by Jason Barr Posted: February 3rd, 2011 at 6:09 pm
In spite of the fact that it won’t debut for another nine months, 20th Century Fox is apparently quite pleased with the Real Steel actor/director pairing of Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy (Date Night). Today, the studio announced that the two will reunite on an as-of-yet untitled action/adventure project. While low on details (the project was picked up as a pitch), Deadline reports that the film will be penned by former Lost writer/show runner Carlton Cuse and that Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment moniker will also produce.
Jackman and Levy’s upcoming film, Real Steel, is currently set to open later this year on October 7th. In addition to Jackman, the film also stars Hope Davis, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, and Anthony Mackie. Real Steel is set in a near-future in which robots that literally weigh one ton (and yet still resemble humans) duke it out. For more, be sure to check out Steve’s Real Steel edit-bay visit by clicking here.
In a very brief report, Variety has revealed Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse is working with director Randall Wallace (Secretariat, We Were Soldiers) to develop a Civil War-set drama series at ABC. The are are co-writing the project with Wallace attached to direct the pilot if the network decides to pick it up. Barely any details are known other than it is viewed as an “event” series and will be set in Virginia. Not much to get excited about just yet, but it might be one to keep an eye on soon.
Hit the jump for details on a new medical drama from NBC.
by Tommy Cook Posted: October 30th, 2010 at 9:44 am
The other day I had the opportunity to watch the twenty minutes of “Tron Night” footage and then participate in a round table interview with the writers of Tron: Legacy, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the cult classic Tron, follows Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) as he searches for his missing father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges – protagonist of the first film) into the depths of a digital computer world. What stuck out most about the twenty minutes of footage shown wasn’t the oft talked about dazzling action scenes, of which you can see glimpses of in the trailer and the recently released short clip, but rather the focus on character and relationships. Often times in big budget tent-pole films, the set pieces take precedence over the characters within them. This does not appear to be true of Tron: Legacy. It is revealing that the climax of the Tron Night footage was not something blowing up or people fighting one another or a razzle dazzle chase scene but instead a reunion between father and son. It is this emotional core at the heart of the Tron sequel that gives me hope as to its possible merit.
During the interview, scribes Kitsis and Horowitz, best known for their work on the television show Lost, expanded on the emotional core at the heart of Tron: Legacy as well as discussed how they pitched the film to Jeff Bridges, what Tron and The Wizard of Oz have in common and the potential for a Tron 3.0 — among many other topics of conversation. Hit the jump to check out the interview.
Just a few hours ago I was able to talk to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse on the red carpet at the 2010 Scream Awards in Hollywood. If I’d known I was going to speak to the creators of Lost tonight, I would have prepared a number of questions. However, it was only a moment before they walked up to me that I realized I’d actually get time with them. Saying that, I still worked in a number of things I think you’ll like:
- Was the Lost Complete Series Blu-ray box set the final release of Lost or do they have more material that could make it into another box set
- Would they be willing to work on the new Michael Emerson/Terry O’Quinn TV project
- Is it too soon to get them working together on another TV show
- I also asked Lindelof what is it like to have so many people talking about his Alien prequel script and how is Star Trek 2 coming along
Hit the jump for the interview. It’s time indexed so you can watch the parts that interest you:
by Jeff Giles Posted: August 29th, 2010 at 10:53 am
We’ve heard a lot about dirty shenanigans in the financial sector over the last few years, but if you really want to know about a high-risk investment that hardly ever pays off, forget about the Ponzi scheme — look no further than the serialized television drama.
Much as we all love to snigger at the stereotype of the housewife or credulous college student weeping over her soap opera, there are good reasons that shows like General Hospital have lasted for decades, and chief among them is the unique pleasure of following characters and storylines over an extended period of time. The networks dress it up in different outfits each fall, but it’s that same enduring promise that lures viewers into new serialized series every year, and if you’re any kind of television fan, you’re well acquainted with the pain of giving yourself over to a show’s arc, only to watch it land with a thud — or worse, find that the show’s been canceled before it can reach a satisfying conclusion. (This writer is still smarting over the way NBC pulled the plug on Journeyman under cover of the writer’s strike.) Read more about Lost: The Complete Collection after the jump:
One of the most highly anticipated extras on the Lost Season 6 and Complete Series DVDs, out August 24, is The New Man in Charge. The 12 minute short will be the final coda to the series, focusing on the two people who take over for Jacob at the end of the story.
Just in case you haven’t seen the finale of Lost yet, or any of Lost for that matter, we don’t want to unintentionally spoil it. But thanks to EW, you can check out the full image and read a little tease, after the jump. Just don’t click if you want to try and remain spoiler free.
For my final interview from this year’s Saturn Awards, I saved one for all you fans of Lost. That’s because hanging out backstage after the show was Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse and co-executive producer and writer Adam Horowitz. Even though they had been talking for awhile and I missed out on some of the interview, I did manage to ask if the big Lost DVD/Blu-ray box set arriving next month is really the final one and I also asked why wasn’t writer Bryan K. Vaughn involved in the final season. It’s been a big mystery among the fans. I also asked the question everyone has been wondering: is it too soon to ask Cuse and Damon Lindelof to do another TV show!
Finally, in case you weren’t aware, on the big DVD/Blu-ray box set is a 12 minute coda to the series. Cuse talks about what you can expect. If you’re a fan of Lost, this is a must watch interview. Hit the jump to check it out and I really hope you’ve enjoyed all the video interviews I managed to land at this year’s Saturn Awards.
ABC has just announced the upcoming release of both the sixth season DVD of Lost as well as the complete series box set. Among the more notable features included in Lost: The Complete Collection are:
- Every episode in the series (Seasons 1 through 6)
- Over 30hrs of Season 1-6 Bonus materials (previously released materials from Season 1-5 and the all-new Season 6 bonus material)
- See You In Another Life, Brotha – Unlocks the mysteries of this season’s intriguing flash sideways.
- A LOST Blu-ray & DVD exclusive – Go deeper into the world of LOST with a much-anticipated new chapter of the island’s story from Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
Likewise, the set comes loaded with the customary audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, bloopers, and deleted scenes. I believe the “new chapter of the island’s story” is this 12-14 minute epilogue that cast member Michael Emerson teased, which I am very eager to see. Both sets will be available on Blu-ray and DVD August 24, 2010. Check out the full press release and high resolution images of the artwork and box set after the jump:
While the ending of Lost will be talked about and debated for a long time, I think it was a very satisfying conclusion to one of the best shows that’s ever been on television. Was it a perfect episode? No. Was the final season a lot of wasted time? Yes. The fact is, the final season could have been told in half the time and it would have made the ending a lot stronger. But when you’re on a network that wants to milk a franchise as long as they can, you have to sometimes stretch out a storyline that was clearly aimed to be told in fewer episodes. Saying all that, I still loved the show and cannot wait to sit down sometime in the future to rewatch the entire run.
Anyway, after Lost ended last night, Jimmy Kimmel Live had the cast on to talk about making the show and they also aired three alternate endings. While they were played for laughs, they’re still worth watching. Hit the jump to check them out and you can also watch Matthew Fox discuss his character and the show and see the audience ask some of the cast some questions:
A few nights ago, ABC held an event called “Lost Live: The Final Celebration” at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The event featured composer Michael Giacchino conducting a live orchestral performance of some of the music from Lost and they also showed next week’s episode. During the event, ABC executive Barry Jossen read a letter from George Lucas to executive producers/show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Hit the jump for more:
Do you love The Muppets and Lost? Then you’ll probably get a kick out viral video released by ABC. In the clip, you can watch some of the Muppets barge into the offices of Lost creators (Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) with a couple of fans and begin to ask the guys about some questions about the series. I also want to say that I really love how Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have become celebrities during the past 6 years.
You can watch the clip after the jump and you can also read Matt’s thoughts on this week’s episode here.
The series finale of Lost is getting an extra 30 minutes to wind up its labyrinthine story , bringing the total finale’s total runtime (with commercials) to two-and-a-half-hours. The Live Feed reports that the producers “have shot so much crucial material for the show’s hugely anticipated series finale that the network has agreed to extend the last episode by an extra half hour.” This translates to about 15-20 minutes of extra story along with ten more minutes of ads for your viewing pleasure. Monday night, producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse tweeted “We’re done. Amen.” Now let’s hope the locked finale can stay under wraps until it airs on Sunday, May 23rd.
Lindelof and Cuse also spoke to EW about tonight’s sure-to-be-controversial episode “The Candidate”. Hit the jump to check out what they had to say; plus, I give my thoughts on the episode.
Back in November, we reported director J.J. Abrams had dropped out of directing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower as a feature film. Originally, Bad Robot (his production company) landed the rights to the series from King and Abrams had planned on teaming up with Damon Lindeloff to tackle the property. There was also some talk that Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse might try and tackle The Dark Tower as a TV series after Lost, but Lindeloff told USA Today, “After working six years on ‘Lost,’ the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time.”
Since Bad Robot decided they wouldn’t adapt the material, they gave the rights back to Stephen King. But with the popularity of the book series, everyone knew it would land in the hands of someone else, and thanks to reports on Deadline and THR (who both claimed exclusives), it’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman. While I would love to tell you their plans for the series…according to the two reports, they either want to make a trilogy of movies or one movie followed by a TV show. Crazy, I know. Hit the jump for more:
In news that is surprising to no one, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will follow the two-hour series finale of Lost with “Aloha to Lost”, a one-hour special devoted entirely to the show. ABC is promising alternate endings to “Lost” will be presented on the show, along with live cast interviews and an appearance by showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. I hope one of the alternate ending is the “Joop” contingency.
Of course the Lindelof and Cuse part is mandatory. I think there will be even more questions about the show once it’s finished, not because I’m expecting a lot of ambiguity in the finale, but about the process of how they came to their ending, changes they had to make along the way, and other notes on the “how” and “why” of the series rather than the “what”. Here’s hoping Kimmel asks some questions sent in by fans.
And if you want to hate my positive reaction to this week’s episode, “The Package”, hit the jump.
Lost has had some clever titles in the past. The first Locke-centric episode was called “Walkabout”, when learning about Kate’s criminal past, the episode was dubbed “What Kate Did”, or the Ben-centric episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain,” which played on the reference to Ben’s fake name when he was first discovered by the Oceanic survivors: “Henry Gale” (Dorothy’s uncle in The Wizard of Oz). These are just a few of the many clever names that have been pulled up in the Lost‘s 112 episodes so far.
Now the title for the final episode has been unveiled. For those trying to avoid any and all spoilers about the final season, I’m not sure why you started reading this article. For everyone else who won’t be bothered by the title (or by my thoughts on this week’s episode and the new season thus far), hit the jump.