SF Australia TV and Movie News Wrap - February 6, 2013
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Disney Confirms 'Star Wars' Spin-off Movies
Potentially great news for Star Wars fans: the upcoming Episode VII, directed by JJ Abrams, is just the beginning. Turns out, Disney are planning at least two spin-off franchise films to appear in between the core episodes.
Here's the statement from Disney CEO Bob Iger:
I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films, Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too.
According to AICN, “The first Stand Alone film is going to center upon YODA. At this stage specifics are sparse, but Kathleen Kennedy is putting together a STAR WARS slate.” Sounds intruging!
Weta New Zealand Rebooting 'Thunderbirds':
File this under "Uh, really?": UK's ITV, in collaboration with Weta Digital, Peter Jackson's famed effects and production facility has revealed plans to reboot the classic puppet-based Thunderbirds franchise. According to the announcement, the series (which debuted back in 1965) will be reborn in 2015. Check out the full release:
ITV Studios and New Zealand based Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with world-famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) are to co-produce Thunderbirds are Go! (working title) a 26 x 30’ major new children’s series set to debut on ITV and UK’s CITV Channel in 2015.
This re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic series will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. Showcasing Pukeko Pictures’ and Weta Workshop’s ground-breaking creative and technical excellence, it will deliver a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience, whilst also affectionately paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series.
Featuring the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds are Go! will blast the five brave Tracy brothers back on to television screens piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.
Thunderbirds are Go! will be executive produced by Estelle Hughes for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures. The series head writer is Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans, Ben 10, Slugterra.)
First 'Under The Dome' Teaser Appears:
Stephen King's outstanding novel, 'Under The Dome' is on the way - and now fans have had their first glimpse of the upcoming 13 episode TV series. The series is due on June 24 on CBS in the US. Check out the premiere teaser, which aired during this week's Superbowl:
Here's a handy plot synopsis too:
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.
'Hitman' Getting a Second "Shot":
One for the gamer fans out there: The 'Hitman' game franchise had a somewhat lousy 2007 film directed by Xavier Gens with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role. A sequel has now been announced, which will be directed by Aleksander Bach, a commercial director making his feature debut. Aleks actually wrote the first film in the series, so he's pretty familiar with the assassination franchise.
Agent 47 will be written by Mike Finch and Skip Woods. No other details have been announced - but fingers are crossed this one's better than the first movie.
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