John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” Book Series to be Adapted by Syfy

John Scalzi’s military science fiction series “Old Man’s War” book series is being adapted into a TV series for Syfy. Titled “Ghost Brigades” (after one of the other books in the series), the series is being adapted by Scott Stuber and Wolfgang Petersen. The pilot is being written by Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Scalzi himself will executive produce), and if all goes well the show will materialize somewhere in 2016.

Honestly, it will be nice to see some honest to goodness space opera on television again.

This isn’t Scalzi’s first show to be adapted, as FX is currently putting together a series based around Scalzi’s book “Redshirts.”

Via Scalzi.com

(Thanks, Korfan!)

Was the “Mineorama” Convention the other kind of Con?

So Minecraft conventions just seem cursed — or at least appear to be run by incompetents and/or scam artists. Unofficial Minecraft Convention “Mineorama” appears to be the latter, as it was cancelled a mere five days prior to the event last month and the organizers have vanished with the money.

Back in July, the “BebopVox YOGSCAST” dug into the situation, and released the following video:


It shows the depths of potential corruption involved in this bizarre, highly weird situation.

Since then, as Kotaku and PC Gamer have posted, the website has disappeared, the organizers have vanished, and over half a million dollars is unaccounted for.

This is the fourth bizarre situation to unfold around a Minecraft convention in 2014 alone (the embedded video above mentions them briefly, here’s more details on one of them), and I’m starting to think that said fandom is particularly cursed.

Yep, definitely cursed.

Thanks to Dillon Kaarstad and Jen Oven for the tip!

Power Rangers reboot gets a release date

July 22, 2016. That’s right, I said July 22, 2016. On that day, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers reboot will come to theaters. And all will be well. Or not. It depends on whether or not it’s any good. But at least we know when it’s going to happen.

As Screenrant points out, it’s entering a crowded field:

With a July 22, 2016 release date, Power Rangers finds itself competing directly against Warner Bros.’ King Arthur on the same weekend. July is a typically a busy summer month and moviegoers will also have Independence Day 2, an unannounced film from Marvel (we guess Doctor Strange), Universal’s Bourne 5 and the third Planet of the Apes film from Fox all in theaters around the same time.

So yeah. That’s what we know.

Via Screenrant

Is this the new Storm Trooper design for Episode VII?

So design artist Tom Hodges claims he got a glimpse of the new Storm Trooper designs for Episode VII. Since he hadn’t signed anything and isn’t working for Lucasfilm or Disney proper, he figured he’d draw what he saw and share that to Instagram. It’s since been pulled down, but as nothing ever goes away on the internet – here you go:

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Is this real? I have no idea. But since I love my crazy Star Wars rumors, I figured we’d run with it.

With my luck, it’s fake.

Via Joblo

Ryan Kopf Helping Run Anime Kaiju, Taiga Con under “Black Materia Inc.” brand

Update: It appears the list of Black Materia, Inc cons also includes Star City Anime in Roanoke, VA

Update #2: We now know a lot more about Black Materia Inc, and how some of Ryan Kopf’s business practices might be illegal.

Ryan Kopf isn’t a stranger to controversy. Even the tamest news about his events tends to be negative… and well… then there’s this. Needless to say, a google search for his name doesn’t bring up the most positive of results.

With such massive PR issues, you can understand why Ryan (and his company Chrono, LC) might want to be careful when entering new markets. That is likely the reason then that as he’s starting two new events, Anime Kaiju (Nashville, TN) and Taiga Con (Atlanta, GA), Kopf has decided to not operate under his better known AnimeCon.org name and instead a new brand: Black Materia, Inc. Continue reading Ryan Kopf Helping Run Anime Kaiju, Taiga Con under “Black Materia Inc.” brand

Robert Orci confirmed to direct next Star Trek film

It’s been a will he/won’t he with whether or not screenwriter Robert Orci would get his turn in the director’s chair for the third Abrams-verse Star Trek film, but according to the BBC, actor Simon Pegg has confirmed that Robert Orci will be directing the next installment of the legendary science fiction series.

I have mixed thoughts on this, as while Orci was probably the largest Trek fan in the mix for the last two films, his non-Star Trek views can get a little… well… weird.

I’m going to choose to be cautiously optimistic. It’s what I’ve got in me.

Via the BBC

‘Veronica Mars’ Cast Reunites for ‘Play It Again, Dick’ Webseries

So it’s not a Veronica Mars webseries – let’s get that straight. It is, however, Veronica Mars adjacent. Rob Thomas announced the possibility of Play it Again, Dick (a webseries focused on Ryan Hansen’s character Dick Casablancas) way back in January, but we’ve heard nothing about it since… so pretty much all of us forgot about it. Well, we finally know more, and Buzzfeed has the scoop.

Apparently the webseries will follow the exploits of a fictional version of Ryan Hansen (obviously played by himself) as he attempts to capitalize on his fame from Veronica Mars. Other cast members will appear as themselves, and the general tone will be more akin to Rob Thomas’s other series Party Down (in which Hansen also appeared).

Personally I think it should be pretty entertaining. While fairly meta, Hansen has a brilliant sense of comedic timing, and this should be right up his alley.

Via Buzzfeed

Peter Quill’s Dad Isn’t Who You Think It Is

…well, in the movies at least.

Part of the mystery of Guardians of the Galaxy is that we don’t know who Peter “Star-lord” Quill’s dad is. Now, comics readers had a pretty good clue since it’s well established canon in Marvel’s main continuity… but that knowledge is apparently inapplicable for the Cinematic Universe. Director James Gunn, while talking with Empire said:

“There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill’s father is between a select two or three of us,” says Gunn. “That’s been part of the plan since the beginning, that’s something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu’s place in everything made sense and it does, so it’s all very specific stuff.”

Importantly, Gunn had a major revelation for fans trying to work out who Peter Quill’s father might be. “It’s definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I’ll say that much.”

So… yeah. Quill’s father won’t be J’Son, Emperor of the Spartoi Empire, in the movies.

Huh.

Via Empire

New Trailer for Doctor Who Series 8 Opener

Embedded below is the trailer for the Season/Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who entitled “Deep Breath.” I’m excited, are you excited?

You should be excited.

The BBC already released a plot synopsis of the episode, which is as follows:

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.

Doctor Who returns to UK and US television August 23rd.

Bay Says He Won’t Direct the Next ‘Transformers’ Film… again

According to USA Today, Michael Bay has said that he plans on passing the baton for the next Transformers film. If this sounds familiar, it might be because Bay was saying the same kind of stuff after the third Transformers film… so I guess I’ll believe it when I see someone else’s name attached to the project.

Bay’s direction of the Transformers films have been at best inconsistent. While the first Transformers film in the modern series was actually pretty good, each subsequent sequel has fallen in quality… yet they keep making money. Big screen biscuit tinning tends to do that though.

Whether or not Bay returns though, Transformers 5 is sure to happen though… and we can only hope it gets better.

Please get better.

Via USA Today

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