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CW’s upcoming ‘GG’ series is about a female gamer dominating esports

Published: 2/Sep/2020 23:41

by Theo Salaun

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Bolstered by CBS and CW, a stacked team of gaming and television experts has announced the production of a new series, GG, which couples drama and comedy to explore the life of a female gamer who dominates esports.

Gaming is, and has historically been, a male-dominated field, and a seat of numerous stories wherein women have been discriminated against and subjected to unfair treatment. But the industry is evolving, girls and women are getting more involved, and the GG show is an attempt to deepen understandings of that evolution — while backed by a team of talent that has relevant experience.

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Grand Theft Auto, one of gaming’s most legendary franchises, was greenlit by GG’s J Moses.

As producer Kim Moses explains, “GG fully captures the challenges of women continuing to fight for recognition in the gaming world.” The show is about a female gamer who experiences obstacles in the industry, but succeeds, despite those odds, as a dominant esports competitor. Kim Moses is an experienced TV producer and is joined by Debbie Liebling and Daisy Gardner on the television side of expertise, while her brother, J Moses, brings gaming mastery to the table.

J Moses is a director at Take2 Entertainment and is best known for having commissioned the original Grand Theft Auto for production. Take2 is renowned in the gaming industry for expanding to encompass titles like NBA 2K, Red Dead Redemption, and Borderlands, but J Moses has also played a production role in numerous sports television productions over the years.

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Daisy Gardner helped produce Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s look into the tech industry.

The real meat of this show’s content is likely to be cooked by Gardner and Liebling, each of whom have direct, significant ties to television series that are beloved by many in the gaming community. Gardner is a writer, producer, and comedian whose accolades include writing for South Park, Silicon Valley, and 30 Rock

Liebling is an executive and Emmy-nominated producer who has worked on South Park, with Comedy Central more generally, and on iconic comedy films like Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Borat, and Idiocracy

As reported by Deadline, GG has been put into development, but is beginning to have its plot and producers etched out. Shows like Silicon Valley and South Park have dabbled in the gaming or tech industries, while a show like 30 Rock has parodied perspectives of people in an industry. With that sort of expertise coupled alongside J Moses’ comfort in gaming specifically, GG could elicit high expectations in an interesting content niche.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.