The Walt Disney Company has signed a first-look deal with Colin Kaepernick and his production arm, Ra Vision Media.The partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity, and per ESPN “provide a new platform to showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers.” The deal encompasses multiple Disney platforms including ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated, the company’s website focused on sports and culture.The first project in development as part of this deal is an ESPN-produced docuseries chronicling Kaepernick’s journey. Using extensive new interviews and a never-before-seen archive that documents his last five years, Kaepernick will tell his story from his perspective. Libby Geist, Kevin Merida and Connor Schell will executive produce for ESPN. Former ESPN staffer Jemele Hill will also be a producer.Also Read: Ava DuVernay to Executive Produce Scripted Series Based on Colin Kaepernick's High School Years“During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” said Disney executive chairman Bob Iger. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”In 2016, Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to protest police brutality against minorities and racial injustice. That was Kaepernick’s final season in the league, though there has been increased optimism that he could find his way back in light of the NFL’s stronger stance on combating systemic racism.“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” said Kapernick. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”Netflix is already giving Kaepernick’s life the scripted treatment, with Ava DuVernay producing a series based on his high school years.The six-episode limited series, which will focus on the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s high school years, will be narrated and executive produced by Kaepernick. “Colin in Black & White” follows Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family. It will chronicle Kaepernick’s football journey during the same years he spent defining his identity, according to Netflix.Read original story Disney Signs Colin Kaepernick to First-Look Deal At TheWrap
Hulu has boarded BBC Three’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends,” the streamer announced Thursday.Ordered to series earlier this year, “Conversations With Friends” will see Hulu and Rooney re-team with the creative team behind the series adaptation of her second novel, “Normal People.” Lenny Abrahamson will return as lead director, with Alice Birch on board as lead writer.Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, and Emma Norton of Element Pictures return as executive producers, alongside Rose Garnett and Tommy Bulfin of BBC Three.Also Read: 'Normal People' Producer Ed Guiney Says Film and TV Production Isn't Possible Without Quick COVID Testing“Sally Rooney perfectly and beautifully captures the complicated dynamics of relationships in her stories. After bringing that to life in Normal People to an overwhelmingly positive response, we are honored to do the same with Conversations With Friends,” said Beatrice Springborn, vice president of content at Hulu. “We are excited to continue our creative partnership with Sally, Element Pictures, Lenny and the BBC, which has been a dream collaboration.”“We loved working with Hulu on ‘Normal People’ — they are an inspiring and very talented team and all of us at Element are delighted to be partnering with them again, alongside our friends at the BBC, on the screen adaptation of Sally Rooney’s incredible first novel, Conversations With Friends,” added Guiney.Published in 2017, “Conversations With Friends” is described as “a sharply intelligent story set in Dublin about two college students Frances and Bobbi, and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple, Melissa and Nick.”Read original story Hulu Lands ‘Conversations With Friends’ Series Based on Book by ‘Normal People’ Author Sally Rooney At TheWrap
Hulu has canceled both “Harlots” and “Reprisal,” an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap.“Harlots,” set in 18th century Georgian London, is done after three seasons while the thriller “Reprisal” lasted only one season.“Harlots” starred Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay. Liv Tyler had a recurring role as well. Per hUlu, “Harlots” offered “a new take” on the city’s most valuable commercial activity — sex — based on the stories of real women. Morton and Manville played dueling brothel owners.Also Read: Bradley Whitford on What Changes COVID-19 Could Force on 'Handmaid's Tale' - and TV in General“Harlots” was written by Moira Buffini and the creative team included Alison Newman, Alison Owen, Debra Hayward and Alison Carpenter. It finished its now-last season last August. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report on “Harlots.”“Reprisal” is a hyper-noir revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gear heads.The series stars Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Madison Davenport, Rhys Wakefield, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown and Gilbert Owuor. “Reprisal” is created by executive producer and showrunner Josh Corbin and executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Barry Jossen and Jonathan Van Tulleken, who directed five of the 10 episodes.“Reprisal” dropped its entire only season last December.Read original story ‘Harlots’ Canceled by Hulu After 3 Seasons, ‘Reprisal’ Will Also Not Return At TheWrap
Hulu has set a June premiere date for its “Love, Simon” TV series entitled “Love, Victor” — and released a steamy first-look clip from the new show.In the video, which you can view above, you’ll meet the charming young Victor (Michael Cimino) and watch him get a lesson in what it takes to be a barista from Benjie (played by George Sear), a classmate he clearly has a big crush on.Here’s Hulu’s official description for “Love, Victor,” which stars Michael Cimino as Victor and will be narrated by Nick Robinson, who reprises his role as Simon:Set in the world of the 2018 groundbreaking film “Love, Simon,” which was inspired by Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, “Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.Also Read: 'Love, Simon' TV Series Moves From Disney+ to HuluThe 10-episode series was originally set up at Disney+, but in February Disney announced the show would launch on Hulu instead and that a writers’ room had been opened to begin exploring storylines for a potential second season. Individuals with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap the move of “Love, Victor” was because of the more mature themes the show explores due to Victor being in high school, making it somewhat less family-friendly than the rest of Disney+’s offerings.Along with Cimino and Sear, “Love, Victor” stars Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson, Bebe Wood, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding.Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the 2018 film “Love, Simon,” serve as executive producers on “Love, Victor,” alongside Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, Pouya Shahbazian and Adam Londy.“Love, Victor” launches June 19 on Hulu.Read original story ‘Love, Simon’ TV Series ‘Love, Victor’ Sets Premiere Date at Hulu – Watch a Sneak Peek Here (Video) At TheWrap
Marvel’s “Howard the Duck” and “Tigra & Dazzler” animated series are no longer moving forward at Hulu, an individual with knowledge of the projects told TheWrap.The other two, “M.O.D.O.K.” and “Hit Monkey,” are still in development. The individual added that the decision to scrap the two shows came from Marvel. With half of the planned four series now dead, the crossover “The Offenders” is also unlikely to happen.Last year, Hulu announced an expansive multi-series commitment with Marvel TV that would consist of the aforementioned four series, and the crossover. This now leaves Hulu with only three Marvel TV series, as Kevin Feige continues to wind down Marvel TV’s roster in the months after it was moved under Marvel Studios. In addition to the two animated series, Hulu is also developing a live-action “Helstrom” series, which will star Elizabeth Marvel, Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon.Also Read: How 'Runaways' Got Caught in the Middle of Marvel TV's Corporate RestructuringEarlier this week, Hulu announced the voice cast for “M.O.D.O.K.,” which will star and be written by Patton Oswalt. He is joined by Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Beck Bennet, Sam Richardson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jon Daly and Aimee Garcia. “Tigra & Dazzler” had previously halted development in December, with Erica Rivinoja leaving as showrunner over creative differences.In October, Marvel TV was moved under Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, who was named chief creative officer across all of Marvel. Since then, Jeph Loeb stepped down as head of Marvel TV and all future development was shuttered. Marvel TV staff, including Karim Zreik, senior vice president of current programming and production and members of his team, moved over to the Marvel Studios group, with Zreik in charge of all current projects in production.“Cloak & Dagger” was cancelled after two seasons at Freeform, and “The Runaways” closed after three seasons, with the third premiering on Hulu last month. The first Marvel TV show, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will end its seven-season run on ABC this summer.Marvel Studios is planning its own foray into the small screen with eight different shows for Disney+. Those include “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Loki” and “Hawkeye,” which all star characters from the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe.Read original story Marvel TV Shows ‘Howard the Duck’ and ‘Tigra & Dazzler’ Will Not Move Forward at Hulu At TheWrap
Marvel TV is winding down. Two months after the division was moved under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, the TV-arm of Marvel is ending all of its development plans.Marvel TV will complete all of its projects that are currently in development, which include the final season of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that will air next summer, but will not continue beyond that. Those also include the four animated series that are currently in development at Hulu, as well as the live-action “Helstrom.”The integration of Marvel TV under Marvel Studios will include layoffs as a result, both in the immediate future and long term, once development on all current Marvel TV shows is completed. The move effectively shutters the division as it will be absorbed by Marvel Studios — though the Marvel TV name may still continue.Also Read: Kevin Feige Named Chief Creative Officer of MarvelMarvel TV staff, including Karim Zreik, senior vice president of current programming and production and members of his team, will join the Marvel Studios group. Zreik will head up current projects in production. Jeph Loeb, who is exiting as head of Marvel TV in the coming weeks, will remain available during the transition. Marvel Studios is planning its own foray into the small screen with eight different shows for Disney+. Those include “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Loki” and “Hawkeye,” which all star characters from the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe.Earlier this year, Marvel TV signed a large, multi-series animated deal with Hulu, and then a separate agreement with the Disney-owned streamer for a pair of live-action series in “Helstrom” and “Ghost Rider.” Plans for “Ghost Rider” were eventually shelved. The third and final season of “The Runaways” premieres on Hulu this Friday.Loeb spearheaded the initial expansion of the MCU into television with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter.” Marvel TV had an expansive slate on Netflix that included “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “The Punisher” and the team-up series, “The Defenders.” But with Disney launching its own streaming competitor, the two sides ended their four-year creative partnership earlier this year.Read original story Marvel TV to Cut Staff, End Future Development as Unit Moves Under Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios At TheWrap
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Are you a fan of the British crime show Sherlock but can’t wait for another couple of years before new episodes from season five come out? Well, fret not, because another series based on the famous sleuth is now showing on HBO Asia and Hulu – but the twist is that it features female versions of Sherlock and Watson and is set in Japan. Miss Sherlock began airing on 27 April, and the first two episodes of the eight-part series have seen the detective solve mysteries in Tokyo involving death by exploding stomach and an art vandal.
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We’re getting the first look at Hulu’s new drama series 'Chance,' based on Kem Nunn's novel and starring Hugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol.
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