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New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.
Janis Nords’ second feature Mother I Love You and Juris Kursietis’ debut Modris were the big winners at the ¨Great Christopher¨ (¨Lielais Kristaps¨) National Film Competition held during the first edition of the Riga International Film Festival (December 2-12).
Nords, who graduated in film directing from the UK’s Nfts, received the top honour of best film as well as the trophy for best feature film director and best actress (for Vita Varpina’s performance as the single mother trying to make ends meet).
On presenting the direction prize to Nords, the competition jury’s chairman, veteran film director Janis Streics, said that he saw “a bright future ahead for Latvian cinema” on the strength of the line-up for this edition of the national film awards.
Mother I Love You, which is handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales, premiered at the »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
Syfy’s space drama “The Expanse” has added cast members Chad Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) and Jared Harris (“Mad Men”). They join Thomas Jane and Steven Strait in the galaxy-spanning story of a hardened detective (Jane) and rogue ship captain (Strait) who team up to find a missing girl, and find themselves in an interplanetary conspiracy.
Coleman will play Fred Johnson, a former Marine caught in a power struggle between Earth and Mars. Harris plays the “strangely terrifying” Anderson Dawes, who comes into conflict with Jane’s Detective Miller. Kristin Hager (“Being Human”) and Shawn Doyle (“Big Love”) joined Coleman and Harris in new cast announcements Thursday, with Hager playing strong-willed navigation officer Ade Nygaard and Doyle playing “consummate politician” Secretary Errinwright.
- Kevin Noonan
A user on YouTube by the name of AnselmoFanZero has created an Iron Man Gauntlet that fires lasers and Rockets! He's made some other creations (Web slingers, Guns, etc), but this might be his best one yet. Check out the video below! If you would like to see other creation of his click Here. If not, sound off below with your thoughts! Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.1 It is the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the film stars Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film sees Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer, build a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. »
Alcon Television Group has inked a deal with Legendary Global Television Distribution to handle international distribution rights for its Syfy series “The Expanse.”
This marks the first property to be sold through Legendary Television’s new worldwide distribution division that is run by recently appointed head, Michael Grindon.
“The Expanse,” which is based on a series of science fiction novels from James S.A. Corey, is set 200 years in the future and follows a detective (Steven Strait) and the captain of a rogue ship (Thomas Jane) as they travel across the galaxy to find a missing girl. In the process, they uncover an interstellar conspiracy. The series was developed by “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, who serves as executive producers along with Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Sharon Hall, Naren Shankar, Sean Daniel and Jason Brown.
“We are very excited to be involved with »
- Kevin Noonan
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s »
- Debi Moore
The 10-hour drama, which is being described as a space opera that is set 200 years in the future, follow’s Jane’s Detective Miller — a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter where he is a dedicated cop for the corporate security force operating as the law in the Belt. He finds a new sense of purpose when he and a rogue ship’s captain lead an investigation into a missing heiress that helps them uncover a great conspiracy.
“Thomas Jane is exactly the type of high caliber actor we hoped this project would attract,” said Bill McGoldrick, Syfy’s exec VP of original content, who made the announcement. “The intelligence and nuance he »
- Whitney Friedlander
Triple Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane has been cast in the upcoming television adaptation of the Leviathan Wakes book series by James S.A. Corey. Syfy has ordered The Expanse straight to a 10 episode series, adding it to a list of new ventures for the cable network, which also includes 12 Monkeys, Dominion, Olympus, Ascension and Z Nation.
With Jane in the role of Miller – a detective working for a corporate security force in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter – the story takes place 200 years in the future, when Miller takes on the case of a missing heiress. During the course of his investigation, he crosses paths with a rogue ship’s captain, and the pair find themselves on the trail of a far bigger, more dangerous conspiracy, that threatens to cause galactic conflict.
- Sarah Myles
Set two centuries in the future when much of our solar system has been colonised, Jane plays a hardened detective from the Asteroid Belt who works for a corporate security force.
He teams with a rogue ship's captain to find the truth about a missing heiress and its ties to the greatest conspiracy in human history. The project has a ten-episode straight-to-series commitment and will likely premiere sometime next year.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Syfy has ordered a new space thriller series called The Expanse without seeing a pilot first. The show will have 10 episodes to start. No word on when it will premiere.
Here are the details:
Syfy Dives Into The Expanse With Straight-to-series Greenlight For Epic Space Opera Produced By Alcon Television Group
New York – April 11, 2014 – Syfy continues to ramp up its slate of ambitious and high quality scripted series with a straight-to-series greenlight for space-opera project The Expanse, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The 10-episode order is Syfy’s boldest new series commitment to date. The Expanse is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order. »
(Cbr) Following through on a pledge to return to its science fiction roots, Syfy has given a 10-episode order to "The Expanse", a space opera from "Children of Men" screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. The duo, who also penned "Iron Man", will remain as writers and executive producers. Based on the bestselling trilogy written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S. A. Corey ("Leviathan Wakes", "Caliban’s War" and "Abaddon’s Gate"), "The Expanse" is described as a futuristic thriller that “follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.” The series is produced by Alcon Television Group, part of Alcon Entertainment ("Transcendence", "The Blind Side"), and the Sean Daniel Company ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor »
- Melissa Molina, Comic Book Resources
Described as a “kick ass space opera!” by George R.R. Martin and as the sci-fi equivalent of Game of Thrones by anybody that has read it, The Expanse by James S.A. Corey is heading to the SyFy channel. Set two hundred years in our future this science-fiction thriller follows Detective Miller and a roguish Capitan Jim Holden as an investigation into a missing girl slow unravels a very deep-rooted conspiracy threaded throughout the solar-system.
“The Expanse is epic in scale and scope and promises to be Syfy’s most ambitious series to date,” Syfy president Dave Howe said. “Bringing this coveted book franchise to television with our partners at Alcon and the Sean Daniel Co. is a giant win for Syfy, »
Syfy has given a straight-to-series greenlight for space-opera project "The Expanse," it was announced by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The 10-episode order is Syfy's boldest new series commitment to date. "The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company's first series order. Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby ( Children of Men , Iron Man ) wrote the pilot; they will continue to serve as writers, as well as executive producers. A thriller set two hundred years in the future, "The Expanse" follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest »
Syfy continues getting back into the science-fiction game with a straight-to-series ten-episode order for a new space opera based on James S.A. Corey's best-selling "The Expanse" book trilogy.
The thriller is set 200 years in the future and follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby ("Children of Men," "Iron Man") are attached as writers and executive producers. Syfy president Dave Howe says the series promises to be the network's most ambitious series to date.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Syfy, the network that brought the world Sharknado, is upping its scripted content game with a series based on the Leviathan Wakes book series, which will be called The Expanse.
Syfy Picks Up 'The Expanse'
Syfy has already ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, which has the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men) working on the script, reported The Hollywood Reporter. It’s based off of the science-fiction book series penned by James S.A. Corey. Already, the series is drawing comparisons to HBO’s fantasy book series adaptation, Game of Thrones – though instead of being set against the backdrop of medieval times, The Expanse is set in space.
“A thriller set two hundred years in the future,” reads the series logline, “The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together »
Syfy has ordered the “space opera” project “The Expanse” straight to series.
Set 200 years in the future, the 10-episode thriller follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
“The Expanse” is the first series order for producer Alcon Television.
Scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will exec produce the project. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company will also exec produce. The two developed the original pitch with Ostby and Fergus.
The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franch. Both will also serve as producers.
- Nikara Johns
Syfy continues to ramp up its slate of new scripted dramas with a straight-to-series order for space opera project "The Expanse," based on the book series by James S.A. Corey, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe.
The 10-episode order is Syfy’s boldest new series commitment to date. "The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (Atg), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order.
"The Expanse" does sound a lot more sci-fi than horror so we probably won't be covering it much more but thought fans of the books would certainly be interested in the news about the series, which follows.
Related Story: Syfy Announces Two New Series: "Z Nation" with Zombies and "Olympus" with Gods and Monsters
- Debi Moore
Syfy continues to aggressively build its original slate with a 10-episode order to The Expanse, a series based on James S.A. Corey’s series of novels. The project, which received a straight-to-series order in a competitive situation, is in the space opera genre in the tradition of Battlestar Galactica that Syfy brass had been looking to bring back to the network. The Expanse was put together as straight-to-series by Alcon Entertainment’s TV arm Alcon Television Group and Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Co. who developed the original pitch with Oscar-nominated writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man). This marks Atg’s first series order. Fergus and Ostby wrote the script on spec and will continue as writers and executive producers. A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Syfy has given a direct-to-series order to an exciting-sounding new project based on an acclaimed sci-fi book series. The cable network has ordered 10 episodes of The Expanse, from Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man) and Alcon Television Group. The project has been described by industry insiders as “Game of Thrones in space” — not so much because of the specifics of the plot, but because it tells a dramatic sprawling grown-up story within a popular fantasy genre that’s based on a respected series of novels.
The logline: “A thriller set two hundred years in the future, »
- James Hibberd
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