It’s a rarity to be pleasantly surprised at the movie theater these days, especially in the summer when studios want to give the people what they want, and what they want is usually the same old, same old. Edge of Tomorrow is a pleasant surprise. A Hollywood blockbuster with a tried and true formula, but employed with gusto and playfulness. This is the kind of summer movie we all say we want, popcorn-munching entertainment of the highest quality that takes you in some unexpected directions and plays against type. Godzilla is fine, the X-Men were good, but summer really begins with Tomorrow. (more…)
Good news for fans of the TNT alien invasion drama Falling Skies as the cable network has given the greenlight for the series to get a fourth season well in advance of the end of the show’s current season.
The series, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, follows TV’s Noah Wylie as Tom Mason, a former college professor turned leader of a resistance force against alien invasion of the planet Earth. Co-starring Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter, Falling Skies has enjoyed commercial and critical success since it premiere in 2011.
For TNT, the renewal of Falling Skies is the proverbial no-brainer. According to Deadline, the show averages 5.8 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery and currently sits as basic cable’s number one scripted series with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the summer-to-date. That’s not Walking Dead numbers, but still impressive for a basic cable series. Falling Skies is currently in its third season, which wraps on August 4th. The 10 episode fourth season will debut sometime in the summer of 2014.
Falling Skies airs Sunday nights at 10 pm EST/PST.
Can you believe that it’s been almost 20 years since Independence Day taught us the value of American patriotism in the face of near global extinction of the human race? Neither can I. Still, some people seem to think that two decades later, people are still dying to know the rest of the story, and one of those people is ID4 co-writer and director Roland Emmerich.
After telling a more low key story of White House demolition in the upcoming thriller White House Down, Emmerich seems eager to revisit that first time he wrecked the Executive Mansion, and get going on a sequel to Independence Day. While out and about at a film festival recently (and overheard by /Film), Emmerich says that there is a plan for Independence Day 2, and maybe Independence Day 3…
“That’s actually what we talked a lot about. The mythology of why did the aliens come in the first place, what is the bigger story of this whole thing? And we talked a lot about swarm intelligence. And [the humans] are individual intelligence. Even though we kill each other and have wars against each other, we have something special. We have this domino human spirit to believe in good and over coming enemies. And it’s a little bit about that and when you get a bigger mythology going, I think then you have the chance to do not only one or two or three but you can create a series and that’s what we want to do.”
Of course, I’m more or less sure that the point of ID4 was famous landmarks exploding, and not the underline motivations and differences between the humans and the aliens, but hey, maybe Emmerich’s got something good cooking. Like in 2012 when the whole Earth is destroyed and everybody dies except all the rich people and John Cusack and his family.
No word on who might star, but look for Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to be made lucrative offers to return if this thing ever gets past the being endlessly talked about stage.
More news as it develops.
So Sy-Fy, despite being named in honor of the genre it’s supposed to predominately show, doesn’t dabble in science fiction quite nearly as much as it should. So could Defiance be a sign of things to come? I hope so.
Can you believe it’s been 16 years since Independence Day came out? Watching it on AMC last week it seems so quaint now, so innocent. Of course, it was probably the fact that AMC was running the flick ad nauseam last week that gave writer/producer Dean Devlin the idea to start stirring up sequel talk again.
Devlin recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter about re-uniting with ID4 director Roland Emmerich, who he hasn’t collaborated with in 10 years, about getting back into an alien invasion frame of mind. The genre’s never been hotter, so maybe they want to strike while the iron’s hot. But seriously, why now, Dean?
“We resisted doing the sequel for years because we still wanted to honor the first one,” says Devlin. “The first one gave us all careers and we really love that movie and loved the experience. We didn’t want to make a movie because it was financially a good idea, we only wanted to do it when we had an idea and a concept that creatively felt like it honored the first one–that it felt like an organic sequel as opposed to ‘let’s just go make some more money.'”
I suppose that makes sense, Independence Day grew organically from Star Wars, War of the Worlds and disaster movies of the 70s, so Devlin’s assertion that the sequel idea just kind of happened makes sense.
“I feel like we got it. I think it took a long time, but I feel like we finally got something that really feels like, ‘that’s worth seeing as a sequel to Independence Day.'”
So when might this sequel start getting underway. Ain’t nobody from the first film getting any younger you know…
“We’re beginning a long process of talking to everybody,” Devil said. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”
And apparently, 3 TV spin-offs and 2 TV movies isn’t enough to drown Devlin’s interest in doing his own sequel to Stargate, the 1994 movie he co-wrote with Emmerich that spawned nearly 400 hours of television beloved by fans the world over. Since only Devlin knows what’s best of Stargate he’s still like to go full speed ahead and realize his Stargate trilogy.
“Stargate has always had this empty hole,” Devlin said. “When we made the first one, we always intended on doing part two and three, and we were prevented for years. And our hope is that we can get another chance at Stargate and tell the entire story we wanted to tell.”
Funny, you never heard Robert Altman talk about going back and undoing all the damage wrought by Alan Alda and his ilk.
More news as it (or if it) develops.