Variety found out this morning that being prepared for a celebrity death is one thing, but pulling the trigger on a celebrity death notice is quite a different fish. Most big news agencies have them, prepared obituaries of celebrities, world leaders, and other notables that are refreshed every now and then with new information so that when the unfortunate occurs, they can jump right into the news cycle without a lot of rushed research. Yesterday afternoon something happened over at Variety that caused the posting of an obituary for director Terry Gilliam, most famously part of the Monty Python Flying Circus comedy group. Hilarity ensued. (more…)
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…)
Two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of Sam Mendes Untitled James Bond 24 according to Daily Mail reports (…yes, that awful rag of a paper). Filming is slated to commence at the beginning of next month and it’s unknown whether Waltz will be playing a friend, foe, or a bit of both. But, according to the Daily Mail’s source – someone who has knowledge of the screenplay – Waltz has bagged an important and significant role in the film
All the cast and crew will meet for a script read in roughly three weeks time with the new addition on board, and Waltz has already met up with Daniel Craig, a.k.a. 007, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Waltz will join a supporting cast that includes Skyfall alums Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear. Locations being used for the film are said to include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. Waltz has played some superb antagonists in movies with a standout performance as The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and he was superb in last years Django Unchained, both of which won him Oscars for his performances. (more…)
Director Terry Gilliam was a guest at this year’s Dragon Con and he filled the Sheraton Grand Ballroom with fans Sunday morning. It was a great chance to listen to the man who brought us some of the most wonderfully strange and different movies like Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, and his latest The Zero Theorem. (more…)
We’ve been aware for some time that Terry Gilliam‘s bleak, yet brilliant time travel/apocalypse flick 12 Monkeys would be adapted into a TV series by the good people (?) at SyFy.
A few days ago, the new show’s co-executive producer Terry Matalas spoke at the SyFy TCA panel–he assured all present that his network’s iteration of 12 Monkeys will bear little resemblance to Gilliam’s 1995 film, it will be a “complete re-imagining” using the film as a framework, but not based on it.
If this is so, someone needs to tell the series’ new trailer. (more…)
There’s a new compilation video showing bits and pieces of SyFy‘s new season of shows making the Internet rounds this morning, and believe it or not, these shows actually fall into the category of Science Fiction. Click through to get your first look at SyFy’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s 12 Monkeys. (more…)
It’s been in development for a while, though until now the 12 Monkeys television reimagining has been without a definite home. SyFy ordered a pilot for the show back in August of 2013, and now, though some may consider this to be one of the worst ideas ever, this Terry Gilliam-inspired series will, whether you like it or not, be making its way to SyFy in full series format. (more…)
A little while ago, the Internetz barfed up a little bit of news regarding the long-passed Zack Snyder adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel. It appears as if Joel Silver had a few things to say regarding the way the movie ended and how Terry Gilliam (a director previously attached to the film) would have changed things. His words seemed to imply that he didn’t really like Snyder’s ending and that Gilliam’s was the obvious better choice. Now, it looks like Snyder is firing back with his own opinion on the matter. Read on to hear what Snyder had to say. (more…)
Zack Snyder‘s film adaptation of Alan Moore‘s hugely popular, critically acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen has no shortage of critics (including Moore himself….for the record, I personally loved it). Of the many aspects of the adaptation often derided, none receive more complaints than the way screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse handled the story’s apocalyptic climax.
Film producer Joel Silver once had plans to make a Watchmen adaptation–with Terry Gilliam at the helm–and few in Hollywood are more critical of Snyder’s film (sour grapes?).
Follow the jump, and read how Silver and Gilliam’s flick would have ended:
PS: If you haven’t read Moore’s graphic novel, or seen Snyder’s film–the following article WILL SPOIL THE ENDINGS to both (and shame on you, btw). (more…)
Oh, I’m a Python Fan and I’m okay… The news coming from across the lake is that the boys of Monty Python are getting the band back together for a stage show. Could we hope for this to lead to a tour, perhaps a new TV show or special? (more…)