A big week in Sci Fi news. Superman is returning again, the Hulk is getting big fight, Harvey Dent is hitting the road, Potter gets an extra movie, Ant-man is crawling to the big screen. Plus new movie posters, images and trailers. In TV news we got sci-fi bubble shows, Fringe wrapping, a Battlestar Top 10, Details on Star Wars on TV and more.
Singer Talks "Superman Returns" Sequel
In an interview with Empire, director Bryan Singer confirmed he is making sequel to "Superman Returns" and fired back at critics saying ‘Returns’ was a flop noting it made $400 mil. Singer did say that he was planning on doing some things differently for number two: “The first one was a romantic film and a nostalgic film…now that the characters are established, there’s really an opportunity to up the threat levels…Clearly there’ll be a body count."
‘Incredible Hulk’ gets a big fight
"The Incredible Hulk" director Louis Leterrier tells Empire (who also have new photos) the fight sequence between Hulk and Abomination seen in the newly released trailer (below) will be long…very long
you get 26 minutes of two monsters pummeling each other through New York City, jumping up and down, ripping helicopters from the sky and stuff. You know, lots of green blood on the street, splashed all around.
Paramount bringing monster and robot books to big screen
Paramount isn’t wasting any time in the post strike world, putting two unpublished books into film development just this week. The first is "Monster Zoo" a graphic novel by Douglas TenNapel, about "a boy who discovers his local zoo contains critters much more frightening than the ordinary collection. Sam Raimi (Spider-man) is set to produce [Variety]. Paramount have also picked up a sci-fi comedy script based on Daniel H. Wilson’s "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion"[Variety]
"Dentmobiles" Set Out To Promote "The Dark Knight", Plus Set Report
As reported in last week’s edition of Sci-Fi Saturday, the viral marketing campaign for "The Dark Knight" has kicked into high gear (they’re even sending out press kits). Warner Bros. began dispatching "Dentmobiles" to cities across the nation this past week. Supporting Gotham City’s Harvey Dent for district attorney, the campaign busses will move through various cities throughout March. Hollywood Chicago has pictures. In other ‘Dark Knight’ news, the NY Times has a set visit feature on the film.
Warner Bros. To Split "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
WB has announced that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," final book in Potter series, will be released in two parts. Series author J.K Rowling signed off on the idea and the two movies will be filmed concurrently with "Part I" opening holiday 2010 and "Part II" opening in summer 2011. You can check out a brand new interview with the producer over at Empire. In other Potter news, the ‘Half-Blood Prince’ will get a simultaneous IMAX release on November 21st 2008 [ComingSoon.net]
Edgar Wright Talks "Ant Man"
Edgar Wright told Empire that he’s ready to get started with his adaptation of "Ant Man": “It’s written and we’re doing a second draft of it,” said Wright. “It’s going to be less overtly comedic than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film but with a comedic element." Wright hasn’t got anyone in mind just yet to play the superhero, and teased about the style the character will be portrayed in: “Ah well, it could be Scott Lang, it could be Hank Pym, it could be both – okay it is both, now there’s an exclusive for you.”
Matthew Vaughn Determined to do "Thor" Movie
Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) tells Empire he’s still on board to direct the proposed "Thor" film, but that the next move is up to Marvel. If the film goes forward, Vaughn is confident he’d be able to achieve a correct balance: "I think you have to respect that it is comic book and silly to be frank, so you have to combine that with a modern style and hopefully come up with something fresh. I think we can come up with something special."
"Lost Boys" The Trilogy?
"Lost Boys: The Tribe", the direct-to-DVD sequel to the cult ’80s vampire flick hasn’t even hit store shelves yet, but Corey Feldman told MTV that he’s already thinking about expanding the franchise into a trilogy: “The stage is set,” he said of the ending to “The Tribe.” “So it’s really up to you, the viewer, and you, the audience, to see that final chapter comes into fruition.” Though no story details have been discussed, Feldman has an idea about what he’d like to see: "Personally the way I would like to see it go, I would like to see Edgar finally become a vampire himself and have to battle his own inner demons” Check out the trailer for "The Tribe" below.
Shooting resumes on ‘Parnassus’ without Ledger
Shooting has restarted on director Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law all replacing the late Heath Ledger in the cast, according to Variety. Producers William Vince, Amy Gilliam and Samuel Hadida insist the late Hedger’s performance will remain intact: "Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath’s work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology. Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing."
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (final poster)
The Wolf Man (set photo of Benicio Del Toro)
Monsters vs. Aliens
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (poster)
- THR has confirmed that Paramount is in negotiations with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes to remake the classic horror film "Rosemary’s Baby".
- Producer M. Dal Walton III has closed a deal to produce a remake of the ’78 cult horror spoof film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!". Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine ("Ask a Ninja") are writing the adaptation, Nichols will make his directorial debut. THR
- Wolfgang Peterson has signed on to direct the SF thriller "Uprising" for Columbia Pictures. Variety
- The website to "Punisher: War Zone" has launched. Check it out here.
- "RoboCop" is included in a list of new projects from MGM. No details have been revealed.
- Steven Spielberg will direct the first film in the "TinTin" 3D trilogy, according to actor Andy Serkis [ IndieLondon].
- Shock Till You Drop is reporting that they’ve received a tip from a reliable source at 20th Century Fox that a sequel to "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" is a "certainty".
- Here’s the voice cast for "Monsters vs. Aliens": Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert. The film hits theaters on March 27, 2009. USA Today
- Maria Bello tells MTV that she is already signed on for two more "Mummy" films: "I don’t know when, but it’s going," she said. "[There will] absolutely be ‘The Mummy 4.’"
- Jorme Taccone has been added to the cast of "Land of the Lost". The actor will play Cha-ka. JoBlo
- The McG directed installment in the "Terminator" franchise is going through a name change. ComingSoon.net is reporting that the film is currently being referred to simply as "Terminator IV".
- Disney has tapped Jason Segal and Nick Stoller, the writing-directing duo of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", to create a new "Muppets" movie. The two will co-write, and Stoller is set to direct. Variety
- Filming for the "X-Files" sequel has wrapped. The National Post has an article up about the press conference. Oh, and those leaked photos and video? "We staged that," David Duchovny told reporters.
- Carla Gugino ("Watchmen", "Threshold") has joined the cast of Disney’s reimagining of its 1975 thriller "Escape to Witch Mountain". THR
- David Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac) is heading a new R-rated animated feature inspired by the ’80s cult classic "Heavy Metal". Variety
"Fringe" Is Almost Done
Star Joshua Jackson told SCI FI Wire that filming will wrap next week the 2-hour sci-fi pilot for the JJ Abrams show "Fringe" (for Fox). Comparisons to "X-Files" are sure to be forthcoming, but Jackson would prefer that not to be the case:
The X-Files are slightly outside the rest of our experience. Fringe takes the world that we all live in and says, ‘All right, so what you know about this cup you don’t actually know, because if you look at it from over here, it’s something entirely different.’ And that will be the thrust of the show: that the physical world that we live in, without the addition of any magic or any supernatural, is far more than we all see it as being.
Jackson also had good things to say about Kurtzman and Orci’s writing: "It’s an incredibly, incredibly dense two-hour pilot, the likes of which you don’t [see in TV]," he said. "It’s really, really layered to give you the possibility for just about anything to happen from here on out. So that got me into it."
Letterman To Host ‘Battlestar’ Cast
10 stars from the cast of the SCI FI Channel original series "Battlestar Galactica" will make an appearance on CBS’ "Late Show With David Letterman" on March 19th (11:35 p.m. ET/PT) to present the top 10 list. Actors include Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas and Lucy Lawless. Season four of "Battlestar Galactica" premieres April 4th. Is Dave the 12th Cylon?
Browder Eager For Web "Farscape"
Remember that "Farscape" web-series announced a few weeks back? Ben Browder told SCI FI Wire that he looks forward to reprising his role of astronaut John Crichton in the Web revival. Executive producer Brian Henson and creator Rockne O’Bannon are talking about how to revive the series through the proposed 10 webisodes. Browder hopes to be as involved in the Web series as he was on the TV show: "I had the freedom on Farscape, [and] I was in the writing room on a regular basis, virtually all the time when I wasn’t on set," Browder said.
"Stargate Atlantis" May Be Returning Earlier Than Expected
The fifth season of "Stargate Atlantis" was originally scheduled to debut in the fall, but the new season may be pushed up a couple months. "The decision on the Season Five premiere date rests with SCI FI," executive producer Joseph Mallozzi writes in his blog, "However, I’m hopeful that fans won’t have to wait until the fall to see the resolution of our Season Four cliffhanger."
Sci-Fi Series On The Bubble for the Fall
Several shows in the Sci-Fi genre are on the bubble for the fall. THR has an article up discussing those shows. Here are the highlights:
- "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" will be back for another season.
- Thanks to the strong performance by the movie in February, "Knight Rider" looks headed to a regular series order from NBC.
- CBS is playing wait-and-see with "Moonlight". It fits well into its Friday night lineup, so an enventual pickup is probable.
- "Jericho" looks finished. Despite an increase once DVR viewership and online viewing is added, it still remains lowly rated.
- Still no word on "Reaper". The network is waiting to see how it performs on its new night (first episode in the new time slot drew similar retention numbers to "Supernatural" out of "Smallville").
We’ll be back too
George Lucas and the ‘Clone Wars’
George Lucas was at ShoWest to debut a five minute segment of the animated feature "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and he assured fans that all the original characters will be represented (however, they will be voiced by different actors): "It’s got everyone. Yoda, The Emperor … everybody that’s in the features is in the animated series. It’s just as if we took the feature and just continued it in an animation style."[Empire] Collider also has details on the future Star Wars live-action series which takes place between Eps. III and IV, highlights:
- The live action and animated shows will be considered official canon
- The live-action show is going to end up on whatever network pays the most (possibly HBO or even Showtime)
- Show is ‘dark’ and targeted at adults "think Deadwood meets The Sopranos."
- might be as short as 12 episodes
- The Skywalker story "is finished." Show will focus on new (with some familiar drop ins)
- There is no podcast scheduled for this week’s episode of "Lost" ("Ji Yeon"), but we did get a special podcast this past week. Click here to listen to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse rehash "The Other Woman", prehash "Ji Yeon" and answer fan questions.
- "Battlestar Galactica" composer Bear McCreary is performing a concert on April 13th at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles that will feature music from the past three seasons of the hit show. James Callis (Baltar) will host. SyFyPortal
- "Doctor Who" executive producer Russell T. Davies told SFX Magazine that the plan at BBC is to keep the franchise "on air for 20 years." Outpost Gallifrey
- Sam Raimi is developing an unscripted horror-themed reality show for The CW titled "13". The show will pit players against each other in horror-related challenges until there is only one contestant left. Variety
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|4) Eli Stone||4.3/7|
|5) Ghost Whisperer (R)||4.2/7|
|6) Moonlight (R)||3.6/6|
|8) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)||3.6/6|
|10) Supernatural (R)||1.7/3|
2/18/2008 to 2/24/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Stargate SG-1||1.0|
|2) Star Trek||1.0|
|3) Dead Zone||0.9|
|4) Stargate Atlantis||0.7|
2/18/2008 to 2/24/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|2) Ghost Hunters International||1.3|
|3) Stargate Atlantis||1.2|
|4) Living Hell||1.2|
|5) Alone in the Dark||1.0|
|6) Asteroid Part 1||1.0|
|8) Asteroid Part 2||1.0|
|9) Ghost Hunters||1.0|
2/18/2008 to 2/24/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire