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Amazon Heads Down Carnival Row

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Once upon a time Guillermo del Toro was attached to work on A Killing on Carnival Row. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Bright side? The project is officially on its way as a new Amazon series!

From the Press Release:
Amazon today announced that it has greenlit original one-hour neo-Victorian fantasy “Carnival Row” to series. The eight-episode Amazon Original Series will be produced by Legendary Television and written and executive produced by showrunner Rene Echevarria (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Teen Wolf,” “Castle,” “Medium”). Joining Echevarria are Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, “Luke Cage,” “Sherlock”), who is set to direct and executive produce, and Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim, Clash of the Titans), who will serve as executive producer and wrote the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row, which appeared on the very first installment of the Hollywood Blacklist in 2005.

“Carnival Row” is a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. We follow the investigation of a string of unsolved murders which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

“There has never been a series like ‘Carnival Row’ before,” said Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy, Drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes, and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before. A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what Rene, Travis, and Paul are creating; and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.”

“‘Carnival Row’ is inspiringly ambitious,” said Lauren Whitney, President of Scripted Television at Legendary, “and timely in a way that we never could have anticipated. We are thrilled to have excellent partners at Amazon and the infinitely talented trio of Echevarria, McGuigan, and Beacham as the driving force behind this show.”

The series is scheduled to begin filming in the fall of 2018 for a 2019 release.

Rene Echevarria was most recently an executive producer on “Teen Wolf” and prior to that was an executive producer on “Terra Nova.” Additional executive producing credits include “Medium” and “Dark Angel.” He also co-created the critically-acclaimed USA series “The 4400.” Echevarria comes out of the “Star Trek” camp, having worked on “Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Next Generation.”

“Carnival Row” will be available using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com/originals. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, click here. The series will be a global release for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online at PrimeVideo.com in more than 200 countries and territories.

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Lourd starred in the recent AHS: Cult and it looks like Deadline is confirming that she will return for the upcoming 8th season, which is rumored to be called AHS: Radioactive. Lourd will star alongside Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins, who will play Evan Peters’ grandmother.

Are you excited about this casting? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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Russo, who is a lifelong gamer, will work with Machinima on creating and developing the F.E.A.R. adaptation, although we don’t know much else at this point. Machinima are a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the F.E.A.R. franchise has also been owned by WB since 2009. In other words, Warner Bros. were bound to give us a live action adaptation of F.E.A.R. at one point, so we’re not too surprised by this development.

Russo, who is also writing the scripts for the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil reboots, was quoted as saying the following:

“As a lifelong gamer, it’s an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide. F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.”

An acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon, the F.E.A.R. games focus on an elite task force who fight to stop Alma Wade, a young girl with incredible psychic powers, from tearing apart the fabric of reality. Legendary film director John Carpenter served as story consultant on the third game, which we awarded a highly positive review back in the day. We’ll bring you more on Machinima’s adaptation when it becomes availalbe.

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