Welcome to Night Vale To Debut as TV Show

Welcome to Night Vale To Debut as TV Show

FX has recently announced that it will turn podcast hit Welcome to Night Vale into a TV show.

Welcome to Night Vale is a popular-narrative-driven podcast that has a large loyal following, therefore catching FX and Sony’s attention. Turning a Podcast into a TV series is not an entirely new thing, as it has been done by Amazon with the podcast Lore which debuted with mixed reviews.

Unlike the previously mentioned Lore, Welcome to Night Vale has an upper-hand going into this adaption, as it has already been adapted before from books to the now known podcast. The series originally launched as the script books Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe.

To those unfamiliar with Welcome to Night Vale, it is a very unique podcast that is told from the perspective of a radio show transmitted through the fictional town of Night Vale. During the podcast the radio reports act much like our current news, reporting on multiple scenarios ranging from the weather to strange events that happen within the town of Night Vale. The podcast’s ability to create an entirely different universe to which listeners can feel attached is what lead the show to gain popularity, resulting in the creation of a dedicated Welcome to Night Vale TV show.

It is unknown as to who will be cast on the TV series or when it will debut, but as of now all that viewers of the Podcast can do is await with tempered expectations.


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Wolverine Podcast Officially in the Works

Wolverine Podcast Officially in the Works

The Marvel Empire is once again expanding into new territory with a ten-episode, scripted podcast titled Wolverine: The Long Night.

According to Mashable, the serialized story will run in 2018 on Sticher Premium, and will be released on other platforms come Fall.

The story will revolve around two agents who venture to a small town in Alaska to investigate a series of murders. Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) will work with a local deputy played Andrew Keenan-Bolger. Their main suspect? None other than Wolverine himself, played by Richard Armitage of The Hobbit and Hannibal fame.

“It’s very easy to turn up the volume on reality there. In addition to the crime investigation into the serial killer on the loose, there are also elements of the fantastic. And some of them have to do with Wolverine as his legend grows in this area, as people observe him bounding through the mists with packs of wolves; as they witness him save and end lives,” said Ben Percy, the writer for the series.

Percy said the podcast will carry a Serial vibe with hints of Unforgiven and True Detective. Director Brendan Baker, sound designer Chloe Prasinos, and producers Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher will join Scott Adsit of 30 Rock, Bob Balaban, Brian Stokes Mitchell and a cameo from Chris Gethard, who hosts the podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.

Marvel’s dominance in the film world has shown the strength of their characters and stories, and with the clout and money the company now has, expanding into one of the most modern forms of storytelling seems like a no-brainer.

“Being in this space where we can really touch and interact with our fans in a more 24/7 basis is one of our priorities. The beauty of this medium is you can listen to it as a show when it’s first released and voraciously consume it from a habitual standpoint, or, like I do and many people do with podcasts, you can listen to it very leisurely,” said Dan Silver, Head of Platforms & Content for Marvel New Media.

“We’re attempting to provide an audio experience that feels very much like if you just turned off your television screen, but left the sound on,” he says. “It’s very dynamic, it’s very real, it’s very raw, and it’s made for what people would expect from Marvel,” Silver added.

Wolverine: The Long Night will be available through the Stitcher Premium podcast platform in Spring 2018.


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Amazon picks up TV adaptation of horror podcast Lore

Amazon picks up TV adaptation of horror podcast Lore

Lore, a horror podcast about urban legends and “the darker side of history” (best described as ‘Supernatural by way of NPR’) has been picked up by Amazon Video for a 10-episode anthology set to launch sometime next year. This news comes from the Amazon Studios panel at New York City Comic Con, where the megacorporation also spoke about the upcoming seasons of Sneaky Pete and The Tick — which likely means both shows have made it past the Amazon Hunger Games-esque Pilot Season. Since Lore has already been given a season order, it gets to skip the line.

The Lore show was announced in April, and has a veritable conga line of producers attached, including Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Ben Silverman (The Office), Howard T. Owens (The Biggest Loser), podcast creator Aaron Mahnke, and Glen Morgan (The X-Files). Mahnke has already addressed concerns about the podcast’s future, confirming that new episodes would continue to be released every 2 weeks.

Despite Morgan’s involvement as the showrunner for the Lore TV series, the show will not be a fictional episodic anthology in the vein of Fear Itself, where each episode will tell a decent story. The show will feature “a blend of narration, historical mixed media and cinematically shot scripted scenes,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will ostensibly pull entirely from true stories, sticking with the show’s “truth is scarier than fiction” mantra.

Lore is the latest podcast to receive a TV adaptation, with a “behind-the-scenes” retelling of pop culture flashpoint Serial currently being workshopped by actual wizards Phil Lord and Chris Miller, through production company Fox 21. The Serial TV show was announced back in 2015, but the weaker reception to Season 2 may have stalled the project. Comedy advice show My Brother, My Brother, and Me is also set for an adaptation, having recently wrapped filming on a 6-episode run on NBC streaming service SeeSo in 2017.