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Seth Grahame-Smith & Marc Guggenheim To Write ‘Green Lantern’ TV Series For HBO Max

Greg Berlanti’s television adaptation of Green Lantern for HBO Max has found its writers and showrunner.

The latest remake of the DC Comics book will be written by Seth Grahame-Smith, writer of The Lego Batman Movie, and Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of Arrow and a writer on the 2011 Green Lantern movie.

Grahame-Smith, who at one point was attached to write and direct the long-gestating feature adaptation of The Flash, will showrun the series, which has been handed a ten-part order by the WarnerMedia streaming service.

The series is being produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros.

The drama will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and Alan Scott — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro and Kilowog, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps.

The project was first unveiled at the end of 2019 at the HBO Max WarnerMedia Day Presentation, where Berlanti said that it would be “unlike anything seen on television”

He said at the time, “In what promises to be our biggest DC show ever made, we will be going to space with a Green Lantern television series.”

At TCA earlier this year, HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey said that the series would “span several decades on focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth” as well as one in space with the story of Sinestro.

Green Lantern reached the screen in live action in a 2011 feature film that starred Ryan Reynolds and was co-written and co-produced by Berlanti.

Sinestro, played in the movie by Mark Strong, is a former Green Lantern Corps member who was dishonorably discharged for abusing his power. He is the archenemy of Hal Jordan and founder of the Sinestro Corps.

 

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HBO Max Swoops On Global Rights To Israel’s Most Expensive TV Series ‘Valley Of Tears’ In Deal With WestEnd

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HBO Max has struck a deal for world rights to Valley Of Tears, Israel’s biggest-budget TV series ever made, in a major deal for London-based sales and production org WestEnd Films.

The show marks WestEnd’s first foray into TV, through its banner WeSeries. It is producing and co-financing the project, which debuted in official competition at Series Mania earlier this year.

Valley Of Tears was created and co-written by Israeli-American TV and film writer Ron Leshem (HBO’s Euphoria), Amit Cohen (False Flag), Daniel Amsel and Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet); the latter also directed the entire series.

The series will be branded a HBO Max original when it launches on an as-yet unspecified date. Inspired by true events, the ten-part show depicts the 1973 Yom Kippur War through the eyes of young combatants. It tells four emotional and highly personal stories of individuals swept away from their loved ones by the ravages of war, four parallel plotlines, intertwined together into one climactic battle.

Cast features Israeli star Lior Ashkenazi (Foxtrot) alongside Aviv Alush (The Shack), Lee Biran, Shahar Taboch, Joy Rieger and Ofer Hayoun (Euphoria), Maor Schwitzer (Shtisel) and Imri Biton.

Valley Of Tears is a co-production between WestEnd Films, United King, Israeli Broadcaster KAN 11, Endemol Shine Israel and HBO Max. Exec producers on the series are Sharon Harel-Cohen, Maya Amsellem, Moshe Edery, Amir Ganor, Eldad Koblenz, Leshem and Cohen.

WestEnd previously worked with director Zilberman, following A Late Quartet and Israeli Oscar entry Incitement. Leshem, who co-wrote all eight episodes of HBO’s hit show Euphoria, also penned the 2007 Oscar-nominated pic Beaufort.

WestEnd is also producing a second Israeli series, the thriller-drama Traitor, with Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen; the show is in post-production.

Valley Of Tears is a smart and thrilling series that goes way beyond the war drama genre. It will keep viewers on the edge of their seats while they become emotionally invested in the lead characters’ stories. HBO Max is truly the perfect home for the series and we can’t wait to share it with audiences worldwide,” said Maya Amsellem, managing director of WestEnd Films.

 

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I just noticed while browsing the app, it says Young Justice and Titans premiere Nov. 1. And Stargirl Dec. 1.
Nice to see STARGIRL make it to HBO Max and not just go from DCU to CW only.

I hope more CW content from the Netflix deal can be pulled in as their rights on other services expire. I wonder what will happen and when with ARROW and SUPERGIRL on Netflix after their final seasons have aired? How long before their exclusive window on Netflix expires and they can show up on HBO Max? Unfortunately, I think that might be a 4 to 5 year window after the final season lands on Netflix. I guess it could be quite some time before we will see most of the original Arrowverse shows all on HBO Max.
 

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‘The Sex Lives Of College Girls’: Pauline Chalamet, Amrit Kaur, Renée Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott To Lead HBO Max Comedy Series From Mindy Kaling
 

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Rise of the Pink Ladies? What a horrible title!
 

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HBO, or specifically AT&T, reportedly has the rights to Condor, which aired the first season on D* Audience Network and the second season in UK and other non-US markets.

It would be a lot better than a lot of these other shows they seem to be shoveling onto HBO Max.

But it doesn't have big young stars though, just several good veteran character actors like William Hurt and Bob Balban.
 

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HBO, or specifically AT&T, reportedly has the rights to Condor, which aired the first season on D* Audience Network and the second season in UK and other non-US markets.
Since the second season has been produced and is airing elsewhere in the world, it shouldn't be too difficult to get it scheduled on HBO and/or Max. Especially since it's part of the AT&T ecosystem.
 

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HBO, or specifically AT&T, reportedly has the rights to Condor, which aired the first season on D* Audience Network and the second season in UK and other non-US markets.
Good show that deserves a better platform than that silly Audience Network attempt. HBO Max makes complete sense as a secondary home and broader audience exposure. Since it makes sense, it is likely that AT&T and WarnerMedia will figure out how NOT to deliver on it.

With that being said, Wikipedia has the following as the Production Company and Distributors. So, who knows who might have US streaming rights once it is available.

Production company(s)
  • Apophasis Unproductions
  • Paramount Television
  • Skydance Television
  • MGM Television

Distributor
  • ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
  • MGM Worldwide Television Distribution
 
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HBO Max’s aggressive acquisitions: If there was one theme that emerged from Mipcom this year, it was the rise of HBO Max as a real force in the international market. The WarnerMedia streamer has had a busy few days hoovering up some big shows that have, until now, been without a U.S. home. Here’s its recent spending spree:

  • Adult Material: Channel 4 series about a pornstar mother, starring Hayley Squires (pictured)
  • I Hate Suzie: Sky phone hack drama from Succession’s Lucy Prebble and actress Billie Piper
  • Possessions: Studiocanal’s French/Israeli series, in which a bride is charged with murdering her husband
  • Valley Of Tears: Israel’s biggest-budget TV series ever made depicting the 1973 Yom Kippur War
  • The Bridge: Banijay/Channel 4 reality show, in which contestants build a bridge to an island
This was foreshadowed: Jeniffer Kim, HBO Max’s international originals chief, hinted at more “co-productions, pre-buys and originally commissioned content” in the global market during an Edinburgh TV Fest interview with Deadline’s Peter White back in August. She’s certainly made good on her word.

Why it matters: The race for international content just got even more intense, which is great news if you’re a producer looking for a U.S. partner. And it could just be the start for HBO Max, which is planning to further tread on Netflix’s toes when it begins its global expansion, starting with Latin America next year. Hulu’s former international chief Johannes Larcher is leading the international charge.

 

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I watched the West Wing reunion last night and, leaving politics aside, really enjoyed watching the cast step right back into their respective rolls after so many years. It was essentially an expanded table reading of a single episode that was done in a theater. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme, the West Wing originals.
 
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