Industry News: Last of the Mohicans, Debate, Curb and More!
LAST OF THE MOHICANS SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT: The BBC is developing a series based on James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel series, Leatherstocking Tales, which includes The Last of the Mohicans. Wolf Hall producer Playground is working with the BBC on the series, which will be set between 1740 and 1806. Daniel Day-Lewis starred in a mega-hit 1992 film version of Mohicans.
RATINGS FOR DEMOCRATIC DEBATE SURGE: Americans tuned in for the third Democratic debate on ABC. Hosted by George Stephanopoulos, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, the Houston-based meet-up saw the ex-VP, the Massachusetts Senator, Senator Bernie Sanders, a sometimes acerbic ex-HUD Secretary Julian Castro and the six other top polling contenders for nearly three primetime hours. In metered markets, the debate snagged 10.0, a 23% rise over the Joe Biden and Sanders face-off on NBC, and a 17% rise over the first debate.
IS CURB COMING BACK IN JANUARY? Adam Carolla says Larry David told him a new Curb Your Enthusiasm season would queue up in January. “He said that ‘I think Curb is coming out in January,’ and that he would then come on [the podcast] when Curb was coming on,” Carolla told listeners during his “The Adam Carolla Show.” They met up at Comedy Central’s Alec Baldwin roast. HBO declined to comment. Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered in 2017, six years after the HBO comedy aired its original series finale in 2011.
FRANK MILLER TO PEN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Frank Miller is returning to the world of the Dark Knight. He will pen a follow-up to 2015’s Dark Knight III; this one will be focused on Batwoman. The 48-page Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child will co-star Lara Kent, the off-spring of Superman and Wonder Woman introduced in The Dark Knight Strikes Again, as the two take on a new threat to the city of Gotham, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The Dark Knight Returns story began with its heroes getting older,” Miller said in a statement. “Now we’re seeing the next generation of heroes in action, and Rafael was the obvious choice for me to usher in these heroes that are vigorous, untested and loaded with promise. I think that Jonathan Kent in particular will surprise everybody with his unforeseen abilities and impossible mind.”