced during New York Comic Con in 2016, the first collection of the supernatural thriller from writers Mike Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts, Lucifer, Unwritten) and producer Arvind Ethan David (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) will be in stores this week (see “Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David Make 'Darkness Visible'”). David and Carey will executive produce alongside Cavan Ash (The Infidel, Tormented), Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy (Gerald’s Game, The Haunting of Hill House) and IDW Entertainment CEO Ted Adams and President David Ozer.
The Orville will explore space for a second season. The science fiction dramedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is the first freshman series to be renewed by Fox according to Variety. The series, which airs in one of the tougher timeslots on Thursday nights, has scored respectably as the third-highest rated new drama in the coveted 18-49 demo.
Star Trek: Discovery is going where no one has gone before for a second season reports Vulture. The latest entry in the Star Trek franchise airs on CBS All Access and has driven subscribers to the network’s proprietary digital streaming service (see “'Star Trek: Discovery' Debut Nets Nearly 10 Million Viewers”). The first chapter of Season 1 wrapped over the weekend, with the second part of the season set to debut on January 7 after 8:30 p.m. EST.Twentieth Century Fox Buys Into BOOM! Comics”) and has a first-look deal with the publisher (see “20th Century Fox Does First Look Deal with BOOM!”).
Derek Kolstad, creator of the stylish John Wick franchise, is working on a pilot script for a series based on IO Interactive’s popular Hitman video game franchise for Hulu and Fox 21 reports Deadline. Kolstad will serve as executive producer along with Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon, both of whom produced the Hitman feature films. The Hitman game franchise has moved more than 25 million units since its launch in 2000. In October, Dynamite began releasing a prequel comic series about the game’s protagonist, Agent 47: Birth of the Hitman, from writer Chris Sebela and artist Jonathan Lau (see “The Origins of 'Hitman: Agent 47' Revealed”).