Monthly Archives: October 2019

Doctor Sleep: How Do You Make a Sequel to The Shining?

It's one of Hollywood's most famous splits in opinion: Stanley Kubrick turns Stephen King's The Shining into a horror masterpiece, but King himself hates it. As you'd expect, King's sequel reflects none of the film's changes – which is what makes the film version of Doctor Sleep so fascinating.

Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald's Game) has released a film that serves, somehow, as a follow-up to both the book and movie versions of The Shining. Even more impressive, he got Stephen King's permission to do so. I sat down with Flanagan and his longtime producer Trevor Macy to get the story of how this unlikely adaptation was made.

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Story Subject of Benioff and Weiss’ Canceled Star Wars Trilogy Revealed

In the wake of Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stepping away from their Star Wars trilogy, new details surrounding the project have come to light. Variety reports that the intended focus of their series of movies was going to be the origin of the Jedi.

“The ‘Star Wars’ period the pair was interested in exploring was how the Jedi came to exist,” reads Variety’s report.

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House of the Dragon: Rewatch GRRM and Ryan Condal’s Deep-Dive on Fantasy

Back in February 2016, I had the opportunity of a lifetime where I got to travel to George R.R. Martin's theater in Santa Fe, N.M. and host a conversation between him and his friend, Colony co-creator Ryan Condal, as part of a special screening and Q&A for Condal's then-new USA series.

Who would have known then that, three-and-a-half years later, Condal and Martin would officially team up for a new Game of Thrones series, House of the Dragon, which Condal will co-showrun with GoT director Miguel Sapochnik?

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Nioh 2 Release Date, Beta Details Revealed

Nioh 2 is set for release on March 13, 2020 for PlayStation 4 and details on the sequel's upcoming beta have been revealed.

The news was announced in a PlayStation Blog post on Wednesday. The game's producer shared information about the beta's stage and the in-game reward players will achieve for completing it. A trailer for the game has also been released showcasing new gameplay.

Completing the beta will earn players "The Mark of the Demon Slayer" which will unlock the Kamaitachi Helmet in the full game when it's released. The post also says preorders are live on PlayStation Store and preordering will come with additional rewards. Those rewards weren't revealed in the blog.

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Star Wars: Why Did Benioff and Weiss Really Exit?

In a week of major entertainment news, few stories have stood out more than the announcement that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have stepped away from their planned series of Star Wars films. In a statement released to Deadline, the duo chalked up their departure to a very busy schedule and their overall deal with Netflix. “There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

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Hollywood Executives Share Disagreements on Value of Marvel Films

While the streaming and box office wars continue, some of Hollywood’s biggest executives came together for a rare roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and with Disney’s Marvel movies’ continued domination, feelings run a little hot.

When THR reporter Matthew Belloni asked if, like American Idol, there would come a point where it wasn’t “cool” to watch Marvel movies, Disney Studios CCO Alan Horn pushed back.

“The answer is no,” Horn told THR. “If the film has a compelling storyline, if it has heart and humor, two things that I insist on, and it's terrifically well executed, I think there is an audience. But who knows?

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Big Steam Library Redesign Now Live for Everyone

Valve’s big Steam library redesign is finally live for everyone. Following a beta, the redesigned Steam library is available to download right now.

Steam’s new library is long overdue, and Valve broke down the various new features in a blog post. But going forward it’s clear that Valve is hoping the Steam library becomes more of a hub where players can track their favorite games and communities all from one place.

The first big change is the look. The Steam library now acts as a landing page that gives immediate updates on recently played games, friend activity, and game updates.

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Will Death Stranding’s PC Port Hurt Its PS4 Launch?

On this week's episode of IGN's PlayStation show Podcast Beyond, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Max Scoville to discuss Death Stranding's PC port confirmation and its lack of PS4 exclusivity, Sony's trademarks of the PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9, and PS10 and whether that means we'll be seeing a lot more PlayStation exclusives.

The duo talks about some more news, like the Fallout 76 Fallout 1st blunders, while Max offers his thoughts on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and The Outer Worlds and Jonathon discusses his Afterparty review.

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Everything to Expect From Blizzcon 2019: Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and Hong Kong Protests

Blizzcon 2019 is only a few days away and already Blizzard’s entire news cycles seem to have leaked. There are reports of a new World of Warcraft expansion, Diablo 4, and Overwatch 2 (or Chapter 2). With those in mind, here’s everything IGN expects to see at this year’s big Blizzard showcase. Not to mention the shadow of the Hong Kong protests looming over everything.

Overwatch 2

ESPN reported from sources familiar with Blizzard’s plans that the company will announce a sequel of sorts to Overwatch. Fans should expect something closer to the recent Fortnite Chapter 2 which is essentially a big new content update to the existing game.

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