The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Though it was announced the remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," to be co-financed by Sky Movies in the UK and MTV in the US, would be co-produced by Richard O'Brien. O'Brien told the BBC: "I'm not co-producing it and I won't be involved in any way. I have no view on whether it should be remade but it doesn't have my blessing. I'm not co-producing it and I won't be involved in any way. The first I heard about it was when people sent me cuttings from US papers." Lou Adler, producer of the original and this new film, said: "The Rocky Horror phenomenon has a life of its own that has reincarnated itself in numerous ways since its birth. Our hope has always been that each new endeavour and rebirth will expose the Rocky Horror experience to new audiences and expand the fan base. So here we go again, with a new cast, believing that the Sky and MTV remake will add to the Rocky Horror phenomenon." Jim Sharman, co-author of the original screenplay and director of the film, said: "The original has some qualities that can't be reproduced but a remake could have its own very different strengths and qualities."
Lionsgate and Paradox Entertainment want to fast-track the film, hiring two teams to write parallel scripts. First is Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain, then Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The film budget is expected to reach $100M and they want it to be truer to the character than previous incarnations. Paradox Entertainment president and CEO Fredrik Malmberg said: "Fans expect (these films) to be more true to the source material. There's no reason there couldn't be a Conan movie every two years. He's almost like Batman: He's a dark hero.
He's a hard hero. He has to be badass, but we also have to like him." No director has been named and the film is expected to have an R-rating and a tentative 2009 release. Malmberg continued: "We all want this movie to go into production as soon as possible. It's a fast-tracked movie. Lionsgate felt the process was enhanced by having a second team come in and do a script."
TV DVD News
TVShowsOnDVD.com has posted info about "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (Season 5) here, "The Mod Squad" (Season 2, Vol. 2) here, "The Odd Couple" (Season 5) here, "Friday the 13th: The Series" (Season 1) here, "Cannon" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here, "Jake and the Fatman" (Season 1, Vol. 2) here and "Rawhide" (Season 3, Vol. 2) here.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Fox had already announced that Wolverine will be joined by characters including Weapon X members Beak, Sabretooth, Silver Fox, William Stryker, Agent Zero and John Wraith. Recently more were added, swelling the list were Deadpool, Gambit, The Blob, and Scott Summers. At Comic Con it was revealed that Emma Frost aka The White Queen would have a cameo appearance in Logan's new origin story. She is listed nowhere else online as a cast member.
Vongo and ClickStar Obit
The two online movie services have announced that they are gone. Vongo, which is owned by the Starz movie channel, let subscribers download unlimited recent movies for $9.99 per month. They say they hope to develop a similar service to be offered via the online sites of its cable distributors. ClickStar admitted that they could not compete with the bigger movie download sites like Amazon, Blockbuster, and Wal-Mart. Chief Technical Officer Sam Edge said: "With the entry of these well-funded players into our space ... it has become increasingly clear that ClickStar needs to align itself with a key partner to operate within the larger ecosystem. ...We have decided to partner or sell ClickStar."
Comics Continuum has posted preview pages of
Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar #1,
Scream Queen #3,
The Lone Ranger #12,
Brothers in Arms #3,
& Jughead & Friends Digest #29