Thursday, July 10, 2008

I think Doctor Who will see the Eleventh Doctor debut in the fourth special of 2009. Outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies recently said that star David Tennant has made a decision and the BBC knows what it is, but with another report claiming that the BBC is offering Tennant £1.3 million per season to stay on as the Tenth Doctor, it reads to me like he's decided to leave the show and they're trying to bribe him to come back for 2010. That's just my personal speculation, but I think it fits the known facts.

British science fiction drama Primeval will make its US debut on BBC America in August. Two seasons have been shown on Britain's ITV with a third scheduled for next year, but the first two seasons will be combined for US broadcast. One of the second season's episodes was written by Paul Cornell of Doctor Who fame.

MGM has greenlit The Cabin in the Woods, a horror film written by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and former Buffy staff writer Drew Goddard (who also wrote Cloverfield), with Goddard set to make his debut as a director. The chairperson of MGM's motion picture group is Mary Parent, a former Universal Studios executive who was instrumental in getting Serenity made.

MGM is also doing a remake of Red Dawn, the "o noes, commies are invading!" action film from the 1980s. Weird choice for a remake, seeing as how the whole Cold War premise is a thing of the past. Unless they present it as an alternative history, I don't see how it'll work.

It looks like Iron Man director Jon Favreau is returning to the director's chair for the 2010 sequel, Iron Man 2. Considering what a good job he did with the first film, it's a positive sign that he's coming back for the next one.

An Elfquest film is under development at Warner Bros. with Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) set to write and direct. Not exactly the first person I'd think of to adapt Elfquest.

Quote of the day: "We got Jesus and Gandalf!" - AMC network general manager Charlie Collier on the casting of Jim Caviezel (Jesus in The Passion of the Christ) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings) in the remake of The Prisoner.

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