SF TV and Movie News Wrap – January 16
Hold onto your butts—it’s time for an SF News Wrap! Get all the biggest news headlines of the past week in one handy place, courtesy of your pals at SF Australia.
‘Avengers 2’ hype begins
Avengers 2 is on the way, and director Joss Whedon (of Buffy and Firefly fame), has assuaged fans’ concerns over any kind of “more of the same” approach. Joss has claimed that the secret to making a great sequel is to go “deeper”, rather than bigger. So expect more rich character development and snarky dialogue from this hotly anticipated sequel.
Check out the above video for a cool glimpse of how the original Avengers came together.
Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ gets dated
Niels Arden Oplev (Director of the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) are teaming up to adapt horror author Stephen King’s outstanding sci-fi novel, Under The Dome into a miniseries. The series will kick off June 24 on CBS in the US. The story revolves around a mysterious dome that suddenly appears around a small American town, cutting it off from the rest of society.
Disney Announces ‘Disney Infinity’
When you own everything from Star Wars and Pixar to Indiana Jones and the entire Magic Kingdom, you’d want to take advantage of that too. Disney today announced ‘Disney Infinity’ – a blend of collectable interactive figurines and videogames. Like Activision’s ‘Skylanders’ success story, Disney Infinity offers a line of 40 collectable figurines that work with an interactive ‘base’ and link to a game being developed by Avalanche Software. At this stage, no consoles have been announced but the first round of figurines is due later in 2013.
‘Jurassic Park 4’ coming June 2014
The first movie ruled. The second movie doubled the number of T-Rexes and halved the coherence of the story. The third one? Well, at least they brought Alan Grant back, right? Now the long-rumoured fourth Jurassic Park film officially has a release date: June 14, 2014. Steven Spielberg is set to produce, but no word yet on the director and only loose rumours of casting too. That’s not far off, given production isn’t underway yet!
Homer’s Odyssey becomes a Warner Bros. sci-fi epic
It’s true – the classic Greek tale is being reworked into a massive space epic, courtesy of Warner Bros. Not unlike the 1980s Japanese cartoon, ‘Ulysses 31’, the new twist is designed to go head-to-head with James Cameron’s next Avatar films. Very few details are available, but we know the screenplay is being reworked by James DiLapo of ‘Devils at Play’ fame, and ‘Harry Potter’ film producer David Heyman.
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