‘Penny Dreadful’ Sequel Scores Almost $25 Million in Tax Breaks for Shooting in LA

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Showtime’s upcoming “Penny Dreadful” sequel will move its production from Ireland to Los Angeles, and bag $24.7 million in tax credits from California as part of the state’s ongoing Film & TV Tax Credit 2.0 program.

The original “Penny Dreadful” was set in Victorian-era London, and filmed in Ireland. The sequel, titled “City of Angels,” will be set in 1938s Los Angeles. The series is the 16th to relocate its production to California as part of the program, and will spend an estimated $99 million on below-the-line wages and other qualified expenditures.

“Choosing where to set up production for the next chapter of the ‘Penny Dreadful’ fable was one of the most important decisions we had to make, and there were many options we looked into,” said Jana Winograde, co-president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “Shooting in California obviously has many attractions, but without the state’s Film and TV tax credit it could become cost prohibitive. We couldn’t be happier about how things worked out or the benefits it will bring to the job market.”

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“City of Angeles” is described by Showtime as a “spiritual descendant” of the original series. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.

Along with Zovatto, the series stars Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves.

John Logan, the creator, writer and executive producer of “Penny Dreadful,” will return for “City of Angels.” Michael Aguilar (“Kidding”) will also serve as executive producer. Production on the drama is expected to begin later this year.

“With its established track record and top of the line production value, a relocating series like ‘Penny Dreadful’ brings long-term jobs and significant in-state spending,” California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch said. “Global competition and increasing reliance on VFX make it possible for projects set almost anywhere to film wherever they get the best value. We’re delighted that California crews and service providers will benefit directly from this project, which is set in our own backyard.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Natalie Dormer Joins Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

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“Game of Thrones” alum Natalie Dormer has joined the cast of “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” Showtime announced Friday.

Dormer will play Magda, a supernatural demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests in a number of guises throughout the story. Charismatic, clever and chameleonic, Magda is a dangerous enemy and an invaluable ally.

John Logan, the creator, writer and executive producer of the main series “Penny Dreadful,” will return for the “spiritual descendant” “City of Angels,” and Michael Aguilar (“Kidding”) will also serve as executive producer. Production on the drama series is expected to begin later this year.

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While “Penny Dreadful” is set in Victorian-era London, “City of Angels” opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.

Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart. “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” explores a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of the period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within the historical backdrop. The series also stars Jessica Garza (“The Purge”) and Johnathan Nieves (“New Amsterdam”).

Dormer starred as fan favorite and would-be queen Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.” Before that, she also starred as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime drama “The Tudors,” along with “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” and “Elementary.” In film, she starred in the indie psychological revenge thriller “In Darkness,” which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne. She can also be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of “The Professor and the Madman” and “The Dark Crystal.”

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“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” is executive produced by Logan and Aguilar, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, both of Neal Street Productions. Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions will produce, and James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer. Paco Cabezas is set to direct multiple episodes.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer Signs First-Look Deal With Fremantle

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“Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Fremantle. Under the terms of the agreement, Dormer and Fremantle will develop a slate of drama projects together.

Dormer, Fremantle and Mainstreet Pictures are currently developing “Vivling,” a series based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh. The story will follow the highs and lows of the much-loved starlet who conquered Hollywood and give audiences a glimpse into the complex mind of the creative genius, per Fremantle’s Monday announcement.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Fremantle,” Dormer said. “Their impressive slate reflects a dedication to the highest quality storytelling and the strength of their reputation internationally.”

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“Natalie is a true talent both as an actress and producer. Her great ambition and taste for compelling entertaining projects is a perfect mix to add to the Fremantle family,” Christian Vesper, Fremantle’s executive vice president and creative director for global drama, added. “We’re excited to be working with Natalie and to announce further new projects soon.”

Dormer (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”and Fremantle recently teamed on “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” an adaptation of a Joan Lindsay novel that ran on Foxtel and Amazon.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer to Narrate ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’

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“Game of Thrones” alum Natalie Dormer has a new gig in fantasy land.

The British actress, who played Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series until her untimely death in Season 6, will narrate Audible’s upcoming “Harry Potter” original, “A History of Magic.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the book is published by Pottermore Publishing and reveals hidden stories from throughout magic’s history and how some of its ancient objects, manuscripts, and spells influenced Potter author J.K. Rowling in her creation of the epic series.

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Here’s the official synopsis for “A History of Magic,” per EW:

“Throughout ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic,’ Dormer leads listeners through an audio journey like no other, delving into real-world magical texts and artifacts. From Ethiopian charms and Chinese oracle bones, to the story of Nicolas Flamel and Smelly Nelly’s black moon crystal ball, listeners will be transfixed by tales of magical history and mystical traditions from all over the world, many of which they will recognize from the ‘Harry Potter’ books that they know and love. Featuring exclusive interviews with series narrators Jim Dale and Stephen Fry, illustrators Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill, and curators from the British Library and New-York Historical Society, ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ illuminates both the Wizarding World and the creative process behind the development of the beloved ‘Harry Potter’ stories.”

“I’ve always adored the Harry Potter books, but it wasn’t until I started speaking with the British Library’s curators — hearing about the various myths, legends, and cultures that have helped shape the wizarding world — that I really began to appreciate the richness and depth of J. K. Rowling’s writing,” Dormer told EW.

“There are so many wonderful details to explore, and ‘A History of Magic’ unearths some remarkable gems of information that are sure to have listeners awestruck. It’s been fun to join the Wizarding World family.”

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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Showrunner Tells Us Her ‘Cockamamy’ Theory About Missing Girls’ Fate

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(Spoiler alert: Read at your own risk if you haven’t seen all of Amazon’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”)

By the end of the Amazon limited series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” audiences still don’t know what happened to the girls who went missing at the beginning. But showrunner and director Larysa Kondracki hopes her “enchanted chiller” will give fans an “emotionally satisfying conclusion” nonetheless.

If that’s not good enough for you, Kondracki told TheWrap she has her own “cockamamy idea” about what happened to the young ladies at the center of the TV adaptation based on Joan Lindsay’s iconic Australian novel of the same name, which the director describes as “‘Heathers’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club,’ with a little bit of ‘The Shining.’”

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Former “Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer leads the cast as Mrs. Hester Appleyard, the enigmatic headmistress of Appleyard College, a boarding school that she established for young ladies isolated in Australian bushland. The story centers around the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day in 1900 and the subsequent investigation, covering its impact on students, families and staff at Appleyard College and the nearby town.

“Every single person involved in the show has a different feeling,” Kondracki said, before moving on to her own zainy theory.

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“I think none of them existed. I think it all happened in Appleyard’s head,” Kondracki told TheWrap. “She was a woman who was robbed of her own ability to form the role that she wanted to be. Her life was stolen from her by this love/abuser/whatever Arthur is. So I think all of these women, all of these girls are different versions of the kind of woman that she wanted to be and it’s only when she realizes, a little bit too late, that the pretense of what she became was wrong. And really, she probably just needed a good hug or a good shag and a little bit of therapy — and then she jumped off a cliff. So I think it all happens in her head.”

Kondracki said she wants audiences to feel satisfied when all is said and done — even though it is left open-ended — “because that’s six hours of your life. And that’s important… But I also want you to argue about what happened and that’s kind of half the fun about the show.”

Even if audiences don’t get the “easiest wrap up” as to where they went, “you’ll know who they were… and why they wanted to run away in the first place,” she added.

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Starring alongside Dormer as the three students who mysteriously vanish are Samara Weaving (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Babysitter”) as Irma Leopold, a Rothschild heiress; Madeleine Madden (“Tomorrow When The War Began,” “High Life”) as Marion Quade, daughter of a high court Justice; and Lily Sullivan (“Camp,” “Jungle”) as Miranda Reid, the rebellious tomboy who grew up with four brothers on a cattle station.

Other cast members include Lola Bessis (“Swim Little Fish Swim”), Yael Stone (“Orange Is The New Black”), Anna McGahan (“Underbelly”), Sibylla Budd (“The Secret Life of Us”), Ruby Rees (“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”) and Inez Curro (“Little Heart”).

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