The world of sci-fi movie news has "The Hobbit" looking realer, Indy 4 getting realer, Batman and Transformers 2 details, and a remake for "Short Circuit"? Plus new images including Hellboy 2 and DragonBall. Also there’s lots of new video, including Iron Man and Indy 4 TV spots. And we got NBC’s new genre shows, details on Ron Moore’s Caprica and lots more TV news
Guillermo Del Toro ‘eager to move forward’ on The Hobbit
While promoting "Hellboy II: The Golden Army", director Guillermo Del Toro told EW that although he’s still in "protracted negotiations" for "The Hobbit," he expects things would get moving soon and that there are no issues on the creative side: "I will be involved, and so will the original team in some capacity. There’s no discussion about that. It’s more the planning of it, the calendar, but nothing as major as that." In other Hobbit news, Lord of the Rings composer Howard Shore has been confirmed to be scoring "The Hobbit." [Ain’t It Cool News]
Indy 4: Mostly CGI-Free
The recent trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" looked to be heavily reliant on CG, but production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas ("Superman Returns", "X2: X-Men United") told io9 that most of the sets were built with little or no greenscreen, "There really wasn’t much CGI. We built all the sets… We built all of the [moving stone staircases, converging stone pillars and other pieces] so it was very nice." ‘Indy 4’ hits theaters on May 22nd. Think we’ll get that promised new trailer before then?
Whip, check – hat, check – what else do I need?
Mark Verheiden on Teen Titans
It’s been a while since we last heard something about the live-action "Teen Titans", but writer-producer Mark Verheiden tells ComicMix the project is still going, "I’m back full into writing the "Teen Titans" movie. I turned in a pass to Warner Bros. right before the strike and we’ve talked about that and I’m going to get back into it." Because the script still isn’t 100% Verheiden can’t reveal too much but he did say there "will be a Nightwing story and Robin is in it, too". Verheiden also added that the focus of the film will be on the core group of characters, "We’re going to have some strong adversaries, or antagonists, but really, I’m trying to concentrate on the core group of these characters, who we meet at a point when they’re at the cusp of adulthood."
Johnny 5 reborn: Short Circuit getting a remake
Dimensions Films feels it isn’t too soon to remake the 1986 military-robot-turned-cuddly movie "Short Circuit." According to Variety Dimension has acquired the rights and has brought back the original writers S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock to pen their own remake. David Foster, who produced the original and is producing the remake, says the film will be similar in theme to the original, but it "will factor in advances in technology."
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New Dark Knight Official Synopsis
Warner Bros. has released a new synopsis for "The Dark Knight":
“The Dark Knight” reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Danny Trejo Updates Machete
Weak box office results for "Grindhouse" hasn’t dampened the appetite for a full version of the mock-trailer of "Machete". Danny Trejo told Bloody-Disgusting that the "Grindhouse" spin-off movie is still happening and that there’s even been talk of a trilogy. Trejo didn’t elaborate much but did say that Robert Rodriquez would direct and produce the first film.
Trejo…Ginsu’s best salesman
Transformers 2 Character Breakdowns Plus New Decepticons
Last week there was a report on the possible start of filming for "Transformers 2". This week we’ve got some spoilerific rumors pertaining to which new heroes and baddies will be in the sequel. According to IESB.net, the Decepticons will be getting some help in the form of the Constructicons. The members of that group are Scrapper, Bonecrusher (who will obviously have to be changed since the character was already used in "Transformers"), Scavenger, Mixmaster, Hook and Long Haul. And true to tradition, they will combine to form Devastator. The site also got their hands on human character/casting breakdowns. Head here for the list. "Transformers 2" hits theaters on June 26, 2009.
The Spirit (outdoor posters and set photos)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (more here)
Dragonball (set photos–more here)
Iron Man (SCI FI Clip and UK TV Spot)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (theatrical trailer)
The Incredible Hulk (promo)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (TV Spot)
War of the Worlds 2 (sequel direct to 2005 direct-to-DVD movie, not Spielberg movie)
War Games: The Dead Code (direct-to-DVD)
- Chris O’Donnell has landed a role in "Max Payne". [Entertainment Weekly]
- "G.I. Joe"’s cast of characters is expanding. Latino Review is reporting that Brendan Fraser recently filmed a cameo in the film as Gung-Ho, while an offer has been made to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for the role of Hector Delgado, aka Shipwreck.
- Derek Mears is in final talks to play Jason Voorhees in the remake of "Friday the 13th". [Bloody-Disgusting], while Amanda Righetti is in final negotiations to play the film’s female lead. [Variety]
- Three projects from Stan Lee have been set up by Disney: "Nick Ratchet", "Blaze" and "Tigress". All are based on stories by Lee. [Variety]
- Turns out Keanu Reeves isn’t against a "Bill & Ted’" Sequel as he originally led us to believe. There’s also talk of a straight-to-DVD remake.
- Stuart Beattie has penned a spec screenplay for "Halo" [Latino Review]
- Writing/directing partners Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor told SCI FI Wire that they’ve completed a script for "Jonah Hex", a big-screen adaptation of the DC supernatural western comic franchise.
- Jason Segel, who’ll be co-writing the new Muppets movie along with director Nick Stoller, told Empire that the script is about halfway done and that the film will be "a classic story," adding "It’s the Muppets needing to get back together to save the show…It’s going to take place all over the world."
- With some of the "Superman" rights transferring back to the heirs of Jerome Siegel, the future of the franchise may be tied up in court. [NYTimes]
- David Goyer confirms that "Dark City" is getting a special edition with new visual effects, music and a re-edit. [Bloody-Disgusting]
NBC Unveils Genre-Heavy Slate
NBC’s recently revealed 2008-09 programming slate is heavy on Sci-Fi and horror. Here are summaries of the new shows/miniseries.
- "Fear Itself" (fall): A horror anthology series from the makers of "Masters of Horror". It will feature such stars as John Billingsley and Shiri Appleby and showcase the talents of directors including Brad Anderson, Mary Harron, Ernest Dickerson, Ronny Yu, John Carpenter and Stuart Gordon.
- "My Own Worst Enemy" (fall): Christian Slater makes his television series debut as Henry Spivey, an efficiency expert and married father of two who learns that he has an alter ego named Edward Albright, an operative who speaks numerous languages and can kill with his teeth. The network says to think "Jekyll and Hyde meets Jason Bourne."
- "Knight Rider" (fall): The series picks up where the February two-hour movie left off. K.I.T.T., the supercar with a mind of its own, returns, as do stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison. "Fast and the Furious" writer Gary Scott Thompson to serve as the showrunner.
- "Merlin" (winter 2009): A fantasy series set in Camelot but inspired by 21st-century storytelling, Merlin stars Colin Morgan ("Doctor Who") as the title character and Bradley James as Arthur, and it explores the characters’ lives before they became legends. Co-stars include Anthony Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Richard Wilson and Angel Coulby.
- "Kings" (winter 2009): A modern-day spin on the King David tale, the show stars Christopher Egan as David and Ian McShane as the king. Michael Green ("Heroes") penned the pilot and will executive-produce. "I Am Legend" helmer Francis Lawrence directed the pilot and will executive-produce the series as well.
- "The Listener" (summer 2009): Toby Logan ("Thirteen Ghosts") is a 24-year-old paramedic and telepath who’s always ignored his ability to hear people’s thoughts … until now. Having changed his mind, he uses his unique gift to help others.
- "The Last Templar" (2009): Four-hour miniseries. Four horsemen dressed as knights crash the New York Metropolitan Museum during the opening of an exhibition of Vatican treasures and swipe an arcane medieval decoder, thereby sending an archaeologist (Mira Sorvino) and an FBI agent (Scott Foley) on a wild chase for the secrets of the Knights Templar. Co-stars include Victor Garber and Omar Sharif.
NBC unveils the ‘next generation’ for Knight Rider
NBC also announced that returning shows "Heroes", "Chuck" and "Medium" will each air through December without repeats.
Smallville Creators Out
After 7 years and 152 episodes, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators and executive producers of "Smallville" are exiting the series at the end of this season. "After much heartache and debate we have decided it is time for us to move on." The show has already been renewed for an eighth season. Executive producers Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will take over the show running duties. You can read the entire open letter to the fans at KryptonSite.
Heroes returning big in fall; Origins Dies
Cut short due to the writers strike, we will have to wait until next fall for more "Heroes". NBC has announced the show will premiere its third season with a special three-hour event on September 15th. “We consciously chose to rest ["Heroes"] this spring so that [creator] Tim Kring and his team could get ahead of the creative and build up to a massive event–a three-hour "Heroes" night,” co-chairman of NBC Ben Silverman said. The three hours will be comprised of a 1 hour clip show and 2 hour season premiere. NBC also confirmed the death of the Heroes Origins spinoff series, “We wanted 35 "Heroes" [episodes] and 12 "Heroes: Origins", each of which was supposed to be a mini-movie and backdoor pilot, Silverman said. "We reached far and challenged our people, and we decided it was better to focus on keeping the" Heroes" mothership as strong as possible.” [SCI FI Wire]
Back sucking brains next September
Special edition of SG-1 pilot episode in the works
11 years after it premiered on Showtime, the "Stargate SG-1" pilot movie "Children of the Gods" is getting a make-over. Why you ask? Well, series co-creator Brad Wright tells GateWorld that he believes it can be improved upon, "I saw it on television, and I thought, ‘We can do better than this," Wright said. The goal is to make it a stand-alone movie rather than remaking it as a pilot, "We spent a week or so recutting, editing, pulling some stuff out, updating the visual effects in many cases, [and] cutting out things I thought never belonged there (like the nudity)." The movie will be ready for DVD release by the end of 2008, but could air in HD on SCI FI HD or MGM HD before then.
The Force Is with Deal or No Deal + Clone Wars To Air on Fridays
A special two-hour "Star Wars" themed episode of "Deal or No Deal," complete with characters and models dressed as Imperial storm troopers and Princess Leia, will air on Monday, April 28 on NBC at 8 PM/ET. In the episode, two contestants will compete in a winner-take-all edition of the hit gameshow. [TVGuide] In other "Star Wars" TV news, George Lucas was at Cartoon Network’s upfront presentation where it was revealed that the upcoming animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will air on Friday nights, and 30 episodes have been ordered by the network. No further details were revealed.
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Caprica Pilot Preview, Plus Mark Verheiden and David Weddle Talk BSG
Intrigued by the "Caprica" spinoff? E! Online has the scoop:
- Caprica is the story of two families, the Graystones and the Adams (better known to us now as the Adamas), and we’ll be meeting the man who fathered and grandfathered Bill and Lee Adama (Edward James Olmos and Jamie Bamber).
- The Graystones include father Daniel, a computer genius; mother Amanda, a brilliant surgeon and unfaithful wife; and their daughter, Zoe, who is martyred to her boyfriend’s religious fanaticism—but not before she installs the rudimentary elements of her personality and DNA into a machine, creating a digital twin of herself, Zoe-A.
- After the human Zoe’s death, Daniel uses these raw materials, some stolen technology and his own grief to cobble together "a robotic version of his dead daughter." This robot version, known as Zoe-R, is a Cylonic Eve, the first of her kind. (Dun-dun-dun!)
If the spinoff ain’t your thing or you’re more interested in the currently running series, there are two interviews up on the web with Mark Verheiden and David Weddle. There’s also a feature up at the TimesOnline about which Sci-Fi show is the greatest; "Battlestar Galactica" or "Doctor Who". Join in on the discussion.
- "Fantastic Four’s" Ioan Gruffudd has been tapped to star in CBS’ supernatural pilot "The Meant to Be’s", opposite Amy Smart. Takes Lead In Be’s [THR]
- Olivia Williams ("X-Men: The Last Stand") has been added to the cast of Fox’s Joss Whedon series "Dollhouse" [Variety]
- Fans of CBS’s "Moonlight" are teaming with the Red Cross to mount a nationwide blood drive to save the vampire drama, which is still on the bubble. [THR]
- Amanda Tapping’s web series turned TV series "Sanctuary begins production this month. [SCIFI]
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) New Amsterdam||5.5/8|
|4) Eli Stone||4.5/8|
|5) Ghost Whisperer (R)||4.0/7|
|7) Lost ("Enhanced" Repeat)||3.6/6|
3/10/2008 to 3/16/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Star Trek||1.0|
|2) Stargate SG-1||0.9|
|3) Stargate Atlantis||0.8|
|4) Dead Zone||0.7|
3/10/2008 to 3/16/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters||1.8|
|2) Ghosts of Mars||1.5|
|5) King of the Lost World||1.2|
|6) Destination Truth||1.2|
|8) Beast of Bray Road||1.0|
|9) Watchers 3||1.0|
|10) Haunted Prison||0.9|
3/10/2008 to 3/16/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire