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JMS to take on writing Red Mars for Spike TV

by on Jan.22, 2015, under Television

Babylon 5 creator and co-writer/showrunner of the upcoming Netflix series Sense8 J. Michael Straczynski has signed on to write the adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars trilogy as a TV series for Spike TV.

The show has been fasttracked for development by the network after they started development in September.

Given the long history the adaptation has had over the years, I feel a little more confident that this might actually get made.

Robinson’s Red Mars trilogy, which consists of the novels Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars, detail the colonization and terraforming of Mars with very hard science behind it, with a story spanning a couple centuries.


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Simon Pegg, Doug Jung co-writing Star Trek 3

by on Jan.22, 2015, under Movies

Simon Pegg isn’t just a comedian and an actor with a penchant for playing zombie chased and starship engineer Scotsmen…he’s also written a number of screenplays. Now he may be co-writing the biggest one of his career – he is teaming up with Doug Jung, the creator of series Dark Blue, to write the script for Star Trek 3 for director Justin Lin, who himself took over from Roberto Orci.

Not much else is know as they are reportedly just getting started. But perhaps we’ll see even more Scotty this time?

I did resist saying that he was “pegged” to co-write the script… 🙂


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AMC’s Andie Beckerman walks to Syfy as head of alternative programming

by on Jan.22, 2015, under Television

Syfy today announced the appointment of Andie Beckerman to the position of Vice President, Alternative Development and Production.

Beckerman, who developed and oversaw current programming on a wide range of successful unscripted series such as Talking Dead, Comic Book Men and Game of Arms, will be based in the channel’s Los Angeles office.

She will report to Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production, Syfy.

Among her responsibilities, Beckerman will develop and oversee unscripted alternative programming to build upon existing Syfy unscripted hits like Face Off.

In making the announcement, Olander said: “With Andie’s passion for the genre and her keen creative instincts, she’s a tremendous addition to our programming team and to the future growth of the Syfy brand.”

Beckerman joins Syfy from AMC, where she was most recently Director of Development, Unscripted Original Programming. She began her television career at the channel in 2004.

Beckerman graduated from the University of New Orleans with a M.F.A in film production and a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.


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