Enlarge /. Several studios presented new teasers and trailers for their 2020 autumn series during Comic-Con @ Home
Sean Carroll (AMC / Hulu / HBO / Fox / Amazon)
People may not be able to flock personally to San Diego Comic Con this year, but the Comic-Con @ Home virtual convention has been running all weekend with countless panels, sneak peeks, and teasers and trailers for upcoming TV shows. but not many films, because let’s be honest: it doesn’t look so good for big movie releases in the fall. On Thursday alone we received the full trailer for Bill and Ted Face the Music, a teaser for the horror comedy Truth Seekers by Simon Pegg / Nick Frost and the first trailer for S2 from HBO's His Dark Materials. Instead of continuing to cover each one individually, we decided to summarize the remaining trailers of interest in a single roundup post.
HBO dropped the last trailer for Lovecraft Country and made its debut on August 16.
Lovecraft Land (HBO)
HBO unveiled the last trailer for its upcoming horror series Lovecraft Country along with an official release date: August 16. It is based on Matt Ruff's dark fantasy / horror novel of the same name from 2016, which explicitly looks at the horrors of racism in the 1950s, along with other, more supernatural Lovecraftian-inspired themes. According to the official summary:
The series follows Atticus (Jonathan Majors) as he joins his girlfriend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to take a road trip through Jim Crow America in search of his missing father 1950s undertaking (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle for survival and overcoming both the racist horrors of white America and the terrible monsters that could be torn from a Lovecraft paperback.
HBO released a teaser in May, followed by a full trailer in June. This latest trailer combines some of these earlier shots, but gives us a few clues to the story: Atticus' search involves a "secret birthright" in relation to a rich family's estate deep in the Lovecraft Country title, and that he ignores repeated warnings to stay away. Previous insights have focused on the human monsters created by racism. Now the Lovecraftian creatures are finally ready for their close-up. This new trailer makes us even more excited about the series premiere next month.
John Cusack takes place in Utopia, a restart of the controversial British dark comedy / thriller.
Utopia (Amazon Prime)
This new Amazon Prime series is a restart (adapted by Gillone Flynn, author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects) of the controversial British comedy / conspiracy thriller 2013-2014 about online fans of a dystopian graphic novel called Utopia that seems to have the power To make predictions about the real future. They are obsessed with tracking down the sequel (which is said to predict future world events). This makes them targets of a secret organization called The Network. The British version received critical praise for its originality and visual style, which was offset by strong reservations about its extreme violence, which many felt was unnecessarily unfounded. (The most famous scene included a torturer who stabbed a victim's eye with a spoon).
It remains to be seen whether Amazon's utopia equals the same level of violence, although I would bet anyone who went through extensive torture scenes in season one of Altered Carbon should deal with it. According to the official premise: "When the conspiracy in the elusive comic Utopia is real, a group of young fans come together to start a twisted high-stakes adventure and use what they discover to help themselves, each other, and ultimately to save humanity. " The cast includes John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank) as Dr. Kevin Christie, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Michael Stearns and Sasha Lane (Hellboy 2019) as Jessica Hyde.
A sentient AI runs amok and tries to wipe out humanity in the new Fox series NeXT.
Next one (Fox)
"It is not paranoia when the threat is real." This is the slogan for NeXT, an upcoming techno thriller with John Slattery (Mad Men, Spotlight). According to the official summary:
NeXT is a fact-based thriller about the creation of a lethal, villainous artificial intelligence that combines action with an investigation into how technology invades our lives and changes us in ways we don't yet understand. Slattery is a pioneer in Silicon Valley who discovers that one of his own creations – a powerful A.I. – could mean a global catastrophe and team up with a cybercrime agent played by The First's Fernanda Andrade to fight a bad guy.
The trailer begins with a TED-like lecture by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul LeBlanc (Slattery), which warns of the dangers of AI on a human level. Cut to an Alexis-like AI assistant, Eliza, who has a conversation with a little boy. "Eliza doesn't ask questions, she only answers them," says the boy's father, but in this case he is wrong. LeBlanc's verbal abuse sounds increasingly paranoid as we see allusions to facial recognition, self-driving cars, and various electronic systems (including medical devices) that all seem to be coming under the control of a new AI called NeXT, which isn't as harmless as its creators assume. To be honest, it reminds me of the 1993 X-Files episode "Ghost in the Machine" – especially the death-by-elevator scene – only with more open espionage elements. No wonder: the series was created by Manny Coto (24: Legacy).
Hulus Helstrom was supposed to be part of a now disastrous corner of the Marvel TV universe.
In 2019, Hulu announced the development of two new Marvel-centered series, Ghost Rider (with Gabriel Luna as a representative of his role as Agents of SHIELD) and Helstrom, which are set to launch a standalone "Adventure Into Fear" franchise that will be creepy Horror would bring element to the Marvel formula. Ghost Rider soon fell by the wayside and Marvel Television was closed in December 2019. This makes Helstrom the only survivor of the planned fear-based franchise.
The series focuses on two characters from Marvel Comics: Daimon Hellstrom, the son of Satan, who was featured in Ghost Rider # 1 (1973) and eventually became a recurring character in The Defenders. His sister Satana (Ana in the TV adaptation) deals with occultism and her fatherly inheritance, but Daimon decides to defend humanity. According to the official premise: "The world is not ready for a family reunion with Helstrom. As the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, Helstrom Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Sydney Lemmon) and their complicated dynamics follow while being the worst of humanity track down – each with their own attitudes and skills. "
In terms of sound, the trailer agrees with the often late The New Mutants, another attempt to bring elements of horror into the superhero genre. In addition to Austen (The Royals, Grantchester) and Lemmon (Velvet Buzzsaw, Fear the Walking Dead), Elizabeth Marvel (home, house of cards) will be seen as Daimon and Ana's mother Victoria, who has been institutionalized for 20 years ;; Robert Wisdom (The Wire) as a caretaker, a demon-fighting guardian of the occult; June Carryl (Mindhunter) as Lousie Hastings, director of the psychiatric facility in Victoria; and Ariana Guerra (Raising Dion) as Vatican agent Gabriella Rossetti.
The New Mutants is still planned for the theatrical release on August 28 and has released a new trailer.
The new mutants (20th century)
Speaking of The New Mutants, it is apparently still planned for August 28th. In addition to opening the few minutes, 20th Century debuted a new trailer for director Josh Boone's horror-inspired film, which was originally developed as part of the The X-Men franchise. According to the official summary: "Five young mutants, who are just discovering their skills while being held against their will in a secret facility, are struggling to escape their past sins and save themselves."
Rahne (Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones), also known as Wolfsbane, can transform into a wolf that clashes mightily with her religious beliefs. Sam (Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things), also known as Cannonball, is invulnerable when he blows up. Roberto (Henry Zaga), also known as Sunspot, has the ability to manipulate solar energy, and his inability to control that energy appears to have resulted in his girlfriend's death. Illyana (Anya Taylor-Joy), also known as Magik, can teleport and is the sister of X-Man Colossus. Finally, there is Dani (Blu Hunt), also known as Mirage, who "has the power to create illusions that arise from the fears and desires of a person's mind".
These powers, especially those of Dani, are for Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) of great interest, who leads an alleged therapeutic support group in the hospital. But each of the young mutants is struck by strange nightmares and visions and quickly realizes that they are actually prisoners. They decide to join forces to escape. It is everyone's guess whether the film is good after all the tinkering and shooting in the studio, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised.
The eponymous dysfunctional spy finally wakes up from his coma in the trailer for Season 11 of Archer.
Archer S11 (FXX)
This incredibly disrespectful, very meta-James Bond parody of the exploits of a dysfunctional intelligence agency has been a joy since its premiere in 2009. It has taken a bit of the anthology format over the past few seasons – mostly because it is the main character Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) was in a coma, and the events of the seasons all took place in his subconscious. For example, S8 was known as Archer Dreamland, with the main characters becoming characters in a noir environment from Los Angeles in 1947, while S9, Archer: Danger Island, took place on a remote South Pacific island around 1939. S10, Archer: 1999, brought everyone into space and fought bounty hunters and intergalactic pirates.
Archer finally woke up in the S10 final and paved the way for the return to normal operations – except that the world went on in a coma without Archer and he has to learn to deal with it. According to the official summary: "Archer is awake … and he needs a drink. Sterling Archer is ready to return to the spy world after a three-year coma. While many things have changed during his absence, Archer is confident it will take Nur a little time for him to put things back on the old ways. The problem: does the rest of the team want this? The others may not be ready to return to throw a wrench into their well oiled machine. "
AMC's The Walking Dead: World Beyond is a new spin-off set 10 years after the zombie apocalypse.
The Walking Dead: world beyond (AMC)
Confession: I lost sight of The Walking Dead after S2, but the zombie drama is still strong and is becoming a real franchise, with a successful spinoff series and three films that are said to be in the works. AMC gave a sneak peek into the expanded opening of the S10 final, which aired on October 4, and a teaser for S6 from Fear The Walking Dead, which premiered on October 6. October 4th is also the premiere of a third spinoff series, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, designed for a limited two-season run. And judging by the trailer, it looks like a really fresh take on this fictional world. The action takes place ten years after the zombie apocalypse in Nebraska and focuses on two sisters who grew up in this new era. According to the official summary:
The Walking Dead: World Beyond deals with a new mythology and story that follows the first generation that grew up in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters and two friends leave a place of security and comfort to defy known and unknown dangers who are on an important quest and are undead. Persecuted by those who want to protect them and those who want to harm them, a story of growing up and transforming in dangerous terrain unfolds and challenges everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some become heroes. Some become bad guys. But everyone will find the truths they are looking for.
"We are now ten years old and the dead still have this world," says our young protagonist in the trailer. The survivors seem to be hidden in walled communities, while the undead hordes roam the ruins of human civilization outside. And like all teenagers, the sisters and their friends want a better future. Her father also appears to be in danger. "We have to be brave in this life to exist now," said a spokesman when we first saw the four-man company outside the walls of their safe haven. There are still zombie confrontations and lots of action, but the overall tone is almost elegiac, even hopeful, as the teenagers try "to make our lives count, not because we are the last generation – but because we are the beginning" .