I Am Legend
Those who read these pages know that Richard Matheson is one of my favorite screenwriters of all time, not to mention having created some of the most iconic novels and stories done in the 1950's and 1960's. That is why I grimaced when told another remake of "I Am Legend" was in the works. The Will Smith project now is featured on SCI FI Wire's Trailers page here. "I Am Legend" stars Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Charlie Tahan. Francis Lawrence is the director. I will continue to hold my breath until the film opens Dec. 14.
Warner Brothers and Joel Silver's Silver Pictures has picked up the rights to the Orson Scott Card novel "Empire." Taking place in a near future setting where both the President and Vice President, the story tells of an America swirling into a civil war where secret operatives must unravel the underground conspiracy and save the country. Wolfgang Peterson will direct, Oren Moverman will adapt and pre-production starts "soon."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has stuff about the 1st season release of "Jericho" they put up over here. "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy" is featured here, while here is news about "Robot Chicken" and "Fraggle Rock" season 3 info is here. They have posted "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes" animated news here, plus "The Tick vs. Season 2" (also missing a single episode as was the first" is spoken of here. There is, finally, news about "Boston Legal" here, news about "Bones" here, "My Name is Earl" here and "The Unit" (season 2) is here.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Matt Damon is in final talks with director Paul Greengrass to star in the director's adaptation of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" for Universal Pictures. Damon will play a composite character in Washington Post writer Rajiv Chandrasekaran's book about chaos in Iraq.
We Are All the Same
Based on the Jim Wooten book about Gail Johnson, a white South African woman who adopted a black child with AIDS, then traveled the world to raise awareness, "We Are All the Same" is coming to the big screen. Naomi Watts will star and Keir Pearson will adapt.
Mike Fright: Stand Up!
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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,
Adam Worth (The Real Professor Moriarty),
Dr. Treves & The Elephant Man,
Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan,
Gaston Leroux (creator of "The Phantom of the Opera"),
William Brodie, Rasputin and the Real Dracula.
He also runs into a time-traveling salesman,
Time Police and the forerunners of the Mafia.
And that is only the beginning . . .
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Uncanny X-Men #487,
WitchGirls Inc. #5,
World War Hulk #1,
Sonic the Hedgehog #176,
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #152,
& Sabrina the Teenage Witch #85