Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Two of the villains from Michael Bay’s new movie are coming out as toys, and a couple of early pics have surfaced. I have to say, the character ‘The Fallen’ that the title of the film is based looks absolutely sick and I’d go as far as to say one of the coolest robots I’ve ever seen. (He’s the robot toy in the image to the left).
Watchmen & Star Trek XI – Watchmen hits screens on March 6, and it will do so together with a brand new as yet unreleased trailer for Star Trek XI. If you like Star Trek, you now have to go see Watchmen
Speaking of Watchmen related news, Total Film have posted an article in which Alan Moore (who wrote the original graphic novel) voices his disdain for the comic book to movie industry – actually, the movie industry itself really. I can’t help but agree with Alan Moore on everything he said, particularly his statement that, “The main reason why comics can’t work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant.” Yet, whilst this is the main reason why comic movies haven’t worked well traditionally it is not a valid reason to support an argument that all comic book movie adaptations can’t work.
Surely even Moore can see that amongst a sea of bean counters Zack Snyder is a shining light – and that he has the talent to do with movies what Moore does with comics. There is arguably no such thing as an absolute truth, and even though I share Moore’s view on the state of the movie industry and its bean counters, I also think there are always exceptions to the rule. Snyder’s 300 was one of them, and I’m confident so too will be Watchmen. Read his comments here.
Day of the Triffids – With all the remakes that are going on, it was just a matter of time before this cult classic joined the party. The Day of the Triffids remake is coming in the form of a two part television sci-fi drama based on the 1951 John Wyndham novel. It is a BBC1 production and sports a pretty good cast including Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210), Brian Cox (X Men 2) and Ewen Bremner (Aliens Vs Predator) amongst many others. Day of the Triffids will be released 30 August 2009.
Inception – Everyone loves Christopher Nolan and so excitement is in the air with the news that before he completes Batman 3 he will be directing Inception, a new sci fi action movie. Nolan wrote the screenplay which is described as a ‘contemporary sci fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind’. Sounds like some Matrix style philosophy might be heading to our sci fi world.
No Heroics - If you’ve seen the British comedy series No Heroics, then you might be happy to know that the ABC in the US has green-lit a pilot for the US version. No Heroics is very funny and takes place primarily in a pub where only Super Heroes are allowed – but they aren’t allowed to use their powers (hence, no heroics). If No Heroics can be converted as well as The Office was, then this is good news.
Superman Trilogy, Plastic Man, Logans Run – There’s rumor going around that the Wachowski brothers are in the running to take on a new Superman Trilogy. If you didn’t already know, the Wachowski’s brought us The Matrix Trilogy. My verdict? I don’t know if this is true, because primarily the next Superman movie (Man of Steel) already has Bryan Singer officially attached to it with a release date scheduled for 2011. Singer has already acknowledged his shortfalls on the first movie, and with his comments I’m confident he’ll deliver a far more darker and action packed sequel. If it is true, then I have no doubt at all that the Wachowski’s would wow us with their take on red undies wearing hero. Either way, I think this merely means it’s worth looking forward to the next Superman movie.
One of the reasons the Wachowski’s might get to do a Superman Trilogy (according to the rumor) comes from the idea that pet project, a super hero themed movie titled Plastic Man, might be about to hit a brick wall. Apparently it all comes down to whether Warner Bros go with it or not. If it’s a Wachowski pet project and this is not a rumor, my advice to Warner Bros is to just let the Wachowski’s do their thing. In all honesty, Plastic Man by the Wachowski’s and Man of Steel by a newly focussed Singer would be a great result.
Whilst we’re talking Superman, this rumor goes on to say that Bryan Singer has dumped working on the Man of Steel project in favor of a big screen adaptation of the sci fi television series Logans Run. Again, there’s nothing official on this at all. As far as the world is presently concerned, Joseph Kosinski is directing Logan’s Run.
Paradox – “In a world where magic, rather than science, fuels technology, Detective Sean Nault (Kevin Sorbo) is an odd man out, being notoriously inept with the one spell he knows, and relying instead on his senses, his gut instinct, and his fighting skills to get the job done. Joining forces with Odessa, a like-minded “pragmatist” who’s also uncomfortable around magic, Sean is stunned to discover a parallel universe in which science rules, and there’s no such things as winged horses, four-armed bodyguards, or senators who achieve office through their powerful wizardry. However, Sean and Odessa also uncover a frightening plot to conjoin both worlds for personal profit and power–at an untold cost to the human race.”
That’s the very cool plot summary for the sci fi movie Paradox, based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Sean Patrick O’Reilly. Paradox stars Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame – at first panic set in when I heard Kevin Sorbo would be the star, but my stress was relieved somewhat with recent comments from Christos Gage (who wrote the script).
“When they first mentioned Kevin Sorbo — he obviously has a great following [and is] a great actor — but we pictured Hercules with the long hair, and Ruth [Gage] and I weren’t sure if this guy is a hard-boiled, Homicide detective,” Cage said to MTV, “But when we first saw the stills of him, his hair is cut normal length, he’s wearing a trench coat, a fedora, he’s got that great face with the square jaw. He looks fantastic — like a ’40s film-noir guy.”
Stargate fans will be interested to know that it will also star Christopher Judge, who plays Teal’c in the Stargate series.
Paradox is scheduled for release later in 2009 (although a specific date is yet to be set). The trailer will be released at the San Diego Comic Con Jul 23-26.
Doctor Who - Apparently star Matt Smith is going to be a lowly paid Doctor Who and won’t make nearly as much as David Tennant. His salary is rumored to be $1 Million pounds – for a five year stint as the Doctor. Whilst that’s not a lot of money by comparison to most acting standards, it’s still, um, almost $1.5 million dollars! I mean, is anyone really complaining? I’d do it for free! (and, I suppose, that’s about what my performance would probably be worth). In any case, I’d be betting Smith will be able to renegotiate if everyone feels he’s the best Doctor Who ever. Let’s see if his salary changes after his first season’s performance…
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – McG’s next big budget Disney based project has picked up Justin Marks (Street Fight: The Legend of Chun-Li / Masters of the Universe / Voltron) to write the script. We haven’t seen any of Mark’s movies yet as they are all either in development or in production, but he has many in the pipeline so someone likes his work.