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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Oct 04, 2019. 6 comments

John Wick's Writer Will Next Tackle the Fantasy Series A Darker Shade of Magic

John Wick's Writer Will Next Tackle the Fantasy Series A Darker Shade of Magic

After creating his own wild world of assassins and gunfights, Derek Kolstad will next adapt another writer’s magical multiverse.

Variety reports that Kolstad, who wrote the first three John Wick movies, has been hired to adapt A Darker Shade of Magic, a fantasy adventure by V.E. Schwab . Neal Moritz (The Fast and the Furious) and Gerard Butler (yes, that Gerard Butler) are among the producers...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Oct 03, 2019. 11 comments

The Girl With All the Gifts Author M.R. Carey Has a New Post-Apocalyptic Series, and We've Got the First Look

The Girl With All the Gifts Author M.R. Carey Has a New Post-Apocalyptic Series, and We've Got the First Look

M.R. Carey, who wrote remarkable zombie tale The Girl With All the Gifts , is one of our favorite authors here at io9. We’ve been lucky enough to share excerpts from his works in the past , and we’ve got another one for you now: a first look at the debut book in his new post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Book of Koli.

Here’s a brief description:

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Oct 02, 2019. 11 comments

Pippi Longstocking, the World's Strongest Girl, Is Getting a New Movie

Pippi Longstocking, the World's Strongest Girl, Is Getting a New Movie

She’s an impossibly strong pirate heir with a bag of gold and no desire to take crap from anyone. Pippi Longstocking, the red-haired heroine created by classic children’s author Astrid Lindgren, is getting a new film from the folks behind one of the best children’s book adaptations of our time: Paddington.

In a press release, Studiocanal and Heyday Films announced they were teaming up with the...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Oct 02, 2019. 5 comments

Dive Into October's Harvest of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Dive Into October's Harvest of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

If our massive fall preview left you wanting even more books for your list, you miiiight be an alien from some kind of speed-reading planet. But as it happens, we do have some new additions on our expanded October round-up, so read on for fantastical, spooky, and spaced-out suggestions galore.

There's Something for Every Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fan on io9's Massive List of Fall Books

We’re up to...

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Oct 01, 2019. 8 comments

What Would It Be Like to Live in an Era of Geoengineering?

What Would It Be Like to Live in an Era of Geoengineering?

Geoengineering is the bogeyman of climate policy, a word that calls to mind skies bleached sulphur white, dessicated crop fields, and dead zones expanding across the oceans. Humanity has a garbage track record when it comes to manipulating the environment so it’s not as if these fears are unfounded, but the reality is a little more complicated.

The conversation surrounding geoengineering can...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Oct 01, 2019. 3 comments

Susanna Clarke Announces Piranesi, Her First Book Since Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke Announces Piranesi, Her First Book Since Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

It’s now been over a decade since Susanna Clarke exploded onto the scene with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell , an eye-popping magical adventure. Fifteen years later, she’s finally back with a follow-up novel about a watery labyrinth and its many mysteries. But that’s not all we can expect from Clarke.

According to the Bookseller, Bloomsbury has picked up Piranesi, Clarke’s first novel since...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Oct 01, 2019. 6 comments

Castle Rock's New Trailer Shows Us a Glimpse of the Town's Witchy History

Castle Rock's New Trailer Shows Us a Glimpse of the Town's Witchy History
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We also get a better look at Annie Wilkes , the rare character who’s able to blend old-fashioned folksiness (“You don’t know a cockadoodie thing about us!”) with intense menace. And then there’s Tim Robbins’ character, coming in with the ol’ “Somethin’ bad is coming!” Well, of course, it is....

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 25, 2019. 10 comments

Hulu's Wounds Pits Armie Hammer Against a Cell Phone That Opens a Gateway of Terror

Hulu's Wounds Pits Armie Hammer Against a Cell Phone That Opens a Gateway of Terror
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All Hulu reveals about Wounds is that it stars Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, and Zazie Beetz, and follows “disturbing and mysterious things [that] begin happening to a New Orleans bartender after he picks up a phone left behind in his bar.” The trailer sheds a little more light, or should we say...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 24, 2019. 1 comments

That Glorious 4K Remaster of The Shining Is Getting a Wide (But Brief) Theatrical Release

That Glorious 4K Remaster of The Shining Is Getting a Wide (But Brief) Theatrical Release

Tucked amid this year’s Cannes Film Festival program of acclaimed international titles was one much-beloved horror classic, presented in a luscious remaster. The Shining’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is arriving soon, but even better, The Shining in 4K is very likely coming to a theater near you, too.

Not-coincidentally timed to preface the release of Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 22, 2019. 19 comments

In the Tall Grass Is a Peculiar and Gross Addition to Stephen King's Horror Pantheon

In the Tall Grass Is a Peculiar and Gross Addition to Stephen King's Horror Pantheon
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When Stephen King makes cars, animals, housekeepers, diseases, or clowns scary, it somehow all makes sense. Those things can actually be scary. But grass? Grass isn’t scary , right? Wrong.

In the Tall Grass, written and directed Vincenzo Natali, is based on a 2012 novella by King and his son,...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 17, 2019. 10 comments

We've Got the Exclusive Cover Reveal and Opening Lines of Martha Wells' Murderbot Novel, Network Effect

We've Got the Exclusive Cover Reveal and Opening Lines of Martha Wells' Murderbot Novel, Network Effect

Martha Wells ’ Hugo- and Nebula-winning Murderbot Diaries novella series, which kicked off with 2017's All Systems Red, is reaching a milestone next year with its fifth entry: the first Murderbot novel. It’s titled Network Effect, and though it won’t be out until May 2020, we’ve got an exclusive peek right here.

Murderbot Struggles to Pass for Human in This Excerpt From Martha Wells' Exit...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Sep 12, 2019. 11 comments

Apple TV+ Announces Ghostwriter Remake, But It's Basically a Different Show

Apple TV+ Announces Ghostwriter Remake, But It's Basically a Different Show

The spectral detective is back, but not quite as you know him. Apple TV+ has announced a “reinvention” of the PBS children’s show Ghostwriter—only this time it’s less about Brooklyn kids solving neighborhood mysteries with their ghostly pal, and more...Legends of Tomorrow Jr.

According to a press release, Apple TV+ is working on a new version of Ghostwriter. The original series, which ran...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Sep 12, 2019. 21 comments

6 Obscure Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm That Really Need Movie Adaptations

6 Obscure Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm That Really Need Movie Adaptations

We get it: Hansel and Gretel is scary. It’s about two kids who find a witch’s gingerbread cottage and—depending on what version you’re looking at—are either killed, escape, or become witch hunters played by Gemma Arterton and that guy who had a social networking app . But after seeing the trailer for Gretel & Hansel, another adaptation of this familiar story, we couldn’t help but ask: What...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 12, 2019. 20 comments

Alexander Skarsgård Will Reportedly Play The Stand's Man in Black, and He'll Face Off With Whoopi Goldberg

Alexander Skarsgård Will Reportedly Play The Stand's Man in Black, and He'll Face Off With Whoopi Goldberg

The shining symbols of good and evil were just cast for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

Collider reports that Alexander Skarsgård, of True Blood and Big Little Lies fame, will play Randall Flagg, the big bad of the series, and a character that carries through many of King’s works . Basically, he’s the Devil. On the other side, Whoopi Goldberg confirmed on her show The...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Sep 11, 2019. 21 comments

BBC's Discworld Adaptation, The Watch, Nabs Richard Dormer and More for Its Cast

BBC's Discworld Adaptation, The Watch, Nabs Richard Dormer and More for Its Cast

We’ve been hearing tiny little bits of news about the BBC’s attempt to bring the world of Terry Pratchett’s beloved fantasy novels to life since the author’s passing in 2015 , but now, the world of the Disc is taking a big step forward in its return to TV.

The BBC has just announced the full primary cast for The Watch, ahead of production beginning later this month. The series, set in the...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Sep 10, 2019. 18 comments

It Chapter Two's Queer Subplot Is Too Subtextual to Be Scary Good

It Chapter Two's Queer Subplot Is Too Subtextual to Be Scary Good

It Chapter Two opens with a horrific, homophobic hate crime that Stephen King plucked from the headlines and incorporated into his 1986 novel. After a group of very human bigots attack Adrian Mellon and his boyfriend, they unceremoniously dump Adrian over the side of the bridge, and just as he begins to drown, he sees a figure beckoning him from the shore. A clown.

It doesn’t take much...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Sep 07, 2019. 10 comments

Charlie Jane Anders' The City in the Middle of the Night Is Coming to Television

Charlie Jane Anders' The City in the Middle of the Night Is Coming to Television

The future is looking bright...or is it dark? io9 co-founder Charlie Jane Anders’ novel The City in the Middle of the Night  is being adapted for television!

Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Television has optioned a series for
the dynamic sci-fi novel with The Expanse executive producer Sharon Hall coming on board. According to Deadline, Hall brought The City in the Middle of the...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Sep 07, 2019.

An Endlessly Busy Will Smith Returns to Sci-Fi With Brilliance...Again

An Endlessly Busy Will Smith Returns to Sci-Fi With Brilliance...Again

Does Will Smith ever stop? Apparently not, because while we’re still waiting for him to literally face himself in Gemini Man or not show up in The Suicide Squad, he’s already got his eyes on another new project: an adaptation of the 2013 novel Brilliance. Stop us if you’ve heard this before, because, err...you have .

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Smith will both star in and produce...

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 06, 2019. 19 comments

How Doctor Sleep Stays True to Both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's Versions of The Shining

How Doctor Sleep Stays True to Both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's Versions of The Shining

The problem with making a sequel to The Shining is, which version of The Shining are you talking about?

The upcoming movie Doctor Sleep is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. And, of course, King’s novel continues the story of his original version of The Shining, a version that burns down the Overlook Hotel at the end. In Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation, though, the...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 06, 2019. 5 comments

Condensing It Chapter Two Into One Movie Was Scarier Than Facing Pennywise

Condensing It Chapter Two Into One Movie Was Scarier Than Facing Pennywise

The only thing scarier than Pennywise the clown is making Pennywise the clown scary again. That was the massive task Andy and Barbara Muschietti faced with It Chapter Two.

The director and producer siblings hit a grand slam with 2017's part one , but it was so successful they had to jump right back into the world almost immediately. And after the first installment, they’d only adapted about a...

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