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Sci-Fi Saturday: Hugos, Dune, V, Batman, Wolfman, BSG, Jericho, Caprica, Futurama + more March 22, 2008

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Sci-Fi , trackback

This week in SciFi brings news on possible comebacks and sequels for Dune, V, Friday the 13th, Dark Knight, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern and more. Plus new images and videos, including Indy 4, Speed Racer and a scary new Wolf Man. In TV news there a few obituaries as well as some birth announcements, including a Star Trek-themed comedy! Plus there are Hugo nominations, including one for some fan-made Trek.

Hugo Nominees Announced, "Star Trek: New Voyages" Nominated
"
Star Trek: New Voyages", the hit fan-based web series, has been nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for the episode "World Enough and Time" (starring George Takei) for this year’s Hugo Awards (to be held in Denver Aug. 6-10). The series will be going up against the "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries "Razor" and episodes of "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood". Click here to check out the events other nominees. Congrats to James and the New Voyages / Phase II team.

MOVIE NEWS

Dune…again
Paramount is moving forward with another adaptation of Frank Herbert’s "Dune" with Peter Berg (The Kingdom) set to direct. Film makers are currently looking for a writer and are reported see the message of "finite ecological resources as particularly timely". Paramount see this as a potential tent pole movie and with a whole series of books it could become a franchise. This will be the third adaptation of Dune, after the 1984 David Lynch film and the 2000 Sci-Fi channel mini-series. [ Variety]


Sting…unlikely to be coming back for new "Dune"

Christian Bale: Up for a Third ‘Batman’ Movie?
At ShoWest, Christian Bale talked to EW about seeing footage from the late Heath Ledger for the first time and also gave his thoughts on a third Batman film :

Entertainment Weekly: So do you think there will be a part 3 of Batman?
Christian Bale: Um, look, let’s wait and see…

EW: Or, I guess it’d be part 7.
CB: No, no, no, no, no. [Smiling] Part 3 is what I’d consider it, yeah, I don’t say part 7. Batman begins — that was the beginning there, with all due respect to the others. We are re-creating this. You know, obviously the decision is out of my hands. I would, knowing the Dark Knight story, I would like very much to complete a trilogy. And I think that knowing the story of The Dark Knight, it leaves you anticipating something that really can get very, very interesting for a third. Now, the question would be: Is Chris going to be doing it? Because to me I find it tricky to imagine working on it without it being a collaboration with Chris.

Johnson Pitches New "V" Movie
Kenneth Johnson, creator of the 1983 cult Sci-Fi miniseries "V" told SCI FI Wire that he hopes to develop a new movie based on his sequel novel "V: The Second Generation", and he already has interest from studios: "A number of the major studios have approached me, very interested, about turning it into a movie," Johnson said . "We’re exploring all of those possibilities." We will believe it when we see it.


It’s not easy being green

"Fantastic Four’s" Johnny Storm Casts Doubt on Third Film
Chris Evans (Johnny Storm) told MTV that he doesn’t believe Fox will be making a third film in the series: "I’m pretty sure we won’t do [another] one. I’m assuming that one is a closed book." Evans later went into a tad more detail: "After the first one was released we got wind of potential titles and plots [almost immediately], and I’ve heard nothing from anyone at Fox [yet]."

Jared Padalecki To Star in “Friday the 13th"
Jared Padalecki ("Supernatural") is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming remake to Friday the 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Padalecki will play the lead, who investigates what happened up at Crystal Lake.
The film will be produced by Michael Bay’s production arm Platinum Dunes for New Line and Paramount. Keeping with tradition, a release is planned for Friday, February 13, 2009.

NEW IMAGES

The Wolf Man

Speed Racer

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

G.I. Joe

NEW VIDEOS

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (behind the scenes)

The Andromeda Strain (A&E Original Miniseries) trailer

Superhero Movie (clip)

MOVIE BITES

TV NEWS

Fox orders Star Trek-inspired comedy pilot
Fox has given a pilot order to "Boldly Going Nowhere", a single-camera sci-fi comedy from the team behind FX’s "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton). According to THR, Fox was so impressed with the pilot script they ordered five more scripts and hope to have the show on by 2009. ‘Nowhere’ is about the day-to-day happenings on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by a rougue captain.  The trio are big Trek fans, producer McElhenney tells THR:

All of us grew up watching ‘Star Trek’ and other sci-fi series, and they’re always about these adventures. We thought a great area to explore is what happens between the adventures, how the crew members take care of daily routine stuff on the spaceship. 

Moore and Eick Talk "Caprica"
Are you ready for "American Beauty" meets "Dallas"? Producers Ron Moore and David Eick referenced the film and TV series in regards to the recently greenlit two-hour backdoor pilot "Caprica"

"If Battlestar Galactica is Black Hawk Down, I would say that Caprica is American Beauty," Eick told SCI FI Wire.
"Caprica is all about the inner lives of the people on a planet and how their personal relationships as well as their professional relationships inform what will become the creation of the Cylons."

"This is really more of a sci-fi Dallas," Moore said in a separate SCI FI Wire interview. "It’s a political story, a family story. It’s about the creation of the Cylons, and it’s about a company. It’s planet-based. It’s very character-oriented, very serialized and very much about the characters. It’s a whole different genre, and that’s what makes it exciting."

Casting for "Caprica" is currently underway and production will begin this spring. "Battlestar Galactica" season four kicks off April 4th at 10:00 p.m. (two half-hour specials air the week prior, see clips HERE). Here are 10 reasons why you should watch:

CBS Cancels "Jericho"
Sorry "Jericho" fans, but CBS has once again canceled the post-Apocalyptic series. CBS released the following message to the press about the cancellation: “Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high quality second season." THR The season/series finale airing March 25th will be the alternate cut, filmed to give fans a sense of closure. "Jericho" is averaging 3.07 million less viewers in its second season, a 33% drop.

Programming Slate Revealed for SCI FI Channel
SCI FI held their annual upfront presentation in New York on Tuesday and the network unveiled their slate of new programming. Here are the scripted pickups:

On the reality front, the network picked up two new series ("Estate of Panic" and "Brain Trust"), one special called "Mystery of the Crystal Skulls" (based on the upcoming ‘Indiana Jones 4′), renewed "Mind Control With Derren Brown" and greenlit a new season of "Scare Tactics", with "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan at the helm. Head to SCI FI Wire for the details.

Eick Adapting "Children of Men" for TV, Confirms "Bionic Woman" Cancellation
David Eick told SCI FI Wire that he’s working on a pilot script for a TV version of PD James’ Sci-Fi novel "Children of Men" which was recently translated to the big screen in 2006′s Alfonso Cuaron directed film of the same name. "It’s really taking root more in the origins of the novels in that it will focus on the cultural movement in which young people become the society’s utter focus," Eick said. In a separate article, Eick told SCI FI Wire that "Bionic Woman" which premiered with strong numbers before fading away, has been canceled by NBC. Ironically enough, the series set record ratings on ITV (2.2 million viewers) when it debuted on the U.K. network last week.


Michelle Ryan, Lindsay Wagner could totally kick your ass

"Lost" On Break Until April 24th
This past Thursday’s episode of "Lost" was the last one finished before the writers strike and the show won’t return until April 24th, but the questions still remain. During a panel for "Chuck" at the Paley Festival [ transcript], "Lost" exec
producer Damon Lindelof (who was moderating) fielded a question about what happened to the four-toed foot statue from the season two finale:

"We did the four-toed statue on the show and basically we got a note back from the network, which was, ‘This is too weird.’ We’re like, ‘Do you watch the show? This is too weird?’ And essentially they said, ‘Could it be a six-toed statue?’ If someone could explain why a six-toed statue is less weird than a four-toed statue, that’s exactly what we will do."

Joss Whedon Sets His Sights on Musical, Spinoff ‘Buffy’ Series Still Possible
The reveal came first from Neil Patrick Harris in an interview at AICN that seemed to be more in jest, but it turns out the project is real. Joss Whedon released the following on Whedonesque: "During the strike I started writing a musical intended as a limited internet series, 3 episodes of approximately 10 minutes each," Whedon said. He managed to get interest in the project and shooting started this past week: "It’s the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the Laundromat he’s too shy to talk to." Whedon is also telling fans that a spinoff series of "Buffy" is still possible.

New Futurama movie coming to DVD in June
The second straight-to-DVD "Futurama" movie will be named "Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs" will be released this June 24th, more details at AnimationMagazine.net. Comedy Central will be airing the first, "Bender’s Big Score" in a four-episode block this Sunday night starting at 8:00 ET. If you haven’t seen it then bite my shiny metal trailer.

TV BITES

SCI-FI RATINGS

Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows HH Rating/Share

1) Lost
7.7/12
2) Medium 4.9/8
3) Eli Stone 4.5/8 (7.15M)
4) Ghost Whisperer (R) 4.5/8 (7.02M)
5) ‘Terminator’ 4.4/7 (7.12M)
6) Jericho 4.2/7

7) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)
3.5/5
8) Reaper (R) 1.3/2
9) Supernatural (R) 1.2/2
10) Reaper (R) 1.1/2

2/25/2008 to 3/2/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows Rating

1) Stargate SG-1
1.1
2) Dead Zone 0.9
3) Star Trek 0.9
4) Stargate Atlantis 0.8

2/25/2008 to 3/2/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows Rating
1) ECW
1.3
2) Stargate Atlantis 1.3
3) Ghost Hunters International 1.0
4) The Puppet Masters 0.9
5) Ghost Hunters 0.9
6) Alien Hunter 0.9

7) Pitch Black
0.8
8) Star Trek: Enterprise 0.8
9) Species: Awakening 0.8
10) The Arrival 0.7

2/25/2008 to 3/2/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Comments

1. MORN SPEAKS - March 22, 2008

I would totally love to see V come back. That was the first sci-fi….anything, that got me interested in the genre. Eventually leading to my love of Trek.

2. Hat Rick - March 22, 2008

I would also like to see V come back.

Richard Herd played “John,” the principal heavy in that series. He also played T.J. Hooker’s boss and was also in Trek.

Thanks, TrekMovie, for another great article.

3. Katie G. - March 22, 2008

V was really good – - for a while, then it suffered the fate of so many other shows. They ran out of good ideas and the stories were really lame. (IMO).

kg

4. nick - March 22, 2008

I can’t wait for battlestar to get going. It fills my Trek void that I now have.

5. Hat Rick - March 22, 2008

Woohoo! Just read that they’re coming out with a new Futurama movie, direct to DVD. (Hey, it’s a long article, all right?) “The Beast with a Billion Backs” — what a name!

Gotta love Futurama (especially with all those Trek references)!

6. Magic_Al - March 22, 2008

Well it’s certainly time for a Dune remake. The old-timey 1884 version has it’s charms but these days the audience expects a talkie. Sting’s phonograph cylinders were very popular — I suppose if he’d lived when film had sound, Dune would have been done as a musical?

7. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - March 22, 2008

Wow, I love the look of the new Wolfman!! It’s basically identical to the old version, just “beefed up” and “detailed” with new prostetic techniques. Very nice!! Certainly a welcome change of pace from the fakey CGI junk we’ve been getting.

And I totally agree; Lindsay Wagner could TOTALLY kick Michelle Ryan’s ass. The epic failure of “Bionic Woman” just goes to show how “reimagining” soemthing (which just usually involves adding a hell of a lot of grit, forced drama, melodrama, and over-serious nature, and a LOT of sex) doesn’t always pay off.

8. Irishtrekkie - March 22, 2008

good luck to Star Trek: New Voyages

if they win it will be like star trek > owned all other sci fi shows so much so that a fan based verison of it would win .

heres hoping

9. Metal Girl - March 22, 2008

Fond farewell, Jericho and Bionic Woman… You will both be missed :(

10. Skippy 2k - March 22, 2008

New “V” would be awesome! I’ve heard the idea of a new one before but guess nothing ever became of it… Actually been wanting to rewatch the mini-series/final battle lately (and I suppose continue with the tv series).

Not sure what it would be like if it does turn out being a sequel to the first mini and doesn’t consider the second part of the story.

11. Cranston - March 22, 2008

I’m intrigued about a new big-budget “Dune” — while each of the previous versions has its charms, both also have an abundance of failings. I’d love to see a good, high-quality version that got Herbert’s mix of religious mysticism, ecological sophistication, world-building, and myth-building (both in-universe and out of universe) just right. And one with good performances, please.

I’m also wondering if we’ll finally see a 15 -year-old Paul. Probably not, but it would be cool if they actually managed it.

I do wonder, though, about what the public reaction to such a film will be. Yes, the ecological stuff is “relevant,” but I really do wonder how the American public will react to a story that is, to put it one way, a messianic revenge fantasy wherein the hero enlists the aid of Arabic-speaking desert dwellers in a fanatical religious insurgency (which they even call a jihad) against foreign imperialists who oppress them because they can’t live without that Finite but Very Important Resource….

12. Jon - March 22, 2008

Wizard’s First Rule as a TV series? Interesting… I’m muddling through the fifth book, and it’ll probably be the last I read. But I enjoyed the first enough to find this intriguing.

13. toddk - March 22, 2008

i agree about “V” as far as it being good for the mini-series as well as a half dozen of the series shows, there wasnt anywhere to go with the show and i think money was scarce, not as bad as planet of the apes tv series and better than logan’s run tv series. i think terminator the series will suffer the same fate as bionic woman, in fact i believe that any terminator film without arnold will flop. as afr as dune, I liked the 1984 version and the longer tv version, i wouldnt be so sure a remake or retelling of the story will draw anyone other than frank herbert and dune fans.

14. Hat Rick - March 22, 2008

I think that V could weave together a fairly intricate plot based on some of the stranger parts of ufology that’s out there. E.g, that there are Reptilians associated with Zeta Reticuli who are fighting other galactic forces for control of Earth. Reading some of these accounts, it’s easy to believe that all of it is a form of science fiction, but, to the contrary, their proponents are convinced that these and other aliens, such as the Grays, are real. They contend that such aliens are responsible for such things as alien abduction, crop circles, and so forth.

See, for example,

http://ufohypotheses.com/mal.htm

As a new movie or series, V could deal in depth with some of these theories and feature these descriptions — of conflicts and struggles for power — in all their complexity.

15. THX-1138 - March 22, 2008

Here is my take:

Actually, I don’t really have a comment on the news up top (with all due respects to Rosario’s fine work. Kudos!). I have some things rolling around in my brain that I think wouild be cool to see live action or on the big screen or both, depending on how they appeared originally.

I loved Starblazers as a kid. I can recall being late for school along with my friends as it came on in the mornig when we were supposed to be walking to school. It was the cartoon that essentially introduced Japanese Anime to American audiences as far as I know. Excellent science fiction themes about the struggle to save the earth, really evil bad guys, and the coolest ships. Make it a big screen movie or give it a Ron Moore miniseries adaptation. Live action. “We’re leaving Mother Earth. To save the human race.”

Space :1999. I know , the premise was hokey. But what a fun show to see revisited, at least for me. This would be better on the small screen, I think. But if we can suspend our disbelief (OK, so the moon would not last a second after being blasted so hard by a nuclear explosion that it went flying off out of earth’s orbit) There could be some nifty sci-fi themes to deal with. And again, cool ships.

UFO. This one I could see getting an Austin Powers sort of retro-futuristic treatment maybe without the the over the top humor. Or with it, who knows. But a story with the threat of alien invasion, beautiful women, tough dudes, drinking, smoking, and um, er……lot’s of gettin’ it on would be awesome. And once more, really cool ships. Do you see a theme with me?

This is just a wish list of cool shows I liked when I was younger. I’m pretty sure that if anyone in Hollywood got a hold of these properties they would manage to screw it up. Who do you think would be a good fit to helm projects such as these?

16. Tanner Waterbury - March 22, 2008

NOOOOOOO!!!! JERICHO CANT GO!!! COME ON FELLOW TREKKIES/ERS, WATCH THE LAST EPISODE TUESDAY AT 10 TO BRING IN MORE VEIWERS!!! THIS IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS TREK!!!

17. sean - March 22, 2008

Since Michelle Ryan’s show was cancelled, does this mean her self-esteem might be low enough to accept a date invitation? ;)

18. sean - March 22, 2008

I loved Futurama, but I’m not sure about a feature-length version. Matt Groening really let me down with that awful, awful Simpsons movie. I wish they’d just bring it back on a weekly basis.

19. Cranston - March 23, 2008

#15 – I agree that Space:1999 could be done, and done well. In fact, I could see a “reimagining” (similar to the BSG-scale revamp) that could even make the moon-as-interstellar-wanderer concept work — or at least not be quite as deeply silly. Instead of blasting the moon out of orbit, have the moon fall into some spatial/temporal/whateverthehell rift. It doesn’t really matter what it is — make it a mystery. Moon Base Alpha personnel just suddenly find that the moon isn’t orbiting Earth any more. Why? What the hell? And periodically they find themselves in other regions of space — again, not sure why — and try to get their bearings each time. Drama ensues. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the sudden loss of the moon wreaks all sorts of havoc.

In other words, put some distance between our experience and the mechanism of the moon’s situation. Blasted out of orbit? Yeah, right. Moon suddenly disappears? A season-long (or series-long) “Lost”-like mystery.

20. Scott Xavier - March 23, 2008

Reptilian chicks are hot….

Until they eat you!

21. demon barber of starfleet - March 23, 2008

NOOO!!! Not again! I love Jericho!

-sigh-

22. S. John Ross - March 23, 2008

(1) My crush on Michelle Ryan has not been cancelled.
(2) I’ve always wondered why we didn’t have a Green Lantern film before now. He’s such a _visual_ superhero; his power ring cries out for CGI hijinks (and it’s one of the few times when even very _obvious_ CGI would still look exactly right … )
(3) Fun thing to add to the new version of “V” – lizard aliens disguised in Guy Fawkes masks.

23. James Heaney - Wowbagger - March 23, 2008

I hope Caprica’s good. The description they’re giving of it isn’t exactly enticing, but, then, RDM described Battlestar Galactica as “a very accessible character drama,” and, while, yes, BSG has great characters, it is clear that this is not the best way to describe Galactica, and I would hardly call the show “accessible”.

Sorry, Jericho fans. I hated your show, but I’m still sorry you’re losing something you loved. And the nuts were a clever idea, I have to admit. Kudos on being a terrific fandom.

A final word: Go Speed Racer! Go Speed Racer! Go Speed Racer Go-o!

24. Cranston - March 23, 2008

23 — I agree about Caprica. I’ll go along with “character story,” “family story,” “character-based”, “political,” etc.

But “sci-fi ‘Dallas’” gives me the willies.

But we shall see.

25. PaoloM - March 23, 2008

Speed Racer? Who needs Speed Racer? ;-)

26. PaoloM - March 23, 2008

#11

In my opinion the scope of Herbert’s original work is too vast and intellectual to fit in one, two o three movies. Lynch scaled down the story to make a visionary sci-fi movie based on suggestions and characters. In the end, its Dune had a soul on its own and it worked very well.
Jihad, interstellar revolutions, religious mysticism, echological themes… I feel that these are not matters intended for the big screen.

27. Relentless - March 23, 2008

#15
#19
I agree totally with you about bringing back Space: 1999. If franchises would stop selling the rights to the series all the time, some producer, might consider it good revamp material. Martin Landau, Barbara Bain could even do cameo appearances. It’s too bad what they did to Barry Morse (may he r.i.p.)by letting his character disappear in the second season.

28. Garovorkin - March 23, 2008

Dune cannot work as a two hour feature film David Lynch tried in 1984 and failed, the story is just to big an complicated to work in a two hour span. It would work better as a mini series or as a limited series. The 200 mini series was good but far from perfect. One thing they might consider is to build a full series around the book like Mike and Shawn Pillar did with the dead zone on usa network.

29. AJ - March 23, 2008

That Futurama trailer looks much more viable than Ron Moore’s Caprica “Sci.fi Dallas meets American Beauty.” I fell asleep after the word “Dallas.” Is Larry Hagman going to lust after space-cheerleaders? Will the first spawn be a tiny shiny new Cylon? What about that secretly gay neighbor? It sounds like Moore is reading the result of a bad focus group instead of actually making a show.

He should have said “Sci-Fi Fast Times meets Re-Animator.” Same “WTF?” reference points, but many more cool memories despite the similar general lack of association with what they actually mean.

“It’s planet based (no budget) and about the inner lives of the people on a planet (sigh).” So is every other show on damn TV. Moore sounds like he’s reading his death sentence before he’s going to be hanged. You BSG fans may take a hard fall with Caprica. Moore can deliver, for sure. Hope he does. I’d like to see it, as I hear BSG is great. Just need a reason to watch the DVD’s I own.

On the positive side, I want to congratulate James Cawley for his Hugo nomination. You were up with the big guys with the TV Guide vote. Now you are in the big time. JJ Abrams doesn’t have a Hugo nomination. You and your team do, and I think it’s great. NV/Phase II is a labor of love, done with no money and a set in upstate NY. You keep it alive, sir, and here is is another New Yorker (NYC) who appreciates it.

What is worrisome is that a bright spark will, for some reason, be hired by CBS, and that he/she will hire you to run Trek for them. How cool would that be? Would you take it?

Bask in the light for a job well done. I hope you get the Hugo!

30. Jim Smith - March 23, 2008

That’s ‘record ratings for ITV2′ (which is a digital only channel that mostly shows repeats and gets tiny audiences). To get record ratings for ITV it would have to have been seen by 20 Million plus people.

31. Irish Trekki - March 23, 2008

I don’t know if New Voyages can stand up to BSG Razor, it kicked a different level of butt!
Does anyone know who is playing the Wolfman?
We’ll be seeing more of Michelle Ryan, I remember when she was literally the only attractive thing on Eastenders, She’ll be back!
Oh and I heard that there was an attempt to revive Firefly, setting it a few years after Serenity. Interesting stuff!

32. Stringfellow Hawke - March 23, 2008

What the Dune article at Variety doesn’t mention is that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are also apparently serving as Co-Producers/Consultants on the film. Whether that’s interpreted as good or bad, I don’t know (I’m not a fan of Anderson’s work, but love their collaboration on the Dune prequels), that’s an individual take, I guess. I’d love to see if their addition to the creative team be confirmed or not either way. Brian would defintely be able to shape the series in proper form, since Paramount has stated they want the movie to be true to the books, AND another tentpole franchise for the studio (Transformers, Star Trek, and DUNE? Ha! I’d love it.)

As for V, Ken Johnson has mentioned in a couple of interviews that he’s contacted original cast members for the miniseries, and they’ve expressed interst in returning to the movie, if it gets made. He mentioned ‘flashbacks’ of the characters, but it was not mentioned if the originals would be the focus casting group, or a secondary one. I’m not sure myself, but I do know he got confirmation from Jane Badler, Faye Grant, and Marc Singer that they’d love to return. Mmmm…. Jane… my biggest crush of the 80′s.

Articles with Ken and the novel have pretty much stated he’s ignored the events of ‘The Final Battle’ and the ensuing TV series, as he wasn’t on those projects due to creative differences. The book picks up amost immediately after they sent the radio message to the Visitors ‘enemy’. I assume his proposed movie does, too.

He’s been trying to get that movie made for years, apparently. It just took his novel form (when he gave up trying to have a return to the screen made) to get a network’s ear.

I’d love to hear anything truly official on the front, though. All these rumours and PR propaganda is driving me nuts!

33. Stringfellow Hawke - March 23, 2008

Ha! Figures that as soon as I post a comment, I find something else to add.

Brian and Kevin confirmation of their involvement with the film:

http://www.dunenovels.com/blog/page031.html

34. AJ - March 23, 2008

Garovorkin: The director was David Lynch and the subject matter was Dune. Holy Crap! I know Lynch needed to clinch (ouch!) Blue Velvet by directing Dune. Promise to the DeLaurentis family, apparently.

It also stands as a watchable film with a 4-note soundtrack riff I can never get out of my head. By Toto, I think. It’s also the theme I hum when I engage my 5 & 7 year-olds in pillow-fights. They know when it’s over when they hear “Dum Dum De-dum,” and we go into full pillow-mode.

Nothing like a ponderous Easter Sunday away from home to make the mind wander and encourage excessive verbosity. I hope all of you who check in today have a great day .

35. Gary - March 23, 2008

Remake Space:1999? Nah, that show is hopeless.

How about if Ron Moore re-imagines Buck Rogers like did BSG? Naturally, he’d have one of the main character undergo a sex change and cast one of the original stars in a new role: My vote is for Erin Grey as Dr. Huer.

36. SPB - March 23, 2008

GOOD GRIEF…

…I like Letterman and BSG and all, but that Top 10 list was painful to watch. Everyone looked bored & miserable, and the audience didn’t exactly break into deafening applause when the name “Battlestar Galactica” was mentioned. Talk about awkward…

37. SPB - March 23, 2008

“SPACE: 1999″… PERFECT FOR REMAKING.

S1999 was a perfect example of a great idea, horribly executed… special effects were great (for 1976), but the writing was atrocious and the acting wasn’t much better. Try making “SPACE: 2099″ and I’ll check it out.

38. Moonwatcher - March 23, 2008

I two would like to see a re-boot of Space 1999 ala Battlestar Galactica. Only continuing the cold and despondent themes conveyed in the first season and totally disregarding the abysmal cartoon-like stories presented in “Year Two”.

How about Planet of the Apes? I have read some of Rod Serling’s rejected scripts for the proposed TV series and they were pretty cool. A version amid at a slightly older crowd then lunchbox carrying kids might just work on TV this time (not that I still don’t have a soft spot for that 80’s TV show). But a kick-butt, “adult” adaptation of the well known series of films and TV shows could be tremendous, given today’s CGI effects, and TV’s (potentially) more sophisticated methods. As long as Tim Burton isn’t involved.!!!

39. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 23, 2008

Wolf Man !!!!! Yes !!!! An homage to Lon Chaney Jr !!!! No damn CGI but living breathing makeup applied by a true master; Rick Baker !!!!!!! Plus Anthony Hopkins in the Claude Rains role !!!!!! Totally stoked for this and Indy and maybe even GI JOE if they don’t puss out and leave out any Patriotic Themes.

And on to Dune,,, how do I put this,, hmmmm. For the Love of God on Easter Sunday,,, NOOOOO!!!! It’s already been done twice very well thank you and Peter Berg ????? How about Peter Jackson or Ridley Scott or Johnnie To or Alfonso Curon, someone who can do epic and also has a somewhat twisted artistic vision. Have a feeling we are instore for yet another teenage Abercrombie and Fitch Hip Hop MTV pop culture poopfest. So sad

40. Lendorien - March 23, 2008

I liked the first three Dune books, but after that they got a bit too weird for me.

I loved the 1984 Dune. It had fantastic set and costume design and a wonderful otherworldly feel. I’d rather they negotiate with David Lynch and get him to produce a proper director’s cut for the film. I thought the Miniseries was overlong and poorly edited and lacked that sense of realness. For all the touted high quality people involved in it, it really suffered from television style miniseries issues. Poor Camera direction at times, overlong cuts, etc..

Still, it would be interesting to see what a remake might do int he age of CGI and all. I would hope that they’d try to be true to the novel.

41. zirclet - March 23, 2008

That G.I. Joe stuff looks astonishingly promising…

42. Sebastian - March 23, 2008

If the new proposed “V” movie is based on Ken Johnson’s new “V” novel, “V: The Second Generation”, it will be incredible. I just read it and it revived my love of the franchise all over again whilst elegantly updating it to fit our time (and it thankfully ignores the non-Johnson written second mini-series and TV show). As for Dune, they got it SO right in 2000 that my concern is, where can it go from there? The Sci-Fi channel mini was faithful and wonderfully surreal in its execution. To me, a remake (of a remake) falls into the DON’T NEED IT category. Speaking of unnecessary things; good-bye BIONIC WOMAN. A lesson in wasted potential. And the Del Toro “Wolf Man” make-up looks fantastic. A 180 from that CGI crapfest VAN HELSING. That’s a remake we DO need. I loved the old version, but watching it recently I was amazed how unlikable Lon Chaney Jr.’s characterization was (he was somewhat obnoxious and pushy). Needs a do-over…BAD. Good luck, Johnson and Del Toro! Peter Berg? You should really re-think that Dune re-make. Use your talents elsewhere.

43. sean - March 23, 2008

Lynch’s Dune was a tremendous SciFi mess, but the best kind. I never tire of it, even though it deviated from the book a great deal (especially the ending with the rain – oi vey!).

The SciFi miniseries is one of the best things that channel has ever done besides BSG and allowing my beloved MST3K to soldier on for a few extra years. It stuck to the book more closely, and its length allowed a more in-depth examination of the complex society Herbert imagined. They did a nice job of combining Dune Messiah & Children of Dune as well, though they deviated from the latter more than I liked (plus, Susan Surandon was totally out of place. Actually, so was William Hurt).

I’m not totally sold on a new version, but whoever mentioned the timeliness of the the book’s subject matter is dead on. As you read it again, it’s shocking how prescient Herbert was in terms of our modern problems. Just substitute ‘spice’ for ‘oil’, and it is honestly scary how well the book parallels certain events.

Of course, in terms of the jihad, we have to remember that Paul immediately regretted it. It was all part of the ‘terrible purpose’ because of Makind’s stagnation, and it was ultimately his son that carried it out. For the more casual viewer, I find myself in agreement with #11 though – they’d never look deeply enough to understand the elements of the story, they’d just hear ZenSUNNI, jihad & Arabic and be turned off.

44. 1701 over Gotham City - March 23, 2008

Speed Racer… yeah. Because the idea of a kid and a monkey in the trunk is such a strong plotline.

the previews are like experiencing a seizure.
and WHY did the change the car?

45. Marian C. - March 23, 2008

-Both versions of ‘Dune’ are great…!!!

46. diabolk - March 23, 2008

As for the trek-inspired comedy, there has already been one: Quark. Loved that show.

47. Commodore Lurker - March 23, 2008

Decloaking . . .

Remakes, Retakes, Reimaginings . . . I give up. Hollywood, once the land of imagination has become the Tomb of an Origional Idea. Or should I say the Tomb Raiders of old origional ideas. There are so many great writers in America who will never be heard. Yet, Hollywood keeps dredging up the same ole crap. It all makes me more nervous about Star Trek XI.

Recloaking.

48. josepepper - March 23, 2008

sting would be cool in Trek

Happy Easter folks

49. Enc - March 23, 2008

#15
-I loved Starblazers as a kid. I can recall being late for school along with my friends as it came on in the mornig when we were supposed to be walking to school. It was the cartoon that essentially introduced Japanese Anime to American audiences as far as I know. Excellent science fiction themes about the struggle to save the earth, really evil bad guys, and the coolest ships. Make it a big screen movie or give it a Ron Moore miniseries adaptation. Live action. “We’re leaving Mother Earth. To save the human race.”-

Well I havnt kept on that front in a while. but IIRC the short answer is that Disney has the rights and no project is planed.
I think my memory gets worse every time i tell it. japanese production co set up production co in u.s. and aorund the world for intl release. cause of heavy pro japan fealings they seperasted the rights, keping their own of course and cuting tied to the american co and let them do as they wish with full U.S. rights to everything yamato. Voyager ent sold live action, motion picture rights for the first seriese only to Diseny back in the 90′s i think. A script was written by Tab Murphy and the only one known. It has not been well received by the fans (yes i have read it).

#31
-Oh and I heard that there was an attempt to revive Firefly, setting it a few years after Serenity. Interesting stuff!-

sorry but that came back as a No from Joss.
to quote the dino ‘i think we shall call it your grave’

50. thebiggfrogg - March 23, 2008

Yeah, the Galactica Top Ten was mostly lame-except for Adama and Tigh (and I’m a HUGE fan). The lamest thing is that Letterman is still doing this tired schtick (Roslin was right!). I was a big Letterman fan in the day and haven’t watched in a long time, but what used to be great about the show was that he tried new things. The top ten list wasn’t one of this best bits and he’s been doing it now, for what, twenty years? (Like he cares anyway, I guess. He makes the big money. Neverthelss, make mine Conan).

51. karanadon - March 23, 2008

As much as I love STNV, Steven Moffat’s Blink will win that Hugo hands down. Such a brilliant episode, so easily accessible even to someone who hasn’t seen Doctor Who before, and so cleverly written…I recommend it to EVERYONE to watch it if at all possible!

It is an amazing achievement to be nominated for such a prestigious SF award though…nice work guys!

52. snakeo - March 23, 2008

actually a 3rd Nolan Batfilm would be Batman ’8′ as there was the 1966 movie with West…

hope they do a 3rd though…Begins was up there with the first Superman film and Dark Knight looks to be one of those sequels that equels the original like Aliens, Godfather 2, Empire Strikes Back, T2 and to an extent Superman II

53. Mike T. - March 23, 2008

Man I could go for a reimagined Space 1999 ala Space 2099. Hyperspace research on the far side of the Moon accidentially causes the Moon to uncontrollably “jump” in space like Galactica jumps.
They only have a few hours or days before they jump again. That would make much more sense than the nuclear accident propelling the Moon out of Earth orbit.
Too bad about Jericho, but that show could have only gone on for so long anyway and it’s better to go out while the writing is still good.

54. Sebastian - March 23, 2008

#53 Mike T. , I used to watch Space:1999. Maybe though, instead of the entire moon spinning out into space (or even hyperspace) , the moon is struck by a large asteroid, the moon breaks up with Alpha (on the side furthest away from the impact) blowing off into space on a giant fragment of the moon? Or Alpha could be a large orbital base tethered to the moon? The tether line snaps and Alpha is sent on her way (with a nice, accidental hyperspace kick-off). I know, none of these ideas hold ANY scientific water, but neither did the original series and I ate it up as a kid (ah, the blissful ignorance of youth). Don’t think there’d be a film audience for it, but as a 2 part Sci-fi mini-series? I mean, Sci-fi channel just aired “Rock Monster” for goodness’ sake! Space 1999 would be Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet” by comparison! Would be worth a try in this era of needless remakes (the above-mentioned Peter Berg “Dune”).

55. Garovorkin - March 23, 2008

#47 Commodore Lurker the unfortunate reality of Hollywood is its cheaper for the studios to do a remake. they control the material, so there is no writer that needs to be paid royalties, plus there is the built in audience factor for said remakes and nowadays with DVDs which make up a larger share of movie profits, they don’t have to concern whether the movie is good or bad because, the company will make back their money from the dvd sales and rentals and on demand cable. it’s a win win situation for them and a lose for the rest of us.
With regard to V the first mini series was very good the second mini series was okay, the tv series was awful. I don’t have much enthusiasm for any thing with regard to V. Like Robo Cop its time has come and gone.
Alos remmber what happened when Kenith Johnson did the Alien natiion movies each subsequent move was worse then the one before.

56. Jackson Roykirk - March 23, 2008

I loved the “Andromeda Strain”. Michael Crighton wrote the novel before he became full of himself, and it was quite enjoyable.

I liked the film version, too, but it definitely could use an updating. The original film has that “1970′s feel” to it.

57. Mike T. - March 23, 2008

Sebastian, I agree with you, Space 1999 would be a great 2 hour movie on Sci-Fi.
I can’t believe some of the junk they air on Saturdays. They could do remakes of old Sci-fi classics and possibly bring in higher ratings.
But then they might have to pay stiff fees or royalties to someone to use the characters but it would be worth it.
If it is a question of budget, hire the people that are making the Trek fan shows, they are operating on shoe string budgets and do some pretty good work with the FX. Hell, Sci-fi should air some of the fan shows on Saturday, it would be a vast improvement over what they show now.
And while I am dreaming, Sci-Fi should air the remastered TOS so it can be possibly seen by more people and possibly get better ratings.

58. CCNorman - March 23, 2008

Jerico was interesting in the first season, but the second season was weak, with poor writing and became even more silly.

Andromeda Strain looks awesome. I loved the book, really enjoyed the original movie (thank you Robert Wise) and always wanted to see it expanded as the Scott brother apparently have done.

Bionic Woman was disappointing. I am saddened at the loss of Journeyman, which was great, IMO.

59. Garovorkin - March 23, 2008

#15 thx 1138 and #38 Moonwatcher #43 sean there are a couple of websites you might want to check out. These are fans crossover scif stories

one is cal ed Battlestar Glactica crossover stories, among the stories they have are a battlestar Galactica/planets of the Apes crossover story,2 crosovers with space 1999, 3 stories with stargate sg1 Buck Bogers and even a Jack ryan Crossover.
The second cite is Scif minds which has a number of crossover stories one in which the enterprise c and d go through the rift and end at Babylon 5 helping to defend the station, another wher the enterprise and excelsior come to the aid of earth during the earth mimbari war. some of these are very well written actually. might be worth a look.

60. James Heaney - Wowbagger - March 23, 2008

#51: Don’t move.

Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re -dead-. Don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and *don’t* *blink*!

Good luck.

Yeah, “Blink” was brilliant. It deserves it. Of course, last year they gave it to “Girl in the Fireplace”, which, IMO, while a great episode, was distinctly not deserving against “Downloaded” or even “200.”

In either case, New Voyages has done the impossible simply by being nominated. They’re a credit to fandom everywhere. It’s incredible that the Hugo commission even -watched- a questionably-legal fan film, and it is an inspiration for all the rest of us fan production crews out there. Recognized with a Hugo statue or not, James Cawley has already won–for all of us.

61. Captain Otter - March 23, 2008

Remake Space:1999? Ummmmmmm…… it is 2008 for those lacking any implement of time-keeping. Sounds like a sure fire winner. Who doesn’t want to watch a show about all the great technology and adventures we didn’t have nine years ago? Great premise.

62. Garovorkin - March 23, 2008

I dont think a remake of Space 1999 would really work, the whole concept of the moon travel at lees then light, that alone is insurmountable, I know they tried to address it in season 2 but to my mind not really successfully. I have the whole show and I watch much like a i watch Voyage to the bottom of the sea. I just can’t take it seriously

#15 I do agree that UFO could be remade successfully, because that show has a little more plausibility to it.

63. THX-1138 - March 23, 2008

#61

Yeah, it would completely imposible to change the name to something like Space:2029 or Space:2099. Where did I leave my Aztecan calender?

#62-Garovorkin

#19 Cranston had a great idea for a re-imaging of Space: 1999. Instead of the implausible “moon gets blasted out of orbit” concept, imagine that the moon had a temporal experiment or something of that nature going on and in a second, the whole moon was on the other side of the galaxy. It would only have a certain amount of time there before it would jump to another random place. And meanwhile back on earth, there would be all the disaster going on that not having the moon in orbit would be causing. Cranston presented it better than I, but I did like the idea.

64. THX-1138 - March 23, 2008

And Starblazers would rock! I don’t care who has the rights, someone should make that movie!

65. Trek Or Treat - March 23, 2008

I’m all about a “V” revival. Man I was into that mini-series as a kid. I watched the later TV series too, but agree, a lot of it was crap. Just think what could be done with the premise of the original mini series, now that TV is all about dark, brooding, dangerous dramas. I bet it would be phenomenal.. Oh and all you really need from the original cast is Jane Badler. Diana WAS “V”
I just bought “V: the second generation” and can’t wait to read it.

Totally bummed out by Jericho’s cancellation. I think the writing for the shortened second season was right on par with the first. Just think of all that they could have done with the revolution against the corrupt, and corporate controlled “Allied States of America”.

I honestly can’t see why America won’t watch a quality show like this, yet tunes in by the millions for dreck like “American Idol” and all of that other reality garbage.. Give me the Sci Fi Channel over the broadcast networks any day.

OK, end of rant.

66. Shaun - March 23, 2008

#65 – You make it sound like Sci-Fi channel has a lot of good programming. Aside from BSG, they really don’t. That channel has gone so far down the tubes… From having shows like Farscape (then) to having stuff like that god-awful Flash Gordon, the dull, tedious Tin Man, and the embarrassing Who Wants To Be a Superhero (now).

Did I mention they show pro wrestling? That covers the “Fi” part, but where’s the “Sci” in that? I’d just as soon they went back to showing old TV series and movies, like they did when they started, then most of the new programming they come up with.

I’m no fan of the broadcast networks either, but at least ABC has given me LOST. And most weeks, The Simpsons is still pretty damned funny. But you’re right… Why people watch mindless drivel like American Idol or Dancing With the Stars is beyond me.

67. Trek Or Treat - March 23, 2008

#66

You make a good point about some of Sci-Fi’s less than stellar programming, but one of the shows I most look forward to every week is Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate SG-1 before it ended it’s run. I also thought the Dresden Files had started to find its feet after a slow start. I’m not saying any of these are of Trek or BSG quality, but I enjoy them a heckuva lot more than most of what the broadcast networks are serving up, with LOST & Jericho being big exceptions.

Know what I really miss? The glory days of the 90′s when we had so much syndicated sci-fi on the air. I remember some great Saturday afternoons where my local station aired DS9, Babylon 5, and Earth: Final Conflict back to back to back. Didn’t do much for my social life, but I was in TV heaven,

68. Garovorkin - March 23, 2008

#64 THX 1138 the temporal idea might actually work. , there is is on e other thing they should change, increase the moons population from 300 to tens of thousands, hell why not have 1 million inhabitants on the moon ? Have the series run for 5 years and at the end have them either find a world or, to borrow from the old series have them find the Darians city in space and join them because the moon is about to desabilize and blow up. Or as they travel through space have other aliens join the moon city communty, image all the drama that could produce.
by the way did you check out the fan fiction cites? was just curious what you thought.

69. Ryan - March 23, 2008

CBS must also be a subsidiary of Jennings & Rall. Well here’s hoping the bomb gets detonated on Tuesday.

Man talk about a downer. Jericho was one of the very few shows I watch. I’ll be sad to see it go.

70. James Heaney - Wowbagger - March 23, 2008

#67: Sci-Fi short stories are still good. As the TV scene has fallen apart on me, I’ve increasingly resorted to the written word for my SF fix.

71. Cranston - March 23, 2008

#68 Gavorkin — re: upping the moon’s population to thousands or millions

I like it. With Moonbase Alpha only having hundreds of people, the format was very much like a starship-based show: decisions on the Challenge of the Week made by the commander and his crew.

But if you increase the population to thousands, you get more than a crew — you get a community, a civilization. Or — better yet — have there be more than one community. What would it be like dealing with this tremendous event — and each weekly story — if you actually had different governments, different factions, and different populations all having to deal with it — in concert, separately, or even in opposition to each other?

I’d watch that show. So let’s get to it — who’s got funding?

72. Enc - March 24, 2008

#64
-And Starblazers would rock! I don’t care who has the rights, someone should make that movie-

tell that to the fans. they agree that its a good move but dissagreed on the disney part. cause back in that time Disney was God when it came to animated movies and the only thing else they made was family fair. not exactly yamato production material. But thats also the time of the big industry mergers and Disney became know as the “Mouse that ate Hollywood” so its a little safer now. in this case it would probably end up as a Michael Bay film. and they have some fans and they also have some who would… well would rather they didn’t.

oh and THX since people are already talking about space 1999 I wont mention the starblazers story about the planet that went to warp :D

73. Irishtrekkie - March 24, 2008

@31 ”I don’t know if New Voyages can stand up to BSG Razor, it kicked a different level of butt!”

yea but i thought the award goes to a sci fi show lol( hmm o.k. i will give you razor was actual sci fi )

and yes space 1999 has to come back , but that got me thinking we dont see shows like that anymore , and when i think of the almost campness space 1999 i always think of TOS and the orignal Battlestar galatica ,

I am sure JJ and the team know what they doing so the new star trek will be brilliant , but sadly (even when i watch it every week ) i find Battlestar galatica is just not sci fi enough , and talk of this Caprica ………….jesus snore.

i miss red drawf ……….god we need some funny sci fi shows …….a town called eureka and the like is just lame . make a galaxey quest t.v. show that would be cool . hmm what about more non american based sci fi , dr who and torchwood are o.k. so umm blake 7 ?? .

so i will say it again good luck STNV , you would get my vote just for the fact you made me believe other actors can play the orignal crew , which gave me faith for the new movie .

74. AJ - March 24, 2008

Space 1999 was always of interest to see again, and I bought some on DVD. I struggled to stay awake, and my childhood memories of the show remained memories.

But, I have to say, the music was great. I think the composer was someone named Barry Gray. I had (and may still have, somewhere) an album on horribly-abused-by an 11-yr-old vinyl of first season music, and it was Britishly groovy.

It’s a tough call, trying to reconfig this one. Best to do a reality show with a webcam view of the moon in 1999. Same as it ever was. Crickets chirping…lots of rotating…zzzzzzzzzz.

New ideas, as some have mentioned here, are much better than re-hashed nostalgia made into 21st century drama. Take a clean piece of paper and think for a bit, rather than pulling some old show off the rack.

“Universal Pictures announces Munsters 2009: Spot Unleashed!” It’s gritty and terrifying, as this creature finally comes out from under the stairs and lays waste to most of Southern California.

And you’ll love the zany shenanigans that ensue as Herman, Lily, Grampa, Eddie, and the whole clan, try to stop her! However, at the same time, the US Government must deploy deadly nuclear devices and massive firepower to an already decimated Los Angeles! Quirky dizzying camera angles and mass destruction ensue until…until..we realize Spot is pregnant (awwwwww…).wiith 237 million acid-filled gurgling zygotes that require 1 week of gestation inside a live human heart before bursting out to look for sustenance! Ruh Roh!

It’s just there’s nothing new anymore. Someone, please write something NEW.

75. Garovorkin - March 24, 2008

#73 Irish Trekkie I loved Red Dwarf I wish we had gotten the feature film that we had been promised. It would be nice to see their misadventures on the big screen.

As for Space 1999 well, I own the dvd collection myself and yeahs an implausible scif series, but once in a while, its fun to pop in dvd and travel down memory lane. The truth is that you really can’t go home again, these shows are never as you remember them.

76. Garovorkin - March 24, 2008

Sorry another thing just came to mind Starblazers has been mentioned a few times, This was the First Animae that I fell in love with, It had better wring then just about every live action scifi tv show produced up to that point. I agree lets have it done as full blown all the bells and whistles scif series live action or how about an epic big screen special effects extravaganza directed by James Cameron or Ridley Scott or maybe Peter Jackson. This one could big either way and we could all us another big space opera adventure.

77. Janice BS - March 24, 2008

#75 Garovorkin said “…..The truth is that you really can’t go home again, these shows are never as you remember them.”

Ain’t that the the truth. Except, of course “Star Trek.” ST is still as good (and some episodes as bad) as I remember it as a kid 40 years ago. I can’t believe I used to watch Gilligan’s Island everyday after school; it’s a good thing I had ST to reinvigorate the brain cells.

78. THX-1138 - March 24, 2008

It’s not that there aren’t any original ideas, it’s that there aren’t any studios willing to gamble on them. Go check out the science fiction section at the local bookstore. There are lot’s of good, new sci-fi. Heck, to some extent Star Trek is derivitive. Please to see Forbidden Planet.

Where Starblazers is concerned, rights can be sold. Men like Spielberg or Jackson or Lucas could afford to buy them off Disney. Two out of three of those guys might even make a good flick. I don’t care about all that BS, I was just throwing out a wish list and Starblazers has been on it since 1979. The story is epic. It pretty much wipes the floor with almost everything on the Sci-Fi channel.

And Garovorkin, I promise to get to those fan sites this week. Busy schedule. Doesn’t keep me from coming here, though.

79. Enc - March 24, 2008

#75
-The truth is that you really can’t go home again-
#77
-Ain’t that the the truth-

damn 77 took my answer :)

#77
- can’t believe I used to watch Gilligan’s Island-

yeah a lot of shows bring that out. but ive never found it from my viewing ST. maybe its cause ive seen trek more often then the others.

#78
-Where Starblazers is concerned, rights can be sold. Men like Spielberg or Jackson or Lucas could afford to buy them off Disney-

thats what i was thinking. but in this day of remakes disney might up the price. so whoever got it i hope would have a plan for it. one with a respectful budget and and so on and so forth, cause i dont want to see it looking some sci-f- ch B-movie production.

#78
-The story is epic. It pretty much wipes the floor with almost everything on the Sci-Fi channel.-

ok compare the end SB were wildstar throws the rifle down against the end of the DS9 war were they pour out their glass.

#76
-Starblazers has been mentioned a few times, This was the First Animae that I fell in love with-

i also loved (ok tried) to watch Battle Of the Planets. and now we have a G-Force movie coming out next year just before ST :)

80. THX-1138 - March 24, 2008

Enc, I’m going to get creamed over this, but I prefer Starblazers over DS9. My memeory may be hazier than yours, since I haven’t seen SB in about 26 or 27 years. It never aired locally. I had to get it from across the state on cable. And that was hit or miss. But a testament to it’s impact is how I still absolutely love that show. I’m off to Amazon or Ebay to find me some eps.

81. Enc - March 24, 2008

#80
i have series 1 & 2 U.S. version on tape and all movies on tape and series 1 & 2 fansub japanese version on my pc.

quick check
ouch!! them things are still high.
official stie is cheaper them amazon.

82. THX-1138 - March 24, 2008

Ebay’s not TOO bad, but it’s still about $88 bucks for Iscandar. How much are they on the official site?

83. Enc - March 24, 2008

-#82
Ebay’s not TOO bad, but it’s still about $88 bucks for Iscandar. How much are they on the official site?-

Amazon
Iscandar
Suggested Retail Price: $149.95
Sale $134.99

Official site
Iscandar
Suggested Retail Price: $149.95
Our NEW Price: $95.95 *

84. MrRegular - March 24, 2008

I’m really still awestruck by the Space:1999 episode “Black Sun”, which is one of the most compelling hours of Sci-Fi ever made; the mystical encounter with God is a profound experience. The intervention of the Supreme Being explains for me how the moon traveled all over the place in the first season of the show.
To those who deride the program, let’s remember that Fred Freiberger, the man who presided over the last season of TOS, also presided over the second season of Space:1999.
That said, I doubt that I will see a remake of Space:1999. The mistake with the Bionic Woman remake was the casting. Katee Sackhoff should have been cast as the bionic woman! Sackhoff could have been a USAF fighter pilot who was shot down in Iraq and almost died. Bionics could have given her the edge to return to life and fight the good fight against terrorists, criminals, etc.

85. Enc - March 24, 2008

ok i havent actualy said it. So I too want a SB movie.

now with Speed Racer, Astro Boy, Dragonball, Akira and G-Force coming out.

is any one against a Starblazers release.

86. Enc - March 24, 2008

#84
-The mistake with the Bionic Woman remake was the casting. Katee Sackhoff should have been cast as the bionic woman! Sackhoff could have been a USAF fighter pilot who was shot down in Iraq and almost died-

although i would agre. I see alot of people complaing that the part of her crasing to closely resembles steve austin. and brings them to remark on a gender change ala BSG and starbuck.

87. Garovorkin - March 24, 2008

Last I heard I think Disney may have been the ones to own the rights to Starblazers but that was about 10 years ago i think, Who ones the rights now is anyones guess. A freind of mine told me that the series that we got backin the 70s was only 2 of the Star blazer series. there was a third one which dealt with the Bolar wars I have only seen bits and pieces of that part of the Star Blazers saga.

88. Enc - March 24, 2008

#87
yeah series 3 got limited release in the states. new voice actors, poor translations didnt help either. you’re lucky to have seen anything of it. i still havent.

and dont look to japan for anything new. in order to understand how thats going it depends on the “law suit of the month”.

89. boJac - March 25, 2008

Damn, Legion got canceled. I think that was the last DC cartoon out there since The Batman ended.

I guess I’ll have to go back to watching old episodes of Batman TAS…

90. Cervantes - March 27, 2008

I hope that Fox DON’T do a third ‘Fantastic Four’, unless they junk director Tim Story, along with some of his ‘creative choices’ and casting, and REBOOT it with someone else.

This was one of my most loved superhero properties as a brat, and it was turned into two major cinematic disasters…

91. Garovorkin - March 27, 2008

#90 Fantastic 4 was crap on a monumental scale and that includes both films. Its obvious that the writer and director of both films had no clue as to how tell a good story. They made this franchise into a laughing stock.

92. Ken - March 28, 2008

Dune is hard to do on film; this is a case where the film-makers should not be too faithful to the literature. But if they succeed, they have a bunch of books for source material. Even more, if you include the (Brian) Herbert / Anderson additions and prequels. They can even do it Star Wars style… Start at the middle, then tell historical backstory, then finish in the further future. I wish them luck; I’d like to see all that…

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