From acclaimed Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and screenwriter J.H. Wyman (Fringe), the crime drama Dead Man Down tells the story of two strangers who are bound together by their mutual obsession with revenge. Victor (Colin Farrell) is a mysterious man who has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for his own very definite reasons, while his neighbor Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) wants Victor’s help to carry out her own plans for retribution.
At the film’s press day, director Niels Arden Oplev and writer/producer J.H. Wyman talked about what this film brings to the revenge genre, never wanting to talk down to an audience, assembling such a talented cast, and using Google Earth for location scouting. Oplev also talked about what made him want to direct the pilot for the CBS adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and why the Flatliners remake appealed to him, while Wyman talked about what inspired the futuristic cop drama that he’s doing for Fox with J.J. Abrams. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
With Fringe coming to a close on Friday, January 18 with a two-hour series finale, The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills recently held a special screening of tonight’s new episode followed by a Q&A with showrunner J.H. Wyman and Lance Reddick (who plays Phillip Broyles). Shortly before the presentation began, I got to speak with Wyman on the red carpet. We talked about whether he’s finished editing the series finale, if the network give him any notes, how he chose to end the series, Dead Man Down, and his next TV project with Bad Robot. Hit the jump to watch.
The first trailer has snuck online for Dead Man Down, an action thriller from writer J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 2009). Dead Man Down stars Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths) as Victor, a right hand man for a New York crime lord who seeks vengeance against his boss for the death of his wife and daughter. When a victim (Noomi Rapace - Prometheus) blackmails Victor into getting some revenge of her own, the two get caught up in the fallout. The trailer, if overlong, is a balanced presentation of a dramatic character story and a Hollywood shoot em up. Dead Man Down might have just nudged its way into my “Most Anticipated” list of early 2013.
Also starring Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Dead Man Down opens theatrically March 8th. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.
All good things must come to an end and so it is with FOX’s spectacular sci-fi series, Fringe, which will conclude its fifth and final season in a two-hour finale on Friday, January 18th starting at 8PM ET/PT. Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe was an X-Files for a new generation, as it followed a team of specialized investigators into all things paranormal and supernatural. Though it’s struggled with ratings throughout the years, the show’s smart writing, impressive cast and dark humor have earned Fringe a rabid fan base, one that sadly will not get to see the cast and crew return to Comic-Con any longer.
Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown, the two-hour series finale of Fringe will also celebrate its 100th episode. Your guess is as good as mine as to what the final episode code word will be. Hit the jump for the full press release.
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe is back for a fifth and final 13-episode season. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. Now, the Fringe team will make a final stand, bringing together all that they have witnessed, in order to battle and protect the world.
During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about when they decided to set the final season in the future, where Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia’s (Anna Torv) journey will go and how Walter (John Noble) has changed now, how he’s learned to constrain his ideas with a TV show budget, his reticence in changing the show so dramatically for the final season, what has changed most from the original plan, the major challenges they faced in bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion, whether there was always an intention to make the Observers the bad guys, and what he will take away from his experience on Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump, but be are that there are some spoilers.
Though Fringe is coming to an end after the upcoming fifth and final season, showrunner J.H. Wyman and executive producer J.J. Abrams are already making moves for their next TV collaboration. Deadline reports that Fox has acquired an untitled new series that’s described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future where all LAPD officers are partnered with “highly evolved human-like androids.” In other words, a slightly more realistic/dramatic version of Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.
Fox has committed to producing the pilot, which Wyman will write. Wyman will also executive produce the project with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk. The the pilot be picked up to series, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle the android aspect of the show. Will it simply be an actor with light prosthetics/makeup (I’m sure Haley Joel Osment is available) or will there be a heavier CG-feel to it? Whatever the case, I’m inclined to give Wyman and Abrams the benefit of the doubt.
The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite sci-fi drama series Fringe returns for a fifth and final 13-episode season, premiering on Fox on September 28th. Promising to deliver a climactic and satisfying conclusion, things will pick up in 2036, when the Observers have become ruthless rulers who will reign supreme. The Fringe team’s final stand will bring together all that they have witnessed, in preparation to battle and protect the world.
While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner/writer/executive producer J.H. Wyman talked about the desire to give the series a real ending, what made him pick the year 2036 for the final season, the effects of the amber on the Fringe team once they’ve been awakened, whether Walter (John Noble) will get a new cow in 2036, how Olivia (Anna Torv) fits into the story now, what fans can expect from the Olivia/Peter (Joshua Jackson) reunion, how soon audiences will get answers about their daughter Etta, and the influences for his work on the show. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
I love Fringe. If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time. And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries. It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.
Shortly after winning Best Network Television Series at the Saturn Awards the other night, I landed an extended video interview with executive producer, writer, director and showrunner J.H. Wyman. We talked about what fans can look forward to on the final season, where he is in the writing process, will the show answer all the mysteries, Comic-Con, and a lot more. In addition, Wyman revealed that he’s writing and directing the last episode of the series and the last three episodes are all a continuation of each other, basically giving the series a three-hour finale. Hit the jump to watch.
Much to the happiness of its devoted fanbase, Fox recently picked up the sci-fi drama Fringe for a fifth and final 13-episode season, allowing the series to provide the climactic conclusion that it’s been heading towards. The two-part finale, airing on May 4th and 11th, will see the Fringe team pushed to their breaking point, as they face off against David Robert Jones (Jared Harris) and desperately attempt to prevent a catastrophic event that threatens the lives of everyone.
During this recent interview to discuss the remainder of this season, showrunners/executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman talked about how much the fan and social media support has meant to them, the impact the final episodes of this season could have on Season 5, their hope that they’ll get Leonard Nimoy back for the final season, that contrary to what has been reported there was no alternate ending that was shot in case the show didn’t get picked up, what they were doing when they found out they would get a final 13 episodes to finish telling this story, that they definitely know where and how the series is going to end and what they’re saying with the final season, and that they hope to continue the story with some comic books, once all is said and done. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The cast and crew of one of the best sci-fi procedurals since The X-Files were on hand for a Q&A at WonderCon this past weekend. Fans of Fox’s Fringe turned out in droves to show their support and gain some insight into the happenings of the show’s fourth season and possibilities of a fifth. The panel warmed up the audience with a montage of Walterisms from the eccentric Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). These non sequiturs have been a mainstay in the show since the beginning and continue to be a highlight. Apart from that, the excellent casting, superb writing and edge-of-your-seat intrigue were then put on display in a clip from the upcoming episode, “A Short Story About Love.” Fringe, starring Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick returns this Friday, March 23rd at 9pm EST on Fox. Hit the jump to check out our recap and take a look at the Walterisms.
With only eight episodes left in Season 4, and the fate of the drama series still undetermined, Fringe is answering questions and pulling out all the stops, so as not to leave fans disappointed. Life-threatening events will continue to raise the stakes, and both the characters and the audience will learn more about the uber-plot of this season’s big bad guy.
During this recent interview, executive producers/writers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman talked about keeping all of the universes and timelines straight, how the latest episode (“The End of All Things”) will effect things to come, to remember that nothing is as it seems, that they haven’t written the season finale yet, the importance of the fan support to the success of the show, the state of sci-fi on TV today, and the chances of a Season 5. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are set to star in the mob drama Dead Man Down. Director Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, is onboard to direct the project (per THR) which centers on a mobster’s hitman (Farrell) who falls for a disfigured former beauty (Rapace). Bent on revenge, the two subsequently go on a violent killing spree. The script was written by J.H. Wyman (Fringe), who is also producing alongside Neal Moritz (Fast Five).
The pic will reunite Oplev with his Dragon Tattoo star Rapace. The actress turned heads with her bold performance in the Swedish films, landing roles in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as a result. Farrell recently wrapped the Total Recall reboot, and is set to reteam with his In Bruges director Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths. Production on Dead Man Down is poised to begin in early 2012.
The sci-fi drama Fringe returns for Season 4 tonight, with Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) wiped from existence, after having saved the day in the last season finale. The two worlds are now forced to work together, as Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) joins Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) on the Fringe team under Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick). With unbelievable new cases and a growing mythology, the fourth season of the popular series promises more shocks and twists that its loyal followers have come to expect from the show’s adventurous, thought-provoking storytelling.
During a recent interview to promote the show’s return, executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman talked about how important Peter Bishop is to the show and that Joshua Jackson will return in some capacity, the significance of the change in the opening title sequence, the challenge of incorporating both worlds into some of the stories this season, how grateful they are to have such a rabid following, and how things start fresh this season, making it the perfect time for new viewers to dive in. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The Fringe Panel opened with what appeared to be an ordinary ol’ boring sizzle reel. Events from the previous season played out across the screen: the battle between two universes, Olivia trapped on the “other side”, Broyles barking out orders, Walter attempting to save the day, Astrid assisting… all the characters given a moment or two (Lincoln Lee, Nina Sharp, Charlie Francis) everyone except the male lead of the show. Peter Bishop was nowhere to be found. His de-existence branching out to the very marketing of the show. What happened to Peter? How will he be brought back into existence (i.e. on the show)? Can he be? For the answers to these questions, hit the jump.