Pic of the Week by Funnyjunk.comNow that's a movie I'd like to see. The Nav'i are in outer space because they're too scared to be on the same planet as Chuck Norris. On with the news.
- I was excited about The-Network-Formerly-Known-as-SciFi's Battlestar Galactica spin-off, Caprica, until producer Ronald Moore said, "It's setting out to tell a very different story... It's planet-based, instead of space-based, it's not action-adventure, it's much more centered on two families than a military environment. We wanted it to be much more about contemporary society and problems that are coming up on a social front as well as a technological front." So, apparently, it's a science-fiction version of The Gilmore Girls. [about.com]
- While the producer of Repo! The Genetic Opera is naturally upset about the new Jude Law movie Repo Men, which both feature a future where organ transplants are repossessed when the owners can't pay, I think he just needs to keep it in perspective. It's an original idea with great potential, but did they really think it would hit the big time as a funky rock opera with Paris Hilton? Do what Robert S. Fiveson, who had his 1979 film Parts: the Clonus Horror ripped off by Michael Bay for The Island, did and sue the studio. Otherwise, quit whining. [io9]
- OVER\UNDER: The lawsuit by Marvel against four of Jack Kirby's progeny, who are trying to cancel copyrights to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and other Marvel characters, will be settled in two years.
- The downgrading of NBC's Day One, about a group of apartment neighbors surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, from a prime-time series to a TV movie shows that network television doesn't have the guts for science-fiction anymore. In two seasons, serialized science-fiction shows will be extinct on network television. [io9]
TOSS-UP: Who would you rather share a post-apocalyptic apartment with: Will Smith or Denzel Washington?
- Even though directors like Michael Bay insist that 3-D is a fad, the success of Avatar in 3-D will convince studios to pressure directors to, at least, consider filming big-budget movies in three dimensions. [/Film]