Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Fox developing U.S. version of 'Torchwood'
Original producing team on board to adapt U.K. series
By James Hibberd
Jan 19, 2010, 10:00 AM ETHuge news for sci-fi fans: Fox is developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series "Torchwood."
The project is from BBC Worldwide Prods., with original series creator Russell Davies writing the script.
A more straight-faced spinoff of "Doctor Who," "Torchwood" is about a covert group that investigates and fights alien activity. Two series aired domestically on BBC America as well as last year's well reviewed stand-alone miniseries, "Children of Earth," which broke all ratings records for the network.
Unlike U.S. adaptations that have gone awry, "Torchwood" fans can take comfort that the original producing team is on board. In addition to Davies, exec producers include Davies' producing partner Julie Gardner (former head of drama at BBC Wales for the show's first season) and Jane Tranter (another BBC vet, now exec vp programming and production at BBC Worldwide Prods. in the U.S.).
Also, some of the current cast -- most likely John Barrowman, who plays the immortal Capt. Jack Harkness -- might star if Fox orders "Torchwood" to pilot.
As for the new show's plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons.
Tranter might try to reboot "Doctor Who" for U.S. audiences while departing "Doctor Who" star David Tennant stars in NBC's pilot "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer." "Torchwood" (which is an anagram of "Doctor Who") debuted in 2006 on BBC 3 and set ratings records, then was moved to BBC 1. Russell also reinvented "Doctor Who" in 2003 and was writer-creator of the series "Queer as Folk."
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
New ‘Dune’ Director Pierre Morel Wasn’t Satisfied With David Lynch’s Movie; Has Big Plans
It hasn’t been long since Pierre Morel was hired to step in and direct the new film being based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel, Dune. As you know,David Lynch was the director of a 1984 film of the same name that was based on the book, but don’t for one second think that this new movie has anything to do with that film — no, this is an entirely new interpretation of the story.
Morel spoke to MTV recently, where he was sure to explain his plans for this new venture.
The Taken director first explained that he was a big fan of the book, and that he really wasn’t happy with the ‘84 film:Like many people, I was not fully satisfied with David Lynch’s movie in 1984. I do respect David, and I think his interpretation and vision was interesting, but not what we [fans] expected. And I thought I’d give it a chance, try to do this, make it faster and more modern. I think that now, in 2010, we have the technology to achieve much more than David could do twenty-five years ago. I think it will be cool to try something different.
After that, he got into the good stuff, discussing what he plans to change and why. Dune takes place 10,000 years from now, so Morel is concentrating on basic ideas now, like what to do with the clothing people will be wearing and the technologies we might see. We’ve all seen how films of the ’40s and 50’s perceived the “future” and, considering we’re in it right now and it looks nothing like they had it, you can imagine how difficult it will be to envision 10,000 years ahead.Well, this is supposed to take place 10,000 years from now, so I wonder why people are still dressed like Captain Nemo. It feels very 19th century to me. I think the [character’s clothes] should be much more modern than that. That’s one thing [I’ll change]; that’s a basic thought.
We’ll try to figure out what things may look like 10,000 years from now; it’s all about reconfiguring the entire universe. Everything is going to be very different than [it is] now. And we know from the book that there’s no more computers, no thinking machines. So a lot of the technology is going to be different. We’ll be working with design concepts, futurists and scientists who will give us a vision of how technology may evolve with certain conditions. That might lead us to another vision of the future – it’s not David Lynch’s vision, it’s not ours either, but in-between.
Morel says that they’re starting completely over from whatever had been built when Peter Berg was set to direct, which includes rewriting the script. Even so, he hopes to be filming Dune next year, but it’s far too early to tell.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
HBO: 'Game of Thrones' dailies 'look fantastic'
TCA -- HBO programming chief Michael Lombardo says the dailies for highly anticipated fantasy series "Game of Thrones" look "fantastic" and the project looks very strong for a series pickup.
"Everything looks fantastic," said Lombardo, who's become a fan of the George R.R. Martin books upon which the project is based. "The director got great performances. Unlike a lot of projects like this, everything was shot on location. It has such a rich texture that it looks more expensive than it actually was."
"The fantasy is so incidental, it has a very adult tone," Lombardo said. "You forget it's fantasy while you're watching it, and that's what I love about it."
The pilot will employ some CGI, for backgrounds, the story's "direwolves" (a mixture of real animals and CGI) and dragon eggs.
Also, like in the books, each family in the story will have its own color pallet for clothing and armor.
If all goes well, Lombardo said, "Game of Thrones" will be on HBO in spring 2011 -- "March or April."
"I would be surprised if it doesn't [get greenlit]," Lombardo said. "It has everything going for it."
Sunday, January 10, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, California — The beauty of Indiana Jones is that we always imagine him as being on the verge of another great adventure. It's impossible to imagine Indy sitting back in his porch chair with a glass of lemonade, screaming at kids to get off his lawn. Now, Harrison Ford is eager to pick up the whip and fedora one more time and get "Indiana Jones 5" filmed while he's still a convincing action star.
"I don't think I'll do it in a wheelchair," the legendary actor grinned Friday (January 8). "George [Lucas] is working on an idea, and if it comes to a fruitful stage, all of us are very interested in making another."
In 2008, after a 19-year absence, Ford revisited his classic adventurer alongside Spielberg and Lucas, all three of whom need to agree on any script in the "Indiana Jones" series. By many accounts, "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was a financial success but easily the weakest of the four films. Now, Ford is promising that the idea Lucas has for the fifth film is outrageous.
"Yeah," he said when reminded of a quote he gave saying that Lucas' idea was"crazy but great." Does he want to elaborate? "No," he responded.
"Some of the best ideas are crazy ideas, you know?" he conceded. "Well-wrought, well-manipulated.
"I think it would be interesting to advance the understanding of the character, as we always have had that ambition throughout the series," Ford said of what he needs to see in an "Indy 5" script before he's willing to step on the gas like Short Round in a Shanghai taxi cab. "I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son [Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf] and play on that relationship. ... It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity."
When talk turned to the biggest character development of "Crystal Skull" — Indy's marriage to Marion Ravenwood — Ford seemed amused by the concept that anyone would find scenes of their wedded life as exciting as the series' trademark stunts.
"Yeah, yeah," he deadpanned. "Really exciting.
"I think [scenes with a married Indy and Marion] would be nice grace notes," admitted the actor, who will next be seen in "Extraordinary Measures," a January 22 drama. "We'll see what we come up with.
"Karen [Allen]'s a wonderful actress, I've always enjoyed working with her," he added. "I'm hoping that there'll be a part for all of us in the next one."