2016 is a good year for Star Trek fans, with a new movie in theaters right now and a gigantic art show tribute at Comic-Con and a new documentary about Leonard Nimoy arriving in just a few months. This whole 50th anniversary thing is pretty cool. However, the most intriguing new Trek development is the most mysterious and it won’t arrive until 2017. I am, of course, taking about Bryan Fuller‘s new Star Trek television series, which presumably has a title and a premise, even if we don’t know anything about them yet. What we do know is the first director attached to series, as CBS has hired David Semel to helm the first episode of the show.
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The Man in the High Castle is among the more well-known Philip K. Dick novels, perhaps because it explores a premise many people have perhaps mused upon at some point in their lives: what if Germany and Japan won World War II? The novel is set in the early ’60s in an America that is occupied in the east by Germany and in the west by Japan, with a stretch of “free” land in the middle. Years of development attempts have so far failed to yield a TV or film adaptation of the novel, but now Amazon is pulling together a Man in the High Castle TV series.
Luke Kleintank is playing a new character called Joe Blake in the pilot, while Alexa Davalos (Clash Of The Titans, Mob City) has just won the lead female role, a slightly altered version of Juliana Frink from the novel.
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ABC has announced that they will be bringing the hit Vertigo comic book series Fables to the small screen.
Created and written by Bill Willingham in 2002, the series has won fourteen Eisner Awards. Based in a world where fairy tale characters have been forced out of their homes by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary, and now live in a hidden community in New York City known as Fabletown. I have yet to pick up Fables, but I’m a big fan of DC’s Vertigo brand comics. Eleven Volumes of the series have been released in trade paperback form (available for around $10 each on Amazon). The first volume description follows:
“Who Killed Rose Red? In fabletown, where fairy legends live along side regular New yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sisterSnow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.”
Six Degrees creators Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the hour-long drama pilot teleplay. The show is being setup in a way that would allow any fairy tale character to show up for any given episode, with the main story revolving around Big Bad Wolf and Snow White. David Semel has been hired to direct. Semel’s television credits include: Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Roswell, Angel, American Dreams, House, Heroes, The Cleaner and My Own Worst Enemy.