Today was a big, big day in learning about new projects headed our way. Three exciting announcements were made, revealing three new partnerships that all seem too perfect to have not already existed.
Jon Stewart and HBO
HBO announced today that Jon Stewart has signed to “an exclusive four-year production pact.” Not only will we be getting four more years of Stewart on our TVs, it sounds like this is going to be a game changer for the network.
In his first project for HBO under the new deal, Stewart will view current events through his unique prism. Working with the pioneering cloud graphics company OTOY Inc., he is developing new technology that will allow him to produce timely short-form digital content, which will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day. Additional projects will be announced as they are confirmed.For his part, Stewart seems to be taking a low-key approach, saying, “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.”
That’s fine. He can downplay this. We’ll just be over here like
Philip Pullman and the BBC
Pullman’s His Dark Materials series has been optioned by the BBC for an eight-part series. If you’re giving this news your skeptical face because you’re remembering the CGI abomination that was the Golden Compass movie, Pullman does a pretty good job of calming our fears and renewing excitement.
It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media. It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television.
In recent years we’ve seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations (‘Game of Thrones’) or original (‘The Sopranos,’ ‘The Wire’), can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel. And the sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable.
Key & Peele and the Director of The Nightmare Before Christmas
It’s hard to say I’m MORE excited for this pairing than I am for Jon Stewart’s return to television, but I am very, VERY excited for Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key to team up with Henry Selick for an original stop-motion animation called Wendell and Wild. How excited?
Yeah, about that excited. From Indiewire,
Said to be a comedy, the story follows two scheming brothers who also happen to be demons, who are challenged by their arch-nemesis, the nun Sister Helly, and her two sidekicks, the goth teens Kat and Raoul.
Yes. Yes, please. I’m so excited for that to be a thing that will exist in the world.