‘Stargate: Origins’ Wraps Production

Production has wrapped on Stargate: Origins, the 10-episode web-only series that will serve as a prequel to the 1994 movie, the three live-action TV series, two direct-to-video movies and several comic book series. (We do not speak of the non-canon, short-lived animated series. Or the five non-canon novels.)

The new show focuses on Catherine Langford (Ellie Gall), whose father, Professor Langford (Connor Trineer, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE; STARGATE: ATLANTIS) uncovers the stargate in Egypt in 1928. However, no one understands what it is. Presumably this series will explain how Catherine gets the idea that the giant metal ring is supposed to do something.


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First Photos From STARGATE: ORIGINS

STARGATE: ORIGINS is still some months away from its debut, but the first official set photos have been released, and Nerdist has shared the exclusive images with fans.

The 10-episode digital-only series will be a prequel to the 1994 theatrical film, the three TV series and handful of direct-to-DVD movies. Ellie Gall stars as Catherine Langford, the daughter of Professor Langford, played by Connor Trinneer (STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE). They are joined by new characters Beal (Philp Alexander) and Wasif (Shvan Aladdin). Also seen in the photos is series director Mercedes Bryce Morgan.

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Online FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Story To Debut Oct. 4

flyingdeadRemember that online serial about the airliner that was planned to meld with the second season of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD? Well, it now has a name and a premiere date.

“Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” will premiere on AMC.com on Oct. 4 with the first of 16 one-minute episodes. The short chapters will air on the cable channel during commercial breaks in THE WALKING DEAD beginning with the Oct. 11 sixth-season premiere. Each new “Flight 462” installment ill debut every Sunday before that night’s TWD.

“Flight 462” will feature several new characters aboard an airliner facing an outbreak of walkers. It is assumed the plane is headed for Los Angeles, because one of the web series’ stars will join the cast of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD for its second season.

I hope this new character turns out to be interesting and not weighed down with fake family drama; FTWD already has way too much B.S. getting in the way of telling an interesting story.

THE WALKING DEAD’s Oct. 11 premiere will be a 90-minute episode.

 

 

‘Dredd’ Gets a Sequel Series — Online (and for Free)

darkjudgesThe 2012 box-office misfire (but fan-adored) Dredd is a getting a sequel this fall — but probably not the one you expected.

Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar has just revealed that he spent the past two years secretly creating an online spin-off miniseries centering on Judge Dredd’s worst enemies, the Dark Judges: Death, Fire, Fear and Mortis. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Dark Judges hail from a parallel universe and believe life itself is a criminal offense!
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More Online DOCTOR WHO Is on the Way!

PondLifeExecutive producer Steven Moffat promises that there will be more online DOCTOR WHO content in the vein of The Night of the Doctor because he’s taking the new venue more seriously — and the BBC is giving him serious money to do it!

The Grand Moff credits Pond Life (the domestic adventures of Amy and Rory) with opening his eyes to the possibilities of online storytelling:

You suddenly realize something like Pond Life, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over 6 million. You think, ‘Oh, wait, that’s a TV show!’ That’s just a TV show, and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show.
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HEROES REBORN Won’t Save the Cheerleader

claireCreator Tim Kring is planning to bring back HEROES as a 13-episode series called HEROES REBORN, and it appears that at least one star of the original NBC run will not be returning: Hayden Panetteriere as unkillable cheerleader Claire Bennet.

Hayden told Cosmopolitan:

“Well, it was a shock to me, and, in fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.”

“I think it’s a whole new set of characters. Who knows? It’s a little bit of an interesting feeling because you go, ‘That was our show, our home, our family,’ something that we had a major part in creating as well, and, I mean, I hope that they don’t have somebody else playing our characters, that would be a little dagger in the heart. But, you never know. I wish them success in it, for sure.”

Hayden, of course, currently stars in the ABC series NASHVILLE.

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Amazon Brings Whit Stillman into the Fold

stillmanIndie filmmaker Whit Stillman has written and will direct and executive-produce an original comedy series called Cosmopolitan exclusively for Amazon Studios that follows the experiences of a group of young expatriates living in Paris, according to Deadline.com.

This is great news to me, as I am a big fan of Stillman and his oeuvre, beginning with his first feature, Metropolitan, and on through Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco — what has become known as his “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series.” He usually focuses on upper-crust youths and his dialogue is very involved and intellectual — even when the topic under discussion is more puerile. He directs actors to very… mannered (almost stiff) performances that might remind one of Wes Anderson.

Cosmopolitan sounds perfect for Stillman; like a cross between Metropolitan and Barcelona. I highly recommend both of those films, as well as Disco, and advise you watch them in order of release — Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994) and The Last Days of Disco (1998) — because characters from the earlier movies cameo in Disco.