Rising Stars movie

J. Michael Straczynski‘s Rising Stars could be the new rising star of the superhero movie genre. MGM has put into development a movie adaptation of Straczynski’s late ’90s / early aughts comic book series, which followed 113 “Specials” — people born with special abilities after a mysterious and extraordinary event. Straczynski, co-creator of Babylon 5 and Sense8, will write the script himself.  Read More »

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Red Mars TV Series

J. Michael Straczynski‘s latest sci-fi series was the earthbound Sense8, but the Babylon 5 creator is shooting back off into outer space with his next one. He’s set to write and executive produce Red Mars for Spike, based on the award-winning Mars trilogy novels by Kim Stanley Robinson. More on the Red Mars TV series after the jump.  Read More »

Sense8 trailer

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Netflix has released a new trailer for The Wachowsi’s new original television series Sense8. Watch the new trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Sense 8 reviews

Netflix has premiered the first three episodes of the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski‘s (Changeling, World War Z) new Netflix series Sense8 to select press, and the first Sense 8 reviews have begun to come online. What is the early word? Is it a return to form for the Wachowskis? Is it worth watching? Find out after the jump, alongside new character videos released for the show by Netflix. Learn more about “eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival” in a series of videos embedded after the jump.

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Valiant comics movie universe

Before Marvel Studios was part of Disney, Marvel established a method of developing and packaging its own films in order to retain some control over the characters. Now Valiant Entertainment seems to be trying to do the same thing, by scoring a huge amount of investment capital from DMG Entertainment to develop a Valiant comics movie universe.

DMG has put eight figures worth of funding into Valiant “to further its efforts in international publishing, film, television, licensing and beyond.” But that’s not all. The press release announcing the deal also trumpets an additional nine-figure investment towards development of film and TV projects featuring Valiant characters such as Bloodshot, Shadowman, and Archer & Armstrong. The goal of the partnership between Valiant and DMG is significant, and they’re not hiding it, as the announcement proclaims the creation of the “largest independent superhero universe.”

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Sens8 cast

Sens8, the upcoming Netflix sci-fi drama series from Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, has a cast, and we can also tell you a bit about the plot. The show, which will run 10 episodes, was originally described only as “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” Now we know that Naveen Andrews (Lost)Daryl Hannah, and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) will feature in the large ensemble cast. In addition to that trio, the show features almost another dozen primary names in it’s diverse cast. Read More »

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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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