Andy and Lana Wachowski

Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending has been getting a lot of attention lately, because that’s what happens when you turn America’s Sweetheart into Jacobim Mugatu. But it’s just one of two major sci-fi projects due from the pair this year. The Wachowskis are also teaming with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) on their first small-screen effort, a new Netflix series titled Sense8.

At the time of its announcement, the drama was described in vague terms as being about “minds linked and souls hunted,” but now we have some more details about the dramatic, globe-spanning plot. Hit the jump for character details and more.

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J Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski definitely isn’t the first person to notice that Marvel Studios is currently running circles around Warner Bros./DC. However, as a guy who’s worked with both companies and written for both comic book publishers, he’s in a unique position to say something about it. “I think Marvel is really kicking DC’s clock,” he said. “I’ve talked to the people at Warner Bros. and said ‘What is wrong with you people?’”

But while Straczynski has some intriguing ideas about what WB should be doing, he won’t be running the show there any time soon. He has a full plate right now with several other projects — including a new mystery film for Disney. Hit the jump for slightly more on that project, plus his comments on DC’s mistakes.

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The Fifth Element

Luc Besson wants to make another Fifth Element, kind of. Also after the jump:

  • David Heyman comments on the Harry Potter spinoff
  • Dredd finally gets a sequel… in comic book form
  • A new Terminator comic chronicles the end of the war
  • The newest Cloudy 2 clip features a dramatic entrance
  • See No Evil 2 adds Freddy vs. Jason and Hatchet II stars
  • Mark Wahlberg discusses his kids’ cameo in Transformers
  • Check out the Chinese poster for Transformers 4

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Late last year, Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) announced the development of their first television project, called Sens8. Working with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), the two were putting together a TV series that would potentially see the Wachowskis in the director’s chair(s) for an episode or two.

Now the show is described as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” We have that description because Netflix has given the show a 10-episode order, and Sens8 will debut on the streaming service in late 2014.  Read More »

Universal isn’t giving up on its long-gestating Creature From the Black Lagoon remake. The project’s been kicking around in one form or another since the early ’80s, but has been pretty quiet the past few years. Now the studio’s starting fresh with writer Dave Kajganich. The scribe is no stranger to horror remakes. He was behind The Invasion, a 2007 remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In addition, he’s working on new versions of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary, It, and The Stand.

Kajganich will be starting from scratch on Black Lagoon, rather than rewriting any of the earlier drafts. Contrary to previous reports that Carl Erik Rinsch was in talks to direct, Black Lagoon has no director at this time. [THR]

After the jump, He-Man and Shadowman also get new writers.

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It’s a good time to be a fan of Andy and Lana Wachowski, aka The Wachowski Siblings, aka Wachowski Starship. Their new film, Cloud Atlas, is not just a massive and impressive undertaking, but an effective achievement with a blissfully humanist conclusion. The pair are doing more interviews and actually making personal appearances to promote the movie. And it seems like they’re already moving forward with additional projects.

While we wait to hear about the fate of the possibly dead project Cobalt Neural 9, there’s new info on a TV show the Wachowskis are developing with J. Michael Straczynski. The project is called Sense8, and while the details are secret, it is something that the three creators have been working on for a while, and could see the Wachowskis directing some episodes. Read More »

Once feared to be dead, the silver screen adaptation of Max Brooks‘ zombie bestseller World War Z has recently sprung back to life stronger than ever. Cinematographer Robert Richardson has just been brought on to serve as DP — and considering that he’s the award-winning eye behind films like Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Shutter Island, this is good news indeed. Shooting is expected to start shortly. Read more after the jump.

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One of the most interesting pop culture stories from the early days of the 20th century is the friendship between Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism was all the rage at the time — think seances, levitations, speaking to the dead, and so forth, driven in part by people hoping to reconnect with loved ones killed in WWI. Houdini was an outspoken anti-Spiritualist who worked for Scientific American exposing fake mediums. Doyle, meanwhile, was a serious Spiritualist, driven in part by grief at the death of his wife. (Perhaps ironically, Houdini’s stance against Spiritualism came in part from curiosity about the practice after the death of his mother.)

And yet the two became real friends, at least for a time. There is a good amount of literature on their friendship and, frankly, I’m surprised no one has ever made a film or TV show exploiting their shared history. Now DreamWorks might, as the studio has picked up Voices From the Dead, a script by J. Michael Straczynski that uses the mens’ friendship as the basis for a supernatural thriller. Read More »

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