Welcome! This is something new we’re trying out, an occasional compendium of things we’re seeing in the news regarding genre productions in both movies and tv that don’t grab the headlines but seem worth getting excited about. This is stuff that’s still on the horizon but seems worth talking about a little. Get it? Here we go.
The Inhumans (TV Series)
One of the things that caught my eye this week in genre news is the upcoming live action Inhumans series coming to tv. Unlike the examples we have seen on Marvels Agents Of Shield this series focuses on the classic comic book characters originally brought to us through the artwork of Jack Kirby. It involves the royal family of the mutant society led by the silent Black Bolt along with the other classic characters we’re familiar with. I am very curious to see how this series plays out and the look it will have on tv.
Premise: After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself, and yes Lockjaw will appear in the show!
Casting for the series is complete and production of the series is underway in Hawaii. An official teaser poster for the series has been released. Here it is: (the article continues below) and here’s a first look at the cast.
Star Trek Discovery
The first new Star Trek series to happen in many years the new series has experienced several setbacks since its original premiere date of January 2017, I have taken this as a good sign that every effort to get it right has led to delays. One interesting item I read regarding the series is the fact that for the first time robots will be featured as part of a Trek series.
A lot of fans have expressed concerns about the tradition of diversity being a part of the new series. While he won’t be involved in the day-to-day creation of this new launch, Fuller will have some say as “Star Trek: Discovery’s” executive producer. His response to inquiries about this Fuller fan concern indicates there’s no reason for concern. As he’d publicly promised a female captain on the new series, some worried his stepping away could hurt the likelihood of inclusive casting aboard the titular ship. But Fuller was quick to assure us that “Star Trek” would continue to be a franchise that celebrated diversity, citing some groundbreaking examples from the upcoming show.
His response was “I was very excited to cast Michelle Yeoh before I left. I was pushing very hard for Sonequa Martin-Green to be cast before I left. So I feel like there’s a lot of wonderful diversity represented in the show, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”
Best-known for her stunning performance in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Yeoh will portray Captain Georgiou, Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou. “Harry Potter” baddie Jason Isaacs will star as Captain Lorca, of the USS Discovery. Joining them will be “The Walking Dead’s” Sonequa Martin-Green, “Penny Dreadful’s” Shazad Latif, “30 Rock’s” Maulik Pancholy, “Battlestar Galactica’s” Rekha Sharma, “Longmire’s” Mary Wiseman, “The Office’s” Rain Wilson, and famed creature-feature performer Doug Jones, who’s appeared in films like “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” “Crimson Peak,” and “Hocus Pocus.”
Set a decade before the events of the original series, “Star Trek: Discovery’s” 13-episode first season is expected to premiere in late summer or early fall on CBS before moving to the network’s streaming platform CBS All Access. “Star Trek: Discovery” will be available on Space in Canada and on Netflix in the rest of the world.
Edge Of Tomorrow 2
It’s been reported a sequel to the hugely popular Edge of Tomorrow is in the works and has even been given a working title. The sequel will see the return of Blunt, Cruise and Doug Liman.
Those who actually saw Edge of Tomorrow in theaters have been clamoring for a sequel since June 2014, while those who caught up with the sorely underrated sci-fi thriller on home video/cable have been eager to see a follow-up for slightly less time. Regardless, anyone who saw Edge of Tomorrow knows that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, director Doug Liman, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarriehit upon something unique and thrilling with that entertaining-as-all-get-out film, and should that creative team decide to reunite for Edge Of Tomorrow 2, it would be a sight to behold. Cruise reportedly hit upon a solid idea for the sequel that has Blunt, McQuarrie, and Liman excited about a follow-up, and while the film doesn’t exactly have a timetable or a release date, we do now have a title.
Liman has ben quoted as saying: “We have an amazing story! It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film. It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Tom [Cruise] is excited about it, and Emily Blunt is excited about it. The big question is just when we’ll do it. But it’s not and if, it’s a when.”
Isle of Dogs is another item of interest, Its coming next year. The poster speaks for itself.
Last June, Netflix ordered a ten-episode reboot of the classic sci-fi series Lost In Space. For those who are unfamiliar with the 1960s TV series, it followed the Robinson family as they tried to survive in hostile space after their ship was sabotaged and thrown off course. The show was previously adapted into the incredibly unpopular 1998 film of the same name, so hopefully, the upcoming TV show will have learned from that picture’s mistakes.
The fundamental story is the same that it’s a family that is lost in a difficult, life-threatening situation and how it challenges them and brings them closer together, it’s just the context is a lot more modern. It’s also been described as a more modern take on the ‘60s version. It has been adjusted for a modern audience a version that is for our time. Hopefully, it will still have humor and humanity in it, but it has obviously gotta be less tongue in cheek and lot more grounded so it fits with today’s aesthetic and the zeitgeist of our times.
Bones alum Ignacio Serricchio has stepped into the role of Don West, an officer of the United States Space Corps who was the pilot of Jupiter 2, the spaceship taking the Robinsons on a mission to colonize a distant planet.
Ignacio Serricchio (Witches of East End, The Wedding Ringer) will star alongside Toby Stephens, who plays astrophysicist and family patriarch John Robinson, Molly Parker (Deadwood) as his wife and brilliant aerospace engineer Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell (Falling Skies) as Judy Robinson, Mina Sundwall (Maggie’s Plan) as Penny Robinson, Max Jenkins (Sense8) as Will Robinson and Parker Posey (Superman Returns) as a gender-swapped Dr. Smith.
Could Lost in Space follow in the footsteps of Battlestar Galactica (i.e. a campy TV series that was remade into brilliant sci-fi)? At the very least, it sounds like it should be worth checking out.
Lost in Space is set to debut on Netflix in 2018.
The X-Files Season 11
The truth is out there for at least 10 more episodes. The X-Files Season 11 will arrive sometime later this year, or in early 2018, Fox confirmed. The fact that they’re offering fans a larger episode count than we got with Season 10, which only had six episodes, is a good sign.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators — these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”
Fox is being vague about a release date, just saying it will air during the 2017-2018 season. It seems a little late in the game for them to ready the series for a September launch, so if we’re betting money on this, expect it to air in the winter/spring “event series” slot that Fox put it in back in 2016.
A bonus item just dropped with news about a Hellboy reboot. A new Hellboy movie may be hitting screens in the near future, but it sadly won’t be the third film in filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s trilogy comic adaptation. Instead, Hellboy comics creator Mike Mignola has announced that a Hellboy reboot is now in the works with Stranger Things star David Harbour taking over the lead role that Ron Perlman filled in del Toro’s two previous live-action adaptations. The intention is for this reboot to be Rated R, with The Descent and Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall in talks to take the helm. Mignola co-wrote the Hellboy reboot script with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden. Per THR, Millennium is in talks to spearhead the new adaptation with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin, with Dark Horse Entertainment also producing.
Well, that’s it for this edition of things to get excited about in genre news. Let us know what you think about the idea of having all the news that sometimes slips through the cracks in one convenient location.