Archive for September, 2011
Executive producer/showrunner will switch Syfy series, moving from Eureka (having just finished production on it’s fifth and final season) and taking over the reins of Alphas from Ira Steven Behr, according to Deadline. Miller has previously worked as a producer for series such as The 4400, Medium and ER.
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation stories seem to have long been a pipe dream of SF-aware producers to get to the big screen…even the latest developments have been long dormant, when Sony won the bidding war almost 3 years ago for the rights after Warner Bros. let them lapse, and it was previously in development with Fox. Well at last there is movement again, with Sony Pictures announcing that Dante Harper has been hired to adapt it.
Harper appears to be relatively new on the writing scene, working on Black Hole for David Fincher/Paramount (based on the graphic novel by Charles Burns), and rewrote the upcoming Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters for Paramount/MGM/Spyglass. Roland Emmerich is still set to direct.
The Foundation series of novels center around mathematician Hari Seldon, who develops a new system of mathematics called “psychohistory”, which can model at a grand scale what will happen in the future – and Seldon discovers that the Galactic Empire, which consists of humans populating millions of other worlds, is in danger of immanent collapse and could lead to a Dark Age that could last thousands of years.
The 21st edition of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida opened last Friday. Whereas Halloween Horror Nights XX was all about paying tribute to past icons (the characters that represent the overall theme) and Fear Himself, this year it’s all new, centered around Lady Luck (think – 21…blackjack…) and her double-sided personality…
After the success of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, an unauthorized viral video that breathed life back in to the Mortal Kombat franchise, at least from a feature perspective, led to Warner Premiere asking writer Oren Uziel and director Kevin Tancharoen to create a 10-part web series earlier this year. Now, New Line Cinema has approached the duo to create a feature film. Can they take it to the big screen?
Fueled by its quartet of popular scripted series (Eureka, Warehouse 13, Alphas and Haven) and new hit reality program Paranormal Witness, Syfy scored the most watched Third Quarter prime in its 19-year history, leaping 12% in total viewers (1.45 million).
Syfy jumped 16% in Adults 18-34 (234,000), 8% among Adults 18-49 (613,000) as well as 4% in Adults 25-54 (681,000), compared to 3Q’10. jumped 16% in Adults 18-34 (234,000), 8% among Adults 18-49 (613,000) as well as 4% in Adults 25-54 (681,000), compared to 3Q’10. (continue reading…)
Syfy’s upcoming original movie Neverland is a prequel to the classic J.M. Barrie story Peter Pan, where you get to see a Neverland before Captain Hook took over, and before Peter meets Wendy! Check out the trailer below…Neverland airs on December 4th and 5th at 9/8c.
The two hour season finale of Warehouse 13 is this Monday, October 3rd, starting at 9/8c! There is something transmitting from within the Warehouse, and Pete and Myka are racing through the multitude of sections trying to find out who or what it is while Artie and Claudia try to track it from back in the office. It turns out that it’s Sykes using his own cache of artifacts to try and destroy them and the Warehouse. They realize the transmission is coming from near the art gallery and the entire team heads to meet up there to bring a stop to the chaos. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in Monday at 9/8c only on Syfy!
BBC, needing to cut costs, has reportedly canceled Doctor Who Confidential, the behind the scenes features that aired on their BBC3 channel right after each episode aired on BBC1, as it as done since the series revived in 2005. The specials also appeared in modified form on the US DVDs, and bits of them can be seen between some commercial breaks on BBC America.
Facing the need to cut 20% of the budget, BBC decided to cut the show and focus on more original content as part of a “Delivering Quality First” initiative.
However, I suspect that behind-the-scenes features will still be featured on future DVD releases, but perhaps not as much and less produced.
I think I like this “micro review” format for things that just recently aired. It’s not a full-fledged review that would require another viewing and even more typing, but it gets my thoughts out there – feel free to add your own. Warning: Here there may be dragons-er, spoilers…
Can’t wait for Syfy’s Being Human to return in January? Here is a little teaser to help you…
“Giving Into Your Inner Monster tease”: