Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, July 28, 2008
Most sites choose to write up six-hundred words on the announcement that so-and-so has joined the latest Saw movie. Bollocks to that. Here’s the news in a nutshell. It might not be the freshest, but honestly, did not knowing this stuff six hours ago negatively impact your well being? That’s what we thought. Enjoy.
Capeshooters. See at what point you walk away from this story. It’s based on a comic book. It will be produced by Bryan Singer, who will not be doing anything but producing. It’s about two guys who decide to become spandex paparazzi, taking pics of superheroes and then find themselves in a bit of a fix when they get pics showing a big time hero is really a big time villain. And…the comic is coming from Rob Liefeld. Yup, that last one’s the one that did it, isn’t it? At least now we have the CGI technology necessary to make everybody’s feet look like Liefeld drew them. Source: Variety.
Cartoon Network is working on three comic book projects. Firebreather, from Phil Hester and Image, and Mice Templar, from Mike Avon Oeming and Bryan Glass and Image, are going to be animated. Vanishers, from Chuck Dixon and IDW, will be live action. I still don’t get the whole Cartoon Network doing live action, but hello, I remember when A&E used to actually be about Arts & Entertainment. That’s how far back I go. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Joss Whedon decided to switch around Dollhouse, making the pilot the second episode and now reshooting a new pilot because the old pilot just wasn’t working. Best remark of the week: “I showed some scenes to David Lynch and he’s all, ‘Whuh?’ Bad sign,” said Whedon. Bad sign for the audience but good sign because that makes you the fifth person to ever have confused David Lynch. Two are dead and one is stark raving bonkers. The other is a waiter in a Perkins restaurant. Best not to ask. Source: Variety.
First trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shows up Tuesday. I’m sure you’ll see it on www.harrypotter.com, even though that still redirects as of this evening to the Order of the Phoenix page. MuggleNet thinks it’ll be attached to Mummy 3 which makes sense.
John Boorman apparently had his eye on his project about the emperor Hadrian. The project is, oddly enough, entitled Hadrian. Handmade Films is fully funding the thing for $50M-$60M. Plan is to start production in the spring. Source: Variety.
Horton Hears a Who is coming out on two-disc special edition DVD and Blu-Ray on December 9th. I’ll let you know when it’s available for pre-order.
Colin Morgan from Doctor Who is set to play Merlin which hits BBC1 in September and then NBC this winter in thirteen parts. Sounds like Camelot Origins: Merlin. John Hurt is the voice of the Great Dragon, Anthony Head is Uther Pendragon, Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) is Gaius the court physician, Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman) is sorceress Nimueh, and Santiago Cabrera (Heroes) is Lancelot. Series is currently in production. Source: Variety.
Robot Chicken is doing Star Wars again. Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II will air on November 16th. I have a sneaking suspicion I will enjoy it much more than its namesake. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart may team up for a production of Waiting for Godot in order to bail out the Theater Royal Haymarket, which is currently struggling. I think I’d be up for watching that. Apparently the most effective way of dealing with a struggling budget–effective, but certainly not simple: namely pulling a John Doyle and making your actors and orchestra the same–has been taken up by Craig Revel Horwood, who just did that with Sunset Boulevard. The reviewer at Variety um…didn’t seem to think it worked very well. To put it kindly. Source: Variety.
This breaking news just in: Whales fart. However, dolphins only poot. Found via Neatorama.