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With ‘True Blood’ having met its maker, somebody thinks we need hot vampires on TV again, and ‘The Strain’ just won’t do that. And when I say hot, I just mean normal-looking, unlike those freaks in Guillermo del Toro’s madhouse opus. Throw in a few werewolves (hopefully they won’t be represented as just big dogs) and screw it, might as well just adapt ‘Underworld’ to the small screen. But then, someone somewhere else is thinking, “Know what television needs? More zombies.” Cast a female ass-kicker because they’re the hot topic these days, and BAM! Might as well just adapt ‘Resident Evil’ to the small screen too! However these projects came about, I’d love to have eavesdropped during the meetings that assumed series stars Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich would be on board. Aren’t they? (more…)

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PlayStation Network: The multimedia service offered on Sony‘s PlayStation game consoles is set to release its first original series, an adaptation of the comic book series Powers published by Image and written by Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian Michael Bendis, who will also executive produce the show.

Powers follows the adventures of a pair of “normal” cops fighting crime in a world where superheroes and villains are very real, and public knowledge. The series will star South African actor Sharlto Copley of District 9, and The Following‘s Susan Heyward, and it’s being produced by Charlie Huston. Director David Slade–known best for directing 30 Days of Night, and several episodes of NBC‘s Hannibal–will helm the first two episodes. More after the jump: (more…)

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For once, it’s NOT because he wrote the comic book it’s based on and he’s an impossible to please twelve-cylinder wackaloon.

It’s because his FRIEND wrote the comic book it’s based on–being a twelve-cylinder wackaloon is incidental this time.

There is, of course, a bit more to it than that: Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Hercules, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is based on Steve Moore‘s Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Due to the kind of legal BS the comics industry is infamous for, Steve Moore (no relation to Alan Moore, btw) received no compensation when his comic was optioned for film adaptation. Steve Moore did not contest this, but asked that his name be taken off the film, given that he would not be making a cent from it–not to mention the fact that the film version took a great deal of creative liberties with his work, but more on that later… (more…)

Watch-Dogs

Ubisoft‘s highly anticipated open world game Watch Dogs for the next gen consoles is still a month away from release, but Sony isn’t wasting any time: Last August plans were announced to adapt the game into a feature film, and now the studio has hired Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known best for writing Zombieland, GI JOE: Retaliation, and the in-development script for the Deadpool film to pen the Watch Dogs screenplay.  (more…)

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Last month it was confirmed that Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s cult favorite comic series Preacher–long considered to be unfilmable–would be adapted as a TV series by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for AMC.

Goldberg recently had a chat with Collider, where he discussed–among other things–his desire to remain as loyal as possible to the source material (after the jump).  (more…)

 

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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…)

‘Farscape’ Spin-Off Flick is in the Works

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Cult favorite science fiction series Farscape, created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, was one of the best original creations of the old Sci-Fi Channel, and a brainchild of the famed Jim Henson Company. Running from 1999 to 2003, the series was supposed to get five seasons, but ended up getting cancelled after only four and ending on a cliffhanger. Co-producer Brian Henson secured the rights to the series, and made the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars to tie up the show’s loose ends….

But that doesn’t mean Farscape fans aren’t still hungry for more:  (more…)