I’m really happy that “Fringe” got a final season to finish out its story, as I’m currently nearing the end of season four and somehow, I’ve fallen back in love with a show that I’d dismissed after the soul magnets debacle. At Comic Con this weekend, however, John Noble teased about the possibility of a film. “The film is very possible down the line,” he said, while — according to The Playlist — Joshua Jackson asserted that “the show will live on in some form or another.”
No. It’s not going to happen. It just won’t. The X-Files movies demonstrated that there’s not that big of an appetite for movie spin-offs from sci-fi series, and The X-Files had a considerably larger audience. In fact, if every single person that watches “Fringe” (1.7 million) turned out, the movie would make less than $15 million, which is how much it would probably cost to market it alone.
I don’t know when the first time we mentioned the possibility of a movie based on the Ouija board game was, but I can find posts on it dating back to AT LEAST 2009. The damn thing is still in production (despite the failure of Battleship). It’s moved from Universal to Paramount and back to Universal, and in the meantime, the budget has dropped from $100 million to … $5 million. With a budget that small, according to Variety, apparently the only writers they could afford were Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, the folks behind Knowing, one of the most awfultacular sci-fi flicks in recent memory. The important thing, however, is that the Ouija movie exists in development for another several years so that we can continue to mock it.
We don’t know much about Wes Anderson’s follow-up to the magnificent Moonrise Kingdom, but we do know that its title is The Grand Budapest Hotel and now, according to Slashfilm, it’s been confirmed that Johnny Depp will star. This idea, I like. I like it a lot, because it may represent the next phase of Depp’s career, as he ambles into Bill Murray territory. I hope Depp turns into that adorable drunken whackjob that crashes strangers’ parties, fires his agent, and only takes wackadoo roles in Wes Anderson films and small indies.
In Pajiba Love yesterday, Joanna brought you video of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan doing a mean”Bohemian Rhapsody,” and today, from that same Comic-Con panel, here’s Karen Gillan’s fantastically spot-on Dalek impression.
Finally, according to EW, “Breaking Bad” returned on Sunday night, and it looks like it picked up a whole slew of new viewers over its hiatus, as the series earned its highest ratings ever. The 2.9 million people who watched was significantly higher than the 1.9 million people who, on average, watched season four. However, it’s still about six million viewers less than “Jersey Shore.”