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Galaxy Quest TV Show in the Works

21 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Good news, everyone! Well, maybe. Paramount Television is in the process of putting together a Galaxy Quest TV based on the fantastic 1999 sci-fi comedy of the same name. At once a brilliant riff on Star Trek and also one of the best Star Trek movies ever made, Dean Parisot’s film revolved around the aging stars of a once-popular sci-fi TV series called Galaxy Quest who, after attending yet another sci-fi convention, are beamed up into space by a group of aliens that think the TV series was a collection of “historical documents.” Per Deadline, Parisot, Galaxy Quest producer Mark Johnson, and Galaxy Quest screenwriter Robert Gordon are executive producing the potential series, with Gordon penning the script. That’s a swell vote of confidence for what could be either a fantastic idea or a terrible one, and it's the next in a line of film-to-tv adaptations that Paramount is working on, »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Galaxy Quest’ TV Series in the Works

21 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paramount Television is shopping a TV spin on the 1999 comedy “Galaxy Quest,” a spoof of the sci-fi TV show that starred Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver.

Robert Gordon, who co-wrote the DreamWorks feature with David Howard, is in negotiations to work on the TV adaptation, as are original director Dean Parisot and executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. The movie’s conceit — revolving around the cast of a beloved 1970s sci-fi TV series who are inadvertently reunited for a real space trek to help an alien race — seems tailor-made for a series rendition.

In the years since “Quest” was released, Parisot has become a busy television helmer, while Johnson and Bernstein have scaled the heights with “Breaking Bad,” “Rectify” and “Better Call Saul,” among other shows.

Paramount has been mining its film vault for properties with built-in brand names to develop as TV series. Par revived its TV wing »

- Cynthia Littleton

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By Grabthar's hammer! A Galaxy Quest TV series is in development

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

There have been a lot of movies getting the small screen treatment in recent months. Everything from Minority Report, Evil Dead, Resident Evil, The Mortal Instruments, American Gigolo, School Of Rock, Shooter, and more. Whether these shows all come to fruition or not, the odds are they will not all be as good as Hannibal, Bates Motel, or Fargo. But, if there is one series adaptation I want to work more than any of them, it is Galaxy Quest. Dean Parisot's 1999 comedy starring Tim Allen, »

- Alex Maidy

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Pilot Buzz: What’s Heating Up as Networks Receive Early Cuts

17 April 2015 4:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the broadcast upfronts around the corner, early cuts of many pilots began to roll in to networks this week. That means buzz is building on some projects, but sources caution that it’s far too soon to declare winners and losers.

Some pilots are still in the lensing or editing process and won’t be delivered for another week or so. With those caveats, here’s a look at what appears to be looking good so far. The marathon week of upfront presentations for the Big Four and CW begins May 11, when Fox and NBC unveil their 2015-16 season plans.

For detailed information on production and creative auspices of this year’s pilots, see Variety.com’s searchable Pilot Scorecard chart.


Five dramas have emerged as heat seekers: “Limitless,” “Code Black,” “For Justice,” “Rush Hour” and “Lfe.” The “Criminal Minds” spinoff and “Doubt” also have a fighting chance, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Cynthia Littleton

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Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

8 April 2015 12:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

No, despite the rallying cry of Neil deGrasse TysonChristopher Nolan's "Interstellar" did not make the cut. Nor did Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity." We're not sure who Popular Mechanics polled in its list of The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies as Chosen by Scientists, but participating scientists and engineers are in awe of these ten films and their portrayals of science, from astrophysics and artificial intelligence to extraterrestrial life and societal collapse. Read More: Meet the Superstar Behind "Interstellar"'s Amazing Science What are they missing? Though their scientific accuracy may hang in the balance, "Metropolis," "Children of Men" and "Minority Report" come to mind for their exaggerated parables of crumbling future worlds not far from our own. How about "Solaris," "District 9," "Close Encounters," "Gattaca" and "Primer"? Or "Moon," for its highly specific »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Full House, Coach, The X-Files: Why TV Remakes Are Everywhere Right Now

8 April 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It’s been a banner spring for fans of long-dead TV shows. In just the past two weeks, there’s been news of two sitcom revivals (Full House, Coach), a drama comeback (The X-Files), a cult-sketch-series reunion (Mr. Show) and a variety series that may be reincarnated as a sitcom (The Muppet Show). These new projects join an already-airing update of The Odd Couple, this fall’s resurrection of Heroes, a planned 2016 return to Twin Peaks, and a slew of old movie titles being transformed into TV shows (Wet Hot American Summer) or pilots (Rush Hour, Problem Child, Minority Report, Uncle Buck). What’s odd about the small screen’s current infatuation with chasing ghosts is that it comes smack in the middle of what’s widely considered a new Golden Age for the medium. We expect TV today not only to be better than it used to be, but »

- Josef Adalian

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The Harvest | Review

6 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop

Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.

Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Predestination DVD Review

6 April 2015 5:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: The Spierig Brothers

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby

Certification: 15

Running Time: 97 minutes

Ethan Hawke’s second collaboration with The Spierig Brothers sees him playing a Temporal Agent sent on a series of time-travel journeys. As an agent his main job is to prevent crimes before they happen and on his final assignment he must stop the person who has evaded him throughout his career.

Warning: Ethan Hawke is Not the main character. I repeat, Ethan Hawke is not the main character. As it has been indicated by all the posters and DVD covers…they’re all misleading. Hawke is actually a supporting character – it is in fact Sarah Snook who deserves her face plastered over the film for her superb performance.

Based on the book ‘All You Zombies‘ by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination is a refreshing look at the complexities of time-travel. The best way I can describe this film, »

- Louise Tooth

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Zhane Hall Will Play Meagan Good's Son in Fox TV's 'Minority Report' Project

30 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Zhane Hall has joined the cast of Fox’s small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character has been swapped). Zhane Hall joins the previously-cast Meagan Good, who stars as the female detective - Lara Vega. Hall will play her son in the series. Daniel London, Li Jun Li, and Laura Regan are also members of the cast. Hall, a new face, has only 1 credit to his name - the 2015 TV One movie »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Zhane Hall Will Play Meagan Good's Son in Fox TV's 'Minority Report' Project

30 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Zhane Hall has joined the cast of Fox’s small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character has been swapped). Zhane Hall joins the previously-cast Meagan Good, who stars as the female detective - Lara »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Zhane Hall Joins Fox’s ‘Minority Report’ Pilot

30 March 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Zhane Hall has joined the cast of Fox’s drama pilot “Minority Report,” starring Meagan Good and Wilmer Valderrama.

Based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi pic, the story will be set 10 years after the end of specialized police department PreCrime, which uses psychics called precogs to predict future crime, in D.C. One of the three precogs, Dash, struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective named Lara Vega (Good), who’s not afraid to break a few rules. Haunted by her past, Vega just might help him find a purpose to his gift.

Hall will play Good’s son in the pilot.

The pilot, written by Max Borenstein and directed by Mark Mylod, comes from 20th Century Fox TV, Paramount TV and Amblin TV.

Hall is repped by the Osbrink Agency and Jillian Neal at Untitled Entertainment. »

- Justin Kroll

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Steven Spielberg to direct adaptation of cult novel ‘Ready Player One’

25 March 2015 12:57 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Deadline reported Wednesday that Steven Spielberg’s next film would be an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult sci-fi novel, Ready Player One. Spielberg will make the film at Warner Bros. following his work on The Bfg, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel.

The book is about a person entering a virtual world called Oasis full of pop culture references and in-game Easter eggs that, if mastered, will grant control of the entire world to the player. Spielberg’s film is imagined to be a technological feat of wizardry and creativity if done correctly, and though landing one of the biggest directors in the world to helm this project is a big boon, the adaptation faces some big challenges lying ahead. Here’s the full synopsis of Ready Player One via Amazon:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive »

- Brian Welk

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Paramount’s Insurge Gets Absorbed; Bad Robot’s ‘The Cellar’ Moves to Big Studio

23 March 2015 6:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures is folding it microbudget division Insurge into its main movie studio, forcing the label’s president Amy Powell to give up all film duties.

The only film on Insurge’s slate, Bad Robot/Insurge thriller “The Cellar,” starring John Goodman, will be released under the big Paramount banner.

Of the division’s three remaining staffers, two will now report to newly appointed president of production Marc Evans. Powell will now answer to Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey and focus on TV and digital projects, with one other staffer moving with her. Powell is currently overseeing four pilots including “School of Rock” at Nickelodeon (which was ordered at right to series), “Minority Report” at Fox and “Shooter” at USA. New hire Dina Hillier will join Powell as an exec focused on scripted comedy.

On March 13, Variety asked Paramount whether the studio was shuttering Insurge, and Par spokeswoman Katie »

- Justin Kroll

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Female superhero adaptations that nearly happened

18 March 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Wonder Woman to Red Sonja, here are the female comic book projects that we’ve missed out on…

Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.

Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.

This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »

- simonbrew

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Sony Moves To Have Scott Frank Adapt Documentary The Seven Five

16 March 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sony’s planned narrative adaptation of the 2014 documentary The Seven Five just took a big step closer to realisation, with the news that the studio is approaching screenwriter Scott Frank to undertake scripting duties. Frank is the scribe behind such titles as Malice, Get Shorty, Out Of Sight, Minority Report and The Wolverine, and his potential involvement brings huge momentum to the project.

The documentary The Seven Five had its premiere at Doc NYC last year, and Sony snapped up the rights to remake it soon after. It details the devastating police corruption case that shook the New York Police Department to its core in the early 1990s, when 75th precinct officer Michael Dowd was tried and convicted of a raft of terrible crimes. Dowd established a network of illegal activities, recruiting his fellow officers to extort money from drug dealers for protection, and also sell drugs of their own. »

- Sarah Myles

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Sony’s ‘The Seven Five’ Looking To Call Scribe Scott Frank’s Number

13 March 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Sony Pictures is eyeing Scott Frank to write The Seven Five, the feature film adaptation of the hard-hitting ’80s NYPD corrupt-cop documentary that the studio grabbed in a big auction in December amidst the hacking scandal. If the deal makes, it will be a whopper and will pair Frank with already attached helmer Yann Demange. That would be some tie-up: Frank is one of the best writers in Hollywood — his credits range from Get Shorty to Minority Report to The Wolv… »

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Watch: Steven Spielberg's Touching Tribute to Bonnie Curtis in Texas

13 March 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 10 Cool and Crazy Must-See Films at SXSW 2015 The 15th Annual Texas Film Awards unofficially kicked off South By Southwest last night by honoring Texans who contribute to film. Animator and filmmaker Mike Judge hosted the ceremony, which honored the 2015 inductees into the Texas Film Hall of Fame, including Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Wilson, Bonnie Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson. During producer Bonnie Curtis' segment, her 17-year partner Stephen Spielberg popped up on the screen to offer her congratulations and many thanks for her hard work over the years. "We've shared some of the greatest moments of our careers together," said Spielberg.  Curtis has worked with Spielberg on his films "Saving Private Ryan," A.I," "Minority Report" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Take a look at Spielberg's touching tribute above. Is it us, or does he give himself a little pause after saying. »

- Casey Cipriani

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Austin Film Society Fetes Lone Star Heroes

12 March 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Austin Film Society, organizers of the Texas Film Awards, have more than a few milestones to celebrate this year. Not only the 30th anniversary of the Society and the 15th anniversary of the Awards themselves, it’s also the capper on a banner year for Texans in film, with Lone Star natives Wes Anderson and Society cofounder Richard Linklater both nominated for director at last month’s Oscars.

As part of the Texas Film Hall of Fame induction ceremony, hosted by Mike Judge, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos will present a creative achievement award to Linklater’s “Boyhood,” along with posthumous honors to Christopher Evan Welch and L.M. Kit Carson.


Variety Creative Impact in Cinema Award

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” certainly doesn’t lack for laurels, claiming the lion’s share of 2014 critics awards, as well as winning a supporting actress Oscar for Patricia Arquette. Yet it’s »

- Andrew Barker

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Danny Trejo Joins Robert Rodriguez’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Series

11 March 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Danny Trejo has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” on his El Rey Network, the cabler announced Wednesday.

Trejo appeared in the film franchise, as Razor Charlie, but won’t be reprising his original role — he’s set to play the Regulator, a horrifying evil agent who has been summoned to perform a deadly errand.

The project marks a reunion between Trejo and Rodriguez, who worked together on the original, plus features “Machete” and “Machete Kills.”

Briana Evigan (“Step Up 2″) has also joined the cast for Season 2. She’ll play Sonja, an American expatriate working as a tattoo artist in a Mexican mercado, who has a sideline gig forging papers and passports out of her back room.

D.J Cotrona, Zane Holts, Jesse Garcia, Eiza González, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo and Wilmer Valderramma — who just landed the starring role on Fox’s »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Los Angeles Lags in Drama Pilot Production but California Hopes for 2016 Rebound

6 March 2015 10:52 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As network TV pilot production goes into full swing this month, Los Angeles is once again light on action for drama projects compared to the totals for New York, Vancouver and other locales. But city and state officials hope the tide will turn next year now that the state’s tax incentive program has been greatly expanded.

As of this week, of the 42 pilot and straight-to-series orders from the five broadcast nets that have settled on shooting locations, Los Angeles has landed eight projects, compared to seven for New York, according to data compiled by Variety Insight.

Vancouver has seven pilots setting up shop. Chicago is home to four, counting the “Chicago Med” planted spinoff episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” franchise. Atlanta and Toronto both have three projects. Other far-flung shooting sites include Rome, Ga.; Salt Lake City; Puerto Rico; and South Africa.

Network drama series are the most »

- Cynthia Littleton

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