Jim Henson Co. Developing ‘A Dark Crystal’ Prequel For Netflix

The geeky people over at Netflix have been busy adding new properties to their developing library!

We wrote yesterday about the new Witchers series in development and today Jim Henson Company has announced that they will be working with Netflix on a new 10 episode prequel series for the 1980’s classic ‘Dark Crystal‘.

The series will be set ten years before the original film. “When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their word,” the short description reads.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Whenever we hear about cool concepts from our childhood being remade, I cringe a little inside.  I hate to introduce Lil’ G to something that was cool and groundbreaking in my childhood only to find out is had been poorly (cheaply) redone, but this trailer gives me hope!

Few other details are revealed other than that concept designer from the original film, Brian Froud is returning to work on the project.

 

 

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Witcher TV Series Heading To Netflix!

Per IGN, Netflix will develop and produce a new original series based off the Witcher Saga, the popular book series the video games are based off of.

Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the novels, will serve as creative consultant for the series.

While Lil’ G is at grandma’s or if he ever actually falls asleep, Geeky Mommie loves to play Witcher 3 on our PS4. The game features an engaging and interesting story, fun gameplay and terrific graphics, but the game features plenty of “adult situations” that (while are awesome!) should NOT be played while Padawans are in the room.

Tomas Baginski – who directed the intro videos for all three Witcher video games, will direct at least one episode per season.

No release date, casting or particular stories for the series have been released yet, but Jason Brown has been brought on as an executive producer. He has shown high quality work on The Expanse on Syfy so expectations for this series should be high!

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Martin Scorsese Re-teams With De Niro, Pacino and Pesci

Netflix has acquired the rights to Martin Scorsese’s next film, “The Irishman”, which is set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Shockingly for this group….it is a gangster movie! Who’d of thought!

According to CNET, it is based on the Charles Brandt true crime book “I heard you paint houses”. The book follows mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who, among other dastardly deeds, claims to have been involved with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

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I don’t think he really painted houses…

Here is the “geeky” part: the film is set to have a $100 million dollar budget with a good chunk of it going towards CGI to make some of the actors look younger.  We have seen this technology used extremely well recently in movies such as “Captain America: Civil War” with Robert Downey Jr.

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No better way to lose those wrinkles

This is an expensive acquisition for the streaming service who has recently been in a spending war with rival Amazon for A-list projects.

If nothing else, it is always fun to watch Scorsese and De Niro team up.  Just don’t expect a kid friendly rating the Geeky Daddy Movie Review Sidekick Scale.

“I heard you paint houses” is scheduled for release sometime in 2018.

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Sidenote:  Speaking of Captain America, how cool is this Captain America 75th Anniversary Metal shield!

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