Warner Brothers has picked up the Paul Sopocy screenplay for an adaptation of the 1980's animated series "Thundercats." Featuring the origin of hunaoid cats called Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro and Cheetara, who fled their planet of Thundera after it's destruction. On Third Earth, they battle evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra.
300 on VOD and DVD
Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group President, says that studios can earn more from video-on-demand than they can from DVD rentals, So that the studio will test release the movie "300" on VOD and DVD simultaneously in Belgium, Scandinavia and some other European markets later this year, reports Home Media Magazine. Tsujihara said that while the studio receives 60-70 percent of VOD revenue, it gets only 15-25 percent of DVD rental revenue. So his advice to consumers is: "Don't get in your car. . . . Watch it at home on cable or satellite." The rest of the industry? "Follow our lead. Or we'll go it alone. We have done it before."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has put up stories on several shows, including "Lost" over here, "Squidbillies" here, "Metalocalypse" here, "Robot Chicken" here and "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" here.
The Sword of Shannara
It seems to be a big day for Warners news. The studio has optioned the rights to the Terry Brooks Shannara series. A blend of technology and magic, the stories tell of trolls, gnomes, dwarves and men, and elves battling in an apocalyptic world. A writer is being sought to adapt the first of the books.
Fans May Resurrect Jericho
The relentless (and some say nutty) campaign by loyal fans of "Jericho" has caused CBS to begin talks to bring back the post-apocalyptic drama with a seven-episode midseason order. No deals are locked in yet, and there are many hurdles, but the fact that the network is moving to resurrect the canceled freshman series is a testament to the fans. Those fans of the show, which ended with Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) responding to a surrender demand with the word "Nuts," sent tens of thousands of pounds of nuts to CBS executives. Talks are under way with cast members (all of whom have options) for their return, with deals to be modified to reflect the unusual timing and number of episodes. Proposed budget reductions would cause some of "Jericho's" characters not to return for the abbreviated second season.
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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),
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
Avengers: The Initiative #3,
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #5,
Iron Man #18,
The Loners #3,
Mystic Arcana: Magik,
New Warriors #1,
Omega Flight #3,
& Spider-Man Family #3