J. Michael Straczynski

The Princess of Power makes a come back on Netflix! And her new look is stirring up emotions in internet trolls everywhere. They can’t get over her knew look! The internet is buzzing with talk of ‘the ideal woman’ and She-Ra’s boobs. But why are internet trolls climbing out of their basements to gab away about an 80s cartoon reboot designed for young girls?

 

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Writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, World War Z, Sense8) has enjoyed a successful career with his extensive work in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books and more. The Babylon 5 creator has a knack when it comes to sci-fi and superheroes, working on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Before Watchmen, and Superman. Now he is getting the opportunity to bring one of his own creations, the comic book series ‘Rising Stars,’ to the big screen. (more…)

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Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski has come along way since his days penning the Saturday morning adventures of Captain Power and The Real GhostbustersIn the last couple of years he’s written the screenplays for Clint Eastwood‘s The Changling, as well as Underworld: Awakening, and Ninja Assassin as well as the stories for Thor and World War Z. His next project is Sense8, the new Netflix series from the Wachowski siblings, but it seems that JMS isn’t just thinking about the future, he’s thinking about the past. One of the under-reported bits of news from San Diego Comic Con, is that Straczynski hopes to once again bring his seminal sci-fi hit Babylon 5 to the big screen, and he’s hoping that the fifth time’s the charm. (more…)

All things super hero are up for grabs right now when it comes to developing money-making movie franchises.  Not all comic companies can own such massively popular titles as The Avengers, X-Men, Batman, Superman or Spider-Man, however.  But to each their own and one property that Valiant Comics is betting on is a series called Shadowman.

Shadowman is the protector of New Orleans, using his powers to battle against Master Darque and his forces of evil.  The comic has been fairly successful, selling millions of copies over its lifetime and spawning two video-game adaptations.

In charge of the Valiant project’s script will be J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame.  In addition to his work on that fan-favorite, he also had a hand in crafting the Thor script and has been involved in comic book writing as well, from Amazing Spider-Man to Superman.

According to Straczynski:

Shadowman is a character who lives in a unique world that mixes the modern world with that which is most ancient within us.  The New Orleans vibe and history, and the struggle to find a balance with the personality within him, is a perfect dramatic vehicle. We’ve already finished the outline and there’s a lot of action, much of it unique to what Shadowman can do…but at the core of it, there’s a strong character, world and mythology that can be explored across multiple subsequent films. This is gonna be fun.

Multiple films, you say?  Yup, Valiant is hoping to turn this into a franchise.  In addition, they are also working with Sony to produce another of their titles, Bloodshot.  And though it may be an uphill struggle trying to face off against the Marvel and DC names, with someone like Straczynski on board, we may see great things from Valiant in the future.

 

Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.

With a budget of $100 million, Cloud Atlas marks the return of the successful Andy and Lana Wachowski. Collaborating heavily together on the screenplay and co-directing the film, the duo is now heavily into promoting the feature with co-director Tom Tykwer. So the Wachowski Starship (they have seriously been calling themselves that lately) have been busy, just not to busy to co-create a super secret new television series with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.

Variety reports that the Wachowskis and Straczynski have been pitching a mysterious new show to several networks called Sense8. The overall concept of the show is shrouded in secrecy for now with the only known information being that Sense8 will be an hour long series, that Straczynski will serve as Sense8‘s show runner, and the Wachowski siblings will direct several episodes.

Currently Straczynski is in the process of pitching a new thriller series for ABC, while the siblings are juggling press before the October 26th release of Cloud Atlas as well as prepping the production for their next mind-bender Jupiter Ascending, so do be surprised if we have to wait on Sense8 whatever the hell it is.

Source: Blastr

 

‘Before Watchmen’ Adds Another Title

Another bit of blasphemy and bliss, all rolled into one, it is the Before Watchmen series and, if DC has their way, it may just go on forever.  The latest news concerns the addition of one more two-issue mini-series to the run.  Being as how all the major characters have been covered, who could they possibly be focusing on now?  Turns out that the not-so-major character of Moloch will be the new title’s subject.

Moloch played a small but important role in the original Watchmen series and has been making brief appearances in the new comics as well.  Still, one has to wonder at what could be so compelling about the character that DC has decided they want to tack him on to the new releases.

J. Michael Straczynski is set to write the new story with Eduardo Risso in charge of the art.  The fact that Straczynski is in charge and that it was his inspiration that brought about the story’s concept in the first place gives me some degree of hope, but I have begun to grow fearful of what this may portend.

I’ve been a supporter of the addition of new Watchmen material, but personally it feels like they’re digging a little bit deep here.  DC has already stated that they’ll keep producing more Before Watchmen as long as people keep buying them.  It has all the signs of a money-munching franchise in the making.  This leads me to worry that DC will just tack it into their existing lines and keep going with the thing until the apocalypse comes, milking if for all it’s worth and slowly draining away the continuity and purpose of Alan Moore’s original creation.

The two issues of Before Watchmen: Moloch will be hitting stands on November 7th and December 26th.  They will (hopefully) be followed by the single-issue epilogue that sounds the end of the Watchmen revisit, stopping it before it gets too out of hand.

 

Thanks to blastr for the info.

So, the rumors of a Watchmen prequel/sequel are back.  It is officially the comic rumor equivalent of herpes.

Back in 2010 is when word of a possible expansion on the Watchmen story and that DC/Warner Bros. was salivating over the thought of squeezing some more cash out of what is often touted as the industries greatest work. Well, it wasn’t so much a rumor as a bitter truth, Alan Moore came out and said he had been approached, even offered the rights of his DC work back if he did it. He didn’t. Good crazy Englishman, good.

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Zombies! We never get enough of em’. OK, maybe the genres a bit oversaturated. Regardless, we all welcome a good zombie flick when see one. And, Marc Forster‘s (Quantum of Solace) upcoming World War Z will be one to look out for.  It’ll be based off the Max Brooks novel of the same name. If you’re not familar with it, basically the story follows a UN researcher who is gathering stories of the great zombie war. Chronicling a worldwide zombie outbreak through the first-hand accounts of survivors. Interesting take on the genre, eh?

Word on when production would start has been spotty this past few months. But, now the long awaited adaptation is officially moving forward. According to ScreenDaily, shooting will begin in Malta. Production will then relocate to the UK and, later, Hungary. Principal photography will last well into the fall.

Are you perhaps nervous that Hollywood will fuck up the epic zombie novel? Well, sit on your hands ’cause the author of the book approves the J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Babylon 5)and Matthew Michael Carnahan scribed script.

Here’s what he said about it in a previous interview,

I read Straczynski’s first draft, and it was f—ing brilliant. As the book writer I know that’s sacrilege to say, but it really was good. I turned to my wife and said ‘Honey, this is as good as the book. This is gonna be an amazing movie.

This project has been iffy for a while, but it’ll be worth the wait. With the talent involved (oh yea, Brad Pitt is up for the lead role btw), I’m feeling that Brook’s zombie tale will be well executed. In fact, I might even call in early prediction and say it will be one of the top 5 zombie movies of all time. It’s got EPIC written all over it. Time will tell my friends, time will tell.

‘Thor’ art by Oliver Coipel

In 2004, The Mighty Thor stopped Ragnarok, preventing the end of the world, and disappeared into a void of nonexistence. The Avengers labeled him missing in action, and the world moved on. Three years later, he returned to a very different Marvel Universe with a simple (at first) agenda: restore the glory of Asgard.

The return of one of Marvel’s most powerful heroes needed an iconic writer, and the company turned to J. Michael Straczynski, the sci-fi overlord who created Babylon 5 and had already done re-invigorating work on Spider-Man and Dr. Stephen Strange.

Straczynski’s Thor maintains the old hallmarks of the character – the talismanic qualities of Mjolnir, the flowing blonde hair and the alter ego of Dr. Donald Blake – but from the beginning it seems there’s something different about the God of Thunder. Thor is still Thor, but as Volume 3 of his Marvel chronicle begins, he seems to more than ever hold the might of a deity.

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