BBC America Teases Upcoming Zombie Miniseries In The Flesh

All the way back in March, the BBC aired the three-part zombie drama In the Flesh to a fair amount of acclaim. It’s got an intriguing premise, even if some people see it as just another thing about zombies. That’s fair, sure, but police procedurals and medical dramas have been pulling the same tricks on TV for many, many decades. Let there be brains!

Or maybe not, since these zombies are in varying stages of rehabilitation. The above teaser from BBC America gives only a hint as to what that rehab plot consists of, but we already know it takes place after The Rising, where thousands of people rose from the dead. One of them is Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a teenager who had recently committed suicide. Zombies are referred to as patients with “partially deceased syndrome” (PDS), and are medicated, reformed, and put back into the daily shuffle and shamble. As you might imagine, not everyone takes to having the walking sorta-dead in their lives on a regular basis. Didn’t get any of that from dinner with Mum and Dad up there, did you?


Gareth Edwards Updates Fans On The Progress Of Godzilla

The good people at Legendary Pictures are making it really easy for fans to connect with their favorite movie productions. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull seems to be encouraging Godzilla fans to take advantage of social media to become more enthusiastic about the new film. A few weeks ago, director Gareth Edwards uploaded a brief video to YouTube to commemorate the first shot of principal photography on the new Godzilla reboot. Since then, Edwards has been releasing a few behind-the-scenes images from the production’s Vancouver, Canada location.

The video above is no different; Gareth Edwards updates Godzilla fans on the film’s progress and reminds them that the new film will be released in theaters in exactly one year. The video also says that this was the first day of shooting with actress Elisabeth Olsen. The 24-year-old performer is part of a world-class cast mostly made up of popular indie and foreign film actors, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins, with original Godzilla actor Akira Takarada putting in a special cameo appearance.


New York City Skyline As Seen On Other Planets

With the threat of global warming hovering above and around us, constant innovations are being made that may increase future generations’ enjoyment of this planet for another few seconds. Comparisons are often made between what Earth is like now, and what Earth was like before humans evolved and fucked everything up, but let’s take a second to consider how our human construction may fair in the harsh environments of other planets.

The following illustrations were created by talented researcher and artist Nickolay Lamm, with the help of astrobiologist Marilyn Vogel, a former employee of NASA’s Ames Research Center. Each picture envisions one of the United States’ most iconic images, the New York City skyline, as it were located on the other planets in the solar system. They each include a brief description of how each planet’s environment would render all of that construction useless for human beings. Check out some of them below.



Brad Bird On Why He Turned Down Star Wars: Episode VII

Brad BirdBefore J.J. Abrams was crowned as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII, there were many other genre directors rumored for the coveted job. Star Wars fans wanted the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, or Joss Whedon, but ultimately the Mouse House went with Abrams. Another very popular fan choice was director Brad Bird, who turned down the job to direct the upcoming Tomorrowland instead.

In an interview with THR, Bird reveals why he said “no” to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars job. Apparently, Disney did approach him, but he declined their offer because of scheduling issues. Bird explains:

They did come to me. But the problem was, the schedule they had in mind made it impossible to dounless I dropped Tomorrowland. And I was just really deeply into this film at that point. It’s easy to say, ‘Just put it on hold.’ But you’re moving now; you don’t know if you’re going to be able to move later. Maybe it’s true of filmmakers like Cameron or Spielberg, but I have to act on momentum. We had reached a critical mass where it would’ve thrown the furniture around from the train stopping. I really want to see this movie. I love the Star Wars films, and I can’t wait to see what J.J. does, but it meant I’d have to shut down one dream to participate in another. I feel like [with Tomorrowland] we’re making something that’s really special and unique.


Zombieland Creator Points Twitter Finger At Bad Fans For Pilot’s Failure

zombThey say never bite the hand that feeds. But the opposite side of that is, you don’t feed somebody a home-cooked meal at first and then give them an artificially flavored freezer version of the same meal afterward, expecting everything to go by smoothly. Also, when the thing that is biting is a zombie, run!

When Amazon ordered a pilot for a Zombieland series, there were no throngs of fans cheering from the rooftops, and during its time on Amazon Prime, the roofs continued to be free of jubilance. As I said then, it wasn’t terrible or anything. It just wasn’t that great, even when you take the film out of the equation. Do you know how hard it is to take Woody Harrelson out of an equation? Anyway, viewers got to choose what pilots Amazon kept, and viewers did not put Zombieland near the top of that list.

Show co-creator Rhett Reese gave his theories about why this happened via his Twitter account, and quite surprisingly, he did not blame the writing. Here is his Tweet run-down:

Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved…I’ll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence…Anyway, we did our best, and we’re very proud of our team.

Hahaha. He actually gave a pretty good jab that doesn’t sound too much like whining, and that’s something. There’s no point in kicking a guy while he’s down, and it’s impossible to teach a zombie to play “Taps” on a bugle, so everyone just say their farewells. Assuming one of the 200 other avenues of televised fiction doesn’t step in.


Drew Goddard Follows Up Cabin In The Woods With E-Book Adaptation The Martian

Drew GoddardThe Cabin in the Woods was one of the most underrated movies of last year. The collaboration between director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon was a smart, funny, and terrifying look at the horror genre itself. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a smash hit with general audiences, but it was a beloved darling amongst critics and horror fans. Hopefully Drew Goodard’s next film will be the big hit The Cabin in the Woods should have been.

According to The Wrap, Goddard will next be tackling the adaptation of author Andy Weir’s sci-fi e-book The Martian. The new film will center on an astronaut who is stranded on the Red Planet Mars with no hope of rescue, so he must learn to survive long enough to return to Earth. It is described as a mix between Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 and Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away, so maybe they’ll cast Tom Hanks as the stranded astronaut. It is also said to be very different from Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

The Cabin in the Woods was Drew Goddard’s first time directing a feature film, but he has worked on various screenplays, including Cloverfield for director Matt Reeves, World War Z starring Brad Pitt, and Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming Robopocalypse. Goddard got his start in Hollywood as a writer on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He later worked with J.J. Abrams on the TV series Alias and Lost.