HBO and HBO Max have revealed updates on their original titles gen:LOCK, Simple as Water, and Landscapers.
The second season of the Max Original adult animated series gen:LOCK debuts Thursday, November 4 on HBO Max. The series is executive produced by and stars Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) and also executed produced by Alana Mayo.
Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, is co-producing the series alongside Ryan P. Hall and Dan Shorr for WarnerMedia’s Rooster Teeth.
gen:LOCK takes place fifty years in the future and tells the story of an oppressive authoritarian force that threatens to conquer the world.
Dakota Fanning (The Alienist, The Twilight Saga), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, New Mutants), Golshifteh Farahani (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), G.K. Bowes (Raya and the Last Dragon), Asia Kate Dillon(Orange Is the New Black, Billions), Kōichi Yamadera (Dragon Ball and Pokemon franchises) and David Tennant (Jessica Jones, Doctor Who) all return for the second season.
In this new season, a war leaves behind only a handful of highly skilled soldiers fighting for the future of humanity as a deteriorating Earth, due to an unstoppable climate collapse, has two distinct visions for the future of the human race: The Polity and the Union.
The Polity and the Union remained locked in a brutal and unforgiving war, when, after sustaining devastating injuries, pilot Julian Chase (Jordan) returns from the dead in the form of a Holon warrior, one of a select few whose mind is compatible with the mech-suit gen:LOCK program.
As Dr. Weller (Tennant) works to crack the gen:LOCK code, it’s up to Chase, Miranda (Fanning), Cammie (Williams), and their team of intrepid Polity fighters to fend off the authoritarian Union. But as the war rages on, Chase must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice everything – including friends, family, and his own humanity – to save an increasingly hostile world.
HBO Documentary Films’ Simple as Water, from Academy Award winning filmmaker Megan Mylan (Lost Boys of Sudan, Smile Pinki), debuts Tuesday, November 16 (9:00-10:40 p.m. ET/PT). The critically-acclaimed film celebrated its world premiere on closing night of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary will have a limited theatrical run before debuting on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Epic in scope but intimate and elegant in feel, Simple as Water is a meditation on the elemental bonds between parent and child. A masterful look at the impact of war, separation and displacement, the film takes audiences into Syrian families’ quests for normalcy and through the whirlwind of obstacles — to building life anew.
Filmed over the course of five years in five countries including Turkey, Greece, Germany, Syria and the US, Mylan’s sensitive camera reifies the universal importance of family.
Simple as Water is the result of meaningful collaboration with carefully selected crews of small teams from all over the world, many Syrian refugees themselves. Its stunning images were created with cinematographers that hail from three continents, are of three different racial and cultural backgrounds and whose lives span three different decades: Lars Skree (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence), veteran DP Michael Chin (Eyes on the Prize), and “Rafia Salameh” a young woman who must remain anonymous for her safety and is credited with a pseudonym, working inside Syria.
The HBO Original four-episode limited series Landscapers, starring Emmy-winner Olivia Colman (The Favorite, The Crown) and Emmy nominee David Thewlis (I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Fargo), debuts Monday, December 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The three subsequent episodes will debut each Monday at the same time.
Inspired by real events, Landscapers tells a unique love story involving Chris and Susan Edwards (Thewlis and Colman), a seemingly ordinary British couple who become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when two dead bodies are discovered in the back garden of a house in Nottingham.
Will Sharpe (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Flowers) directs the exploration of love and fantasy, which is created and written by screenwriter Ed Sinclair. The additional cast members include Kate O’ Flynn (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Dipo Ola (We Hunt Together), Samuel Anderson (The History Boys), David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Felicity Montagu (I’m Alan Partridge), and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Flowers).
Landscapers is produced by SISTER in association with South of the River Pictures for HBO and Sky Studios. Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone and Chris Fry for SISTER, and Ed Sinclair and Olivia Colman for South of the River Pictures. Landscapers is produced by Katie Carpenter and directed by Will Sharpe who also serves as executive producer.