Firefly Teaser Page Suggests New Comic Will Pick Up Where Serenity Left Off

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FireflyHeaderWith Joss Whedon now Hollywood royalty after The Avengers made $1.5 billion, many of his fans are clinging to newly rekindled hope that he might use that cachet to bring back Firefly in some form or another. Unfortunately, The Avengers’ success is a double-edged sword. Joss is certainly now an A-lister, but that also means he’s really, really busy. Still, all is not lost: Dark Horse Comics recently began teasing a new Firefly comic project of some sort. And while we don’t have many details yet, an image they recently posted suggests the series will pick up right where fans would hope: after the events of Serenity.

Dark Horse has already released several comics set in Whedon’s science fiction universe over the years, but they have typically been set between or before the events of the series and the movie. That’s nice, but what many Firefly fans really crave — myself included — is a continuation of the story, something that explores what happens to Malcolm Reynolds and the rest after the brutal events seen in Serenity. Now one of the images shared by Dark Horse seems to hint strongly that that’s exactly what we’re going to get. Check out the page released by Dark Horse below. (You can click it for a slightly larger version.)


Star Trek Into Darkness: Everything Wrong With It In 7 Minutes Or Less

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Portable trans-warp beaming device? This past May, Star Trek Into Darkness was one of the must-see science fiction films of the summer. After the successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009, fans of the series couldn’t wait to see what director J.J. Abrams and company had in store for them in 2013. With addition of British actor Benedict Cumberbatch to the cast as the main villain, Into Darkness could have been one of the biggest films of the summer, and one of the best in the film franchise. Boy, were we wrong about this one!


The Latest Episode VII Casting Rumors Center On David Oyelowo And Michael B. Jordan

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David Oyelowo & Michael B. JordanRecently, we’ve seen a heavy flood of Star Wars casting rumors. Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Alex Pettyfer have all been linked to unspecified roles in the upcoming Episode VII. The countdown to the January 2014 start of production in London continues, and still nothing has been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, but we have two new names to add to the mass of possible casting.

At the center of these latest Star Wars rumors, as usual, is Latino Review, who now reports that David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan are taking meetings with director J.J. Abrams. While it’s unclear if they’re up for the same role, it’s believed that one of them might play the son of Lando Calrissian. Does this mean Billy Dee Williams would be in the new film too?


International Snowpiercer Trailer Paints An Action Packed Picture

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While there is still no word on when American audiences will lay eyes on Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut Snowpiercer, the film is the process of opening up all across the world. Next up is a wide release in France—the movie is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige—where it opens on October 30. Building up to that release, we have a tense new trailer to make us hope that The Weinstein Company gets off their ass, decides what they’re going to do about an American edit, and get the damn movie into theaters. With every successive look, the film looks better and better.

This video shows you some of what you’ve already seen, but also includes a bunch of new footage, and throws some new plot details into the mix as well. Snowpiercer is set in the year 2031, where attempts to reverse global warming have kicked off a new ice age. The last remnants of humanity live on a train that, powered by a perpetual motion engine, endlessly circles the frozen planet. As this trailer says, this train is the world now. We’ve caught glimpses of the outside, mostly split second blips of footage, but here we get longer, wider views that present a more complete picture of what they’re dealing with.


Dolph Lundgren Will Smack Down Cryptids In Legendary 3D

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dolph lundgren legendaryJust yesterday, we were talking about zombies fighting professional wrestlers, and today we’ve got another completely out there battle between man and beast: Dolph Lundgren vs. a cryptid. The former He-Man will butting heads with this mythical creature in GFM Films’ Legendary, for which distribution company Wrekin Hill just snatched up the North American rights. So it won’t be long before we can all joyously get together and play a drinking game where you take a shot whenever someone names a Dolph Lundgren movie they’d rather be watching than Legendary. Just kidding. This might actually be pretty good, in that “at least it isn’t a Syfy Original” kind of way. But still…Showdown in Little Tokyo! Drink!

Legendary is directed by Eric Styles, whose resume consists of the Heather Graham romantic comedy Miss Conception, and written by Andy Briggs, last responsible for the Syfy remake The Philadelphia Experiment. (I knew Syfy would show up at some point.) These guys are not the film’s biggest selling points, obviously, but let’s all give Styles a big round of applause, because this creature feature is in 3D! And judging from the trailer below, it looks like there might actually be a few good gimmicks used beyond just “stick being hurtled at camera.” For instance, “smoke being hurtled at camera.”


Stargate TV Writer Ponders The Future Of The Franchise

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SG1As somebody who never got into the various Stargate series while they were airing, it still boggles my mind that the 1994 film spawned such a successful TV franchise. Three series unfolding over some 15 years — that might not equal Star Trek or Star Wars levels of success, but in a TV landscape where science fiction series are usually killed swiftly, it’s no mean feat. Stargate has been in limbo since the demise of SGU in 2011, but producer Roland Emmerich recently revealed that he’s trying to resurrect the franchise as a new, rebooted trilogy. That’s good news for Stargate fans, but what about for one of the guys who helped shepherd all three TV spin-offs over the years?

Joseph Mallozzi served as executive producer and writer on Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate: Universe. If anybody has the credentials to comment on the future of the franchise, it’s this guy. And comment he did, taking to his blog last week to share his thoughts on where Stargate could — and should — go from here.

He first addresses the concept that’s on deck: rebooting Stargate on the big screen. Mallozzi points to the success of J.J. AbramsStar Trek films as a template of potential success a rebooted Stargate could enjoy. Except…this summer has not been kind to big-budget would-be blockbusters. While there were some expensive successes these past few months, there were also a ton of costly duds: White House Down, The Lone Ranger, and RIPD, to name but a few. Mallozzi says: