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Gremlins Remake In The Works From Warner Bros.

gizmoGremlins is one of the most beloved movie franchises from the ’80s, along with Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones. A sequel to Joe Dante’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch has been in development since 1990, but we won’t be getting Gremlins 3 after all. Instead, Warner Bros. is working on a remake.

According to Bleeding Cool, Warner Bros. and producer David Katzenberg has hired screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to pen the script for a Gremlins remake. Seth Grahame-Smith is guy behind the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter best-selling novels (he also wrote the screenplay for the latter’s big-screen adaptation). In the movie world, he also wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows remake and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot for Chronicle-director Josh Trank. Grahame-Smith has also been attached to a potential Bettlejuice remake with director Tim Burton.

A few months ago, Steven Spielberg was in the final negotiations with Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins film. An Amblin Entertainment film cannot be remade, sequelized, or rebooted without Steven Spielberg’s participation and clearance. Although it’s unclear how much Spielberg will participate in the Gremlins remake, it seems he is on board with the project.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Is Finally Here: This Week In Science Fiction

STIDIt’s hard to believe that Star Trek Into Darkness is finally almost here in the States. We’ve been writing about this movie for several years now, and I can’t even speculate how many words we’ve dedicated to dissecting the hints and rumors and rumors of hints. For those of us here at GFR, it seems almost doomed to be anti-climactic, but the early word from overseas has been largely positive, and at this point I’ll buy a ticket just to watch Benedict Cumberbatch chew the scenery. And for the Abrams haters out there, think of it this way: there’s a very good chance that Into Darkness is the last Star Trek movie you’ll ever see Abrams direct. See? Silver lining!

If you couldn’t care less about the latest big-screen Star Trek outing, fear not. There’s still plenty of other sci-fi goodness happening this week. We’ve got new episodes of Defiance, Revolution, Warehouse 13, Doctor Who, and Orphan Black. The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker’s divisive Cloud Atlas hits home video, and it’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it. You may love it, you may hate it, but it will likely provoke a strong reaction one way or another.

Here’s what’s new This Week in Science Fiction!

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Orphan Black Post-Game: Parts Developed In An Unusual Manner

obI don’t know if any of you guys caught the season finale of Community last week, where the writers capped off an awful season by nearly destroying the darkest timeline by bringing the darker characters into the normal world. It’s a good example of the perils of having actors play against themselves via technical wizardry. In Orphan Black, I have to actively remind myself that Tatiana Maslany is the only actress playing these completely different clone characters. And while it’s obvious from scene to scene as the focus switches over from Sarah’s story to Cosima’s story, whenever Maslany shares the screen with herself, it’s a treat to watch and consistently blows my mind.

The best example in “Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner” is the dive diner lunch date between Sarah and the clone-killer Helena, who marvels at the niceness of the restaurant as she pours sugar on top of her Jell-o. Sarah is hard-boiled and no nonsense, while Helena is childlike in her inability to appear normal around grown-ups. She grew up in a Ukranian convent that saved her from abandonment  She’s now under the rather harsh care of whoever Tomas ends up being. He continues trying to convince Helena she is the original, and I’m not sure if it’s just to give her a superiority complex or what.

Instead of going for the ramped-up situational drama that last week’s episode zigged and zagged through, this episode’s pacing is guided by the editing, which stitches together a bunch of smaller scenes that bring everything together in the end. And while there’s a lot of info-dumping and talking, much of it is important information.

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Defiance Gets A Second Season From Syfy

DefianceWe may only be part of the way through the inaugural season of Syfy’s new series Defiance, but that didn’t stop the network from reupping for a second season.

The order for a 13-episode second season follows on the heels of the second-highest-rated premiere in the network’s history. Defiance debuted to an audience of more than four million viewers. In the weeks following the unveiling, the numbers have remained strong, averaging in excess of two million viewers per week, and winning its Monday night timeslot for the show’s key demographic.

Set in a future world, Defiance tells the story of a world where aliens have landed on Earth, looking for a new home. After a long, destructive war with the human race, they have begun to integrate into human society. You can imagine that this might be a bumpy ride, as different species attempt to learn to get along with each other in post-apocalyptic frontier. The bulk of the series takes place in the ruins of St. Louis, renamed Defiance, and follows Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted alien daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas).

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Researchers Create An Airborne Hybrid Flu Virus, Happy Monday

VirusFrom today’s “this is a bad idea” file comes the news from China that a team of researchers have created a new hybrid flu virus. If that isn’t fun enough, the new bug can go airborne and spread from mammal to mammal. Did no one see Contagion or 12 Monkeys, or read any of the ever-increasing number of terrifying nonfiction books about the potential for worldwide pandemics? Hell, much of the recent zombie paranoia ties back into fear of disease.

The scientists mixed genes from the H5N1 virus with those from the strain H1N1, which was responsible for the 2009 swine flu epidemic. This new concoction has been shown capable of spreading between guinea pigs.

The whole purpose behind this move is to show that, despite the hype surrounding the current outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China, other avian flus such as H5N1 still pose a substantial threat of global pandemic. It is also possible that two different types of viruses could combine naturally. While there is no evidence that H5N1 and H1N1 have come together, this experiment shows that hybrids like this are a viable risk. These two strains overlap geographically and in the type of animals they infect. While H5N1 tends only to associate with its own kind, “the pandemic H1N1 strain seems to be particularly prone to reassortment.”

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Shinji Aramaki’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock Gets A Lengthy Trailer

If you’ve been paying attention, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the animated adaptation of Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Well, I don’t know how much closer we are to seeing an English release of the film from Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed), but this new trailer is pretty badass.

This new video may be overlong, and may look like the cut scene from a recent videogame, but the whole thing is totally worth it for those shots of the space ship Arcadia bursting, silver skull first, out of the dense space fog.