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IDW Announces Live-Action Pantheon TV Series and Kill Shakespeare Board GameBack in April of 2010 we announced the first issues of IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare and Pantheon, and coincidentally this week some news involving both properties has arrived with one becoming a board game and the other being adapted as a TV series.

Kill Shakespeare Board Game Description:
IDW Games has signed J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman to be the art team for its launch title, Kill Shakespeare. Woodward’s work has been a mainstay at IDW since 2005, where he helped relaunch Fallen Angel before moving on to various Star Trek series, including last year’s bestselling Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who maxi-series. Dave Dorman is an Eisner Award-winning artist known for his extensive work in the fantasy genre, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and much more.

“We’ve long respected the art that both J.K. and Dave have produced over the years,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams, “and having them both be a part of the initial offering from our IDW Games division only gives our coming Kill Shakespeare game that much more individual style and excitement.”

Woodward has been brought on to create the art that will be featured on the playing cards for the game while Dorman will paint an original piece for the Kill Shakespeare box’s art. This debut title has a planned release date of June 2014.

“We’re excited to lead off the games division,” said Kill Shakespeare writer and co-creator Conor McCreary. “The lore we’ve created for Kill Shakespeare is incredibly deep, and we think our fans will enjoy spending more time with the characters and world we’ve created for them.”

Kill Shakespeare Comics Synopsis:
What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.

IDW Announces Live-Action Pantheon TV Series and Kill Shakespeare Board Game IDW Releasing the First Issues of Four New Comic Series This Month

“Pantheon” TV Series Description:
Michael Chiklis has joined forces with IDW Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project, and it will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

While the story of “Pantheon” the series is under wraps, it involves Greek gods returning to the present day.

Slated as direct to series, “Pantheon” will boast Chiklis, Ted Adams, and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion as executive producers. Co-created by award-winning actor Chiklis, it was originally released as a five-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing.

Pantheon Comics Synopsis:
Earth in the near future is a place where the only gods worshiped are money and power. When black market artifacts dealer Hamilton Finch stumbles upon a cache of ancient treasures, he does not expect to come face-to-face with Zeus himself! Is it true? Do the gods walk among us? And what event has caused them to show themselves after so many millennia?

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Exclusive: Get Dirty Behind-The-Scenes in SockMonster

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We’ve been pretty excited about Wesley Alley’s short film SockMonster, in so small part to it being produced by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw III, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and starring Derek Mears (“Twin Peaks”, Friday the 13th). A short about a woman who grieves the loss of her daughter only to believe that she’s trapped in a laundry dryer, hounded by a monstrous gathering of missing laundry…a “sock monster”, if you will.

While we’ve shown you exclusive images already, we want to give you a different look at the short through a series of behind-the-scenes photographs taken by Abrey Adams Watterson. While the short is a one-location deal, it’s fascinating to see just how much work and equipment went into making the final product.

While we can’t show you the titular monsters (director’s request, sorry), we do think that this is an interesting look into the process of filmmaking. So, for all you aspiring directors, here’s a chance to go behind the scenes of a shoot!

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When Will Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Season 2 Premiere?

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Three months back we let you guys know that the second season of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes TV series had cast Tessa Ferrer (Insidious: The Last Key) to star as a series regular opposite Jack Huston, with production set to begin in Charleston, SC the following month.

Well, shooting on season two must have gone well because today Deadline confirms that the ten-episode second season will begin airing on the AT&T Audience Network August 22.

I didn’t watch the first season myself because I was hoping to read the book first… but that didn’t happen. Anyhow, I plan to catch up before season 2 begins airing this August.

What did you think of Season 1 of Mr. Mercedes? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The second season will also be based on King’s “Bill Hodges Trilogy” (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch) and hits AT&T Audience Network August 22.

Season 1 Synopsis:

Demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway) taunts retired police detective Bill Hodges (Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

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Blumhouse Reveals Halloween Poster With Michael in Full Glory!

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The poster for Blumhouse’s Halloween has been revealed and it’s almost brilliant in its simplicity. Featuring Michael’s iconic mask in the upper left, it practically looms over the blackness of the bottom right, Michael’s almost entirely black stare looking at the Halloween font. His mask is cracked and weathered, almost as though it aged and wrinkled with him, dirt and grime collecting around the eyes and nostrils. In short, it’s absolutely fantastic.

Speaking recently with Halloween Daily News, Nick Castle, who plays Michael Myers, explained, “Yes, and it’s very neighborhood-centric, you know, like the first one. It feels a lot like (the first film). There are a lot of things coinciding (in the new film) that feel like clever ways to introduce a kind of déjà vu of the first one, without feeling like it’s being copied. The script had some very clever people working on it. They were very clear on wanting to find the tone that was in the first one. It was the first thing out of their mouths really: ‘We want to do it like John did it.’

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer, the latter two who play Curtis’ granddaughter and daughter, respectively. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer and composer.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Venture back into Haddonfield when Halloween goes trick or treating on October 19.

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