RBack in the ’90s, James Cameron optioned the rights to do a film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga Battle Angel Alita, and now he’s finally managed to produce that adaptation – though he had to hand off directing duties to Robert Rodriguez. So, how well did this passion project turn out?
Due out in 2016 for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, would-be-first-time director (and multiple time screenwriter) Robert Orci is apparently off the project. In his own words: “Yeah guys, it’s true, I was blown out because the studio said the script sucked.”
There you have it.
With regard to the leaked plot summery: “No time travel was ever considered, fyi.” Of course, this is the same guy that insisted there was no Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, so take it with a grain of salt.
He also stated that this does not jeopardize the 2016 release date. I imagine Paramount/CBS is counting on this film to be the centerpiece of a year-long Star Trek nostalgia-fest.
As I approach getting caught up, we come to my review of The Quantum Thief, one of the best SF novels of 2010 not to win any awards – and also one of the best Trans-humanist Post-Scarcity Heist Novels of all time. I also give my thoughts on the movie The Avengers. Continue reading →
We’re into week two of a three week “dry” spell. There are a couple of worthy titles, but the heavy hitters wait out the first half of July when everyone’s watching their movies on the big screen.
Tor.com is reporting that the rules for IGN’s contest to promote the science fiction film Section 9, about extra-terrestrials in Johannesburg, South Africa being denied rights and being declared “not human,” explicitly exclude women from participating.
The contest, which gets the winner a trip to the San Diego Comic Con, and would also entail that he participate in promotion of the film, says in its rules “This sweepstakes is open only to males who are both legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C. and who are at least between 18-24 years of age as of July 23, 2009…” (Emphasis is mine.) IGN has said that the rules for the contest were passed on to them by Colombia Tri-Star, which is releasing the film. Continue reading →
CNN is reporting that actor David Carradine was found dead in his Bankok hotel room.
Carradine had performed in over 100 feature films, including the cult classics Death Race 2000, The Silent Flute, and the Kill Bill duology. He was 72 years old.