Mike Johnson

Star Trek into Darkness is one of the more highly anticipated movies of the 2013 early summer and to help market it even further IDW will be releasing a prequel comic – Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness.  This is the same thing they pulled with the first flick although this one will be filling in some of the gaps between movie one and movie two.

Mike Johnson is set to write the four-part mini-series.  He will be working with Roberto Orci – writer and producer for the new movie – and the artwork will be taken care of by David Messina.

Here’s the official blurb:


(W) Mike Johnson (A/CA) David Messina

The countdown to the motion picture event of 2013 begins here, in this blockbuster 4-issue prequel mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming STAR TREK film! Like the best-selling STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN in 2009, this all-new series leads directly into the next movie, with a story by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson (STAR TREK ongoing series), and drawn by the original STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN artist, David Messina! STAR TREK 2013 PREQUEL is the can’t-miss lead-in to the new adventures of the Enterprise crew!


Expect the digital comic to be available online in January of next year, followed several months later by Star Trek into Darkness on May 17, 2013.


Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.

leaving Oz

Mike Johnson, co-director of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride wants to keep that creepy vibe going by doing a stop-motion project called Oz Wars based on the beloved and not quite so creepy original film.  Johnson really wants to take the classic story and really turn it on it’s head.  He imagines a world quite different from the original Land of Oz.  Dorothy most definitely isn’t in Kansas or Oz for that matter anymore.

Oz Wars is planned to be:

a contemporary, freaky action-packed PG-13 audience pleaser, with Dorothy caught up in a whirlwind of warrior witches, black magic, martial arts and monsters.”

It is also said that,

“The Land of Oz will be re-imagined using stop-motion to create a world that’s dark, slick, sexy, and dangerous.”

The idea certainly sounds intriguing and the film  is clearly not going down the classic yellow brick road.  It’s venturing into uncharted territory and going down a road the beloved classic has not been down before.

So do you guys think this sounds cool or just totally ridiculous?  Either way, I think it will certainly be done well.  This has been something that Johnson has wanted to do for a long time now and says,

It’s long been a goal of mine to create a hard-hitting, grown-up action film using stop-motion animation. Oz Wars is my opportunity to do that.”

It’s certainly amusing no matter how old we get that we still enjoy animated films and that now, more than ever they are being made for us than for kids.

Source: i09