We’ve got a great deal of TV odds and ends to present to you, so let’s kick off with one that is a big deal to those involved: Syfy has decided not to pick up Stargate Universe for a third season, which is a nice way of saying the show is canceled.

A Stargate show has been on the air since 1997, but the numbers for the first season of Universe were low — Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, in their best days, had twice the draw of Universe. The final episodes of the show will air as planned. [Variety]

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Gary Ross Will Direct ‘The Hunger Games’

The series many feel could take over the movie and publishing business in the way Twilight did just a few years back finally has a captain at the helm. Gary Ross, who directed Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, will in fact be directing the film version of The Hunger Games based on the best selling book by Suzanne Collins for Lionsgate. Ross was “in talks” a few months back, and while the ink has yet to officially dry, the director showed up at the American Film Market this week to build buzz for the project. Not that it needs it. The best selling trilogy of novels, which are about a futuristic society where kids must kill each other on TV (sort of a romance infused Running Man/Battle Royale hybrid for teens) have been gaining exponential popularity in the last few months. We’ve got more after the jump. Read More »


The Secret in Their Eyes was the surprise winner for Best Foreign Language Film during last year’s Academy Awards, beating out the expected contenders A Prophet and The White Ribbon. Many were peeved, but the picture hadn’t even been released in theaters yet, so most were unaware of what an affecting, engrossing film it actually is. Once it finally opened in the US, the picture received glowing reviews, but didn’t exactly light up the box office.

Naturally, that means it’s time for a remake. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the original film, and they already have their director: Billy Ray, who wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Breach and Shattered Glass, and co-wrote the screenplay for the equally praised State of Play. (Psst, don’t tell anyone, but he also co-wrote Volcano, Suspect Zero and Flightplan.) Read More »

Gary Ross in Talks to Direct ‘The Hunger Games’


Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) is looking like the man who’ll get the job directing The Hunger Games, a film based on the first of three novels by Suzanne Collins. The story is a sort of Running Man +/- Battle Royale, and has been the impetus for a rat race between directors as diverse as Ross, Sam Mendes, Francis Lawrence, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders, and Susanna White. But as things stand, Ross is the man. Read More »


In March 2007, New Line Cinema announced they would be making a big screen adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game Gears of War. Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie was hired to pen a script after turning in a 21-page treatment. A few months later Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman came aboard the project to direct. Wiseman worked on the script with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan for a year, before moving on to Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).

LA Times now reports that Wiseman is moving on, after having the budget slashed in half. He is now officially signed on to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne, a project he was developing for 20th Century Fox.

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The Last Season of 24?

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Variety is reporting something we have been speculating for the past month: Fox’s hit television series 24 will likely end after the conclusion of the current eighth season. The studio and network executives have declined to comment. But is this the end of the show? Apparently the studio is considering shopping the series to other networks, but interest will probably be limited due to the high costs involved.

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The producers¬† of Fox’s hit action serial television series 24 have been talking about doing a big screen movie adaptation for years now. I just assumed that it was one of those things that would never happen, and that the made for television movie prequel they did last season was an easy out. Well it looks like star/producer Kiefer Sutherland is serious about bringing Jack Bauer to the big screen, as he has convinced Fox to hire Billy Ray to pen the screenplay adaptation. All we know about the planned story for the feature film is that it will be set in Europe. Sutherland and producers have said that the big screen movie would be “a two-hour representation of a day.”

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Set for production in the first quarter of next year is sci-fi thriller Source Code with Duncan Jones (Moon) set to direct and Jake Gyllenhaal in the starring role. This puts Mute and Escape From The Deep to one side, at least for a while but it at definitely seems like a fascinating story and well worth Jones’ attentions as well as being in-step with his noted inspirations.

The Source Code script has had some revisions done by Billy Ray but was originally written by Ben Ripley. Having read Ripley’s draft, I can give you some information on the film’s clever premise.

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Earlier today, Russ told you that Billy Ray will be writing a ripped-from-the-headlines movie about Captain Richard Phillips vs. Somali Pirates. That’s not Ray’s only new writing gig, however, as he’s also taking a crack at the Gears of War movie. Last we heard, director Len Wiseman was collaborating with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan on the project, superceding an ill-liked Stuart Beattie draft. Like that fellow with his One Red Paperclip, this sounds like a constant series of uptrades.

So, how did Billy Ray get the gig?

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