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'Ghost Brigades' Heads To Syfy

5 August 2014 8:38 PM, PDT | AirlockAlpha.com | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

Syfy is launching another science-fiction series with its adaption of John Scalzi's "Ghost Brigades," which is based on his "Old Man's War" books. Wolfgang Petersen, who helmed such films as "Das Boot" and "Troy," is spearheading the project along with "Safe House" producer Scott Stuber; Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig ("The Thirst") will script. "Ghost Brigades" centers on John Perry, a 75-year-old soldier serving in a long-running war as mankind -- who can now transfer consciousness into younger bodies -- expands its influence into deep space. Perry quickly finds himself attracted to a mysterious woman while a conspiracy unfolds involving the Ghost Brigades, an elite military force. Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films will produce the project. "Old »

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Syfy Announces "Ghost Brigades" Series

5 August 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Syfy has begun development of "Ghost Brigades," a TV drama series based on John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe book series which will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films.

Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen ("Troy," "The Perfect Storm") will oversee the project's development. Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig will pen the first script, while Scott Stuber ("Safe House") will produce.

The story follows 75-yer-old John Perry who enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows his mind to be transplanted into a younger body built to withstand the harshness of fighting a war in space.

"Old Man's War" was first published in 2005 and scored a Hugo Award nomination in 2006. Four further books followed, the second going by the name "Ghost Brigades". An attempt was made to turn the series into a film at Paramount Pictures »

- Garth Franklin

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Wolfgang Petersen Developing ‘Ghost Brigades’ for SyFy

5 August 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SyFy has announced that Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (“Air Force One,” “Das Boot”) and Scott Stuber (“Safe House,” “Ted”) have signed on to develop “Ghost Brigades.”

Show is based on the “Old Man’s War” universe book series about John Perry, who, at age 75, enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a war for man’s expansion into the cosmos.  Technology in the universe allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies, which are outfitted to endure the rigors of war in space.  Soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman — and at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving the elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.

Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig have also signed on to pen the pilot.  Universal Cable Productions is set to produce the series for the cabler, along with Petersen’s Radiant Productions and Stuber’s Bluegrass Films. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Old Man's War Novel Heads To TV

5 August 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in 2011, Paramount bought the rights to John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel Old Man’s War, with Wolfgang Petersen attached to direct and David Self to write the film. Since then, it’s floated through the development void but never quite turned into a movie, and now the Us SyFy channel has taken over the project, looking to gear up a TV series called Ghost Brigades. Scalzi’s novel, the first in a series of four so far, was originally published back in 2005, though the author actually released it online before that. It follows the adventures of soldier John Perry who, after his wife dies when he’s 75, agrees to sign up for the Colonial Defence Forces. In exchange for his service and the fact he’ll never return to Earth, his consciousness is uploaded into a healthy, augmented new body and he’s sent off to battle a variety »

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Syfy developing sci-fi novel 'Old Man's War' into series

5 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Syfy has snatched up another acclaimed sci-fi novel. John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War series is being developed into a TV show at the network. Bonus: Syf has brought on a respected heavy-hitter producer for the project—two-time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One), along with fellow producer Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted). Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both developing a Winter’s Knight film) have signed to write the pilot.

The project will be titled Ghost Brigades. (You had to figure a title like Old Man’s War would be the first thing »

- James Hibberd

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Syfy Adapting Futuristic Military Drama 'Ghost Brigades' (Exclusive)

5 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Syfy is continuing to ramp up its sci-fi fare. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films. Story Syfy's Plan: More Space Operas, Less 'Sharknado' Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at

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- Lesley Goldberg

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13 Actors Who Almost Played Superheroes

15 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.

I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »

- Joey Paur

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Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13

3 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.

As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »

- EW staff

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The Definitive War Movies: 10-1

2 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.

10. Paths of Glory (1957)

Directed by: Stanley Kurbick

Conflict: World War I

Before Stanley Kubrick grabbed the rights, the source material for Paths of Glory had a long history. The novel, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Stalingrad Director To Tackle The Odyssey

1 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A decade on from Wolfgang Petersen's Troy (adapted from The Iliad), Hollywood is finally getting around to Homer's other great epic, The Odyssey. Warner Bros. have set Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk to work on Odysseus, the story of the titular Greek warrior-king-hero's return home from the Trojan War.300's Gianni Nunnari is among the producers, indicating that, to some extent, this is the same Odysseus that was developing as long as five years ago. There have been plenty of changes between then and now, however. Back in 2009, the screenplay was by Ann Peacock (The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe) and the thrust was not The Odyssey itself, but what happened to Odysseus after he got home to Ithaca.But the latest script is by Jeremy Doner (The Killing), indicating a new focus, and raising the possibility that we may see Odysseus dealing with Cyclops, sirens, Scylla and shipwrecks after all. »

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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

11 June 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers »

- Frank Ochieng

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The NeverEnding Story

1 May 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

An avid young reader is plunged into the fairytale realm of a magical book in this imaginative fantasy adventure from action director Wolfgang Petersen. Barret Oliver is the lad who is literally immersed in the story when he finds himself playing a brave young warrior on a quest to save the kingdom of Fantasia. A charming children's fable with many a wonder to behold, not least its iconic, shaggy dragon-dog, Falcor. »

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Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever

22 April 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.

On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »

- Scott Foundas

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Artax, Silver, Joey, Shadowfax: 11 greatest movie and TV horses

16 April 2014 1:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We were saddened by the news that Gandalf's faithful grey horse Shadowfax - real name Blanco - had died after suffering from an illness last week.

So we thought we'd take the opportunity to stop mourning and instead celebrate Shadowfax and ten other great fictional horses on TV and the silver screen below:

1. Silver

"Hi-Yo Silver! Away!" were the trademark commands of the Lone Ranger to Silver, the magnificent fictional white stallion from the iconic Us radio show and TV series.

A chestnut mare called Dusty was Silver's original predecessor, which is revealed in the 1938 episode The Legend of Silver. When the Lone Ranger saves Silver's life from a savage buffalo, Silver gives up living in the wild, wild west to instead carry the masked former Texas Ranger as his loyal equestrian companion.

2. Seabiscuit

"Let's go, Pops!" Seabiscuit was a real racehorse during the Great Depression in the Us who »

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Artax, Silver, Mister Ed, Joey, more: 11 Greatest fictional horses

16 April 2014 1:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

We were saddened by the news that Gandalf's faithful grey horse Shadowfax - real name Blanco - had died after suffering from an illness last week.

So we thought we'd take the opportunity to stop mourning and instead celebrate Shadowfax and ten other great fictional horses on TV and the silver screen below:

1. Silver

"Hi-Yo Silver! Away!" were the trademark commands of the Lone Ranger to Silver, the magnificent fictional white stallion from the iconic Us radio show and TV series.

A chestnut mare called Dusty was Silver's original predecessor, which is revealed in the 1938 episode The Legend of Silver. When the Lone Ranger saves Silver's life from a savage buffalo, Silver gives up living in the wild, wild west to instead carry the masked former Texas Ranger as his loyal equestrian companion.

2. Seabiscuit

"Let's go, Pops!" Seabiscuit was a real racehorse during the Great Depression in the Us who »

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My guilty pleasure: Outbreak

3 April 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spread the word Wolfgang Petersen's brilliantly terrifying film about a deadly virus coughs up a cast to die for

More from My guilty pleasure

Imagine how much scarier Jaws would be if Jaws could fly. And was invisible. And if he multiplied at an alarming rate and spread all over America killing every single American, and then set his sights on the rest of the world. It would be incredibly scary, and what's more, you don't have to imagine. This brilliant, terrifying film was released in 1995 and I've seen it about 20 times since. My commitment is testament to the genius of Outbreak or "the Jaws of the 90s" as its director Wolfgang Petersen called it.

Outbreak is the story of the fictional "Motaba" virus, which is like Ebola only So Much Worse. First you get pale lips, red-rimmed eyes and a sweaty face, which represent horrible flu-like symptoms. Within »

- Becky Barnicoat

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Stormy Weather Flicks, from 'Twister' to 'Noah' and 'Into the Storm' (New Trailer, Clips)

27 March 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With Darren Aronofksy's "Noah" storming into theaters this weekend, plus the arrival of a new trailer for the latest weather disaster entry "Into the Storm," we've rounded up some clips from titles in the Meteorologic Mayhem genre, dominated by prescient disaster king Roland Emmerich ("The Day After Tomorrow," "2012"). Non-Emmerich entries include Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm," Kevin Costner headliner "Waterworld," animated "Ice Age: The Meltdown," Juan Antonio Bayona's emotion-wrenching portrait of the Thailand tsunami "The Impossible" (starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts) and that flying-cow Ilm classic "Twister," which helped to inaugurate sell-the-vfx-before-the-movie marketing.  What's your fave weather disaster film? What have we left out?  For its part, "Into the Storm" is helmed by Steven Quale ("Final Destination 5").  Richard Armitage (Thorin from the "Hobbit" films) stars. Here's the official synopsis:In the span of a single day, the town of »

- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna

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Chris Boal Signs On To Script Sony’s ‘Zorro’ Reboot

6 March 2014 3:44 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sony Pictures is crossing swords with Chris Boal, signing the playwright and scribe to reboot its Zorro franchise. The reboot has been a Sony priority for some time, and the studio has Parkes/MacDonald’s Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing it. They are also spearheading the studio’s reboot of Men In Black. Lauren Abrahams is overseeing it for Sony and Marc Resteghini for P/M. I’m told that the ambition of the movie is less traditional swashbuckler, and more of a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came from Europe and created a deadly combination of action and lethal fighting systems that combined swords, daggers, grappling and bare knuckles. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer. He just adapted the sci-fi »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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300: Rise Of An Empire review

3 March 2014 9:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Duncan Bowles 4 Mar 2014 - 05:49

Classic literature makes it to the big screen in this epic sequel to Zack Snyder's 300...

As a classical literature geek, I’ve always thought it’s a great shame that there’s such a dearth of epic Hollywood takes on a subject rich with unique tales and especially one that is so full of fantastical visual imagery.

A decade ago there was plenty of promise in Wolfgang Petersen’s take on The Illiad, Troy, with its near perfect casting and lengthy run time, yet the end result was strangely flat considering the endless slew of brutal action described in the original text. Since then most films have either embraced full blown fantasy in the likes of Wrath Of The Titans (let’s not mention the remake of Clash), or chosen more grounded tales such as the disappearance of the Ninth Legion as seen »

- sarahd

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Sam Dickerman Joins Disney as Evp, Production

19 February 2014 11:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Dickerman has left his position as Executive Vice President, Production for Columbia Pictures and joined Walt Disney Studios with the same title. He will report directly to Sean Bailey, the President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production and will be responsible for the development and production of Disney’s live-action films.

“It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of The Walt Disney Studios,” said Dickerman. “While I will always cherish my time at Sony and Columbia Pictures, I am tremendously excited to join Sean and the Disney production team and can’t wait to get started.”

While at Columbia, Dickerman worked on “American Hustle,” “Salt” and “Battle: Los Angeles.” He began his tenure at the studio in 2005 as a Senior Vice President, Production.  

“Sam is a talented executive with a history of creating dynamic and compelling films,” said Bailey. “His passion for filmmaking, proven track record, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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