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For a generation of moviegoers, James Shigeta will be immediately recognisable as Joseph Takagi, the Nakatomi Corporation boss who's ruthlessly despatched by Alan Rickman's sneering villain in the 1988 hit, Die Hard. But there was so much more to Shigeta than John McTiernan's action classic - that appearance was, in fact, but one of many in a long and fruitful career on stage, television and the silver screen.
Born in Hawaii in 1933, Shigeta embarked on a singing career after winning first place in a TV show called Original Amateur Hour. His subsequent success was such that a lengthy run of appearances in Tokyo musicals left him with the nickname, The Frank Sinatra of Japan.
Returning to America in the late 1950s, Shigeta »
My geek overdrive continues to overwhelm me. But I’m not the only one.
Less than a week away from this year’s San Diego ComicCon (which opens its doors this Thursday, July 24th, and closes them on Sunday, July 27th) Entertainment Weekly joins the national geek fest that is summertime with a bang-up double-size issue featuring a cover shot of Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America with Ultron looming behind them. The issue is a stuffed-to-the-gills San Diego Comic Con preview…
And I read every single page. Including the adverts.
Now I know how those fans at the 1976 Sdcc felt when Charles Lippincott (then head of Lucasfilm’s marketing, advertising and publicity department) showed some of the first production slides of Star Wars, and (writer) Roy Thomas and (artist) Howard Chaykin previewed their Marvel Comics adaptation of the film, because the cover story, »
- Mindy Newell
Here's the latest Austin film news.
Austin will be the setting of two upcoming TV series. Kut reports that HBO is developing God Save Texas, about a freshman Texas legislator wooed by energy lobbyists. Writer/co-producer Lawrence Wright is basing the show on his play Sonny's Last Shot. No word yet on whether it will actually be shot in Austin. And per Austin Business Journal, Amazon is producing Hysteria, a series starring Mena Suvari as a psychiatrist at The University of Texas at Austin who's investigating a teen epidemic related to the title. This series might actually shoot locally, considering a recent casting call.Local screenwriter/author/former film critic C. Robert Cargill has his next project lined up: He's co-scripting The Outer Limits with Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the horror feature Sinister with him too. The movie will be based primarily on an episode of the 1960s anthology show »
- Jette Kernion
Scott Derrickson is a busy man. He has Deliver Us from Evil coming out in a few weeks, he'll be producing Sinister 2 later this year, and he just landed directing duties on Marvel's Doctor Strange. But that's not busy enough, so he and his Sinister cowriter C. Robert Cargill have just landed writing duties on a new The Outer Limits movie. MGM is producing the feature version of the classic sci-fi anthology series, though this movie won't contain multiple stories. It'll actually be a single, feature-length adaptation of Harlan Ellison's fantastic episode "Demon with a Glass Hand," about a man who is sent into the past in order to save the future. "Demon with a Glass Hand" is a pretty cool story involving aliens hunting a man...
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"Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson will be taking a break from that blockbuster life to reunite with his "Sinister" collaborator C. Robert Cargill for some spooky sci-fi goodness in "The Outer Limits."
The dynamic duo will be taking a crack at adapting one episode of the creepy '60s TV series, "Demon With a Glass Hand" by Harlan Ellison. On the show, Robert Culp plays a man who wakes up with a crazy computerized hand and no memory of his life, aside from the past 10 days. There are aliens and time travel and all sorts of crazy stuff, and it sounds like Ellison's original vision for the story was much larger than what "The Outer Limits" could afford, so it will be cool to see how the filmmakers play with Ellison's screenplay.
Ellison, a fantastic (and fantastically prolific) author, wrote a ton of scripts for TV, with credits on "Star Trek, »
- Jenni Miller
At long last, a feature film based on the iconic 1960s sci-fi television series The Outer Limits is moving forward over at MGM. The studio has wanted to turn the property into a movie for more than four years, and now we’re hearing that it has enlisted the help of Sinister scribes Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill to finally bring The Outer Limits to the big screen.
Derrickson, a vocal fan of the series who also recently locked down the directing gig for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, will work with Cargill to adapt one episode of the series in particular. “Demon with a Glass Hand,” written by Harlan Ellison, will be their jumping-off point. It focuses on a man hunted by an alien race who can’t remember anything beyond the previous ten days of his life. Due to his inexplicable computerized hand, the man determines that he comes from the future. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The classic 1960s TV horror anthology The Outer Limits famously began with “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission.”
Now, the series is returning—not to your television set, but to movie screens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister and is lined up to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange, has signed on to write a feature film based on the TV series with his Sinister co-writer, C. Robert Cargill.
Derrickson and Cargill’s script will focus on one episode of the series, which ran »
- Jackson McHenry
Having recently secured the directing gig on Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson has now added another project to his slate, signing on to helm a big screen adaptation of the cult sci-fi anthology series The Outer Limits for MGM.
Derrickson is set to work with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill – a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm – to adapt that episode ‘Demon with a Glass Hand’ from celebrated sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison, which is often mistakenly said to have been plagiarised by James Cameron for The Terminator (it was actually the episode ‘Soldier’ at the centre of the plagiarism claims).
The second season episode first aired on October 17th, 1964 with Robert Culp in the lead role, and tells the story of a man with a computerised hand and no memory beyond the past ten days, who has been back in time from a thousand years into the future and finds »
- Gary Collinson
Cult science-fiction show The Outer Limits looks set for a big-screen revival after Hollywood studio MGM hired The Exorcism of Emily Rose's Scott Derrickson to adapt a famous episode of the 1960s favourite.
Derrickson, recently named as director of Marvel Studios' new superhero tale, Doctor Strange, will work with co-screenwriter C Robert Cargill on an episode by the seminal Us writer Harlan Ellison which deals with time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation.
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- Ben Child
Scott Derrickson has signed on for an Outer Limits film.
The Sinister 2 director will bring the classic 1960s sci-fi television series to the big screen for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centres around a man who wakes with no memory of the last ten days and a computerised hand.
He discovers that he is from the future and goes on the run from aliens who believe he is the key to their survival.
Derrickson will develop his Outer Limits script while working on the superhero movie. »
Scott Derrickson, who was recently tapped to direct Marvel's Doctor Strange, has reunited with his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill to pen a big-screen version of The Outer Limits, the cult sci-fi and horror anthology that ran on ABC from 1963 to 1965. Derrickson and Cargill plan to focus specifically on the episode "Demon With a Glass Hand," written by Harlan Ellison, about a man with a computerized hand and no memory beyond the past ten days who discovers he is being hunted by an alien race. According to THR, the adaptation will tackle the quintessential sci-fi trifecta of "time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation." Your move, Twilight Zone movie. »
- Anna Silman
As one of two anthology television series with a focus on science fiction from the 1960s (the other being The Twilight Zone), The Outer Limits has retained a strong following among sci-fi fans. Though The Outer Limits only ran for two seasons originally, Showtime revived the series in 1995 until 1999 when the show moved to the Sci-fi Channel before it was cancelled in 2002. Experienced sci-fi writer, Harlan Ellison (Masters of Science Fiction) wrote for both runs of The Outer Limits — he also served as a creative consultant on The Twilight Zone.
One of Ellison’s episodes of The Outer Limits that aired in the ‘60s, “Demon With a Glass Hand”, will serve ...
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- Molly Freeman
Scott Derrickson is a busy man. He's got Deliver Us from Evil coming out in a few weeks, he'll be producing Sinister 2 later this year, and he just landed directing duties on Marvel's Doctor Strange. But that's not busy enough, so he and his Sinister cowriter C. Robert Cargill have just landed writing duties on a new The Outer Limits movie. MGM is producing the feature version of the classic sci-fi anthology series, though this movie won't contain multiple stories. It'll actually be a single, feature-length adaptation of Harlan Ellison's fantastic episode "Demon with a Glass Hand," about a man who is sent into the past in order to save the future. It's been wrongly spread over the years that it was this story that Ellison sued James...
- Peter Hall
Between 1963 and 1965, ABC aired 49 episodes of the strange and the macabre in "The Outer Limits" (review). Talk of a big screen adaptation has been ongoing for a few years now, but finally some steps in the right direction have been taken!
THR reports that Scott Derrickson, who just signed on to bring Marvel's Doctor Strange to life, is reuniting with his Sinister co-scribe C. Robert Cargill to write the big-screen take of the cult classic 1960s sci-fi TV series "The Outer Limits" for MGM.
Derrickson is a longtime fan of the show (he has said in the past he prefers it over "The Twilight Zone," as do I), and he and Cargill will focus on one episode in particular: "Demon With a Glass Hand," which was written by Harlan Ellison.
The duo will be tackling time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation in adapting the episode, which focused on a »
- Steve Barton
Derrickson will reunite with his "Sinister" co-scribe C. Robert Cargill to write a new film adaptation of the classic 1960s sci-fi and horror anthology TV series "The Outer Limits" for MGM. Derrickson and Cargill will focus on a new take on the classic episode "Demon With a Glass Hand" which Harlan Ellison wrote.
That story follows a man with no memory beyond the last ten days. His left hand has been replaced by an advanced computer shaped like a hand but missing three fingers - fingers that must be reattached before the truth can be revealed.
At the same time the man is being hunted by an alien race who seem him as key to their survival and who have the missing fingers. So begins a deadly hide-and-seek game within »
- Garth Franklin
Just a few weeks after landing the coveted Doctor Strange directing gig, Scott Derrickson will be tackling the writing duties on a big-screen adaptation of the classic sci-fi series The Outer Limits for MGM, with his Sinister partner C. Robert Cargill. Scott Derrickson confirmed The Hollywood Reporter's story with the following tweet.
My screenwriting future has Limits: http://t.co/YSLGAj2XCYpic.twitter.com/qgd96byjAn
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 19, 2014
The original version of The Outer Limits ran on ABC from 1963 to 1965. Each episode of the anthology series opened with the same cryptic message, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission...." The Outer Limits was also revived in the 1990s on Showtime and the SciFi Channel.
This new feature will be centered on one episode in particular, "Demon With a Glass Hand", written by sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison. »
MGM has spent four years trying to make a movie version of “Outer Limits.” The sci-fi TV series aired from 1963 to 1965 on ABC, with a reboot airing from 1995 to 2002 on Showtime. In 2010, while it was seeking a buyer, MGM hired writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write an adaptation.
Mark Victor is producing the latest version of “Outer Limits” with Derrickson and Cargill focusing on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With a Glass Hand” episode. That segment aired in 1964 and centered on a man with a computerized hand and no memory of the previous 10 days who discovers he’s from the future and being hunted by aliens.
- Dave McNary
MGM has been interested in bringing The Outer Limits to the big screen for some time now. The last time we heard any movement on the development front was almost four years ago when the studio was still in the thick of their financial issues. Now, it sounds like Scott Derrickson and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill will tackle the script for the big-screen adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi television series. Derrickson, who recently won the director's chair for Marvel's Doctor Strange, is a self-professed longtime fan of the series. Hit the jump for more on The Outer Limits and the writing duo's plan of attack. As Heat Vision reports, Derrickson and Cargill will tackle the script for The Outer Limits, specifically targeting one of the series episodes for the adaptation. Written by Harlan Ellison, the episode titled "Demon with the Glass Hand" will serve as the focus for their feature treatment. »
- Dave Trumbore
MGM is moving forward with its own film based on a classic anthology television show: The Outer Limits. THR says that Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are going to team up for a feature film based on the episode "Demon With a Glass Hand," which was scripted by Harlan Ellison and starred Robert Culp.
The post ‘Outer Limits’ Film to Reunite Writer, Director of ‘Sinister’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Scott Derrickson headed to The Outer Limits? Before you start panicking that Marvel has lost its grip on yet another director, calm yourself. He’s looking to adapt an episode of the classic sci-fi series as a future project, not giving up on Doctor Strange.MGM, which holds the rights to the show, has Derrickson and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill working on a cinematic adaptation of Demon With A Glass Hand, a famous episode from the first run of the series between 1963 and 1965.Demon, originally written by sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison, follows a man named Trent who is trying to figure out a huge mystery. He has no memory beyond the past 10 days, and a sophisticated computer encased in a protective transparent cover has replaced his left hand. The machine tells him it can’t reveal any more unless he finds the three missing fingers. And that’s »
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