Gaming Movies/Tv Shows

Xbox Entertainment Studios Officially Closed

When the Xbox One was unveiled two years ago before E3, Microsoft made a very big deal about its original programming. The console was set to eventually be the home of media from the Xbox Entertainment Studios, and it was headed up by Nancy Tellem and Jordan Levin.

After the announcement this summer that the studios would soon be shuttered, Microsoft has gone and made it official by letting Tellem and Levin go. Variety has it that the two were trying to “salvage” some of the studios’ projects before its eventual closure. Those, apparently, have been lost as well.

Polygon obtained an official quote from Microsoft regarding the state of the Xbox Entertainment Studios.

“Yes, we can confirm that Xbox Entertainment Studios has closed as part of the companywide restructuring announced by Microsoft last July. Nancy and Jordan were key members and visionaries for the XES team, and we thank them for their leadership and many contributions.”

It looks like the only original media coming to the Xbox One anytime soon is Halo: Nightfall. Beyond that, the work of the Xbox Entertainment Studios and its employees is no more.

Were you hoping to see anything special out of this initiative? Or, would you rather the Xbox division stick to making games and hardware?

Movies/Tv Shows

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Is Coming to TV

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is one of animation’s more pleasant surprises, doing the beloved 1978 book justice while managing to create a world for new audiences. If the first two movies weren’t enough, Sony Pictures Animation announced the franchise will make its way to the small screen. Steve!

In partnership with DHX Media, the show will focus on Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks as they go about their lives in Shallow Falls before food started raining down. Naturally, other characters will likely show up, too, including Flint’s stoic dad, Tim, Steve the Monkey, Earl (before he becomes a cop) and Brent, among others. Sony and DHX Media have signed an agreement that will produce twenty-six, twenty-two minute episodes, which means there is plenty more of Shallow Falls to explore.

“We believe audiences both old and new are going to love this fiercely funny franchise reimagined for the small screen,” said DHX Media President and COO, Steven DeNure.

Both movies have garnered a combined gross of $510 worldwide, so the brand is definitely a worldwide phenomenon. It’s unclear if the movie actors will reprise their roles for the show. If the studios are to replicate the big screen success, the show will definitely need to retain the same charm and wit, so hopefully there’s nothing lost in translation to the smaller format. A premiere date hasn’t been revealed, so we’ll watch out for that as it hits.

If you haven’t checked the movies out, I definitely recommend them.