Archive for September, 2006
The lead role in Jon Favreau’s upcoming Iron Man feature film has finally been announced. Robert Downey Jr. will play Tony Stark, the wealthy alcoholic who develops a suit of armor that gives him superhero abilities. Kevin Feige, Marvel’s president of productions, said they would not deal with the alcoholic aspects of the character in the first movie, but probably in sequels (if they happen). Filming is set to begin in February.
After its first season of 13 episodes, Spike TV has cancelled it’s original series Blade, which was based on the movie trilogy of the same name. A DVD set will be released, however.
The SCI FI Channel begins airing the second series of the revamped Doctor Who, starring David Tennant in place of Christopher Eccleston, tonight at 8PM ET with “The Christmas Invasion” followed by “New Earth” at 9:30PM. Update: Time correction, plus I forgot to mention that Who has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the TV’s longest-running sci-fi show, although there is some confusion about Stargate SG-1 entry as “Longest running sci-fi TV show (consecutive)”. Doctor Who ran for 26 “consecutive” years. Guinness either means currently in production, or (my theory) that the writer’s strike in 1980 that cancelled “Shada” is considered a break, and the number and length of episodes back then resulted in the total produced time being less than what SG-1 has. Anyone want to do the maths?
SCI FI Wire has posted more information on The Sarah Jane Adventures. Producer Russell T. Davies insists the upcoming special is “a one-off special, not a pilot,” followed by the full series (set to begin filming in April). Also, K9 will in fact appear in the special, but not in the series due to ownership rights. In Britain, it was common for the writer to own the characters, not the production company – much like how Terry Nation owned the Daleks. Bob Baker owns K9, and according to Davies, “He’s been planning his own spinoff series for K-9 for the past 10-15 years. That series is in development right now with Jetix.”
The second half of the second season of Battlestar Galactica, billed as “Season 2.5”, has hit the shelves last week. How does it measure up? Read More for the review, and help destroy the Cylon fleet with the game at the official web site.
BBC Worldwide Americas told SCI FI Wire that the second season DVD release of the new Doctor Who will hit the streets on January 16th, right after the second season finale airs on the SCI FI Channel. The release will be identical to the UK release (to avoid jealousy, apparently, on either side of the pond), although the packaging may differ. Pre-order links when available, and hopefully a review when it comes out.
G4 and MGM TV have gotten together and are producing an animated series based on Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ cult-hit spoof of Star Wars. A one-hour pilot and 13 half-hour episodes are ordered, and will air in the U.S. on G4. Brooks will reprise his roles in voice, and helped write the pilot.
Russell T. Davies is explaining why the Doctor doesn’t get into space much. Despite last season’s two-parter of “The Impossible Planet/Satan’s Pit” being set around a black hole, Davies says about episodes like that, “They’re hugely expensive,” and “The programmes that do show alien planets are not prime-time programmes.” Apparently the BBC hasn’t seen fit to give the show its deserved budget.
Christopher Tolkien, son of the late J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other books set in his mythical Middle Earth, spent the last 30 years editing an abandoned tale of his father’s called “The Children of Húrin”. Although it has appeared in excerpt form in other books, it is now being released as its own novel. The story refers to the tragic tales of the descendants of Húrin, a captive of Morgoth. In particular, his son Túrin and daughter Nienor, in a story with Elves, Dwarves, and even a dragon (Glaurung, Father of Dragons). The book is set to be published in the Spring of 2007.
The Dead Zone, which some say was unlikely to get renewed due to increasing costs, gets a reprieve, albeit a short one. USA Network has ordered up 13 more episodes.