Apr 1, 2009

Nerdy News

In this edition of Nerdy News: a wannabe vampire slayer gets her own movie, J.J. Abrams is traveling at warp speed and Daniel Craig is the mysterious key to the Clash of the Titans remake. 

Cable station IFC is adapting Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake to the small screen for it's first stab at a made-for-tv film says Variety. Based on the erotic fantasy novels, the project will actually be billed under the book's Marvel comic adaptation title, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter. Lionsgate and After Dark Films will be co-developers and the script has already been written by Glen Morgan (X-Files, Final Destination). Production begins this summer and The Hollywood Reporter says, "IFC is targeting the movie to its core base of men 18-34 and plans to air it next year." 

Huh. Really? Men 18-34? That makes absolutely no sense to me. I had no knowledge of the book series when I picked up the first issue of the comic way back when. Chick fighting vampires, it was already a hit in my mind. I think I managed to read three issues (the third bought by mistake) before I stopped. It was absolutely atrocious and I wanted to jab my eyes out with forks every time there was another shirtless vampire. It made more sense once I found out the "erotic fantasy novel" part but I still wondered if this was what "girl comics" were supposed to be. I wanted no part of them.

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Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams announced they're moving forward with a sequel to the new Star Trek film. Ease off the thrusters there pal, your movie hasn't even been released yet.

Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have been hired to write the screenplay which they're aiming to have done by Christmas. Variety reports, "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet," said Lindelof, "But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."

It really does take guts to begin work on a sequel when you don't even know how the public will perceive your first film. Variety says Kurtzman and the others will wait before writing too much, "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."

It certainly is ambitious but I'm of the mind they might be jinxing themselves big time. I can see Lindelof at a convention down the road answering questions about the amazing story he had planned for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Locke, that never got made.

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What do Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos all have in common? They've all just been cast in the Clash of the Titans remake and they've all starred next to Daniel Craig in other films.

Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villain in Casino Royale, will play Draco. Gemma Arterton appeared in the more recent Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, and has been cast as Io. The World War II drama Defiance is where Alexa Davalos starred with Craig and will be playing the captured Andromeda.

The newcomers join Sam Worthington, who was the first to be announced, starring as Perseus in the remake of the Ray Harryhausen classic. The Incredible Hulk's Louis Leterrier will be directing. All I know is there better be a clockwork Bubo and not some CGI crap.

7 comments:

Tracey Sheets said...

Hi, I read your post about the Anita Blake series. I am sorry to hear that your first exposure to Laurell K. Hamilton's work was the comic. I am a huge fan of the books and her writing style just has a wonderful flow to me. I would be willing to buy the first novel in the series and mail it to you.
If a tv series is made I strongly disagree about the target audience. I think more women read these books. Anita is a very strong female character and the first few books in the series are okay. By the 5 or 6th book the author has really hit her stride. A few books later on she started adding more sex to the comics and her books became bigger money makers and I am one of the fans that wishes she would get back to the durn story. I still love her work and she has another series about a faerie princess and the last book in that series was awesome and had less sex in it and I hope that Hamilton has gotten back in touch with her muse.
I am a new subscriber to your site and I am enjoying it a great deal. I wish you would give this author another try. She's a super deluxe version of Buffy the vampire Slayer to me. I also think the comic books are a little more sexually charged due to the success her novels have received once the sex amped up.
I have been reading comic books since I was a little girl and some of my favorite characters are Jean Grey of the X-men and Red Sonya ( I am not that crazy about the current incarnation but I am a fan of the Frank Thorne issues from the seventies).
thank you for listening to my rant and thank you for your web site.

nilskidoo said...

Amen on the clockword owl. I still have a t-shirt with its image from back when I was in pre-school.

Stacy said...

Remake Clash Of The Titans? Why? The original is awesome beyond the ability of mere words to convey. To even concieve of such a thing is to tempt fate. Let the countdown to the Nerd Riots of 2011 begin. . .

Stac

The Nerdy Bird said...

Wow Tracey, I never expected such a response. I wouldn't feel right about you buying me a copy but since you feel so strongly, if one ever comes my way I'll give it a shot. Glad you're here though, welcome.

T-shirt! Aww!

I know Stacy, the original just had it's own flare I'm assuming the new one is going to be very serious. Don't know if that will be good or not.

mandyannemurray said...

I was just in a book store yesterday, pondering an Anita Blake graphic novel. Now I know I made the right choice to go with another issue of Fables. ;)

Kelly said...

Buffy Summers will always be my vampire slayer. I know that it probably makes me very closed minded. However, I can't realistically count the number of times I have been excited about a potential (no pun intended) strong supernatural ass-kicking female character and been disappointed. Aside from the "erotic fiction" side of the comics that is a bit more extreme, would you say they kind of follow the same kind of mythology that Joss does? I am really picky about my vampire lore.

The Nerdy Bird said...

"I can't realistically count the number of times I have been excited about a potential (no pun intended) strong supernatural ass-kicking female character and been disappointed."

I feel exactly the same way.