Archive for January, 2007
Doctor Who – The Complete Second Series came out today on DVD in the U.S., following closely on the heels of the conclusion airing on the SCI FI Channel. At the end of the first series, people were dealing with the sudden shock of the man who led the return of the show, Christopher Eccleston, who proved to be extremely popular, suddenly leaving and being left with a new actor in David Tennant. Could the show survive such a sudden massive change? Well, just like the original series, the show not only survives, but the new Doctor is, to borrow a word, “Brilliant.” Read More for the series and DVD review.
TheThunderChild writes “GAAK (Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures) is a weekly webcomic written and drawn by Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton. They tell the fantastic adventures of a group of “Goonies”-like kids who stumble into sci-fi adventures unimaginable. (Yes, sci-fi, as in the classic 1950s movie offerings that we all know and love.) The Thunder Child tooncasts the comic at GAAK. Check it out. You, too, will become hooked!”
TheThunderChild writes “The Thunder Child Science Fiction Webzine and Sourcebooks has interviewed Australian actor and independent film-maker Adrian Sherlock, and the interview is at Adrian Sherlock Interview. Got big dreams? Check out how one individual brought his dreams to life.
For the past several years Sherlock has filmed episodes of a series similar to the X-Files, with a protagonist named Damon Dark whom he plays himself. YouTube has taken off like a rocket with people around the world uploading videos of all kinds. Sherlock has placed all of the Damon Dark episodes there, and is currently working towards getting a deal with a major TV studio. (In addition to the interview, you can view episodes of Damon Dark on The Thunder Child page.)”
As previously reported, instead of an 11th season of Stargate SG-1, MGM is planning two direct-to-DVD movies. Details released include titles and plots: Stargate: The Ark of Truth, with SG-1 searching for the device to defeat the Ori and ending up in a distant galaxy; and Stargate: Continuum, where someone changes the timeline so that the Stargate program never existed, and Earth faces domination by Baal. More details at GateWorld.
Just a reminder: Doctor Who Series 2 hits the streets in the US tomorrow, Jan. 16th. If you haven’t already, please order it now and help this site out! Expect a review in a couple of days (my review copy arrived today and I’m checking it out now).
The SCI FI Channel has made a lot of announcements for upcoming productions, so let me summarize – full text available at SCI FI Wire: Alan Cumming (X2) joins the cast of Tin Man, a twist on the Oz tale; Flash Gordon series gets green light; and the following are in development: Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson’s best seller, is a six-hour miniseries from George Clooney; Avery House, from Mark Burnett, a bed-and-breakfast where thoughts become real; Revolution, about colonists under siege from Earth; Middletown, a small town that becomes a battleground with aliens; Johnny Midnight, about a slacker with powers to save the world; Witch School, about a school for aspiring conjurors (sound familiar?); and Starcrossed, a half-hour comedy behind the scenes of a space opera program. That last one sounds suspiciously like a book by Ben Bova with the same name, which satirizes the experience with the short-lived Canadian SF series The Starlost.
Science fiction author Robert Anton Wilson, perhaps best known for The Illuminatus! Trilogy, passed away January 11th. He apparently had been bed-bound due to complications from Post-Polio syndrome since last summer. More details can be found here. Fnord.
William Shatner may be the only one talking, but its becoming one of the worst-kept secrets anyways. He told SCI FI Wire that J.J. Abrams is trying to write him into the script for Star Trek XI, and it does indeed deal with a young Kirk and Spock at Star Fleet Academy. Also mentioned is his SFC movie Alien Fire, and that he is working on two books himself dealing with Kirk and Spock at the Academy.
Robert Shaye, the head of New Line Cinema, has said that the studio won’t work with Peter Jackson on The Hobbit, or any other film at the studio for that matter. “I do not want to make a movie with somebody who is suing me,” Shaye said. “It will never happen during my watch.” The fireworks continue…Updated 1/11: And Jackson parries, calling Shaye’s comments “regrettable” and seems to be taking the high road in comparison.
James Cameron’s long-in-development SF project Avatar (previously reported as Project 880) has been greenlit by Fox, with a planned April start and release in the summer of 2009. In the meantime, Paramount has its own Avatar project: Avatar: The Last Airbender, a cartoon series on Nickelodeon, will get the big-screen live-action treatment with M. Night Shyamalan writing, directing and producing as part of a three picture deal with Paramount’s MTV Films and Nick Movies division.