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Dredd producer Adi Shankar to helm Watchmen-like Gods & Secrets for HBO

07.30.2015

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Producer Adi Shankar is set to make his directorial debut with a dark superhero drama for HBO titled Gods and Secrets. Besides producing feature films like DREDD, LONE SURVIVOR and KILLING THEM SOFTLY, Shankar was also behind the "Bootleg Universe" shorts, such as The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (video below), Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers.

Gods and Secrets has been described as being similar to Alan Moore's Watchmen, and will "explore the darker ramifications of a world with superheroes, both on the people they protect, and the heroes themselves." Shankar is co-directing the series with longtime collaborator Stewart Yost, with a cast featuring the likes of Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, Kellan Lutz, Andy Milonakis, wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone, and Sharni Vinson.

Synopsis:

Tragedy has struck the Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins. Death, secrets, and lies threaten to tear the Guardians of Justice apart, and the world with them.

There's no details on when Gods and Secrets might air, but it will likely premiere on HBO sometime next year. Are you interested in checking the series out?

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Source: The Wrap

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4:40PM on 07/30/2015

Adi Shankar did not 'Produce' Dredd

Shankar was one of several, nominative, Exec Producers not a Producer. He had no creative involvement with the film as it was a project fully developed and Produced by DNA Films with Alex Garland in Britain and financed by IMGLOBAL in India.
Shankar was involved with some US deals for the film when it got shopped around but the film was not his to Produce - hence why he 'bootlegged' it with an animated series that repeated many mistakes the Stallone film made 17 years previous.

It was DNA
Shankar was one of several, nominative, Exec Producers not a Producer. He had no creative involvement with the film as it was a project fully developed and Produced by DNA Films with Alex Garland in Britain and financed by IMGLOBAL in India.
Shankar was involved with some US deals for the film when it got shopped around but the film was not his to Produce - hence why he 'bootlegged' it with an animated series that repeated many mistakes the Stallone film made 17 years previous.

It was DNA and Alex Garland who Produced DREDD, from the ground up to completion, not Adi Shankar.
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12:58PM on 07/30/2015

Check your sources

As I understand it, this isn't an HBO show. It's not even a TV show at all, it's a feature film. Not once in the source you cited do they mention the word "HBO," so I'm not sure where you got that from. Perhaps the confusion stems from this Deadline article, which talked about Gods & Secrets and a new HBO documentary in the same post: [link] ">
As I understand it, this isn't an HBO show. It's not even a TV show at all, it's a feature film. Not once in the source you cited do they mention the word "HBO," so I'm not sure where you got that from. Perhaps the confusion stems from this Deadline article, which talked about Gods & Secrets and a new HBO documentary in the same post: [link]
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4:28PM on 07/30/2015
Well shit man good sleuthing there. Honest mistake I hope, but sad now as the thought of an HBO dark superhero series definitely caught my attention.
Well shit man good sleuthing there. Honest mistake I hope, but sad now as the thought of an HBO dark superhero series definitely caught my attention.
12:26PM on 07/30/2015
I'm not surprised that HBO is doing a superhero show. I'm a little surprised that it's an original(?) superhero show. Also, that cast makes me smile a little bit, because they all (excluding Milonakis) seem like the type of actors who would've gotten their own superhero movie back in the '90s, based purely on looks, before it became an A-list melting pot. Except that might be a little unfair to Sharni Vinson, who convinced me with "You're Next" that she's got the goods.
I'm not surprised that HBO is doing a superhero show. I'm a little surprised that it's an original(?) superhero show. Also, that cast makes me smile a little bit, because they all (excluding Milonakis) seem like the type of actors who would've gotten their own superhero movie back in the '90s, based purely on looks, before it became an A-list melting pot. Except that might be a little unfair to Sharni Vinson, who convinced me with "You're Next" that she's got the goods.
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11:45AM on 07/30/2015
I hope they let him, dude delivers.
I hope they let him, dude delivers.
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10:40AM on 07/30/2015
Superhero show on HBO? This sounds bad ass!

But man that is a random cast....
Superhero show on HBO? This sounds bad ass!

But man that is a random cast....
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10:00AM on 07/30/2015
Finally some good news for the crazy zany Adi Shankar
Finally some good news for the crazy zany Adi Shankar
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8:10AM on 07/30/2015
It reminds me as much Watchmen as the recent Millar's Jupiter Legacy series
It reminds me as much Watchmen as the recent Millar's Jupiter Legacy series
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7:55AM on 07/30/2015
Wait a dark superhero show on HBO? Sign me the fuck up right now please!!! And its the guy who made Dirty Laundry and the Power Rangers short. Fuck I love you HBO.
Wait a dark superhero show on HBO? Sign me the fuck up right now please!!! And its the guy who made Dirty Laundry and the Power Rangers short. Fuck I love you HBO.
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