Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures has enlisted Technicolor’s Mikros Image (Asterix: The Land Of The Gods) to lead the digital animation work for Paramount Animation and MGM’s Sherlock Gnomes. This is the follow-up to Rocket’s Gnomeo And Juliet which grossed $194M worldwide in 2011. Mikros Paris and new London-based outpost Mikros Animation will share the duties on the film which is recruiting talent from across Europe. John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) is helming the action-adventure detective chase which sees Gnomeo and Juliet look to the legendary Sherlock Gnomes to solve a big case. Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt lend their voices. Rocket’s Steve Hamilton Shaw is producing with Carolyn Soper, in addition to John and Furnish.
HBO Asia has ordered a second season of its dark action fantasy series Halfworlds, making it HBOA’s first returnable. The eight-part season will kick off at the end of 2016. Created by HBO Asia and helmed by Thai filmmaker Ekachai Uekrongtham, Season 2 shifts the action from the back alleys of Jakarta to the neon streets of Bangkok, where tenacious researcher Juliet is trying to uncover the secret world of demons that live amongst us, while looking for an ancient artefact of great power. Reza Rahadian (Habibie & Ainun) and Arifin Putra (The Raid 2) reprise their roles from Season 1. New cast members include Peem Jaiyen (Hormones 3), Tia Tavee (Asia’s Next Top Model 2), Emma Grant (The Idol Game), Myra Molloy (Thailand’s Got Talent), Nicole Theriault (Phobia 2), Jeeja Yanin (Chocolate), David Asavanond (The Last Executioner), Charlie Ruedpokanon (Only God Forgives), Jake Macapagal (Metro Manila) and Teresa Daley (Transformers: Age Of Extinction). Collin Chang is writer. HBO Asia produces with Singapore-based Infinite Studios.
The Late Late Show With James Corden is headed to Germany. Under a deal between CBS Studios International and RTL II, the series will air on the latter’s new internet-only linear station, RTL II YOU, which launched on May 31. The broadcast will come within 24 hours of the U.S. and in its original language — no dubbing. RTL II has a young target demo that fits well with The Late Late Show, and its viral Carpool Karaoke segments.
NBCUniversal International Networks’ Syfy has set a Middle East and North Africa launch for July 8 via pay-TV operator OSN. The launch follows a new and extended long-term deal between OSN and NBCUI. Sci-fi is popular in the region and Syfy will air a roster of original series, movies, Japanese animation, classic science fiction and fantasy programming. Scripted titles include Dark Matter, Killjoys, Smallville, Eureka and Sanctuary. The feature slate includes The Mummy, King Kong, The Incredible Hulk and Doom.