Ask just about any Stephen King fan, or even the man himself and you’ll hear that adaptations of King’s work are extremely uneven – and that’s putting it politely. With several King properties in the pipeline right now, television channel Spike is about to venture down that path as well. Spike is generally more well-known for reality show fare, so perhaps they’re looking to expand their horizons by picking up an order based on King’s 1980 novella The Mist. (more…)
In a huge show of confidence for a new show, Syfy has just announced it is to renew The Expanse for a second season just four episodes into its initial run. Not only that, but the episode count is to be extended from 10 to 13. Critically acclaimed and already with a strong and vocal fan base, the second season of the ambitious series adapted from the James S.A. Corey series of novels is expected in early 2017. (more…)
Syfy has taken a lot of chin music from fans and critics about the way it defines the genre they’re supposedly dedicated to covering. Is it reality series, professional wrestling, and purposefully-horrid creature features, or should the channel aspire to actual science fiction? The Expanseanswers that question handily with a series that clearly wants to walk in the vaunted foot steps of Battlestar Galactica, or perhaps it really has its sights on being “Game of Thrones in space.” The premiere episode that airs tonight, part one of a two-night launch, lays a particularly full table of possibilities, but can The Expanse pay off? (more…)
Am I the only one that feels like they fell into an alternate dimension where SyFy is no longer the channel of Wrassling and Ghost Hunters, but filled with interesting, thought-provoking, futuristic science fiction shows? What ever it is in the water that the SyFy executives are drinking please don’t fix it. Helix, Defiance, Z Nation, Ascension, Dominion, and 12 Monkeys that premieres tonight, will soon be joined by another good-looking bit of Sci-Fi on SyFy, The Expanse. Get your first look at the new trailer now. (more…)
There are moments on the Internet where you throw out a wish and someone, somewhere, hears that wish and makes it come true. As I write this I am having one of those wonderful moments. Like a lot of you, I’m totally on board for a Karl UrbanDreddsequel. The problem being that even with all the dedicated fans efforts that made A Day to Dreddmovement a success the last two years, the Dredd sequel is still sitting on a shelf in Hollywood limbo. Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar wants that sequel just as bad as the rest of us and while he’s been unable to get the sequel into production, he does want to thank all the fans for their support by creating a free Dredd web-mini-series that focuses on what this Dredd fan thinks are the coolest Dredd villains ever, the Dark Judges. (more…)
You might remember producer Adi Shankar‘s name from that wonderful Punisher short Dirty Laundry, starring Thomas Jane and Ron Pearlman. This time around he’s brought together director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) and actor Ryan Kwanten to tackle what many Spider-Man fans are clamoring to see, Venom in his own movie.
#TRUTHINJOURNALISM does start out a little slow, but the payoff is incredible. The story picks up where the last Spider-Man movie left off, Eddie Brock is disgraced and working for a cheap news-rag, chasing that big story that will put him back in the lime-light. A documentary crew follows Brock until…
What did you think? Will a studio take a chance on this character? Maybe they could make a Marvel “Suicide Squad / Expendables” type movie , throw in Deadpool, Venom, and some other characters that can’t seem to get their own feature film and let them wreak havoc on some of the governments enemies.
As a long time Dredd fan I was perplexed that the latest Dredd movie from director Pete Travis didn’t do very well at the box office. I thought it was a damn fine film; gritty, violent, and stylish. The disappointing box office ($35 million worldwide before DVD sales on a $50 million dollar budget) Dreddpulled in quickly set fans wondering if we’d ever see Karl Urban‘s chin under that iconic Judge Dredd helmet ever again.
One of the Dredd producers Adi Shankar recently went on Reddit to do an AMA (Ask-Me-Anything). When asked about the possibility of a sequel he responded:
“Probably not. But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry …you’re actually the first person to know about this…”
As of this moment this is just a promise to fans. No story or script, no actors or director signed on. Hopefully Shankar will follow through and get the short off the ground. The short film he mentions is a Punisher short called Dirty Laundry, starring Thomas Jane and directed by Phil Joanou. I consider it more of a love letter to Punisher fans than your run of the mill short film. You can check it out below to get the feel of what Shankar wants to do.
Marvel has done fantastic in the world of Hollywood for the last few years but they’re equally stong in the animated market. With a multitude of series on their way, a lot of kids are going to be happy and, according Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, so will us bigger kids.
Loeb, who’s a busy man developing live-action and animated shows based on the Marvel catalog of characters, was a recent guest on the worldballoon podcast. During his time on the podcast, he shared some of the recent developments on the Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC and a few of the animated programs scheduled for 2013. While Loeb does reveal 15 other animated projects at various stages in production the one that caught our attention is the currently unannounced animated project starring Frank Castle, better known to us as The Punisher.
While he doesn’t get into specifics, he does mention the inclusion of the Black Widow — which isn’t much more than a tease, but it’s a start. Just the idea of an animated Punisher sounds awesome and I personally can’t remember the last time he was in an animated series outside The Super Hero Squad Show — don’t ask how I know, I just do.
His work on the first Punisher and the short film Dirty Laundry should cement his spot voicing Frank one more time and hopfully Marvel will be smart to listen. They’ve done a great job listening to the fans so far and this isn’t the time to start letting us down now.
Thomas Jane has played the Frank Castle, Mickey Mantle, a member of the Vegan Police, Jonah Hex, a soldier, a gigolo and more, but the thing that is most impressive about the every-man actor is his mind for comics.
More than a fan of the medium, I spoke at length with Jane about pre-code comics, Bruce Jones, and adapting the cult horror film (which and short story Dark Country (which Jane directed) to a wordless graphic novel by Thomas Ott. After that, we spoke about the future of comic book inspired films and I asked him if he’s done with The Punisher. (more…)
Last Saturday night at SDCC 2012, Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman premiered a short film called DirtyLaundry. Go ahead, watch the video then come back for some follow up about the surprise ending and Thomas Jane’s comments about the short film.
After the premier of the short, Thomas Jane said:
“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”
The conversation later went to Twitter when in a reply on Twitter to a fan who asked if he had some kind of agenda making the short, Jane added:
“Not pushing anything. Just a fan film from Friends of Frank.”
What did you think about the short? This NerdBastard hopes that more shorts might be in the works. The Punisher character would be a great cable television show, just think “Highway to Heaven” with the Punisher in place of the angel that Micheal Landon played. There could even be guest appearances by other Marvel heroes as Frank travels the world.