Preview of HBO Spain’s programming for spring

The second seasons of Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale top the list of HBO Spain’s comebacks in addition to novelties such as The Crossing series and films such as Fahrenheit 451 or Paterno.

HBO Spain It is already preparing the coming months with a multitude of premieres and expected returns of series that excelled in last year’s harvest. For the last weeks of March, the premieres of Krypton (March 22), Barry (26), Siren (30) and the fifth season of Silicon Valley T5 (26).

And in April, just a few days apart, Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale they return for their second seasons on April 23 and 26 respectively.

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April 3 opens The Crossing, set in an idyllic fishing village on the North American coast, where Sheriff Jude Miller’s quiet routine is suddenly cut short when thousands of bodies appear on a beach, from where only 47 survivors can be rescued. At the same scene, the sheriff meets an agent from the Department of Homeland Security, Emma, ​​and together they interrogate the survivors to discover that they all claim they are Americans, fleeing a war … a war that will not happen until the inside. 250 years. Conspiracy theories are beginning to emerge, but as federal agents deal with the survivors, it seems clear that this group of people is going to completely alter the lives of this quiet town … and their presence could lead to real danger to the entire planet.

Sandrine Holt (Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club), Natalie Martinez (End of Watch), Craig Lindauer (Non-Stop), Marcuis Harris (Vice Principals), Tommy Bastow, Bailey Skodje, Rick Gomez (Sin City) y Kelly Missal (Sleepy Hollow) form the cast.

On April 9 it will be the turn of Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (The White Princess, Thirteen), will be released is the brainchild of Phoebe Waller Bridge (Fleabag), which adapts the novel by Luke Jennings Villanelle and his particular thug style permeates this thriller with women as the absolute protagonists.

Also in April, four series are released as a result of an acquisition agreement with the production company Awesomeness, which was born with a YouTube channel for adolescent audiences and has ended up feeding Nickelodeon and Hulu with series. The titles available on HBO Spain will be Freakish, The Counselor, Tagged and All Night. They will be aimed at a young audience looking for something alternative.

Already in May, on the 18th, it arrives Cormoran Strike, a seven-episode adaptation of the thriller novels written by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Starring Tom Burke, the story centers on Strike, a war veteran turned private detective, whose headquarters is in a small office on Denmark Street in London. Despite carrying physical and emotional scars, Strike’s intuition and his past as a military investigator are key to solving three cases that have overwhelmed the police. The series opens with three one-hour episodes, based on the first book of the trilogy, The song of the cuckoo (directed by Michael Keillor), followed by two more chapters adapting the two remaining volumes, The silkworm (directed by Kieron Hawkes) and The office of evil (directed by Charles Sturridge).

In June, a new HBO original series, Succession, presents the Roy family – Logan Roy and his four sons -, owners of one of the largest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world, and the ins and outs of power as the veteran patriarch decides to step back and give in. control of the company.

Created by Oscar nominee Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop), and with a pilot written by Armstrong himself and directed by Oscar winner Adam McKay (The Big Short), the series will feature 10 episodes set in New York, to explore topics such as power, politics, money and family. Brian Cox, in the role of the patriarch Roy, leads a cast that also includes Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Hiam Abbass and Nicholas Braun, playing the different members of the family, in addition to Matthew Macfadyen, Natalie Gold, Peter Friedman, and Rob Yang.

And also in the summer months we will see new deliveries of Six T2 (May 29), Famous in Love T2 (5th of April), Casual T4 (last season, August 1st), No Offence T3, Snowfall T2, Get Shorty T2,, Animals T3, Insecure T3 and Ballers T4 in addition to Vikings T5B.

The two most prominent titles of these months will be the HBO original mini series, Open wounds (Sharp Objetcs) and Pose, signed by Ryan Murphy. The first is an adaptation of the novel by Gillian Flynn (Lost), starring Amy Adams and directed by Jean Marc Vallé (Big Little Lies). The series’ eight episodes tell the story of journalist Camille Preaker (Adams), who returns to her small hometown to cover the news of the murders of two young pre-teens. While trying to piece together the psychological puzzle of his past, he discovers that he identifies with the victims much more than he suspected. Amy Adams leads the cast, alongside Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven. Vallée directs the episodes from scripts by Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn.

As to Pose, Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Feud, Nip / Tuck) and Brad Falchuk (Nip / Tuck, Glee) sign this series set in the ball culture of the New York of the 80s and with the focus on the trans community, although in the background we see the different layers of New York society of those years, including the awakening of the Trump era of luxury and the literary and musical scene of the time . The cast is headed by Evan Peters, Kate Mara and James Van Der Beek, but POSE will feature the largest number of transgender actors in a series ever (including MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore (pictured above as Angel), Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, plus a cast with the largest number of LGBTQ recurring actors ever seen in a fictional series.

Also in the coming months, but with an undetermined date, the animation series Deadpool, an adaptation of the Marvel character whose pilot was written by Donald and Stephen Glover.

HBO Original Movies

In these coming months, HBO Spain presents 3 new films, two of them, Paterno and Fahrenheit 451, within its original stamp, and the third, The Tale, whose rights were acquired after the successful passage of the film through the most recent edition of the Sundance Festival.

On Paterno, which opens on April 8, Al Pacino plays Joe Paterno, in a story based on true events, the coach of the American football team at Pennsylvania State University at the time the sexual abuse case explodes starring his assistant, Jerry Sandusky. Paterno’s successful career and legacy will be punctuated by this case, and he will be forced to take responsibility for the victims. Barry Levinson is directing the film, from a screenplay by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards. Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell round out the main cast.

Fahrenheit 451 adapts the novel by Ray Bradbury, a classic of modern literature that depicts a future in which there are firefighters dedicated to burning books with the aim of rewriting history, while the media acts as opium for the anesthetized people. Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station) y Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Boardwalk Empire; Oscar® nominee for Nocturnal animals and Revolutionary Road) star in this feature film directed by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) with a script by Bahrani himself and Amir Naderi.

In the case of The TaleIt is not an original HBO film, but an acquisition after the spectacular reception of the feature film at the last Sundance festival. Based on the life of screenwriter and director Jennifer Fox, it recounts a painful episode from Fox’s youth (whom he plays Laura Dern) at the moment when a story from her school days leads her to reexamine her first sexual relationship and, by extension, the stories we tell ourselves to survive.

Destination Russia 2018

And what about the Spanish own production? It is time to wait: although HBO confirms to be working on several ideas, titles in development will not be announced until they have the green light to start shooting … Peeeeeero in addition to the fiction premieres on HBO Spain, in April it arrives Destination Russia 2018, the first original documentary series co-produced between HBO Europe and HBO Latin America.

It is the year of the World Cup and the passion for football is felt more than ever. HBO Spain joins the event in the weeks leading up to the appointment with a documentary series that is the first co-production between HBO Europe and HBO Latin America and that addresses the human background of the great sports event from the point of view of players, national teams and personalities from the world of football. They will flee from the clichés, from what is always told, from the star system and they will enter from a more passionate side with more heart, talking about the spine: stories of overcoming, friendship, dedication, belonging to the group, with feelings and how soccer impacts different parts of the world with universal stories

In 10 half-hour episodes, the series will collect testimonies from footballers and national teams from 12 countries in this phase of preparation for the tournament to reveal the stories behind the great headlines of world football: stories of coexistence, sports success and social, but also integration, and social realities around the most popular sport around the world. Among others, they will talk about and with Juan Carlos Osorio and with goalkeeper Guilherme Marinato.


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Preview of HBO Spain’s programming for spring