Loki and Scarlet Witch shows headed to Disney's streaming service, while Netflix orders up a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender series
Well, it might be hump-day, but there's certainly no mid-week blues for everyone's favourite streaming companies, with news that Disney and Netflix are adding some pretty big series to their upcoming slates. It appears Disney Streaming Services' as-yet-unnamed site is looking to bump up its already big schedule (think original Star Wars shows and Disney live-action films like Lady and the Tramp) with some Marvel-ous additions, by way of standalone Loki and Scarlet Witch limited series. While Netflix is keeping competition fierce by announcing that they are planning to take Nickelodeon's beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003) and make it into their own live-action show (here's hoping it's better than that god-awful 2010 movie from M. Night Shyamalan).
According to Variety, the Marvel shows will be top-notch productions, with plans to feature original actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in the title roles. While few details have been made available at the moment, the studio is said to be looking at a six to eight episode run per series. And although there's no reports yet on how big the production budgets will be, one could assume that Marvel aren't the type to spare any expense when it comes to their cinematic universe - which these series expected to be an extension of. And of course, there's the fact that Kevin Feige himself is said to be taking a hands-on role in their development. Aside from that, we may have to wait until the service launches sometime late next year to find out more details.
As for Netflix's Avatar series, Collider are reporting that production is expected to start on the Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko produced show as soon as 2019. Similar to the original animation, it will follow young avatar Aang as he learns to harness the four elements - earth, fire, wind and air - and stop the deadly Fire Nation from taking over. In keeping with the story's origins, the showrunner's have already promised that it will be 'culturally appropriate' and have a 'non-whitewashed cast'. They also said they were ready to go 'even deeper into the characters, story, action and world-building'. And, just think, if it's successful, there always the chance its sequel The Legend of Korra (2012) may also find an live-action adaption on the small screen.
Netflix's controversial break-out hit 13 Reasons Why (2017) has been on hiatus for more than a year now, but fans of the show were sent into a spin recently with news that it would be returning to our screens in a matter of days. Streaming giant Netflix dropped their announcement trailer for the original series on Tuesday, featuring not only a fantastically artistic first-look, but also the premiere date of the second season - May 18. First released in March 2017, season one followed protagonist Clay Jensen as he worked to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragic death of his classmate, co-worker and love interest Hannah Baker. After receiving a package of tapes detailing dark secrets of those in their town, Clay takes things into his own hands to try and enact change. Originally based on the book by Jay Asher, series two will seemingly pick up after the events covered in the novel, thus continuing the story past its source material.
The video begins with the tapes that made the first series so infamous, as a series of Polaroid pictures float around the main characters. In it we see Tony and Ryan in the former's Ferrari, with photos around them revealing the car with a smashed window and Tony with bruising on his face. It then jumps to Jessica smiling in front of her phone, as her pictures show the word 'liar' scrawled on a window, tears spilling down her face, and a note reading 'keep your f***ing mouth shut'. Mr Porter is seen at his desk as photo of Hannah in his office flashes past, as well as one that shows the phrase 'Know your place' in red, and another with a smashed computer. Bryce comes next and is seen pouring alcohol poolside with a young girl, with his photos hinting at a party and a woman being passed out. Hannah's mother also features, trying her best to link together the strands leading to her daughter's death. Her Polaroids show signs that have been defaced, as well as one of her listening to headphones. Finally, we see Clay, dressed in a suit and tie with a summons to appear in court lying on his bed. Among his photos we see the words 'You talk you pay' scribbled out, before the video finished on a half-face picture of Hannah and the tag line 'The tapes were just the beginning'.
13 Reasons Why (2017) received almost as much backlash as it did praise for its first season, following a choice to show Hannah Baker's suicide scene in graphic detail. It drew heavy criticism from mental health experts for allowing the depiction and failing to provide suitable support links following episodes. In addition, many worried that it would spur on similar suicides for vulnerable people watching. Since then, Netflix has commissioned a study of teens and parents regarding how the show affected them and have taken steps to provide more information. A video featuring the main cast informing people of the show's themes and the helplines available to them was released, with more videos and resources also compiled at the companion site 13reasonswhy.info. New warnings are also reportedly set to be introduced before the episodes of the latest season. You can check out the new clip below.
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