And we’re back, trying to keep you as up to date as you need to be on the machinations of the mad gods of pop culture. Enjoy.
Proof that zombies go well with everything, we’re finally getting our first Star Wars zombies book: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. Would you like to hear the premise? No, you wouldn’t. Because Star Wars and zombies together is really all you give a damn about. And rightly so. There were undead Stormtroopers at ComicCon, apparently, in support of the book. Which somehow is less impressive if you consider the prequels to be within continuity and they’re just the same cloned guy but undead. But since nobody in their right mind actually accepts the prequels as being in continuity, I think the idea retains some coolness. Source.
David Mamet is scribing, and will co-produce and helm a new version of The Diary of Anne Frank, which has been done a few times before–most recently last year by the BBC, it seems. “The film will be an amalgamation of the famed diary; the stage adaptation by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich; and Mamet’s own original take on the material that could reframe the story as a young girl’s rite of passage.” Interestingly, having written a crapload of plays before, Mamet is directing on Broadway for the first time when his new play, Race, opens in December. Source.
Fraggle Rock fans, headsup: the Henson Company has entered into an agreement with Lionsgate to distribute Henson’s stuff. The first two out of the starting gate are Season 4 of Fraggle Rock and also the Merry Fraggle Holiday, both hitting in November. No pre-order yet, but I’ll try to keep you posted.
So here’s the trailer for Lawman, coming next spring, in which we might finally get some Deadwood closure. We can only hope. Update: It’s been taken down…
Lego the movie? Apparently so…it’s described as an action adventure set in a Lego world. One of the producers is also doing the upcoming Tom & Jerry live-action trainwreck. This adds to the list of toys becoming movies, furthering the Law of Relative Development…that list includes the aforementioned Candyland, Hot Wheels, Max Steel, Battleship, Monopoly and Ouija, now you can add Stretch Armstrong and View-Master to the list. Yes, View-Master. But hey, cheer up–they haven’t announced this movie yet. Source.
Fans of Pepsi Throwback, take heart…Pepsi will be bringing back Throwback on December 28th for an eight week limited run. “Same formula, but cooler vintage look!” they crow on their Facebook page. Jesus, look, if it’s that successful, just offer it permanently already. I don’t think anyone gives a damn about the the “cooler look.”
Priest, based on the comic from TokyoPop, will star Paul Bettany and now Maggie Q as well. It’s “…set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who teams with a sheriff (Gigandet) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Q…will play a priestess — a vampire hunter as tough as the priests — who also joins Bettany.” If this one goes over, can somebody go back and remake Vampire$ properly? Please? (Damn, I really need to update this.) Source.
Walking Dead coming to television? Fantastic! Coming to AMC? Really? They’re working on a deal with Frank Darabont to scribe and helm a series based on the comic, which is a helluva lot better than it turning into a feature film. But will AMC allow for the graphic nature of the comic to make it to the screen? Those who have been following the comic for a while know that it is brutal, vicious and edge of your seat reading. You would need a Showtime or something to pull that off…so this should be interesting. Source.
Hank Williams is getting a biopic and doing so with the cooperation of his estate, giving the production access to his recordings. For source material, they’ve snagged the rights to Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott and Marc Abraham (director of Flash of Genius) is scribing. This is being done by 821, a company “with the intention of producing and financing Southern-flavored films with mainstream appeal.” Interestingly enough, they’ve also got on tap a trilogy of films based on Roy Rogers and they have the rights to Grisham’s The Testament. Source.