Tons and tons of cool TV news in the past few days, after the jump read about the following:
- Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog is coming to The CW on October 9.
- Producer Greg Berlanti is developing a modern take on Wuthering Heights called Napa.
- Julian Fellowes has an idea for a prequel to Downton Abbey.
- Nick Hornby’s book About A Boy was already a movie and now might become a TV series.
- Watch the full season premieres of Dexter and Homeland online right now.
- Patton Oswalt has joined the fourth season of Justified.
- AMC released the first of 4 webisodes to get your ready for season 3 of The Walking Dead.
- Boardwalk Empire has just been renewed for a fourth season.
- The MTV Movie Awards will now be in April.
- Cinemax’s Strike Back will be back for a third season.
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The CW lost Smallville when the series ended with the finale of the show’s tenth season in May 2011. Since then, the network has been looking at other DC properties, like the Deadman series that is being spearheaded through development by Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke.
Now the CW is nearly ready to order a pilot for what could become its new DC franchise: Arrow, a show based on the long-running DC archer Green Arrow. The show would be an hourlong drama conceived and exec produced by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who were the primary writers among several people credited for the script for last summer’s Green Lantern. Read More »
Green Lantern had a reasonable (not great) opening weekend but was otherwise a creative and financial dud. It is an example of that strange studio phenomenon: a film that manages to feel both over-written, with villains and setpieces seemingly cobbled together from different script drafts, and under-scripted, thanks to the total lack of sense behind most of the character actions. And audiences didn’t respond, once the marketing gave way to word of mouth? Shocker.
Because that opening weekend was north of $50m, Warner Bros. is still planning a sequel. What will the studio’s approach be this time? A solid script that establishes a story with logical and emotional drive and then embellishes it with action? Pfft. Why bother, when it can just be darker and edgier? (Or Dark Knight-ier, as the case may be.) Read More »
This past awards season, The Hollywood Reporter posted full hour long roundtable interviews with the directors, screenwriters, animators and actors of the award season contenders. It seems like that was so successful that they have done the same thing for their Summer 2011 movie preview.
After the jump you can watch a 58-minute roundtable interview with Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2); Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern); Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon); Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger); Ashley Edward Miller (Thor) and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens). I always love hearing Hollywood screenwriters talk about their craft. I especially like hearing from writers behind Hollywood blockbusters, because that arena is such an interesting mix (or some would say compromise) between art, spectacle and commerce, all at a big budget level.
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Last month, Greg Berlanti shed some light on what his and his writing partners’ plans were for The Flash screenplay, which he’s currently at work on with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. At the time it sounded like they weren’t quite sure which direction they were heading with the film, as Berlanti proceeded to throw out a number of wild comparisons to films like The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Se7en, and The Silence of the Lambs.
According to Guggenheim though, those comparisons may have been more apt than previously suspected. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »
The Flash has looked like the most likely candidate as the next DC superhero film to come out of Warner Bros., but we haven’t heard much concrete news about the project in a few months. The Flash has been in the script stage, and until something is delivered that Warner Bros. likes, the character won’t be running anywhere.
But now there’s word that the script is due by the end of the year, which is leading to early speculation about who might direct and star. Read More »
I can’t tell if Tales From the Gangster Squad, based on a series of LA Times articles and intended as an ensemble ‘actor’s piece,’ is as much of a priority at Warner Bros. as news would make it seem, or if the film is just an easy headline. The script details an LAPD squad’s efforts to oppose the incursion of organized crime into the city of LA, and is said to be fantastic.
In the last couple weeks, perhaps motivated by the reception for The Town, the film was offered to Ben Affleck, and yesterday word came down that Warner Bros. lobbed it at Darren Aronofsky. But with Affleck passing and Aronofsky looking likely to take Wolverine 2 (what a strange world) WB reportedly has five more names on a list of possible directors. Read More »
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It has been long rumored that Jonathan Liebesman has been in the running to direct a sequel to 2010′s Clash of the Titans. Heat Vision now confirms that Warner Bros has signed Liebesman to helm the sequel, with Legendary Pictures producing the project.
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