E3 — or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, for those who aren’t into the whole brevity thing — is in full swing in Los Angeles this week, giving gamers a peek at what they’ve got to look forward to in the next year or so. The next installment of the Halo franchise was expected to put in some sort of appearance, but yesterday fans of Master Chief got a lovely surprise with the revelation that Halo 1 – 4 are being updated for Microsoft’s Xbox One next-gen console…and you’ll be able to get the lot of them for no more than it would cost to purchase a brand-new game. You can see the snazzy debut trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection above.
With The Walking Dead, AMC has provided half of the one-two punch that is fueling renewed science fiction and fantasy show development across the TV landscape (the other half is HBO’s Game of Thrones). The runaway success of that program has encouraged both AMC and other networks to take chances on geek-trending concepts that previously would have seemed out of place on the network that gave us Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Projects like Ridley Scott’s post-apocalyptic pilot Galyntine, which just landed a huge “get,” adding Academy Award-nominated actor Peter Fonda as a series regular.
Galyntine is set in the aftermath of a technological cataclysm of some sort, which has led to society willfully embracing a tech-free way of life. It sounds a bit like the just-canceled Revolution, but without the mystery of why everybody tossed their mobile phones in the bin. And hopefully way less frustrating and potential wasting. Fonda will be playing Crawford, the owner of a handyman shop and a “grizzled, ultratraditionalist hard-ass with a sadistic streak and a simmering resentment” about no longer being the guy in charge among his particular group. So maybe a more interesting version of The Walking Dead’s Governor?
While most 76-year-olds are retired and settled into a more easygoing lifestyle, director Ridley Scott is waist-deep in one of the busiest stages of his career. Still in pre-production on his Biblical epic Exodus, Scott is also prepping the Egyptian sci-fi series Pharaoh for HBO, Blade Runner 2, a possible Prometheus 2 and a live-action digital feature based on the popular Xbox franchise Halo. One of those projects — you might be able to tell from the headline which one I’m talking about — just landed its first star.
According to TheWrap, The Good Wife star Mike Colter has signed on as a genetically enhanced super-soldier heading to war in the 26th century, but don’t go calling him Master Chief. (That guy is a real dick about being mistaken for others.) Colter will play Marlow, “a rising star in a futuristic army who is troubled by aspects of the military industrial complex he inhabits.” I can’t imagine what the downside to living in an always-at-war society would be. Less cable shows? Anyway, Marlowe will be a leader to his fellow men, and is known for handling battles with caution and logic. I’m guessing he’ll also have a muscle or two, and will be quick with the weapons.
If you thought Star Wars: Episode VII‘s Han Solo was the only iconic character Harrison Ford would be reprising soon, you might be in for a big, aged surprise. In direct opposition to everyone saying that the esteemed actor (repli)can’t return to the Blade Runner universe as the formidable Rick Deckard, Alcon Entertainment has officially put out a public offer to Ford, saying the job is his if he’s up for it. This is truly how most jobs should get filled these days.
(Hey, Bill Nye. Want to work with Giant Freakin’ Robot?)
It would be one thing if Alcon were just testing the waters to see if Ford was interested before they went into creating Blade Runner 2, but the casting process is pretty much all that’s left for them to do before going into pre-production mode. In 2011, the studio acquired the film, TV, and ancillary rights to Ridley Scott’s classic 1982 thriller and immediately started working on a sensible follow-up with a goal of staying true to its predecessor. They signed up Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher, and eventually paired him (for some ungodly reason) with Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green. Scott actually attached himself to direct almost as soon as the project got started. All they need now is a recognizable face or two.
After the critical and domestic box office disaster The Counselor, director Ridley Scott is back in Huge Epic Movie mode, with the Biblical tale Exodus coming out in December. And from there, the world of science fiction is his playground. But instead of getting into any potential sequels to past hits, Scott may be heading into space for a different story of survival, as he is currently in talks with 20th Century Fox to direct an adaptation of Andy Weir’s spectacular novel The Martian. This is amazing news, right?
Scott is currently developing the oddball HBO series Pharaoh, but we assume he’d begin pre-production on The Martian as soon as he knocks that pilot out. The Martian already has a leading man in Matt Damon, and a screenplay by Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Goddard was originally on board to direct The Martian as well, but he had to back out after diving face-first into Marvel movie-making with the upcoming Spidey spin-off Sinister Six and Netflix’s Daredevil series. Scott is obviously a more established filmmaker, but he never could have made Cabin work, and I’m wondering if his vision is too large for The Martian.
Disappointed Stargate fans have been longing for a TV resurrection of their beloved franchise ever since the demise of Stargate Universe in 2011, after only two seasons. Sadly, the most recent scuttlebutt suggests that Stargate is planning a big-screen comeback instead, with a rebooted film trilogy in the works that sounds like it’ll be tossing out all those spin-off series in favor of a fresh start. Well, consider this a consolation prize, Gaters: Ridley Scott is helping develop a potential HBO series that will repurpose Stargate’s chocolate-and-peanut-butter mixture of ancient history and meddling extraterrestrials, just without the actual stargates. Apparently somebody had already called dibs on the title Stargate-less, because they’re calling it Pharaoh instead.