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A Potpourri of SciFi-Horror-Fantasy II (tv)


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Rex Bachmann

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Posted September 12 2003 - 04:34 PM

A Potpourri of SciFi-Horror-Fantasy II (tv)

What we can look forward to (or away from) in genre tv:

SciFi Wire: "WB Speeds with Flash"

dateline: September 12, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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The WB has ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the DC Comics series The Flash, Variety reported. Todd Komarnicki (Resistance) is writing the pilot and will executive produce the project via Warner Brothers Television and his Guy Walks Into a Bar company, the trade paper reported. The WB has attached a hefty penalty to the project if it's not picked up to series.

The Flash, which centers on a man with superhuman speed, is the Frog network's latest attempt to reimagine a comic or literary classic for prime time, following its Superman-inspired Smallville and this season's upcoming Tarzan, the trade paper reported.

As with Smallville , the new Flash will have a "no tights, no flights" philosophy, which means the character won't be clad in his classic red suit, the trade paper reported. The new show will also reportedly incorporate a time-travel element: The hero will be a fresh-out-of-college Gothamite who discovers he has the ability to move so fast, he can travel backward or forward in time.

Note the producers' distancing themselves from the very costumed super-hero genre they seek to exploit.

SciFi Wire: "Wright Rewinds Questor Tapes"

dateline: September 12, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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Herbert Wright, executive producer of the proposed television series Gene Roddenberry's Questor, told SCI FI Wire that the show has found financing and is moving forward. Questor will be based on The Questor Tapes, an NBC pilot that Star Trek creator Roddenberry co-wrote and produced in 1974, but that never materialized into a weekly series. "We're financed," Wright said in an interview. "We have more meetings, because we've not yet chosen what broadcaster will carry us, whether it will be network or cable. We may still go with syndication."

Questor will follow the plight of an android on a mission to help save mankind from itself. Wright said that the show will launch with a two-hour kick-off episode rather than a standard pilot. "That's what they did with Star Trek: The Next Generation," said Wright, who was a co-producer on TNG. "It's not really a pilot, because a pilot means that everyone needs to see it and see if they like the numbers before they go forward. In fact, we're thinking we'll start off each season with a two-hour show. But after the first two-hour, we're planning 24 hourlong episodes. We're doing this show on a prime-time level, with a prime-time budget, so it's obviously of high class, and it's not going to be done low-budget like some of the more recent Roddenberry projects."

Joining Wright as co-executive producers are Michael Ewing (Anger Management), producer-director Peter Segal (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps) and Roddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett Roddenberry. "Peter will direct the first two-hour [episode]," Wright said. "Peter is probably known for his comedies, but Nutty Professor II was also sci-fi. We're not going to make Questor a comedy, but we are going to have a lighter tone to this. The original pilot that Gene did also had a lot of funny moments. One of the things that Gene and I had discussed 30 years ago, and also while we were doing Next Generation, was lightening the mood with appropriate comic moments." Wright expects that Gene Roddenberry's Questor will be ready in time for the 2004-2005 television season.

Is it just me that has never found Roddenberry's Earthbound material at all interesting?

SciFiWire: "Begley Admitted to Hospital"

dateline: August 14, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere) will again play a doctor as the head of Kingdom Hospital, ABC's upcoming Steven King supernatural horror series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Begley joins the cast as hospital chief Dr. Jesse James in the midseason drama, the trade paper reported. The 15-hour series also stars Andrew McCarthy and Diane Ladd.

Begley earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Dr. Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere. Kingdom Hospital is slated to premiere Jan. 5, 2004.

Shades of All Souls (2001)?!?


SciFiWire: "Spotnitz Readies 13th Floor"

dateline: August 29, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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Former The X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz has set up a supernatural series at FX tentatively titled The 13th Floor, Variety reported. The show deals with a lawyer who serves as an advocate for dead people who believe they've been wrongly condemned to hell, the trade paper reported.

Spotnitz is working with novelist Brad Meltzer and Washington insider Steve "Scoop" Cohen on the series.

Holy shades of Brimstone! Has nobody learned his lesson yet?


SciFiWire: "A&E To Tell Ghost Tales"

dateline: August 1, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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Cable network A&E is developing a series of supernatural films based on the work of legendary writers like Charles Dickens, according to the [sic] The Hollywood Reporter. Producer Robyn Rosenfeld of Three Muse Productions is in talks with the network to develop screenplays based on classic literature to be directed by independent filmmakers.

Expected to be in the vein of supernatural thrillers like The Sixth Sense, A&E's Ghost Tales will likely debut in 2005, the trade paper reported. Rosenfeld was one of the executive producers of Creature Features, a collection of remakes of 1950s-era cult horror films that aired on Cinemax in 2001. Ghost will be A&E's first foray into the supernatural realm.

Creature Features?!? Never heard of it. Was it any good?

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted September 13 2003 - 01:58 AM

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Shades of All Souls (2001)?!?
More likely Lars Von Trier's "The Kingdom", the Danish series that King is adapting/"inspired by".
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Rex Bachmann

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Posted September 14 2003 - 05:45 AM

Jason Seaver wrote (post #2):

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More likely Lars Von Trier's "The Kingdom", the Danish series that King is adapting/"inspired by".


Riget (i.e., The Kingdom) (1994)


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The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in science--a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor's fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest.

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I don't know what you're trying to say, but that sounds awfully like the goings-on in All Souls to me. (And too bad that one was killed so quickly. It had definite potential!) Perhaps it, too, was already "inspired" by the Danish tv series.

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


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Posted September 14 2003 - 07:55 AM

The Creature Features were a few made-for-TV films, taking old B-movies and remaking them.

The only one I saw was She-Creature, the mermaid one, and I thought it was actually really good. It's only got 5.7/10 on IMDB though.

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Posted September 24 2003 - 10:11 AM

"Back to the future!"

SciFi Wire: "New Lost In Space Due ":

dateline: September 24, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni's Synthesis Entertainment is teaming with film director John Woo and writer Doug Petrie on a new TV version of the classic 1960s SF series Lost in Space, Variety reported. Regency and 20th Century Fox TV will produce the show, with Fox TV Studios-based Synthesis and Woo's Terence Chang-headed Lion Rock Productions, the trade paper reported.

Synthesis, a company formed by Burns and Jashni to bring new life to the creations of Irwin Allen, last revived Lost in Space at NBC as a television movie; that project went away following the death of original star Jonathan Harris, the trade paper reported.

Multiple networks have been pitched the project by packaging agency Endeavor, and network insiders said there's been strong response to the idea, the trade paper reported. New Line's recent Lost in Space movie opened well but ultimately tanked.

The new TV Lost in Space will return the show to its roots as a family drama, which is what Allen intended when he penned the original pilot, the trade paper reported. Burns told Variety that the project will be set about 100 years in the future and will feature a relatable, contemporary family at its core.

Now, let's see . . . . What does it mean "will feature a relatable, contemporary family at its core"? Will we get plenty of Buffy references set to "hip-hop" music combined with that great ol' Irwin Allen-tv era sensibility? If so, sounds like an interesting (short-lived) little beast.

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


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Posted September 24 2003 - 10:28 AM

I liked the movie Lost in Space but would welcome an updated version with the right people writing it.
It the Friends spinoff Joey tankes next year, maybe Matt LeBlanc will be up for it.

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Posted October 01 2003 - 04:20 PM

SciFi Wire: "Transylvania Pilot Ordered"

dateline: September 18, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET

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In what may be the first example of synergy from their proposed merger, NBC and Universal have agreed to develop a dramatic TV series, Transylvania, inspired by director Stephen Sommers' upcoming Van Helsing movie, based on Universal's classic monsters, Variety reported. NBC has given Universal Network Television a pilot commitment for a drama that, while not a spinoff or sequel, will be set in the same universe as Van Helsing, the trade paper reported.

The deal marks the first major project linkup between NBC and Universal since NBC parent General Electric announced plans to buy Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The deal was valued at around $3 million, the trade paper reported.

Sommers will write the pilot script and executive produce the series with partner and longtime editor Bob Ducsay, the trade paper reported. The potential series will likely be shot on the same 19th-century village set that Universal built in Prague and used for Van Helsing.

Van Helsing, which Sommers (The Mummy) also wrote, features some of Universal's most famous monsters, such as Dr. Jekyll, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein's monster, and Dracula, Variety reported. Hugh Jackman (X-Men ) stars as a youthful version of the vampire hunter Van Helsing.

Transylvania will not feature the character of Van Helsing, but instead will center on a young cowboy from Texas who's pressed into duty and becomes the sheriff in a town where oddities abound, the trade paper reported.

Van Helsing is due for release on May 7, 2004. Vivendi Universal also owns SCIFI.COM.

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


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Posted October 13 2003 - 08:24 AM

SciFi Wire: "WB Gets Lost"

dateline: October 9, 2003 9:00am ET

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The WB Network has given a pilot order to a remake of the 1960s fantasy-adventure drama Lost in Space, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The WB pursued the project aggressively, beating out several networks interested in the series. The new version, set in the year 2097, will hew closely to the original by following the adventures of the Robinson family and their loyal robot sidekick, the trade paper reported.

Feature filmmaker John Woo (Mission: Impossible 2) is on board as an executive producer and may possibly direct the pilot, the trade paper reported. The pilot will be written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer scribe Doug Petrie, who will also executive produce. Jon Jashni and Kevin Burns of Synthesis Entertainment, which oversees the TV and film properties controlled by the estate of Lost in Space creator Irwin Allen, will executive produce as well.




SciFi Wire: "Barker Developing TV Series"

dateline: October 9, 2003 9:00am ET

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Clive Barker, the writer and director behind the Hellraiser series, is bringing his demons to the peacock network, Variety reported. Barker is developing a pilot entitled Demonologist for NBC along with writer Ted Tannenbaum (USA Network's The Dead Zone) for the fall 2004 television season.

The show is loosely based on the book of the same name by Gerald Daniel Brittle about real-life supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Like the book, the series will revolve around a married couple who fight demons, but are more afraid of their 15-year-old daughter, the trade paper reported.

"Delenda est . . . . "

 


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Posted October 13 2003 - 09:58 AM

Didn't they already try The Flash on TV back in 1990 and it flopped?
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Posted October 13 2003 - 10:26 AM

That doesnt stop Hollywood. They are redoing Lost in Space and the movie flopped and they are redoing the Punisher movie even though they made that with Dolf Lundgren years ago too.


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