9 items from 2016
Bryan Cranston is making an anthology show based on the works of sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick. We may have just found his first co-star for the series. While chatting with Anthony Mackie about All the Way (in which Mackie plays Martin Luther King, Jr. opposite Cranston’s Lbj), I mentioned the recently announced anthology series since Mackie has some Philip K. Dick on his resume with 2011 movie The Adjustment Bureau. Mackie seems to have a genuine enthusiasm for the writer whose stories have led to tons of screen adaptations, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Man in the High Castle among them. “Adjustment Bureau reigns as one of my favorite movies I’ve done,” Mackie told me. “Philip K. Dick’s short stories are just amazing and from another time of writing. You used to sit and read those stories, and they would take you to a whole other world. »
- Emily Rome
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“The tinsmith forgot to give me a heart” ~Tinman, The Wizard of Oz
What Does it mean to be human? Is it our heart, tirelessly pumping away to circulate fresh, oxygenated blood to our starving cells? Is it our brain, with its myriad neural connections that give us consciousness, reasoning and emotion? In 1952, Tezuka Osamu’s classic Astro Boy introduced us to an existential conundrum: a boy robot with the ability to feel. Despite having neither heart nor brain, he showed kindness, compassion and empathy – distinctly human traits – and continuously fought to protect humanity against evil. It is worth mentioning that the word ‘robot’ itself derives from the Czech robota, meaning forced labour, but in many Slavic languages it simply means ‘to work’. What’s strange about all the »
- Katrina Filippidis
Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television have today announced they are partnering on a hugely ambitious original drama series based on the short stories written by award-winning Sci-Fi novelist Philip K. Dick. The ten-part anthology series, Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick, will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), with Oscar nominated Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) both executive producing and appearing in the series.
Each episode will be a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporized for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick's prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist's work. The drama will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK and will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television. Here's what Bryan Cranston »
Oscar nominee, Emmy winner, and erstwhile Walter White, Bryan Cranston has signed to be part of Electric Dreams: The World Of Philip K. Dick, an upcoming 10-part Sci-Fi anthology. Cranston will both act in and exec produce, Variety reports.
The series will be ten stand-alone episodes based on Philip K. Dick’s prescient stories. His writings have been filmed before, including titles and classics such as Total Recall, The Adjustment Bureau, A Scanner Darkly, and Minority Report. He’s widely considered one of the best and most prophetic of science fiction authors of the 20th century.
The title of the series comes from Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, which was turned into 1982’s iconic Sci-Fi flick Blade Runner, a sequel to which is in production now. »
- Harker Jones
Each episode is set to be a standalone drama, adapted and modernized for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate the writer's prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of his works.
Michael Dinner ("Justified") and Ronald Moore ("Battlestar Galactica") will also executive produce the project which will be based on the short stories by award-winning sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick.
Dick's works have been previously been adapted for the screen with such films as "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and "The Adjustment Bureau" along with shows such as "The Man in the High Castle".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
“Electric Dreams” will illustrate Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the prized sci-fi novelist’s work and each episode will be a standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global auds by a creative team of U.S. and Brit scribes.
Also exec producing are James Degus (“Sneaky Pete”), Isa Dick Hackett (“The Adjustment Bureau”), Kalen Egan (“The Man in the High Castle”), Christopher Tricario (“The Man in High Castle”), Maril Davis (“Battlestar Galactica”) as well as David Kanter (“The Revenant”) and Matt DeRoss (upcoming Cinemax series “Quarry”).
“This is an electric dream come true,” said Cranston in a statement. »
- Diana Lodderhose
This is pretty cool.
Pedro Pascal, the Chilean actor who's made a name for himself on shows like Game Of Thrones, Narcos, and will be re-teaming with his The Adjustment Bureau co-star Matt Damon in the upcoming film The Great Wall, is joining the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The exceedingly versatile actor made, perhaps, his biggest splash as Oberyn Martell in Season 4 of Game Of Thrones, and is said to be playing American spy Jack Daniels in Matthew Vaughn's sequel to the R-rated spy romp, Kingsman: The Secret Service.
I'm extremely happy for the guy; My Facebook friend, who I met on the set of The Good Wife once upon a time when I was an actor. He can play anything. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Despite clouds and the threat of rain, San Francisco spreads gloriously before director George Nolfi and the cast and crew of “Birth of the Dragon.” From their perch high atop Twin Peaks, they are shooting the climactic shot of the “kung fu fable” — their Steve McQueen-ish hero riding his motorcycle off to a new life.
When the sun shoots suddenly through the gloom, Nolfi shouts for another take: “Get the motorcycle down here! There’s light on the city!” And, indeed, just as doubles for Billy Magnussen and his girlfriend (played by Jingjing Qu) roar past, sunlight splashes across the panorama and the golden dome of City Hall behind them.
“That was great, right?” the usually more reserved director Nolfi calls across the hillside. “That was bad ass!”
- James Rainey
Back in April it was announced that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) had entered talks with 20th Century Fox to direct the studio’s reboot of Flash Gordon, and now screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Thor) has announced on his Facebook page that he’s set to rewrite the script.
“I can’t wait to get started and if you’re curious about the take? I’m not saying a word,” states Protosevich (via HitFix). “All I’ll say is this – it will be nothing like any version of Flash Gordon you’ve seen.
- Gary Collinson
9 items from 2016
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