I fondly remember Space: 1999 as one of those shows I watched in syndication along with Star Trek TOS and the Starlost in order to glut my sci fi hunger back in my younger days. To my young mind, Space: 1999 seemed the most cerebral of those shows. Having watched the pilot again recently, I have to say that if it were updated with modern SFX (and fashions, yeesh!) I’d likely watch it. I’d still think the premise was stupid (how fast is that moon moving?) but I’d watch it.
And so that’s just what is happening. Soon we shall be getting Space: 2099. Here’s hoping they do fix the SFX, fashion and basic premise (the moon can move, yes, but let’s have some kind of warp or something getting it from system to system – something only slightly more plausible than an FTL orbiting body, granted, but give me something). Let’s also hope they get a quality cast, delivering quality performances based on quality scripts.
I couldn’t resist the pun. Yes, I likely should be punished.
I have enjoyed the Bournes movies, though I enjoyed the original more than the later two. Paul Greengrass’ shakey-cam was confusing while Doug Liman’s carefully controlled shakey-cam was visceral. I could still follow the fighting in the Bourne Identity. I also think it was a superior movie. Not that the Supremacy and Ultimatum were bad, I just found the first movie better.
And now the Legacy.
Well, I’ve liked Jeremy Renner in the Hurt Locker and the Town, and he certainly delivered in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, so that’s a plus. Tony Gilroy wrote all three, but I haven’t seen any of the movies he’s directed, so who knows if he’s a good director.
There’s little to no chance I’ll catch this in the theatre, but it’s pretty much a certainty that I’ll catch it on DVD.
The word is that we can get a look at the Wolverine, the new Wolverine movie supposedly set in Japan, come 26 July 2013. That’s a long damn wait. However, if they deliver a better move than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it’ll be worth the wait.
The sad thing is for such a tepid piece of film mediocrity, XOW (just made that acronym up and I love it already) made $373 million USD worldwide on a budget of $85 million. What does that say about audiences in general. If that includes the sales on DVDs, I guess I somewhat put my cut in, so I guess this is “pot calling the kettle” and all that. Mea culpa. But I dig Wolverine. I wasn’t back there in the beginning, but I was hooked with Frank Miller’s Wolverine mini-series.
And if this new movie set in Japan takes its cues from that story, we might be looking at something pretty darn cool.
My main question is: when the fuck do I get my Planetary movie?
I just wanted to mention that Wikipedia is on a donation drive. Wikipedia is something I use regularly to get some general information or a general idea on a topic. Its summaries of film noir and hardboiled novels have provided endless inspiration for my Sword Noir games. Further, it’s generally my first stop for research before I start getting deeper into a topic. Its accuracy compared to – for example – the Encyclopedia Britannica is favourable. It is, for me, both a valuable tool and a source of entertainment.
So I made a donation.
If you use Wikipedia as much as I do, you might want to consider doing the same.
A duellist in a dying city facing a weapon of fiery death, not to mention temptation.
Two fur trappers hunted by a spirit of hate that feeds on the very fear it engenders.
An arrogant apprentice to a vain wizard finds himself in a race to unlock secrets hidden for centuries.
MacBeth, beloved King of the Scots, faces his last day and learns his name will damned.
A cunning sorcerer has decided he will not be a victim, he would rather be a victor.
These are the wizards and warriors that populate Gifts of the Elder Gods. Join them in their adventures, touched by magic and the supernatural, with wits and weapons of mysticism or steel to overcome the snares of diabolical enemies.
Gifts of the Elder Gods is the new short fiction collection from Sword’s Edge Publishing. You can find it at RPG Now and Drive Thru RPG. It is available in PDF, ePub, and mobi formats, with print-on-demand coming soon.
Word on the street is that we can expect a Doctor Strange movie in the near future (as in 2012/13). That’s from Marvel itself. No other information—no director, star, budget, or actual schedule—but apparently it’s coming.
Excuse me while I sit here with minimal excitement. After I get the details, maybe I’ll get excited. Right now, too much can go wrong and Hollywood has shat upon source material too often for me to get hopes up. Still, this movie is likely from Marvel, so perhaps there is reason for optimism?
Nah. I’ll keep my expectations low and be excited if they are exceeded.
It seems that the Byran Singer directed re-make of John Boorman’s Excalibur won’t move forward. The project has been dropped as another King Arthur project, also named Excalibur, was ready to move forward before Singer could get to work on his, so his got dropped.
The other Excalibur? Directed by Guy Ritchie. Okay, that’s kind of neat. And written my WARREN holy-mother-fuckin’-cool ELLIS. I’m trippin’ balls on this.
And while I would very interested in seeing Singer re-make Boorman, I’m more interested in seeing him re-make Larson.
See, apparently dropping Excalibur means that the next project on Singer’s menu is a “re-imagining” of Battlestar Galactica. Not a remake of the recent series, but a remake of the original from 1978. Very cool. I’m assuming this is going in a totally different direction than the Ronald Moore production. It better.
Unless Singer wants to re-do the finale, because I’d be all for that.
I’m pretty optimistic about the Avengers movies. That’s mainly because my expectations are low. Those expectations are low not because I don’t like Joss Whedon—I do—nor because I think the film doesn’t have enough impressive actors in it—it certainly does—but because even Kenneth Brannagh didn’t totally crush Thor.
Listen, I like Joss Whedon, and I enjoyed Serenity, but it wasn’t a great movie. It was a good movie. A good movie is enough. It is not a bad movie nor a mediocre movie, but a good movie.
Thor was a good movie. I wouldn’t call it a great movie, though I enjoyed it. It was a good movie, it did its job. It—like the Avengers—had a pretty stellar cast. The character development, even for its main character, fell a little flat and the fight scenes didn’t have much energy. I’m not going to complain, though, because I got to see Thor on the big screen.
I expect the same from the Avengers. The photos that I’ve seen so far have been great. The trailer—I am certain—will be awesome. It will look spectacular. And, in the end, it will be good. I’m fairly certain of that. I don’t think, though, that it will great.
According to leaked information from an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, Marvel movies in the pipe include Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Inhumans. Of those, the one I’m both most excited for and dreading the most is the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I was a big fan of the comic when it was running. Granted, I only bought the collections, so maybe I was part of the problem, but I was very sad when it disappeared. I didn’t really follow the Thanos Imperative, because while it kind of continued the Guardians, without Starlord there really is no Guardians.
Now it looks like Marvel is banking that the concept that couldn’t keep a comic running will make a profitable movie. I truly hope so, and I also truly hope that they look at the Guardians series for their story and characters.
Unfortunately, though, it looks like they will go back to the original Guardians concept, which I have absolutely no stake in and could not care less about. I am not surprised by this, given how much Hollywood hates me.
By the way, when is someone going to give me my Immortal Iron Fist movie starring Ray Park? When?
I’ve been a bad, bad boy. I’ve let Sword’s Edge grow very, very quiet. July and August were quite the months for me. Prepping for Gen Con, then getting “Crossing the Millers” out the door, and finally—this month—finishing a re-write and update of my soon to be released RPG of Viking mayhem titled Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Death, kept me very, very busy.
But Gen Con is done. “Crossing the Millers: A Sword Noir Adventure” is available for sale. Last night I delivered the completed manuscript for Kiss My Axe to Rob Wakefield for layout.
It’s all done.
That doesn’t mean I have nothing more in the hopper. “Suffer the Witch: A Viking Adventure” is scheduled for an update, as it will be the product that follows up Kiss My Axe. But I have time. And the adventure is short.
I have hopes to get Sword’s Edge moving again. It’s never been particularly busy, but I’m going to try to cast Raise Dead on this mofo.
First up: I have a dilemma with a modern military campaign I’ve been planning.
Stay tuned. And welcome back.
You can find ”Crossing the Millers: A Sword Noir Adventure” here.
You can find more information on Kiss My Axe: Thirteen Warriors and an Angel of Deathhere.
I have been busy, it’s just been over at the Sword’s Edge Publishing website.