This week we have the latest (from Bill Murray himself) on the next Ghostbusters movie, plus news on more Marvel movies, the next Harry Potter, an I Am Legend prequel, and maybe even another Star Wars movie. In TV news a Stargate producer is defending the new show, plus we have the latest on Heroes, Lost, Terminator, and more. Plus lots of new videos and images, so check it all out below.
Bill Murray Makes Surprise Appearance at Screening; Talks Ghostbusters 3
Bill Murray made a surprise appearance at a screening for "City of Ember" at Fantastic Fest, and when asked about "Ghostbusters 3" talked publicly for the first time about the film:
“I think the wounds from Ghostbusters 2 have healed, Murray joked, the crowd erupting in laughter. “And supposedly they have hired two guys from The Office to write a script. So that could work. I think that’s a good idea to get a fresh look at… I always liked the characters. The characters are fun. And we did have a lot of fun making the movie. The first one was really a lot of fun to make. And I think the first 45 minutes of Ghostbusters is about as fun as a movie gets.”
Murray also offered some advice to writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg:
“We didn’t have a lot of special effects in it. There were just a couple. It was just the funny characters in that world, and I like that movie because of it. The first movie had like 60 plate shots. The second movie had like hundreds. Those guys got their hands on the script early, and it was GONE. It went away. It was hard to wrangle because it was tied all around the effects without the story or the characters coming first. So, they are hard movies to write, and Dan really caught it with that first one.”
Watch the video below.
I Am Legend Prequel Under Development
Warner Bros. has announced that they are developing a prequel to the hit Sci-Fi film "I Am Legend", according to Variety. Will Smith will reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville. Also returning will be director Francis Lawrence and producers Akiva Goldsman and James Lassiter. D.B. Weiss will write the script based on a detailed outline that was drawn up over the past few months by Smith, Goldsman, Lassiter and Lawrence. The prequel will chronicle the final days of humanity in New York before a man-made virus caused a plague that left Smith’s character the lone survivor among a mutated mob in the city.
Iron Man Writers In Talks for Mystery Marvel Movie(s)
Mark Fergus, who co-wrote "Iron Man" with Hawk Ostby, told MTV:
"There are some really juicy [movies] that we are very much talking intensely with Marvel about. We’re like, ‘We’re the right guys for this one,’” Fergus revealed.
This could explain why the duo were not tapped to write the sequel for "Iron Man", and Marvel instead opted for "Tropic Thunder" scribe Justin Theroux to pen the sequel.
Another Star Wars Movie?
Even thought George Lucas seemed to be done with Star Wars feature films after Episode III, he still went ahead with releasing the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars in August. Now Haden Blackmen, project leader of "The Force Unleashed", told the LA Times that a film based on the hit videogame is a possibility: "And it’s not impossible. Never say never. George [Lucas] has looked to tell new ‘Star Wars’ stories through the games and with the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe, and then he has also shown a willingness to let the characters come into the films."
Tron 2 Headlines Disney’s Ambitious Slate
Walt Disney Co. previewed a sequel to its 1982 sci-fi film "Tron" (2011), the 3D motion-capture remake of "A Christmas Carol"–starring Jim Carrey (November 6, 2009)–and a Tim Burton remake of "Alice in Wonderland" (March 5, 2010) in a presentation in Hollywood. The studio also announced that Johnny Depp–who will star as the Madd Hatter in ‘Alice’–will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.
Half-Blood Prince To Feature 25 Minutes of 3D IMAX
The IMAX presentation of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will feature about 25 minutes of footage in 3D. The footage will be split between the opening sequence and the film’s climax. WB and IMAX did something similar with ‘Order of the Phoenix’, which was presented in 3D for the film’s final 17 minutes. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits conventional and IMAX theaters on July 17, 2009.
Alice in Wonderland (more here)
Kick-Ass (more here)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (more here)
Saw V (more here)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (another here)
- Some new details about "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" have emerged from the Hasbro Licensing Summit. [TFW2005]
- Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios have announced that "Astro Boy" will be released on October 23, 2009. The computer-animated feature film, based on the Japanese manga from the 1950s, features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy. [/Film]
- Saoirse Ronan, who stars in "City of Ember", said that among her favorite moments from the shooting were the scenes she shared with co-star Bill Murray:
"I had, I don’t know, maybe four scenes with Bill Murray," Ronan said, "But those four scenes you just kind of remember for the rest of your life, because he continuously makes people laugh." Another co-star, Harry Treadaway, also talked about the film, discussing how its imaginative production design helped his performance. And finally, Gil Kenan, director of the film, told SCI FI Wire that the author Jeanne DuPrau gave him her blessing, despite some reservations she had with the book-to-film translation.
- "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" will be released on DVD, 3-Disc DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def, as well as DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Sets on November 11, 2008 (click for images). [DVD Active]
- Armie Hammer, who was slated to play Batman in the now stalled "Justice League: Mortal" movie, says he’s still prepared to play the role if the movie ever gets back into production. [E! Online]
- Matt Reeves, director of the J.J. Abrams monster flick "Cloverfield", will write and direct a remake of the Swedish film "Lat Den Ratte Komman In". The vampire film, entitled "Let the Right One In" centers on a young boy who befriends a female neighbor who moves into town. [Variety]
- DreamWorks has acquired the film rights to the science fiction novel "Chocky" and Steven Spielberg is interested in making the adaptation his next directing project. [THR]
- Andrew Stanton, who is writing and directing "John Carter of Mars" based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books, told SCI FI Wire that he and co-writer Mark Andrews are looking to put their own spin on the story.
- D.J. Caruso tells Collider that he’s thinking about using IMAX cameras for certain sequences in his upcoming adaptation of "Y: The Last Man".
- Warner Bros. has announced a December 9, 2008 release date for "The Dark Knight" on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def. Check out some cover art below. Click here for release details. In other ‘Dark Knight’ news, WB will offer Academy members the option of receiving Oscar screeners on the Blu-ray format.
- Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been offered roles in Steven Spielberg’s "Tintin". [Times Online]
- Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a fourth installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and has also been cast as the Madd Hatter in Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland". Keira Knightly meanwhile sounds doubtful about reprising her role as Elizabeth Swann.
- Michael Pena has been offered a role in Seth Rogen’s "The Green Hornet". There is no word on which character Pena will play in the film. [IESB]
Joseph Mallozzi: Stargate Universe not ‘Voyager 90210’
"Stargate Atlantis" executive producer Joseph Mallozzi responded to criticism that has been leveled at the recently announced spinoff series "Stargate Universe", specifically the character breakdowns:
Speaking of SGU, I notice that much of the reaction to the character breakdowns has been negative. While I respect everyone’s right to express their opinions, I’d suggest holding off on making a final decision on the show until you’ve actually seen it. Last week, Brad pitched us the series and its first five episodes and, I have to say, it’s a far cry from the shallow confection many fans are imagining. In fact, in many ways, it’s a much more cerebral and mature addition to the franchise. While firmly entrenched in pre-established Stargate mythology, Stargate Universe definitely strikes out in an exciting new direction. It’s a series that will delight veteran fans, but also appeal to newcomers who may not necessarily know the difference between an Alteran and an Asuran. In spite of what the indicators may suggest, this will definitely not be a Voyager 90210. The assortment of characters that make up the character breakdown are certainly an atypical collection of heroes, far-removed from the skilled likes of Jack O’Neill, Samantha Carter, John Sheppard, and Rodney McKay – but there’s a damn good reason for that. Can’t say more but suffice it to say I have a feeling this show will pleasantly surprise a lot of people.
Heroes Cast Talk About What’s In Store for their Characters, Show
James Kyson Lee (Ando) talked a bit about the surprise revelation in the show’s third season premiere:
"I don’t think it was more of a betrayal, but a misunderstanding." "There’s obviously a lot of mystery involving that scene. I think that’s part of it, that we don’t really know how the future plays out. In this show, you can never assume, because what seems to be doesn’t turn out to be, [and, in fact,] turns out to be completely different."
Lee added that over the coming season, Ando and Hiro will be trying to prevent the future in the present:
"We’ll see if they go there, how it gets there," Lee said. "But it was a nice little preview of what could be in the future." Lee also talked about his character finally getting superpowers: "I think it would be fun," he said. "I’ve had a couple seasons as the mortal, and he’s sort of been used to [being] the guide to the audience, I think, in some ways. That’s been cool. But I think this character seems to be growing every season. I think that would just add another element and a layer to play with. So it’d be interesting."
Also, Christine Rose, who plays mom Angela Petrelli, told SCI FI Wire that she’ll be returning to a position of power on the upcoming season with major developments coming in the eighth episode:
"This volume, she gets her own back," Rose said. "She gets her strength back, and she means business. Then everything falls apart–or maybe it doesn’t. It’s all a really cool story, so it’s exciting."
And finally, Jimmy Jean-Louis, who plays the mysterious character known only as the Haitian, may have let a spoiler slip when talking about viewers following the character to his homeland of Haiti (although the filming didn’t occur there): "We know he goes there, because he has to take care of his brother. Oops, did I say brother? Anyway, he will be taking care of business in Haiti."
Amanda Tapping Answers Questions About Sanctuary
Co-producer and star of the upcoming SCI FI original series "Sanctuary" (October 3rd at 9pm), Amanda Tapping told gathered reporters that she had made the decision to focus on the new show even before the network renewed "Stargate Atlantis" for its current, and final, fifth season.
"When I first got approached with "Sanctuary", I didn’t know what the future of me and the "Stargate" franchise was going to be. And so–this was January of 2006 that initially the script was brought to me–at that time I didn’t know I was going to be doing ‘Atlantis’, and I didn’t know what was going to happen with ‘SG-1’. So we shot this little test scene, and … we got the funding, and in January 2007 decided to do a Web series, which didn’t seem at all to conflict with "Stargate"or how that was going to work. The timing worked out perfectly. And then when it came down to [it], … I had finished season four of ‘Atlantis’, and I got offered season five, and it was a really lovely contract. And it would’ve been very easy to say yes. But I had to sort of make this enormous leap of faith, because "Sanctuary" was waiting in the wings."
Tapping also discussed the differences between her character on "Sanctuary" and her character on "Stargate SG-1/Atlantis":
"It was a really conscious choice. When I first decided to do Helen Magnus, it was a real conscious choice to have absolutely no vestige of Sam Carter in this character, in terms of everything from her appearance to her voice, to her walk, to her wardrobe, everything. I just felt the need to completely reinvent. Partly, as a woman, I just felt it was time, and as an actress, I just felt it was time to just try something completely different. And it’s kind of great, because I go places and people don’t recognize me; people that I’ve worked with for 10 years don’t recognize me.
Jones (James Ellison) Talks Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
FBI agent James Ellison (Richard T. Jones) of Fox’s "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", told SCI FI Wire that his character will be taking the job offered to him by Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) at the Zeira Corp, a precursor corporation to Skynet, although Jones noted his character doesn’t know he’s working for a Terminator:
"I end up working with Shirley Manson, for her [character]’s company, which is a lot better for me, because they have money," Jones said in an interview at Fox’s party to celebrate the fall season in Hollywood earlier this month. "They pay me with nice stuff. I get nice suits. I sell out for the money. No, but I sell out for better resources so I can find out a little bit more about what Terminators are, how they run and why they’re here."
In a separate interview, show creator Josh Friedman talked about how the decision to align Ellison with the bad guys came to be:
"It sort of came out of where we were at the end of last season," Friedman said. "We were like, ‘OK, what are we going to do with him now that he knows what he knows?’ I think everybody sort of assumed now that he knows there are Terminators, he’s just going to go team up with the Connors and become more of a student to them, which is why I really didn’t want to do that. I figured that’s what we all expect. There are other ways for him to get through the day and other motivations for him and curiosities."
Lost News: Jin’s fate Unknown, Claire Gone for the Season
Fans of "Lost" have not seen the last of Jin. Despite his character seemingly being killed in last season’s finale, Daniel Dae Kim told EW’s Michael Ausiello that his "character’s fate is up in the air a little bit, but I think if you keep watching, you’ll be rewarded." When asked if he’d been to Hawaii to film any episodes, Kim laughed and said "I just came from Hawaii yesterday … One could interpret that as [a good sign]." And in other Lost casting news, Emily de Ravin confirmed to Ausiello that Claire will not be seen at all in season five. She assures fans, however, that she’ll return for the show’s sixth, and final, season.
Doctor Who (photos from deleted scene–details at this link)
Life on Mars (more here)
Lost (more here)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (more here)
- There’s still no official word on whether the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel spinoff "Caprica" will become a regular series. Mark Stern said that the network’s executives were still "trying to figure out the financing". The recent pickup of "Warehouse 13" may have complicated things. [The Chicago Tribune]
- ABC’s "Pushing Daisies" was the only sci-fi program to take home an Emmy during the primetime telecast last Sunday. The show won an award for outstanding directing for a comedy series, given to Barry Sonnenfeld for the show’s pilot episode "Pie-Lette". [SCI FI Wire]
- Joshua Gomez, who plays Morgan Grimes, best friend to Chuck Bartowski on NBC’s "Chuck" discusses what’s in store with his character over the coming season. Season two kicks off September 29th at 9pm. NBC has given the show a 22-episode order. [SCI FI Wire]
- The cast of "Knight Rider" has still not met up with Val Kilmer, who voices K.I.T.T. in the NBC revival:
"No, I haven’t met Val Kilmer yet," said star Justin Bruening, adding "It would be an honor to meet him sometime. Maybe he will show up at the season-five Christmas party." Now, now, don’t get ahead of yourself Justin. The season premiere this past Wednesday drew just 7.35M viewers and a 2.5 A18-49 rating. That was down 42% among viewers (12.72M to 7.35M) and 50% among adults 18-49 (5.0 rating to a 2.5 rating) from last February’s 2-hour TV movie. In other "Knight Rider" bits, check out this interview with Paul Campbell (Billy Keikeya on "Battlestar Galactica"), who plays Billy Morgan on the show.
- Meanwhile, "Fringe" couldn’t hold onto last week’s additional "House" viewers, falling back down to 9.42M viewers and a 4.1 A18-49 rating. While off from the week prior, it’s ratings are still higher than what was posted for the series premiere and it continues to fit well out of "House" (which incidentally also dropped week-to-week in the ratings). Over on NBC, the two-hour third season premiere of "Heroes" drew 10.09M viewers and a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49.
- SCI FI Wire has put up a set report for CBS’s "Eleventh Hour", the sci-fi drama based on the British miniseries. The show premieres on Thursday, October 9th at 10pm. You can also check out an interview with stars Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton discussing their characters’ relationship and whether they’ll get romantic here.
- Several cast members of HBO’s "True Blood" have been promoted for the shows upcoming second season.
Guest stars Mehcad Brooks, Todd Lowe, Deborah Ann Woll and Michelle Forbes have all been upped to series regulars. All will appear in the show’s first season finale this fall. The show returns for its second season next summer. [THR]
- The SCI FI Channel has given a green light to production of "RelicQuest" (working title), a new reality series centering on the search for history’s greatest relics and artifacts. The one-hour show will premiere in early 2009. [SCI FI Wire]
- In a new book, "Doctor Who’s" Russell T. Davies reveals that he turned down George Lucas’s offer to write episodes of the upcoming live-action "Star Wars" TV series. [SFX]
- Sarah Michelle Gellar, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, is eying a return to the small screen with a half-hour drama/comedy pilot over at HBO entitled "Wonderful Maladys". The show will revolve around three adult siblings who lost their parents at a very young age. [Variety]
- "Battlestar Galactica" star Mary McDonnell is in final talks to join "Grey’s Anatomy" for a three-to-five episode arc this season. No details on her character have been revealed. [The Chicago Tribune]
British Fantasy Awards Winners
Winners of this year’s British Fantasy Awards were announced last weekend at the Fantasycon 2008 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The winners were:
- Novel (The August Derleth Award): "The Grin of the Dark" by Ramsey Campbell
- Novella: "The Scalding Rooms by Conrad Williams
- Short Fiction: "My Stone Desire" by Joel Lane
- Collection: "Old Devil Moon" by Christopher Fowler
- Anthology: "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18" by Stephen Jones
- Small Press: Peter Crowther, PS Publishing
- Artist: Vincent Chong
- Nonfiction: Peter Tennant, for the Whispers of Wickedness Web site
- The Karl Edward Wagner Special Award: Ray Harryhausen
- The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Scott Lynch
Battlestar Raiders on Sale
High-quality, limited-edition 15 inch by 9 inch replica’s of the Cylon Raider from "Battlestar Galactica" will go on sale beginning September 28th. The replica’s are developed by Quantum Mechanix and will be available online for $949.95. Based on a computer-generated model, the Raiders come assembled and painted from The FX Company and feature custom electronics with light displays, including the scanning/sweeping red LED eye and flaring white engine lights. Only 500 will be sold, each with a brass plaque signed by either "Battlestar Galactica" executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, director Michael Rymer or one of the cast members, including Jamie Bamber (Apollo), James Callis (Baltar), Tricia Helfer (Number Six), Michael Hogan (Tigh), Edward James Olmos (Adama), Grace Park (Athena) or Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck).
- "Brisingr", Christopher Paolini’s third volume in the "Inheritance" cycle of fantasy books, sold a record 550,000 hardcover copies in its first day of release on September 20th, making it the best-selling Random House Children’s Books title ever. The novel has a first printing of 2.5 million copies, also the largest in the publisher’s history. Paolinin will be writing a fourth and final book to conclude the "Inheritance" cycle, although a publication date has not yet been announced. [SCI FI Wire]
- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci gave an interview with /Film where they talked about their new Fox series "Fringe", the possibility of a third "Transformers" film and more. Check it out here.
- As if his extensive directing slate isn’t enough, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has signed a production deal with HarperCollins imprint William Morrow to write a trilogy of vampire thrillers. The first book, "The Strain", will hit bookstores next summer. Del Toro will be working with Chuck Hogan. [Variety]
- Stan Lee isn’t against the idea of the next Captain America being played by Will Smith: "I would love us to do something with Will Smith. It would be a real leap to make Captain America black…" [Digital Spy]
- "Farscape" creator/writer Rockne O’Bannon that the upcoming comic book series will have everything fans love about the original TV series and more. [Newsarama]
- Marvel has announced that talk-show host Stephen Colbert will appear in an eight-page story featured in the extra-sized "Amazing Spider-Man" # 573. Check out the photo below. [SCI FI Wire]
|Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows||HH Rating|
|1) Chuck (R)||1.5|
9/7/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows||Rating|
|1) Stargate SG-1||1.0|
|2) The Dead Zone||0.8|
|3) Stargate Atlantis||0.7|
|4) Star Trek||0.7|
9/7/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire
|Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows||Rating|
|1) Ghost Hunters||1.9|
6) Star Trek: The Next Generation
7) Total Recall
|10) Ghost Voyage||0.9|
9/7/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire