Archive for August, 2012


Though the Syfy channel isn’t currently much of an actual “science fiction” channel (cough cough wrestling cough cough), they seem to be trying to change in the next few years.  Defiance premiers early next year, they recently ordered 2 new pilots (Proof and High Moon), are deciding on whether to order a space-opera pilot (Defender) from Andromeda developer Robert Hewitt Wolfe and just ordered another script for a potential Firefly-esque series (Clandestine).  Well yesterday, we got more news as they ordered a script for a Blake’s 7 reboot that has being floating around the past few weeks.  They deal works that if they like the script, they will order a 13 episode first season!  It will be written by Joe Pokaski of Heroes and directed by Casino Royale director Martin Campbell.

Blake’s 7  ran on the BBC back in 1978 and was a cult hit among sci-fi fans.  It was about “a group of convicts and outcasts [fighting] a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.”  It was famous for showing real characters and moral ambiguity in a bleak world.  If Syfy can make this remake even half as good as they made their remake of Battlestar Galactica, another old cult sci-fi show, then I think this is great news!  If you haven’t yet seen their reimagined Battlestar Galactica, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Will you give this show a chance if it makes it to series?  I know many are boycotting Syfy for cancelling their favourite shows (Eureka, SGU etc.) but they seem to be trying to change their image and boycotting them only means these new exciting shows will fail and you will be stuck with wrestling forever.

-Tom

Marvel recently confirmed the release dates for the following films:

  • Iron Man 3- May 3, 2013
  • Thor: The Dark World- Nov. 8, 2013
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
  • Avengers 2 – May 1st, 2015

Not much information on them yet as they are all pretty far off but its good to mark down in your calender! 🙂  I’m especially excited for the Guardians of The Galaxy film not only because the plot sounds very similar to Farscape (“about a US pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants“) but also because it will most likely introduce the villain Thanos who was seen in the after credits scene in The Avengers!

Cool cool cool!

-Tom

While we wait patiently for a new Star Trek series to be made (hopefully after JJ Abrams next Trek movie comes out next year), Star Trek fans have brought it upon themselves to return to the universe with Star Trek Secret Voyage, a fan made Trek web series “developed by and for classic Star Trek enthusiasts.”  The first episode is embedded below!

Though obviously its not up to par with professionally made programs, it still looks pretty well made for a web series (not to mention long running in at 40:04) and is definitely worth a watch if you crave some new Star Trek!  Hopefully more STSV is on the way!

Enjoy!

-Tom

Here is an update on Marc Zicree’s ambitious sci-fi movie franchise, Space Command:

Space Command’s Kickstarter campaign reached its initial goal of $75,000 in just three days, assuring fans that Hollywood’s newest sci-fi franchise would be produced; but through perseverance and enthusiasm, the production team lead by Writer/Producer/Director Marc Scott Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Producer Doug Drexler (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Battlestar Galactica) and Producer Neil Johnson (Humanity’s End) managed to raise a total of $221,267 by the 9pm deadline on Saturday.

(San Diego, CA – July 15, 2012)  After reaching the successful conclusion of a 60-day Kickstarter campaign that raised over $220,000, Writer/Producer/Director Marc Scott Zicree thanked the thousands of backers and fans who made sure sci-fi’s newest franchise would blast off on schedule.  ”After we celebrate tonight, we’ll turn up the heat on our pre-production efforts to make sure scripts are done, sets are built and we hit our goal of starting production in the fourth quarter of this year,” announced Mr. Zicree.

Hundreds of fans – some attending Space Command’s Kickstarter Party at the Embassy Suites in San Diego in person, others attending via live-streaming video feed from around the world – celebrated with the producers and production crew who had just wrapped up another day at San Diego Comic-Con. “We tried to make sure our fans and supporters who weren’t able to attend our party had a chance to feel like they were a part of it,” explained Leah Cevoli, social media manager for Space Command.  Mr. Zicree jumped in front of the webcam from time to time to answer questions from fans in the hours before the end of the countdown, as did Ms. Cevoli, character designer Iain McCaig (Star Wars, The Avengers), actor Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Assistant Producer David/Composer David Raiklen among others.

Mr. Raiklen, who was intimately involved in helping set and track the various Kickstarter awards in an attempt to continually engage fans, shared his insights into what the grassroots funding effort for Space Command means to filmmakers. “The fans get to greenlight projects now.  And as a result, they’ll get to see and hear everything as it’s made ready for final production – from amazing concept art to music.

“This is the greatest team I’ve ever had the fun and priviledge to work with.  The heart and vision are inspiring.”

The enthusiasm backers showed for Space Command had a profound impact on everyone involved in the project to-date, but none more than Mr. Zicree. “As a kid, one of the reasons Star Trek appealed so strongly to me is that it portrayed a group of good-hearted, brave, honorable and loving folks who were embarked on a grand adventure and committed to each other.  My dream was to someday be part of such a group.  Thanks to you all, I now am.” Mr. Zicree shared in his wrap-up speech and in an email to the production team early the next morning after the event.

What’s Next
Space Command now intensifies its pre-production efforts in order to make an aggressive production schedule and keep production costs as low as possible. “We still have a lot of work to do before the cameras start rolling,” said Mr. Zicree.  ”The first script is almost completed, it just needs a few finishing touches – but Doug (Drexler) and I will be meeting soon to start fleshing out the first 1/2-hour episode we want to produce simultaneously and include with our first release.”

Pre-production is expected to conclude later this summer and production begin sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012.

About Space Command: Space Command is a series of science fiction films that detail two families’ interactions over several generations as they take part in Man’s exploration and colonization of the solar system and beyond.  For more information, please visit: www.spacecommandmovie.com

Great to hear, I will post more news about Space Command as it becomes available.  I interviewed Marc Zicree a little while ago, you check that out here.

-Tom

In case you missed the first 2 episodes of H+ that went online on Wednesday, now all 6 episodes of Bryan Singer’s new sci-fi web series, H+, are now online.  You should head over to their Youtube channel to subscribe and support the series.  Each is embedded below as well:

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What’d you think?  I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet but I’ve heard good things so far! 🙂

-Tom

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