Log Entries: 03/26/2012

MICHAEL BAY has revealed that his produced reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (now retitled Ninja Turtles,) will be different from the one fans remember from the early 1990’s.  In fact, along with possibly loosing the “Teenager” aspect altogether, the Turtles will be no longer be of toxic chemical origin, but rather of alien origin.  Thus loosing the “Mutant” aspect as well.  Following an immediate outcry among fans concerning such a massive shift in Turtle dogma, Bay responded: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the scriptOur team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story.  Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place.  We are just building a richer world.”  Peter Laird, co-creator of the Turtles (along with Heavy Metal publisher Kevin Eastman) later commented: “It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it is possible.”  It should be noted that it has not yet been explained by anyone associated with the production, as to how the re-imagined “alien” Turtles would have such an intrinsic working knowledge of pop culture so well, or why they would love pizza so much — especially if they are of alien origin.  Both character traits are mainstays of the original comics and films.  The film’s director Jonathan (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) Liebesman, later offered the following: “I heard about it, and I’m glad there’s such a passionate fanbase — I think that was good news for everyone — but literally, I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apeshit when they see it.” … ANTHONY HEAD, otherwise known as “Giles” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has replaced Pierce Brosnan as “Chiron” in the forthcoming sequel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of MonstersLEGENDARY PICTURES will potentially partner with another entity to produce, Slayer.  A modern-day story about a young doctor who has to take over the family legacy of slaying dragons — shades of the NBC hit, Grimm.  The spec script was written by Martin Helgeland, son of writer Brian (Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood) Helgeland … IN HOME VIDEO NEWS, the films Outland, Brainstorm, and Altered States will arrive on blu-ray this July: All are said to have been remastered in High definition.  Brainstorm has previously received such treatment (on DVD,) but this will be the first time either Altered States, or the Peter Hyams/Sean Connery collaboration Outland will be available in a remastered condition, in any format. … RON HOWARD & BRYAN GRAZER’S IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT will produce yet another version of George Orwell’s story, 1984BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME, a pilot which focuses on the young Adama, was summarily canceled before even airing by the SyFy Channel.  An adviser on the show named Kevin Grazier, ran a sizzle real of “unauthorized” footage from the show at Wondercon, and NBC (who own SyFy) were forced to swoop in and quickly removed the many instances of it popping up on the internet.  It seems the music playing over the footage, had not been legally cleared by the music rights department.  This incident may have contributed to the show being cancelled.  Various sources are reporting that Universal Cable Services, which produces the show, may shop it to another network.  And there is also the possibility that whatever has been shot may pop up on the internet as some sort of a web series.  It’s fate is currently unclear … THE PRODUCTION OF ENDER’S GAME now has a blog, if you wish to follow it: http://endersgameblog.tumblr.com/UNIVERSAL PICTURES has purchased a “pitch” for a film centered on “The Bermuda Triangle,” and have hired Smallville alums Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, to write the screenplay.  Further details of this project are as of yet unknown … DR. WHO FANS heads-up !

Introducing the Doctor’s new companion, actress Jenna-Louise Coleman.  The character, as yet unnamed, will make her official debut during the Christmas episode, this December … DIRECTOR JOSH (THE CHRONICLE) TRANK has chosen his next project.  The long in development movie version of Christian Gossett’s comic book, “The Red Star.”  The Red Star takes place in an alternate version of Russia where technology and magic co-exist.  Trank was last linked with the movie based on the Spider-Man villain, Venom.  It isn’t known if the director is still connected to that project … CREATURE CREATOR RICK BAKER & SOME PEEPS FROM MEN IN BLACK III, have popped up on-line in a nice publicity shot.  Click for larger:

ADAM HOROWITZ & EDWARD KATSIS, the writers of Tron: Legacy, have teased that the third Tron film will indeed see the return of Jeff Bridges’ character, Flynn, by stating that the definition of life and death will be explored in the coming sequel … JURASSIC PARK will return to theaters in 3D the summer of 2013 … ARTHUR & LANCELOT, that pic reinventing the classic Arthurian legend, which went into turnaround a short time ago, may yet live again.  Actor Colin (Total Recall) Farrell has been signed to play one of the lead characters … THE TELEVISION SHOW FRINGE may not get a 5th season.  However, according to Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner, in that eventuality, the show will be wrapped up in a comic book series.  Pinkner refers to this as their “back-up plan.” … RIDLEY SCOTT visited WonderCon on March the 17th, and he brought with him what is easily the best trailer for any film so far this year.  And definitely the most compelling.  The extended 2 minute plus trailer for what started as a reboot of the ALIEN franchise, and became something much, much greater: Prometheus.  Feel free to watch it 12 times in a row; everyone else has:

And here’s the UK Version, which features some of the same footage, yet expands on why and how the journey is being made by these people:

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Log Entries: 03/12/2012

HUGO won multiple Academy Awards at this years ceremony: Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and best Visual Effects.  While Rango won Best Animated Feature … THEORETICAL PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING will make a cameo on the TV series The Big Bang Theory, later this season … GUILLERMO DEL TORO has hired Ramin Djawadi to compose the score for his forthcoming film, Pacific Rim.  The composer previously scored the first Iron Man film, the remake of Clash of the Titans, Blade: Trinity, and Game of ThronesFOX Television have cancelled Terra Nova.  The show is now rumored to have been picked up by Netflix, which is currently vying to position itself as a major cable channel, instead of a home video rental service … JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is getting a sequel.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently negotiating with New Line Cinema to star in the proposed Journey 3MAX LANDIS, screenwriter of Fox’s hit film, Chronicle, has been hired to draft a sequel … MEANWHILE, Chronicle director Josh Trank is now in negotiations with Disney and Marvel to direct a stand alone film, based upon a popular villain in the Spider-Man universe, VenomKEANU REEVES AND ALEX WINTER have both recently commented on the existence of a completed script by the writers of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, for a third Bill & Ted film.  Both actors are enthusiastic about the script — reportedly focusing on Bill & Ted trying to write the song that saves the world — and are hoping to get a “green light” for the project very soon.  Alex Winter, alias Bill S. Preston, Esq, recently commented on who Bill and Ted are today, and how changes in the current music world have influenced them: “That was a big part of the movies, so what’s happened to rock and roll in the last twenty years.. so the movie’s gonna get in and play with some of that stuff. Where’s rock, where are we, what’s happened to the whole idea of saving the world, or what hasn’t happened?” … ACTOR/WRITER DANNY STRONG (Jonathan Levinson on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is now working on the script for the third in Dan Brown’s books following the character of Robert Langdon.  Strong’s previous work as a writer includes the recent cable movies Recount and Game Change.  The Lost Symbol is slated to be directed by music video director, Mark Romanek, who replaces Ron Howard.  Tom Hanks return to the role of Langdon, remains uncertain … ANOTHER MUPPETS FILM has been rushed into development, due to the surprising success of The Muppets.  Though, actor/writer Jason Segel has opted out this time … DIRECTOR JARED (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) HESS will helm The Pet, for Disney.  A film about an ordinary guy who becomes the plaything of a group of Aliens.  If this sounds familiar, it’s because as reported here previously, the Monty Python group are working on very similar idea … ACTRESS ELLE (SUPER 8) FANNING has been cast as Sleeping Beauty in Maleficent.  Fanning joins actress Angelina Jolie, already cast in the title role.  The Disney film, developed by Tim Burton, begins shooting this summer … AND SPEAKING OF TIM BURTON: the initial trailer for Burton’s remake of his first film, Frankenweenie, is now available.  Burton fans will most likely be very pleased:

DIRECTOR GORE (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) VERBINSKY, recently commented on the werewolf rumors surrounding his now in production reboot of the Lone Ranger. Said Verbinsky: “I don’t know where this idea of werewolves came from. It’s never been in any draft I’ve worked on. But there’s a kind of Native American overlay of omens and other things happening that we don’t fully understand.”  The film is said to be told from the point of view of Johnny Depp’s incarnation of the Tonto character.  Disney recently released the first image of Depp as the Native American Spirit Warrior, along with Armie Hammer as the title character in the Jerry Bruckheimer production.  Lots of controversy is reportedly already swirling among native Americans in respect to Depp playing an American Indian: 

ONE OF ONLY 4 SURVIVING POSTERS for the science-fiction classic, Metropolis, will go on sale soon for $850,000.00 at the Movie Poster Exchange web-site … ACTOR TOBEY MCGUIRE will produce a film adaptation of The 5th Wave, a forthcoming sci-fi novel from author Rick Yancy.  In the story, a young girl searches for her brother following an alien invasion.  Seems a lot of post alien invasion stories are in the works right now … LUCASFILM & PARAMOUNT have announced the Indiana Jones films for release on blu-ray this fall.  The forthcoming set is reported to be filled with new supplemental material, in addition to material already available on previous DVD’s, and the 4th film’s initial blu-ray release package. The set is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $74.99.  No word yet on separate releases for the individual films … AND NOW FOR THE SAD NEWS: ROBERT TEMPLE AYRES, one of the principal illustrators on Disney’s 1979 film, The Black Hole, died on Friday the 9th.  Ayres was principally known for creating that burning map that opened every episode of the television show Bonanza.  He lived to see much of his artwork placed on exhibit in California.  He was 98 years old … JEAN GIRAUD has also died.  Known artistically under various pseudonyms, the most famous being MOEBIUS. Giraud’s work in “Metal Hurlant,” the French version of Heavy Metal magazine — which he co-founded — greatly influenced numerous filmmakers, including Ridley Scott.  In fact, Giraud often found himself doing design work for film projects such as ALIEN.  And his artwork further influenced many aspects of Ridley Scott’s next film, Blade Runner, as well.  Giraud’s work in “Metal Hurlant” was also the basis for certain sequences in the 1981 Heavy Metal film.  And among his many storyboard and design assignments in film, were Tron (1982,) an abandoned version of the George Lucas produced, Willow (1986, seen above,) Masters of the Universe (1987,) The Abyss (1989,) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumblerland (1989,) Space Jam (1996,) and very prominently, The Fifth Element (1997.)  Known for a vast amount of work in the graphic-comic medium, beginning in the 1960’s, Giruad eventually collaborated with comic legend Stan Lee in 1988 on a two part “Silver Surfer” story for Marvel Comics.  Work for which he won one of the comic’s industry’s greatest honors: The Eisner Award.  Jean Giraud was 73 … AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, STAR WARS ILLUSTRATOR RALPH MCQUARRIE recently passed away at his home in California.  Known mainly as the illustrator who greatly influenced 20th Century Fox to finance George Lucas’ initial Star Wars film (the image used to sell the film can be seen below,) McQuarrie also went on to do work for both Empire and Jedi, the original Battlestar Galactica, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, and many, many more.  His work is now studied in art schools around the world.  He was 82 years old.