There’s a war going on in the global media industry. Broadcast operators and streaming services are fighting for supremacy, and streaming services are fighting among each other for as big a slice of the cake as possible. To make things more complicated, tech companies and broadcasters are launching their own streaming services, and streaming services and Amazon (that’s a tech company, online retailer, and streaming service all in one) are buying movie theatres.
This “streaming war” has a very positive side effect for us, consumers: an onslaught of high-quality original programming. Each streaming service now tries to make the next Game of Thrones – not literally, of course – to attract as many subscribers as possible. Apple TV+ signed Aquaman star Jason Momoa for a new original series, Disney+ has already launched the first live-action Star Wars series, CBS All Access is going strong with Star Trek, and Netflix is striking it rich with its high-fantasy series “The Witcher”. And the stream of high-profile movies and series is far from stopping. There are new streaming services that have recently launched, and they all come with at least the promise of a couple of high-profile shows we can follow.
The new streaming service called Quibi has big plans for its first year: it intends to spend more than $1 billion on content optimized to be viewed on mobile phones. One of its first series, set to be released this year, is the modern-day reimagining of the 1963 TV show “The Fugitive”, with “24” alum Stephen Hopkins.
Mike Ferro (Boyd Holbrook) is a blue-collar worker who happens to be at the site of a bombing in the Los Angeles subway. He is not involved in the bombing in any way but a combination of circumstantial evidence and a media frenzy puts him on the “most wanted” list – Clay Bryce (Kiefer Sutherland), a legendary cop is on his trail. He must evade apprehension and prove his innocence while the whole world is against him.
The show will have a yet unknown number of 10-minute episodes. It is expected to be released before the end of the year.
Aldous Huxley is remembered as a visionary for his dystopian novel “Brave New World”, a chilling view of a future dominated by homogeneity, predictability, mass consumption, and mass production – with no personality, a strict caste system, and people constantly taking drugs to eliminate the last bit of unhappiness from their lives.
The TV adaptation of the novel, starring Demi Moore, and Alden Ehrenreich, will premiere on Peacock, NBC’s own video streaming service (as well as Sky One in the UK). The series’ showrunner David Wiener may be familiar for his work on “Fear the Walking Dead”.
Legendary moviemaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he’s best at (science fiction) with the upcoming series “Raised by Wolves”. The show has talent like writer/showrunner Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, The Red Road), and master Scott himself (and his son) in the directorial chair.
The series will tell the story of Mother and Father, a pair of androids raising a group of children on a distant planet in its early stages of colonization. The two find themselves between the rock and the hard place as the colonists’ religious differences threaten with tearing the planet apart.
The series is in post-production, and it will hopefully hit the screens this year.