A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to meet Craig Engler, co-creator of SyFy‘s Z Nation. If you haven’t checked out Z Nation yet, you should. The mixture of, “Horror, Humor, and Heart” in Z Nation, as described by Engler’s creative Z Nation partner Karl Schaefer, is a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Now that Z Nation has gotten the green light for a second season, Engler is turning his attention to another of his interests, a comic book Kickstarter that takes a deeper look at H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft: The Blasphemously Large First Issue. (more…)
Just weeks before opening weekend, 20th Century Fox has announced that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has finally received its official rating of “R”. While some fans were worried that the film might be gimped to make a PG-13 rating (and thus more monies), Ridley Scott plus Aliens universe does not a children’s movie make.
The official rating was bestowed upon Prometheus for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.” Damn. I was hoping that “repeated full-frontal nudity” would have been on the list. I guess you can’t have everything.
In other news, Guillermo Del Toro expressed his concern that his At the Mountains of Madness project may suffer due to Prometheus’s success. Del Toro’s adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story was shelved earlier due to budgetary reasons, but there is always a chance that production could resume.
Del Toro, however, believes that chance may be slim-to-none because of the various similarities between Lovecraft’s story and Prometheus. In a recent interview about the subject, Del Toro spoke about Lovecraft’s influence on the Alien world and his concern that the two movies would be too alike to produce so close together.
When asked to elaborate, Del Toro had this to say:
“Same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical. Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it.”
Somehow, I doubt fans would be too upset if Del Toro made a scary Lovecraft horror flick. It is, however, left in the hands of production companies who often don’t see the art of a movie as being preferable to cash money. This is a shame, especially considering that At the Mountains of Madness could have ended up being the first H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that didn’t completely suck balls.
Regardless of the consequences, Prometheus set to open on June 8th of this year – and YOU should go see it cause it’s going to be freakin’ amazing.