Over the past 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows. One of the drama series celebrated this year was The CW hit Arrow, and Collider was there to get the scoop on what’s to come in the Season 1 finale and what’s in store for Season 2.
While there, we got the opportunity to speak with executive producers/writers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, along with actors Stephen Amell (aka The Arrow) and David Ramsey (who plays John Diggle). The actors shared their reactions when they heard what the Season 1 finale would entail and talked about what they’ve enjoyed about playing their characters, and the creative team gave some insight about where things are headed for the remainder of this season, how getting an early Season 2 renewal allowed them to get specific with the threads in the finale, that they’ve had 60% of the ideas for this season in their heads since the beginning, how much the big Arrow identity reveals have opened up the story, the biggest challenges in making this show, every week, and that they’re striving for a finale that both gives a sense of closure and also leaves you with enough cliffhangers and nuggets that you’re anxious for more. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are spoilers.
Prolific producer Greg Berlanti may have two more wins under his belt as he has sold two dramas to NBC. First up is an hour-long drama series based on Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Set in the Napa Valley, Napa will be written by Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth). Donaghy, Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce the hour, which has a put-pilot commitment from the network. The story, originally published in the mid-1800s, centers on the doomed relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Hit the jump for info on Berlanti’s family drama, Family Affair.
Warner Bros. injects some much-needed life into their Justice League feature by tapping scribe, Will Beall (Gangster Squad). Clearly, after Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers put a superheroic dent into 2012′s box office, the studio behind the DC version would like to do the same. Beall has yet to turn in his draft, but the studio has shown strong faith in the screenwriter, having attached him to their reboot of Lethal Weapon and their remake of Logan’s Run. The latter will reunite Gangster Squad’s Ryan Gosling with his Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn. Hit the jump for more on this exciting news for Justice League and to find out who is writing the Wonder Woman screenplay.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is heading to the small screen. The actor is set to star in the legal drama pilot Guilty for Fox. THR reports that Goodling will play “an ethically questionable defense attorney who uses his unique methods to solve cases he’s been banned from handling after he’s stripped of his license to practice law after being falsely convicted of fraud.” The protagonist uses his “unorthodox techniques” to solve cases and plan out his revenge on those who set him up.
Essentially this is the premise of pretty much every procedural on television, but what separates the good from the bad is an interesting character. Gooding is a charismatic actor, so if the writing’s there then I think Guilty has potential. Greg Berlanti (Everwood, No Ordinary Family) set the series up at Fox, and McG (This Means War) is set to helm the pilot and executive produce the show should the network choose to pick it up to series. This would mark the first TV series for Gooding.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to pilot season. Networks are busy greenlighting pilots left and right in order to boost their Fall 2012 schedules, and we’ve got news concerning two of the more high profile shows being developed. First up, Deadline reports that NBC has given a pilot order for The New Normal. The half-hour comedy was created by Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler and revolves around a blended family of a gay couple and a woman who becomes their surrogate. Book of Mormon breakout Andrew Rannells is set for one of the three leads in the single-camera half-hour comedy, while the other two roles have yet to be cast. Hit the jump for much more, including news concerning a pilot for McG.
The CW already delved into DC Comics universe with their recently concluded Superman series Smallville, and writers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim brought Green Lantern to the big screen last summer. But now THR reports the network and writing duo are teaming up for Arrow, a small screen adaptation of Green Arrow which is currently in development. It’s not surprising considering the response to the hero’s appearance throughout a few seasons on Smallville was pretty strong, however, Justin Hartley, who played Green Arrow in the series, is not attached to this new project. Berlanti and Guggenheim will executive produce the series which serves as the second superhero property in development for Berlanti Productions along with Booster Gold at SyFy. There’s a gaping hole for a fanboy presence on The CW now so we’ll have to wait and see if the Green Arrow can fill it.
Hit the jump to learn more about Green Arrow.
While fairytales are all the rage on TV right now with Once Upon a Time and Grimm hitting networks, comic books are still alive and kicking. THR has word that SyFy has ordered a pilot script for a one-hour drama series adaptation of the DC Comics franchise Booster Gold. The series will be brought to life by Greg Berlanti, the man who has had plenty of experience with superheroes as of late with ABC’s decent but canned No Ordinary Family and Warner Bros. big screen take on Green Lantern this past summer. Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) will write the script and executive produce the potential series which will follow a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest super hero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, however, his main priority is chasing fame and money. But Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile, and that the future doesn’t happen without first protecting the present.
The character actually made an appearance in the final season of Smallville earlier this year, so that might be the push the property needed to make it to television on its own. While SyFy used to be a place for laughs at bad science fiction, recent turns with Being Human and Battlestar Galactica have made it a decent home for some quality entertainment every now and then.
Now that all big four superhero movies have come out this summer, Green Lantern is clearly the biggest disappointment of the bunch. Rather than charge into production on a sequel, Warner Bros. was forced to take a tepid wait-and-see approach to the international box office and home entertainment sales. But Green Lantern 2 is certainly still in the studio’s mind and President Jeff Robinov believes that the problem wasn’t the concept but the execution. However, the flaws he sees in the execution weren’t the ones that sunk the movie.
Hit the jump for what Robinov said the sequel needs to do in order to “improve” on the original.
Supernatural creator Eric Kripke has sold his spec script, Haunted, to Warner Bros. with intent to direct the pic. According to Variety, Haunted will tell the classic haunted house story from the perspective of the ghost. In addition to his work on Supernatural and Haunted, Kripke also penned 2005′s Boogeyman starring, you guessed it, 7th Heaven‘s own Barry Watson. Haunted will mark his feature directorial debut. Green Lantern producer/screenwriter Greg Berlanti will co-produce Haunted alongside Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park label.
Since Martin Campbell is considered one of the industry’s premier action filmmakers, as the man behind two landmark James Bond films (GoldenEye and Casino Royale) and two Zorro films (The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro), it’s easy to see why he was brought in to helm the superhero action-adventure flick Green Lantern. And, with veteran producer Donald De Line and producer/screenwriter Greg Berlanti also on board, the film is sure to be a blockbuster hit.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, Campbell, De Line and Berlanti talked about what it takes to create and launch a franchise like Green Lantern, condensing a great amount of source material into a movie that keeps fans of the character happy while also making it accessible for those unfamiliar with it, why they chose Hal Jordan as a starting point for the story, finding the right balance with how much of the film to have on Earth and how much to have in space, and how they hope to have some cool extras for the DVD/Blu-ray release. Martin Campbell also said that he’s not signed on to direct more Green Lantern films, at this point, that he hopes to do a small film next, and that there will be no more James Bond films in his future. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Clash of the Titans bowed on April 2nd of this year, and went on to earn nearly $500 million worldwide. It makes sense then, when we see on Box Office Mojo that Warner Bros. has targeted the same window to release the sequel — specifically, March 30, 2012. Right now, Clash 2‘s only scheduled competition is The Croods, an animated comedy set in the prehistoric era.
Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) will direct Clash of the Titans 2, with plans to shoot in 3D. Dan Mazeau and David Leslie Johnson will write the script based on a treatment created with writer Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern). Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, and Liam Neeson are expected to reprise their roles from the first film. Click here for an interview in which producer Basil Iwanyk reveals a few details about their approach to the sequel.
The first footage from director Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern has hit the net as Entertainment Tonight has released a preview for their Tuesday show. It appears that on Tuesday, they’ll be world premiering footage from the Ryan Reynolds movie and to get you to tune in, they’ve released 30 seconds from the movie. If you’ve been waiting to see what Reynolds costume looks like as it’s all CGI, hit the jump. You’ll also get a look at Blake Lively, another Green Lantern (I won’t spoil who), and you’ll get a taste of the first comic book movie to take place partly on another planet. What are you waiting for!
About a week ago I posted part of my video interview with director Greg Berlanti where he talked about Clash of the Titans 2, Green Lantern 2, and his ABC show No Ordinary Family. With his movie Life As We Know It now playing in theaters, it’s time for the other part of the interview where he talked about making the movie.
During the interview we talked about the test screening process, how the movie is more grounded than typical romcoms that are filled with crazy Hollywood moments, the 25 or so minutes of deleted scenes that will be on the eventual DVD/Blu-ray release, and what has the last year been like for him juggling so many projects. Hit the jump to watch:
Once upon a time, Ryan Reynolds was in talks to star in the DC Comics superhero movie, The Flash. The project stalled and Reynolds eventually went on to play another DC Comics superhero: Green Lantern. Bradley Cooper (who is costarring with Reynolds in an untitled buddy-cop film) was one of the final contenders to play Green Lantern. Now Moviehole is reporting that Cooper is on the shortlist to play The Flash. And this is how we play “One Degree of Popular Actors Playing Superheroes”.
Moviehole notes that this is a very early rumor and screenwriter Greg Berlanti’s script, according to Deadline, isn’t even due until Christmas. However, Cooper is at that sweet spot for a studio where he doesn’t command a ridiculous salary but is recognizable enough and reliable enough to lead a major franchise. Cooper is currently filming on The Hangover 2, which is due out next year. Hit the jump for more on The Flash.
Opening this weekend is director Greg Berlanti’s Life As We Know It and it stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks and Hayes MacArthur. The romantic dramedy is about two people (Heigl and Duhamel) that only have one thing in common: their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, they’re forced to put their differences aside and live under one roof.
At the recent NYC press day for the film, I was able to interview Josh Duhamel. While only scheduled for a print interview, Duhamel was kind enough to let me use my flip camera, so after the jump you can watch video of our conversation. During the interview we talked about how the year has been going for him as he’s had a number of projects, what it’s like being the leading man in a big Hollywood release, what is he thinking about for future projects, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch: