AMC Adds New Sci-Fi Series Line Of Sight, From The Creator Of Rubicon

AMCAMC is going science fiction! The well-respected network has announced a new SF series, Line of Sight, which is set to go into production later this year for (hopefully) a fall premiere date.

While AMC’s The Walking Dead has elements of science fiction, it is not as sci-fi heavy as Line of Sight is believed to be. Writer Blake Masters (Rubicon, Brotherhood) created the series, and will also serve as its executive producer. According to ComingSoon, Line of Sight will follow the story of Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash. His investigation brings him on a quest to discover the accident’s cause. Bernt becomes fixated on the unfathomable force that brought down the airplane, and how he survived as it slowly unravels his life and the world around him. Lewis’ dark obsession with the plane crash soon turns into paranoia.

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production, and digital content, said of Line of Sight and Masters:

Blake Masters has created a world and set of characters that defies the traditional boundaries of drama and sci-fi. It’s got great elements of both genres while also having that unique blend of a conspiracy thriller. It is genuinely unexpected and unconventional.


Peter Jackson Met With Steven Moffat About Directing Doctor Who

Peter JacksonLast month geek worlds collided in a potentially awesome way when The Hobbit director Peter Jackson joked that he would direct an episode of Doctor Who for free. Okay, that’s not quite true. He just wants one of the Daleks as his payment, which sounds totally reasonable to us. While it’s still a long way from a done deal, it seems some powerful forces are in favor of a Jackson-directed Who: namely, the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Doctors themselves!

As reported by Stuff.co.nz, former Who leads Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann were excited at the prospect, and say that Jackson has already met with showrunner Steven Moffat. The three actors were visiting New Zealand for the Lords of Time convention, and all seemed keen on the idea of letting the Hobbit master play around inside the TARDIS. “I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story,” says Baker. “I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.”

McCoy has worked with Jackson recently, appearing as the wizard Radaghast the Brown in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. “He knows what he’s doing,” says McCoy. “If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.”


Ruben Fleischer’s New Untitled Sci-Fi Film For Sony Pictures

Ruben FleischerIn 2009, Ruben Fleischer’s directorial debut Zombieland was a surprise box office and critical success. The zombie comedy catapulted Fleischer into super-stardom, but his follow-up feature, 30 Minutes or Less, brought him back down to Earth. The buddy comedy received mixed reviews from critics and wasn’t nearly as successful as his previous film. Fleischer’s latest, Gangster Squad, performed even worse. Hopefully his newest project can jumpstart his career again.

According to The Wrap, Fleischer is attached to direct and produce a mysterious, untitled science fiction project for Sony Pictures. There is obviously not much known about the premise, but it is based on Fleischer’s own pitch to the movie studio. Sony hired screenwriter Eric Pearson, who will be making his screenwriting feature film debut with Fleischer’s sci-fi film.

Eric Pearson was the post-production manager at Pixar Animation and worked on some of the studio’s key films, including Ratatouille for Brad Bird and Up for Pete Docter. He has two scripts on Hollywood’s 2010 Blacklist of popular unproduced scripts: a romantic comedy called Perfect Match and a drama titled Out of State.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 Blu-Ray Trailer Makes It So

I’m betting some of our GFR readers are currently sitting in movie theaters watching/getting ready to watch the “Best of Both Worlds” Star Trek: The Next Generation theatrical event that’s going down tonight. Hopefully it’ll be a great experience to see two of the show’s best episodes up on the big screen, but for those of us stuck here at home, we can at least check out the new trailer for the remastered TNG fourth season Blu-ray release up above. The set is “coming soon,” but doesn’t have a specific release date yet.


Funny Or Die Checks In On Star Wars: Episode VII Writer Michael Arndt

“These ARE the droids you’re looking for!” After the release of Star Trek Into Darkness in a few weeks, J.J. Abrams will change teams and focus on the production of Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. But before Abrams takes on Star Wars, take a look at screenwriter Michael Arndt, trying his hardest to write the damn movie. Hopefully, the Funny or Die video above is not indicative of Mr. Arndt’s actual writing process. The best moment in the video is the line, “Yoda is alive! How? Explain later I will…”

There still aren’t many official details known about Episode VII yet. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all rumored to be returning to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, respectively, but nothing has been confirmed. Other Star Wars cast members such as Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams have thrown their hats in the ring as well, but again, nothing is set in stone at this point.


Michael Bay Says Megan Fox Will Not Return In Transformers 4

Mikaela TransformersMichael Bay’s latest flick, Pain & Gain, hits theaters this Friday, but for his next project he will once again return to the Transformers franchise. The director says Transformers 4 will be a complete re-design of the existing trilogy, but will take place in the same universe as the first three Transformers films. And no, we’re not entirely sure what that means either.

If Transformers 4 will be an extension of the original Transformers trilogy, could it feature some actors from the previous cast? Well, we can mark one name off the list for sure. While Michael Bay and Megan Fox have “kissed and made up,” and Fox will be featured as April O’Neil in the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, don’t expect her to be bending over any motor vehicles in the new Transformers flick. Michael Bay tells E! Online:

‘No. Because it’s a totally different story,’ Bay continued to explain. ‘It’s with Mark Wahlberg and his daughter (Nicola Peltz). It’s the same [world],’ Bay clarified, explaining that 4 will not be a complete reboot. ‘You have the three movies, but there’s a reason why there’s a new cast. And it’s explained very clearly when you see it, and it’s going to feel natural. So it’s not like we’re starting over or anything like that.’

After the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Michael Bay and Megan Fox had a falling out when the then 23-year-old actress compared the director to Adolf Hitler. Fox was later replaced with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.