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February 2005

New 'Trek' movie in development
Posted Monday, February 28, 2005, 11:16AM CST by Franklin Harris
An 11th "Star Trek" film is in the early stages of development, and a screenwriter, Erik Jendresen ("The Hot Zone"), has been hired. Longtime "Trek" producer Rick Berman is developing the film with Jordan Kerner and Kerry McCluggage.

Source: Cinescape

'Babylon 5' movie dead for now
Posted Sunday, February 27, 2005, 11:43AM CST by Franklin Harris
"Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski writes on his Web site that his proposed "Babylon 5" spin-off movie, "The Memory of Shadows," is dead. The parties that purchased the film rights from Straczynski were unable to raise financing, and the rights have reverted back to Straczynski.

Straczynski said, "[T]he option has reverted, and to all intents and purposes, the project has dead ended. Nor do I think this particular incarnation will arise again at any point in the future, though prognostication has always been a tricky art, especially if you have to do it without the benefit of hindsight."

'Gatchaman' DVD due in June
Posted Friday, February 25, 2005, 2:05AM CST by Franklin Harris
ADV Films has announced a June 14 release date for the first DVD set of "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman," the 1970s Japanese cartoon series originally released in America as "Battle of the Planets" and again as "G-Force." ADV will release all 105 episodes (including 20 never before released in North America) uncut. The first set will include 10 episodes on two discs and one disc of extras. It will retail for $44.98.

WB plans 'Constantine' sequel
Posted Thursday, February 24, 2005, 2:40AM CST by Franklin Harris
Warner Bros. is moving ahead with sequel plans for "Constantine," which posted an opening-weekend gross of $34.6 million, the best opening ever for an R-rated movie over a holiday weekend. Starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, "Constantine" is based on the DC/Vertigo Comics series "Hellblazer."

Source: Superhero Hype

20 episodes ordered for 'Galactica' season 2
Posted Thursday, February 24, 2005, 2:30AM CST by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel has ordered 20 episodes for the second season of its revamped version of "Battlestar Galactica." The new episodes will begin airing this summer.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

Whedon to stay on 'Astonishing X-Men'
Posted Monday, February 21, 2005, 2:11AM CST by Franklin Harris
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday will stay on Marvel Comics' "Astonishing X-Men" for a second year, Whedon confirmed Saturday.

Source: Newsarama

'Smallville,' 'Lost' stars stumble into 'The Fog'
Posted Monday, February 21, 2005, 2:01AM CST by Franklin Harris
Tom Welling ("Smallville") and Maggie Grace ("Lost") have joined the cast of director Rupert Wainwright's "The Fog," a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 film. Carpenter is producing the remake with Debra Hill and David Foster.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Purefoy joins 'V for Vendetta'
Posted Monday, February 21, 2005, 1:50AM CST by Franklin Harris
James Purefoy has signed to star opposite Natalie Portman in "V for Vendetta," based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Purefoy will play the masked anarchist freedom fighter V.

Source: Cinescape

Straczynski asks fans to help beam up 'Star Trek'
Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 10:04PM CST by Franklin Harris
"Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski is asking fans to write Paramount and request that the studio hire him and producer Bryce Zabel to reboot the "Star Trek" franchise.

Source: Sci-Fi Wire

'U.N.C.L.E.' loses its main man
Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 9:58PM CST by Franklin Harris
Matthew Vaughn has left the director's chair of the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." movie. A replacement has not yet been chosen.

Source: Dark Horizons

'Clerks' sequel before cameras April 8
Posted Monday, February 14, 2005, 9:23PM CST by Franklin Harris
"Clerks" writer/director Kevin Smith says that his sequel, tentatively titled "The Passion of the Clerks," will begin filming April 8. Most of the original cast will return, and an animated "Clerks" film is also in development.

Source: Dark Horizons

'Galactica' renewed for second season
Posted Friday, February 11, 2005, 2:50AM CST by Franklin Harris
The Sci-Fi Channel has renewed its new hit series "Battlestar: Galactica," reports Variety.

Source: ICv2.com

Janssen, 'Dark Phoenix' back for 'X-Men 3'
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2005, 9:00PM CST by Franklin Harris
Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) says she is returning for a third "X-Men" movie and that the "Dark Phoenix" plot from the comic books will be a major part of the film's story.

Source: Superhero Hype

UPDATED: 'Excorcist' remake rumors debunked?
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2005, 8:52PM CST by Franklin Harris
Two bad sequels and one bad prequel may not keep Warner Bros. from revisiting the "Exorcist" franchise yet again. A remake of the original film is rumored to be in the works, according to Creature Corner.

UPDATE: Fangoria casts serious doubt on the remake rumors.

'Saw 2' to hit theaters in October
Posted Thursday, February 10, 2005, 8:49PM CST by Franklin Harris
Lions Gate plans to release "Saw 2: Hacksaw," the sequel to last year's "Saw," in time for the Halloween season in October. Bloody Disgusting reports that the screenplay is almost finished.

UPDATED: 'Evil Dead 4'? Groovy! If it happens
Posted Monday, February 7, 2005, 11:00AM CST by Franklin Harris
In addition to producing a remake of his cult film "The Evil Dead," Sam Raimi plans to direct "Evil Dead 4," which will star Bruce Campbell as reluctant, wisecracking hero Ash from the original "Evil Dead." Raimi and his brother Ted have begun work on the script and will begin production later this year.

Source: Dark Horizons

UPDATE: In an interview with Sci-Fi Wire, however, Raimi seems much less sure of when or if "Evil Dead 4" might happen, saying, "I'd like to one day. I can't promise that I will, but that is something I'd really like to do, and I'd like to pursue that."

UPN cancels 'Star Trek: Enterperise'
Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2005, 5:28PM CST by Franklin Harris
UPN announced today that it is pulling the plug on "Star Trek: Enterprise," the prequel series to the original "Star Trek." The last new episode will air in May.

Source: Reuters


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