NBC Won’t Continue With ‘Xena’ Reboot

Since 2014 a reboot of Xena: Warrior Princess was in development, eventually finding a home at NBC. Series co-creators Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi were both on board, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach had been writing the adaptation. Unfortunately for fans that wanted to see this happen though, the project seems officially dead at the network.

THR is reporting that NBC is officially not going forward with the reboot. This follows Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s departure from the reboot a few months ago, and it doesn’t look like they’ve found anyone to replace him.

According to THR, that while the current incarnation is dead, NBC may still be interested in eventually rebooting the franchise down the road. Personally, I don’t think die hards should hold their breaths. One of the main reasons rumored that Grillo-Marxuach departed the show for was that he wanted to focus on the relationship between Xena and Gabriel.

If the network doesn’t want that to be a major part of the reboot, I’m not sure what value it has. Pretty much every other angle was already fleshed out in the original series, and if the reboot can’t make overt what was implied or under explored the first time around, what’s the point?

Via THR

Watch the First Trailer For Amazon’s Anthology Series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams”

When Amazon picked up Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams to series last February we were obviously excited. I mean, it’s an anthology series based on the works of Philip K Dick and produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner.

It sounds pretty great.

Well, we now have our first trailer for the show, not through Amazon but via the Australian network Stan (which will also air the series). Of course, since the official Stan copy of the trailer is region locked, we’ve embedded someone else’s upload — so it may disappear at any moment.

Check it out while you can though, because this show looks really, really neat.

Watch the First Teaser for Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’

This weekend I’m sure most of you sat down to branspike/binge the latest Netflix Marvel series The Defenders. I mean, the streaming service has been building towards this for years, and the show is kind of amazing. What you might not have noticed (or maybe you just haven’t gotten there yet) is that Netflix shared a teaser trailer for their next Marvel series, The Punisher, after the credits of the final episode.

It’s been ripped from Netflix and reposted to Youtube a bunch of times, so we’re not sure if it’ll stay online. It’s only a minute long, but it’s a great little look at the tone of The Punisher. I’m excited about the show, and I’ve never really even liked the character.

The Punisher is expected to be released this fall.

Cosplayer Alisa Norris (aka ‘AlisaKiss’) Participated in Charlottesville White Supremacist Rally

Look, we’ve been actively avoiding talking about the “Unite the Right” White Supremacist rally that recently took place in Charlottesville, where one of the participants decided to drive full speed into a group of counterprotesters – killing one and injuring quite a few others. We figure here at Nerd & Tie that you’ve stopped by our site because you want to avoid thinking about what a garbage fire the world seems to be falling into. Sadly though, sometimes the real world intercepts with fandom and we’re forced to bring it up.

You see, it turns out that popular cosplayer Alisa Norris (aka “AlisaKiss”) attended the rally, and no – she was not a counterprotester. As Russ Matthews pointed out on Facebook:

Norris can be spotted about fifteen seconds into this video holding her husband’s hand as he shouts “Jews will not replace us.”


GIF version Courtesy of Bleeding Cool

Norris took part in White Nationalist event, and her husband has openly admitted to being one. I’m not a big fan of letting Nazis and White Supremacists into conventions or working with them, and I know I’m not alone. It’s very clear Norris is a supporter of that movement, and the community needs to take stock of that.

Clearly some people already have decided to take a stand, as it appears that the webmaster for Norris’s site has resigned. On their way out the door, the now former webmaster took down the website, AlisaKiss.com, and replaced the contents with the following:

While I’ll be the first to admit that taking the site down on the way out the door wasn’t really all that professional, it is kind of satisfying to see.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Spin-Off Film Actually in Development

Ever since Lucasfilm and Disney announced that they would be doing spinoff movies set in the Star Wars universe, fans have been clamoring for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. I mean, Ewan McGregor keeps telling people he’s game for it — and he’s the one thing every Star Wars fan seems to agree was actually good about the Prequel trilogy. But while rumors flew a bunch back in, like, twenty-fourteen the idea didn’t seem to be going anywhere.

Well, that’s no longer the case.

THR is reporting that an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff is definitely in the works now. There’s no script yet, but director Stephen Daldry is currently in talks with the studio to take on the project. Curiously McGregor hasn’t signed on to the film yet, but it’s almost a guarantee that the fans would revolt if he didn’t play the part.

All of this is early on, and we still don’t have a formal announcement from the studio. But while this could all still fall apart, it’s good to know that the studio is listening to what the fans have been clamoring for.

Via THR

And One Last Trailer For ‘The Defenders’ For Good Measure

With The Defenders premiering on Netflix tomorrow, we had assume that the video we saw earlier this week was the final trailer for the series. This, of course, has turned out to be completely untrue — as Netflix has put out another one.

Honestly, if trailers are designed to hype up people for something, they’re definitely succeeding with particular one. We get more of Sigourney Weaver’s character monologuing, some cool fights, and just enough to make me say “I guess Iron Fist was worth it.” I know what my plans for this weekend are at least.

The Defenders premiers tomorrow, August 18th.

The New Trailer For ‘Godzilla: Monster Planet’ Looks Pretty Damned Amazing

I’m just going to be honest here — Godzilla: Monster Planet‘s new trailer looks plain amazing. We got our first tease of the film last month, but now we have a much better look at the film, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The premise is simple — monsters have taken over the earth. Humanity tried to find a new home, but was unable to find a suitable new planet to live on… so they have to go back and actually deal with Godzilla. The film was first announced back in the spring, and it’s just super neat looking.

Godzilla: Monster Planet comes to theaters in Japan this November, followed by an international release on Netflix.

The ‘Beyond Skyline’ Trailer Actually Looks Pretty Decent

Do you remember the 2010 movie Skyline? I do. It was kind of cheesy, but watchable (pretty much thanks to Eric Balfour’s ability to make bad dialogue sound good). Even if you do remember it, you might not have realized that they’re making a sequel.

Beyond Skyline focuses on another set of characters trying to survive the same alien invasion, and now there’s a trailer for it. It’s possibly the most stereotypical trailer released in a long while (down to the “bwaahms”), but it kind of looks decent? I don’t know… it’s hard to tell.

I’ll probably watch it though.

Beyond Skyline hits theaters internationally this November, but won’t come out in the United States until a later date.

‘Captain Marvel’ Gets a New Screenwriter

The Captain Marvel has been one of the most anticipated films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Brie Larson set to star and Mississippi Grind‘s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directing, it looks like Marvel’s first woman led superhero film is in good hands. Not everything is completely solid though, as originally Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman were going to pen the screenplay.

That is no longer the case.

It’s being reported that LeFauve and Perlman are being replaced, as LeFauve has been tapped to direct Disney’s Gigantic with Nathan Greno. Instead Geneva Robertson-Dworet will take over writing duties for the Captain Marvel film. Robertson-Dworet is responsible for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie’s script, as well as writing the (who knows if it’s still happening) Gotham City Sirens.

I guess we’ll see how this turns out.

Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8, 2019.

Via Deadline

Michael Sheen and David Tennant Will Star in Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’ Adaptation

We’ve known for a while that Neil Gaiman was adapting his and Terry Pratchett’s amazing novel Good Omens for television. The series eventually landed at Amazon, and is being co-produced by BBC studios. The big news everyone has been waiting on though is who the heck are going to play Aziraphale and Crowley?

Well, thanks to Variety, we now know. According to the publication, Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been respectively cast as the Angel and Demon. Sheen is best known for his roles in the Twilight saga and Masters of Sex, but to me he’ll always be 30 Rock‘s “Wesley Snipes.” David Tennant is, of course, David Tennant.

The casting is pretty ideal (even if Tennant’s a little thin for how I always pictured Crawley). Often I get nervous when my favorite books get adapted for screen, but since Neil Gaiman himself actually wrote the six episodes and is showrunning, I’m pretty confident we’ll get something true to the text at least.

I’m excited.

Via Variety

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