Xbox at E3

With E3 steadily approaching we’re begging to get more and more details about exactly what is going down at the gaming industry’s biggest extravaganza.

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After outlining their plans for this year’s conference back in MarchMicrosoft have now provided further details of what you can expect come June.

Providing the details on Major Nelson’s blog, Microsoft will be kicking things off with their annual Xbox E3 2018 Briefing. Stating that “during the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2018 and beyond”.

Furthermore “this year will mark the first year that…Inside Xbox” emanates from E3. With the show featuring “”exclusive announcements, game demos, interviews, giveaways, and more.”

It will be interesting to see what approach Microsoft take to their announcements this year. Despite laying out more info on how the conference is going to work for them, they’re yet to tease exactly what game titles are going to be discussed. After being on the receiving end of quite a battering from Sony throughout this console generation it’s probably about time that they turn their attention away from console hardware and put some focus on actual games. More specifically, following the failure of titles such as Scalebound and Sony’s success with God of War it’s about time that Microsoft hit with some home-run console exclusives.

 

John Krasinski to work with “A Quiet Place” team for “Life on Mars”

In an exclusive report the Hollywood Reporter have learned that director of the critically acclaimed A Quiet PlaceJohn Krasinski, is set to form a reunion with the same team behind his feature film directorial debut.

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Krasinski will be reteaming with the producers of A Quiet Place – Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller – to work on Life on Mars. Based on the short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars the story follows “a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long-abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists”.

Paramount, who distributed A Quiet Place, are in negotiations to once again pick up Krasinski’s project.

 

New J.R.R Tolkien Novel Confirmed

If  J.R.R Tolkien can publish a new book 45 years after his death then people really need to stop worrying about G.R.R Martin popping his clogs before A Dream of Spring.

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Fortunately, Tolkien has his son Christopher to thank for his latest publication as despite rumours that Beren and Lúthien would be the final publication from the Tolkien family it was finally confirmed yesterday by Harper Collins that The Fall of Gondolin will be hitting book stores on 30 August this year.

The Tolkien Society added some more info, stating that “The Fall of Gondolin will follow the same format as Beren and Lúthien published last year, separating out the story so that it stands alone while showing how the narrative evolved over the years. This is the first time the tale of the Fall of Gondolin will be published as a standalone edition, collecting all versions of the story together.”

Responding to the announcement, Tolkien Society chair, Shaun Gunner, said:
“We never dared to dream that we would see this published. The Fall of Gondolin is, to many in the Tolkien community, the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts as one of Tolkien’s three Great Tales alongside The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. This beautiful story captures the rise and fall of a great Elven kingdom, taking place millennia before the events of The Lord of the Rings. This book brings all the existing work together in one place to present the story in full.”

The Fall of Gondolin will be 304 pages and be published in hardback, deluxe hardback, large print and e-book on 30 August 2018.

Peter Jackson in talks for Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV Series

After news recently broke that the new Amazon Lord of the Rings TV show was going to cost over $500m, thanks to the Hollywood Reporter we now have even more to break down about the show.

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According to the print version of the Hollywood Reporter (No online link yet available) despite not taking part in the rights negotiations between Amazon and the Tolkien Estate, Peter Jackson’s lawyer has apparently “helped start a dialogue between Jackson and Amazon.”

This will come as a great relief to many who loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, as it also appears as though Amazon may use “material from the [New Line] films”, meaning that the show will now exist within the continuity of the Oscar winning classics.

Furthermore, as part of the $250m package Amazon are committed to 5 seasons of the upcoming show, and if it proves successful and popular then this will likely not be the ceiling. The show will have to do huge numbers though as the reported cost of $500m is now looking on the light side as the Hollywood Reporter state that Amazon is required to get the show into production within the next two years, and that the total cost is expected rise to more than $1 billion once casting, production and special effects are taken into consideration.

All in all it’s welcome news for Lord of the Rings fans, but only time will tell how good this show will turn out to be. Peter Jackson isn’t a lock yet, and without him you have to question how effectively the magic of the original trilogy could be captured, if this show is to take place in the same continuity.