What is this foolishness? Some of you might not be laughing, because, as The Hunger Games has helped some audiences finally get around to seeing the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, the property is gaining in popularity. As that happens, companies and execs who couldn’t give a toss about it for the past decade are now turning a hungry, glassy eye on the story of a Japanese school class that is kidnapped en masse and forced to participate in deadly combat. Read More »
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Watch out for the giant censor bar! The trailer is here for the Adult Swim animated series based on Black Dynamite, and it captures all the blaxpoitation excess of the 2009 film. It looks like the show characters in The Boondocks might watch, which is appropriate given that Carl Jones of The Boondocks is the exec producer.
Black Dynamite is a 30-minute animated series that tells all-new tales of Black Dynamite (voiced by Michael Jai White) as he fights street thugs, ninjas, the Man and the attentions of adoring sexy women. Helping out are Tommy Davidson (Cream Corn), Arsenio Hall (Tasty Freeze), Kym Whitley (Honeybee), and Byron Minns (Bullhorn).
This isn’t quite safe for work, so if Black Dynamite’s particular brand of action isn’t something you think will fly in the office, wait ’til you get home. Read More »
Hannibal, the upcoming TV show from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller that traces the early days of FBI Agent Will Graham and the serial cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter, has seemed like a dodgy proposition. The show explodes in detail the events that we’ve seen recounted in other forms (the novel and film Red Dragon, and possibly a bit of the film Hannibal Rising), and for the most part has sounded so far like an easy exploitation of Lecter’s iconic status.
But things just got a lot more interesting. Some time ago Hugh Dancy was cast as Graham, and now his advisor and eventual adversary has been cast as well. Mads Mikkelsen, who just won Best Actor at Cannes for his work in The Hunt, and who will be the villain in Thor 2, has just been cast as Hannibal. Read More »
As TV series take over some of the former territory of movies — strong dramatic storytelling, high-caliber casts, increasingly high production value — the television landscape is proving to be a possible home for projects that could otherwise have been films. And we’ve seen an increasing number of movie-based shows in development.
In theory, then, TV is a great home for Scream. While Wes Craven once theorized that a fifth film could materialize in the next couple years, the relative under-performance of the fourth movie could have doomed that prospect. Enter MTV, which is potentially coming to the rescue of Scream by developing a TV show based on the film. Read More »
Briefly: When Lionsgate bought Summit, we heard that there could be a continuation or re-do of the Twilight series at some point in the future, and one of the possibilities seemed like it could be based on TV.
Now we can add a few more possible film-to-TV developments to Lionsgate’s list. In a conference call today, CEO Jon Feltheimer said that two properties acquired in the Summit buy, Red and Step Up, are in consideration for TV development alongside The Expendables. While Deadline notes that the Stallone action films weren’t explicitly mentioned by Feltheimer today, the site has been told that’s on the list as well.
Developing The Expendables would seem to hinge on what talent could be corralled for the show. Maybe Chuck Norris could make this his coda to Walker, Texas Ranger. Or Terry Crews could make it his own. Since the film series is all about the big collection of name actors, doing the show without that cache doesn’t seem to have much of a point. Red is in a similar position, as the name actors in that film (one of whom, Bruce Willis, is also part of The Expendables) were the biggest draw for many audiences.
Briefly: Bryan Fuller is doing a TV show for NBC called Hannibal, in which Hugh Dancy plays FBI Agent Will Graham in stories that act as prequels to Jonathan Demme’s 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. And now there is also a TV show in development to explore the early days of Clarice Starling, the character played by Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs. TV Guide (via Vulture) says that Lifetime is putting together the show, which is in the early stages of development, and that it will “follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy.”
And that’s a little… weird. Because until Clarice meets Hannibal Lecter, she’s a good agent, but is her story really any different than one we might find in any other cop/FBI procedural? Probably not, and that could be exactly the point. Clarice gets the recognizance of being related to the classic thriller, but doesn’t really have to do anything other than be a regular old cop show. Win/win for Lifetime!
Earlier this month, it was revealed Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World provided fans a chance to buy a custom made toy of themselves in Carbonite, just like Han Solo. That’s now underway and, after the jump, you can see some video and learn more about that process.
There’s also a new video interview with LucasFilm producer Rick McCallum where he sets the record straight, again, about the Star Wars TV show and dashes some hopes for a Joe Johnston-directed Boba Fett movie. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Three sequels, two threequels, and a TV show spinoff feature in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Mandy Moore talks about Tangled 2 and Tron: Uprising
- A German screening of Men in Black 3 breaks a world record
- Fan Bingbing and Yang Mi join Andy Lau in Iron Man 3
- Robert Rodriguez drops hints on Machete Kills and Sin City 2
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