CBS All Access‘ Star Trek: Discovery continues casting with the addition of Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Anthony Rapp (The Knick). The pair joins Michelle Yeoh as bridge members on the new Star Trek series that will air a pilot and then become exclusive on CBS All Access. What roles will the two be filling? (more…)
The original vampire film Nosferatu is set to be remade with some interesting casting and twists. The 1922 movie from F.W. Murnau is now considered a classic, even spawning Shadow of the Vampire in 2000. That film was more of “behind the scenes” look at Nosferatu, while this new film intends to remake the original, while paying homage. Nosferatu himself, Count Orlock, had an iconic look which remains haunting almost a century later. Not just any actor could step, or creep into those shoes. It’s a good thing that Doug Jones has been cast as the Count, there may be no better actor alive to capture this terrifying character. (more…)
Are we ever going to see a third Hellboy movie? Ron Perlman is in, Guillermo del Toro is in, …but what about Mike Mignola? It seems it will be a cold day in hell before we see a third installment (…wait, isn’t Hellboy residing in the deep south at the moment?!), but never say never. With the new release of comic book series Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. (out today), creator Mike Mignola is doing the rounds promoting Hellboy’s latest adventures (or should’t that be earlier adventures…) and rest assured, you will not be disappointed with the antihero’s origin story, which essentially covers the unexplored 50 years from his first missions with the B.P.R.D. up until the start of the original comic. (more…)
Guillermo del Toro is one seriously busy dude. At the moment he’s making the press rounds promoting this weekend’s box office hopeful, Pacific Rim. Though, when he talks with the press he has more to say about the countless projects he has in development: Hellboy 3 and Justice League Dark, mostly. But there’s another project Del Toro has sizzling somewhere on a free burner, and adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Sure, not an original choice, but just try and rationalize not letting Del Toro have a crack at it. I dare you.
An interview in the latest edition of The Daily Telegraph (print edition, so it’s not yet available online, but thanks to The Playlist for the heads up), Del Toro names Benedict Cumberbatch as who he’d like for his Frankenstein flick. Whether as the monster or the doctor is unclear, but Cumberbatch has experience playing both, as he and Johnny Lee Miller would alternate the roles when they starred in Danny Boyle’s stage production of the tale.
For some time now, the rumors had been Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) would play the role of the monster and had already filmed screen tests. If that remains true, and considering Jones and Del Toro’s long professional history I expect it will, Cumberbatch would be sought for the creator, Dr. Frankenstein.
I’m already sold. Take your Pacific Rim money, and make this. Please.
Unfortunately, the future of this project, like so many things, lies with what the studios want to do. What they’ll finance, basically. Whether Universal will go for it, especially when there’s already competition on the horizon with a FOX-funded, Frankenstein flick starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor set for release in 2014, is unclear.
And believe it or not, Frankenstein, Hellboy 3, and JLD aren’t the only film projects Del Toro has brewing! He also hopes of one day adapting Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five! He updated the Telegraph on its progress, saying,
Charlie Kaufman and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book. I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’] — to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it”s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer! I’ll work it out.
Dude, dude, seriously. You may have one too many movies in mind. I mean, sure, I want to see you make all of them, but Hollywood will only pay for so many. I say, go for Frankenstein while Cumberbatch is still a big deal and audiences haven’t been completely burnt out on him. Then Hellboy 3. Please, please, PLEASE, do Hellboy 3.
What do you think of Del Toro’s busy plate? Would you like to see him make Frankenstein with Cumberbatch?
Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly column at Nerd Bastards, Web Series Wednesday. Here we’ll feature a new a web series every week (Well, we’ll try every week. We’re pretty lazy.) for your viewing pleasure. There could be chat shows, dramas, comedies maybe even a video podcast (Vodcast?). Basically, we’re hoping to share with you some of the great content the web has to offer that isn’t funny cat videos. But if someone made a great web series about funny cat videos you better believe you’ll learn about it here.
We’ll also be open to suggestions, so please, share with us some of your favorite web series below in the comments.
All right, for week one I chose Dragon Age Redemption. I know, some of you might be groaning, “Ugh, but that, like, just came out! It’s too new!” In fact this is exactly why I’m starting here. See, Dragon Age Redemption is the future of the web series. You can still find shows filmed with a cell phone in someone’s backyard, and believe me we’ll be looking to feature those shows too, but Dragon Age Redemption proves how far web content has come. Not only is it a series set in the world of a very popular video game series, it’s actually produced with help from the game’s own studio, Bioware. In addition to helping produce the series, Bioware also created new downloadable game content featuring Redemption‘s’ main character. This strategy of tying an original web series into a well establish video game series is a great example of the power of web content. Most importantly, it’s FREE! But I’m sure a pretty penny was made come the end of the day. I can guarantee more people downloaded the Mark of the Assassin DLC, or hell, even went out and bought Dragon Age II because they liked what they saw in Redemption.
Redemption follows the journey of an Elven assassin known as “Tallis0” whose also a Qunari slave. In Qunari society there are no names, only titles. She’s sent on a mission to track and capture an escaped mage, Saarebas. Tallis is eventually joined by a templar knight, a Daelish Elf mage and a mercenary reaver. Those who’ve played any of the Dragon Age games, or any RPG for that matter, will find their little group’s dynamic familiar. The series unfolds as if you were watching a friend’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
The finale episode of the six part series premiered yesterday on Youtube, on Machinima‘s account to be exact, and an obvious factor in this series’ success is Felicia Day. She’s arguably the queen of the web series, acting in several and producing the web’s most famous series, The Guild. Whether you love her or hate her, you cannot deny the huge impact she’s had in developing web content into a viable market. I don’t think Bioware would have wasted their time with a web series if Day hadn’t proved the mediums popularity as well as profitability.
Day wrote and stars in the series as Tallis and it’s a fun departure from the awkward, geeky girl she often portrays. In Redemption she gets to kick some major ass, and fans of the Dragon Age series shouldn’t worry, the plentiful violence you’re accustomed to is here. Joining Day as Saarebas is Doug Jones. Your probably very familiar with Jones’ work but you might not be able to pick ’em out of a police line-up. Jones has played Abe Sapien, the Angel of Death and the Chamberlainin the Hellboy flicks as a well as El Fauno and The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth. Basically, if you need a tall, skinny dude who doesn’t seem to mind 8+ hours in a make-up chair, Jones is your dude. And in Redemption he’s in some stellar make-up. He’s cool and menacing, and a villain you can’t help but have a little sympathy for. In the role of the reaver, Nyree is Marcia Battise and I think she’s the standout of the whole cast. She plays her reaver as dangerous and sassy, and her smarmy Brit accent perfectly suits the character. After watching her I want to make a reaver character but I don’t believe this is an available character class in any Dragon Age game. Damn. Come on, Bioware, deliver!
Watch the first episode of the six-part series below, complete with links to the following episodes, and let us know what you think. Were you impressed with Redemption’s effects (CGI, costumes, and make-up)? Can you notice ways in which their slightly larger than normal web series budget payed off? Would you like to see more from this series’, further Tallis adventures maybe?
Remember to recommend other series we should feature here in Web Series Wednesday!