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Black Mirror: 5 Filmmakers Who Need To Make The U.S. Version

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Black MirrorHere at Giant Freakin’ Robot, our love for the British anthology series Black Mirror is almost as unhealthy as its characters’ connections to the world around them. So when it was announced that the show would be getting a U.S. remake down the line, internal jubilation and despair duked it out, with optimism coming out ahead in the end. But only if the right person is doing it.

Part of what makes creator Charlie Brooker’s future so constantly intriguing is that each of the show’s seven episodes so wholly exudes his singular vision of madness’ trickle effect through gadgetry and pop culture. (Even in the episode he didn’t write.) And so here are five creative minds that we would love to see get behind a domestic Black Mirror, where their own versions of dystopian progress could haunt the world in proper fashion. Fingers crossed.

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Kyle MacLachlan Will Return To Twin Peaks For Some Damn Fine Coffee

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twin peaksThis isn’t totally unexpected news, but we’re glad to hear that one of our favorite actors is returning to one of our favorite shows to play one of our favorite characters. Twin Peaks wouldn’t be Twin Peaks without the inherent strangeness of David Lynch, but it also wouldn’t be the same without Special Agent Dale Cooper. It’s now being reported that Kyle MacLachlan will return to the series, and character, when it gets a new lease on life on Showtime next year. And he might not be the only one coming back. Twin Peaks may not be sci-fi, but it’s weird as shit, and we love it to death.

According to Deadline, MacLachlan has finalized a deal that will see him revisit what is perhaps his most famous, or at least most memorable role. He was expected to return—it would be hard to have the show without him and his “damn fine cup of coffee,” and he even made noise about it last October—but it is nice to know that he’s back in the fold and we can scratch that one worry off the list. The Dune star said, “I’m very excited to return to the strange and wonderful world of Twin Peaks. May the forest be with you.”

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Twin Peaks: Before The New Episodes, You Can Fill In The Gaps With This Book

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twin peaksFans of David Lynch’s short-lived, hugely influential series Twin Peaks got some incredible news the other day when it was announced that the show will return for new episodes after being cancelled by ABC back in 1991. But that’s not where this story ends, however, as it was announced that a new book, written by co-creator Mark Frost, will fill in the gaps in the lives of the characters from 1991 until now.

Frost’s novel, The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, is scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in late 2015, and will be published by Flatiron Books, a subsidiary imprint of Macmillan. This is well ahead of the airdate for the nine-episode season that will debut on Showtime, and will give fans plenty of time to catch up with the characters and find out what they’ve been up to for the last two-and-a-half decades. I hope there are midnight release parties in the vein of the ones for the Harry Potter books. There can be costumes and damn fine coffee and cherry pie. Sounds like fun to us.

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Dune Concept Art Explores David Lynch’s Take On Frank Herbert’s SF Classic

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Dune3Most of the Dune talk in 2014 has centered on Jodorowsky’s Dune, the critically acclaimed documentary about Chilean/French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s insanely ambitious, but ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to bring Frank Herbert’s Dune to the big screen in the mid 1970s. With folks like Orson Welles, Salvador Dali, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Jean Giraud, and Dan O’Bannon involved, it could have been something epic. But in in the end, it fell apart, which paved the way, eventually, for David Lynch’s controversial Dune adaptation in 1984. And while Lynch’s Dune might not be as interesting as the “what if” tale of Jodorowsky’s Dune, it still featured some gorgeous design work, which is on full display in this collection of concept art.

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David Lynch’s Return Of The Jedi Mash-Up Is A Pitch Perfect Nightmare

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It’s hard to believe that in all of the strange and neurotic fiction that director David Lynch has put out into the world, he hasn’t dipped more than a toe or two into science fiction since his 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, a production that was also larger than anything else he’s worked on since. So it’s with great relish that we watch this video, which imagines one of sci-fi’s greatest “what if” projects: David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi. Just saying those words makes the hairs rise up on the back of my Wookie’s neck.

Let’s not beat around the bush here. I realize that granting the label “Greatest Mash-Up Video I’ve Ever Seen” to this clip may seem rash, since I’ve probably said that already about a half-dozen others, but these are truly some of my favorite things. Watching Pacific Rim and Godzilla trailers get slapped together is neat, sure, but everything about the above video is delivered perfectly, with the disparate universes melded together into an abundantly disconcerting whole. I mean, it’s already obvious that Richard Marquand’s Return of the Jedi is a pretty weird movie when things are taken out of context, but adding Lynch’s signature weirdness draws out the eccentricities even more.

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Cross The Streams: Defiance, Starship Troopers, And Lynchian Shorts Go Online

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To stream, or not to stream? It’s not even a question. Here’s this week’s limited round-up of what hit the Internet this week.

DefianceDefiance (Hulu)
We’ve talked about it in the past, and it recently debuted to pretty solid ratings. This Syfy series from Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor, which also has its own online FPS video game, tells the futuristic story of a badass and his charge who arrive in the border town Defiance 30 years after an war with aliens left Earth a very different place. You’ll be able to follow along with this one weekly if you miss the live viewing and your DVR is clogged.