Syfy has tapped a helmer for its upcoming vidgame-linked series “Defiance”: Scott Stewart, best known as the director of two recent fantasy pics starring Paul Bettany, “Priest” and “Legion.”
The series will tie into a massively multiplayer online videogame of the same title from Trion Worlds, the Redwood, Calif.-based developer-publisher behind “Rift” and “End of Nations.” Game marks the developer’s first foray into console development — previous titles have been PC-only, but the “Defiance” game will ship for PC, PS3 and Xbox.
Series is written by “Farscape” creator and “SeaQuest” scribe Rockne S. O’Bannon and has generated considerable interest after a strong showing at E3, where the companies revealed that events in the TV series would be mirrored in the game’s world, and gamers got their first glimpse of the MMO’s design and graphics.
One remaining question is whether gamers participating in the online world will be able to play with folks who don’t have the same system; rivals Microsoft and Sony have traditionally eschewed cross-platform multiplayer, allowing Xbox 360 and PS3 partisans to play only with each other. Syfy said that “this is the ideal” but that cross-platform remains unconfirmed.
Stephen Moore, best known for his roles as the paranoid android Marvin in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” radio series and the Silurian Eldane in “Doctor Who,” has died. He was 81. “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” producer Dirk Maggs confirmed Moore’s death Sturday on Twitter, writing, “Our dear friend Stephen Moore has [...]
Fremantle is partnering with Hulu to bring the UK drama “Baghdad Central” to the United States, Fremantle announced Monday. The latest in Hulu’s growing slate of international content, “Baghdad Central” will launch on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and stream on Hulu in 2020. Based on the novel by Elliott Colla, the six-part drama [...]
Global production and distribution giant Endemol Shine is to duet with leading Chinese producer and broadcaster Hunan TV on primetime entertainment format “Sing or Spin,” which has an innovative spin: a revolving stage that lets singers know how well they are scoring. The show has been co-developed by Endemol Shine China and Hunan TV as [...]
You can’t make a Tomelette without breaking some Greggs, and you can’t get through an episode of ‘Succession’ without a few rounds of riffing, at least according to Nicholas Braun (who plays Greg Hirsch) and Matthew Macfadyen (who portrays Tom Wamsgans). “We basically improv in probably every scene to some capacity,” says Braun. Though the [...]
“Sky Blue Academy,” an animated series set inside the training academy of reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City, is in the works, Variety has learned. The Pep Guardiola-managed team has enjoyed numerous successes in recent years and broken into world soccer’s elite, becoming a global brand in the process. The show will follow a [...]
The Netherlands-based company Dutch Features has acquired a pair of action-packed series, “Rogue Justice” and “The Columnist,” in the run up to Mipcom. “Rogue Justice,” produced by leading Dutch company Pupkin Film, is mainly set on the tropical island of Bonaire and revolves around two elite cops Willem (Dennis van de Ven) and Theo (Jeroen [...]
Paul Rudd is such a naturally ebullient actor that it can be startling to see him ground down. A gifted physical performer who, at 50, looks so youthful that his appearance tends to precede all other attributes when he’s discussed, Rudd also still has the verve and energy of a rising star — a quality [...]