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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another sci-fi convention, are beamed up into space by a group of aliens that think the TV series was a collection of “historical documents.”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
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
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
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.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Cynthia Littleton
No, despite the rallying cry of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Christopher 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
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
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
Director: The Spierig Brothers
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.
- Louise Tooth
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
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
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.
- Justin Kroll
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
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
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, »
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
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… »
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
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
- Andrew Barker
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.
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.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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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