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Science Fiction Thursday: Babylon 5, Star Wars Pictures, Mary Shelley Biopics

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | August 14, 2014 |


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The big news for the day is that Michael Straczynski is rebooting Babylon 5 as a feature film. In a twist that never happens in real life, Straczynski actually holds the film rights to his own television show, as opposed to some strange conglomerate of mole people and space lizards who usually own everything in Hollywood. Now for the details: the thing’s a complete reboot, covering the same ground but being recast. So, eh. I wish he’d tell new stories instead of old, but better than nothing. Second, he has already approached Warner Brothers about funding the film. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they’re going to pass. Because giant soulless company reasons. Straczynski has already said that fund the film himself in that case. Unless Straczynski has been wearing a skin suit of Michael Bay all these years, I think it’s entirely likely that means Kickstarter or something similar.

See how I jumped through a bunch of hoops to draw conclusions from no apparent facts? That’s not bullshit, it’s analysis. Welcome to the new world of journalism, it’s like the old one, but now we work without pants from home instead of a cubicle.

(source: IB Times)

More fancy news! We have leaked pictures from inside Episode VII. Translation: we have carefully vetted pictures shot slightly fuzzy and at an angle and then released through a third party in order to maintain the illusion of a “leak.” I’m sure somebody who doesn’t understand how the Internet works paid extra so that they could write “exclusive” on a headline somewhere.

Guess what? The new Millennium Falcon looks the same as the old one:

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Click below for a couple more pictures that show basically the same familiar view, plus a corridor! Smashing:

(source: Blastr)

But in more important Star Wars news, the film got back to filming after several weeks of mourning Harrison Ford’s lack of calcium supplements over the last decade. But even more importantly, there’s a picture of Luke Skywalker’s grandfather:

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Next, we’ve got not one, but TWO movies being made about Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein at age 18, setting the all time world record for peaking early. That ought to garner some 19th century literary expert hate mail. Trust me, hate mail from PhDs is the best hate mail.

One is starring Elle Fanning and is called A Storm in the Stars, the other Sophie Turner and called Mary Shelley’s Monster. The latter is new casting, so it gets the main news of the day. It’s brought to us by Coky Giedroyc of Penny Dreadful so it already has one strike against it before getting to this description from the producer Rose Ganguzza: “Our film is not a period drama. It is a story of youth that transcends time, a gothic romance, a love triangle that involves a dark passenger and we are tremendously excited to have such an exciting cast onboard this wonderful project.”

So, Twilight but you don’t want to call it Twilight?

(source: SlashFilm)


Steven Lloyd Wilson is a hopeless romantic and the last scion of Norse warriors and the forbidden elder gods. His novel, ramblings, and assorted fictions coalesce at www.burningviolin.com. You can email him here and order his novel here.


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