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When Olivia Wilde was added to the cast of TR2N the other week we pondered aloud at the conspicuous absence of Bruce 'Get the hell out of our galaxy!' Boxleitner from the confirmed cast list. Well, we're now happy to report that all is right with the world once more and Tron himself is officially back on board.Boxleitner is perhaps best known in geek circles for his role as John Sheridan in J Michael Straczynski's epic TV series, Babylon 5, but we'll always have a soft spot for his part as the neon title character in Stephen Lisberger's 1982 classic. So, break out your light cycles and your... glowing frisbee things because the film with the least well thought out and most unpronounceable title is now well on its way. »
As we reported on December 2nd, Babylon 5 creator Michael Straczynski is currently hard at work on the script for a remake (or reimagining) of Sci-Fi classic Forbidden Planet. Now IESB.net is reporting that James Cameron may be interested in directing. The iconic director has been linked to the project before as far back as a decade ago on an AICN report in 1998.
Rumors of Cameron directing various projects have been swirling around the net a lot lately, but let's remember that he hasn't released a feature film since 1997's Titanic and has been tied to plenty of projects in the past that never saw the light of day, including Spider-Man. I wouldn't expect anything concrete until Avatar nears release.
Still, it's an interesting idea and we'll be sure to let you know if we hear anything more.
Link | Posted 12/22/2008 by Jeff
- Jeff Otto
Criminal investigation meets Greek mythology when current primetime television stars David McCallum and Marg Helgenberger assume the voices of Zeus and Hera, respectively, for Wonder Woman, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films, débuting March 3 in multiple formats.
McCallum, known to current TV audiences as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the hit CBS series Navy NCIS (Navel Criminal Investigative Service), adds Wonder Woman to an animation resume that already includes the DC Universe movie Batman Gotham Knight and TV series Ben 10 and The Replacements. Animation is but a side gig for McCallum, though, the actor having achieved legendary status for his two best known roles – in film as Lt.-Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt in The Great Escape and on TV as super spy Illya Kuryakin in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. During his 62-year career, McCallum has played many notable characters in fanboy TV favorites like Jeremiah, »
- Robert Greenberger
The Day the Earth Stood Still currently stands, precariously, atop the box office heap. That means everyone is now looking for the next 1950's science fiction movie to remake. These movies are now considered classics even though no one would even think about renting or buying them on DVD. The next "rent a title that sounds familiar" with robots from the Eisenhower era headed to the big screen might be Forbidden Planet. But wait, there's more, famous big-cheese director James Cameron is considering directing.....again. The guys at IESB say Cameron may want to direct the script written by Babylon 5 and Changeling writer J. Michael Straczynski. This isn't the first time Cameron has been interested in remaking the 1956 film that features Robby the Robot. He was reportedly considering the same movie do-over way back in 1998. That's ten years on earth but probably much longer on Altair IV. Cameron is »
To be honest, I always had Warner Brothers’ remake of Forbidden Planet pegged as one of those projects that would get a lot of attention in its early development, appear to be moving forward, but ultimately never see the light of day.
Don’t ask me why, folks. It’s just always been a hunch on my part.
Well, if this latest development turns out to be true (and I, for one, believe the good folks behind the story), I’m perfectly fine with being wrong on this one.
Our buddies over at IESB have discovered that none other than James Cameron, who’s currently up to his eyeballs making his 3D science-fiction epic Avatar for Christmas 2009 release, is “is eyeing the project and is very interested in helming”
That’s right, boys and girls…
- Jamie Williams
In October, we told you that Babylon 5 creator an Changeling scribe J. Michael Straczynski was hired by Warner Bros to pen a remake of Forbidden Planet. Now IESB claims that James Cameron is once again eyeing the project. He was at one time attached to it post-Titanic, but nothing came of it. If true, this is an odd move from Cameron who has said that he wanted to do a much smaller movie called The Dive after finishing his current three year production of Avatar. For now mark this as a “rumor”. Joel Silver is producing the latest try.
The original saw a group of Earth scientists who are sent some 17 light years away to investigate what happened to a colony of settlers on Altair-4. They find a man with a secret and his daughter who somehow survived a hideous monster attack on their planet. Gene Roddenberry »
- Peter Sciretta
Majel Barrett Roddenberry, beloved star of sci-fi phenomenon Star Trek, passed away early this morning surrounded by family and friends. Roddenberry was 76 years old. She began her acting career in the 1950's with roles in such popular shows as "Leave it to Beaver," "Bonanza" and "The Lucy Show; but it was her numerous roles in the legendary Star Trek franchise that fans came to know and love her. Roddenberry had featured roles in almost every Star Trek television and film entity and became an iconic figure within the fan community.
Her roles included Nurse Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series, Lt. M'ress in Star Trek: The Animated Series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, and the voice of the Uss Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series, including lots of video games. However, it was the love affair between her »
- Glenn Hauman
Mongoose Publishing has outlined their 2009 releases with several new Judge Dredd games coming.
The new Dredd role playing game will use the rules from Mongoose’s Traveller game and will be accompanied by a hardcover Judge Dredd RPG Rulebook kicking off the new game in the summer. Before the year is out, campaign and sourcebooks will also be release. Judge Dredd Miniatures Game will also be released and be based on the original Gangs of Mega City One.
The new deal resulted from Rebellion, the game company that currently owns 2000 Ad and its characters, coming to Mongoose with a desirable offer. The new deal allows the publishing outfit to expand their book offerings with increased color.
According to ICv2, these are the other releases coming from the company.
In 2009 Mongoose is expanding its science fiction RPG with a number of new core books, some of which (Scoundrel, Agent) will cover characters, »
- Robert Greenberger
J. Michael Straczynski has carved out a prolific career as a TV writer-producer, creating science-fiction phenomenon Babylon 5, and cult classic Jeremiah. He's also a popular comic book scribe, having penned adventures for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, Thor, and the Fantastic Four. But 2008 marks a new stage in the career of the man who is affectionately known by his passionate fan base simply as Jms.Straczynski's feature script, Changeling, is now a major motion picture that's expected to be a key player in this year's awards season. The film, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Angelina Jolie, chronicles the true story of Christine Collins, a '20s-era single mother who becomes enmeshed in a web of political corruption when she tries to find her kidnapped son. Currently, Straczynski is working on a slew of high-profile projects, including scripts for the Paul Greengrass–helmed They Marched Into Sunlight »
- Sarah Kuhn
J. Michael Straczynski is no stranger to genre writing in fact if you hadn't heard of him before The Changeling hit theaters last month there's a good chance you've at least seen his work on TV. Though he's probably most known as the creator of Babylon 5, Straczynski was also responsible for bringing Showtime's short lived apocalyptic drama Jeremiah to the screen and has written for The Twilight Zone and Crusade. He wrote Ninja Assassin for the Wachowski's and is about to become famous as "that guy who adapted Max Brooks' World War Z" into an epic screenplay (review here) that's about to begin production under the guidance of Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster.
Recently, MTV got a word in edgewise and asked the writer about World War Z. Here's what he had to say:
“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity, »
Tapped to write the script for the remake of the classic 1954 sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski hints at just how far outside the box he is prepared to think. He is not interested in making the movie look retro. Quite the opposite in fact. He tells MTV that it won't exactly be a remake, a reimagining or a prequel, but "something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline." What exactly that might be remains a mystery, but he does drop one intriguing clue about the direction he is thinking. In filling out the background of the alien Krell, Straczynski says "I sat down with some of the nation's best minds in astrophysics and planetary geology and A.I. and asked them -- based on what we know now -- what will a million years from now look like? The goal »
- reelz reelz
It's pretty ballsy to say of any movie, "It's something no one has ever thought of." It's even ballsier to say that about an honest-to-God remake, especially one like Forbidden Planet, which already has fans waiting to be in up in arms about it. But J. Michael Straczynski, the screenwriter who earned lots of geek cred thanks to Babylon 5, is making a lot of promises about how much better it'll be than your low expectations. "I told [producer] Joel [Silver] this is how you do Forbidden Planet without pissing on the original that no one has ever thought of," Straczynski told MTV. "It's not a remake. It's not a reimagining. It's not exactly a prequel. You'll have to see it. It's something that no one has thought of when it comes to this storyline." Straczynski is also promising the film won't look retro at all, given that, when the original »
When it was announced that J. Michael Straczynski was writing a remake of the classic 1956 sci-fi film The Forbidden Planet, the response was highly negative. I tried to defend it, but without any actual details to go off of, it was a challenge. However, MTV talked with Straczynski recently and got some rather juicy details out of him. While he didn't exactly reveal a lot, he did finally say some things that actually make me confident that this remake won't being butchered by Hollywood. Straczynski is no newcomer to sci-fi, being the creator of "Babylon 5" and writer of comic books like "Silver Surfer: Requiem", and it seems more and more apparent that he is the perfect guy to bring us an updated Forbidden Planet. Straczynski told MTV that "I've always wanted to do something involving Forbidden Planet. It's my favorite science-fiction film of all time." The rights were »
- Alex Billington
Last week, zombie aficionado Max Brooks appeared on Fangoria Radio to talk about his upcoming graphic novel Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks as well as the upcoming World War Z movie. You may remember that it was reported that 007 director Marc Forster would be helming the long overdue project written by J. Michael Straczynski. Here's what Brooks had to say about the team:
“I’m thrilled that the man who created Babylon 5 is working on this movie. I can’t give it away, but Straczynski found a way to tie it all together. The last draft I read was amazing.”
“Now that we have a director, we have a captain of the ship. Marc will determine start date, cast, locations, etc. For me personally, I’m content to go off to Iceland and let them make their movie.”
We reviewed the screenplay for Wwz a while back, but it »
One person excited about the signing of director Marc (Quantum Of Solace) Forster to helm the movie version of the best-selling zombie novel World War Z (see item here) is none other than original author Max Brooks (pictured). He gushed with joy about the Paramount/Brad Pitt/Plan B production on Fangoria Radio last week.
“Now that we have a director, we have a captain of the ship,” said Brooks, who expects the project to kick into high gear. Forster’s 007 film is currently the number-one movie in the world. “Marc will determine start date, cast, locations, etc. For me personally, I’m content to go off to Iceland and let them make their movie.”
Brooks is also pleased with the latest World War Z script draft by J. Michael Straczynski, whom some predict will win an Oscar nomination for his screenplay to the Clint Eastwood film Changeling. The scripter »
Variety reports that Paramount has set "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster to helm "World War Z," based on the Max Brooks bestselling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. "Changeling" scribe J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing.
Brooks -- the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft -- wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map. Forster is unlikely to return for another James Bond installment. As for "Wwz," "The genre always fascinated me, and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like 'All the President's Men,' " Forster told Daily Variety.
Variety reports that Marc Forster (pictured), hot off the new James Bond adventure Quantum Of Solace, has been signed to direct World War Z. The adaptation of Max Brooks’ best-selling zombie novel will be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B company for Paramount to release.
Brooks’ book tells the story of a globe-spanning undead plague from the points of view of numerous survivors. “The genre always fascinated me,” Forster tells the trade, “and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the ’70s like All The President’S Men.” Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who scripted the current Clint Eastwood drama Changeling, is doing the adaptation. Forster previously ventured into the paranormal with 2005’s Stay, and he also helmed the Oscar-winning Monster’S Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction and The Kite Runner. »
I haven't figured out what to think about the announced plan to remake Forbidden Planet. On one hand, the movie really is a classic film that shouldn't be touched again. On the other hand, the scribe behind the plans is J. Michael Straczynski, the writer behind Changeling and Babylon 5. As a writer I've followed over many years, I have faith in Straczynski's abilities to honor the original while telling a good story, but still, it's Forbidden Planet... Exactly what kind of new chapter Straczynski has planned is still up in the air. Rumors have been spreading that the writer wasn't creating a remake as much as a sequel, following up the original story with a retro-styled story on an Altair that didn't explode. Fortunately, Straczynski has a pretty constant online presence to clear up such rumors. The writer popped onto his moderated Usenet group to post the following: " That »
After the critical success of his first-draft-straight-to-shooting script for Changeling (starring Angelina Jolie), Hollywood is finally cluing in to the true potential of writer J. Michael Straczynski. The creative genius behind Babylon 5, Straczynski (or Jms as he is more affectionately known), has his sights currently set on one of the true classics of the Sci-Fi genre:
This week word of the new version of the classic Sci-Fi film surfaced on the internet and Jms has chimed in to let people know that report is not accurate.
AintItCool writer “Beaks” claims:
A sequel to the 1956 movie? Not so fast! According to Jms himself:
“That report is totally incorrect. It’s not going to be retro, and it’s not going to be a continuation. »
- Brian Kettler
The remake of The Forbidden Planet has danced around Hollywood for years, with various big names like James Cameron dropping in and out of the project. Now it's finally moving forward at Warner Bros, with determined producer Joel Silver at the production helm, and the ever-popular J. Michael Straczynski penning the script. Still, it was news that wasn't welcome to several of our readers, which is understandable. It's a sci-fi classic, and beloved by many.
Well, this might ease your fears a little bit. The gang over at Ain't It Cool News snagged some exclusive details. Apparently, Straczynski's script will be more of a continuation, or a companion piece, than an actual remake. It's possible the new movie retcons the story a bit, and leaves Altair 4 intact and alive. The beloved Robby the Robot will be in it, and the movie will be "an enormous, giant, retro sci-fi movie ... nothing »
- Elisabeth Rappe
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