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AMC has officially issued a pilot order for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s planned TV series adaptation of the acclaimed comic “Preacher”.
Sam Catlin is penning the adaptation and will serve as showrunner on the show which is being produced by Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios. Rogen and Goldberg will executive produce.
The story follows a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon.
Given immense powers, the preacher teams with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and sets out on a journey across America to find God — who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven — and hold him accountable for his negligence.
There had been talk of a straight-to-series order but at present it is just a pilot. The pilot will be produced next summer for series consideration in 2016
ACE Chemicals Part 1: Infiltration the first of three new gameplay videos from Batman™: Arkham Knight. All feature Batman learning about his new foe— the Arkham Knight—as he enters ACE Chemicals. The video highlights new game features including the new “Fear Takedown” maneuver, as well as the seamless integration of the Batmobile into gameplay and Combat Mode.
Watch as Batman takes on Arkham Knight’s henchmen to rescue the remaining ACE Chemicals plant workers and stop Arkham Knight from executing The Scarecrow’s plans.
Head to www.batmanarkhamknight.com on Dec 1 at 9am EST to see the next installment of this trilogy first.
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Another top Warner Bros. TV producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is taking on a DC Entertainment property for a high-profile drama project that has landed a pilot production commitment at Fox. Global Frequency is based on the graphic novel created by Warren Ellis, from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The adaptation will be penned by respected sci-fi writer, Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O’Bannon. Continue reading
Gotham iconic character update: Showrunner Bruno Heller reveals that fans can expect a “prenatal Robin” on the Fox drama series, while rumors of Harley Quinn making an appearance this season are unfounded.
“We’re going to do a prenatal origin story for Robin down the line,” Heller tells EW.
Since Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is still a young teenager on the series, his youthful eventual partner Robin hasn’t even been born yet. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to tell a story that touches on his character. “There are no MRIs involved,” Heller assures. “There’s an episode coming up where we learn how Robin’s parents got together.” Continue reading
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt is reportedly attached to topline the film adaptation of A.J. Lieberman’s graphic novel “Cowboy Ninja Viking” at Universal Pictures reports Collider.
The story revolves around an assassin with dissociative identity disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and works for a secret government program. He escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese “Zombieland” penned an earlier adaptation of the material which Disney rejected for being “too edgy”. Universal picked it up out of turnaround and attached Marc Forster to direct. Forster is no longer attached and no new helmer is yet set.
The most recent script draft indicates that when the character switches personalities, he will physically manifest onscreen as three different people. To other characters in the film though, he still just looks like Pratt’s character. Mark Gordon is producing.
U.S. premium cable network Starz has given the greenlight to “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” a TV series follow-up to the original three Sam Raimi-directed “Evil Dead” movies.
Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell will return for the series which will consist of ten half-hour episodes and will debut next year.
Campbell reprises his role of Ash, the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last three decades avoiding responsibility and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, he is finally forced to face his demons – both the personal and the literal.
Raimi will direct the pilot, which he will co-write with his brother Ivan along with Tom Spezialy “Chuck,” “Reaper”. Sam Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will executive produce, Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce, and Aaron Lam will produce.
Raimi and Tapert had great success with Starz in the past, helping the network branch out into original programming with the highly successful “Spartacus” TV series. Another upside is that Starz has no problem showcasing a bunch of nudity and creative gore, with the latter a key part of the franchise’s appeal.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” will join Starz’s current line-up for 2015 which includes the likes of “Outlander,” “Black Sails,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and “Power”.
“The Crow” creator James O’Barr has given an in-depth interview with Korsgaards Commentary where the topic of the upcoming cinematic reboot of the property came up. O’Barr is a consultant on the project which is aiming to be more loyal to the comics than other recent screen interpretations:
“[W]e’re not remaking the movie. We’re readapting the book. My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi ‘Dracula’ and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola ‘Dracula’. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films.
This one’s going to be closer to ‘Taxi Driver’ or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them. Part of the appeal of ‘The Crow’ comics, after all, is that they can tell very different stories.
If you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film.
Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven… [N]o one understands that fear more than me. Brandon Lee was a friend and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy.”
O’Barr has seen Evans’ look for the film and likes it, and says the studio understands they can’t mess this up:
“I think the studio understands that if they want a ‘Crow’ ‘franchise’, they have to get it right. We’re hoping to begin production later this month, and start shooting in the spring.”
O’Barr also says he has control over the film’s soundtrack which will include some Joy Division and Cure songs, along with current neo-goth bands. F. Javier Gutierrez is helming the project.
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes returned to the spotlight this week with the brand new teaser trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and once again obliterated records.
In just 24 hours, the first Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer racked up an astonishing 34.3 million global views, smashing the previous record by over 20 million views in the same time period. What film held the previous record? Why, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” of course. Only Tony Stark can outdo Tony Stark.
But, to be honest, we couldn’t do it without you. Marvel fans around the globe helped drive this unprecedented level of excitement and exuberance for the film, slated to hit theaters May 1, 2015. So a hearty thanks from the House of Ideas.
And because we believe that the best way to say thanks is to give you more, we’re delivering new Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” action to your TV sets, two weeks in a row! Tune in to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” this Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC to see an exclusive piece from Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Then, on Tuesday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, tune into “Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!” for another taste of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”–and much more!