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.
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.
The Wolf Man
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (behind the scenes)
The Andromeda Strain (A&E Original Miniseries) trailer
Superhero Movie (clip)
The special features for the upcoming "Cloverfield" DVD release (April 22nd) includes two alternate endings [ Shock Till You Drop].
- Greg Berlanti is currently working on a script for a live-action "Green Lantern" movie. [ Comicology]
- Robert Downey Jr. confirmed to MTV that he filmed a cameo scene as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming "The Incredible Hulk".
- The official website for "Iron Man" has been updated with new content.
- Neal McDonough ("Minority Report" "Star Trek: First Contact") has been cast in the role of Bison in "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li"[ THR]
- Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to the Alexis Nolent sci-fi novel "Cyclops" to be directed by James Mangold. [ Variety]
- Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. ("Tin Man", "Earthsea") have been tapped to receive life career award honors at the Saturn Awards. [ Variety]
- 17-year-older Thomas Sangster has been cast to star as the lead character in "Tintin". [ Daily Mail]
- In a piece about financial troubles, the title for the upcoming "Justice League" movie may have been revealed: "Justice League Mortal". [The Sydney Herald].
- Mathew Vaughn is looking to adapt and direct Mark Millar’s superhero comic "Kick Ass". [ AICN]
- Paul Haggis is in negotiations to be brought on board to work on the script to McG’s "Terminator IV" [ THR]
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:
- "True Believer" (two-hour pilot) from Rosario Dawson, David Atchinson, Matthew Spradlin and Tom Feister: The contemporary dramedy centers on a 20-something comic-book nerd who hires a washed-up real-life superhero to be his crime-fighting sidekick and to teach him the ropes.
- "The Stranded" (two-hour pilot) from Mike Carey. Based on the SCI FI/Virgin Comics title of the same name (released in January). The show focuses on five seemingly everyday people who must face a terrifying question: What if your entire life–your childhood, your family, your memories–was a lie? For the stranded–Sisera, Endo, Drum, Tamree and Cullen–that’s true. Each of them is from another world called Standfire, and the past is returning to try to kill them.
- "Deputized" (two-hour pilot) from writer Joe Gazzam. Dramedy centers on an average guy who suddenly finds himself possessing special abilities after being accidentally fitted with an alien exoskeleton that cannot be removed. He is enlisted to serve on an intergalactic police force.
- "Alice" (six hour miniseries) from writer/director Nick Willing and executive producers Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert Halmi Jr. ("Tin Man"). A modern-day retelling of the classic story of "Alice in Wonderland".
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.
- Sam Raimi’s "Wizard’s First Rule" has been cleared to air in syndication this fall. 22 episodes, shot in HD, will air.[ Variety]
- "Smallville’s" Kristen Kreuk (Lana Lang) confirmed on her Facebook profile that she will only be in a couple episodes of the eighth season of the CW series.
- NBC’s Sci-Fi infused comedy "Chuck" is getting a comic book series. The series will begin June 11th.
- IDW Publishing’s announced that it is expanding its hit comic series "Angel: After the Fall" with special issues, a new spinoff miniseries and new artists. [ SCI FI Wire]
- At the Paley Festival this past week, Bryan Fuller spoke about the upcoming second season of his TV series Pushing Daisies and he revealed some spoilers. The first season of the TV show is expected on DVD this June.
- Warner Bros. Animation is confirming that the just concluded season of "Legion of Super Heroes" will be its last. [ World’s Finest]
- "Ghost Hunters International" is returning this summer with seven new episodes as part of its first season. [ SCI FI Wire]
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) Eli Stone||4.5/8 (7.15M)|
|4) Ghost Whisperer (R)||4.5/8 (7.02M)|
|5) ‘Terminator’||4.4/7 (7.12M)|
7) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)
|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
|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|
|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
|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