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Why is Hollywood building so many cinematic universes?

10 October 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...

It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.

The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.

Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »

- ryanlambie

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"Robin Hood" Gets A Shared Cinematic Universe

6 October 2014 7:53 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures is locking down a deal which would see the creation of a franchise centered around the character of Robin Hood.

Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") and Jeremy Lott ("The Falling," "Lore") penned the pitch, called "Hood," which calls for a series of movies about the outlaw and his Merry Men: Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett. Think a kind of hero team-up film set in the Middle Ages.

The tone is said to be of an action/heist variety along "Mission: Impossible" and "Fast and the Furious" lines.

Source: Heat Vision »

- Garth Franklin

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Sony's 'Robin Hood' Will Have an 'Avengers' Style Shared Universe

6 October 2014 6:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reported on Sony's upcoming remake of Robin Hood, which the studio acquired in a heated bidding war with several other studios. The movie is based on a pitch from Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter) and Jeremy Lott (Lore), and new details have come forward.

The movie was originally said to be a 'reinvention' of the classic adventure tale. Now, The Hollywood Report reveal that the movie, titled Hood, will create a shared universe much like Marvel's The Avengers. The franchise will focus on a series of movies that revolve around the archer and his band of Merry Men, including Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett. They are being envisioned as a superhero team from England's middle ages.

Hood will be a fast-paced action adventure movie that is being compared to the Fast & Furious and Mission: Impossible franchises. Sources close to the deal say it was bought for $1 million agasint $2 million, »

- MovieWeb

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The End Is Nigh: Sony Buys Avengers-Style Shared Universe Robin Hood Pitch for $1 Million

6 October 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

That’s it, we’ve reached peak “shared universe” stupidity.  Game over.  Thanks for playing.  Sony is poised to purchase a pitch for a Robin Hood riff called Hood for a whopping $1 million against $2 million.  Why so much for an adaptation of well-worn territory, you ask?  Heat Vision reports that the pitch involves positioning the film as a franchise starter with an Avengers-style universe revolving around Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men.  You read that correctly.  Sony is developing a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of a Merry Men Universe featuring Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, and of course Little John.  More after the jump. The “Avengers-style universe” idea for a Robin Hood franchise is dumb in and of itself, but it gets better/worse.  Heat Vision reports that the tone of Hood is described as being in the vein of Mission: Impossible and the recent Fast & Furious movies, »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Robin Hood' Remake with a New Spin Lands at Sony

6 October 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch for a new Robin Hood movie after a heated bidding war between several studio competitors such as Working Title Films and Paramount Pictures.

Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter) and Jeremy Lott (Lore) brought their pitch to Sony, which was reportedly sold for a low seven-figure sum. No story details were given, except that it will be a re-imagining of the classic Robin Hood story, following the title character who robs from the rich and gives to the poor.

Universal Pictures released the most recent version of Robin Hood back in 2010, which starred Russell Crowe as the title character alongside Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong and Oscar Isaac. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, took in over $300 million worldwide, although it was received poorly by fans and critics alike.

Robin Hood's story has been told in countless feature and TV adaptations throughout the years, »

- MovieWeb

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'Underworld' Reboot Is in Development

27 August 2014 6:47 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After 11 years and four movies, Lakeshore Entertainment is rebooting the Underworld franchise, hiring Cory Goodman (Priest) to write the script. No story details were given for the reboot.

Kate Beckinsale starred as the vampire "death dealer" Selene in the first Underworld, which debuted in 2003 and followed the war between the vampires and their sworn enemies, the lycans, a.k.a. werewolves.

The actress returned for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006, although she did not star in the 2009 prequel Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans, which featured Michael Sheen and Rhona Mitra. 2012's Underworld Awakening was the final feature within the franchise, which has earned $458.2 million worldwide through all four movies.

Lakeshore Entertainment's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing, but there is no production schedule set at this time.

Cory Goodman's other feature writing credits include Apollo 18 and upcoming projects such as The Last Witch Hunter, »

- MovieWeb

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Director Dave Green and Writer Henry Gayden Talk Earth To Echo, Capturing the Attention of a Young Audience, Found Footage, and Echo’s Design

30 June 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earth to Echo, director Dave Green and writer Henry Gayden’s heartwarming sci-fi adventure about friendship and extraterrestrial encounters, takes a refreshing narrative approach inspired by today’s generation of Diy storytellers.  When three close friends – Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley), Munch (Reese Hartwig) and Alex (Teo Halm) – start to receive strangely coded messages on their cell phones just as their small Nevada suburb is about to be demolished to make way for a new highway, they embark on one last thrill together and document their adventure as it unfolds.  Opening July 2nd, the PG-rated film also features Ella Linnea Wahlestedt. In an exclusive interview, Green and Gayden talked about the challenges of capturing a young audience’s attention in today’s world of superheroes and tech savvy storytelling, the film’s roots in the found footage genre, the decision to tell the story from Tuck’s perspective, how they found »

- Sheila Roberts

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The Entire 1940’s Wonder Woman Comics Available For The First Time Ever!

26 June 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In partnership with DC Entertainment, Idw Publishing and Library of American Comics is pleased to announce the August release of Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics, which collects the entire original Wonder Woman newspaper strip that ran from May 1, 1943 until December 1, 1944 for the first time ever!

Just a few years after Wonder Woman burst into comic books, the world’s most famous female superhero starred in her own daily newspaper strip written and drawn by the same creative team that produced the comic book: William Moulton Marston (writer) and Harry G. Peters(artist).

This beautiful 196-page hardcover book starts the story on Paradise Island where Amazonian women rule supreme and no men are allowed. Their way of life is about to change when Steve Trevor, a wounded American soldier, washes up on their shores. Soon, Princess Diana of the Amazons—rechristened Wonder Woman—is off to America, where the saga continues! »

- Kyle Reese

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Rot & Ruin Makes Its Comic Book Debut in September

29 May 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Idw has announced that they will launch a Rot & Ruin comic book series this September, taking us back to the zombie-filled world of  Jonathan Maberry’s Rot & Ruin novels:

“San Diego, CA (May 29, 2014) – Idw and multiple Bram Stoker award-winning author, Jonathan Maberry bring the untold stories from the zombie post-apocalyptic world of Rot & Ruin to comic books this September.

This all-new series is set in a world fifteen years after the dead have risen and vastly outnumber the survivors of the zombie-apocalypse. In the aftermath, humanity has found a way to live a marginal existence by forming fenced-in towns where everyone has a job to do in order to survive. As in the award-winning novels, the comic series will center on Benny Imura and his friends as they make their way in a world where the zombies aren’t always the greatest danger.

“The Rot & Ruin isn’t about how »

- Jonathan James

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Spend Your Summer as Mulder and Scully With The X-Files Board Game

18 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Our summers are now set. Yes, we have great movies and TV headed our way, but what to do in between? Search for the truth as Mulder or Scully with The X-Files Big Box Board Game! Idw today announced the game and its July release, hopefully meaning July 1 but perhaps meaning during Comic-Con, which begins July 23.

One of my favorite things about it? “The X-Files board game will focus heavily on material from the first three seasons of the television series, giving fans a chance to start from the beginning of the phenomenon.” Another favorite thing is the fact that one player gets to be The Smoking Man. Bring It.

Idw Games To Release The X-Files Big Box Board Game Search For The Truth On Your Tabletop This July!

San Diego, CA (March 18, 2014) – This summer, fans of The X-Files will have a brand-new way to search for the truth, with »

- Erin Willard

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Harlan Ellison Star Trek Original Series Teleplay to Be Released as Comic Miniseries

6 March 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

This is great news on all sorts of levels. Today Idw has announced that it will be releasing a new miniseries based on Harlan Ellison‘s screenplay of Star Trek original series episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” with cover art by Juan Ortiz.

So let’s break this down a little. First, new Star Trek comic miniseries, excellent. That it’s based on the screenplay for the episode where Kirk, Spock, and Bones end up in the U.S. in the 1930′s, excellent. That it’s based on the original screenplay that few have ever seen, which won Hugo and Writer’s Guild of America awards and which was written by Harlan Ellison (The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Darkside, Babylon 5, The Outer Limits, etc., etc.) and it is being developed with his approval and input, even more excellent.

And finally, that it will feature covers by Juan Ortiz, »

- Erin Willard

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Idw Announces Upcoming Series Star Mage

20 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Press Release:

Alchemy and Science Fiction Collide In ‘Star Mage’ Author Jc De La Torre makes his comic debut for Idw!

San Diego, CA (February 20, 2013) – From the author of the acclaimed novel Ancient Rising, Jc De La Torre, comes the intergalactic epic, Star Mage! A stellar mix of two unlikely genres, this series will be essential for readers of all ages!

Star Mage offers a unique take on the coming-of-age tale as Darien Connors learns about his peculiar heritage and the powers that come with it. With a war looming between two alien races of necromancers, Darien will be cast into a world of wizardry, warfare and wonder.

“Star Mage is a sci-fi romp with a heart,” said series editor Tom Waltz. “Part Ender’s Game, part Last Starfighter… heck, even part Star Wars… Star Mage remains fresh and exciting, and will appeal to high-adventure readers of all ages!”

Written by Jc De La Torre, »

- Erin Willard

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