Once upon a time, America was secured by one man who, although he wasn’t a field agent, still did the U.S. of A. proud by protecting its interests at home and abroad. In the 21st century though, Jack Ryan just isn’t the big stuff he used to be. The last Jack Ryan movie, designed to reboot the movie series into a Bourne-again action franchise, was a disaster, barely scraping together $50 million at the domestic box office. Perhaps Jack Ryan just needs a change of venue to recharge, and that seems to be what Paramount Pictures is thinking by giving up the dream of an action movie franchise, and embrace the possibilities of streaming TV. (more…)
It’s been over four years since Lost ended its six season run on ABC, but as evidenced when Breaking Bad ended last year that there was still a lot of hurt feelings, and downright rage, about how showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided to wrap things up. Heck, it’s a good thing that How I Met Your Mother ended the way it did because it took some of the heat off Lindelof and Cuse. But just because there’s bad blood over how things ended, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love all over again. While reminiscing about the show, which debuted 10 years ago this year, Cuse says that it’s somewhat inevitable that sometime, somewhere, Lost and its mysterious island will be revisited once more. (more…)
Looks like Guillermo del Toro‘s return to vampire adventures (remember Blade II, arguably the best of the Blades) is going for the jugular, both literally and figuratively. The Strain premieres next month, but below you can get your first, long look at the series and what del Toro and Co. have in store. Let’s just say that this may be the vampire show you’ve been waiting, or rather it’s the vampire show you’ve been waiting for if your ideal bloodsucker is more Bram Stoker than Stephanie Meyer (or Charlaine Harris) for that matter. (more…)
The FX Network is showing that they’ve got some serious gall when it comes to their original series. Not only does American Horror Story have some of the freakiest imagery on cable TV, Sons of Anarchy has pushed the limits of TV-MA with its sex and ultra-violence, while Louie has proven itself to be the most artistically minded sitcom ever created. Now comes The Strain, Guillermo del Toro’s vampire series. And if the latest poster and promo are to be believed, it’s going to fit in just fine with the rest of the network’s challenging line-up.
Do you like the work of Guillermo del Toro? Of course you do! How could you not? Let me ask you something else, do you like vampires? Come on, TV wouldn’t be jam-packed with them unless there was a very good reason. Finally, what do you think of Carlton Cuse? That was some last episode of Lost huh? Very satisfying, right? Okay, best two out of three, but all these things are coming together to make the new FX series The Strain, which now has an official premiere date of July 2014 to launch its initial 13-episode season. (more…)
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s vampire plague trilogy, The Strain is coming to television courtesy of FX and the latest casting news has been tweeted by executive producer Carlton Cuse:
That’s right, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, Rudy) has joined the cast of The Strain. Astin joins the previously-announced cast of Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, and John Hurt.
The Strain is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. When Eph realizes that this isn’t some new bioterror weapon, but something much older, something outside the reach of science, he teams with Abraham to fight back. As a plague of hungry and intelligent predators overwhelms New York, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers form a ragtag resistance fighting monsters in the streets and in their homes, waging a war for the fate of humanity itself.
The other good news is that Del Toro and Hogan are co-writing the pilot script for The Strain, and Del Toro is attached to direct the pilot which should get the series off to a good start.
To be honest, I’m surprised to learn that Guillermo del Toro wrote a book. And, actually, that he wrote three! His trilogy, The Strain, has been something he’s been trying to take to the television for the past few years. The drama series found its home with FX and the showrunner/executive producer is Carlton Cuse of LOST renown. The studio ordered a pilot for the series, which will be directed and written by del Toro himself with some writing assistance from his co-writer, Chuck Hogan.
Del Toro, on why they chose to have their show aired on FX:
FX made the most sense, based on the level of commitment, passion and understanding of the concept of the book. They got behind the idea of making this a close-ended series; we wanted to follow the books closely and so it couldn’t be open-ended, but rather three to five seasons max.
It seems like the plan is still in place to have about three seasons for this series, and del Toro has said that he will “direct as many episodes as [he] can through the life of the series”. They’re starting on the screenplay at the end of 2012 and will aim to shoot their pilot in September of 2013 – well after the promotional work for del Toro’s Pacific Rim comes to a close.
The Strain is a vampire bioterror thriller series. That in itself already sounds better than Twilight. ‘Nuff said.
Official book description:
High-concept thriller with a supernatural edge from world-famous director, whose films include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously ‘goes dark’, stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it soon becomes clear that everyone on board is dead — although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange occurrence before panic spreads. The first thing they discover is that four of the victims are actually still alive. But that’s the only good news. And when all two hundred corpses disappear from various morgues around the city on the same night, things very rapidly get worse. Soon Eph and a small band of helpers will find themselves battling to protect not only their own loved ones, but the whole city, against an ancient threat to humanity.
That actually sounds really cool. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this on the small screen.
Everyone that was part of the Lost: One Year Later panel got a very special surprise, brand “new” Lost footage! What started as a Twitter war between Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse became a surprise visit from said duo to show something called “the Marble Rye”.
At the beginning of the One Year Later panel moderators and Lost fans Jeff Jensen and Dan Snierson opened by suggesting that fans would be better off at virtually any other panel at that time, then continued to bicker over whether Jensen should be allowed to screen his bootleg DVD copy of whatever “the Marble Rye” was. To the surprise of many in the room a man in a Stormtrooper costume charged in, yelled that the DVD was never meant to be shown, and ripped off his helmet to reveal Cuse, quickly followed by Lindelof in a Dharma Initiative jumpsuit. What a Stormtrooper has in common with Lost I’ll have now idea, must be another one of those unanswered questions.
Carlton explained that they had planned out the entire series mythology in the first season, and that the season 1 finale, “Exodus,” contained a pivitol scene to explain everything – but ultimately decided that it would be too much. Lindelof then griped that the whole “Were you making it up as you went along?” question had only gotten worse since the series ended, though they said “We have the smoking gun. We can show them a scene that clearly and specifically can make the question go away forever.”
“The integrity of the show would be violated!” insisted Carlton.
“Since when do you care about the integrity of the show?” Damon retorted.
The crowd – all shocked by the sudden surprise and chance to see the footage – overwhelmingly voted to see this “smoking gun”, and… well, what do you think. For those that want it the footage is now up on ABC.com, for the rest of us- we’ll use Youtube.
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Love “Lost?” Me too. Love the Muppets? Me too. What do you get when you smoosh these great tastes together? Only the best damn Reese’s Pieces ever. (more…)