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Sony Scoops Up Movie Rights To Upcoming Image Robot Comic Descender

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DescenderWith series like Brian K. Fuller’s Saga, Rick Remender’s Black Science, and the pulp-y goodness of Bitch Planet, Image is one of the best sources of comic book science fiction. Now a new series called Descender has caught the eye of Hollywood, and the tale of a young robot making his way through a very hostile universe is already being developed for the big screen before the first issue has even hit shelves.

Descender is the brainchild of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen, both of them New York Times bestsellers. The pair will executive produce the Descender film for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In Sony’s announcement, Lemire said:

It was a competitive situation for Descender, and we are thrilled that it ended with Sony Pictures acquiring the series. We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with their belief in the franchise potential.

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Alien Outpost Is A Guns-Blazing Look At War Zones After The Aliens Invaded

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alien outpostLast year gave us the phenomenal Edge of Tomorrow, a movie that carved a unique time-looping story out of a grander alien invasion war film. Alien Outpost is also a movie that takes place after an alien invasion has left the planet ravaged and afraid, but there isn’t really a hook to bite down on beyond relentless low-budget action mayhem. If you’re not looking for an action movie, though, then I don’t know how to sell this movie to you.

After years of working in the visual effects field on things like the 2005 Fantastic Four, Machete, and Game of Thrones, Jabbar Raisani makes his feature directorial debut with Alien Outpost, which takes place after an alien race came to Earth and spent a year invading it before retreating. Military outposts have been set up all around the world by the former UN, now called The United States Defense Force, and audiences are given “access” to the Middle East-set Outpost 37, where a documentary crew is allowed in to record the everyday goings-on. As you can imagine, impending danger is the order of the day, and the military squad stationed there are much better with their weapons than with social interactions.

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One Of The Best Bradley Cooper Movies Is Officially Becoming A CBS TV Pilot

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limitlessBefore Bradley Cooper cemented his place as a geek icon by helping bring to life Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon, his forays into science fiction had been pretty much limited to Limitless. (Well, that and the weirder parts of Alias.) The 2011 thriller took that old myth about people “only using 10% of your brain” and ran with it, casting Cooper as an author who begins using a drug that amps that percentage up to 100%. It didn’t exactly seem like a movie that was crying out for a sequel or spinoff, but in 2013 word came that it was being developed into a TV series. Now Limitless has inched one step closer to TV screens.

ScreenCrush reports that CBS has given a pilot order to Limitless, which will be written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary) and produced by Cooper, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Leslie Dixon, the latter of whom penned the original film, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. But what story will the Limitless TV show tell? Well, in typical CBS fashion, it will take the concept and reduce it to its blandest and most predictable form: the police procedural.

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Interstellar Lego Models Remind Us We’ve Barely Begun (Building)

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Int1As much as I loved playing with LEGOs when I was a kid — hell, who am I kidding, I still love playing with LEGOs — it’s kind of hard to believe how much the building blocks have expanded throughout pop culture. In addition to the hugely entertaining Lego Movie there have been dozens of cartoons and direct-to-DVD installments, not to mention a mega-successful video-game line that’s spoofed everything from Star Wars to Marvel to Jurassic World. We probably won’t ever see any officially licensed LEGO Interstellar sets, but thankfully that doesn’t mean LEGO maniacs can’t just create their own, and that’s precisely what jp_veliciraptor did.

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Custom-Built Darth Vader Armor Gives The Dark Side A Splash Of Color

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Darth Vader’s imposing black armor is rightfully iconic, cutting one of the most instantly recognizable silhouettes in pop culture history and just generally looking so badass that you can almost forget Lucas sullying it with Hayden Christensen’s whiny ass. Still, you have to think he’s got more than one outfit. You’ve got to peel that shit off every few weeks just to hose the burned-meat smell out of it and throw in some baby powder. I’m envisioning a walk-in closet on the Death Star filled with identical black get-ups, but surely Vader’s got some other options mixed in there too. Maybe something with a splash of color, like this:

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Will Superman Exist In The World Of CBS’ Supergirl TV Series?

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SupergirlSuperman may not have spawned a Batcave’s worth of sidekicks and spinoff vigilantes, but Kal-El did have one very important hero who shared his shield and his defining adjective: Supergirl. While there have been numerous variations on the character over the decades, she has always been, at least in part, defined by her relation to her more famous forebear. We’ve known for a while that CBS was developing a new Supergirl TV series, but we didn’t know the answer to that fundamental question: would this Supergirl exist in a world with Superman?

The answer would seem to be yes. The revelation came out almost as an afterthought in a TV Line story on the first supervillains the titular superheroine will be facing off against. TV Line reports that Supergirl, a.k.a. Kara Danvers, a.k.a. Kara Zor-El, will spent the pilot episode smacking around the DC comics supervillain “Lumberjack.” (His schtick is that he’s big and he dresses like a lumberjack — hey, every hero has to start somewhere.) At any rate, TV Line says that CBS is looking to cast somebody in the vein of “Rory McCann, the 6-foot-6 actor from Game of Thrones” to play the “big, burly monster of a man, who has battled Kara’s cousin in the past.”