Sci-Fi Saturday brings news on a troublesome scene in The Dark Knight, problems with Justice League movie, a delay for the Punisher movie, and an explanation for no ‘mythology’ in the X-files move. But there’s lots of good stuff too, like lots of pictures (including Wolfman and Watchmen), more videos, possible new life for Jericho, a post BSG future for Tricia Helfer and more.
Ledger’s The Dark Knight Scenes Remain Intact?
Earlier in the week Cinema Blend reported that Warner Brothers were considering cutting a scene from "The Dark Knight" involving the late Heath Ledger’s Joker in a body bag pretending to be dead after it got negative reactions in test screenings. However, MovieHole.net cites an annonymous source saying nothing of Ledger’s performance will be cut from the movie. Speaking of those secret screenings, ComicBookMovie already has an early glowing review. Plus the viral campaign has released footage of Maggie Gylenhaal as Rachel Dawes (below), more updates at SuperHeroHype. "The Dark Knight" hits theaters on July 18.
Punisher: War Zone Delayed
"Punisher: War Zone" director Lexi Alexander revealed on her blog that the film has been pushed back from September to December 5th. Lexi also reported on a recent studio screening, saying it "went well and, although I’ll probably have to compromise on a few minor notes, it’s not nearly as bad as some of my filmmaker friends predicted it would be. I guess I got away with an actual okay studio experience (knocking on wood since it’s not quite over yet).” For more of the director’s thoughts, including her comments on Ray Stevenson, who plays Frank Castle, head here.
Ray Park on "G.I. Joe"
Ray Park (aka Darth Maul) told Geekscape! that he was determined to snag the role of Snake Eyes in the upcoming "G.I. Joe" for himself. "One of the reasons I always wanted to play Snake Eyes is because I played as him when I was a kid. Star Wars fans and the fans I’ve met at conventions have said ‘You’d be the best Snake Eyes ever if they did a GI Joe movie!’ So when I heard they were actually going to do it I did everything possible to try and get in a meeting or try and get an audition." Park also assured fans that they’re going to love the movie: "Oh definitely. Yeah, definitely. You should be big time excited. I’m excited and I’m on set. The sets are unbelievable! The costumes, the wardrobe, the look is unbelievable and it’s such a nice, fun set to be on." G.I. Joe hits theaters on August 7, 2009.
Park…from Sith to Snake
Justice League Film Halted Again
Another week, yet another problem with the "Justice League" movie. Producer Barry Osborne told the New Zealand Dominion Post the film is on hold and that director George Miller is now looking to move production to New Zealand. If that fails, Osborne says they have two choices: "scale back the movie in some substantial way or you find another place to do the movie that you can do for the budget." In other "Justice League" news, "Juno" director Jason Reitman revealed on "The Howard Stern Show" that he turned down an offer to direct the film, saying the script was "fine" but he didn’t want to do a movie "not as good as X-Men" and prefers to do indie films.
Carter and Spotnitz Talk X-Files
Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz explained to IGN why the "X Files" sequel is going to be a ‘standalone’: "We knew we wanted to do something that wasn’t a mythology episode. We’d kind of wrapped up the mythology, to a large extent, in the series. So I think, especially coming back a number of years later, the best thing to do would be to reintroduce The X-Files to its core audience, but also maybe introduce it to a lot of people who haven’t had a chance to see it before." They didn’t offer spoilers, beyond saying "It’s scary. It’s about Mulder and Scully, very much. It’s about them and their relationship and who they are and it’s a personal and emotional movie too, in a way that the series rarely could be, because we’re not doing 24 episodes – we’re just doing this one standalone movie."
Mulder and Scully together again…this time it’s personal
Star Wars Beats Lord of the Rings
Spike TV’s airing of Star Wars Episodes 1 through 3 last weekend out-rated the "Lord of the Rings" telecast on TNT. The average audience of all three "Star Wars" was 3.5 million viewers vs. the 2.7 million average for the "Lord of the Rings" movies. The highest rated movie was "Revenge of the Sith" which scored 4.2 million viewers. The "Star Wars" event on Spike TV continues this evening with the airing of "Empire Strikes Back", followed by "The Return of the Jedi" on Sunday night. Both movies begin airing at 8:00 p.m.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (MAD Magazine)
Untitled X-Files Sequel
Iron Man (7-11 Slurpee Cups, details here)
The Wolf Man (set photos, more here)
Watchmen (more here)
Speed Racer (more here)
Pathology (Internet Spot)
Speed Racer (behind-the-scenes clip)
- MGM has bought the rights to "Bobism", a SF comedy script about a shy collegian who discovers that life in 1,000 years will be based on his blog. [Variety]
- "The Sword and the Sorcerer" sequel looks to be moving forward. Twitch reports that Lee Horsley will be returning and will be joined by Christopher Lambert, Kevin Sorbo and Victoria Maurette.
- Universal Pictures is set to produce "Earth vs. Moon" from "Zombieland" writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Plot details are scarce, but the story is described as a space-set epic. [THR]
- Rose McGowan told MTV that she’s still ‘Barbarella’ and that production is moving forward on the remake from "Grindhouse" director Robert Rodriguez. [MTV]
- LatinoReview is reporting that an offer has been sent to Jake Gyllenhaal for the title role in "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time". Asked for comment, Disney responded with "you’ll see soon enough".
- British actor Scott Adkins has landed the role of Weapon 11 in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".
- Brandon Routh may star as the lead in the supernatural "Dylan Dog" comic book adaptation, with Kevin Munroe set to direct. [Bloody-Disgusting]
- "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" character guide is available to view at Moviefone.
- Marvel has launched a new production blog for "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" and one of the updates reveals new cast: Moon Bloodgood as Maya, Pei Peei Cheng will play Zhilan and Edmund Chen will play Huang.
- The soundtrack for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has been listed on Amazon, and the title tracks reveal some tiny spoilers.
- Universal has launched Hetfet.org, a viral website for the upcoming film "Hellboy II: Curse of the Golden Army".
- The production company for "Babylon A.D." (starring Vin Diesel) denied rumors the film had a 2 hours 40 minutes version that had 70 minutes cut from it. Apparently a joke made by the director got taken seriously.
- George Lucas is suing a British prop designer over rights to the imperial storm trooper costumers from the "Star Wars" films. [SCI FI Wire]
- Author Michael Chabon’s unused "Spider-Man 2" script has found its way online. You can download it here.
Yah…she’ll do for Barbarella
Comcast to save Jericho?
According to a report in the New York Times, "Jericho’s" production arm CBS Paramount Network Television has held talks with the cable provider Comcast about keeping the canceled CBS series alive. The deal would allow CBS to keep the show on the air, but defer some of the cost of the show to Comcast in exchange for first broadcast rights to its 24 million subscribers. A similar deal has been struck with NBC and DirectTV for "Friday Night Lights."
"Lost" Season Four Expands to 14 Hours
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have come to terms with ABC over adding an additional hour of "Lost." As reported by E! Online’s Kristin, the extra hour will be used for the show’s 4th season finale, which will now air three hours over two nights. The first hour will air May 15th at 10:00 p.m., with the final two hours to air on May 29, beginning at 9:00 p.m.. "Lost" returns with the first of five new episodes on April 24 in its new timeslot, Thursday’s at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Galactica Gets Big Ratings + Helfer Inks TV Deal
The fourth season premiere of "Battlestar Galactica" bounced back from a poor season three finale performance, notching 2.14M viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 41 and 38 percent, respectively from the season three finale. Time will tell if the audience will stick around for the show’s final season, but this is a respectable start. In other BSG news, actress Tricia Helfer who plays Six in the series, has inked a FOX TV deal.
Galactica may be gone, but Helfer will be back
Gay Character on Pushing Daisies Revealed
[SPOILERS] Bryan Fuller, creator of ABC’s "Pushing Daisies", told AfterElton that in upcoming episodes one character will be outed. The character will be the coroner, played by Sy Richardson. "We were going to slowly expand his character and kind of reveal that he has a little crush on Emerson, Fuller, who himself is openly gay, said. "I didn’t want to just do another, like, pretty gay person. I thought it would be interesting to have an older character be gay." Click here for the rest of the interview.
Early review of Stargate Continuum
GateWorld editors recently attended a screening of the upcoming DVD movie "Stargate Continuum", and give it high praise, "We walked away as reborn ‘Stargate’ fans."GateWorld owner Darren Sumner was particularly amazed by the film, calling it "the best movie or episode he has seen in years, easily in the top five for all 12 years of ‘Stargate’ history". The film features the return of Richard Dean Anderson and Gateworld notes "Hardcore fans of the show will appreciate the fine-toothed attention to detail (in both story and a decade of character development), and the extra effort exerted to bring almost a dozen well-known characters from SG-1 back for one more romp."
- Actress Nicole de Boer ("Deep Space Nine", "Dead Zone") has been cast in an upcoming season five episode of "Stargate Atlantis". [Joseph Mallozzi]
- According to TV Guide’s Michael Ausielo, money and their inability to make movies while tied up with the series, were the reasons why "Smallville" co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar wont return for the 8th season.
- Jewel Staite, who played Kalyee on the Fox series "Firefly", told convention goers in Australia that a special edition Blu-ray release of the short-lived series is coming soon. [TV Guide]
- For a limited time, Amazon.com is offering free downloads of four "Stargate SG-1" episodes. The episodes are "The Torment of Tantalus", "Window of Opportunity", "Lost City, Part 1" and "Lost City, Part 2".
- Bobby Cannavale ("Third Watch") will play the title role in ABC’s comedy pilot Cupid, [THR]
- "Pushing Daisies" begins airing on ITV 1 in the UK this evening. [ITV]
- The complete DVD specs for the second "Futurama" movie "The Beast with a Billion Backs" have been released.
- The third season of "Venture Bros." begins June 1st on AdultSwim.
- "Lost" executive producer Jeff Pinker has been tapped to run J.J. Abrams’ Fox SF drama "Fringe". [THR]
deBoer…headed to the Atlantis Galaxy
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) Eli Stone||4.7/8|
|4) New Amsterdam||4.5/7|
3/23/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
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3/23/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters||1.4|
|2) Rock Monster||1.3|
|5) Destination Truth||1.1|
|6) Atomic Twister||1.0|
|7) Beyond Loch Ness||1.0|
|8) Leprechaun 3||0.9|
|9) Storm of the Century, Part 3||0.9|
3/23/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire