Jurassic World Is Not a Reboot, and Eccleston Returns to the Small Screen
Five things you may not have heard about this week…
5. Colin Trevorrow Clarified the Jurassic World Timeline.
The Safety Not Guaranteed director insists this fourth in the series is not a reboot; rather a “…new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park.” So, as usual, we humans have learned nothing from our mistakes and by gum, we’re going to have ourselves a cool dinosaur theme park. Can you shout, “Yeehaw!”? I can and will—take my money now, Trevorrow! Jurassic World will star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, David Oyelowo and Ty Simpkins, and be released on or about June 15th, 2015.
4. The Folks at Did You Know Gaming Found Loads of Doctor Who Video Game Easter Eggs.
Who knew? There are tons of references to the Doctor, Daleks, Captain Jack, and the TARDIS in video games spanning three decades—dating back to 1984’s Robot Odyssey (for Apple II). Cool as a bowtie, I daresay.
3. And Speaking of the Doctor, He’ll Soon Return…and Rory (Kind of) Got a New Companion (Nine).
Confused? Okay, so I may have misled you a teensy bit—the Rory is Kinnear (Skyfall, Quantum of Solace,), but Nine really is Eccleston, who plays good friend to Kinnear’s Lord Lucan in ITV’s upcoming miniseries Lucan. The two-part fact based drama chronicles the strange incidents surrounding the 7th Earl of Lucan’s disappearance. Following a broken marriage and custody battle, Lord Lucan allegedly attacked his wife, murdered his children’s nanny, and attempted to have his children returned to him—though he took off before he could be reunited with them. Even though I’m still irked at Eccleston for eschewing the Whoversary special, this might just suck me in. Lucan also stars Michael Gambon, Catherine McCormack, Gemma Jones, Paul Freeman and Rupert Evans; it airs December 11th (UK).
2. The Weinstein Co. Plotted to Take Over Television, Beginning with Sin City and The Mist.
Along with the previously announced development of a Scream series, Harvey and Bob Weinstein (along with Miramax) plan to “create a television operation as powerful as the theatrical division.” Following the release of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Sin City the series will head to the small screen; both Miller and Rodriguez will be involved. Additionally, Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, Mob City is developing a 10-part series based on Stephen King’s The Mist. On top of those big name ventures, Harvey Weinstein has in the works Book of the Dead, a detective series set in Egypt, as well as martial arts series, Marco Polo, Ten Commandments (a 10 part series that explores each commandment, with episodes by big name directors), series based on War and Peace, chef Michael Chiarello, and Stan and Ollie. Whew. You got time for all that?
1. We Got Another Peek at David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
Russell’s fictional take on Abscam sinks us deep into the 70s—good music and bad—features Christian Bale and Amy Adams as a pair of con artists forced to work for a rogue FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) trying to tackle political corruption and the mafia. Bale and Adams look to be a great match, and JLaw has been cracking me up in every single clip. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner, Jack Huston, Louis C.K., Michael Peña, and Elisabeth Röhm, and you can do the Hustle starting December 18th.