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‘Good Game’ star Michele Morrow accuses the CW of “stealing” show idea

Published: 10/Sep/2020 22:47 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 22:50

by Virginia Glaze

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In Summer 2017, YouTube debuted its original show, ‘Good Game.’ The series included central character Ashley Donovan, an esports reporter who yearned for the chance to compete and make a name for herself in the male-dominated gaming industry — but now, the CW appears to have a very similar premise for its own upcoming project.

With esports still breaking into the mainstream, 2017’s ‘Good Game’ came as a pleasant — if unexpected — surprise to many.

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Featuring YouTubers Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson from the Game Grumps, as well as esports host and series co-creator Michele Morrow, it boasted a star-studded cast of personalities who are well-versed in all things gaming — but it seems a certain network may have taken some serious inspiration from the show, right down to the name.

In September 2020, the CW revealed that it is coming out with its own series with the same title — Good Game — which centers around a female protagonist hoping to dominate the competitive gaming scene.

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However, 2017’s Good Game star Michele Morrow was quick to note that she’d been part of a project that echoed eerily similar to this one, and expressed her frustrations through a few pointed tweets.

Saying the issue is “f**ed up,” Morrow recalled a discussion with CW producers in which she mentioned her 2017 project —  resulting in an awkward end to their call.

“The fact the CW is making a show about a female in gaming — by stealing from an actual female creative in gaming — is mind blowing,” she said of the situation.

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“I endured more stress than y’all can even imagine during Good Game, but put on a happy face because that’s what women gotta do… And now, this? Smdh,” she continued.

Representatives for the CW have yet to speak out on the matter, which seems to have attracted an ample amount of buzz on social media.

Many fans are expressing their outrage regarding the forthcoming show, which marks an ongoing debate between parallel thinking versus creative theft.

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For now, all enthusiasts can do is watch and wait to see what will come of the outspoken criticism against the CW’s upcoming project.

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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.