Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Rumored For A Star Wars Movie

Steven Moffat

UPDATE: Easy come, easy go. Moffat’s wife has popped on Twitter to shoot down the Star Wars rumors. Original story below.

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Well, this ought to get people riled up. Doctor Who is set to return next month for another season and with a new Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that he plans to stick with the show for a while yet. But if a new rumor is to be believed, he just might make a voyage into an entirely different iconic science fiction universe: that of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise.

The rumor — and we do stress that word — comes via Jedi News, who claim that they’re “hearing rumblings in the Force that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been linked to a future Star Wars movie.” Now, even assuming this is true, “linked to” could mean a lot of things. If Lucasfilm/Disney is courting him to write or direct a future Star Wars film, there are several possible contenders. We know Looper’s Rian Johnson is writing and directing Episode VIII. Reports are conflicting, with some suggesting Johnson would finish out the new trilogy by also writing and directing Episode IX, whereas others claim he’ll only be writing a story treatment for IX. If that latter possibility is the case, then perhaps Moffat could be in line to direct Episode IX, and/or write the full screenplay from Johnson’s treatment.


Star Trek Fan Spends $500,000 Turning His Basement Into The Enterprise

Star TrekA great many of you out there are rabid Star Trek fans. That’s a well-established fact at this point. And Star Trek fans are widely known to be some of the more passionate, obsessive, and detail oriented of science fiction fans—you all have your own movie, that’s all I’m saying. That’s why the story of Anthony Sforza shouldn’t really surprise anyone. The Long Island, New York resident spent $500,000 and more than 1500 hours turning his basement into a replica of the Starship Enterprise.

The 48-year-old Sforza has been a fanatic for years, collecting Star Trek memorabilia since the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2010 when he finally made the decision to turn his home into the iconic Federation Starship. But once he started down that road, it was on. Over the next few years he spent all of his free time trying to track down exactly what the series used to create the futuristic spacecraft, modeled on the latest version, the one from the Scott Bakula-fronted Enterprise.


Extant Premiere Post-Game: Network Sci-Fi Is Rarely This Well-Rounded And Intriguing

extantWhile CBS’ Under the Dome is vaguely tethered to science fiction through its (abysmal) storyline, it’s a show much more interested in dealing with human drama rather than genre conventions. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum is teir new offering Extant, a show that follows in Dome‘s “summer event series” footsteps, but completely outshines it in every single way. Barely a second of the series premiere, “Re-Entry,” goes by without a solid reminder that you’re watching a sci-fi series. Words cannot quite express how impressed I was by this hour of television. But I’ll certainly use a bunch trying to do so. (And I’ll try to keep it spoiler-free for the most part, but beware the bottom half of this recap.)

As astronaut Molly Woods, Halle Berry is a woman who can’t seem to find her element. She’s spent the past year on a solo mission in space, and all she wants is go home and re-adjust to life with her husband John (Goran Visnjic) and son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon). However, she must concede to various physical and psychological tests first, which prove troublesome since she’s keeping secrets from everyone. But her physician/friend Sam Barton (Camryn Manheim) soon discovers the seemingly impossible.


Star Wars Rebels Introduces Imperial Enforcer Agent Kallus

In regards to Star Wars, most of our attention is focused on J.J. Abrams upcoming Episode VII and the other film additions to the canon. Movies like that one, and Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, and Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank’s impending standalone films, are obviously the biggest deal, but it often feels like we forgot that the first post-Disney-buyout addition to the family that we’ll actually see will be the animated Star Wars Rebels. They’re quietly putting together what looks like a cool addition to the franchise, one that will have wide reaching implications. Now Lucasfilm has released this video introducing us to one of the villains the heroes will have to face off against, Agent Kallus, Imperial Enforcer.

While The Inquisitor obviously represents the evil, nasty side of things, the Dark Side of the Force, Kallus is a different style of enemy. Definitely a bad guy, he’s not straight up wicked and malevolent. A member of the Imperial Security Bureau, described here as a mixture of the FBI and the military police, he represents the more rank and file of the Empire. While he is passionate about his work, and definitely believes in the Empire, he is just doing his job.


The Flash Casts Robbie Amell As One-Half Of The Nuclear Hero Firestorm

AmellThey started with Barry Allen, but now the producers of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash are filling out their super-heroic universe nearly as quickly as the big-screen DC Cinematic Universe Zack Snyder is trying to build off the back of Man of Steel. In addition to DC’s Emerald Archer and Scarlet Speedster, earlier this week we learned that former Superman actor Brandon Routh would be guest-starring on Arrow this season as Dr. Ray Palmer, who in the comics fights crime as the shrinking superhero The Atom. Now Arrow’s sister series The Flash is adding another classic Silver Age DC character to the mix: the flame-headed nuclear hero Firestorm…or at least half of him.

Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that actor Robbie Amell has landed a recurring role on The Flash as Ronnie Raymond. In the comics, Raymond would combine with physicist Martin Stein to become Firestorm. Basically Raymond would control Firestorm’s physical aspect, while Stein would share a consciousness with him. So Stein was basically the superhero equivalent of backseat driver you just can’t get rid of. Thankfully Raymond got some perks to balance out having one of his professors jammed into his brain: Firestorm could fly around and alter the molecular structure of things in various nifty ways. Also his head is on fire, like, all the time.


Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim ‘Toon And At The Mountains Of Madness

DelToroGuillermo del Toro got to share some exciting news last month with the announcement that Pacific Rim 2 was officially happening, and even had a release date set for April 7, 2017. This Sunday he begins haunting the small screen with his new vampire horror series The Strain on FX. Anybody who follows del Toro’s work knows that the dude has at least two dozen different irons in the fire at any given time, but a new interview with the Wall Street Journal provides a few more details about the Pacific Rim animated series and one of del Toro’s longest-gestating projects, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

The initial announcement about Pacific Rim 2 included only a brief mention of the Pacific Rim animated series, but thankfully the Wall Street Journal folks pried a few more details out of him. The ‘toon will follow the adventures of Jaeger pilots and cadets battling the kaiju in the years before the events of Pacific Rim. The animated series will also delve into the backstory of characters we will eventually meet in Pacific Rim 2.

Here’s what del Toro told Collider:

We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun…

We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters — we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young — very young, 11-year-olds and so forth — but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.

Pacific Rim stories will also continue in comic form, following up on the Tales from Year Zero comic.