Briefly: Robert Rodriguez has teamed with Univision to launch the El Rey Network, which will feature action and genre programming aimed at the Latino audience. We’ve known that El Rey will run a series based on From Dusk Till Dawn, and that it will also have a show co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
New details position the show as a “Latino James Bond,” with Rodriguez set to direct the first episode from a script by Orci. Deadline calls the 13-episode show ”a big-budget adventure drama that is Latino James Bond in tone, but with more of a levity than the recent Bond movies. It centers on a super-star soccer player and notorious playboy who doubles as a highly-skilled spy, carrying out covert missions for a special branch of the CIA.” Sounds like a slightly grown-up version of some of the characters and ideas from Spy Kids. Rodriguez knows what he likes, at least.
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Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.
To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.
After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two brothers walk into a bar with a handful of hostages. Turns out, it’s a vampire bar, and they have to blast their way out. It began as a moderately successful movie, became a cult classic and now it’ll be a TV series.
That’s right. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s 1996 film From Dusk To Dawn is being adapted for television. It’ll be one of the key shows on the launch of new station co-created by Rodriguez called the El Ray Network, which is owned by Univision. The English language station is set to launch later this year, with both this show and a new action show produced by Rodriguez and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Read More »
Each of the few times I’ve watched this Sleepy Hollow trailer, a new obvious influence comes to mind: Captain America, The Terminator, The X-Files, Demolition Man, and National Treasure are all in here, just for starters.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the “masterminds” behind this goofy Mad Libs in which Ichabod Crane was tasked by George Washington with killing one specific redcoat. This redcoat becomes the Headless Horseman — but not merely your run of the mill ghostly horseman. He’s one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This horseman is now running around modern America, and Ichabod Crane is reawakened to stop him.
Oh, and there’s a “there’s a Starbucks everywhere” joke. And Orlando Jones, and Clancy Brown. The whole thing is either going to be so ridiculous it transcends the total absurdity of the premise. Or, as the trailer below suggests, it might not. Read More »
Posters, quotes, casting and replacements are all part of this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- Sam Worthington discusses the Avatar sequels and a possible third Clash of the Titans film.
- The Hangover Part III Twitter account has revealed some more character posters.
- Is Antonio Banderas joining The Expendables III?
- Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
- Listen to Star Trek Into Darkness writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk secrets, fan influence, and villains.
- The poster for Grown Up 2 is a throwback.
- Actress Sophia Myles joins Transformers 4.
- Michelle Rodriguez confirms the villain for Fast and Furious 7.
- Check out an image of FEMA’s role in Godzilla.
- Check out the cover of the Art of 300: Rise of an Empire book.
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Briefly: The team behind Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are at it again, this time wearing their producer hats. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci just sold an original sci-fi pitch to Universal called Sagittarius. They developed the idea long with Steven Karczynski, who’ll write the screenplay.
Karczynski’s Black List script, The Umbra, has Martin Campbell attached to direct while Kurtzman and Orci are producing November’s Ender’s Game and have multiple other projects in development at Universal, such as a remake (or new version) of Van Helsing.
No word on what Sagittarius is about but it’s the latest in a long line of new, high end sci-fi making its way around Hollywood. [Deadline].
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Universal really, really wants their The Mummy reboot to work. Last spring, the studio set Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts to pen a modern-day reboot of the classic franchise. Now, they’re bringing in some extra help in the form of Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray.
While it’s pretty typical for a high-profile tentpole pic to go through multiple writers, this is a special case. Ray isn’t doing a rewrite of Spaihts’ script. Instead, he’s putting together a totally separate screenplay with an unrelated storyline. You know, just in case the other one totally sucks. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a big week for Star Trek Into Darkness news, and it’s still not over. We’ve rounded up a few more updates after the jump:
- Benedict Cumberbatch continues to insist he’s not Khan
- … but Zachary Quinto may have let that detail slip
- Alex Kurtzman talks villains, Damon Lindelof discusses 3D
- Over 40 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will be in IMAX
- The stars discuss whether they’ll be back for Star Trek 4 and beyond
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