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Science Fiction Thursday

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 26, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 26, 2014 |

Sciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Thursday. It’s the Leroy Jenkins of your genre interests.

SyFy is putting together one interesting show with Ascension, a six hour miniseries that will air in November. It’s set on a generation ship launched in the 1960s to settle another star, so it’s working with that strain of gorgeous retro sci-fi that Fallout made its bread and butter. There’s a murder, then they need to solve it. Gritty sci-fi drama ensues. Plus Bobby Cobb is playing the Captain and they’ve also got Tricia Helfer in the mix, so I’m terribly excited. And since it’s six hours, I might actually watch the whole thing instead of just watching the pilot and forgetting it exists like the last half dozen shows that SyFy has debuted. Trailer is below:

The title and setting reminds me of Frank Herbert’s Destination: Void novels, which may or may not be a hint at where the story is going besides murder mystery.

In other news, it’s getting reported (with “exclusive” tags that obviously should be removed since now I’m talking about it here, if THR has any respect for the dictionary definition of words) that Shane Black has been handed the keys to rebooting Predator. That was intellectually speaking always the weakest of the Alien-Terminator-Predator trifecta of franchises, so I’m not terribly excited one way or the other. Let’s make a prediction: Shane Black won’t make this, it will go through a couple other directors and writers on the way to inevitably being made, it will be a decent enough action flick that makes $500 million after overseas receipts are counted, and no one will remember it existed two years later when a sequel comes out.

(source: THR *EXCLUSIVE*)

They’re also remaking War Games because if Hollywood has learned anything these last few years, it’s that remakes of movies that don’t work outside a deeply eighties setting, maybe with some unknown actors and a dab of extra grittiness for good measure? Goldmines. The only winning move is not to watch.

(source: SlashFilm)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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