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The series, an offshoot of the Terminator feature franchise, has been renamed "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." It will premiere at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and will run Monday night alongside veteran 24.
At its upfront presentation in May, Fox announced a spring launch for Sarah Connor at 9 p.m. Sundays. That evoked parallels to the run of another sci-fi drama in the time period, The X-Files, before the network switched to an all-comedy Sunday lineup.
The plan changed last month after Fox brass opted to extend the upcoming seventh season of 24 into June. (With a three-hour premiere instead of a four-hour/two-night premiere and no back-to-back episodes, 24 will run through June 16.) That led to shifting the return of 24's regular companion, Prison Break, to April so that the two series can wrap their seasons on the same night, opening the possibility to launch a 13-episode midseason series on Monday in January. »
- Dead franchise reboot alert! Warner Bros. has acquired the North American distribution rights to the next installment in the Terminator franchise. Tentatively titled Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (The Future Begins??? How can the future begin???), the pic is slated for an early 2008 production start so that it can be ready for summer 2009. Originally MGM was slated to distribute the film, but litigation with Halycon- the privately held company that recently obtained the rights to the franchise, has led to the new deal with WB- which played a similar role for 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The film is intended to be the first installment of a new trilogy which will take place in the Skynet controlled, post-apocalyptic future only glimpsed in the first three installments. The film will supposedly carry an event sized budget, but lower than the $200 million T3 price tag. No word on whether »
Four new fall series have added actors in recurring roles.
Garret Dillahunt has joined Fox's drama The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Jennifer Siebel has come on board NBC's drama Life, Adam Rose has been added to the CW's comedy Aliens in America and Paul Schulze has been cast in NBC's drama Journeyman.
On Sarah Connor, an offshoot from the Terminator franchise, Dillahunt will play a mysterious character named Cromartie.
Dillahunt, who is finishing a four-episode arc on FX's Damages, will next be seen on the big screen in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country for Old Men. He is repped by Gersh and Allman/Rea Management.
In Life, Siebel will play Jennifer Conover, the ex-wife of Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis), a former cop who has rejoined the force after being wrongly imprisoned for years.
Siebel recently booked the role of Barbie in the upcoming film April Fool's Day and is onscreen in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah. She is repped by Buchwald & Associates and manager Adam Griffin of Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins Entertainment. »
A U.S. TV series based on The Terminator movies has axed a storyline because of its similarities to the Virginia Tech massacre. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is scheduled to be aired next year and follows a mother trying to protect her son from mankind. But a scene where character John Connor is attacked at school has been axed by TV network Fox, following the mass killings at the university in Virginia in April. Josh Friedman, an executive producer on the Fox TV show, says he is working on a revised storyline. The title role has been given to British actress Lena Headey, who has previously appeared in The Brothers Grimm and Ripley's Game. »
Following a breakdown in negotiations over the distribution of Terminator 4, the movie's producers filed a complaint for declaratory relief Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking an injunction against MGM.
The T Asset Acquisition Co. -- representing producer Moritz Borman and Halcyon Co. principals Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson, who acquired rights to the Terminator franchise this year -- contended in the filing that MGM did not negotiate in good faith when the two parties sat down in June to hammer out a distribution deal for the movie, which MGM would like to release in 2009.
MGM maintains that it acquired first rights in the 1990s for an exclusive, 30-day negotiation for distribution rights to the films in the franchise. Although T Asset, the company formed to produce the movie, challenges that contention, it says that Borman and MGM COO Rick Sands first met for lunch on May 31 at Houston's in Century City to begin to discuss a deal. »
- If there is one thing genre fans love more than genre films and magazines that report on genre films, it’s genre-focused conventions (“cons” for short, i.e. “Comic Con”) – gatherings of fans and industry professionals (and press!). While I’d feel pretty out of place at a Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons convention, I will feel right at home this weekend at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, coming to the New York area this weekend (June 29 through July 1) by way of Secaucus, NJ. Secaucus is a five to ten minute train ride from Penn Station, and a familiar location to anyone who commutes via rail from NJ to NYC during the week.Fangoria, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the magazine, is the world’s number premiere supplier of horror-related journalism, reporting on films, print, video games, toys, and any other form of media »
It's crunch time for TV studios' business affairs departments, but this year it seems as if they're spending as much time preparing work visas for the shows' stars as they do closing deals for new series.
A trend that emerged during the pilot-casting season comes into focus this week when the networks pick up their new series: Foreign actors are playing the leads on a staggering number of new dramas next season.
There have been a few here and there -- Brit Hugh Laurie of House and Australian Anthony LaPaglia of Without a Trace, both Emmy winners for their roles on the shows -- but never quite like this. It's across the board on every network, and it's massive.
Almost all new drama series with a single lead that will premiere next season -- a total of eight shows -- have a foreign actor playing the role of an American. Even two iconic Hollywood characters, Jamie Sommers of The Bionic Woman and Sarah Connor of the Terminator franchise, will be played by British actresses Michelle Ryan and Lena Headey, respectively.
NBC picked up five one-hour series for next season, the ensemble dramedy Lipstick Jungle, the action comedy Chuck and a trio of single-lead dramas, Bionic Woman, Journeyman and Life, all three of which are toplined by British actors: Ryan, Rome star Kevin McKidd and Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, respectively.
NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who compared Lewis to Laurie at the network's press conference Monday, had been joking that NBC should be nominated for BAFTAs, the British TV awards. »
The Terminator will be back, thanks to a new takeover by entrepreneurs Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson. The pair have bought the rights to the film franchise, which has already scored three blockbuster hits, from producers Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar, and they're planning to have a fourth film in cinemas by 2009. It's unlikely that Arnold Schwarzenegger will return as the title character and no director has been attached to the fourth Terminator film. The new movie will center around character John Connor, who was a teenager in the first Terminator films, as he leads mankind on a futuristic battle against machines taking over the planet. The franchise is very much back in vogue - 300 star Lena Headey will reprise Linda Hamilton's Terminator resistance fighter Sarah Conner in a much-anticipated TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. »
The Terminator is coming back.
The Halcyon Co. -- a recently formed, privately financed film development, production and financing company headed by co-CEOs Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek -- has acquired the franchise rights to the popular movie series from C2's Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, intending to make a new trilogy that would anchor their movie company.
The deal is said to be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Terminator 4 will be based on a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris, which was part of the transaction. Halcyon plans to immediately begin preproduction on the film. While no distribution agreement has been set, Halcyon is hoping that "T4" will be ready for release in the first half of 2009.
The deal includes the right to produce any future Terminator films, as well as all future merchandising and licensing rights, certain future revenue derived from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, as well as certain rights in the television project The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the sole right to produce all future Terminator projects in any new or existing media. »
The feature, which recently began principal photography, stars Katic (NBC's Heroes) as an assassin whose seemingly random killings puzzle her lover, her clients and the detective following her rising body count. Berenger (Training Day) plays her boyfriend, whose rise in organized crime is offset by his love for her and his Mafia cohort (Biehn of Grindhouse).
Stiletto is produced by Vallelonga (A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper) and co-produced by Warren Ostergard. The feature is being filmed with Panavision's state-of-the-art Genesis Super 35 Digital Cinematography Camera System.
Berenger's credits include his Oscar-nominated turn in Platoon, Major League and Born on the Fourth of July as well as the upcoming The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. Biehn, who has appeared in The Terminator, Aliens, Tombstone and The Abyss, will star in the upcoming Kids in America for Universal Pictures. »
Wedding Bells, from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV, is a romantic dramedy about the Bell Sisters, played by KaDee Strickland, Teri Polo and Sarah Jones, who run a family-owned wedding-planning business dubbed the Wedding Palace.
In pilot-casting news, Richard T. Jones has been tapped to star in Fox's Sarah Connor Chronicles, while Evan Handler and Natascha McElhone have come onboard the untitled David Duchovny comedy at Showtime.
Jones (repped by Innovative Artists and Raw Talent) will play an FBI agent on the Warner Bros. TV/C2 drama Sarah Connor, based on the character from the Terminator films, who is tasked with tracking down Sarah Connor and her son, John.
Handler (APA) will play a literary agent and best friend of the character played by David Duchovny on the Showtime series about an addict novelist raising his child. »
11 items from 2007
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