The Maze Runner Casts Kaya Scodelario As Its Female Lead

Kaya Scodelario

James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is one in an ever increasing line of sci-fi themed young adult novels that are being adapted into big-time Hollywood movies. In hopes of replicating the massive success of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, it seems like if there is mention of YA and science fiction anywhere near your book, you land a huge development deal.

Directed by Wes Ball, the film version of The Maze Runner has finally found its female lead in the form of Kaya Scodelario. British-born, the 21-year-old actress made her screen debut in Duncan Jones’ Moon, which she followed up with a turn in Clash of the Titans, but she’s still best known for her role on Skins.

Ball himself tweeted the news:


Stargate Atlantis’ Sixth Season Would Have Included A Moon Base And Time Travel

Stargate AtlantisThere are tons of infamous roads-not-taken when it comes to science fiction television. What if the original Star Trek had been such a hit that it completed its five-year mission on TV? What if Babylon 5 didn’t have to adjust its arc when they thought they weren’t getting a season five? What if The Lone Gunmen had become a breakout hit that far eclipsed the success of its parent series, The X-Files? Okay, admittedly some of these are less likely than others. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard about: what would have happened if Stargate Atlantis had gotten a sixth season?

Atlantis writer Joseph Mallozi recently took to his blog and revealed some details about where the show would have gone in a hypothetical sixth season. He explains that, as the fifth season was wrapping up, the writers were unsure whether the show would continue with another season, or perhaps a standalone movie, or (as the case proved to be) not at all. To hedge their bets, they decided to pen a two-part season opener that could also be repurposed as a direct-to-DVD movie (to be titled Stargate: Extinction). Sadly, neither saw the light of day.

Mallozi reveals that the movie/premiere would have opened on the moon, which is apparently where Atlantis has relocated (full disclosure: I’ve never seen an episode of Atlantis, so you’ll have to forgive any incorrect assumptions I make). I’ll let Mallozi take it from here:


Pacific Rim Viral Poster Restricts Your Access

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Some of the most entertaining promotional material for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters-versus-mechs adventure Pacific Rim has been the viral offerings. After all, these are the people who released a picture of a massive turd as a part of their marketing; they’re obviously having a lot of fun with this one. The latest poster falls into this fun category, though it is certainly less fecal-centric. It’s also a nice little piece of the world building done for the film.

When massive beasts called Kaiju emerge from the ocean and start wreaking havoc, the human race counters by creating giant warriors of their own, in the form of skyscraper-tall combat mechs called Jaegers. That large-scale battle for survival forms the basis for the plot of Pacific Rim.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Will Start Shooting This Fall

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set for release this November, but meanwhile the production and creative team are hard at work on its sequel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. While both Part 1 and 2 will be made at the same time, the production for the first half of the final installment of the extremely popular The Hunger Games series will start shooting this September in a new shooting location.


Production Weekly recently Tweeted that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will start principal photography on September 16th in Atlanta, Georgia and Boston, Massachusetts. The previous Hunger Games movies also began production in September, but shot in North Carolina (while parts of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire shot in Hawaii for the Third Quarter Quell). It’s believed that Atlanta and Boston were chosen to portray the mysterious District 13, which is the home district of the emerging rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow.


NASA Plans To Wrangle Asteroids Beginning In 2019


If you think NASA’s latest scheme sounds like it was lifted directly from Michael Bay’s Armageddon, then you’re not alone. The plan is to capture a small asteroid using a robotic probe and then relocate it to somewhere around the moon. This would all go down in 2019. Astronauts would then begin playing around and exploring the asteroid a few years later, in 2021.

If this happens, it will be the first time that humans have gone beyond the low levels of Earth’s atmosphere in decades. The last time we broke that barrier was in 1972 with Apollo 17. Some theorize that this could lay the groundwork for a future mission to Mars. Though there hasn’t been an official announcement from NASA, both Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, and an unnamed White House official have let it slip about this plan.

Nelson is himself a former astronaut—he flew on Columbia in 1986—and serves as the chairman of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee. According to a press conference Friday, the plan involves a diminutive robotic probe, which will attempt to grab an asteroid in a device that is described as “a baggie with a drawstring.” Don’t you love it when they get all technical?


Roberto Orci Talks About How J.J. Abrams Will Split Star Trek/Star Wars Duties

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Ever since J.J. Abrams accepted the Star Wars: Episode VII job from Disney and Lucasfilm, it’s been hard to imagine how a single director will have shepherded the modern “resurrection” of both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. While Star Trek Into Darkness is only a month away, Star Wars: Episode VII is still down the road in 2015.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Star Trek Into Darkness producer and co-writer Roberto Orci talks briefly about how J.J. Abrams will split his duties on Star Wars: Episode VII and Star Trek, while working to please two groups of fans and two different movie studios. Orci says:

‘First I was happy for J.J., but I definitely felt a disturbance in the Force — which, incidentally, was first felt by Spock on the original series of Star Trek: when 400 Vulcans died he felt it across space, just like Ben Kenobi, but a decade ahead…’ he told the British magazine. ‘Anyway, we’re all fans of Star Wars. Still, this is going to affect calendars and now it’s two massive corporations having to vie for the right attention to each of these properties. But hopefully it will be fine.’

At this point it’s impossible to gauge how Star Wars and Star Trek fans will react to the new movies, and Paramount and Disney will have to learn to play nice with each other so both franchises can continue to live long and prosper. Orci continues: