Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Once upon a time, The X-Files was my thing.
Years before Lost and Battlestar Galactica, I had FBI Agents Mulder and Scully and their increasingly bizarre caseload full of aliens and monsters and supernatural occurrences. This is one of the the great genre shows of my life, a vital cornerstone in my taste that sits right alongside the likes of Star Trek. And I have not been shy about my excitement for the new revival season, which began its six episode run with a two-night premiere this week.
And the results were… mixed. I have complicated feelings on these first two episodes, which run the gamut of quality in a pretty extreme way. My scattered thoughts, and my attempt to bandage a few wounds, follow.
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Briefly: What’s hot right now? Science fiction? Yeah, it’s doing pretty well. How about young adult novels, especially ones with a fantasy or sci-fi bent? Yep, those are killing, too. So the obvious path, if you want to bootstrap a financially successful new film franchise, is to create movies and books right at the same time.
Or so it would seem. Success isn’t that easy (ahem, I Am Number Four) and if it was, everyone would do it. But 24 showrunner Howard Gordon and James Wong (Final Destination, Final Destination 3) are trying anyway, with a project meant to spawn books and films. The title is 2084, and the basic pitch is ‘1984 meets The Terminator.’ Read More »
20th Century Fox’s big screen live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball Z is set to begin filming in Durango, Mexico. According to Mexican newspaper El Norte, filming will take place in many different locations in Durango, including Mexiquillo Forest, Marley Ranch, Hacienda la Providencia, La Joya Ranch, Laguna Seca de Santiaguillo and a forum from a Convention Center in the Culture Institute. The production will also film volcano Nevado de Toluca in Estado De MÃ©xico. Apparently 85% of the movie will be shot in Mexico.
Last I heard, principal photography was set to begin November in Montreal, Canada, although the article claims that filming will begin in January (and continue til March). Maybe that’s just the Mexico start date? Or maybe the location and start dates have been changed. We still have not heard any official casting announcements for the project, so a January start wouldn’t surprise me.
James Wong (Final Destination) will direct the adaptation of the popular manga and anime series. Created by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z tells the story of an alien sent to destroy earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their battles. I’m not quite sure the series could ever be done in live action and not look stupid. But who knows, Hollywood executives thought the same thing about Batman before Tim Burton came around (A guy in a bat costume running around?). But with Wong in the helm, I don’t have much faith for this film adaptation.
Good News: 20th Century Fox are making a Dragon Ball Z movie.
Bad News: James Wong, the guy behind the shitty Final Destination films is the guy directing it.
CHUD learned that Wong is writing/directing the big screen live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series through a just released casting notice. The site has included the casting breakdown.
Created by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z tells the story of an alien sent to destroy earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their battles. I’m not quite sure the series could ever be done in live action and not look stupid. But who knows, Hollywood executives thought the same thing about Batman before Tim Burton came around (A guy in a bat costume running around?). But with Wong in the helm, I don’t have much faith for this film adaptation.
The movie is ecpected to begin production in Montreal in November.