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Wednesday SciFi Roundup: Ronald Moore, Richard Matheson, and Independence Day

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 26, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | June 26, 2013 |

I write sci-fi roundups when there just isn’t much trade news floating around worth dedicating an entire post to. Well that’s why I write roundups in general. I specifically write sci-fi ones because I’m hopelessly biased and the words “in space” make every story better. Strangely, statistically speaking I am most likely to write such things on Wednesdays. I blame sunspots.

First up this fine day, we’ll start with the least impressive news. We have further details on the exhausting fact that Independence Day 2 will be going forward. Will Smith will not be returning, though Roland Emmerich has gone on at length with the hope that Smith will at least do a cameo. Want him involved? Offer Jaden the lead role. It’s not like he’d really make this inevitable atrocity of art noticeably worse. But good news, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are on board. The film is tentatively scheduled for a fourth of July release in 2015, but that will likely move as movie dates that far out are essentially fictional anyway.

Next we have better news. Ron Moore and his luxurious mane will be heading back to television in the showrunner’s chair. It’s like the Iron Throne except it’s composed entirely of pilot scripts of cancelled shows. The series is “Outlander”, and it’s based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon that perhaps some of the Cannonballers can fill us in on. A disposable executive described the books as “a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare.” So I’m reading “Doctor Who” crossed with “Game of Thrones” brought to us by the dude who gave us “Battlestar Galactica.”

Of course it’s airing on Starz, which people keep assuring me is a real channel, but just sounds like a seedy talent agency for children, so I guess I’ll see it when it ends up on Netflix someday.

Finally, as we reported yesterday, Richard Matheson died, but in a nice move, the good folks over at Blastr collected together all 16 of the “Twilight Zone” episodes written by Matheson and assembled them embedded on a single page. Not bad for a company that can’t spell their own genre right in their name.

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