Here’s something exciting for fans of Black Mirror, the cult TV series is getting a range of book adaptadions, overseen by Charlie Brooker.
The three-volume series of original fiction novellas will be edited by creator Charlie Brooker, and each will be a collection of three all-new, all-original mid-length stories in the style of the show, written by **soon to be announced** leading names within the literary world.
BLACK MIRROR is the TV programme of our cultural moment. It is an addictive anthology series that uses science fiction tropes to make trenchant and unsettling commentary on the convergence between humanity and technology, and a promised future. Season one and two originally aired on Channel 4 between 2011 and 2014. In September 2015, Netflix commissioned a third season and the worldwide release in October 2016 led to further international critical acclaim. The heavily anticipated next Netflix season will be coming later this year.
The first original fiction volume will be published in February 2018, with the second volume scheduled for autumn 2018 and the third in 2019.
Charlie Brooker said:
“All-new Black Mirror stories from exciting authors – that’s a joyous prospect. And they’re appearing in a high-tech new format known as a “book”. Apparently you just have to glance at some sort of ‘ink code’ printed on paper and images and sounds magically appear in your head, enacting the story. Sounds far-fetched to me, but we’ll see.”
Jake Lingwood added:
“Black Mirror is the smartest, sharpest show on TV and as huge fans ourselves we know that we are always desperate for more episodes. In fact, more than we suspect it will ever be possible for Charlie to make. That’s why we’re so inspired by Charlie’s total enthusiasm for this project and we’re completely salivating at the prospect of him working with some of the smartest, sharpest novelists around in order to create more Black Mirror – but this time in book form.”
BLACK MIRROR VOLUME 1
Royal Hardback, 22nd February 2018, £12.99, 9781785036743
Trade Paperback Export, 22nd February 2018, £12.99, 9781785037832
We attended the MCM expo, in London this weekend. Here’s the interview with Andrew Lee Potts. He discusses Primeval, Wireless and tells me to get off my butt and finish my web series.
There’s a transcribbed version below the video.
So, Andrew. You’re obviously no stranger to these events. What is it that keeps you coming back to MCM?
Well, I’m a big kid at heart. Also, getting that recognition for what you do, is really nice.
That’s why I first liked it. Actually chatting to the fans and the families who liked Primeval, for example, was really lovely. And once I started Wireless, which is my web show. They [MCM] got really behind it and started screening the episodes and a little fanbase started for the show. Here we are today and, I’ve actually filmed my first episode at MCM comic con. Which has been brilliant.
Do fans have common questions, in regards to Primeval and Wireless. What are the most common ones?
Oh, gosh. ‘When’s Primeval coming back?’ Is the biggest one, I’ll get asked that a million times today.
So, when is it coming back?
(Laughs) I’ll say to you, what I say to them [the fans]. I’ve got no idea, I’ve not spoken to the producers, or anything. I know they still love the show. I have some sort of gut feeling, they may re-visit it. I think they should-as a brand.
I think it’s still strong. I think it would still work. I don’t know whether we’d be involved in that, as characters. But, I do think they should revisit Primeval.
I’ve got a little girl who is 6 now and, she loves dinosaurs and it’s a cool family thing. That’s what I love the most, is seeing the whole families together, going ‘Oh, yeah. I used to watch this with my granddad’. I just love that feeling about it.
So, no plans yet. But, it wouldn’t surprise me. I also get asked about CGI, a lot.
What was in like when you went to Canada, to work on that series [Primeval:New world]?
Oh, it was cool. I did Alice for The SyFy channel, where I played the Mad Hatter and I was out there for four months, I fell in love with Vancouver. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.
So, to go back there to do Primeval was cool. I was honoured to be asked as well.
On the first night I got there, it was a night shoot. It was raining heavily. It had a big crew. A lot bigger than our crew, they had more money than we had. Which was all cool to see.
I went on to set and the showrunner said ‘Ladies and gentleman, Andrew Lee Potts. The reason we’re all here’.
So, it was just nice, you know? To see that it had travelled. The new cast members were full of questions about the show. It was a good experience and, I got very close with Nyle. Who played Evan Cross. On my honeymoon, he let me stay in his posh apartment in LA. So, I got something out of it (Laughs).
Is there anything you feel is unfinished about your character’s story?
Well, we know they’re married [Connor and Abbie]. Because I reveal that in new world. I would have liked to have seen Connor as the team leader. I think he was going that way. He’d earnt his stripes in that sense.
I thought it would be great to have the ARC academy, or something. Training newbies, but Abbie and Connor as a married couple. Because obviously, she’s good at all the kicking butt stuff and, he’s the technical side. That would lend itself to quite a lot of comedy, in their dynamic. It’d be quite nice to see them have a baby, then they’ve got something else to protect. There’s a lot of things they could do, I guess. And, get more guns. Always give Connor more guns.
Is working in sci-fi more rewarding than any other genre, because you get to come to things like this? [MCM comic con].
That’s a good question. Primeval, Alice and that genre have given me a lot. They’ve helped me integrate with the fans a lot more.
Yeah, you do get more from it. For someone like me, who loves sci-fi. It’s great to be apart of a celebration, of the work you’re involved in and that’s why these cons are great.
Before Primeval, I’d done a lot of drama and, I’d played a lot of baddies. It was good, because I’ve got a pretty versatile career. So, therefore, you get called in for a lot of different types of roles. But, as for walking down the street, it was easy. But now it’s changed, is the thing I would say. If I didn’t embrace a show like Primeval, or a character people seem to like a lot. It would get annoying. But, I do and I’m proud of playing the character.
It’s almost a unique sort of fame, isn’t it? You have a cult following here [MCM]
Oh, I can’t walk round here. Especially in a hat like this.
But, Yeah. I do get recognised. My voice is apparently quite distinctive. I get clocked for my voice all the time, if I’m on the phone. But, yeah. You do get so much back. It still surprises me how many people want to talk about Primeval. It’s become cult now, it is. Otherwise people wouldn’t still be talking about it.
Is there anything you took away from your experience on Primeval?
As a person, I think I became a lot more humble. It’s funny when you get fame for something and, it happened quite quickly for Primeval.
Because, it was Saturday night TV. It was big and it had lots of bells and whistles on. We were on posters all over the tube.
Hannah was already used to it, as she was already famous. But I wasn’t. So, I kind of became really humble. It’s funny when you’re trying to become an actor and you’re trying to prove yourself and you want recognition, you want people to be talking about you online. Because that’s how you know you’ve arrived and when it happens, you go ‘Oh. Okay, that’s that then’. You stop chasing as much. You start listening a bit more, taking people’s feedback on a little bit more.
So, it’s made me more humble. We worked really hard on Primeval. We all got really close, as a team and, you know. I direct Wireless, so I’ve got a bit of a director’s head. So, I always side with the crew. I’ve always got lots of friends within the crew. I see how hard they work and try to help them however I can.
You did some stuff for the Primeval DVD, right?
I did the making of Primeval. I also did webisodes. Any extra curricular things, they just went ‘Go on, Andrew’ll do it’. So, I did a lot of extra stuff for them. But, I enjoyed it.
Did you still anything from the show?
Oh, yeah. I’m terrible at that. Significant character stuff, like the ring I wear around my neck That’s been in every episode. The earpieces, the black box. Anything I could put in my pocket, really. I would’ve had one of the big T-Rex or Raptor models if I could’ve got away with it. Lots of costumes, anything I could. Really.
Do you have any stand out memories from primeval?
When we walked into the ARC. The set they built for the second season. It was like, ‘I think we’re doing something right’. Because I’ve done a lot of shows, a lot of shows of varying budgets before Primeval. Then I walked on to that set, that looked like something out of James Bond and we were like ‘Okay, this is our world now, isn’t it?’ and they [ITV] said ‘Yeah and, we’re making toys’.
That sort of stuff was insane. I went to the toy factory, to see my toy being made. That’s cool, no one can ever take that away from me.
Did they 3D scan you?
They didn’t 3D scan me. They did it from photos, actually. They would take pictures from different angles and they did the original sculpts by hand-the same guys who do the Doctor Who figures. They were fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
So, they got all the heads over to impossible pictures, who were like ‘Yeah that ones good. That ones good. Good, good’. They got to mine and said ‘That looks too good looking to be Andrew. Can you do something to his face?’ So, my character is smirking. I look like I’ve had a stroke. It still looks like me, but I don’t know whether to take it as a compliment or a diss.
What would you say, on your character’s grave stone?
That’s quite depressing that, innit? ‘I’M NOT DEAD’. I think I had a few little things that people caught on to, one was ‘La Connor Temple’. So maybe it should say ‘La Connor Temple’ and underneath ‘Pretty sexy stuff’. Which is what I said, whenever I saw a new gadget or something. La Connor Temple, pretty sexy stuff (laughs).
What advice would you give someone who wants to start their own webseries?
Oh, gosh. Do it! Just do it. I’ve been asked this a lot. People just procrastinate and talk about doing it.
You’ve gotta do it, you’ve got to experience it. You’ve got to learn from it. I’ve made so many mistakes on Wireless, on the technical side of stuff. But, that’s why I love doing it. It just teaches you so much and, I’m a bit of a sponge anyway.
So, just get off your butt and do it. Film it on your phone. You can get basic editing packages now and put it online, on youtube. That’s all I do.
I’m no different to the next person. I just know a few more actors. That’s the only difference. That is the only difference, I can get a few actors in that are professionals. Who, very kindly do it for free. Because they see my passion, within it. But, you know. I’ve been making films since I was 13, on any sort of camera I could get my hands on. You’ve got no excuses, if you want to do it, you’ve just got to do it. Be creative. Make mistakes.
I guess there’s no gatekeepers anymore. There’s nobody telling you, you can’t.
Well, that’s the thing. That’s why I did Wireless. I wanted to be the boss of something, creatively. I wanted to put my vision out there. If people like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. Gladly, hopefully, they seem to like it. I still enjoy doing it. I can’t stop doing it. I’m addicted. But, there’s no rehab.
On the 40th anniversary of the very first Star Wars film, Topps, the UK’s leading collectibles company, is proud to present their biggest and most immersive sticker collection yet: Star Wars Universe!
The latest collection from Topps spans all eight Star Wars films from the past 40 years, including the recent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The collection of Star Wars Universe stickers is the ultimate compendium for collectors of all ages.
Fans will be able to explore the world of Star Wars from the time of the Clone Wars through the rise of the First Order, discovering the history of the Jedi and seductive power of the dark side along the way.
Additionally, there will be added incentives including special foil stickers, die-cut shaped stickers, and even historic movie stickers.
With 344 stickers to collect, Star Wars fans will learn about all the weapons and ships from the franchise including the Death Star, the evil Sith, and the heroic Rebel Alliance.
Louise Ramplin, Entertainment Marketing Manager at Topps, comments: “Star Wars was unleashed to the world and changed the cinematic landscape forever on May 25th, 1977. Now on the 40th anniversary, we are proud to celebrate the thrilling space saga with our biggest Star Wars collection yet. We’re confident the collection will be an instant hit with collectors and movie goers alike.”
The Star Wars Universe collection will be on sale May 25th. Starter Packs will retail at £2.99 including six packets of stickers. Individual packs of five stickers will retail at 50p.
Warner Bros. has announced the cancellation of the London premiere for Wonder Woman, following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left many dead and injured earlier this week.
The premiere had been scheduled May 31 red carpet.
In a statement Warner Bros said:
“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK. In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London”.
This Alpha issue kick-starts Titan’s DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY global event (Saturday September 2, 2017) and continues in the Ninth Doctor special that same week.
DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION, is an epic event – comprised of eight chapters over three months. That will croos-over all four ongoing series (Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor comics). The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, and will find the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor playing their part to battle The Void!
The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!
DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION will begin this August with a super-accessible Alpha issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes!
With three phenomenal covers including a very special embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover by Will Brooks, and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero, this is one event Whovians will not want to miss!
Look out for more exciting reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline, and more hints to the future, in the days and weeks to come!
For more information on Titan Comics’ Doctor Who line, visit www.titan-comics.com or follow Titan Comics on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Batman V Superman Director Zack Snyder is stepping away from Justice League, which is currently in post-production.
Snyder is taking the break to be with his family after his daughter’s tragic death.
Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me.”
Snyder’s wife, Deborah Snyder, a producer on Justice League, will also be taking a break,
Joss Whedon will be taking over the upcoming re-shoots for Justice League.
The death of Snyder’s 20-year old daughter had been kept secret and Snyder planned to throw himself into work, however he feels it’s best to step back from the project and focus on family.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it. The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realisation …I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
Justice League is still set for its November 17th release.
In an interview with ITV’s this morning, earlier today. Pearl Mackie was asked about her experience as part of team-TARDIS. When asked by Eamon Holmes, about Peter Capaldi’s departure by and whether she would like to stay on for series 11. She said:
“I don’t know, I mean it’s not up to me. Peter is such a wonderful Doctor, and I think the dynamic that he and I have playing The Doctor and Bill together is something that really works. That’s not to say it wouldn’t work with a different Doctor. But, yeah, it’s always a new adjustment, getting a new Doctor. Inevitably the dynamic is different because your different actors. And different characters.”
Pearl has quickly endeared herself to critics and fans alike, with some already dubbing the the best companion of the Nu-Who era. It certainly would be a shame to see her depart after one series.