Turns out the phrase “I’ll be back,” doesn’t just apply to the Terminator films. Ever since his return to movie making, Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a bit of a hard time finding successful starring roles. The Last Stand, Escape Plan and Sabotage all pretty much tanked at the box office, and proved that Schwarzenegger’s name alone isn’t enough to sell tickets anymore. Even his return to the Terminator franchise was a let-down. While Terminator: Genysis was a success overseas, it wasn’t well-received by American audiences or Terminator fans in general. Terminator: Genisys was practically plagued with bad buzz from day one, so it was almost guaranteed to disappoint. However, despite how underwhelming Genysis was, Schwarzenegger may have a more triumphant franchise-return to look forward to in the near future.
Where to even begin with Rick And Morty? What began as an inside joke between animators grew into a pitch-black parody of Doctor Who, filled to the gills with trans-dimensional adventures, ridonculous super-science and naked nihilism. It was only natural that nerds everywhere loved it and we were willing to settle for the promise of a new season sometime around 2017, until Dan Harmon went ahead and ruined everything by ramming his face into the hype-train’s controls and make it launch out of its tracks and into orbit at full speed with his latests statement…
The debut of SyFy’s serial adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian Sci-fi fare 12 Monkeys – which was based on Chris Marker’s short La Jetee – is hitting the small screen in less that two weeks. It’s certainly a risky move on the part of the network; taking a cult favorite, and spreading it out into an 10 part episodic series. However, that’s not to say that it can’t be done as we have already laid witness to this recently in the wonderful Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton starrer Fargo (based on the Coen Bros. cult favorite). Given that the Syfy channel seems to be in the process of synonymizing good original content with their name (…after the disastrous couple of years they’ve had) – it’s possible that 12 Monkeys could very well work out as an off-beat episodic sci-fi drama/thriller. (more…)
There’s a new International trailer for the Wachowski brother’s Jupiter Ascending making the Internet rounds. Is it just me or is there something terrifyingly disturbing about Channing Tatum with elf ears? (more…)
Director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game has released a new trailer onto the Internet, it’s got plenty of Harrison Ford as Col Hyrum Graff, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackman, and of course some Asa Butterfield as Ender. This time around the trailer focuses on the overall plot of the movie with some fantastic new looks at the space ships and battle effects we’re going to see.
So far what I’ve seen looks great, and I’m planning on seeing this in the theater that opening weekend. Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Ender’s Game hits theater screens on November 1st.
Ron Moore is no scifi television virgin. The man has taken his knocks and earned his stripes while writing and producing episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, rebooting Battlestar Galactica to critical acclaim, the not so well received BSG spinoff Caprica (Which I enjoyed), and his upcoming show Helix. Throw in his work on two Trek movies, Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact and anyone can see this guy can back up his opinions with hard learned lessons.
In a recent interview with Star Trek.com Moore was asked by a fan if he missed Star Trek being on television. Moore responded and then elaborated on his opinion of the differences between the television shows and the movies.
I do. I think that Star Trek, in its DNA, is a television show. The features are great. They’re a lot of fun and they’ve certainly opened it up to a lot of different audiences, but the features all are basically atypical episodes, if you think about it. The features are very big action-adventure movies, lots of spectacle, run and jump, shoot-em-up and blowing things up. The fate of the Earth, or the universe itself, is always at stake. It’s always about the captain, and one other character has a strong B-story, and everyone else sort of has very small roles beyond that. But Star Trek, as originally conceived, and as you saw play out in all the other series, was really a morality play every week, and it was about an ensemble of players. They were exploring science fiction ideas, sociological ideas and moral ideas. That’s really what the shows are about, and the movies are just pitched in a different way and at a different audience.
The [TV show] will do a story where the captain is split in two by a transporter accident and one half is evil and one half is good, and the whole story is about where does the nature of a man’s strength come from? What makes a man a man? Is it his good side? His bad side? Or how the two come together to make something greater than the sum of its parts? The movies will never do that. They’ll never do a day-in-the-life story with Data [the excellent season 4 episode “Data’s Day”] or something like “Lower Decks,” where you go explore the other characters. They’ll never do all the things that all of us who are fans fell in love with this franchise for. So I think, at some point, Star Trek will return to television, and that would be great. I’d love to watch the weekly adventures again just because it gives you an opportunity to explore lots of other things besides the action-adventure component.
What do you think? Many fans that I know held the opinion that the franchise needed a bit of a rest after Enterprise. Is it time to bring it back? Can it ever go back to television with the core cast considering the costs involved?
Do you agree with Moore? Let us know in the comments section below.
The official trailer for Tom Cruise‘s Oblivion won’t hit the Internet until Monday, but there is a subtitled version already sneaking it’s way out to the net. I’d not given a lot of attention to this movie, but that will change after watching the trailer.
I’m not sure what the heck is going on in Oblivion, but Tom does a lot of running away from things so I’m all in.
A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.
Oblivion hits theater screens April 19th, 2013 with Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) directing and stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Zoe Bell .
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
SyFy Double Down: Shyamalan Developing TV Series and Bryan Fuller to Adapt SciFi Novel ‘The Lotus Caves’
Like many viewers of SyFy Channel, I’ve become exceedingly disappointed in the stations programming. Instead of renewing fan favorite shows (like Eureka) or replacing them with new quality series, the network sells itself out for reality-type shows and horribly bad mutant-animal movies. I want some good ole’ thought provoking Science Fiction. I don’t want ghost hunting, wrestling, or game shows. Especially the latter. I mean seriously, was Black Out really necessary? I could’ve gone my whole life with out seeing Steve Erkel (Jamal White) force people to sniff butt in the dark for competition. (refering to the show Black Out) Though, that gay dude saying “I know that smell” was rather hilarious. But I digress…
There’s certainly a lack of quality content on SyFy and I’m just about fed up with it. Of course, just when I think the network couldn’t be any more dumber, they go and do something like this… and totally redeem themselves! There’s not one, but two developments worth a slow clap. Well, one really.
The first exciting announcement (via Deadline Hollywood) is that of Pushing Daisies‘ Bryan Fullers adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young-adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves. In High Moon, the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources—but when a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts.
While I am unfamilar with The Lotus Caves, I do know of Bryan Fuller. He’s such a quirky and wildly imagimative director. His shows Pushing Daises and Dead Like Me were so avant-garde. With his name on this project… I’m sold!
The other announcment today (via THR) may not be as promising. Director M. Night Shamalamadingdong (*Shyamalan) will possibly direct a new television project for Syfy, titled Proof. Proof is about a man who, after losing his parents in an accident, offers a reward to anyone who has proof of life after death.
OK, so this guy has made nothing but utter shit for the past 10 years. With Airbender being the last straw. But, it’s up to him to make an upswing. And he can do it! He’s certainly capable. After all, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were damn fine movies. I for one, am willing to give him a shot at redemtption (for the 6th time).
The shocking thing is seeing some actual scifi being developed for SyFy. Amerite?
So now that the summer of superhero movies have come to a close, what’s there to look forward to? Well, there’s a number of exciting films on the horizon actually. One flick in particular, though, would have to be Andy and Lana Wachowski (the Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer‘s (Run Lola Run) Cloud Atlas .The trailer for it hit just a few days ago, and my lord…it’s poised to be one heck of a Sci-Fi spectacle! I for one, am astonished at how wildly imaginative it is. There are six stories in the movie that the characters will appear in that cross through different genres and take place of over the course of a thousand years. (Basically, all the actors play different characters in different time frames of the story). I mean come one, how ambitious does sound? Plus, with this being a Wachowski joint, you know it’s going to be a visual treat.
If you haven’t checked out the trailer I implore you to do so (I’ve embedded it after the jump). I think you’ll be impressed. For the rest of you, Warner Bros. has launched the official website for the film, and included in the website are photos from every single character in the film. In these photos you’ll see variations of actors Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.
Sure, some of the make-ups look like they were done from booted contestants from SyFy’s Face-Off, but it’s kind of remarkable how distinctly different each actor looks. Some of them are completely unrecognizable.
We all know the knock on FOX — they have the guts to greenlight off-kilter and truly interesting shows but they haven’t had the patience to let them find an audience, letting the axe swing freely while lopping off the heads of genre and nerdtastic shows like Firefly, Dollhouse, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Times though, may be changing.
Fringe, despite all logic and practicality, will return for an abbreviated 5th and final season, allowing one of televisions most complex shows to resolve naturally and in full for the benefit of it’s many, many rabid fans.
Why would FOX do this? Why would they all of a sudden start caring about us? At this point everything is back-slaps and praise, so it is unclear. Fringe‘s ratings are nothing impressive, and the show has been marooned in the Friday night “death slot” since last seasons brush with death, but at this winter’s TCA presentation FOX Entertainment President Kevin Riley seemed to indicate that the network was dedicated to earning back genre fan love:
“Fringe has been a point of pride. I share the passion for the show the fans have. I love that Fox, after letting down genre fans over the years [came through with Fringe]. I love that fans stuck with it after it moved to Friday. It has vastly improved our Friday night.”
Now while that is all well and good, and while the network has improved, giving Fringe countless previous chances and both Dollhouse and Human Target second seasons despite anemic ratings, the bottom line is the bottom line and Reilly also echoed that at the TCAs.
“We lose a lot of money on the show (Fringe). But with that rating on that night it’s almost impossible for us to make money on it. We’re not in the business of losing money. We need to figure out if there’s a [deal with studio Warner Bros. that] will make sense or will this be it.”
So while the chorus of Fringe fans are likely singing “we did it!”, the reality of the situation may be that their effort and the shows quality exist as secondary considerations in the deal to bring back Fringe. What is more likely, is that Warner Bros (the studio behind Fringe) cut FOX a hell of a deal that allowed the show to sail into syndication (which matters greatly to the Warner Bros) after next season.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why do I care, Fringe is back!”, well, a cheaper Fringe may mean noticeable differences in the way the shows final season is presented. Will cast members be rationed? Will the quality of the CG or the writing staff diminish? Will the scope of the show be forced to shrink down? Right now everyone is happy about more Fringe, me included, but what I want to know is, how did this sorta-miracle occur and will we pay the cost for it with a lackluster end to a show that deserves more?
UPDATE: There was a comment on our Facebook that noted, properly, that Terra Nova was a recent genre show that FOX gave up on. I countered with the following, feel free to comment below if you feel I’m being too harsh — you can also comment if you agree with me, though in my experience, that isn’t how this whole “we write/you comment” thing works.
On Terra Nova: One could argue, and I would, that Terra Nova suffered from impossibly high costs that couldn’t be easily tamped down, already lackluster effects, terrible writing, and a boring, tired background story that all failed to live up to it’s (the show’s) terrific main plot. It was a failure in every way, and so while it may have been genre, it was bad genre and it deserved to die. You’re goona call me all sorts of bad things now, I just know it.