Tasmanian Devils, a SyFy Original Film that premieres January 19, features Winnie Cooper burning huge monsters with a flamethrower. If that’s not enough to set your DVR, it’s the debut film of Zach Lipovsky, the special effects master from the Steven Spielberg TV show On The Lot and co-stars Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper fromĀ The Wonder Years) along with Olympic Gold MedalistĀ Apolo Ohno and character actors from 24, Battlestar Galactica and more. And if that’s still not enough, well, maybe this wacky tale of blood, gore, base jumping and tasmanian devils isn’t for you. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Briefly: It’s a good week for the much-maligned Kevin Costner action film Waterworld, which was a famous flop when released in 1995. This morning we saw the trailer for The Baytown Outlaws, in which the best line is probably the Waterworld joke. And now, from Forbes, comes the news that Syfy is thinking of making a sequel to the film, either as a standalone TV movie, or even a series.

Why? Because whenever Syfy shows Waterworld, it does really well. So, whether because of genuine appeal or the ironic attention given to a famous dud, the movie has a real fan base, and Syfy wants to exploit it. (Personally, I like the movie. It’s goofy, but fun, and next to The Postman looks like genius.) And, thanks to the deal with Universal that saw the creation of Syfy Films, the company has access to Waterworld and a reason to make a movie. Ironically, Syfy president Dave Howe tells Forbes that his company wants to make modestly-budgeted, story-driven films — not exactly the sort of movie for which Waterworld is a poster child. But if the company can turn the setting and story framework into a good story, more power to them.

Universal and the SyFy Channel have partnered on a feature film venture called Syfy Films, and the company has just picked up rights to the long-running superhero anthology Wild Cards.

Superhero developments are a dime a dozen these days, but this one might have a better chance than most, because it bears the name of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. The recent publication of the latest book in Martin’s fantasy epic, combined with the fandom for HBO’s series based on the novels, means Martin’s popularity is at an all-time high. So the purchase of Wild Cards was probably inevitable. But the series is truly epic, with many characters whose histories span a quarter-century. So what happens next? Read More »

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