‘Umbrella Academy’ Showrunner Steve Blackman Signs New Netflix Deal and Develops Upcoming ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ TV Series

With the announcement that the next season of Umbrella Academy is to be his last, it looks like executive producer and showrunner Steve Blackman will have some time off. After re-signing with Netflix in a deal that would net him eight figures, he’ll spend that time working on the next one. Horizon: Zero Dawn adaptation of the popular and fantastic action-adventure game Playstation.

It won’t be his only new show either, with reports suggesting he’ll be spending his time between Horizon: Zero Dawn and an ISS-inspired “thriller” TV show named Orbital. All this at the same time as he makes sure he will deliver the best final Umbrella Academy the fans deserve. Less free time than he might have expected.

Horizon: Zero Dawn, a story

Horizon: Zero Dawn
Aloy, protagonist of the Horizon franchise.

One of the biggest Playstation exclusives of the last generation, Horizon: Zero Dawn had players living in the shoes of Aloy, a young warrior rejected on the fringes of her society. Set in a world that is both technologically primitive and incredibly advanced, we follow Aloy on a quest as she tries to find the truth about herself, the world at large, and the various clans around her.

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With constant hints that the world may be more familiar to the player than originally thought, it turns out that the world we find ourselves in is simply ours, save for a few hundreds of years in the future. Due to a pandemic brought to the world by its own hubris, the remnants of the human race are locked away, cloned, and then released into a world full of overrun cities, technological dinosaurs, and a complete loss of what came before.

The recent sequel Horizon: Forbidden West was released earlier this year, to similar if slightly lower critical acclaim. Aloy’s story continues as we explore a larger but still primitive version of the United States, learn about the story started for the first time and enjoy new enemy types, updated combat and great visuals.

Horizon: Zero Dawn, the TV show

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Steve Blackman, showrunner of Umbrella Academy and the upcoming Horizon: Zero Dawn show.

Announced in May this year, Netflix won the bidding war to secure the rights to an adaptation of the titular game. While few plot details are available at this time, with the show in its early stages, we at least know who will be overseeing the show.

Steve Blackman from Umbrella Academy fame has been tapped to take the reins, and fans are hoping he brings the same tight, exciting quality to his new show. As of now, no writer is attached to the series, so it’s unclear if we’ll be following the same storyline from the first game or a unique take on it.

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Netflix hasn’t had the best streak of things with its adaptations, with its most recent being the poorly received resident Evil. A show spanning two timelines should be twice as likely to be a faithful, fun, and interesting prequel to its previous games, but it wasn’t to be. That said, Lance Reddick’s performance in the series is one of the few decent things, and as gamers know, Reddick is a major asset to the front two. Horizon Games. Hopefully the casting department won’t look too far if the same character appears on the show.

Horizon: Zero Dawn
Lance Reddick as Sylens in the Horizon franchise.

Lance Reddick or not, the show will be on for a few years at least, and doing it justice costs an extreme amount of money. Here’s hoping Netflix gives it more than one season before canceling it…

Source: Deadline

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