SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 23 – Excuse the Cracking; We’re Coming in! Transfomers 2, Virtuality, Caprica Reviews, & News

July 10th, 2009 by Scott

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Tonight’s agenda: Transformer 2 & Virtuality

Show News:

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For our trivia question this week:

What TV show spawned the first sci-fi convention, and when was the first convention held?

The Answer: Star Trek, in the year…

SciFi News:

New ‘Stargate Universe’ Teaser – Survive

  • Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks to appear in premiere – October 2009

First Amazing Trailer For NBC’s New Sci-Fi Series ‘Day One’ (maybe the biggest sci-fi series of 2010): – a hailed as the new Jericho on Steroids – the trailer looks amazing.  Premieres mid-season 2010l

Link to Trailer

Warehouse 13 – We liked it the 2 hour premiere; it seems a cross between Bones, X-files, and Indiana Jone.  Tuesday at 9 on Syfy

Blade and Crow Prequels

Last year it was announced that Stephen Dorff was set to return in a prequel to Blade and this week some more news has surfaced.

Stephen Norrington, who directed the first Blade film in 1998, has apparently confirmed that the prequel is going ahead and that it will be trilogy based on Dorff’s character Deacon Frost (who was killed by Blade in the first movie).

However, before the new Blade series of films get underway director Stephen Norrington will be taking the helm of a reimagined version of Alex Proyas’ 1994 film The Crow.

Rumor is Norrington’s version of The Crow won’t be a remake of the original starring Brandon Lee (in which he died during filming) but will instead follow an all new character and storyline using the basic premise only.

New ‘Star Wars’ Live Action Series Begins Pre-Production?

Australia’s SCI FI TV are reporting that the long talked about live action Star Wars series has actually started pre-production in Australia.

According to the report a number of ‘big names’ in the Australian television industry have been approached by Star Wars producer Rick McCallum.

SCI FI TV also speculate that the new series will be more adult centered, drawing the conclusion from the fact that some of the talent supposedly approached comes from adult centered Australian shows Love My Way and Secret Life of Us.

This speculation may actually be accurate given in the past George Lucas described the series as “Deadwood meets The Sopranos in space.”

The new series will be set between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.  The story is said to follow the Rebel Alliance as it gains strength.

It is also said that no major characters will appear in the series and neither will any Jedi’s, nor Darth Vader.  However, if true this news doesn’t preclude appearances from the Sith (those that wield the dark side of the Force) or other not-so-major characters.

In one such example actor Jay Laga’aia has been in talks with George Lucas to star. Laga’aia played Captain Typho in both Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Rose Byrne, who appeared as Dormé in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, has also confirmed casting in Australia has been happening.

Additional rumors have it that fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett will also feature.

George Lucas himself has stated the series will be 100 episodes in length.

Given the series has been tentatively slated for a 2010 release, if these pre-production reports are true fans can expect to hear a lot of new Star Wars news in the near future.

“Asteroids” Movie Optioned July 2, 2009 by Michael Hickerson

Universal Pictures has optioned the big-screen rights to the classic video-game “Asteroids.”

The studio won a bidding war between four studios for the rights to produce the Matthew Lopez written pictures.  The movie will be  produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

In “Asteroids,” initially released as an arcade game in 1979, a player controlled a triangular space ship in an asteroid field. The object was to shoot and destroy the hulking masses of rock and the occasional flying saucer while avoiding smashing into both.

As opposed to today’s games, there is no story line or fancy world-building mythology, so the studio would be creating a plot from scratch. Universal, however, is used to that development process, as it’s in the middle of doing just that for several of the Hasbro board game properties it is translating to the big screen, such as “Battleship” and “Candyland.”

The Meat

Virtuality – You can watch the entire video here.

‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ Raking It In:

Regardless of what you think of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen the fact remains that it is destroying the box office.   According to Variety it is on track to hit the $600 million mark in worldwide takings and it is doing it faster than any other movie in history save the The Dark Knight.

The official numbers have the film at $593.9M made up from a US domestic haul of $293.4M and an international cume of $300.5M.  Impressive numbers considering it has only been 12 days since its release.

Pundits expect the film to haul $800M when all is said and done.  No one expects the Transformers sequel to overtake The Dark Knight which went on to take $1.1 billion.  A nose-dive in box office earnings is also expected to occur next week when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally hits theaters (July 15).

Our Thoughts on the following:

  • Shea labouf
  • Favorite transformers
  • Least favorite transformers.
  • Can we kill Megan Fox?
  • Too much transformation on the transformers

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