The adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s graphic novels debut May 7.
Jupiter’s Legacy, Netflix’s first series to debut from the mind of comic book scribe Mark Millar, is coming into focus.
The streaming service announced the eight-episode series will premiere May 7 and also shared a short teaser for the decades-spanning superhero drama.
Jupiter’s Legacy stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade and Matt Lanter. It centers on the world’s first superheroes as they must look to their children to pick up their mantle.
Millar, the blockbuster comic book writer behind Kingsman Marvel’s The debuted Jupiter’s Legacy in comics in 2013 with artist Frank Quitely. They are executive producing with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott, Steven S. DeKnight, James Middleton and Sang Kyu Kim.
Netflix acquired Millar’s comic book imprint Millarworld in August 2017 and is developing a series for American Jesus, as well as films based on the titles Empress, Huck and Reborn, starring Sandra Bullock.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
At Bleeding Cool, we like to have a little fun as much as we can with our show coverage. And sometimes, that means twisting the knife every now and then- not trying to be mean (we usually make that pretty clear) but more in a “messing around” older/younger sibling kinda way. So when that Netflix’s live-action adaptation of writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely’s comic book series Jupiter’s Legacy was first announced back when parachute-pants, thin leather ties, and “Frankie Says Relax!” shirts were cool, we do it because we kid… we do it because we love. But with that said, July 2018 does feel like it was forever-plus-two-days ago- and when it comes to dysfunctional super-teams/families? Keep this in mind…
Since the adaptation was announced, we’ve had two seasons of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy and Amazon Prime’s The Boys (with production on the third seasons set to get underway soon, and a The Boys spinoff in development), two seasons of HBO Max’s Doom Patrol (with filming on the third season underway), and an award-winning season of HBO’s Watchmen. But things are starting to look up in a big way based on Millar’s recent tweets. As you’ll see below, Millar has screened and offered “tiny last notes” on a new edit of the adaptation’s second episode- but even better? Later in the thread, Millar was asked when the series would finally see the light of day and he responded with “2021.” How do we know he’s serious this time? It’s the exclamation point and the text smiley. Does it every time.
Based on the critically-acclaimed Image Comics series from Millar and artist Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy focuses on the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. In the present day, they are the revered elder guard – while their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Ben Daniels (The Crown), Leslie Bibb (Tag), Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies), Andrew Horton (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Matt Lanter (Timeless), Mike Wade (For the People), Ian Quinlan (Sneaky Pete), Tenika Davis (Big Top Academy), and Chase Tang (Slasher) star. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) serves as executive producer. Sang Kyu Kim (The Walking Dead) serves as showrunner, replacing DeKnight who left the role over “creative differences” in September 2019. Millar’s Millarworld Productions is producing.
Duhamel’s Sheldon Sampson aka The Utopian is the storied leader of the superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family. Daniels’ Walter Sampson aka Brain-Wave is Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody. Bibb’s Grace Sampson aka Lady Liberty is Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in. Kampouris’ Chloe Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.
Horton’s Brandon Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend. Wade’s Fitz Small aka The Flare is the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world. Lanter’s George Hutchence aka Skyfox is Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him. Davis stars as Fitz’s daughter, Petra; while Tang stars as super-villain Baryon and Quinlan plays Hutch Hutchence.
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Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name, ‘Before I Fall’ is about a mean school girl named Sam, who spends her days fooling around with her group of popular friends and bullying others at her school. But one day, after a brutal car accident, she finds herself in a loop where she keeps living the same day again and again. To stop this loop, she sets to figure out what’s causing it. But the deeper she digs into this mystery, the more she ends up turning her whole life around.
The film’s time travel plot is enough to keep you intrigued but what makes it even more captivating is its deeper themes revolving around second chances and finding one’s purpose. Moreover, the stellar performance of its cast adds more heft to its coming-of-age drama. Along with all of this, the movie’s mise-en-scène also creates the perfect smug high school environment. So if all of this got you wondering where it was filmed, read on further to know all about the filming locations of ‘Before I Fall’.
Before I Fall Filming Locations
The principal photography of ‘Before I Fall’ begun on November 16, 2015, and went on till December 19, 2015. The movie was entirely filmed in several locations of British Columbia, where it was predominantly shot in North Vancouver and Squamish. Halston Sage, who plays the role of Lindsay Edgecomb, posted a snap from the first day of the filming of the movie with the other three female leads:
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The way that fans interact with their favorite serialized entertainment brands is shifting and changing all the time in this social media era but the goal of actually incorporating fans into the creative process in a meaningful way has been the most elusive of social media’s many promises. An intriguing vanguard on that front right now comes from the Facebook Watch series Sacred Lies, a Blumhouse TV production that has hard-wired its fan community into the show’s Season 2 writers’ room.
Sacred Lies, the evocative story about an amputee and cult survivor, has harnessed its robust Facebook footprint (661K followers and 38.5K members) by opening up the writing and show-running process in a way that is more instructional than purely promotional. The most active fans are likely candidates to join the ranks of the show’s “Keepers,” which means they have an active voice in some casting, designing and narrative choices.
The setting of Season 2, for instance, will be Colorado, a choice made by fans. The mystery man that arrives in town in the sophomore season will be named Hunter, anther choice made by fans. All of it speaks to the Facebook Watch stated goal, which is “to be a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience and build a community of passionate fans.”
The point person for the Sacred Lies fan outreach has been Raelle Tucker (True Blood, Jessica Jones, Supernatural), the show’s Creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner. She candidly admits that she was not thrilled by the prospect at first. “I was prepared for the absolute worst,” said Tucker, who was a relative neophyte at social media pursuits but knew enough to expect animus and vitriol. “I was totally surprised. I couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Tucker’s anxiety was only heightened by Sacred Lies and its subject matter. The ten-episode, half-hour drama series was based on the award-winning namesake YA novel by Stephanie Oakes, which is a modern take on the Grimm fairy tale about “The Handless Maiden.” It unravels the mystery of a teenage amputee named Minnow Bly (Elena Kampouris), who escapes a cult after the death of its radical Prophet and finds friendship, hope, and redemption in the most unlikely place: juvenile detention, where Minnow finally learns that true freedom begins with the power to decide your own beliefs. Daniel Diemer portrays Cole, her love interest.
Even with filters in place Tucker anticipated (and dreaded) inappropriate, insulting or hurtful topics and comments but she said in practice that simply hasn’t been the case despite thousands or interactions at this point between the show and its Facebook Watch audience. Now Tucker is a steady presence reaching out to fans, explaining the behind-the-scenes creative process and its principles, and also surveying the active audience for its input on the show’s unfolding tale.
Even more unexpected, the Sacred Lies forum has created a haven for young people to share their own stories about amputation, disability, incarceration, or cult experiences. Tucker found herself in the jarring position of hearing from fans who “did not realize that they had been in a cult — or that they had grown up in a cult — until they found this show and this community.”
Blumhouse TV describes Sacred Lies as the first scripted show centered around a physically disabled female character. The description continues: “It addresses Minnow’s trauma and triumph as a double amputee from a grounded, emotional, and inspiring perspective. The show tackles deep, real life issues: from the institutionalized incarceration of children – the school to prison pipeline – to white supremacy, to the seductive allure and dangers of religious extremism.”
Asked for a takeaway on the experience, Tucker said that she believed the key has been presenting “an authentic message” and taking a risk on presenting “an earnest message” in an ironic age. “People respond when they sense that you aren’t hiding or holding back, even though holding back is the instinct we have.”
Netflix has set its lead cast for Jupiter’s Legacy, the superhero epic series from Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) based on the stories by Mark Millar. Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Ben Daniels (The Crown), Leslie Bibb (Tag), Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies\) and Andrew Horton (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) are set to star. Also cast are Timeless star Matt Lanter and Mike Wade (For the People).
Jupiter’s Legacy is among the first slate of series and movies based on the stories of Millar and based on the graphic novels of the same name by Millar and artist Frank Quitely.
The series follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.
Duhamel plays Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian), the storied leader of the superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.
Daniels is Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave), Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.
Bibb portrays Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty), Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in.
Kampouris is Chloe Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.
Horton plays Brandon Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.
Wade is Fitz Small, (The Flare), the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.
Lanter portrays George Hutchence (Skyfox), Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.
DeKnightm who wrote and will direct the first episode, serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Millar, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott, and Quitely, also serving as executive producers for the series.
The Millar deal, inked last July, marks Netflix’s biggest multiple-project order since the streaming giant inked the original Marvel deal for four series and a limited series. As part of the pact, Netflix also ordered American Jesus, a multi-lingual series that follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ; and three films, Empress, Huck and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter.
Duhamel and Bibb are repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Daniels is with Gersh and Hamilton Hodell. Horton is repped by CAM in the UK and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Kampouris is repped by ICM Partners and Fourward. Lanter is repped by UTA and Emerald Talent Group. Wade is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Joanne Horowitz Management.
First Look at The Smiths-Infused Comedy-Drama ‘Shoplifters of the World’ (EXCLUSIVE)
London-based sales agent WestEnd Films has released the first-look image for The Smiths-infused comedy-drama “Shoplifters of the World,” which Variety is publishing exclusively. WestEnd is screening footage to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Based on an urban legend, the film is set over the course of one night in the lives of four friends in Denver, who are reeling from the news of the split up of iconic British band The Smiths. The local radio station is hijacked by an impassioned Smiths fan with a gun, who makes the DJ play nothing but Smiths tracks for the entire night.
The still shows Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), who plays the hijacker. Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike,” “True Blood”) plays the DJ. The cast also includes Helena Howard, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, and James Bloor. The film, written and directed by Stephen Kijak (“Scott Walker – 30 Century Man”), will feature 20 tracks by The Smiths.
The movie is produced by Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister, 3:59’s Joe and Nick Manganiello, Piccadilly Pictures’ Christopher Figg. Also producing are Phil Hoelting, Adam Schoon and Lorianne Hall. Robert Whitehouse and Dawn Bierschwal, from Piccadilly Pictures, are exec producing.
Facebook has renewed four original series for second seasons, financing shows that build community and spark conversation on the Watch platform — features that the social network sees as differentiating its video service from rivals.
Five Points, Huda Boss, Sacred Lies and Sorry for Your Loss will return to Facebook Watch. These shows, which collectively drew nearly 1.3 million followers, join an increasingly diverse slate of programming that includes Jada Pinkett Smith’s breakout talk show Red Table Talk, the interactive game show Confetti and the planned return of MTV’s The Real World.
“With our originals, our aim is to give people programing that not only serves to entertain, but to also bring them closer together,” said Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s head of global creative strategy. “We’ve intentionally focused on content with the potential to have an extended life on Facebook beyond the initial airing of the shows, that sparks conversations and two-way interactions.”
Huda Boss attracted some 400,000 people interested in following the life of beauty blogger-turned-entrepreneur Huda Kattan, while Five Points, Kerry Washington’s high school drama series set in Chicago, found an equally large audience.
“We were delighted by the positive conversation that S1 generated on Facebook Watch,” said Five Points executive producer Jon Avnet, of Indigenous Media.
Blumhouse’s Sacred Lies series was inspired by the young-adult novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, a young woman whose hands are chopped off in punishment for refusing to wed a self-proclaimed prophet. It returns for a second season with a new mystery and cast of characters.
Elena Kampouris, who starred as Minnow Bly, returns in a new role, with a story inspired by a new Grimm tale, “The Singing Bone.”
“I think with all the divisiveness in our world right now – people are hungry for positive connection and interaction,” said showrunner Raelle Tucker. “I have never seen thousands and thousands of people come together on the internet in such a harmonious, celebratory and positive way.”
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sorry for Your Loss is a dark comedy exploring the life of a young widow struggling to put her life back together after her husband’s unexpected death. Van Veen said Facebook was struck by the grief community that formed around the show, in which people supported one-another online.
“Seeing our audience embrace and champion Sorry for Your Loss and reading the comments and posts from people who feel seen and understood watching our show, has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,” said executive producer Kit Steinkellner.
Fidji Simo, Facebook’s head of video, wrote a blog post where she described her philosophy on original programming. She wrote that in an age of “peak TV,” shows need to be more than simply entertaining. They need to provide cultivate passionate fan followings with stories they can’t get elsewhere.
Facebook provides the platform for personal connection; a place where engaging content meets its community. That’s the criteria it used in renewing the four original shows.
“These shows all cultivated deeply engaged fan bases who came for the episodes, but stayed for the conversations — and are a great example of what can happen when content and community come together seamlessly,” Simo wrote.
Elena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers), Kiana Madeira (Dark Matter), and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) are set as leads in Sacred Lies (working title), a half-hour drama, that has been given a 10-episode series order by Facebook Watch. It hails from former True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant and Blumhouse Television.
Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, Sacred Lies is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader.
Kampouris will play Minnow Bly. Physically and emotionally scarred and handless, Minnow is now in juvie for brutally beating a young man.
Carroll will portray Dr. Wilson, Minnow’s mental health coordinator. He’s a forensic psychologist working for the FBI, who’s not your typical on paper psychologist.
Madeira is Angel, Minnow’s roommate in juvie. A science buff (her hero is Carl Sagan) and a convicted murderer (who claims she acted in self-defense), Angel is intrigued by her handless new roommate and her background.
Robbins will play Samuel Bly, Minnow’s father. Once a weak and susceptible man, he joined the cult hoping for a better life for him and his family. Fully believing that the Prophet speaks to God, Samuel instantly becomes the Prophet’s second-in-command.
Kampouris’ credits include features Before I Fall and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and series American Odyssey. She’s repped by ICM Partners.
Carroll played John Murphy on HBO’s The Leftovers and recently appeared on Lucifer, Wisdom of the Crowd and Snowfall. He’ll next be seen in feature Blindspotting. He’s repped by Innovative Artists
Madeira had guest roles on Dark Matter and Wynonna Earp and will be seen in an upcoming role on Taken. She’s repped by Ambition Talent and TalentWorks.
Robbins played the series regular role of Henry Foss on Sanctuary and recently recurred on Ghost Wars, Van Helsing and Pure and next will be seen on Snowfall. He’s repped by Play Management and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Joseph Cross Teams With James Ponsoldt on Directorial Debut ‘Summer Night’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Joseph Cross will make his directorial debut on the indie drama “Summer Night.” “The Spectacular Now” helmer James Ponsoldt will produce the film.
“Boyhood’s” Ellar Coltrane, Analeigh Tipton, and Justin Chatwin will star in the movie. Callan McAuliffe, Ian Nelson, Hayden Szeto, Lana Condor, Elena Kampouris, Bill Milner, Melina Vidler, Ella Hunt, and Victoria Justice round out the cast.
Tara Ansley and Cross will also produce.
The story takes place over the course of one night, following a close-knit group of young musicians as they grapple with the trials of young love and their creative ambitions.
Angel Cassani, Carlos Mainardi, Ryan Felton, and Lucas Evans will executive produce. UTA Independent Film Group is packaging the film and will represent all domestic rights.
Cross’ acting credits include roles on Netflix’s crime thriller “Mindhunter” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” He was also featured in Touchstone Pictures’ “Lincoln” and Focus Features’ “Milk.”
Ponsoldt’s past directing credits include STX’s “The Circle,” A24’s “The End of the Tour,” and “The Spectacular Now.” On the TV side, he has also directed several episodes of Netflix’s “Master of None” and Showtime’s “Shameless.”
Cross, Ponsoldt, Coltrane, Chatwin, Nelson, Szeto, Milner, Hunt, and Justice are all repped by UTA.