Zombies seem to have been increasingly popular in recent years, with recent cinematic outings including Zombieland and World War Z. Elsewhere The Walking Dead has seen zombies take over our TV sets. The reasoning for this interest is up for debate. Could viewers be preparing themselves for an imminent apocalypse? Or, are we all just seeing a little escapism from our everyday lives? Whatever the reason, zombies are a good crowd puller – something that contributed to World War Z pulling in gross profits of over $220 million. But World War Z didn’t start in cinemas, it is actually based on a book written by Max Brooks. He overcame struggles with dyslexia to become a TV writer before going on to forge a career as a novelist. Having previously published 2 works of zombie based fiction, Brooks released World War Z: History of the Zombie War in 2006.
The novel had spent 4 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Seeing the promise in this novel, Paramount Pictures brought World War Z to the big screen in 2013. Directed by Marc Foster, who had previously achieved success with films including Quantum of Solace, and starring Brad Pitt. The film sees the world fighting to overcome a zombie pandemic. With armies and governments failing to combat this apocalyptic force, Gerry Lane, played by Pitt, takes action. He travels the Globe in order to try and save humanity from destruction. As you may have guessed, the world was not destroyed. Which has left Paramount open to the possibility of producing a sequel. Those crafty devils.
So, what do we know about World War Z 2?
Since 2006, Brooks has wrote further short stories based in the World War Z universe, so writers have plenty of content to work with. But it is not yet known which of these stories will be used to construct the script for the sequel. Could the writers even have another fresh idea up their sleeves? Paramount is keeping quiet about the project but reliable sources suggest that Pitt is on board. It has been reported that he is in talks with previous colleague David Fincher. The pair previously achieved great box office success with Fight Club. Is Pitt eyeing up another such success story in this sequel? He may have a tough job on his hands with Fincher being very suspect of sequels. With the suggestion that filming could start as early as next spring, producers are going to have a secure a deal soon
Bloodborne: A Song Of Crows Comic Cover, Release Date, Price
It has been a while since FromSoftware released the critically-acclaimed PS4-exclusive Bloodborne, with fans still clamoring for a sequel to this very day. However, despite that apparently not being on the horizon, fans have still been able to keep the good times rolling thanks to a comic series based on the popular game.
This new comic is called A Song of Crows, and Amazon has recently posted their product page for it that reveals lots of information. The following is an overview:
“Discover the twisted story of Eileen the Crow in the continuing comic series spinning out of Fromsoftware/Hidetaka Miyazaki’s critically-acclaimed Bloodborne videogame!
The City of Yarnham is buried in snow.
Eileen the Crow buries the Hunters. But one eludes her. Poisoned and overcome with beastly senses, he prowls Yarnham causing misery and havoc. Meanwhile the bodies mount, reality shakes, and strange things are amiss in Byrgenwerth. On the hunt for the Hunter, Eileen struggles with her own sanity and the disturbing change that a glimpse beyond reality brings.
Blood and death pervade Yarnham and those who travel in its wake. Follow the quest of Eileen as she looks to uncover the truth of the city, and her most inner turmoil.”
Bloodborne: A Song of Crows will release on August 20th, 2019, with the price being set at $16.99. You can check out the cover of the comic below.
LitRPG Books That Will Get You Hooked
LitRPG is the up and coming new genre in science fiction and fantasy. But where’s a good place to start if it’s something you might be interested in diving into? There are several really good series by various authors out there. There are even a lot of Russian authors who have had their stories translated into English. So here are the best LitRPG books for beginners.
The Land is an interesting tale about a gamer, Richter, who is transferred to another world. The premise is that humans are in fact what would be called Chaos seeds. This is important because it plays a dramatic role in The Land. Being a chaos seed allows the protagonist to have some interesting powers and make choices that are often not available to everyone else. This is because the entire foundation of chaos is free choices. So the protagonist is allowed to make choices where anything can happen. And it in fact often does.
Play to live follows the premise of merging alternate realities. The character is actually terminally ill, but is allowed a second chance to live by essentially downloading himself into a game. This is a fairly common situation in this world and makes it an interesting story as the protagonist and his friends actually end up back in the real world as their player characters. D. Rus is one of the Russian authors and manages to add in a complex battle between nations within the game world in the story.
The Gam3 diverges a bit from most other LitRPGs. Whereas many of them are set in fantastical worlds where knights and magic exist, The Gam3 takes place in a science fiction based world. Cosimo does a phenomenal job of making an interesting character with original powers in an interesting world. It follows the tale of a lowly boy working to make money in the game, but he must first pay off his debt to the man who supplied the equipment to get into the game.
As with all genres, there are many more quality books out there to read. The best advice is to get out there and find the ones that interest you personally. I wouldn’t write it off though if you find a few that stink. The subgenre is relatively new and so quality can range widely, especially with the easily available self-publishing we have with digital technology.
Dresden Files TV Series being rebooted by FOX21
In a report by Deadline, a new live-action tv series based off of the Dresden Files book series is in the planning process. Fox 21 has the rights to the story and plans on rebooting it as a tv series. Right now there are very few details in regards to where the studio is planning on taking the show. Fans of the book are excited about the possibility of seeing their favorite series on the small screen.
There was a previous Dresden Files tv series airing in 2007 on the Scifi channel which lasted a single season before being canceled. It is possible that the show will run for more than one season due to its popularity and mass of material. There are a total of fifteen books which combine the elements of a noir detective novel with urban fantasy. Dresden Files is not the first series to combine these elements. But it has had success in the literature industry and easily made the transition to the small screen once before.
Fans had long wanted a Netflix adaption. An unknown employee of Frederator Studios, which contracted Powerhouse Animation, looked into doing an anime adaption similar to the Castlevania.
Fans reached out to the minds behind the animated Castlevania series hoping to see Harry Dresden return tot he screen in some form. The Castlevania Anime on Netflix had seen widespread success since its creation in 2017. Fans thought that perhaps the Dresden Files could do well as an animated series. Unfortunately for Frederator and Powerhouse Creative, it seems that Fox21 beat them to the punch. Although the details of the series are few, fans can expect updates in the near future.
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