The struggle to get an adaptation of American Gods onto the small screen has been an annoying one for fans. Just a few weeks ago we received the news that HBO had decided to dump the project, leaving one of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved novels in limbo. Now, we have a buttload of good news for fans of American Gods. Not only is the television show getting the green light, it’s also going to be put together by some truly brilliant people. Scroll on for all the delicious details. (more…)
The premiere of the upcoming Outlanderseries is something that’s been flying beneath the radar for the most part, despite the famous names involved in the project. This 18th-century Scottish time travel/historical/fantasy series is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon and is being put together by none-other-than Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix). And though the series is still filming and has a few months yet before it hits the small screen, we now get a look at the first trailer. Check it out below and see what you think. (more…)
Do you like pirates? Can you get over the fact that Michael Bay was involved in producing a series long enough to give it a try? Well, if you haven’t had a chance to check out Starz’s Black Sails, now is the time. Thanks to the folks at Machinima, the first episode of this piratey goodness is available for you to watch now. Scroll down to check it out. (more…)
If you like your history full of sex, gratuitous violence, and buckets of blood then season four of Starz‘s Spartacus:War of the Damned is right up your ally. I love the show, not for it’s sketchy history, or kitschy dialogue, but for the sex and fight scenes. The show knows it’s no Rome (HBO series, fantastically fun show, go check it out . . . 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and doesn’t try to be.
“Epic Kills of Spartacus: War of the Damned,” gives us a look at some of the gory deaths and bloody action scenes we’ll all be hooting about in the upcoming final season of the show. Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) takes on the might of Rome when Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells), his son Tiberius (Christian Antidormi) and the young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) join the battle against the revolting gladiators and slaves.
Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres January 25th, 9PM Eastern on Starz.
I am not one for reading novels. Especially fantasy series. I’m that special kind of asshole that says “Meh, I’ll wait till its a movie or TV series”. It’s matter of preference really. I prefer seeing swords and tits on screen than picturing them in my mind, you know? Anyway…
A new book to screen series is in the works. Starz is developing a series based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, and they’ve got Ron Moore on board to write it.
Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Let’s see here. We got time travel, historical fiction, a little romance… oh, and they got Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore to write? How wonderfully outlandish!
Joking aside, given the concept, Ron Moore overseeing, and considering Starz past success with it’s epic Spartacus series, I think we’ve got a show that could potentially rival Game of Thrones.
Despite the near mass refutation of the Miracle Day season that aired on BBC and Starz last summer, I think it’s safe to say that fans would like to see more Torchwood. Sadly for those same fans though, Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies says now that it may be a while till we see any new adventures featuring Captain Jack Harkness and Co.
Davies made the comments while appearing on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, saying that while Torchwood isn’t (yet) officially cancelled, it is however in “a nice limbo.”
Here are Davies comments:
“I loved making it [in the States], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment.
“I’m not working on it at the moment. I’m only working on Wizards vs Aliens — when I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC then! It’s not officially cancelled… It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while — those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.”
Twenty years?! Till more Torchwood? Oy.
As I’m sure you’ll recall, Davies has been dealing with his partner’s suffering from brain cancer, which understandably has taken up a lot of his time. But still, one hopes that Davies doesn’t wait too long. Captain Jack may be immortal, but John Borrowman is not. One hopes that the delay isn’t so long that Borrowman needs to be made youthful through the miracle of CGI to play the part.
J. Michael Straczynski has had his ups (Babylon 5, Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling) and downs (Captain Power and all post B5 spin-offs) in Hollywood, but it looks like JMS is on an upswing again with not one, but two TV projects in the works with some of Hollywood’s top-tier talent.
First off, Straczynski is teaming up with the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, as well as Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter, to create a series called Epidemic,which, from the sounds of it, is about some kind of viral outbreak. Maybe Joe hasn’t gotten Crusade out of his system and is looking to tell another character-driven drama about trying to cure a deadly plague.
But the most compelling project on the plate is called Vlad Dracula. Guess what it’s about! If you said a historical-horror blending of the literary Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker and his real-life inspiration, medieval monarch Vlad the Impaler, then you’d be correct.
If you’re not hooked yet, Straczynski will be doing the series for Starz and working with the Spartacus team of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight. Roy Lee (The Ring, The Woman in Black) will also be involved in the production.
Here’s what DeKnight says of the project:
“The project is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences. “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.”
Speaking of DeKnight, he seems to be doing his best to put Spartacus in the rearview after the recently announced cancellation of the sex and swords series. DeKnight is also at work on an epic space war drama called Incursion, which the writer describes thusly:
“Incursion, an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race. Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen.”
Sounds interesting. We all know TV is bereft of a good space drama so maybe DeKnight can fill the void. As for Vlad, I think we can all agree that a vampire series that has more in common with Spartacus than Twilight can be nothing but a good thing.
We all feel like certain things are promised to us — happiness, love, longevity. These things are the pillars of a full life, and yet sometimes they allude us. Andy Whitfield had career fulfillment as the star of Spartacus and he had love and happiness with his wife, Vashti, and his two children, but Whitfield was cheated out of longevity, passing away at the age of 39 after an 18 month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
It has been nine months since Whitfield’s tragic death, but his voice can still be heard in Be Here Now, a documentary that was filmed during his illness in an effort to, according to director Lilibet Foster, “be helpful and inspire other people facing similar challenges in their lives.
It was Foster that Whitfield, his wife, and his manager Sam Maydew, entrusted with this delicate and hard project, a project whose subject matter she was familiar with thanks to her work with Stand Up to Cancer. Still, the Academy Award nominated documentary director clearly took a shine to Whitfield, and was hit hard by his death:
“The hardest emotional part of the filming process was when Andy took a turn for the worse. It is no exaggeration when you hear or read that Andy was a wonderful and beautiful person both inside and out, who I feel honored to have gotten to know.”
The goal of Be Here Now, is to remind the world of that Andy Whitfield, but also to show the “love story” between Andy and Vashti, and according to Foster, to show “a beautiful, poetic and inspirational film that takes you into and beyond the subject of cancer, becoming a life-lesson for anyone about living fearlessly, going for your dreams and living in the here and now, despite the potential outcome.”
There isn’t likely a person reading this that hasn’t been personally touched by cancer, and there isn’t likely a person reading this who won’t be inspired by the grace and resiliency that Whitfield and his family show in the trailer (below) for Be Here Now. So many of us know the toughness required, the value of joy and laughter in beating back this disease, and so many would likely benefit from hearing a story that displays those things — something that Lilibet Foster’s documentary seems to promise. Right now though, the film is stuck, and that’s why a Kickstarter campaign has been started to help fund the filming of the documentary’s conclusion and to edit the project for release.
Presently, the Be Here Now Kickstarter page has more than $35,000 pledged by more than 650 people, but with 43 days to go, the project still needs another $170,000. To view and contribute to the Be Here Now project, and help Lilibet Foster tell Andy Whitfield’s story in full, go here.
It seems that the epic of Spartacus is coming to an end after the forthcoming third season according to none other than series’ creator Steven S. DeKnight. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DeKnight explained that it wasn’t costs, ratings, or even the untimely death of the series’ leading man that’s bringing the show to a close, it’s just simply time to wrap the story up:
“It’s a bit unheard of to end a show when it’s doing better than ever. It’s a bold move and we talked about it with Starz. How long do you run a show? Do you run it until you can squeeze every last bit of revenue out of it or do you end it on a high note? That was part of the decision to wrap up the show. The idea of ending the show when you’re on top and the audience still wants more instead of dragging it out until it starts to wane and you kind of limp to the finish line. I’ve always thought that five seasons was the perfect number; you’ve got enough time to tell a great story but there’s not so much real estate that you start to get a little flabby in the middle. This is ending a season early. Spartacus is a bit of an unusual duck. We’ve always had an ending—it’s written in history—so we knew where we were shooting for.
“My original thought was that this show could go five to seven seasons but we realized the actual history is very scattershot: the rebels went north, south, east, west, then back north, then broke apart, came back together. We thought, instead of repeating ourselves with one wave of Roman senators after another going after Spartacus, getting defeated, going after Spartacus, getting defeated, why not really condense the story. … It’s like The Princess Bride: cut out all the boring bits and just make the best, most rip-roaring-est tale we can to wrap up the series.”
The next season of Spartacus, “War of the Damned,” will premiere in January on Starz.
We know, Torchwood: Miracle Day wasn’t exactly your cup of tea, but I think we can all agree that we’d rather see more Torchwood then more, say, 90210.
Miracle Day received decent enough ratings. At least enough for Starz, the American cable net that co-funded the last series, to want to see more Torchwood. But according to Starz’s CEO, Chris Albrecht, he’s not the one you’ve got to convince. It’s Russell T. Davies you have to appeal to:
“You know, Russell is so busy. Obviously, we’re in touch with the BBC all the time. They are our partners on DaVinci’s Demons and the Harem project. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to Torchwood.”
You’ll recall that late last year Davies stepped back from a lot of his American TV work because his partner was diagnosed with brain cancer. All his upcoming projects, save for the children’s show Wizards Vs Aliens is on hold till things get better in his personal life.
In the meantime though, the Torchwood team of John Barrowman and Eve Myles are good to go. Here’s what Myles has previously had to say about the matter:
“John [Barrowman] is very much on the same page as me, in that if and when they need us, they can just pick the phone up and we will be there before they’ve even put the phone down, because it’s something we love doing.”
Not to try and say that Davies should forgo the care and internment of a loved one to satisfy our desire for more Torchwood, maybe he could take this as a sign to bring the Torchwood gang back to Cardiff. Where they belong. Or not.
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