ShOR Is Bloggy: Anne with an E has been Renewed by Netflix

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The Netflix and CBC adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s children novel Anne of Green Gables has been renewed for a second season. The reboot that I once called “pesky” has been commissioned for a 10 episode run that will air sometime in 2018. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

Anne with an E (or simply Anne north of the border) was billed as a “gritty” adaptation. Despite the inherent darkness the program brought with it, it proved to be a critical darling. Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) stayed true to the first book in Montgomery’s highly popular series. She introduced Anne (played to perfection by scrappy newcomer Amybeth McNulty) to Green Gables and the Cuthberts, but she also decided to take the show in a few new directions. One of the biggest twists came in the form of Matthew Cuthbert. I won’t tell how the show differed from the novels because of spoilers but let’s just say it’s a pretty important change.

Next season, we shall see the precocious redhead deal with even more drama and hardships. Netflix has said Anne will “continue to chart bold new territory, adding new characters and story lines and continuing to explore themes of identity, prejudice, feminism, bullying, gender parity and empowerment.” All of which is pretty awesome when you consider the fact that Walley-Beckett has built an entirely female writers room for the new series.

“This season is brave and bold and full of wonder,” Walley-Beckett said in a statement. “It is colourful, exciting, action-packed and, of course, full of heart. I can’t wait to share all the brand new adventures!”

Truthfully, we can’t wait for the new series either. Anne with an E is currently streaming on Netflix.

(Originally posted at 4ye.co.uk.)

ShOR is Bloggy: A New “Vice” May be Bound to NBC

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Another TV reboot is being added to the already gigantic (and growing) reboot roster for the next few seasons of television. Miami Vice may be coming back to our screens as early as the 2018-2019 season.

Vin Diesel and his production company One Race Television are teaming up with Fast and Furious writer Chris Morgan to produce the series on NBC. If picked up, Vice would be returning to the Peacock network nearly thirty years after being canceled in 1989.

The project, which has been in development for a few months, is being spearheaded by Shana Waterman who heads One Race Television after leaving Fox Broadcasting. Diesel and Waterman are tapped to executive produce the show while Peter Macmanus (Spike’s The Mist) will write the scripts which will be based on the original Miami Vice.

Miami Vice ran from 1984 to 1990 and starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, two vice cops who frequently went undercover to bust down notorious drug rings. Edward James Olmos played their chief and a whole slew of high profile actors guest starred on the show through its five season run. The show was often praised for its use of music as well as the extremely pastel colored, yet highly stylish, clothes Crockett and Tubbs often sported.

Michael Mann penned and produced both the television show and the 2006 film version which starred Jamie Foxx and Collin Farrell. The movie didn’t fare as well as the show and pretty much tanked at the box office. So, the ultimate question is, with Mann, the original producer, absent from this reboot, will it be as good as its predecessor? Not only that, is it even warranted? In an already overly reboot saturated lineup, what will Diesel, Morgan, Waterman, and Macmanus bring to the table that hasn’t already been done?

The good thing about this reboot is that it comes at a time where drugs and opioid usage are at an all time high which echoes the cocaine crisis of the 80s. So, there will be plenty of stories and things to pull from. Personally, however, I am tired of seeing reboots and remakes both on television and on the big screens. Nostalgia filmmaking needs to make a quick and brutal exit from our lives before more national treasures are decimated by lackluster, uninspired writing, and bland performances.

(Originally posted to 4ye.co.uk.)

ShOR is Bloggy: Beauty and the Beast 2? The Stars Are Interested!


Back in March, a little Disney film by the name of Beauty and the Beast, was unleashed on the world and in the two months since its release, the film has grossed over one billion dollars worldwide making it one of the largest March releases in recent history. Beauty and the Beast was mostly well received by critics and there is no doubt that when the film is released on DVD in June, the money Disney is making will just grow exponentially.

As a result, people have been talking about a possible sequel being greenlit by Disney and being greenlit soon. The House of Mouse has no plans for a sequel, but that doesn’t mean the film’s stars aren’t interested in returning for a sequel.

Dan Stevens previously voiced his interest when asked in an interview for his film Permission which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22nd.

He said, “That’s not a question for me. I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”

The only hang up with Stevens is, he doesn’t want to return as Prince Adam in his human form.

“I’d kind of like to bring the Beast back.”

I’m not completely sure how that would work out but we all know the Beast is widely regarded as Disney’s most handsome prince so that is always a plus despite how the Beast is now a human prince but it’s Disney, they can do anything. Besides, I wouldn’t mind spending another two hours listening to Stevens’ deep, silky smooth Beast voice. I swear, his voice is sinful in that role.

But, I digress.

Stevens’ co-star, and generally adorable book nerd, Emma Watson, has recently jumped on the sequel bandwagon as well. While on the press tour for her new film The Circle, Watson broached the subject of a Beauty and the Beast sequel.

The results are so in character that it’s painfully perfect and I need it more than ever.

“I would love to do a sequel,” she said. “I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village.”

As if that wouldn’t be the cutest thing to ever happen ever. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle already shows her penchant for education. If you remember, when she is in town letting her donkey and homemade washing machine do her laundry for her, she takes it upon herself to teach a little girl how to read. While the village people harass her for it, and ruin her laundry in the process, there is no doubt that the spark to teach is there in Belle.

I, for one, love this idea. Here’s to hoping that Disney listens to fans, their actors, and their pocketbooks and they give us a sequel! It would be fantastic.

You can catch Watson in The Circle now in theaters. Stevens’ new film Kill Switch will be released in theaters July 15th.

(Originally posted at 4ye.co.uk.)

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