The life and magic of Diego Maradona become a miniseries.
The series of “The Lord of the rings” and “Maradona: Blessed dream” by Amazon Prime Video, the return of the multi-award winner “Succession” and the Argentine miniseries “Between men” to HBO, the new season of “Cobra Kai” and Netflix o “WandaVision”, the first Marvel series for Disney +; are some of the most anticipated titles on the small screen for 2021.
While some of the titles do not yet have a confirmed release date, The series’ universe looks like one of the most predictable areas of the entertainment industry in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Only conditioned by possible limits to filming -which even during 2020 were adapted with relative speed- the small screen will not only not be harmed if the isolation measures are maintained, as is the case in theatrical cinema or recitals, but stands as a guarantee for a public eager for distractions in the comfort of their homes.
Throughout 2021, the already extensive virtual storefront will expand in Argentina with the arrival of new competitors in the streaming arena, such as Star + (Disney’s all-public subsidiary), Paramount + (of the ViacomCBS conglomerate) and HBO Max. from WarnerMedia (which will replace and expand the current HBO and HBO GO).
The orange N bets
The dominant Netflix, which already has more than 195 million subscribers worldwide, will open on the first day of the year with the third season of “Cobra Kai”, sequel to the eighties movie trilogy “Karate Kid” which follows the relationship between former rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).
Cobra Kai takes up the story of the antagonistic couple from the Karate Kid.
The adaptation with actors of the classic anime “Cowboy Bebop”, the continuation of the successful “The Witcher”, the biographical series “Halston” with Ewan McGregor, the spin-off of “Vikings” (“Vikings: Valhalla”), the fantastic “Shadow and Bone” (April) or the second season of “Snowpiercer” (2/26) are some of Netflix’s proposals for this year.
To watch on Amazon Prime
For its part, Amazon Prime Video has on its agenda nothing less than the adaptation of “The Lord of the rings”, focused on the Second Age of Middle-earth that, although it does not yet have a release date, is already announced as the most expensive series in history, with an initial budget of about 500 million dollars with which, among other things, acquired the rights to the story created by JRR Tolkien.
Another of the most anticipated of the platform, and whose launch in 2020 is believed to have been delayed due to legal problems, is “Maradona: Blessed dream”, written by Guillermo Salmerón and Silvina Olschansky and directed by Alejandro Aimetta, which will narrate the life of the soccer star from the beginning as “onion”.
The cast is made up of Nicolás Goldschmidt, Nazareno Casero and Juan Palomino in the different ages of Maradona, Julieta Cardinali, Laura Esquivel, Mercedes Morán, Peter Lanzani and Leonardo Sbaraglia, among others.
On the other hand, the acclaimed one does have a return date “American Gods”, the fantastic series adapted from the homonymous novel by Englishman Neil Gaiman with Vikings in the United States, gods and dreamlike passages whose third season will arrive on January 11 and will feature the singer Marilyn Manson as the leader of a death band Scandinavian metal.
Other projects like “Them” (produced by Lena Waithe), “The Underground Railroad” (from award-winning director Barry Jenkins), “Pursuit of Love” (con Lily James y Dominic West) o “Things I Know to Be True (with Nicole Kidman) will also arrive in 2021.
“Between men”, a history of corrupt policemen.
From the Disney factory
Disney+ joins the list with the television expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM), starting on the premiere on January 15, “WandaVision”, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as the superhero couple Scarlet Witch and Vision, who will relate their lives incognito after their passage through the missions of The Avengers.
On the same topic, the miniseries will arrive on May 19 “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, in which Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their MCU roles after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, while in May it is expected “Loki”, about the beloved villain brought to the screen by Englishman Tom Hiddleston, and later in the year “Hawkeye” with Jeremy Renner.
Succession, one of the successes that returns in 2021.
The colossus of Mickey Mouse will also continue the development of the world of “Star Wars” after the success of “The Mandalorian” con el spin-off “Boba Fett’s book”, that although it still does not have a release date for 2021, it is known that it will have the inescapable protagonist of Temuera Morrison, the New Zealander who played Jango Fett -Boba’s father- in “Attack of the clones” (2002).
On the side of HBO highlights the arrival of the third season of the multi-award winning drama “Succession”, about the owner of a media empire and the scavenger competition between his heirs to settle on the map, whose filming was delayed by the pandemic and was resumed last November.
Next year the premiere of the Argentine miniseries is also expected “Between men”, produced in conjunction with Pol-ka and directed by Pablo Fendrik based on the homonymous novel by Germán Maggiori, which is set in 1996 in the slums of Buenos Aires, where a murder triggers the violent story starring Gabriel Goity, Nicolás Furtado , Diego Velázquez, Diego Cremonesi and Claudio Rissi.
Walking Dead, another of the expected returns.
A new special episode of “Euphoria” (24/1), the return of “In Treatment” with Uzo Aduba as the protagonist and “Scenes from a Marriage” with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, will be other novelties.
With the arrival of HBO Max, in addition, two titles that shone on the platform in the United States in 2020 will be available in the country: the science fiction drama “Raised by Wolves”, produced and directed by Ridley Scott, and “The Flight Attendant”, with Kaley Cuoco.
To this list, by the way vast, we will have to add great returns such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” (by Paramount in Argentina), the start of the last season of “The Walking Dead” (Fox Premium Series), el revival de “Dexter” (probably by Paramount +), “Stranger Things” (Netflix) y “Better Call Saul” (Netflix).