The Blackburne Covenant
Variety reports that Dark Horse Entertainment has joined with Hyde Park Entertainment to produce a group of independent films based on Dark Horse comic-book properties. Their first project will be "The Blackburne Covenant," about "a fictional novel which has a supernatural basis in reality." (Whatever that means.)
For awhile now Nicolas Cage has been the one name mentioned to play Namor, but with the less than glorious success of his other comic book adaptations, there may be changes in the undersea currents. Superhero Hype says here that there is a new rumor from a scooper called Horrie's email: "Just got home from my acting class, and a classmate tells me she just did a guest turn on TVs 'Bones.' Don't know that there's any truth to this or not, but she's saying that David Boreanaz from the show may be up for - or has auditioned -- for the 'Sub Mariner' movie . . . he said he had . . . P.S though my friend called it the 'Namor' movie. I assume its the same thing we're talking about." Jonathan Mostow is listed as the director for the Universal Pictures project.
Super Bad James Dynomite
Marlon Wayans will star in the adaptation of the comicbook "Super Bad James Dynomite." Rogue Pictures will work with the Wayans Brothers on the live-action comedy, based on the comic created & written by Marlon, Shawn & Keenen Ivory Wayans. Dynomite is an inner-city antihero who is framed by a rival and put away for a long prison stretch. He returns to the outside world hopelessly out of step. He has two goals only, to regain his cool and take down the man who framed him. The script is by Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Xavier Cook and Mitchell Marchand.
Want to Create a TV Show?
Most media companies fear copyright suits and so they not only discourage the general public from submitting unsolicited scripts and program ideas, they usually return such submissions. Mark Cuban, the owner of HDNet, on the other hand, says that "one of the fun things" he does is reading ideas for new shows. Cuban, also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, says to anyone wanting to submit an idea to him: "I don't need to be pitched another cooking, poker, pimp my whatever, American Idol knockoff, nor do I want to hear another 'compete for a Mavs roster spot' or 'business plan competition idea.' What I would like to read are original show ideas. So post them if you got them." If you want to try it, here is his blog, and here is where you submit, so go nuts.
Network Pick Ups & Drops
It's time for the "Up-Fronts," where some of the networks let their advertisers know what they'll be airing in the upcoming season. NBC did theirs last week, so they won't be talked about here, but Fox, The CW, ABC & CBS will.
Fox has renewed "24" for 2 more seasons, plus they are bringing back "House, M.D.," "Prison Break," "Bones," " 'Til Death," the network's Sunday animated comedy block and a 13th season of "Mad TV." The new series they've picked up are the Kelsey Grammer-Patricia Heaton vehicle "Back to You," Amy Sherman-Palladino's "The Return of Jezebel James," and the Farrelly brothers-produced "The Rules of Starting Over." Dramas that are new to the Fox schedule are "Canterbury's Law," starring Julianna Margulies; the New Orleans police drama "K-Ville"; the "immortal detective" drama "New Amsterdam"; and "The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
New series for The CW includes "Aliens in America" (comedy about being Muslim in the U.S.), "Reaper," and a show based on the BBC series "Wild at Heart," a family drama set at a South African game preserve and "Gossip Girl." Two more CW comedy pilots, "Dash 4 Cash" and "Eight Days a Week," are said to still be in consideration. The Network has renewed the comedies "Girlfriends," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game," and the dramas "Smallville," "Supernatural" and "One Tree Hill." Shows leaving the network are "All of Us," "7th Heaven," "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars."
CBS has renewed the dramas "Shark," "The Unit," "Criminal Minds," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs," as well as the comedies "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement." "The New Adventures of Old Christine" will be coming back with a 13-episode midseason. The network has cancelled "Jericho," "The Class" and "Close to Home." CBS' new series include the musical mystery "Viva Laughlin," the vampire crime drama "Moonlight," the Latin family drama "Cane" (starring Jimmy Smits), the comedy "The Big Bang Theory," and the game show "Power of 10." The comedies "I'm in Hell," "The Captain" and the partner-swapping drama "Swingtown" may show up at midseason.
ABC has picked up "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice," "Eli Stone," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Cashmere Mafia," "Women's Murder Club," "Pushing Daisies" and "Big Shots." The Network is going to announce renewals and more later.
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Cecil W. McCall loved his Uncle Shelby. When the old man disappeared and was presumed dead, it affected him greatly. Then came the package, his uncle's legacy. In the package were Time Bands: devices that promised to take the wearer back in time. But Uncle Shelby hadn't left much in the way of instructions. So when McCall accidentally set them off, he was thrown back into the Victorian era, without much preparation. Being a comic and a trivia expert wasn't a lot of help, but being a history nut was. When he saw he was in the England of Jack The Ripper he knew what he had to do. With the aid of Arthur Conan Doyle & the Real Sherlock Holmes, he sets out to catch the Ripper, find his Uncle and go home. On the way he meets Adam Worth (The Real Professor Moriarty), Dr. Treves & The Elephant Man, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, Gaston Leroux, William Brodie, Rasputin and the Real Dracula. He also runs into a time-traveling salesman, Time Police and the forerunners of the Mafia.
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
New Warriors #1,
Mystic Arcana: Magik,
Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic,
Spider-Man Fairy Tales #1,
Nightwolf: The Price #4,
G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow #1,
& Xombie #2