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Over the past few years, writer J. Michael Straczynski has jumped genres from Marvel's Thor in 2011 to Underworld: Awakening in 2012 and World War Z last year. Now he's heading into straight-up sci-fi territory with an adaptation of Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktock Man, a story published by Harlan Ellison in Galaxy Magazine back in 1965. In a completely regulated society, where being a minute late here and there shortens your life accordingly, the Ticktock Man is king; Harlequin is the jellybean joker who wants to knock him from his perch. This is the first time the author has allowed his story to be adapted. Ellison himself is a veteran of anthology series like "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits," not to mention "Star Trek." Deadline says the author only agreed to give Straczysnki the rights to his story (which won the 1966 Hugo Award and 1965 Nebula Award) after he delivered a finished screenplay for approval. »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: For the first time, iconic sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison has allowed a film to be developed based on Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktock Man, the seminal story he published in Galaxy magazine in 1965. Ellison has granted an option directly to J. Michael Straczynski, whose recent credits include World War Z, Thor, the TV series Babylon 5 and Sense8, the upcoming Netflix series he is doing with Lana and Andy Wachowski. How did Straczynski do it? He had to deliver a finished screenplay to Ellison, whose credits range from The Outer Limits and Star Trek to being acknowledged in many sci-fi works including James Cameron’s The Terminator, and serving as a Babylon 5 consultant. Only then did Ellison grant the option. The story is about Everett C. Marm, an ordinary man who disguises himself as the anarchical Harlequin and engages in whimsical rebellion against the Ticktockman. The trouble is »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Warner Archive Collection is really starting to put out some great DVDs that feature titles you aren’t going to find anywhere else, and the latest to be made available is Search. A massively fun show from the early 70s, Search starred Hugh O’Brian, Doug McClure, and Tony Franciosa, and was (although I’m testing my memory) a show that pulled great tech ideas into the espionage drama realm, at a point when some of the ideas were practically sci-fi.
The complete series is available now, and it’s a lost classic that deserves a look. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a taste of it to know if you’re interested in buying, but for those who remember the series, this is a real treat.
Catch the full info below, and don’t let this one escape your notice.
Look no further: You can now find Search »
- Marc Eastman
The television and film world lost a really class act today as Russell Johnson has passed away quietly in his home via natural causes at the ripe old age of 89. Take a moment to celebrate his comedic legacy... and a whole lot more.
It's no surprise that Johnson will always be remembered for his role as Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr., on the 1964 cult comedy favorite TV show "Gilligan's Island" along with several films that saw him reunite with his fellow castaways, but Russell was also in several horror/sci-fi classics such as the recently announced for DVD Horror at 37,000 Feet, This Island Earth, It Came from Outer Space, and even stints on "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits."
We here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to honor and thank the man for all of his contributions and the smiles that came along with them and »
- Uncle Creepy
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