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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts Revealed

Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich of Netflix’s The Witcher has finally found its lead female casts.

Based on the original work of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher has become a successful media franchise and is being proceeded to be adapted into a TV Series for Netflix starring British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel).

After casting him, showrunner of upcoming Netflix’s The Witcher, Lauren Hissrich leaves social media when unconfirmed news of her casting a non-white actress for Ciri created major backlash from Witcher fans and now she has returned to reveal casting for some of series’ most important roles.

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Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts Revealed

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According to her interview with Hollywood Reporter, actress Freya Allan (Into the Badlands, The War of the Worlds) and Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) will join the show alongside Cavill as female leads Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

In contrast to the central character Geralt of Rivia, Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon is known as Ciri, princess of Cintra and his adoptive daughter. On the other hand, Yennefer is a sorceress and a love interest to Geralt, also came to be a mother figure to Ciri.

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Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra cast as Ciri and Yennefer

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Lauren S. Hissrich, who has previous history of working on Marvel's Netflix TV universe, is serving as showrunner and an executive producer for the upcoming fantasy series alongside Alik Sakharov (Game of Thrones, House of Cards).

After Polish video game developer company CD Projekt Red launched The Witcher as an action role-playing game back in 2007, it gained insane popularity and become the primary standard of visual representation of the entire lore worldwide.

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Though she is a fan of the games but for the interpretation of the show, she does not want to rely heavily on the best-selling video game franchise and states the following.

We needed to create our own visual representation. As I’ve been developing the series I’ve actually pulled back from playing the video games because I wanted to make sure the show we were creating was its own unique thing.

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Although no dates for Netflix’s The Witcher premiere has been currently confirmed by official sources yet, the production will start very soon for the eight episodes long run. Hissrich is aiming for a depiction sophisticated from the games because the author of The Witcher did not always specify the diversity of people in the books.

When she ditched Twitter last month due to the controversy over a casting call for Ciri, they hired a casting director for the show, who has already cast 50 people total and Freya Allan was picked from over 200 young women of Europe.

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Netflix’s The Witcher TV Series Casts

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The rest of the supporting cast includes Jodhi May (The Best Man, The Escapist) to play the role of Queen Calanthe and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (Homecoming, You're Killing Me Susana) as her husband and the king of Cintra, Eist. Adam Levy (Before I Go to Sleep, Knightfall) is cast to play the role of druid Mousesack and MyAnna Buring (Doomsday, Kill List) as sorceress Tissaia.

Millie Brady (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) plays the role of Princess Renfri while Mimi Ndiweni (Cinderella, The Legend of Tarzan) and Therica Wilson-Read (Fox Trap, Suicide Club) is cast as novice sorcerers.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

Former Telltale Games employee files lawsuit against the company for violating California’s state labor laws.

Last week, we came to know that video game developer/publisher Telltale Games is going out of business and this tragic event hit everyone pretty hard; especially the 250 employees they have laid off without any prior notice or any form of severance for their relentless services.

What comes after this shocking news is that one of their former employees, who got laid off during this closure event decided to sue the company in a class-action lawsuit for violating labor laws of California.

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Telltale Games Sued for Breaking Labor Laws

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This Monday, Vernie Roberts have submitted the lawsuit in the federal court of San Francisco on behalf of himself and his fellow workers who got laid-off. He said, the employees were fired without a proper cause or any advance written notice in the complaint, violating the WARN Act.

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, formed back in 1988 requires a company having at least 100 full-time workers to be notified 60 days in advance in case of a closure event or a mass layoff.

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By "mass layoff" it defines, a cutback of 50 or more employees, that has to be at least one-third of the entire workforce within a 30-day period. However, the state-level version of WARN Act in California established in 2003, requires more strict conditions but still requires an advance notice of 60 days.

Since Telltale had a total of around 275 workers and redacted 250 of them, their number is more than a mere one-third. They were denied of any severance except health benefits until the end of month.

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Filed on September 24, 2018, the class-action lawsuit against Telltale Games by Vernie Roberts Jr. is below for you to take a look at the full complaint.



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Defying the WARN Act by attempting studio closure or a mass layoff without 60 days' advance notice can cause a company to deal with major financial penalties. Instead of paying fines, they are to pay benefits and salaries to the ones affected for each day of the violation period.

Apparently, Telltale didn't follow the procedure and if the applicant wins the lawsuit, then Telltale would have to provide salary and benefits to all of those 275 employees for 60 days following their termination period.

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The studio is currently working with only 25 employees to complete their Minecraft: Story Mode interactive adaption for Netflix. Other planned projects like Stranger Things game and The Wolf Among Us 2 eventually got cancelled when they planned their closure.

Fate of their ongoing project The Walking Dead: The Final Season also became somewhat uncertain after that announcement but they are trying to complete that with help from third parties except for paying their former workers.

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When they announced to complete the final two episodes of Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season on Twitter, fans was quick to point out on social media that they need to do something about those 250 employees laid off recently aside from finishing Clementine's unfinished tale.

Game director Cory Barlog of God of War was one of the first to comment about paying up the former team their severance. Many other fans and even a former Telltale member Job Stauffer came forward concerning this issue.




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Telltale has released no official statement on the matter about whether or not they are planning to offer any sort of compensation to those 250 former staffs or provide opportunity of working on The Final Season if they get to finish it with help from partners.

This rises for a need to form a union of industry workers to deal with those unpaid long hours and one-sided contracts. Ultimately, these folks will carry this bitter experience for their life and will make them rethink to come back to video game industry.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Telltale's Stranger Things Game Footage Leaked

With Telltale Games shutting down, footage from their Stranger Things video game has recently been leaked online.

When video game developer and publisher Telltale Games officially announced for a closure last week, everyone from the industry was struck in awe. Employees were laid off without pay and fans were upset because many of their favorite title will get canned.

Many highly-anticipating projects such as The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us Season 2 got cancelled as well as a Stranger Things game, which has some early footage leaked online recently.

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Telltale's Stranger Things Game Footage Leaked

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Previously Netflix has revealed their association with Telltale to produce a licensed game based on the popular sci-fi drama series Stranger Things from their streaming platform back in June. During the studio ending decision, the project was inevitably cancelled.

After firing most of their workers, the studio is currently working with only 25 of them to complete their unfinished work like a five-episode, interactive adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode for the same streaming giant.

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Luckily for fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, they decided to finish The Final Season after all. However, Stranger Things and The Wolf Among Us 2 still remains cancelled despite Netflix wanting an interactive universe for the former title.

The series of short videos in question has no official proof of legitimacy but has resemblance to style of art with previous games from Telltale. This is probably because Netflix wanted them to re-create something like The Walking Dead from 2012.

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After making rounds on social media site Reddit and image-based online bulletin board 4chan, the clips were spread everywhere. If you look closely at them, it has the signature of click and point vibe all over it and was from a version of the game that was on near-completion level.






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The first three clips were mostly focused on young protagonist Will Byers and his mother Joyce in their own household. The first one shows her talking on phone, Will looks into his drawers in the next and then sat in front of his old-school modeled computer while talk to each other.

The last two clips switched perspective into first-person and seems like on the Upside Down as a Demogorgon shows up, which forces Will to hide under bed. This clearly shows that the game intended to take a more horror-centric path down the road.

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Although you cannot make much out of these clips on when the events of the game took place but at least now you know how they could have turned out to be and if you are a fan of the show then it'd really mean something to you (just like it did to us).

It looks like that Telltale was going for repeating a similar experience to The Walking Dead games with some dialogue sequence here and there with player choices and then introducing some action in the mix to give the same feel of the show.

Netflix Still Wants Stranger Things Game

Whether or not Telltale Games keeps up making interactive video games, Netflix still wants a Stranger Things game.

By making critically-praised games based on licensed properties like Batman, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead, developer/publisher Telltale Games have made a name for themselves in the video game industry.

That is why the entire community was shattered by the news of them going out of business and came to their support. Not only the fans waiting for upcoming titles were shocked at this but more than 200 employees were left jobless as a result.

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Netflix Still Wants Stranger Things Game

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This sudden decision of studio closure made them leave The Walking Dead: The Final Season still incomplete as it only premiered the first episode on August 14. Even the highly anticipated The Wolf Among Us Season 2 was cancelled during the layoff.

The remaining projects that Telltale intended to finish was an interactive adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode and a video game based on popular TV series Stranger Things for Netflix, which will be much like Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

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The streaming giant assures that one of these games is definitely coming to their platform as planned after the remaining crew of the developer studio completes it and meanwhile, they will be looking for options to eventually complete the other one.

Reportedly, Telltale would continue their efforts on bringing the experience of Minecraft for Netflix audience while they keep looking for other options at hand to create their very own Stranger Things interactive universe.

RELATED: Telltale May Finish The Walking Dead After All

Back in June, both Netflix and Telltale announced about their joint venture for a five-episode adaptation of Minecraft: Story Mode and it was scheduled to release this fall to provide an interactive experience for their audience to stream online.

Stranger Things on the other hand was intended to come out as a licensed game, just like the other episodic graphic adventure titles the developers have worked on. The third season of this sci-fi drama was announced back in December with a release date yet to be revealed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Henry Cavill to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

Netflix casts actor Henry Cavill to play the lead role in their upcoming original TV series adaptation of The Witcher.

British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) has been playing the comic-book character of Superman for DC Extended Universe for some time and has garnered praise for his recent role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Apparently, the actor has been cast in lead role by popular online streaming-service Netflix for their anticipated upcoming television adaptation project of The Witcher action role-playing video game series from Polish game developer company CD Projekt Red.

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Henry Cavill to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

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The idea for a television adaptation of The Witcher was first pitched back in May 2017 and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich who has worked in Marvel's Netflix TV universe joined as showrunner. They were looking for a cast to play the lead character and the actor expressed his interest in playing the role in a recent interview. Today Cavill is officially finalized to play monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia and this one is undoubtedly going to become one of the best Netflix originals worth watching.

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Lately, Netflix has become an online streaming mogul and the original TV shows they have been producing are immensely trendy among a global audience. Their original productions like Dark, House of Cards, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things have amassed huge success from different genres. Then there are shows like Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s The Defenders, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s The Punisher with crazy fan-following.

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Best Netflix Originals Worth Watching

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Henry Cavill would be returning to small screen after a long break from his last work on Showtime's The Tudors in 2007-2010. Hopefully, his role in The Witcher will not affect any of his upcoming movies from DC Extended Universe because of his appearance. We obviously don't expect of having any scheduling conflict either because regular shows on Netflix only takes eight episodes per season compared to other network drama of an average of 22 episodes.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Henry Cavill Wants to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

Henry Cavill has revealed that he would love to star in Netflix's upcoming The Witcher television series.

Aside from becoming popular for gaining fame by portraying renowned comic-book character of Superman for DC Extended Universe, British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) is also known for being an avid video gamer to his fans. Recently, his strong performance in this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout has earn him major acclaim and perhaps, he is eyeing for his next big project, which is to star in Netflix’s upcoming anticipated television adaptation of The Witcher series.

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Henry Cavill Wants to Star in Netflix’s The Witcher

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In one of his latest interview, Cavill has talked about his passion for the immensely popular action role-playing video game from developer CD Projekt Red when he was asked about what he has been playing lately. Then he replied saying that he just finished replaying The Witcher 3 and in response to the question of whether he would like to play the role of protagonist Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series, he simply said, "Absolutely. Yeah, that would be an amazing role."

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The Witcher video game franchise was built upon the novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, by Polish developer studio CD Projekt Red, which led to three successful installments and received critical acclaim. Back in May 2017, online streaming-service Netflix decided to explore their very distinct take on the lore of the game before producer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's The Defenders) was finally announced as series show-runner in December 2017.

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Cavill also took interest in reading Sapkowski's novels and recommended them worth reading as they are really good. Previously, he revealed on Conan that he originally missed the call from director Zack Snyder to be cast as Superman in the first place, because he was too busy playing World of Warcraft at that time. Although we know very less about the status of this Netflix series development, the script for pilot has been completed according to some recent report but no news on casting yet.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

Netflix’s Castlevania series drops a new trailer for upcoming second season and will start streaming on October 26.

Premiering with only 4 episodes in 2017, Season 1 of Castlevania anime adaptation became very successful and received critical acclaim. Developed for online streaming service Netflix, the series was based on a 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse from developer studio Konami and belongs to gothic fantasy game series of Castlevania. Executive producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) has unveiled the official trailer on Twitter first, before adding them on Facebook and Instagram today.

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Castlevania Season 2 Official Trailer

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Things are not the same anymore and Season 2 opens up with all stakes raised higher than the previous season in a brand-new trailer.




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A double-sized Season 2 takes us back to the struggle of monster-hunting Belmont clan against the lord of vampire, Vlad Dracula Tepes. Trevor Belmont tries his best to save humanity from the creature of the night under the command of their sinister lord. To stop his reign of insanity over the grief of his deceased wife Lisa Tepes, Dracula's son Alucard decides to step up and join his unlikely human allies to form a last stand against his father and his vampire war council before it is too late.

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Aside from being a little too short in length, Castlevania animated TV series was meant to change standards for video game adaptation and it did by breaking a streak on Rotten Tomatoes. On the same year, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft movies opened up to less favorable critical reception. This year, Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) starrer monster flick Rampage debuted with a bang but then failed to keep up in long run.

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Back in January, series writer Warren Ellis (Astonishing X-Men – Xenogenesis, Iron Man – Extremis) announced on Twitter that Castlevania series is returning to summer 2018 with eight episodes for this season and Netflix has announced that date to be October 26, 2018. Even though Season 2 hasn't still been aired, Richard Armitage voicing Trevor Belmont already revealed earlier that Season 3 is already in production, which shows their vast confidence on the series' success.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

As creative game director at Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann can surely take pride for his contribution to The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Among these, the former is a critically acclaimed and commercially successful game with a sequel in works. At the 21st DICE Awards, he opened up about his source of inspiration for The Last of Us and its strong narrative in an interview with director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, Black Mirror).

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Neil Druckmann Talks The Last of Us Inspiration

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Druckmann says that how much he was fond of Monkey Island and the Sierra games. He revealed that as a story-centric game, Half-Life truly blew him away. His time at Naughty Dog started off as a programming intern working on Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing. These eventually led him to work with adventurer Nathan Drake for the action-adventure genre of Uncharted game series.

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While working on these projects, Druckmann was always seeking answer for better ways of telling stories throughout the gameplay and with that mindset, his goal was to create characters who can tell stories without wearing any fancy costumes. So, when he got the chance to shape the world of The Last of Us for Naughty Dog in 2013, his long-time dream actually came true at long last.

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In the game, the protagonist tries to protect a girl from the hazards of a post-apocalyptic world while constantly fighting ravaging infected populace of their surroundings. The perfect blend of story-telling through the elements of survival horror was created in the process and it left a deep impact on gamers and pop culture. With a record-breaking game taking the gaming world by storm, the developers focused on a sequel.

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The End of the F***ing World

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Currently, The Last of Us Part 2 II is in works for PlayStation 4 and already two breathtaking trailers are dropped. As he was talking about it, Druckmann reveals that the game took major inspiration from the dark comedy original Netflix series The End of the F***ing World and the emphasis were mainly focused on the dialogue of the sequel. According to him, the story of the series is well written and acted, which you would agree too if you have already watched the show or the trailer.

"There’s a show on Netflix called End of the F***ing World – which is so well written, acted, and quirky – has been totally inspiring the stuff we’re doing in [The Last of Us 2]. Again, more on the dialogue stuff."

Though the show, The End of the F***ing World is worth a binge watch if you are all game for a good time, the black comedic tones of the series hardly matches with a post-apocalyptic game setting of The Last of Us filled with cannibals and hostile humans everywhere. The edgy dialogues of it however, go along fine with the messed up atmosphere of the game. Neil Druckmann was probably referring to laughing at the darker side of things in Naughty Dog's crown jewel.