While most people would agree Scott Stewart‘s 2010 film Legion isn’t exactly a masterful piece of cinema, the film’s idea is rock solid. God has decided to smite humanity and sends his legions of angels down upon us. It’s then up to a rogue angel to help a group of strangers make their last stand. The film doesn’t quite live up to that cool log line but maybe, when it’s adapted to TV, it will. Stewart is now developing the film into a TV series on SyFy.

In other TV news the Bryan Singer/Bryan Fuller produced Munsters pilot, Mockingbird Lane, has been delayed so improvements could be made. Read more about both stories after the jump. Read More »

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Whether you’re a new parent or a singleton, whether you’re into video games, drugs, cable news, there’s a little something for everyone in this rather random edition of TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan admits has no idea how his AMC series will end
  • SyFy taps Legion helmer Scott Stewart to direct video game-related series Defiance
  • Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama, formerly known as More As This Story Develops, may have a new title
  • ABC’s Up All Night and Fox’s New Girl land guest stars from 30 Rock and True Blood, respectively

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After some dithering among several pretty young blond boy actors, Screen Gems and director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) have chosen Jamie Campbell Bower to play Jace Wayland in the adaptation of City of Bones, Cassandra Clare‘s first The Mortal Instruments novel. Alex Pettyfer was once in the running but bowed out. Jaime Campbell Bower almost certainly has to be a better choice, anyway, though I haven’t seen enough of his work to say that with certainty. (He had small parts in New Moon and Sweeney Todd, played Arthur in Camelot, and will be in Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Anonymous.)

The book starts off like so: When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped.

Lily Collins, playing Clary, might be the determining factor with respect to the shoot schedule, as she is also set to be the lead in Tarsem’s Snow White film. That one has to shoot very soon, since it is set for a March 2012 release. So The Mortal Instruments will likely shoot later this summer or in early fall. [Deadline]

After the break, one more for American Reunion, and another Twilighter, Jackson Rathbone, is cast in a legal drama. Read More »

‘Priest’ Trailer #3

When discussing the movies set for release this summer, one that’s been largely overlooked – especially being as it’s a comic book adaptation – is Priest. Directed by Scott Stewart, the film stars Paul Bettany as a warrior priest who must break his beliefs to help save his niece from a pack of vampires. He’ll take the ride along with Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban and Lily Collins.

This latest trailer is actually shorter than both the previous theatrical trailer and teaser trailer, but is way more action and effects heavy. Priest will be released in 3D on May 13. Check it out the final trailer after the jump. Read More »

If you found the first few glimpses of Scott Stewart‘s Priest to be confusing — and I wouldn’t blame you, that last trailer was pretty “huh?”-worthy — here’s something that might help. Animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory) has created a three-minute animated prequel to the film that explains some of the setup and gives a taste of what kind of tone we can expect from the movie. Watch it after the jump.

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‘Priest’ Trailer #2

We’ve seen one trailer for Scott Stewart‘s Priest, which adapts the Korean comic of the same name and reunites the director with his Legion star Paul Bettany. The film was once delayed a bit and was post-converted to 3D, but will hit theaters on May 13. Now there’s a second trailer that uses a lot of the same elements as the first, but manages to make the story seem a lot more messy and incomprehensible. Read More »

Last week there was word that Pierre Morel, the director of District 13, Taken, and From Paris with Love, had been named as “a lead candidate” to helm Universal’s Ouija, based on the Hasbro board game. Now two more filmmakers have entered the mix: Sylvain White, director of Stomp the Yard, The Losers and the DTV effort I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scott Stewart, director of Legion and the upcoming Priest. Read More »

Movie Trailer Redux: Priest

We’ve presented the trailer for Scott Stewart and Paul Bettany‘s Priest, their follow-up to Legion, once before. But that was a not-quite-official trailer release that was soon pulled. Now Sony has really released the clip, and you can check it out to see just how WTF this particular genre exercise really looks. Think of a midpoint between Underworld and Judge Dredd and you’ll probably have the right tone in mind. Read More »

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