If you’re an avid or occasional reader of nerdbastards, you’ll know that we sorta take the weekends off from reporting. We use the weekends to learn how to function in normal society, which is a constant work in progress. Anyway, over the weekend quite of few news tidbits tend to make it’s way around the net. Things we would normally put our full attention too but because of time off we didn’t get to it. Now, since we don’t want you feeling news deprived, every Monday, we’re going to be doing a quick recap of the big news that transpired over the weekend.
We are going to kick off this weekend roundup with casting news regarding Marvels upcoming Captain America flick.
Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has reportedly been offered the role of Steve Rogers, A.K.A Captain America. Not having screen tested, nor in the short list of previously announced candidates, which included John Krasinski (It’s Complicated, Away We Go), Scott Porter (Speed Racer, Friday Night Lights, Caprica), Mike Vogel (She’s Out of My League, Cloverfield) Michael Cassidy (Smallville) and Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400) Chris, somehow one over the studio. Perhaps being that Chris already has a relationship with Marvel, having starred as Johnny Storm in the two “Fantastic Four” flicks. Marvel has not confirmed the development and CAA, which reps the actor, declined to comment. Though, sources say he will be donning the red, white and blue. We wait the official word.
In other nerd movie news everyone’s favorite musical blogger evil genius Dr. Horrible is supposedly getting a sing along movie. While talking to MTV, Neil Patrick Harris dropped the bombshell that the follow-up to the Internet sensation “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog” may in fact be a motion picture:
Apparently they’re making a Dr. Horrible sequel, a feature film I hope… I hope they cast me in it… We’ll see.
Harris also commented on the scale of the production:
I don’t know what scale, they’re talking all options, because they made the first Dr. Horrible in five days on no budget at all… You don’t want to make the feature film be an $80 million giant movie, because it defeats the purpose of what the first film was made to be, but then again you don’t want it to be so low brow that it’s not worth paying money to see as a movie…I don’t think it will be on the Internet, I think it will probably be a film.
Another bite of nerd movie remake news. “Wolfman’s got nards”. It’s been announced that the cult classic, kid adventure flick, “The Monster Squad” is targeted for a remake. According to deadline.com Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 film. Rob Cohen, who produced the original hopes to direct. Cohen will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Forom and their meeting with writers. For those that were never exposed to the glory of the original Monster Squad its about group of small-town kids obsessed with classic movie monsters who find themselves caught up in a Dracula-led plot to unleash hell on the world. Along the way they meet Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill Man (i.e. the Creature from the Black Lagoon).
In nerd TV land everyone’s favorite cartoon, sci-fi, sitcom “Futurama” marks its long awaited, triumphant return……..with a teaser trailer. Huzzah!! It’s been 8 long years since FOX ceased production of adventures of the Planet Express crew but thanks to fan demand (via DVD sales) it’s been revived. Futurama returns to earth with new episodes coming to Comedy Central in June 2010 and bite our shiny metal asses if we aren’t thrilled. Note: we do not have metal asses but thank you for the concern.
the last bit of news in our weekend roundup is in regards to the eagerly awaited Star Wars live action TV series. The long-rumored series may be arriving to our galaxy earlier than we think. The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan reports that the work is progressing on the series, with writers working on scripts for the proposed first season.
… Lucas and executive producer Rick McCallum want all the scripts for the show’s first season to be completed before production begins.
“They are working with writers on scripts,” a Lucasfilm representative said in response to a query. “They won’t set a production date [for Season 1] until the scripts are done.
But work on the unnamed show’s scripts appears to be at an advanced stage—which isn’t surprising, considering the writing of the live-action show began two years ago.
Although, no official word from George Lucas, no network to call home and no cast this indicates the series might be swinging into production by 2011.
Bounty hunters and minor characters from the “Star Wars” universe of books and games are said to be the focus of the new show, which takes place in the time frame between “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”