Two big geek culture properties got TV deals this week, plus there’s more TV news on Rick and Morty, Lord of the Rings, The Boys, Roche Limit, and Snowpiercer.
The monthly Vertigo Astro City comic series is ending, pending a transition to original graphic novels as the primary vehicle for new story content (see "’Astro City’ Monthly Ends").
Deadline. The executive producing team was responsible for the Machinima web series (see "Live Action ‘Street Fighter V’ Miniseries Announced"). The storyline will be tied to the World Warrior arc from the 1991 video game release. Looking for broad four-quadrant appeal, Gordon noted the "ethnically diverse characters and powerful women featured in the game" as a path to "an inclusive and engaging TV universe." The game franchise has sold over 40 million software units since launch.
Deadline. Erin Moriarty will play Starlight (see "First Casting for ‘The Boys’"), and other cast members include Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Chace Crawford, Jesse T. Usher, and Nathan Mitchell, according to the report.
Twitter last week, throwing a chill down the spines of retailers, publishers, and fans everywhere. Responding to a fan who was asking about the next season, Harmon said "[I]t can be challenging, especially with crippling lazy alcoholism, to write a show that hasn’t been ordered by a network." It seems doubtful there won’t be a fourth season, given that we just saw a whole new raft of Rick and Morty licensees announced by Adult Swim and the show has blown up into a massive success, but the pace looks like it will be slow. That hasn’t been crippling in the past; the wait between the second and third seasons was long, but the third season seems to have been the one that set the property on fire.
Reuters, which would bring the total cost, combined with the $250 million it spent to obtain the rights (see "Amazon Makes Long-Term Commitment to ‘LOTR’"), to over a half billion dollars for two seasons. That could still be a money-maker for Amazon. Other information in the documents obtained by Reuters showed that The Man in the High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, had one of Amazon’s highest production costs per episode, but had the lowest "cost per first stream," a metric Amazon used to measure the effectiveness of bringing new members into its Amazon Prime universe.
Variety. The series will star Jennifer Connelly, and is based on the 2013 film, which was in turn based on the bande dessinee by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette (see "January Geek TV Round-Up").
io9. Will Pascoe, who was a writer and co-producer on Orphan Black, is set to adapt and may be showrunner.