Netflix is ââinternationalizing the zombie genre, and Stephen King celebrates the 25th anniversary of the miniseries The stall in the last WIRE Buzz.
First let’s start with Reality Z, a new series produced by Netflix in Brazil, in collaboration with one of the country’s largest independent production banners, ConspiraÃ§Ã£o.
According to Deadline, the five-part project is adapted by Brazilian director, screenwriter and executive producer ClÃ¡udio Torres from Dead set, a 2008 British show that was created by Charlie Brooker before he gave us the majesty that is Black mirror.
In Brooker’s series, the story takes place in a real fictional house Big Brother reality show, where the cast and crew were trapped as a zombie apocalypse began to erupt (the show was produced by the same company behind Big Brother, this is how Brooker was able to use the real series as a backdrop).
The Brazilian adaptation will transplant the story into a reality show called Olimpo, the house of the gods, on its night of elimination, the place reverting to shelter as the undead epidemic turns Rio de Janeiro into a vortex of chaos. Production has already started on the limited series.
Brooker commented, “It’s amazing how Torres has reinvented this series, placing it in a city as iconic as Rio and tapping into Brazilian pop culture so distinctly.”
Netflix has some 30 shows and movies in the works in Brazil, as part of the company’s international expansion (including genre tariffs from around the world), but the good news is that all of them, including Reality Z, will debut globally in 2020.
Stephen King will make what’s billed as a “rare” podcast appearance next month, says GE, when he joined Mick Garris on the Podcast “Post Mortem” to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the miniseries The stall, the four-part, eight-hour adaptation of King’s classic novel that aired on ABC-TV in 1994.
Garris directed the TV movie adaptation of King himself, with a massive cast that included Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Miguel Ferrer, Ed Harris, Adam Storke, Matt Frewer, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Ray Walston, Jamey Sheridan, and many more.
King’s story of an epic battle between good and evil following the outbreak of a virus decimating mankind has been presented on the small screen relatively faithfully, especially for the budget and content restrictions of the television at the time, and fans still fondly remember it as an ambitious but flawed adaptation.
In a preview of the podcast, King says he almost gave up writing the book, remembering, âI said, ‘It’s getting too big, it’s unwieldy. I almost finished the book there, I almost left it in a drawer, because I said, ‘I don’t know what to do with all these people, I’ve spread it too much.’ “
The stall has become one of King’s most popular and beloved novels, and of course, a new version is in the works for CBS All Access after many years of development as a feature film.
You can grab the “Post Mortem” on The stall from May 8, date of the premiere of the original miniseries.
Daily screen reports that Thomas Jane is starring in a new ‘noir thriller’ called The orchard, currently filming under the direction of senior feature director Michael Caissie.
Jane will play a sheriff who investigates an attack on three teenage sisters by a gang of juvenile delinquents, only to discover that a malicious force is lurking in the orchard where the attack took place and threatens their entire lives.
Prior to that, Jane was a regular in the horror genre, appearing in Stephen King adaptations. Dream Catcher, Mist, and 1922 as well as that of Mike Flanagan Before i wake up. He also played the title role in the Unhappy version of the 2004 film. The punisher, and more recently appeared on The extent and last year The predator.
Pictured alongside Jane are Jay Mohr, India Ennenga, Katrina Bowden, Amanda Wyss and Sean Patrick Flanery. Le Verger will be offered to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.