Archive for May, 2016
Syfy made the Krypton pilot green light official today, and gave a few more details on the upcoming production, the much-anticipated Superman prequel set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. Krypton will follow Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
Krypton will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer/showrunner; Colm McCarthy (She Who Brings Gifts, Peaky Blinders) is set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Krypton will be produced by Warner Horizon Television and is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC Comics.
“Krypton is one of the most iconic stories in the comic book universe,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “In the talented hands of David S. Goyer and the DC Entertainment/Warner Horizon Television team, this exciting Syfy project will take viewers back to Superman’s home to show how the timeless legend began.”
CBS has still been tight-lipped on the fate of Supergirl, and that could be due to negotiations between the network and the studio to reduce the costs of the show.
Deadline reports a new possibility from the various scenarios we’ve been hearing this week that production could actually move from Los Angeles to Vancouver as a cost-cutting measure – partly spurred by the denial of tax credits for the production from the California Film Commission.A move to Vancouver would also bring the show to the same area as Greg Berlanti’s two other DC Universe shows, Arrow and The Flash, the latter of which already did a crossover to Supergirl.
If CBS ultimately doesn’t bite, there are apparently various outlets that might take the show on. Our money is on it joining its cousins on the CW, which is co-owned between VBS and Warner Bros, which could lessen license fees. However, the budget in general for the show is probably too high for the CW to take as-is, and additional cost cutting might be needed, as it would also be likely for any other outlet beyond the Big Four networks. That would likely mean production cuts – which would likely be most scene in some loss of the cast.
It still remains to be scene where we go from here. We are still pretty confident that Supergirl will go on…somewhere.
Hail Ceasar! star Alden Ehrenreich is in negotiations to play the young Han Solo for the upcoming untitled Star Wars anthology film, which will deal with the scoundrel smuggler’s adventures before the events of A New Hope, although an exact plot is unknown. The film is still in pre-production, with the directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie).
The movie is currently scheduled for a May 25th, 2018 release.
Haven‘s Eric Balfour and Fargo series executive producer Warren Littlefield are teaming up to develop a series based on the 2013 novel These Broken Stars from Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (the first book of the Spellbound trilogy). And it’s already received interest from Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and Sky TV. Continuum creator Simon Barry will pen the adaptation, being set up at MGM TV.
Also joining the production are Stephanie Varella (Inland Empire), Ann Johnson and Martin Berneman.
These Broken Stars follows what happens to the luxury starliner Icarus when it is abruptly ripped from hyperspace and crash lands on a planet, with two survivors: Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver Merendsen, who came from nothing but became a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
As NBCUniversal continues to consolidate management among its cable properties, two more senior vice presidents have elected to leave. Paul Shapiro, SVP Original Content and Erik Storey, SVP Original Programming, have both left after Bill McGoldrick, now the Executive Vice President for Scripted Content across Syfy, USA, Bravo and E!, announced his management team last week, mainly consisting of people McGoldrick worked with at USA before he came to Syfy in 2014.
Shapiro, who was in charge of scripted programming development, had been with Syfy for 12 years, while Storey, who managed current scripted programs, was a 15 year veteran of the network. With the exception of Syfy President Dave Howe, most of the executive team has changed in the years I’ve known them.
If you were looking forwarded to seeing the third installment of The Maze Runner next February, you might need to wait a little longer.
Production on the movie was suspended back on March 28th when star Dylan O’Brien suffered an injury on the set. The injury was never specified, but it is believe that he fell off the back of a set piece and injured his cheekbone or orbital socket. It was hoped that a little time off would help and production would pick up in a couple weeks again, but Fox has now said that production is on hold indefinitely. “The resumption of principal photography on Maze Runner: The Death Cure has been further delayed to allow Dylan O’Brien more time to fully recover from his injuries,” according to 20th Century Fox’s statement. “We wish Dylan a speedy recovery and look forward to restarting production as soon as possible.”
Fox has not yet said anything about the release date (currently February 17th), but the longer it takes O’Brien to recover, the less likely they will meet that date.