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Official PlayStation Podcast Episode 394: Crash Landing

Email us at [email protected]! Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google or RSS, or download here Hey y’all! This week we sit down with composer Bobby Krlic, who shares the creative process behind crafting Returnal’s soundtrack. Stuff We Talked About Mass Effect Legendary EditionOddworld: SoulstormReturnal (interview begins at 21:20)Outer Wilds The WitnessDisco Elysium – The Final CutGames that made us see things differently in the real world The Cast Sid Shuman – Senior Director of Content Communications, SIE Tim Turi –  Senior Content Communications Specialist, SIE Thanks to Cory Schmitz for our beautiful logo and Dormilón for our rad theme song and show music. [Editor’s note: PSN game release dates are subject to change without notice. Game details are gathered from press releases from their individual publishers and/or ESRB rating descriptions.]
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    LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

    Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.

    Eli Goree to Star in Westworld Creators’ Amazon Series The Peripheral

    Eli Goree to star in Westworld creators’ Amazon series The PeripheralComing off of the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated historical drama, One Night in Miami star Eli Goree has found his next big project as one of the leading role in Amazon’s series adaptation of The Peripheral from Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, according to Deadline.RELATED: Lisa Joy’s Hugh Jackman-Led Reminiscence Sets Release DateGoree is set to portray the role of Conner, who is Burton’s friend from the military. In the novel, Conner was described as a quadruple amputee confined to a motorized, road-capable wheelchair. This marks the 27-year-old Canadian actor’s first major TV project as the lead after playing recurring roles in TV shows such as The 100, Legends of Tomorrow, Ballers, and Riverdale.In addition to Goree, the cast for the series will be led by The Haunting of Bly Manor star T’Nia Miller, Charlotte Riley (A Christmas Carol), JJ Feild (Lost in Space), Adelind Horan (The Deuce) and Alex Hernandez (Bloodshot), with Miller, Riley, Feild, Horan, and Hernandez set to star as Cherise, Aelita, Lev, Billy Ann Baker, and Tommy Constantine, respectively.Based on author William Gibson’s bestselling sci-fi mystery thriller novel, The Peripheral will be an hour-long series that will center around siblings Flynne Fisher and Burton. Flynne is described as a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. She is smart, ambitious, and doomed.  She has no future. Until the future comes calling for her.You can pick up a copy of the book here!In the story, Burton is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps’ elite Haptic Recon force, who takes a job working security in a video game/virtual world for a Colombian company called Milagros Coldiron. When Burton is called away on an assignment, Flynne takes his position and witnesses a gruesome murder, though she is uncertain whether the event is real or part of some twisted virtual game.The Peripheral is master storyteller William Gibson’s dazzling, hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind — and what lies beyond. The series will be led by Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) as Flynne Fisher and Jack Reynor (Midsommar) as Burton.RELATED: The Tomorrow War: Amazon Nabs Rights to Chris Pratt’s Action Sci-Fi PicThe series adaptation is written by Scott B. Smith, who will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy will also be executive producing along with Steven Hoban and Kilter Films’ Athena Wickham. Vincenzo Natali is set to direct as well as executive produce.(Photo Credit: Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

    Queer as Folk Reboot Gets Series Order at Peacock

    Queer as Folk reboot gets series order at PeacockIt’s been 21 years since Queer as Folk aired its final episode, but now Peacock has officially given a straight-to-series order to Stephen Dunn’s reboot of the British drama, which was led by Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen. The project hails from Universal Content Productions, who has been developing the new reboot since 2018. This isn’t actually the first time that the short-lived British series was remade in the U.S. as Showtime previously adapted Queer as Folk back in 2000 which ran on-air for five seasons.RELATED: Poker Face: Natasha Lyonne to Star in Rian Johnson’s First TV Series at Peacock“It is a surreal honour to adapt the notoriously groundbreaking series by Russell T. Davies,” Dunn said in a statement. “When the show originally aired, the idea of unapologetic queer stories on TV was so provocative that I felt I could only watch Queer as Folk in secret. But so much has changed in the last 20 years and how wonderful would it be if the next generation didn’t have to watch Queer as Folk alone in their dank basements with the sound muted, but with their family and friends and the volume cranked all the way to the max.”Created and written by Dunn, the reboot will be set in New Orleans and will follow a diverse group of friends whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The series is described as vibrant reimagining of the groundbreaking UK series.Click here to purchase the original UK series!“Queer as Folk was more than just a show, it was a ground-breaking and necessary voice for so many people,” Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Stephen’s new version for Peacock arrives at yet another pivotal moment in our culture. Alex Sepiol, EVP of drama programming, and his team have championed this project from the first moment it landed on their desks, working to ensure the script became the series we’re announcing today. The entire team is so excited to be a part of introducing a new generation to this type of authentic and affirming storytelling.”In addition to writing, Dunn is also set to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Lee Eisenberg, Emily Brecht, NENT Studios UK’s Richard Halliwell and original series producers Russell T. Davies and Nicola Shindler.RELATED: Wild Cards: George R.R. Martin’s Series Adaptation Moving From Hulu to PeacockCreated by Russell T. Davies, the original series only ran on-air for 10 episodes from 1999-2000. It starred Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam, who portrayed the roles of Stuart, Vince and Nathan, respectively. The series centers around the lives of three gay men in Manchester.

    Dominique Fishback Joins Apple’s THE FINAL Days of Ptolemy Grey

    Dominique Fishback joins Apple’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey On the heels of her breakout roles in HBO’s The Deuce, Netflix’s Project Power and WB’s Judas and the Black Messiah, Dominique Fishback has found another major role to add to her resumé as she joins the cast for Apple’s miniseries adaptation of The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey: Samuel L. Jackson Leads New Apple TV+ Miniseries The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey centers around the titular character, a 91-year-old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, and uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past. Samuel L. Jackson (The Banker) is set in the titular role while Fishback has signed on to star as Robyn, a friend of the family who helps Ptolemy, with the streamer also having signed White Tiger writer/director Ramin Bahrani to direct and executive produce. Pick up a copy of the novel here! The series will be written by author Walter Mosley, who will also serve as an executive producer along with Jackson. Anonymous Content’s Eli Selden and Diane Houslin have also been set as executive producers. This marks the second collaboration between Jackson and Apple, who have previously worked together in last year’s The Banker. RELATED: Death to 2020: Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, & More Join New Netflix Mockumentary Jackson is best known for his acclaimed performances in Do the Right Thing, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and more. He also gained recognition for his role as Nick Fury in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster MCU films and is set to reprise the role in Disney+’s new MCU series Secret Invasion. (Photo Credit: Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)

    Da Vinci Code Prequel Series Langdon Shifts From NBC To Peacock

    Da Vinci Code prequel series Langdon shifts from NBC to Peacock After shifting from being a film adaptation to a series at NBC, the Da Vinci Code prequel drama Dan Brown’s Langdon centered on the iconic Art History and Symbology Professor is shifting gears to fresh streaming service Peacock as it has been picked up to series. RELATED: Craig Robinson-Led Untitled Comedy Gets Series Order at Peacock “The team was blown away by this pilot and its enormous potential to become a big, binge-worthy hit, and our new structure enables us to move it to Peacock and give it every opportunity to make that happen,” Susan Rovner, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Our ability to pick up a great show is no longer limited by the confines of a network schedule, giving us the freedom to say ‘yes’ to shows we love and then find them the perfect home across our portfolio.” The series, written and executive produced by Scream: The TV Series duo Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, will be an adaptation of the third novel in Brown’s series The Lost Symbol and act as a prequel to the events of the film franchise starring Tom Hanks in the central role and helmed by Ron Howard. The story will follow the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Langdon as he must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. Click here to purchase the complete Robert Langdon novel series and Tom Hanks-starring Langdon film trilogy! “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Ron and Brian again on another Langdon project,” Brown said in a statement. “We’ve all wanted to make The Lost Symbol for some time now, and I’m grateful to CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios, Universal Television and Peacock for joining forces to make this project a reality. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie have written a phenomenally captivating script, and the casting and performances are pitch perfect.” RELATED: Girls5eva Teaser Previews Peacock’s New Tina Fey-Produced Comedy Dan Brown’s Langdon will star Ashley Zukerman (Succession) in the titular role alongside Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane), Rick Gonzalez (Arrow), Eddie Izzard (Get Duked!) and Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys). Alongside Dworkin and Beattie, the series is executive produced by Brown, Brian Grazer, Howard, Samie Kim Falvey and Anna Culp and produced by CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios and Universal Television.

    The CW’s Powerpuff Girls Pilot Finds Titular Trio Cast

    The CW’s Powerpuff Girls pilot finds titular trio cast Just a month after landing a pilot order at the network, The CW’s live-action sequel series to The Powerpuff Girls has found its titular stars as Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Dove Cameron (Descendants) and Yana Perrault (Jagged Little Pill), according to Variety. RELATED: The CW Orders Pilot for Live-Action Powerpuff Girls Sequel Series The pilot, which acts as a reunion between Bennet and Cameron after starring as opponents in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will see the former star as the team’s de-facto leader Blossom while the latter will star as Bubbles, well-remembered as being the sweetest of the trio, and Perrault is set to portray Buttercup, the tough and hotheaded tomboy of the group. The CW recently tapped Maggie Kiley to helm the pilot, having previously worked with the filmmaker on episodes of Riverdale and its spin-off Katy Keene. The new series, which is being developed by writers and executive producers Heather Regnier (iZombie) and Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), will see the titular trio as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever. Alongside Regnier and Cody, the project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project. Regnier is attached to the studio via an overall deal, with previous credits for WBTV including Falling Skies, iZombie and the Veronica Mars revival at Hulu, as well as working on Showtime’s SMILF and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Click here to purchase the Complete Series set of the 1998 animated hit! The Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken and debuted in 1998, centering on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of its six-season run and was broken up with a theatrical movie in 2002, which was a modest critical and commercial success. RELATED: Arrow Spinoff & The 100 Prequel Still in ‘Active Discussions’ at The CW Cartoon Network rebooted the series in 2016 without the involvement of McCracken or the original voice cast and received generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike and some controversy for the mishandling of transgender themes in an episode in the first season. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    Netflix’s Lost Ollie Sets Ensemble Cast Including Groff, Rodriguez & More!

    Netflix’s Lost Ollie sets ensemble cast including Groff, Rodriguez & more! After announcing development on the live-action/CGI hybrid series late last year, Netflix has set an ensemble cast for Lost Ollie that is set to include Jonathan Groff (Frozen II), Gina Rodriguez (Carmen Sandiego), Mary J. Blige (Trolls World Tour) and more. RELATED: Shadecraft: Netflix Developing Series Adaptation From Lucifer’s Joe Henderson LOST OLLIE – a heartwarming story about a lost toy searching for home – is excited to announce the cast for the upcoming family limited series! Find out more about the cast belowpic.twitter.com/wuyFQ2HaTy — Netflix Family (@netflixfamily) March 9, 2021 The limited series, created, written and executive produced by Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings), is inspired by William Joyce’s Ollie’s Odyssey and centers on a lost toy on an epic adventure, searching across the country for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. A heartwarming journey to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them. Groff, who previously worked with Netflix on the acclaimed crime thriller Mindhunter, will star as Ollie, a handmade toy rabbit stitched together from odds and ends.  Ollie has a pure spirit with a heart of gold and never ruins a chance to make friends.  He’s been best friends with Billy since forever, until one day he ends up in a resale shop with no way home.  Though he’s often afraid of the unknown, Ollie puts on a brave face and sets off to find Billy, meeting other toys to help him along the way Blige, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the historical drama Mudbound and starred in the first season of The Umbrella Academy, will voice Rosy, a raggedy teddy bear stitched together from other toys.  Rosy is a fearless warrior who is deeply passionate with inspiring confidence.  While unsure of Ollie at first, she becomes an important ally as she joins them on their journey. Click here to purchase Joyce’s iconic novel! Tim Blake Nelson, coming off of HBO’s acclaimed Watchmen series and playing the titular role in Netflix’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, will appear as Zozo, a clown doll who is an old toy and an even older soul.  Zozo is a true gentleman with a good sense of humor, and after meeting Ollie and hearing his story, he agrees to help Ollie on his journey. Rodriguez, who led the streamer’s recently-concluded Carmen Sandiego animated series and recurs on Emmy-winning adult animated series Big Mouth, will star as Sharon aka Momma, Billy’s mother, a loving woman who inspires creativity and imagination in her son. She makes sure to cherish their time together, teaching Billy all the things he’ll need to know to find happiness in the future. Jake Johnson, who led Netflix’s short-lived Hoops, will star as James aka Daddy, Billy’s father, who is overworked and stressed, doing his best to take care of Billy and his wife, Sharon. Sometimes that stress leads to being short with Billy, but he’s doing all he can to make a good life for his son. Kesler Talbot, who recently appeared in the now-defunct-Quibi’s horror anthology 50 States of Fright, will play Billy, a young boy with a mind bursting with creativity. He shares a magical bond with his toy Ollie, a homemade rabbit made by his beloved mother, who joins him on all of his adventures. When Ollie gets lost, Billy embarks on a mission to find him. RELATED: Mila Kunis to Lead Netflix’s Film Adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive Lost Ollie, consisting of four 45 minute episodes, is being helmed by Peter Ramsey, who previously worked with Johnson on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, who is also executive producing alongside Tindle, Shawn Levy and Josh Barry via 21 Laps Entertainment (Stranger Things), Brandon Oldenburg (CCO of Flight School Studio) and Lampton Enochs with Emily Morris serving as co-executive producer. Production is currently underway in Vancouver, Canada on the project with Industrial Light & Magic (The Mandalorian) handling the CGI characters for the series. (Photo Credits: Getty Images/Netflix)

    Showtime’s THE INITIAL Lady Casts Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt

    Showtime’s The First Lady casts Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt Just a few days after adding Judy Greer (Halloween) to the ensemble roster, Showtime’s The First Lady has rounded out its central cast as Golden Globe and Emmy winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) has signed on to star as Eleanor Roosevelt, according to Deadline. RELATED: Judy Greer Replacing Pamela Adlon in Showtime’s The First Lady “Gillian Anderson is an actress of incredible range and exquisite talent – she is the perfect choice to complete this powerhouse trio, who will inhabit the roles of these iconic women,” Amy Israel, EVP, Scripted Programming, Showtime Networks, said in a statement. “It’s inspiring to have Gillian, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susanne Bier and Cathy Schulman at the forefront of The First Lady. They have truly set the stage for a landmark Showtime series.” Jayme Lawson (The Batman) is set as a series regular portraying Michelle Obama from ages 15-30, as the series begins with Obama as a young woman in Chicago and follows her as a Harvard undergraduate and Princeton Law School student, eventually marrying Barack Obama in 1992. Kristine Froseth (The Assistant), who will only appear in three episodes, is portraying a young Betty Ford as she trains as a dancer for Martha Graham in New York City, and into her 20s in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she worked for Herpolsheimer’s Department Store and eventually married Gerald Ford. The First Lady (formerly titled as First Ladies) is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies. The first season will be focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Academy Award winner Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Dangerous Liaisons) have signed on for the leading roles of Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, respectively, with Greer also starring as Nancy Howe, Rhys Wakefield (True Detective) as Dick Cheney and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as Gerald Ford. RELATED: The Curse: Emma Stone to Star in Safdie Brothers’ Showtime Comedy Series The series is written by Cooley from an idea that originated with Cathy Schulman, who was inspired by Cooley’s spec script about Lady Bird Johnson. Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) has also boarded the project to serve as its director and executive producer. The First Lady will be co-produced by Showtime and Lionsgate TV along with Welle Entertainment (Otherhood), Gaspin Media (LA’s Finest), and JuVee Productions. It will be executive produced by Cooley, Welle Entertainment’s Schulman, Gaspin Media’s Jeff Gaspin, and LINK Entertainment’s Brad Kaplan. Davis will also serve as an executive producer along with Julius Tennon through through their JuVee Productions banner. (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

    Deadpool’s Reese & Wernick Developing Twisted Metal TV Series

    Deadpool’s Reese & Wernick developing Twisted Metal TV series Just a few years after a film based on the beloved vehicular combat game franchise was cancelled, Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions have begun development on a series adaptation of Twisted Metal, according to Variety. RELATED: Pedro Pascal Joins HBO’s The Last of Us Series as Joel The series is described as an action comedy and will center on a motor-mouthed outsider who is offered the opportunity to get a better life only after he successfully delivers a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Partnering with a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face off against savage bandits driving deadly vehicles of destruction and other dangers on the road, including the fan-favorite deranged clown Sweet Tooth in his menacing ice cram truck. “Twisted Metal is one of the most beloved franchises from PlayStation,” Asad Qizilbashm, head of PlayStation Productions, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have such a great team working on bringing this iconic game to life for the fans.” Click here to purchase the 2012 reboot of the hit franchise! Deadpool and Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick delivered the original take on the IP and will executive produce the series alongside writer Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai), Will Arnett (The Lego Batman Movie) though his Electric Avenue banner and under his first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV, Artists First’s Marc Forman and Peter Principato, PlayStation Productions’ Qizilbashm and Carter Swana and Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst. Sources report that no deal is in place for Arnett to cameo as the psychotic Sweet Tooth in a vocal capacity. “We love Twisted Metal in all its twisted insanity,” Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement. “Michael Jonathan Smith hit it out of the park with an action-packed, brilliantly funny adaptation and we are grateful for the support of Rhett, Paul, Will and our friends at PlayStation.” RELATED: Stuber Director Michael Dowse to Helm Just Cause Movie Adaptation Twisted Metal marks the second series to enter development for Sony Pictures TV and PlayStation Productions, with the other being HBO’s The Last of Us series that just landed Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) for the central roles. (Photo Credit: Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

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