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We have a look at some of the more obscure comic book movie ideas which nearly made it to the big screen…
We've recently been investigating the pile of nearly-made-its in the ever-growing world of cinematic comic book adaptations. You could be forgiven for thinking Hollywood will strap wads of cash to any old comic book writer who stumbles past their door, but so far we’ve written approximately 5,000 words that say otherwise.
First, we delved into DC’s chequered past and found heaps of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman projects that we’ll sadly never get to see (and some other projects we’re quite glad we’ll never have to sit through). We then did the same for Marvel, unearthing plans for a Paul McCartney Silver Surfer rock opera, James Cameron’s bizarre Spider-Man script ideas and an amazingly-cast Dazzler animation from the 1980s.
Now, we turn our »
Zach Braff plans to reunite with “Scrubs” creator for a new sitcom “I’ve been talking about a new idea with Bill Lawrence who created ‘Scrubs,’” Braff tells UK’s Independent. "I don’t know if it will be this year or next. I like the idea of cable because I don’t want to do 22 episodes, but I like the idea of this new wave that you can do 12 episodes or eight episodes maybe for cable or Netflix or wherever. There are so many more options now. It's an exciting time.” “Red Band Society” disappoints, “The Mysteries of Laura” gets a big “America’s Got Talent” boost The Fox teen hospital drama debuted to four million, while 10.4 million checked out Debra Messing in “Laura.” Laverne Cox to host and produce “The T Word” documentary for MTV The “Orange is the New Black” star will focus on seven transgender youths »
- Norman Weiss
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Coppola will play Mildred Treal, the Principal at the preschool where Jax and Wendy’s son, Abel, is a student. (As TVLine previously reported, rocker Courtney Love is set to recur as Abel’s straight-shooting teacher, Ms. Harrison.).
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
Edy Ganem has the lead role in the indie feature Ana Maria. She plays the title character, a receptionist obsessed with a telenovela who suddenly finds herself transferred to the TV world of her beloved characters, where everyone thinks she is the fabulous and beautiful star of the show. Georgina Riedel directs the pic, which he co-wrote with Jose Marquez and is being shopped. Ganem stars as Valentina Diaz on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and next appears in the feature After The Wedding. She is represented by Paradigm, McKeon-Myones Management and Morris Yorn.
Charlie Carver has joined the cast of Michael, a drama from executive producer Gus van Sant. James Franco stars in the title role as a gay activist and magazine founder who is “saved” from his homosexuality after turning to God and eventually becomes a Christian pastor. Carver will play Tyler, who gets involved in a relationship with »
- The Deadline Team
Looks like a former Jericho resident is going to be stirring up trouble for Hotchner and the gang.
Alicia Coppola — who played IRS agent-turned-blushing bride Mimi on the CBS drama — will appear on the fourth episode of Criminal Minds‘ upcoming 10th season, TVLine has learned exclusively. Coppola will play Lisa Randall, the head of a Morgellons syndrome support group who’s “willing to go as far as she can to protect group members privacy.”
(Gee, that doesn’t sound incriminating at all.)
Since Jericho ended in 2008, Coppola has appeared on countless other shows, »
Exclusive: Rectify‘s Clayne Crawford has locked in a role in Legendary Pictures’ thriller Spectral. The project, described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, stars James Badge Dale and is being helmed by first-timer Nic Mathieu. Crawford’s film and TV credits include 24, HBO pilot All Signs of Death, The Baytown Outlaws, The Glades, Jericho, and Justified. He’ll play Sergeant Calvin Toll, a focused but short-fused military lifer. Earlier this month Max Martini also joined the cast. Project originated from a pitch by Ian Fried then was scripted by George Nolfi and rewritten by John Gatins. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and John […] »
The story of 2009 Kentucky Derby standout Mine That Bird follows in the hoofprints of other equine heroes, but while the saga of “Seabiscuit” was suffused in Americana, and “Secretariat” leaned on the success of a pioneering woman in the sport, “50 to 1” has less grandiose ideas: It’s more of a bawdy buddy movie about the horse’s trainer, Chip Woolley, and owner, Mark Allen (who exec produced), with a bit of slapstick thrown in. Call it “Smokey and the Bird,” if you will, and keep the cliches coming, barkeep. Odds for success at the box office are a bit longer than the title is offering.
Still, the fact-based film’s timing is excellent (though the events it chronicles are perhaps a bit too recent to mask the ending), with its official opening scant days after the running of the upcoming Preakness, where Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has a shot »
- Bill Edelstein
Building on its original programming, Syfy has announced several new projects in development, including adaptations of works by Frank Miller and Jonathan Mostow, a series from "The Walking Dead's" Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, plus the return of "Supernatural's" Sera Gamble!
From the Press Releases:
Syfy will develop as longform programming (i.e., miniseries) "Pax Romana," Jonathan Hickman’s graphic novel about a time traveling clash of ages and arms, and "Ronin," based on Frank Miller’s (300) comic book series about an avenging samurai.
"Pax Romana" is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Their destination: Ancient Rome. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks, and soldiers while thought-provoking themes are explored as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization. Writers: Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia ("Jericho, »
- Debi Moore
Syfy have today announced that it is set to develop two new mini series based on Pax Romana, Jonathan Hickman’s graphic novel about a time traveling clash of ages and arms, and Ronin, based on Frank Miller’s (300) comic book series, about an avenging samurai.
Pax Romana is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Their destination: Ancient Rome. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks and soldiers, while thought-provoking themes are explored as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization. Writers: Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (Jericho, Warehouse 13, Human Target). Co-executive producer: Jonathan Hickman. Executive producers: David Alpert of Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead), Federman and Scaia. A production of Universal Cable Productions.
- Phil Wheat
Syfy plans to unleash the sharks on another city next year, greenlighting a “Sharknado 3″ telepic along with two series and a slew of development projects on Wednesday.
Drama series “Killjoys” has been picked up for 10 episodes from Canada’s Bell Media/Space network. The project from the production banner behind “Orphan Black,” Temple Street Prods., revolves around interplanetary bounty hunters working in a galaxy on the brink of a class war. Michelle Lovretta (“Lost Girl”) will exec produce and serve as showrunner.
“Town of the Living Dead” is billed as a comedy unscripted series that chronicles the six-year-long effort of people in Jasper, Ala., to make an independent zombie apocalypse movie. Series is set to bow in October from True Entertainment.
- Cynthia Littleton
News Louisa Mellor 1 Apr 2014 - 05:15
David Duchovny has found a new home in NBC's forthcoming sixties-set crime drama Aquarius. Duchovny will play a police sergeant in late-sixties La on the trail of burgeoning cult leader Charles Manson in the freshly commissioned first season.
If all goes to plan for NBC, the drama will take us all the way to the Tate-labianca Manson murders in later seasons. Initially, NBC has committed to a first thirteen-episode they're selling as that ubiquitous phrase of modern TV writing, an "event series".
Serial killer drama has worked out well for Fox of late, whose The Following starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, was recently renewed for a third run. Another Charles Manson drama, this time a collaboration between Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis, is also in development. »
I hate to get excited about pilots, but I admit it, I’m excited about this one, if it’s anything like the original. We posted that original pilot of Babylon Fields back in October when it was first reported that NBC was resurrecting it from its previously dead state.
It’s always encouraging to hear that casting has begun, and especially nice when it’s a familiar face from one of Our Kind of Shows. TVLine is reporting that Skeet Ulrich of gone-too-soon Jericho has been cast in the dual role of Father Harries and his addict twin brother who has returned from the dead.
Because yes, this series is one of several returned-from-the-dead-yet-not-zombies series in development or recently or about to be aired, like the French series The Returned, which A&E is remaking maybe with Carlton Cuse, and ABC’s Resurrection, which premieres March 9.
Ulrich will be »
- Erin Willard
News Louisa Mellor 25 Feb 2014 - 07:51
CBS' defunct back-from-the-dead pilot, Babylon Fields, is being revived by NBC with Skeet Ulrich in the lead...
The annual pilot cull passes by unnoticed most years, its casualties easily given up and rarely missed. In 2007 though, one CBS pilot was a regrettable loss, Babylon Fields, a drama telling the story of a small town whose dead loved ones mysteriously come back to them.
NBC obviously felt the same way, as they're reviving the premise with a new cast, evidently hoping to jump on today's un-zombie genre bandwagon. Jericho and Law & Order's Skeet Ulrich will be co-starring with Californication's Meagan Good in the new pilot.
Seven years after Babylon Fields was first mounted, the small screen has become a crowded place for back-from-the-dead drama. Alongside French original series Les Revenants, soon to enter its second season, The Returned A&E remake of the same, »
Jericho alum Skeet Ulrich is set for a lead role opposite Meagan Good in NBC drama pilot Babylon Fields, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. The 20th TV-produced project, originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago, is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead. Ulrich, repped by UTA and Brillstein, will play the dual roles of Father Harries, a local priest, and his estranged identical twin brother Graham, a junkie who returns from the dead. This marks Ulrich’s return to NBC, where he starred on Law & Order: La. He will segue to Babylon Fields after wrapping indie Lost In Austin and next will be seen in the indie 50 to 1. Related: Pilot Season 2014: The Overachievers 2014 CBS Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC's Babylon Fields has enlisted a Jericho alum. Skeet Ulrich will play identical twin brothers in the drama starring Meagan Good, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama, from Gerald Cuesta, centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Ulrich will play Father Harries, a local priest, and his twin brother, Graham, a
- Lesley Goldberg
Jamie Lee Curtis has scored the starring role in CBS' untitled David Marshall Grant drama previously known as "Only Human". Curtis will play their mother, a dynamic and distinguished physician who now runs a hospital.
Based on the Israeli format "Ran Quartet," the story is described as a soapy medical show centered around quadruplets who grew up on a reality show. [Source: The Live Feed]
Ulrich will play the dual roles of Father Harries, a local priest, and his estranged identical twin brother Graham, a resurrected junkie. [Source: Deadline]
The story centers on Ross, a detective, and Milton, »
- Garth Franklin
We’re over the moon excited about the return of Continuum for its third season on Syfy this spring. And today we got an official announcement from Syfy on the return of a few of their shows with Continuum in the mix. Here’s the specific bit about Continuum from that press release followed by the Syfy teaser.
Continuum (Season 3 Premiere)
Returns Friday, April 4 at 10Pm – Season 3 of Continuum amplifies the mythology, technology and the stakes of time travel to an intense and personal level. At the end of Season 2, Alec Sadler made the Earth-shattering decision to hijack Kiera’s (Rachel Nichols) chance to get home, in order to save Emily, the girl he loves, from certain death. This act of desperation not only jettisoned Alec into the near past, but it condemned Kiera to incarceration by the Freelancers, who are ‘collecting’ time travelers in order to protect history. Now, »
- Jess Orso
‘Bittersweet’ is the perfect word for the news that the final season of Warehouse 13 premiere date has been announced. It will only be half a season, six episodes, but it is wonderful that the show will be given a chance for a suitable series finale.
In purely happier news, we now also have premiere dates for the third season of Continuum, new series comics-based Metal Hurlan Chronicles (with James Marsters!), new competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and more. Bookmark this page and/or check our calendar so that you can continually plan your life around your favorite shows.
Syfy’S 2014 Spring Lineup Includes Original Series Premiere Of Jim Henson’S Creature Shop Challenge Plus Farewell Season Of Beloved Warehouse 13 March Features Original Specials Carvers, My Big Fat Geek Wedding And Foxy & Co.
New York – February 14, 2014 – The debut of the new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature »
- Erin Willard
"Un-Real" stars Shiri Appleby ("Girls," "Life Unexpected") as Rachel, an employee of an "Bachelor"-like dating show whose job is to goad contestants into saying and doing outrageous things that make for compelling TV. Megyn Price ("Rules of Engagement") plays her boss, the show's executive producer.
"'Un-Real' is unlike anything that exists on television today," says Rob Sharenow, Lifetime's executive vice president and general manager. "It's premium and original on every level, and we're thrilled that Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's unique series will be Lifetime's first program produced by A+E Studios. »
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