Doddle Digest: Westworld, Game of Thrones Prequels, and other Bits of News!

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Loads of little bits of news came out this week! Everything from Game of Thrones to Avengers: Infinity War to Die Hard 6 to Westworld and more have had a bit of news associated with them. There’s some minor spoilers for Infinity War so you may want to skip that one if you’re sensitive to knowing anything. Consider this your warning! With that said, and without any further ado, let’s dig in!

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List of All Apple’s TV Shows in Development

Vulture has put together a complete list of all the shows that Apple is currently developing and some of them sound very interesting. M. Night Shyamalan is working on a thriller and it would be his second series after working with Fox on Wayward Pines. No word on what that would be about. Battlestar Galactica and Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore is developing an untitled series that would be set in alternate timeline where the space race never ended. To read more about them, check out Vulture’s list here.


Is Willis’ John McClain getting recast in Die Hard: Year One?

Die Hard 6 Scores Writers

The last two sequels to Die Hard were terrible and both Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard with a Vengeance were inferior to the original (which may still be the greatest action film ever committed to film, so that’s a lot to live up to). The Tracking Board is reporting that Chad and Carey Hayes have been brought in to rewrite the script for Die Hard: Year One which is said to be both a prequel and a sequel. I’ll give them that the premise intrigues me but Len Wiseman is attached to direct and if Live Free or Die Hard is any indication, I don’t think he’s the one to deliver a worthy sequel.

What’s Hulk up to in Avengers: Infinity War?

Here’s a cool little tidbit from Avengers: Infinity War Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s what he told ScreenRant:

Banner knows more about Thanos than probably anybody and he’s really trying to impress on everybody how dangerous he is. It’s a little bit of a Chicken Little (scenario). He comes in screaming bloody murder… He’s seen what damage he can cause and how powerful he is and the entire group is in disarray so he’s also getting caught up on what’s happened here and is trying to get them to transcend their differences and impress upon them how much danger they’re actually facing.

The Hulk is also mightily impressed by Thanos.

I can only suspect that we’ll see Hulk come across Thanos in the opening minutes of Infinity War that was teased in the credit scene in Thor: Ragnarok.

Danny Boyle Confirms he’s directing Bond 25

In an interview with SyFy Wire, Sunshine director Danny Boyle confirmed that he’s directing Bond 25, which is likely to be Daniel Craig’s last run as 007.  “I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks,” the Oscar winning director of Slumdog Millionaire said. “Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”

Game of Thrones Spinoffs

HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi spoke at a conference in Israel and revealed that they wouldn’t be cheeping out on the price tag for the four or so Game of Thrones spinoffs currently being developed. Here’s what she said via CinemaBlend:

There is a conundrum if we do take off on one of these Game of Thrones spin-offs, where do we start? We can’t obviously start with the budget of Season 8, but would it be a Game of Thrones Season 3 budget?

According to AV Club, Orsi has stated that HBO isn’t looking to compete these possible successor series against each other so it is possible that we may get more than one spinoff. Considering that Game of Thrones season 3 cost $50 million, imagine the premium channel spending upwards of $200 million on four separate series.

An authentic Westworld Experience was set up at South by Southwest in Austin. Image credit – KXAN

Fan Theories and Westworld Season 2

Westworld had one of the best first seasons of any TV show I’ve ever seen. The whole season was build around the puzzle of “The Maze” which fans theorized about and season two seems to have its own set of mysteries. Showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan revealed that they enjoyed interacting with fans and… er… loved to “f**k with Reddit as much as possible”. That interaction led them to develop a new mysterious interactive component for season two. Here’s what they said at SXSW via Polygon:

Part of it stems from other shows. True Detective had a lot of fan theories that proved to be theories. There are lot of theories about Westworld’s first season that proved to be plot twists. I think for every fan theory, we actually had an episode that dealt with it.

We’re figuring out how to sort of interact with that in the second season. A somewhat controversial plan that we’re working on; we’ll have an announcement about it in a couple weeks. It’s incredibly gratifying to see people put that much work — not just into deciphering the season, but the fan art and music. The creativity you see coming back at you when you’re making one of these things is extraordinary.

The amount of detail that Joy and Nolan put into season one and the effort fans put into deciphering made watching the season incredibly enjoyable for me. It was like participating in a detective story based on the clues provided and made for a very satisfying television series both to watch and decipher. Oh, and if you were amongst the lucky few who attended South by Southwest, you may have also scored tickets to the hottest venue in town … as HBO set up an authentic Westworld Experience outside of Austin, where visitors could experience what guests in the fictional town of Sweetwater do in the hit show. But tickets sold out almost immediately.





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