A Sophie's Choice for the modern age?
A Sophie's Choice for the modern age?
That Darkover TV show we always dreamed about is finally happening | Blastr
Given the massive, runaway success of HBO's Game of Thrones, it was probably just a matter of time before someone snapped up another sweeping, character-dense, world-rich genre book series to bring to the small screen. And Marion Zimmer Bradley's best-selling Darkover saga seems to be next in line.
Producers Ilene Kahn Power—who gave Angelina Jolie her big break in HBO's Gia—and Elizabeth Stanley have obtained the rights to Bradley's Darkover books, almost 40 in all, which chronicle the foundation of a human colony on an inhospitable planet in orbit around the red giant star known as Darkover and incorporate elements of both fantasy and science fiction.
According to Kahn Power:
"With the ability to create the Darkover world through state-of-the-art effects and the opportunity to utilize multiple platforms to unfold our narrative, now is the ideal time to create a lasting and far-reaching series that features compelling characters and gripping stories that will appeal not only to existing fans but also to the broader audience which has embraced series such as Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica."
They're setting a pretty high bar for themselves; let's hope they can clear it. To date, there's no network involved, nor are there any creatives involved beyond the producers, but I could always use another ambitious, sweeping science fiction saga. How about you?
well, Adgy...proving how clueless Michael Bay is, he is using the rule of three...then a reboot. BUT...wait for it...he is going to direct and probably write the damned thing.
Michael Bay Returning to Direct TRANSFORMERS for June 2014 Release
So, some things even the magnificence of Statham Can Not Save!
I was hoping to get Transformers: The Return of Megan Fox.
Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.
Jonathan Liebesman to Direct TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reboot
Paramount is in development on a live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It has been a rough transition so far from comic to feature, but the studio is taking the project in an unexpected direction. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes—the production company behind horror remakes such A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th—are shepherding the reboot. The studio assigned the script to Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the writers who most recently penned the whip-smart Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Now Variety reports Jonathan Liebesman is in negotiations to direct. Liebesman directed Battle: Los Angeles, and his next project is Wrath of the Titans. He’s the up-and-comer you call when you want a big action film. Tone will always be tricky when your main characters are anthropomorphic turtles who know martial arts. But if they can reinvent TMNT on the level of, say, Bay’s Transformers… well, that sounds like a blast.
Hugh Grant Says He Plays Six “Incredibly Evil” Characters in ‘Cloud Atlas’ | /Film
Either good or bad...this movie is going to be AWESOME.
And this is part of why I positioned Cloud Atlas, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, as my second most-anticipated film of 2012.
Let’s run through the basics again, for those who are just joining in: One film. Two parallel film units with three directors shooting six interconnected stories. Most of the cast plays multiple roles, sometimes switching genders and races in tales that range from classic adventure to detective thriller to dystopian sci-fi.
We know the cast (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Bae Doona) but have only known a bit about the characters each person will play. Now Hugh Grant is talking about Cloud Atlas, and it sounds like he had the time of his life playing six “incredibly evil” characters, even if each is a relatively small role.
Empire talked to Grant, who said as an overview:
I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film. I do a lot of killing and raping. I wear an awful lot of prosthetic make up, too. You probably won’t know that I am in the film! But it was a laugh. I thought before I read it that I’d turn it down, which I normally do, but I was interested in meeting the Wachowskis because I have always admired them enormously. And they are so charming and fascinating.
Count me in! (Not as an endorsement of killing and raping so much. Just of Hugh Grant doing it. On film.)
As far as specific roles go, Grant only mentions that he played “a cannibal, about 2000 years in the future,” which means he’s got a small part in the ‘final’ story, ‘Sloosha’s Crossin’ an’ Ev’rythin’ After.’ But the fact that he’s got six roles means he’s probably in each of the six tales. And if he’s in all six, can we expect that everyone in the cast follows suit?
Grant finished with,
I have seen little bits of cut footage and it is just astonishing. I probably had 20 shooting days, and each of them is shooting their own part of the film with their own crews. It’s remarkable.
Rumor: None of the Original Cast Returning for TRANSFORMER 4
Earlier this week, we reported that Michael Bay would be rebooting his own damn franchise with Transformers 4, an idea so stupid that it’s truly fitting of these movies. In a recent interview with E! Online, Josh Duhamel says he’s not coming back for the sequel and neither is anyone else:
“I don’t think anybody’s doing it. I know Shia [LaBoeuf]‘s not doing it. I don’t think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it.”
Take this with a grain of salt. Actors are the last to know anything regarding a movie’s production. LaBeouf previously stated Transformers: Dark of the Moon was his last one, but then again, so did Bay. Either way, it’s not like the cast makes much of a difference in these movies. Transformers 4 opens June 29, 2014.