Apple TV+ drama ‘Metropolis’ cancelled as UCP blames ‘writers strike’ uncertainty

Apple TV+’s upcoming drama Metropolis has been cancelled ahead of production in Australia, with Universal Content Productions (UCP) blaming the writers strike “uncertainty” for the decision. The show, ordered last year, was to be an adaptation of Fritz Lang’s sci-fi film of the same name, which in turn was based on Thea von Harbou and […]

Netflix orders ‘Scott Pilgrim’ anime, reunites original cast

Netflix has ordered a new anime series based on romantic action-comedy Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, reuniting the cast of the 2010 film. Bryan Lee O’Malley, the author and artist of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, upon which the film was based, and BenDavid Grabinski, serve as executive producers, writers and showrunners on the […]

News round-up: WBD Lat Am picks up ‘Shasha & Milo’; Peacock orders ‘Monk’ special; Disney+ cancels ‘Willow’

WBD Lat Am picks up ‘Shasha & Milo’ Warner Bros. Discovery Latin America has picked up CGI action comedy, Shasha & Milo. The 25 x 22-minute and 12 x 2-minute shorts show, aimed at 6-9-year-olds, follows 12-year-olds, Shasha and Milo, as they juggle school and their home lives, along with their secret new role as the Crescent Island Guardians. Imbued with […]

Starzplay acquires ‘Queer As Folk’ reboot for Europe, UK & Lat Am

Starzplay has acquired Peacock’s Queer As Folk reboot for its service in Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, the Nordics and the UK. The series, which is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution will premiere on the streaming service in the UK on 1 July and roll out in the other territories on […]

Scripted round-up: ZDFneo boards ‘The Fighter’; Astro to adapt ‘Liar’; Peacock orders dark comedy ‘Based On A True Story’

ZDFneo boards ‘The Fighter’ German FTA channel ZDFneo has boarded The Fighter, SVT’s upcoming suspense thriller, as a co-producer. The six-part Swedish series from Kärnfilm and SVT follows a female boxer on a high-risk path to become the world champion.  The series is set to premiere 25 April on SVT in Sweden and in winter 2022/2023 in Germany […]

Apple TV+ lands ‘The White Darkness’ with Tom Hiddleston & ‘Pachinko’s Soo Hugh

Apple TV+ has made a series order for The White Darkness, starring Tom Hiddleston (The Essex Serpent) who will also serve as executive producer. The show is based on David Grann’s nonfiction work of the same name and will be a co-production between Apple Studios and Universal Content Productions (UCP), having been developed by Soo […]

Universal reveals $100m+ drama trio in Australia

Universal Studio Group is set to shoot three scripted TV series in Australia over the next 18 months. Young Rock from Universal Television, Irreverent from NBCUniversal International Studio-owned Matchbox Pictures and Joe Exotic from UCP will all shoot at Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios, as well as in surrounding locations in South-East and Far North Queensland. […]

NBCU combines Peacock, USA & NBC firepower for ‘Tiger King’ drama

NBCUniversal (NBCU) is combining the commissioning power of its streaming platform Peacock, cablenet USA and broadcast network NBC for a new drama based on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Joe Exotic (working title) is being produced by NBCU’s UCP and has been ordered straight-to-series by the media giant’s streamer and its networks. The show is […]