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January 2004

Pixar to Disney: Drop Dead! (Maybe)
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 9:04AM CST by Franklin Harris
Pixar Studios ("Finding Nemo," "Toy Story") and Disney have ended negotiations aimed at keeping the companies from going their separate ways in 2006, when their current distribution deal expires. While it is possible that the two could patch things up, most analysts believe it is more likely that Pixar will ink a deal with one of Disney's rivals.

The announcement comes as bad news for Disney, which has seen its recent in-house animated productions flop at the box office.

Source: SFGate.com

Live-action 'G.I. Joe' is a go
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:54AM CST by Franklin Harris
A live-action movie based on the 1980s "G.I. Joe" toys, comic books and cartoon series is in the works. The movie will be a prequel, telling the story of the rise of Cobra. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing, and Michael Gordon has been hired to write the script. Fans can expect characters like Snake Eyes, Duke, Storm Shadow, Destro and Cobra Commander to be part of the production.

Source: Cinescape Online

'Nemo' writer has spacesuit, will travel
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:46AM CST by Franklin Harris
Oscar-nominated "Finding Nemo" screenwriter David Reynolds will write the screenplay for "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel," based on the Robert Heinlein novel. The production is set up at Warner Bros.

Source: Dark Horisons

New 'Aqua Teen', first 'Sealab 2021' DVDs on the way
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:36AM CST by Franklin Harris
Fans of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim shows "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "Sealab 2021" can look forward to new DVDs this summer. Cartoon Network will release a second volume of "Aqua Teen" and the first of "Sealab 2021." No details are available as yet, but expect the discs to be in the same format as the current "Aqua Teen" Vol. 1 and "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" Vol. 1 two-disc sets.

Source: Toon Zone

Movie picks up three 'Hitchhikers'
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:30AM CST by Franklin Harris
Three cast members have signed up to star in the feature adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," based on the Douglas Adams novel. They are hip-hop artist Mos Def as Ford Prefect, Zooey Deschanel as Trillian and "The Office" star Martin Freeman as Authur Dent. The role of Zaphod Beeblebrox is still to be cast.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Johansson to be DePalma's 'Dahlia'
Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 8:23AM CST by Franklin Harris
She may have been snubbed by the Oscars, but Scarlett Johansson ("Lost in Translation") is experiencing a career upswing. The young actress will star in director Brian DePalma's upcoming thriller, "The Black Dahlia," opposite Josh Hartnett and Mark Wahlberg. Shooting begins in May.

Source: Dark Horizons

DC to publish 'Space Ghost' comic book
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 8:27PM CST by Franklin Harris
Newsarama reports that DC Comics will publish a six-issue "Space Ghost" mini-series written by Joe Kelly and with art by Ariel Olivetti. The series will take a serious look at Space Ghost's origins, in contrast to the comedic approach of Cartoon Network's "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" animated series.

Naomi Watts confirms 'King Kong' role
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 8:05PM CST by Franklin Harris
Naomi Watts ("The Ring") has confirmed that she will star in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong."
Source: Cinescape Online

Simmons' 'Song of Kali' heads to big screen
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 7:58PM CST by Franklin Harris
Screenwriter and former Clinton speechwriter Lucas Sussman will adapt Dan Simmons' novel "Song of Kali" as a feature film for Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, Variety reports.

Nispel to helm 'Turn' remake
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 7:54PM CST by Franklin Harris
Marcus Nispel ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake) will direct a remake of the Japanese supernatural thriller "Turn," reports Variety.

'John Carter' film on fast track?
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 7:47PM CST by Franklin Harris
Dark Horizons reports that Paramount wants to put the first of a proposed series of films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars novels on the fast track. The studio is in negotiations with Robert Rodriguez ("Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Spy Kids") to direct and is hoping to sign Josh Duhamel ("Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!") to star.

Sci-Fi orders six more hours of 'Galactica'
Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 8:26PM CST by Franklin Harris
Cinescape Online reports that the Sci-Fi Channel has ordered six episodes of the new "Battlestar: Galactica" series.

USA sews up new 'Frankenstein'
Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 8:13PM CST by Franklin Harris
The USA Network has ordered a two-hour pilot and scripts for four additional episodes of a "Frankenstein" TV series for its fall schedule, according to the Sci-Fi Wire. The series will be set in present-day Seattle, where Dr. Frankenstein and his creation still live, kept alive by the doctor's skills. A female police detective also will be part of the cast.

Director Martin Scorsese, horror novelist Dean Koontz and producer Tony Krantz ("24") will executive produce the series. Koontz will write the pilot script, and Marcus Nispel ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake) will direct.

'Iron Man' movie jets ahead
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 5:30PM CST by Franklin Harris
The film adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" took another step forward with the second draft of the screenplay by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Smallville"). Meanwhile, the search for a director who can bring the film to theaters in 2005 continues, and Tom Cruise is rumored to once again be expressing interest in the lead role of Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Source: IGN Filmforce

Minear takes up a 'Harsh Mistress'
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 5:16PM CST by Franklin Harris
Producer Tim Minear ("Angel," "Wonderfalls") has been hired to write the movie adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's classic libertarian SF novel "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress."

"I'm going to write the script," Minear, an avowed Heinlein fan, told Sci-Fi Wire. "My take on the story is to try to stay as close to Heinlein's politics and Heinlein's vision of the future that I can, while still taking the story and trying to make it into a movie. You know, that book is not a movie. There's a lot of very interesting talk about cells and sort of the anatomy of a revolution, which is not that interesting in a movie. But there are other elements."

The WB explores 'Dark Shadows'
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 5:10PM CST by Franklin Harris
The WB has hired producer John Wells ("The West Wing," "ER") to develop a new version of the gothic TV soap opera "Dark Shadows."

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

CBS orders up 'CSI: New York'
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 5:01PM CST by Franklin Harris
CBS's "CSI" juggernaut rolls on. The network has ordered a third "CSI" series, "CSI: New York," for its fall 2004 schedule. Soon, prime time television will be nothing but reality shows, "CSI" and "Law & Order."

Source: Dark Horizons

'Charmed' returns for 7th season
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 4:59PM CST by Franklin Harris
The WB's bewitching TV series "Charmed" has been picked up for a seventh season, which will start in September.

Source: Dark Horizons

Cartoon Net. adds anime, expands Adult Swim
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 5:41AM CST by Franklin Harris
Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim, will expand to six nights a week beginning Saturday, April 17. Also, Cartoon Network has picked up the rights to several popular anime series: "Detective Conan," "Gundam Seed," "Witch Hunter Robin," "Wolf's Rain" and "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex."

Source: ICv2.com


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