Today is Science Fiction Wednesday. Why, you might ask? Because every week, there seems to be one day on which there is a cavalcade of interesting science fiction tidbits that don’t warrant their own posts. And when such an alignment of stars occurs, I do the only rational thing: lazily entitle the post “Science Fiction [day of the week].”
In the world of Star Trek, Karl Urban (McCoy 2.0) was interviewed about the series and said that he expected “it will start to shoot at the beginning of next year.” He went on to say that he’s already been signed for two additional films. So if the other actors are on similar contracts (which would make sense, because why bother signing some of the main cast for different periods than others) then a lot of the pieces are in place to make the J.J. Abrams’ vision of Star Trek a trilogy at the least.
(source: Film School Rejects)
The American debut of the Moffat era of “Doctor Who” set a BBC America ratings record Sunday night with 1.2 million viewers. That not only beats the SyFy channel’s premieres of series 2, 3, and 4 of “Doctor Who,” but beat the BBC America record previously held by Tennant’s final episode. That record had eclipsed the record set by “Doctor Who: Waters of Mars” a few weeks prior. That in turn broke the record held by “Torchwood: Children of Earth.” So, the summary is that for good or for ill, the Whoniverse is the Super Bowl of BBC America.
We’re lucky enough to have C. Robert Dimitri recapping the series for us. You can check out the recap of the first episode here.
(sources: oh hell, just type “BBC America ratings” into Google and you’ll see what I mean, but I saw the initial bit on SciFi Cool)
This news is a bit old (dated back in 2009) but I’m only first seeing it now, and it doesn’t appear to have developed much since then. So it’s either in development hell, or production has a lid on it. Ari Folman (director of the superb Waltz With Bashir, a haunting documentary of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, rendered in animation) has begun an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress. Lem is perhaps most well known for having written the novel Solaris, which spawned two film adaptations.
(source: Cinema Scope)
The X-Files is returning to comic books with a six issue series this summer. It’s a crossover with 30 Days of Night, the horror comic that was turned into a not-great but not-terrible film in 2007. It’s being co-written by Steve Niles (who created 30 Days of Night) and Adam Jones, the guitarist from Tool. So, yeah, it’s got that going for it.
(source: SciFi Pulse)
And finally, Sharlto Copley getting back into character as Wikus from District 9 in a vignette for the South African Music Awards. He has a boombox. And tries to get Charlize Theron to go on the award show with him. Oh Wikus, I bet she’d show if you told her about your power armor.
(source: Funny or Die, via FilmDrunk)