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Science Fiction Boops And Blips: Catching Fire, The Host, Godzilla, and "Deadwood" in Space

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | January 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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The Host wants you to know that there are no sparkly dudes appearing in the movie. They also want you to know that lead actress Saoirse Ronan has many facial expressions. Well, worried, thoughtful, and eerily calm are the only ones really showcased in the latest landslide of photos from the movie. The Host stars Ronan, Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook, Max Irons and Jake Abel. The movie will be all up in movie theaters March 29 and there are even more photos here.

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I know that you all remember when it was rumored for about 30 seconds that JGL would be in the Godzilla movie. Now comes word that Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina) has been offered the lead role that isn't a giant radioactive lizard wrecking havoc on some metropolis. Whispers tell me to keep making plans for world domination and that Taylor-Johnson would be playing a soldier. My little birds (SlashFilm) also tell me that more than one monster might be stepping to Godzilla. I hope that Gamera is available, because he's really neat and made of meat.

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An argument could be made about how Catching Fire is, indeed, science fiction. The technology, the dystopian cities, some of the weapons, and many of the engineered creatures fit well in that cinematic category. So I'm going to take this opportunity to post a new picture featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.

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Have you heard about ABC's "Deadwood in space"? What if I told you that is how one person referred to a Star Wars television show. Yeah. C*cksucker. There are supposedly fifty scripts for this show, laying around on that elusive shelf where television ideas go to ferment and possibly die. I'm thinking that someone in the comments can brainstorm a better idea than a space version of "The Sopranos", which was another idea for the series. So get to it! Swearengen is waiting.

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  • emmelemm

    So, I take it "The Host" is not a remake of the Korean movie...

  • ViciousTrollop

    I have yet to watch Deadwood but if they're referring to wanting to make a space western type show then Firefly, anyone? Drops the mic.

  • theotherone

    Didn't they already do a Deadwood in Space in 2004? It's called Battlestar Galatica.

  • Ian Fay

    Funny, I was going to say "Firefly".

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I thought "Star Wars 1313" was "Deadwood in Space"...

  • PDamian

    There's a ton of prose out there on whether "science fiction" is an appropriate name for all the stuff that generally gets lumped in under that classification. Harlan Ellison wrote that he preferred the term "speculative fiction," leaving the author to decide what the speculation was about -- science/technology and its effects on society, society and its effects on scientific/technological research, the environment on society or society on the environment, so on and so forth. In all cases, the story is significantly impacted by the introduction of some force, be it scientific discovery, an environment out of whack, little green men or something else, that cannot be attributed to magic or religion (which would put the story firmly in the fantasy genre).

    Other writers write about "science fiction with a capital S," meaning that the science/technology in the story is the main character and the whole point of the exercise, or "science fiction with a small s," meaning that the science/technology is secondary to character and/or social development. There's a shitload more of this stuff floating around, but you get the picture. Mostly it's the hardcore SF fans and grad students looking for a thesis topic that read and write the stuff.

    Fiction about dystopian societies like that in The Hunger Games is usually about some scientific or technological advance that has an adverse effect on the societies in which it occurs, usually stratifying it into classes between which there is no movement. Frankly, I've often thought we (Westerners) are now living through such a stratification, with money, power and access to technology concentrated in the hands of an increasingly smaller elite. Anyhoo, long story short: The Hunger Games is science fiction. (Sorry for the length of the post; if y'all didn't know that academics live to blather on and on, now you do.)

  • Ted Zancha

    In reference to the Star Wars show:

    Wasn't there a show on Fox that took place in space but had a western vibe (along with other really cool influences), a really amazing cast, and a show runner that is really good at what he does?

    Didn't it do really well?

  • Jezzer

    "Firefly" couldn't have been that good. Look how quickly it got canceled.

  • Carlito

    "What if I told you that is how one person referred to a Star Wars television show. Yeah. C*cksucker."

    Yes, "one person," aka the producer of all the Star Wars prequels and attached producer of said show, referenced that because he believes the stories are targeted to adults and not kids (odd given what's previously been created). Also too expensive to make in the form they want.

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