NBC has decided to pull the Heroes spin-off miniseries Heroes: Origins from a midseason launch. THR is claiming that the writers strike may have contributed to this move, but I’m sure the slight drop is Heroes ratings had more to do with the decision. And while the network isn’t saying what will become of the six episode series, word is that it’s dead. Kevin Smith, Eli Roth and John August were some of the writer/directors tapped for the miniseries. Very disappointing, because it would have been interesting to see what Heroes would look like with some good writing talent involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show. But it is the worst written good show on television. Some of the dialogue this season has been over-the-top horrendous (“Are you an Alien or a Robot?”).
Meanwhile our friends at IESB say that infamous Bounty Hunter Boba Fett will be featured in the Star Wars live-action television series. Apparently Star Wars producer Rick McCallum told the audience at Star Wars Reunion 2 in France this weekend that he would like to see Daniel Logan in the Bobba Fett armor in the planned live-action television series. Logan played young Boba Fett in Attack of the Clones. If you remember, the young guy witnessed his father Jango Fett’s death. A revenge story involving Samuel L Jackson’s character Mace Windu would be great, but didn’t George Lucas say that none of the major Star Wars characters would show up on screen in the new series? McCallum also revealed that George Lucas hopes to extend the planned 100 episode series to close to 400 episodes.
Our friends at NewsAskew have some exciting news for Kevin Smith Fans. The Clerks director has signed on to direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica. I haven’t yet gotten into that series (although everyone of my friends has pushed it on me). But from I understand most of it is pretty talky, so it should better suit Smith’s talents. (I could be wrong, am I wrong?)
“I’m kind of stoked about. It’s cool, but it is scary because it is like, What the f-? I can’t bring anything to that show,” Smith told AOL TV. “That show is genius and they have a very distinctive visual style. But you are safe as a kitten. If you go in there and say, ‘I’m going to shoot everything in one big master shot,’ they’ll go, ‘No you’re not, because that is not what we do on ‘Battlestar Galactica.” I guess it is more about performance-oriented stuff, but at the same time that cast is top notch. How do you f-â€“ direct Mary McDonnell?”
Smith also revealed that he will not only direct an episode of the Heroes spin-off show Heroes Origins, but he has also been given full creative control to write the episode and create the character.
“Yeah. Tim Kring was like, ‘You write and direct it dude. It is your world, you do what you want.’ That of course was appetizing as hell. Last week, I went in and pitched my story and every three minutes into my breakdown I was like, ‘Now mind you, you can say no at any time and put a nail in this because I realize it might not be your cup of tea,’ but they kind of went for it. It is very in keeping with what ‘Heroes’ is, but tonally it is different than what they normally do.”
I’m glad Kring and the Heroes producers understand that 60% of Smith is his incredible writing. I can’t wait.