Various tidbits, mostly from Science Fiction Weekly: Ethan Phillips says Neelix is not in a hurry to reach Earth; Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) will be shooting extra scenes for Episode 2 as late as November; Boxleitner doubts a new B5 series; Denise Richards would like to be a Trooper again; Akira is to be re-released to theatres, DVD, and VHS; and Jurrasic Park 3 promises to be much darker…
Ethan Phillips on the official Star Trek website talked a a bit about Voyager reaching Earth, and what it means for his character. “”This isn’t home to him, so as far as Neelix is concerned, whatever happens to him is fine. He’s not dying to get to Earth. His home is Voyager.”
There is no mention as to why the extra scenes are needed, but Hayden will be back before the cameras this Spring and again in the Fall. He’ll also appear in Episode 3.
After the recent announcement of talks between JMS and the Sci-Fi Channel, Boxleitner chimed in on Eon that he didn’t think another series is feasible in terms of profit. “Believe me, television is heading into a recession.” He obviously wants to get into movies, where the residuals are probably a lot better (at least until the strike gets resolved.)
Denise Richards (Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough) says she’d like to reprise her role in Starship Troopers if a sequel ever gets made – but doubts it will happen. But mostly, she’d like to work with Troopers director Paul Verhoeven again.
Pioneer Entertainment is sprucing up Akira with $1 millon for a theatrical re-release this Spring, and also come out with a DVD and a new VHS version with a new English translation and remixed audio.
The production designer, Ed Verreaux, on Jurrasic Park 3 told Horror Online that this film will be a darker than the others. “I think it’s going to be a little bit darker, a little bit more moody,” he said. JP3 will feature the return of Sam Neill as Dr. Grant, along with T?a Leoni (Deep Impact), William H. Macy (Air Force One, Fargo), Michael Jeter (The Green Mile), and Trevor Morgan (Sixth Sense).