The Akiva Goldsman-led Transformers writing room continues to assemble. In addition to other Marvel scribes like Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), who signed on to pen new spin-offs and sequels in this now-extended universe, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, production re-writers on Marvel's latest, Ant-Man, are also attached to pen a new movie. As far as what film they'll write, it's as unclear as which ones the other mentioned writers, plus "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, will lend their time towards. Although as details continue to emerge, reports speculate one film in this new series is not a sequel or a spin-off but rather a prequel with the working title Transformers One. It's said this one focuses on the planet Cybertron, the home planet of the Autobots and Decepticons before they arrived on Earth. »
- Will Ashton
Paramount Pictures has assembled its “writer’s room” for the future of the Transformers franchise, and now the first idea has slipped out. In the wake of Age of Extinction’s $1.1 billion gross, Paramount set Akiva Goldsman to put together a group of writers to hash out ideas for future sequels and spinoffs, then set the individual writers to pen the separate scripts. Today Deadline reports that Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined the group, and one of the ideas they might be working on is a prequel called Transformers One, which is “more or less an origin story that takes place on Cybertron”. Barrer and Ferrari were set by Marvel Studios to do a final pass on the Ant-Man script, after Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s screenplay was rewritten by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. They don’t have a final credit on the finished movie, but »
- Adam Chitwood
The Transformers writers room has just gotten a little bigger. Deadline are reporting that screenwriting duo Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have joined up with Paramount Pictures to help bring to life an expanded universe for the multi-billion dollar franchise, including prequels, sequels and, of course, spin-off movies. While they aren't likely to be recognizable names yet, the pair did help re-write Ant-Man for Marvel, in the wake of Edgar Wright's departure. Barrer & Ferrari join fellow McU scribes Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in the Transformers writing room, alongside Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend). So far it is unclear which writer will be working on which film, but Deadline have claimed that Barrer & Ferrari expect to be working on a live-action feature. The site also believes that one of the titles »
After spending a year over at Marvel rewriting Ant-Man to accommodate for Peyton Reed taking the reins from Edgar Wright, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have moved over to Paramount Pictures, where they’ve become the latest to join a Transformers brain trust being assembled by Akiva Goldsman. Deadline first reported their involvement and also made mention of one pitch that’s fast gathering steam over at the studio: an origin story set on Cybertron called Transformers One, that may be animated and land in between live-action installments.
Barrer and Ferrari join already-enlisted scribes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2, The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in Goldsman’s writer’s room. The team is hard at work figuring out ideas for Transformers sequels, prequels and spinoffs in hopes of having nailed down the »
- Isaac Feldberg
You may have already seen the story about Michael Bay and the other Transformers producers tasking Akiva Goldsman with assembling a writing team to hash out more films and essentially construct a shared universe for different stories to work in. Deadline reports that Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are joining the group. The pair, who completed an uncredited production re-write on the Marvel movie about the shrinking superhero (based on work that Adam McKay and Paul Rudd did to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script), joins a team that already includes Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost/Fringe man Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk’s Zak Penn.And according to Deadline’s story, one of the big ideas being batted around is crafting an origin story for the Autobots and Decepticons that would explore their early days on Cybertron, »
It's always a treat to revisit the seminal start of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series, and soon Image Comics will give fans a new way to look at the first issue with the upcoming release of The Walking Dead #1 Artist's Proof Edition.
Our friends at TheWalkingDead.com report that The Walking Dead #1 Artist's Proof Edition will be available to purchase for $19.99 beginning August 26th. Featuring the over-sized art board dimensions of 11" x 17" (even bigger than the Artist's Proof Edition of All Out War), this new edition of Kirkman's classic first issue of The Walking Dead showcases Tony Moore's art without gray tones.
"Image Giant-sized Artist’S Proof Edition: The Walking Dead #1
story: Robert Kirkman
art / cover: Tony Moore
August 26 / 32 Pages / B&W / Mature Readers / $19.99
The all-new Image Giant-sized Artist’S Proof Edition series presents special artist achievements in their raw form in an oversized format. »
- Derek Anderson
Thanks to the massive success of the Marvel movies, every franchise now wants their own "Marvel-style universe" - including "Transformers," which is assembling a "writers room" to plot their next steps.
Deadline reports that "Ant-Man" writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined a team headed by Akiva Goldsman and including "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirman" and "Lost" writer Jeff Pinkner. And it seems the first idea to come out of the brain trust is for a prequel set on Cybertron.
The goal of the writers room is to prep a movie to be ready when Michael Bay finishes filming the Benghazi drama "13 Hours." It's an interesting idea to assemble a TV-style team like this, to brainstorm future sequels, prequels, spinoffs, or even reboots.
"Transformers One" would be an origin story about the robots, good and evil. It could be an animated film or live-action. A prequel could be a merchandising bonanza for Hasbro, »
- Kelly Woo
Entertainment Weekly has released seven set photos from the production of the pilot of AMC's impatiently awaited Fear the Walking Dead, a spin-off of the network's gargantuan, still great The Walking Dead. The photo gives us more images of Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis, who will be leading the new series, which covers the beginning of the event that Rick Grimes, the troubled hero of The Walking Dead, slept through after getting shot in the pilot episode. More than that though, the photos shed light on those behind the camera actually doing the technical work and discussing narrative decisions that will help create the imagery and story arc of the seven-episode first season. [caption id="attachment_434953" align="alignright" width="236"] Image via AMC[/caption] Robert Kirkman, the creator of the Walking Dead comic series and executive producer on both the original series and the spin-off, is pictured here overseeing the production alongside Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson, »
- Chris Cabin
AMC has already nailed its first spinoff in Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, but it may have a tougher challenge in upcoming Walking Dead franchise expander Fear the Walking Dead. Lacking any familiar faces, it will have to really kill during its marketing campaign in order to entice viewers. Production is currently under way on the spinoff’s six-episode first season in Vancouver, and Entertainment Weekly has unveiled some shots from filming – you can check them out here, below, along with an official shot of Alycia Debnam-Carey’s character, above (via Variety).
Fear the Walking Dead, which has already been renewed for a second season, will follow a group of people in Los Angeles struggling to survive during a dangerous zombie apocalypse. Unlike The Walking Dead, which plunged viewers pretty directly into the post-apocalyptic landscape, this spinoff will open during the early days of the undead plague and chart »
- Isaac Feldberg
AMC (via EW) has released a batch of new photos from the set of the upcoming series “Fear the Walking Dead,” giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the companion series. Check them out below along with an official image of Alycia Debnam-Carey from the series (via Variety). A companion series to “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead”…
The post New Photos from the Set of Fear the Walking Dead appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Spencer Perry
Tovah Feldshuh has been in show business since the 1970s, with multiple Emmy and Tony award nominations to her name, but she’s been introduced to her largest audience yet starring as Deanna Monroe in AMC’s The Walking Dead. “I’m going to my first Walker Stalker convention,” Feldshuh told Vulture at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook gala on Tuesday night. “I’ve been invited to them all over the country, but we’re going to do four.” Taking on such a prominent role in the fifth season has certainly come with its perks. “It’s pretty great. I get recognized in Milan, at the ice-cream shops. You know, being a Broadway entity is marvelous, but it’s a local entity,” said Feldshuh. “When Lexus found out that I was with the Walking Dead, they discounted my tires! I thought that was hysterical." Feldshuh had just flown to New York from Atlanta, »
- Bennett Marcus
The long wait to find out who survived The Red Dinner (aka Hannibal’s spectacular season two finale, Mizumono) is almost over. Hannibal season three is nearly upon us, and to mark its arrival, we caught up with showrunner Bryan Fuller to find out what’s in store.
Firstly, we’re due to meet a different kind of Hannibal in a very different kind of setting. Fuller’s James Bond fandom has leached into the first seven-episode chapter of the season, which sees Mads Mikkelsen’s chicly dressed predator living undercover in the upper echelons of Italian society. The season’s second six-episode chapter introduces Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, a character familiar to Red Dragon fans.
We chatted to Fuller about the show’s revised take on Hannibal’s origin story, »
- Gary Collinson
Can't wait for the summer premiere of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead? Helping hold fans over is a recent batch of set photos from The Walking Dead companion series showing the cast and crew filming their new take on Robert Kirkman's living dead world.
“Fear the Walking Dead,” which is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines, stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia."
- Derek Anderson
“Texas Rising,” the 10-hour History miniseries, couldn’t come close to reaching the high-bar ratings standards set by the networks’ blockbusters like “Hatfields and McCoys” and “The Bible,” but nonetheless opened to a sizable audience on Monday night.
Nielsen estimates that the first two hours of “Texas Rising” averaged 4.1 million viewers overall, making it the calendar year’s second most-watched cable premiere, behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” which bowed behind “The Walking Dead.” It also puts it ahead of other recent limited/event miniseries, including History’s “Houdini” last September (3.7 million), Discovery’s “Klondike” in January 2014 (3.4 million) and USA’s “Dig” in March of this year (1.8 million).
Still, Monday’s tune-in for “Texas Rising” was less than one-third of that for the opening night of History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” on Memorial Day in 2012 (13.9 million) and “The Bible” in March 2013 (13.1 million). “Texas” also skewed old, with only 1.1 million »
- Rick Kissell
Phil Hester's unique, imaginative and ultimately fitting take on Carl Grimes' head wound is featured on The Walking Dead #1 variant cover for Wizard World Des Moines. Also in this round-up: a new promo video for Hannibal Season 3, debuting next week.
The Walking Dead #1 Wizard World Des Moines Variant Cover: Press Release -- "Des Moines, Iowa, May 26, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that The Wretch and The Coffin creator and Iowa native Phil Hester has drawn the 11th in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Des Moines, June 12-14. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will »
- Derek Anderson
According to a recent report from Vc Post and their sources, The Walking Dead season 6 peeps have hired three new actors to portray some new folks in the crazy madness. One of them will be a charming female psychologist that is rumored to become the resident surgeon. Then the other 2 characters are just regular dudes that sound like they could get killed off at any moment. The female psychologist is named Alison and she'll make her first appearance in episode 2. She's described as being in her late 20s to early 40s. She would much rather stay safely inside her comfort zone, but is not cynical and really cares about people. It's also speculated that she will be the live-action equivalent of Dr. Denise Cloyd, who is a character from the Robert Kirkman comic books. There are also reports that she will replace Pete Anderson as a resident surgeon. The other two, »
- Andre Braddox
According to a recent report from the Inquisitr and their sources, there's some possible spoiler teasers, claiming that Rick and Morgan are going to have a big fight showdown, because he isn't going to agree with Rick shooting Pete at the end of season 5. Their source, The Undead Walking, said: "Times will be tough for The Walking Dead‘s original bromance between Morgan Jones and Rick Grimes. You have to see where both men are coming from: Rick has been trying to walk the fine line between sanity and in-Shane-ity, while Morgan seems to have come to peace with the new zombified world. Morgan won’t take too kindly to seeing Rick shoot Pete in the head at the end of last season. The two will probably clash on morality, which has been a central focus of AMC’s hit show since the very beginning.” Season 6 premieres this October 2015. »
- Andre Braddox
Static is an African-American teen superhero created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan at Milestone Comics, who had a unique distribution deal with DC Comics for a time. They retained the rights to their characters (whose adventures existed outside the DC continuity), but DC published and distributed the comics. Milestone Comics became defunct in 1997.
Static lived on though, and was incorporated into the main DC universe. In 2000, Static got his own animated TV series, Static Shock. It ran for 52 episodes on The WB before being cancelled in 2004.
In recent years, rumours have linked Jaden Smith to the role for a live-action web series based on Static. These rumours began in October 2014, with the announcement that Warner Bros. were planning a live action show Static Shock show for the online realm, via their »
The actor, best known for playing the title role in “Everybody Hates Chris” and a recent turn on “The Walking Dead,” revealed in a recent interview with Flicks and the City that he would “absolutely” portray the Morales iteration of Spider-Man, and that he’s even read for Marvel before.
“I kind of follow the Miles Morales character quite a bit,” Williams said. “And I’m open to the idea, I am. I’m not starting campaigns or anything for it because I trust Marvel. I’ve read for them before. So I trust what their decisions will be.”
“But yeah, I’d love to do it,” he went on. “I would absolutely love to do it.”
The 22-year-old actor was an Internet favorite to play the web-slinger, with fans creating a campaign to further the cause amplified »
- Alex Stedman
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