The year 2022 promises to be rich in new series, all platforms combined, between long-awaited franchises such as Star Wars and Marvel, small nuggets and series events like The Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones spin-off.
Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon (HBO Max / OCS)
The first spin-off in a long list of Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon will look back on the origins of House Targaryen, 200 years before the events of the original series. This series will be headed by Miguel Sapochnik, to whom we owe the production of several epic episodes of Game of Thrones, including the Battle of the Bastards, and Ryan J. Condal (Rampage, Colony). House of the Dragon, which does not yet have a specific release date, will recount the events that sparked a civil war called The Dance of the Dragons and which led to the loss of the dragons and the start of the downfall of House Targaryen. The series will air on HBO Max in the United States and on OCS in France.
The Lord of the Rings (Amazon Prime Video)
A Lord of the Rings series will be released this year on Amazon Prime Video. Adapted from the work of JRR Tolkien, the plot of the program takes place during the Second Age, more than 3,000 years before the action of the Peter Jackson films, when the rings of power were created by the sorcerer Sauron.
Offered from September 21 exclusively on Amazon Prime, the Lord of the Rings series promises to be the most expensive television production of all time, with a budget of $ 500 million for its first season (a second season of the same cost is already ordered). With this ambitious production, the Amazon platform hopes to keep its Game Of Thrones and strike a huge blow in the SVOD market.
The cast of the series will notably bring together Robert Aramayo (young Ed Stark in Game of Thrones), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Ray Donovan), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow), Peter Mullan or the Swedish actress Morfydd Clark in the role of the ‘elf Galadriel. Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) helmed the pilot of the series, co-created by screenwriters John D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Jungle Cruise).
Star Wars series (Disney +)
No need to live in a distant galaxy to enjoy the new Star Wars series in 2022! The Disney + platform which currently broadcasts The Book of Boba Fett will indeed offer no less than four series derived from the famous saga initiated by George Lucas, including the new seasons of The Mandalorian (season 3) and the animated The Bad Batch (season 2). ). Two completely new series will also make their debut on D + this year!
The most anticipated of the two is undoubtedly Obi-Wan Kenobi. Dedicated to the famous Jedi knight, the series will mark the great return to the Star Wars universe of Ewan McGregor, more than sixteen years after the conclusion of the prelogy. The Scottish actor will cross the road there in particular of Hayden Christensen, also back to lend his features to the black lord Darth Vader, evil alter-ego of Anakin Skywalker.
Also on the program, the Andor prequel series from the movie Rogue One, itself a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. Back in the title role of Cassian Andor, Diego Luna will lend his features to one of the figures of the rebellion against the troops of the Empire.
Marvel Series (Disney +)
After a more than successful first year for its Disney + series, Marvel takes it up a notch in 2022 with the (very probable) launch of 6 series: Secret Invasion, She-Hulk, Ms Marvel, Moon Knight, Armor Wars and IronHeart. The platform should launch very soon the one with Oscar Isaac, the first images of which can be seen here. here. We are already looking forward to it.
Vikings: Valhalla (Netflix)
After the legends of Ragnar, Lagertha, Bjorn and Ivar, the Vikings adventure continues with this spin-off centered on new mythical warriors. Vikings: Valhalla will follow the story of their descendants, including the legendary Leif Eriksson, Freydis Eiriksdottir, Harald Sigurdsson and William The Conqueror, a hundred years after the first Vikings. Michael Hirst, who is responsible for the original series, produces Vikings: Valhalla, which is written and directed by Jeb Stuart (writer on Crystal Trap and The Fugitive). The first season of Vikings: Valhalla will be available from February 25, 2022 on Netflix.
The Last of Us (HBO / OCS?)
Adaptation of the famous video game, The Last of Us tells the story of Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) dangerous road trip through the United States ravaged by a pandemic caused by a fungus. The first images of the long filming of The Last of Us are very promising and should reassure fans, especially as creator Neil Druckmann heads the series with Craig Mazin (Chernobyl). With an end of production towards the end of the summer of 2022, we can hope for a broadcast of the ten episodes of The Last of Us at the end of the year 2022 on HBO in the United States. No broadcaster for France yet.
Tokyo Vice (HBO Max)
Often described as a Japanese Gomorra, Tokyo Vice follows the true story of an American journalist based in Japan who became an informant for the Tokyo police after successfully infiltrating Japanese mafia circles. Investigating the disappearance of foreign tourists, Adelstein will shed light on a human trafficking network involving several Yakuza clans.
Obviously eagerly awaited by fans of the book, the television adaptation Tokyo Vice is co-directed by Michael Mann, back on television almost a decade after the fleeting Luck. Casting side, Ansel Elgort (West Side Story) will play the main protagonist of the series, alongside Rachel Keller (Legion) and Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins).
Tim Burton is back! Not on the big screen, but on Netflix. The famous director signs his first collaboration with the platform for a series dedicated to Wednesday Addams, daughter of the most morbid family in the world. In eight episodes, viewers will follow the teenager’s adventures at Nevermore High School as she delves into a paranormal investigation. Between detective series and horrific comedy, Wednesday should be one of the successes of the year 2022. Jenna Ortega, to the poster of Scream, will lend her features to the title role. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán will play Morticia and Gomez Addams.
Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (Netflix)
After American Horror Story and Pose, Ryan Murphy is teaming up with Evan Peters again for a series that promises to be thrilling. The creator, who has already been interested in serial killers in particular in season 2 of American Crime Story, will retrace the story of Jeffrey Dahmer. Also known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal,” the man is responsible for 17 murders, all of them male. Expected on Netflix, Monster will tell his crimes through the point of view of the victims, left behind by the police. The opportunity for Evan Peters to land a new big role? Response in 2022.
Photo from the Pose series.
The Sandman (Netflix)
It’s a series we’ve been waiting for some time now and our patience will be rewarded in 2022. Neil Gaiman (American Gods) is adapting his fantastic graphic novels The Sandman for Netflix. It follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he fixes the cosmic – and human – mistakes he made during his vast existence. A promising pitch and an intriguing and enticing first teaser that we can discover here.
Inventing Anna (Netflix)
Shonda Rhimes’ (Grey’s Anatomy) exclusivity contract with Netflix finally materialized in 2020 with The Chronicle of the Bridgertons, a kind of cross between Downton Abbey and Gossip Girl. The next step will be Inventing Anna, her first creation since Scandal, composed of a beautiful female cast: Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox … Based on an article in the New York Times which recounted the scams of a False German heiress, this luxury Gossip Girl had attracted the attention of a dozen producers who snatched the rights to it two years ago. New success in sight?
The Witcher: Legacy of Blood (Netflix)
Following an animated prequel released this summer (The Wolf’s Nightmare), Netflix will launch a new live-action series, Blood Legacy, next year, which will take place 1,200 years before the adventures of Geralt of Rivia. This origin story will tell the story of the very first witcher and the events that led to the “conjunction of the spheres”, when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged into one. Laurence O’Fuarain and Michelle Yeoh are the headliners.
Pam & Tommy (Disney +)
The life of Pamela Anderson and her husband Tommy Lee when the scandalous sex tape was released? This is the story at the heart of Pam & Tommy, a biopic that promises to be electric! To embody the iconic couple of the 1990s, Lily James and Sebastian Stan are engaged in a real transformation.
The Malibu Alert star and Mötley Crüe drummer filmed their antics on their honeymoon but the video was stolen to be released online. Behind this mini-series, we find the duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at the origin of the films SuperGrave or It’s the end. And it’s Craig Gillespie, director of Me, Tonya and Cruella who is in charge of the production.
Winning Time (HBO / OCS?)
Certainly there is a wind of nostalgia blowing at the moment with the novelties to come. With Winning Time, we will (re) discover how the Los Angeles Lakers team became the most successful professional basketball team in the 1980s.
It is an impressive cast that will parade before our eyes: John C. Reilly and Jason Clarke will play executive executives of the Lakers. But we will also see Gaby Hoffmann, Adrien Brody, Sally Field, Michael Chiklis… As for the Lakers, young talents will be highlighted. What could be better than starting your career in front of the camera of Adam McKay, whose film Don’t Look Up is currently a hit on Netflix ?!