This weekend may be the biggest movie weekend of the year, but there are still things to look forward to. We have Orci talking Transformers 2’s appeal to the hardcore, casting rumors and debunkings for Captain America, Lots of Terminator 4 news. Plus images and vids from Hellboy, Hulk and much more…even Space Chimps. In the world of TV we have details on Whedon’s Dollhouse, Stargate Atlantis Season 5, Heroes and more.
Impressive Debut for Indy 4
Paramount has another hit on their hands as fans flocked to movie theaters (some in full Indy gear) to catch the return of one of film’s favorite characters. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” has taken in an estimated $56 million through its first two days and looks headed for $140-150 million through Monday, which would give it the record for the biggest four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. Overall, reaction is mostly solid, with the film sitting at 79% on Rotten Tomatoes. So what were your thoughts? Was the nearly 20 year wait worth it, or should they have just left well enough alone? (after all it’s near impossible to top the ‘Last Crusade’ ending)
Orci Talks Transformers 2, Says sequel will be more appealing to hardcore fans
Screenwriter Roberto Orci talked with IGN about the "Transformers" sequel and confirmed that Soundwave, who was rumored to appear in the original as an MP3 player, has been included in the script for "Transformers 2".
"We had to get Soundwave in there," Orci told IGN. "You know, we had Ravage in an early draft of the first movie and Soundwave, and we couldn’t do it right and I think this time hopefully we’ll have the ability to do it."
Orci also said that the sequel will be more accessible to hardcore fans:
"[S]ome of the die hard fans, which we were a member of that group, felt, well, maybe it’s a little light. Maybe it wasn’t science fictiony enough. And I think the second one will deliver on a true "Transformers" story. You know, the first one, we had a limited budget for what it was. Every second of Transformer time is a million dollars or whatever the heck it is, so this time, because we were able to prove through the whole thing that it’s a viable live-action movie, we have a little more freedom this time to actually learn about the Transformers, see them, hear them. It’s a better balance between the humans and the Transformers."
The First Avenger: Captain America to be set during WWII, McConaughey Casting Rumor Denied
Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has revealed that the upcoming Captain America movie (May 6, 2011) will be set during World War II. Feige also confirmed that Matthew McConaughey was not in consideration for the adaptation as was rumored by CinemaBlend a few weeks back. With "The Avengers" set to hit just weeks after (July 2011), the question was brought up about if you need to see "The First Avenger" before catching "The Avengers", to which Feige responded: "Each of them have to stand on their own. You won’t have to have seen any of the films to understand The Avengers… but it will help." Read more on the studio’s upcoming plans at CHUD.
McG Talks Terminator 4 and Bale Signed for Three films + Synopsis and Concept Art Released
Warner Bros. dropped a press release confirming that production on "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins" had begun, but the bigger news came from director McG, who talked a bit about casting and took some time to reassure fans:
"Like you guys, I’ve been a long-time fan of the series and I understand your passion for the Terminator movies — and it’s my full intention to deliver a film that lives up to the previous three installments. I’ve spent time with James Cameron, spoken to Arnold Schwarzenegger, gone over the story with Jonah Nolan, and enlisted Stan Winston," wrote McG. "Everything we’re shooting is designed to be tactile and real, you’ll be seeing a whole set of inspired designs you’ve never seen before, and best of all you’ll finally get to see some of the post-judgment day future that was only hinted at in the previous movies."
On Casting (with some good things to say about Star Trek’s Chekov, Anton Yelchin)
"John Connor will be pushed to the brink. And for me, Christian Bale embodies Connor’s strength and tenacity perfectly. And after visiting Sam Worthington on the set of Avatar, I know he’s perfect for his role," writes the director. "As you know, Anton Yelchin is playing Kyle Reese, and his prep has been unbelievable. The guy’s been watching all three Terminators incessantly and he’s definitely going to capture the essence of the character Michael Biehn created in Cameron’s first film."
Click here to read the rest, and click here to read the press release, which includes a new synopsis and casting bits. And in related "Terminator" news, BBC reports that Christian Bale is signed on to star in all three of the planned films.
Spider-Man 4 in 2010?
Just last week a rumor broke on a possible back-to-back shooting schedule for "Spider-Man" 4 and 5, this week comes a quote from Marvel’s Vice Chariman, Peter Cuneo via IESB talking about when we may see the webbed one next:
"As far as Spider-man 4, it’s really up to Sony, it’s up to them, most likely scenario is 2010 or 2011 but we can’t speak for them and I think, that we don’t know. They have given us their re-up payment for that film so you know they’re going to make it within a reasonable time frame. Sony may be looking at some issues with the cast and so on, I think they have to make some decisions."
Dragonball (more scans can be found here)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (more character posters can be found here)
The Incredible Hulk
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li (Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li–Unconfirmed)
The Happening [Red-Band, i.e. R-Rated, trailer]
Hellboy II: The Golden Army [HD Version]
The Incredible Hulk (video clips)
"Blonsky Battles Hulk"
Ghostbusters (5-minute sneak peak at the upcoming video game)
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (video-game trailer)
- Nothing is free in Hollywood, not even a movie’s title. 20th Century Fox paid $550,000 to the Smithsonian Institution for the right to use its name in "Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian". [SCI FI Wire]
- Principle photography on one of "Star Trek’s" May 09 competition, "X: Men Origins: Wolverine", has wrapped. [IESB.net]
- Marvel Studios is developing a movie based on the comic book series "Runaways". Co-creator Brian K. Vaughan (who is also a producer and writer on "Lost") will write the adaptation. [THR]
- Steven Spielberg is creating a new social networking site called "The Rising" dedicated to people who have had paranormal experiences. [io9]
- The official website for "Lost Boys: The Tribe" has launched.
- Speaking at the Microsoft Advance ’08 event, director James Cameron told the crowd that his upcoming 3D Sci-Fi film "Avatar" is "the single most complex piece of filmmaking ever made.” [Search Engine Blog]
- "Iron Man" writers are taking on "Highlander". Hmm, perhaps they should have adhered more fully to the tagline "There Can Be Only One"? [Variety]
- The Joker, Lex Luthor and The Riddler are among some of the villains set to appear in David Goyer’s Green Arrow project "Super Max". [LatinoReview]
- In addition to working on soundtracks for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Superman: The Man of Steel", The Boston Globe reports that John Williams is working on the soundtrack for "Jurassic Park IV". With news that Laura Dern may reprise her role, I guess this officially confirms that another "Jurassic Park" is in the works.
- "Dawn of Dead" is going to be re-released in 3D. THR
- Columbia Pictures may be looking to set up another update of “Flash Gordon”, entering talks to acquire the film rights for a big-screen adaptation. [THR]
- Capcom Co., the publisher behind the “Resident Evil” video-game series, is currently in talks with various Hollywood studios to jointly produce more movies based on its software. [Bloomberg]
- Make your own Cubecraft of Indiana Jones. [Cubecraft]
- Warner Bros. has had "preliminary contact" with three actors about reprising their roles from the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy: Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum). There’s still no word on whether Ian Holm will be reprising his role as Bilbo Baggins. [Variety]
- Actor Glenn Morshower is returning to "Transformers 2". The actor (who has appeared in several "Star Trek" shows and movies) appeared in the original movie as a military Sergeant. [Fangoria]
- "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time" has found its lead. Jake Gyllenhaal will play the young prince Dastan. Gemma Arterton has also joined the cast. The actress will play Tamina. The film is scheduled for release on July 13, 2009. [THR–the Gyllenhaal casting was originally scooped back in April via LatinoReview]
- John Cusack and Chiwetal Ejioor have been cast in Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi film "2012". Shooting on the film begins in February 2009. [Variety]
Whedon Talks Dollhouse + Dr. Horrible Musical Nearly Complete
Joss Whedon talked to SCI FI Wire about his upcoming Fox series “Dollhouse”. Here are some highlights.
How he came up with the show’s concept:
"It came from my conversation with Eliza about her, about her life, her career, about what everybody wanted from her, what they wanted her to become and what she was trying to become," Whedon said in an interview last week during Fox’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York. "That’s really what the show is about. It’s about plumbing the depths of our identity."
On the main character Echo (Eliza Dushku):
"The exciting thing–and part of the other reason I created the show–is that Eliza is very versatile, and this will be a chance for her to play 100 different people," Whedon said. "They’ll all be her–she’s not going to wear old-person makeup or anything like that–but they’ll all be from very different social strata, with very different agendas and very different motivations and very different things. Every week [Echo] will have an agenda that’s evil or decent or sexual or romantic or altruistic. It can be anything."
And in a separate SCI FI Wire piece, Whedon revealed that he’s just about done with “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, the nearly 40-minute online musical that he wrote and directed. Whedon anticipates the musical will appear first on the internet, followed by releases on iTunes and DVD.
Moffat named new show runner of Doctor Who
Steven Moffat has been named the new lead writer and executive producer of the BBC drama series "Doctor Who". Moffat, who has written several episodes of the show, will replace Russell T. Davies early next year when he steps down. Davies has been the showrunner of the series since it was revived in 2005 and will continue to head it through four specials in 2009. Moffat will take the reigns in 2010 when the series returns with new episodes for its fifth season.
Premiere Dates for NBC Sci-Fi Shows
NBC has announced the premiere dates for its fall schedule. Here are the debut dates for the networks sci-fi/genre programming that will premiere in the fall:
- Heroes – Monday, September 22 (Clip show 8-pm, season premiere 9-11pm)
- Knight Rider – Wednesday, September 24 (8pm)
- Chuck – Monday, September 29 (8pm)
New Season of Atlantis Will Focus on Wraith + Cast Changes Upcoming
Producers of “Stargate Atlantis” told SCI FI Wire that the new season of the show will focus more heavily on the Wraith and the series will have a side trip to Las Vegas to commemorate the show’s 100th episode (which actor Joe Flanigan—Sheppard—says may revolve around the replicators). Here are some other highlights of the new season (plus casting news):
- Teyla (Ratchel Luttrell) will have her baby, plus she’ll activate her Wraith DNA via a confrontation with a Wraith Queen.
- The return of Wraith-worshipper Satedan Tyre (Mark Dacascos)
- Robert Picardo will become a regular cast member, replacing Amanda Tapping, who is leaving the show to pursue a full-time role on her new series “Sanctuary”
- Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) will become a regular cast member, receiving a promotion from her status as a recurring cast member.
- Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett) will return to play the character.
Click here to read more, including Jason Momoa’s (Ronon Dex) discussing his plans for life after “Atlantis”, hinting at just one more season on the show.
Trading Card Set and new Webcomic for Heroes
NBC Universal has joining forces with Topps to create a new line of trading cards for the NBC series “Heroes”. The first set of cards is in stores now and includes the following characters: H.R.G., Micah Sanders, Matt Parkman, Ando Masahashi, Hiro Nakamura, Claire Bennet, Nathan Petrelli, Mohinder Suresh, Sylar, and Peter Petrelli. A second set of cards will be released in July. Each pack contains seven cards, but you can also purchase a special “hobby box” which will have 24 packs of cards. And in other “Heroes” news, writer Mark Sable unofficially announced in an interview with ComicMix that the “Heroes” Webcomic series will be returning during the summer.
Heroes (Season Three Promo)
- The NY Times has an interesting article up about the SCI FI Network’s continued expansion of their “What If” slogan, which includes programming that doesn’t fit into science fiction brand. There’s even talk of changing the channel’s name.
- Craig Horner and Bridget Regan have been added to the cast of Sam Raimi’s syndicated TV Series “Wizard’s First Rule”. [THR]
- The cast of the SCI FI pilot “Warehouse 13” has expanded. Saul Rubinek has been cast as Artie Nielsen, the Secret Service agent in charge of the warehouse and CCH Pounder will play Mrs. Fredric, the director of the secret government organization. [SCI FI Wire]
- NBC will air a special "Incredible Hulk"-themed episode of "American Gladiators" on June 9th. Lou Ferrigno will guest star, sharing the arena with host Hulk Hogan as audience members, contestants and the gladiators will all be decked out in green. An exclusive 60-second preview from "The Incredible Hulk" (which hits theaters on June 13th) will also be shown during the broadcast. [THR]
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating/Share|
|3) Ghost Whisperer||5.9/11|
|6) Medium (R)||1.9/4|
|7) Supernatural||1.7/3 (2.63M)|
|8) Reaper||1.7/3 (2.58M)|
5/04/2008 – Source: Nielsen Media Research
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
5/04/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|2) Battlestar Galactica||1.3|
Beneath Loch Ness
6) Lost in the Bermuda Triangle
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep
Eye of the Beast
Freddy vs. Jason
5/04/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire