Netflix has ordered second seasons for five of its unscripted originals including “Queer Eye,” “Nailed It!,” “Dope,” “Drug Lords” and “The Toys That Made Us”. Vice President of Content for Netflix Bela Bajaria says: “These series are indicative of what we’re trying to accomplish for Netflix unscripted: working with world-class producers to create the best unscripted shows on television.” [Source: Netflix]
“Black Sails” and “The 100” alum Zach McGowan will play the main villain opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in the untitled NBC drama pilot based on the “Bad Boys” film franchise.
McGowan will play a slick-suited hustler named Ray Sherman who runs a nightclub. Sherman has a violent encounter with Union’s LAPD homicide detective Syd Burnett who is looking for a criminal he is apparently in business with. [Source: The Live Feed]
I Still Dream
“Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films is developing a TV adaptation of genre novel “I Still Dream” with UK writer James Smythe, who penned the book, set to adapt and lead a writer’s room for the project to map out multiple seasons
In the book, 17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence and named it Organon. At first, it’s intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. [Source: Deadline]
Disney has announced August 23rd-25th 2019 dates for their biennial D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Each of Disney’s magical worlds – including Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars- will unite under one roof to celebrate what’s new and what’s on the horizon from Disney theme parks, television, music, products, and films. Ticket prices will be announced later this summer. [Source: Disney]
Waiting For Anya
Jean Reno, Anjelica Huston and “Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp have all joined the World War II drama “Waiting For Anya” which is now shooting in France. Frederick Schmidt, Josephine De La Baum, Thomas Kretschmann, Elsa Zylbertsein, Tomas Lemarquis and Sadie Frost co-star in the film based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel.
Set in southern France, Schnapp will play a young shepherd who becomes involved in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain. Ben Cookson helms from a script by Morpurgo and Toby Torlesse. [Source: Deadline]