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Sci-fi shots: Doctor Who, S.H.I.E.L.D., True Blood and Chris Carter

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Returning Doctor Who companions and Chris Carter returning with a new sci-fi series.

Chris Carter back with new series

Chris Carter is developing a new sci-fi series called The After.

“[A] thriller which revolves around a mysterious, unexplained event. In the vein of The X Files, The After incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia. “Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future,” said Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen, who co-founded the company earlier this year with Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment.”

Carter is one of those writers I thought would have several series out there, so I’m excited to see what he comes up with after such a long break.

Rutger Hauer joins True Blood season 6 cast

Rutger Hauer is going to play another vampire, this time in season 6 of True Blood. Seems like he’s going to feature quite a bit and may be the next big bad.

S.H.I.E.L.D. TV characters revealed

The characters for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. TV characters have been revealed.

SKYE: This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident – with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD: Quite the physical specimen and “cool under fire,” he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He’s a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he’s the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE: Also known as “The Calvary,” this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS: These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other’s company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies – she deals with biology and chemistry, he’s a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

All sounds like the classic group dynamics that Whedon is famous for. I can’t wait for this to air.

Former Doctor Who companion hints at return for 50th anniversary

Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith has hinted his character may return for the 50th anniversary special for Doctor Who. Given his character is married to Freema Agyeman’s Martha Jones, is it possible she will return too? Guess we just have to and see.

Sci-fi shots: Bond, Predators, Terminators and Mummy sequels

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Benedict Cumberbatch in Bond 24; Predators and Terminator sequels; coke-head Carrie Fisher (love her); and a new Mummy film.

Benedict Cumberbatch, the next Bond villain?

Bond producers are looking to lock down Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain in Bond 24.

Predators and Terminator sequels unlikely

First up: Predators. The 2010 Robert Rodriguez sequel starring Adrien Brody was a pretty darn good flick, and a return to form for a franchise that had gotten off the rails as of late.

According to Robert Rodriguez, director of the 2010 movie Predators, a recent shake-up at 20th Century Fox has likely derailed any chances for a seque anytime soon – “We were thinking about it. I don’t know, I’ll have to talk to them. They just had a regime change over there – we’ll see what happens.”

And Arnold Schwarzenegger recently told Empire, “I think (producer) Megan Ellison owns the rights to ‘Terminator 16,’ or whatever it is. They have been trying to put a script together but I’ve not seen it, so I’ve no idea. There’s nothing on the drawing board at this point. Nothing on the plan.”

So it looks like neither franchise will be making it back onto the big screen for some foreseeable time.

J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron to team up for new pilot

J.J. Abrams is set to produce a possible new show for NBC. Alfonso Cuaron, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will co-write and direct the pilot. The as yet untitled pilot is about a girl with special powers that will grow over seven years, and the man who is broken out of prison to protect her until then.

Carrie Fisher on cocaine while filming Star Wars

Carrie Fisher has been quite open about her drug past while working on the Star Wars trilogy. Circulating the web this week, is this fun fact – you can actually see evidence of it in The Return of the Jedi. Check out her first finger on co-star Harrison Ford’s shoulder.

In other interviews Carrie Fishers has given over the years, she recalls partaking in drug taking with members of the Star Wars cast on the Hoth set.

Len Wiseman to direct ‘The Mummy‘ remake for 2014

Producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts, with Universal are bringing The Mummy back to the big screen after the successful franchise starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz .

The trio have chosen Len Wiseman to direct the remake, and this time The Mummy will have a modern setting.

When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.

Matt Smith to appear at MCM London

Matt Smith will be appearing at MCM Expo London Comic Con at ExCel on Friday 26 October. The Eleventh Doctor will be at the MCM theatre, chatting about all things Doctor Who and launching the new Doctor Who Series 7, Part 1 DVD (released 29th October). It will also be streamed online for any fans that can’t make it.

Weekend tickets cost £29 and include entry into Friday’s preview show which is when Matt Smith will be attending. For tickets and more info see www.londonexpo.com/faq/tickets/

Sci-fi shots: Doctor Who, Kick-Ass 2 and Dredd

Daily digest of some of the sci-fi and fantasy news that’s caught our eye including: Peter Jackson and Doctor Who; Jim Carrey and Aaron Johnson filming Kick-Ass 2 video; The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray disc faults; and Dredd sequel unlikely to happen.

Michael Bay’s to film fifth Transformers movie

Even though he and the movies have had their criticisms, Michael Bay may be set to film a fifth Transformers movie. Glenn Morshower, who played a military leader in the previous installments said “After I did the opening ceremonies for the [Transformers theme park] ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said ‘You know we’ve got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that. So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to get Royal premiere

The first part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has been chosen for this year’s 65th Royal Film Performance and will premiere in London on 12th December.

Dredd sequel not likely after poor takings

Despite being a pretty good action movie, Dredd has performed poorly at the box office. This means it’s highly unlikely we’ll get another movie based on the classic British comic. Dredd didn’t meet the estimates of $9 million to $10 million in its first weekend in the United States, pulling in an about $6.3 million instead. Unfortunately it hasn’t even done well enough in the UK and other countries to compensate for the poor US takings.

It’s a real shame as Dredd is actually really good and the Slo-Mo effects are stunning. They didn’t go easy on the violence which is very graphic in part. Dredd is stil out, you should go see it.

New Hulk movie?

Everyone loved Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Hulk in The Avengers movie and now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is considering the prospect. “Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in ‘Avengers’? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until [after] ‘Avengers 2.’ So there’s a lot of time to think about it. Part of what’s fun about the way we played him in ‘Avengers’ is the ensemble quality of it. I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that’s there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn’t get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing.”

Buzz Lightyear Balloon Costume Cosplay

Jeff Wright and his very cool Buzz Lightyear costume made from balloons.

The Cabin In The Woods Blu-ray disc faults

Having been dicked about with the multiple versions of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers (Assemble) in the UK, none of which has his commentary; there’s now a problem with an authoring fault on Lionsgate’s UK Blu-ray of The Cabin In The Woods.

The disc does play, but it annoyingly freezes briefly at eleven points in the film. If your disc is one of those affected, you can email cabin@technicolor.com to ask for a replacement. You’ll need to provide proof of purchase. You’ll be asked to scan that and send it in or if you ordered online, you’ll be asked to supply a copy of the order confirmation email. Retailers like Amazon have acted quickly to withdraw the Blu-ray from sale because of this technical issue.

Lionsgate say replacement discs are now in production and are asking customers to return their Blu-ray to the retailer where it was purchased (along with their receipt). Check their Cabin In The Woods Facebook page for further updates.

The DVD version is unaffected.

Philip Pullman rewrites Grimm Tales

Philip Pullman has taken a break from writing a companion novel, The Book Of Dust, to the His Dark Materials trilogy, to put his own spin on fifty of the Grimms’ classic fairytales.

Grimm Tales for Young and Old is published by Penguin Classics on 27 September 2012.

Jim Carrey and Aaron Johnson filming Kick-Ass 2 in Toronto

Peter Jackson would love to direct Doctor Who episode

Peter Jackson has revealed that would love to direct Doctor Who and it looks like the BBC might be open to the idea.

Executive producer Caro Skinner said “It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it,” says Skinner. “I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.”

“Of course at some point we’d love to bring Doctor Who down under . . . it won’t be possible until at least a year after the 50th anniversary. We are already two-thirds of the way through the shoots of series seven and although we filmed a couple of episodes abroad I can confirm for the rest of series seven we will be shooting entirely in Cardiff Bay.”