2020 is an essential year for HBO. Powerful competition is coming with Disney + (and more now that we know that it will be in Europe that same year), and although the company has its own plans with (the confusingly named) HBO Max, the truth is that where you can and should get real muscle not It is a blow of corporate movement, but with its catalog. Y that's what a video that just launched the platform has on, exclusively showing the first images of one of its main releases for next year.
Among them is one of the most anticipated news of the channel for next year, the adaptation of 'Lovecraft Country' at the hands of Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams. But also the new seasons of series like 'Westworld', or 'The Outsider', based on a novel by Stephen King, or the renewed version of Perry Mason. These are some of the highlights of the video.
'Westworld' and more science fiction
It started as an adaptation of Michael Chrichton's 1973 classic about an amusement park with androids and western setting, but the series soon took other paths and became a cryptic reflection on the dilemmas of artificial intelligences. The third season could take a turn in its setting (or that is intuited from the images of this video and a previous teaser), and take us to other times and to the outside world. Aaron Paul, from 'Breaking Bad', joins the casting.
In a much lighter tone, Armando Iannucci, creator of 'Veep', presents 'Avenue 5', a new comedy this time with a science fiction setting, hundreds of years in the future and aboard a space cruiser. Few more details are taken of her, except that starring Hugh Laurie, popular for 'House'. More between genres will move 'Room 104', which in its fourth season will continue betting on stories of low intensity between fantasy, terror and science fiction with the seal of the Duplass brothers.
In dystopia mode the channel will enter with 'The Plot Against America' ('The plot against America' in its Spanish translation), based on the 2005 Phillip Roth novel and with the seal of David Simon and Ed Burns, creators of ' The Wire '. It opens an alternative timeline in which aviator Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the presidential elections. Little by little, and from the perspective of a Jewish family in New Jersey we will see how the country is becoming a fascist dictatorship. Winona Ryder and John Turturro lead the cast.
'Lovecraft Country' and other horrors
'Lovecraft Country' is based on a book by Matt Raff that has been edited in Spanish under the title of 'Lovecraft Territory', and which proposes a unique reformulation of the stories of the author of Providence, not especially known for his racial tolerance. His proposal is halfway between metafiction (the characters know that Lovecraft stories are invented) and the personal contribution to the myths of Cthulhu.
Through a series of short novels and stories, Raff tells how a group of African-American friends and family investigate the disappearance of the father of one of them. Together they will have to face both the innumerable racist aggressions of the time and threats that seem to come from places that man is not destined to know. Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams guarantee relevance in the creative section, and in the case of the first, the truth is that the production fits perfectly with his two films released so far, 'Let me out' and 'We'.
Another horror classic is the master Stephen King, who will be adapted by HBO with 'The Outsider', a 2018 novel that became known in Spanish as 'The Visitor'. A great cast (Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo) orbits the investigation of the murder of a child. The police officer in charge of the case is still mourning the death of his own, and will be assisted by a strange private detective. The series will arrive in a few weeks, on January 18.
… and other genres
One of the most unique proposals of HBO for 2020 is the new version of 'Perry Mason', the historical television series of the sixties that told about the adventures of an implacable lawyer. The new Mason will be Matthew Rhys, and the great novelty will be the setting: Los Angeles in 1932, which brings this series to the original novels of Erle Stanley Gardner, and guarantees us a possible good portion of Dry Law, gangsters and other conventions of the period. The cast is completed by John Lithgow as Mason's paid detective and Tatiana Maslany, fresh out of 'Orphan Black'.
There are also great expectations with 'Run', the new series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge after 'Fleabag' and 'Killing Eve'. It has been described as a romantic comedy with touches of thriller, where a woman receives a message of her teenage love, which proposes you to retake the promise that was made in your day: leave everything and escape together aimlessly.
'The Undoing' will be a limited series by David E. Kelley, who has combined with the second season of 'Big Little Lies' and, like that one, has Nicole Kidman in the cast. Here it is accompanied by Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland, and tell how a successful therapist in New York sees her perfect world crumble after a violent death and the disappearance of her husband, which reveals a series of terrible secrets.
Also with a powerful cast, but much more mystery around his argument is 'The Third Day', starring Jude Law, and in which a man is taken to a dark island, where he has to attend strange rituals They are carried out in secret. The place, and a series of visions of unknown origin, will help you to face traumatic events from your past.
And much more: Mark Ruffalo unfolds into a pair of twins in 'I Know This Much Is True', the comedies' Larry David '(season 10 already),' Barry 'and' The Gemstone ', as well as the Italian come back' The great friend ',' The Black Lady Sketch Show ', the fourth season of the drugged comedy' High Maintenance ', the second of the most racial' Insecure 'and the quirky and unclassifiable' The Espookys'. The new series also highlights the still enigmatic 'Industry' (the new Lena Dunham -'Girls'- about the world of finance), 'The New Pope' (continuation of 'The Young Pope'), the drama ‘January 22nd’, the skateboard comedy 'Betty', in addition to the unpublished film 'Bad Education'.
They are not explicitly mentioned in the video – although they do see images of them – two of the most powerful premieres of the platform in recent months: 'Watchmen' (which has not yet been talked about a second season) and 'La dark matter '(whose continuation is planned). In any case, All of this forms a juicy catalog of 2020: will it be enough to remain firm in the face of the rest of the giants?