Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:
- BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
- Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
- Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
- Bryan Fuller‘s brilliant-but-cancelled Pushing Daisies eyes a Broadway run
- Dexter hires a Heroes alum to swing by Miami and snoop around for a few eps
- AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons
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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.
Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
As hard as I try, I can’t bring myself to garner much interest in this film. I blame history for spoiling the ending. It’s like watching The Passion of the Christ: “So… I wonder what happens to Jesus at the end.” There’s also something inherently off-putting in seeing Tom Cruise in Nazi Germany with an eye patch and no accent. That said, I’m a big supporter of Bryan Singer’s work, and the film has been said to be serviceably entertaining, so I’ll be sure to give it a fair shake just as soon as I learn to stop whining about those aforementioned minor issues. If you’ve seen the film though, it would really help if you could offer some incentive to check it out in the comments.
Notable Extras: The single disc contains no extras, while the 2-disc holds a commentary by director Bryan Singer, actor Tom Cruise, and writer Christopher McQuarrie, a second commentary with writer Christopher McQuarrie and writer Nathan Alexander, 2 featurettes (“The Journey to Valkyrie”, “The Valkyrie Legacy”), and a digital copy of the film.
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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).
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Latino Review has a first look at the teaser poster for Crank 2: High Voltage (pictured right), which is a variation on the original Crank teaser poster (pictured left). Click on the poster above to see the image in regular resolution.
A few months back Outlander was gaining momentum in online circles, but The Weinstein Co will have none of that and has decided to bury the film with a late-January limited release — which is basically the kiss of death. And the best their marketing team could come up with is to sell the possible cult b-sci-fi/action action film with the face of Jesus, and nothing more. How are possible ticket-buyers to know that it’s a film about vikings who team with a human alien to take on an alien creature crash to earth? Watch the trailer here. Check out the new poster after the jump.
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Essential Pictures is developing a potential franchise of films based on Outlander, a series of six fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon. Not to be confused with the potentially bad ass Alien / Viking movie of the same name, which seems to have gotten the shaft from The Weinstein Co.
Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace penned the script, which has already been sent out to potential directors. The goal is to begin production in Spring 2009. The first book in the series, titled Outlander, tells the story of Claire Randall, who travels through time to the eighteenth century Scottish Highlands. Here is the official plot synopsis from the book:
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another… In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Sounds like your typical genre-rom story (ick… romantic genre… and you thought romantic comedies were bad). Unfortunately, with the rise of Twilight, there is a good chance that we’ll see more and more of these types of novels adapted for the big screen.
UPDATE 2: TWC is getting back to us. Now they say tomorrow.
UPDATE: A reader from Outlander.solsector.net says, “There’s been no confirmation about the DVD date and nearest myself and one of the producers can tell there really isn’t a date set for the DVD much less a theatrical release. Plus, The Weinstein Company is contractually obligated to give outlander at least a limited theatrical release.” We’ll be contacting TWC tomorrow.
Recipe: Go into the closet and dust off Castle Grayskull. Place an E.T. figurine with its arms raised on one of the turrets. Pour a goblet filled with red wine all over it. Now set it on fire. Pretend it’s worth $47 million. Send a recording of this to The Weinstein Co. in New York and entitle it “Angry Outlander Fan.” Kill yourself.
It’s a sad day when a movie featuring Vikings battling a giant, monstrous alien with the help of a spaceman doesn’t see a theatrical release. Do you know what P.T. Barnum could have done with this premise? Slashfilm planned on seeing Outlander on the big screen. Sober. We liked the trailers. We were stoked on what little buzz there was, including a super passionate plea to Ye Gods over at AICN. It wasn’t a friggin’ remake or a Vin Diesel movie or AVP-R, just an ever-rare shot at original genre fare. And based partially on their dedicated work, writer-director Howard McCain and fellow screenwriter Dirk Blackman were recently hired to rewrite Lionsgate’s $100 mill Conan reboot.
If Outlander sucked, we were confident the post-screening laughs and riffage would have made it worthwhile, even more so than Death Race (pretty funny remake, that one). But the fact remains: we could say we were effing there. It would have been a lifetime bond or a primo /Filmcast. Alas, Dread Central has discovered a DVD listing on Amazon via Movies Unlimited for November 18th. Conclusion: it’s been dumped.
There’s no word from TWC on the matter, but the film’s been without a release date for eons. I really hope the studio’s justification isn’t, “Well, Viking movies don’t play” complete with a box office scientist pointing smugly to Pathfinder and The 13th Warrior. Is this the point we’ve reached for genre movies? “Pirates don’t play,” “Vikings don’t play,” cannibals and on down the line?” Knowing TWC, there won’t be any justification. If they treated kids like movies, their basement would have been on the nightly news some time ago.
via Dark Horizons
Rumblings of a new Conan movie have been ongoing for two years now, and today Lionsgate announced a fresh pair of screenwriters for its $100 million, R-rated tent pole. Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain will rework the former script. The duo previously wrote Outlander, the vikings-versus-alien movie currently growing moss over at The Weinstein Co. In recent months, Outlander has earned a fair number of supporters, Slashfilm included. AICN even wrote a letter to Harvey Weinstein praising the film and pleading for a wide release. From our standpoint, their involvement in this franchise has potential. Here’s what producer Fredrick Malmberg told the trades…
“We all want this movie to go into production as soon as possible,” Malmberg said. “It’s a fast-tracked movie. Lionsgate felt the process was enhanced by having a second team come in and do a script.”
The prior screenwriting team he’s referring to? Back in January we reported that Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, The Sound of Thunder) were hired as Conan scribes.
Malmberg makes the requisite comparison to The Dark Knight, calling the barbarian a “dark hero” and a “badass,” and stating the importance of keeping faithful to the source material. No director is attached. In the past, Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie and Neil Marshall have been mentioned for the job.
Discuss: How do you feel about the writers of Outlander for a $100 million, R-rated Conan movie?
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