TV Shows are Expensive Now and the Next 007 is a Woman

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Hello! It’s the Pretty Much Weekly, your weekly digest of news from the entertainment world. This week it’s mainly TV shows: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Cuphead! And in movies, Guy Ritchie is leaving Sherlock Holmes 3 and what’s this?! 007 is a woman?!

Amazon throws heaps of money at Lord of the Rings.

If you haven’t already heard, Amazon is creating a Lord of the Rings TV series! It’ll take place in the Second Age, which I’m pretty sure is when the One Ring was originally forged and Sauron was first defeated by Isildur. 

It’s currently set to be the most expensive TV show ever, with an estimated cost of a mind-blowing $1.5 billion. You’ll be proud to hear that at least a good portion of the series is being filmed here in New Zealand, though not in its native Wellington. Since James Cameron’s Avatar is taking over the capital, Amazon has apparently set up shop in Auckland.

But a big-budget TV series isn’t all Amazon want to do with the Lord of the Rings property (which they bought for $250 million). They’re also in the midst of creating a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game – unrelated to the TV series – based in Tolkien’s universe, many years before the events of Lord of the Rings. I’m so hyped!On the subject of super expensive TV shows, Disney+’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian has been reported to cost at just under $15 million per episode. PER EPISODE. I’m hoping, not just for me but for Disney too, that all this money makes for an amazing viewing experience. Especially since they’ve already started work on its second season!

Cuphead and Mortal Kombat are also heading to the screen

Games turning into movies or TV shows seems to be a pretty big trend at the moment. Last week I talked about Ticket to Ride becoming a TV show, and I’ve even mentioned PlayStation starting it’s own film studio.

Now Cuphead is the latest game to get the TV show treatment, and in all honesty, I’m surprised it took this long! The beautiful animation of this rage-inducing game is heavily inspired by old timey cartoons. Definitely my cup of tea. 

And Mortal Kombat fans will be pleased to hear that the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie is set to be R-rated, which more than likely means that fatalities are making it to the big screen! I … am not into gratuitous violence so will more than likely not go and see it.

Sherlock Holmes 3 gets a new director

For me, the most exciting inference to this news is that Sherlock Holmes 3 is actually a thing now and that makes me super, super, super happy! Now that Robert Downey Jr is, uh … no longer saving the modern-day world … he can return to saving the Victorian world! 

But, as the title says, Guy Ritchie is not coming back as director. Instead, Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher will be taking the helm. While I haven’t seen any of his films, he has quite a bit of experience directing movies about men with big personalities. I look forward to seeing where he takes the famous detective!

Lashana Lynch is 007

Bit of a clickbaity title, but calm your keyboard warrior fingers for a moment. In the upcoming 25th installment, Daniel Craig will be reprising his role. However the film will open with Bond having retired. Which means the agent number “007” has passed onto someone else. In this case, onto Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch! WHO IS FLIPPING AWESOME BY THE WAY.

So yeah, I haven’t lied. The next 007 is going to be a woman. But not James Bond. I’m very happy about this turn of events and you should be too. I can’t wait to see this badass take on such a big role!


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