Shannara TV Series Greenlit By MTV

You know, I’m like the one person in my family who never read any of the Shannara books. I know all the titles from seeing them on the bookshelves at my parent’s house, but I literally know nothing about them. But maybe I will now, as Terry Brooks announced today that the much discussed ten episode TV series based off “The Elfstones of Shannara” has been greenlit by MTV.

In a post to his website, Brooks said:

Miles Millar and Al Gough are writing the series, and have done an amazing job with the scripts they’ve written at this point. I really couldn’t be happier with how it’s all coming together, and I am very much involved in the process.

Jonathan Liebesman will now direct the first 2 episodes.

I am Executive Producing along with Al Gough, Miles Millar, Jon Favreau, Jonathan Liebesman, and Dan Farah, who I began this long journey with several years ago. Sonar Entertainment is our studio partner. It’s a terrific team and I greatly appreciate and respect each and every person on it.

Via TerryBrooks.net, with thanks to KORfan

‘Awesome Con’ Is Not So Awesome, Steals Established Con’s Weekend

Note: Does Trae sound like a dick in this article? He sure thinks he did. We’re leaving it intact, but please be aware — we at Nerd & Tie all think we were being a bit unfair on this.

A version of this first appeared on Trae’s personal blog.

So as many of you know, I primarily do conventions in two areas: Indiana (where I live) and Wisconsin (where I’m from). I’ve just recently gotten started at expanding into more Indiana events, but it would be an understatement to say I’m highly involved with cons in Wisconsin.

Mostly because I co-founded one of the older, still running ones.

Those of you who have read my blog over the years may have also noted I have a pretty specific philosophy when it comes to how people and organizations in the con scene should interact. I think cons should try to work together cooperatively rather than competitively, as a rising tide can lift all boats if we do it right. I hold everyone to a pretty high standard, and I view what we’re doing in building communities amongst those who haven’t so easily been accepted in society at large as kind of important. And while I am not wholly against for-profit conventions on any sort of principle, as I believe they can be run right, I also have yet to witness that many situations where for-profit outfits don’t come into regions like a bull in a china shop.

I can get a bit preachy, I know.

And Wisconsin has been a nice little refuge, with almost an entirely non-profit, fan run con scene. Even the largest con currently in the area, Anime Milwaukee, is managed with some pretty solid principles. Sure, not everyone is perfect – and conflict happens, but overall stuff has been pretty peaceful.

Cons work together, stay away from each others weekends, and have built a community unlike anywhere else I’ve been to.

Anyway, all of that should serve as background to how I’m reacting to a very particular email I received yesterday.

An email which has me a bit angry.

Because you know that bull I mentioned earlier? It’s just driven a truck through the china shop’s front window. Continue reading ‘Awesome Con’ Is Not So Awesome, Steals Established Con’s Weekend

New Trailer For Ghostbusters Theatrical Re-Release

So some of you may not know this yet, but Sony Pictures is re-releasing the original Ghostbusters film in theaters on August 29th in celebration of the film’s 30th Anniversary.

Commence all of us who watched the film as kids feeling really old… now.

Anyway, to promote said re-release, Sony has put out a new Ghostbusters trailer. And it’s very Ghostbuster-y. Personally, I’m excited about the re-release. I never got to see the film in theaters when I was little, so this’ll be my first opportunity to do so. I mean, sure, I’ve watched the film at least three times this year already, but the big screen is the big screen.

It’ll only be in theaters for a week though, so come labor day weekend, y’all better get your butts in seats if you don’t want to miss it.

via Slashfilm

Steven Moffat + Star Wars = My Favorite Rumor Ever

Okay, so I’m 99% sure this entire thing is complete and utter BS, but a rumor currently floating around currently is trying to link Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat to a future installation of Star Wars.

Any clue if it would be Episode IX or a standalone piece? No information. Is he writing it? No one knows. Is he directing it? No clue. Is he making a ham sandwich on set? No idea!

But isn’t it exciting? Sort of? In a “watch the fan rage explode across the internet” kind of way? I mean, I can find no solid sources on this at all, and I think the site I got it from is pulling some sort of click bait stunt… but imagine the possibilities.

Possibilities of terribleness.

But hey, at least Star Wars was already terrible when it comes to women characters, so Moffat would fit right in.

Update: Sadly, Steven Moffat’s wife had to spoil my fun by denying the rumor –

Unless… of course! Her denying it is all part of Moffat’s plan to destroy the world with regenerating ewoks!

You heard it here first, kids!

Via Jedi News

Guillermo del Toro Talks About the Forthcoming Animated Pacific Rim Series

We love Pacific Rim here at Nerd & Tie, and when we found out Guillermo del Toro was not only working on a sequel but also creating a Pacific Rim animated series we were pretty friggin’ excited.

But beyond knowing the release date for Pacific Rim 2, we had very few details – especially about that animated series.

Thankfully though, del Toro has started to give out some information, and details are starting to come together. Apparently the animated series will be meant to bridge the gap between the previous and forthcoming film. It will also be arc driven, and del Toro wants to avoid the “episodic” approach. When speaking with Collider del Toro said:

We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing

The series will mostly focus on new characters, but with possible cameos from characters from the films. Del Toro has been in talks with various Japanese companies for the animation, and they’ve been working on putting the writers room together.

And we are all super excited.

Via Collider

Live Action Death Note Gets a (Good) Director

For several years its been rumored that the manga mega-hit Death Note would be getting its own live action American Movie, but after little news since Warner Brothers acquired the rights in 2009 the film finally has a director and it Good Will Hunting’s Gus Van Sant.

Van Sant doesn’t have a perfect track record, (looking at you shot-for-shot Psycho remake.) but his background with solid art house films could mean good things for this movie. Heck, this could be the first live action anime movie with good prospects in…. …ever.   Its too bad Death Note hasn’t actually been relevant since 2011, but you can’t win everything.

Via: Anime News Network

All the Good Parts of Transformers in One 20-Minute Supercut

Michael Bay is a lot of different things: Hacky, trollish, predictable,  egotistical, etc. The list goes on. But we can all agree that the guy loads up the Transformers movies with a hell of a lot of robot punching, right?

WRONG.

One masochistic YouTube user decided to comb through the original Transformers trilogy and compile every instance of the titular bots punching each other across the sky. The result? Only 20 minutes of an almost 8 hour trilogy features fighting robots. On the plus side, it’s the only 20 minutes you’re ever going to need to see from the first three movies.

Kinda puts the complaints about 45 minutes of Godzilla‘s monster fighting into perspective, huh?

via io9

Batgirl Gets a New Creative Team, Art Style, Costume

Starting in October, DC Comic’s Batgirl will have a new creative team. New writers, new artist, new everything.

Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher will be taking over writing duties from Gail Simone (who is exiting to work on other projects — this isn’t like the last time she “left” the book), and newcomer Babs Tarr will be taking over art duties. Batgirl will also get a new costume, designed to be a bit more utilitarian and realistic than her current garb.

Or, y’know, as realistic as a bat-costume can get.

I will admit I’m a little nervous about new writers on the book, especially with the great work Simone has done with some of the supporting cast (like Alysia Yeoh), but this is an industry where everyone moves on at some point. We always knew Simone wouldn’t be writing Batgirl forever, and it had to happen some day.

As for the art, Babs Tarr’s style is a significant departure from what we usually see at DC, and it’s pretty refreshing. I am excited to see what she’ll do with the book.

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Via MTV

Can We Just Retire the Mystical Pregnancy Trope Already?

So I decided to give the new Halle Berry Science Fiction show “Extant” a shot. It has a good cast, and I’m always willing to check out some new “genre television.” Much to my disappointment though, the series focuses on what is likely my least favorite trope in all of sci fi and fantasy television. You see Halle Berry’s character is Space Pregnant. That’s right, even though she’s been in space alone for 13 months, she’s come back with an alien bun in the oven.

And it’s stupid.

It’s the science fiction variation of Mystical Pregnancy trope. I hated it back when Star Trek: The Next Generation did it with “The Child,” and I hate it now. Maybe there was a point in its history where is wasn’t terrible, but we have long surpassed that point. Continue reading Can We Just Retire the Mystical Pregnancy Trope Already?

Throwback Thursday: Nick Izumi Takes On The Clone Wars

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time to dial up our timebooths to somewhere in the past and toss up whatever the hell we find! This week’s installment of Throwback Thursday finds its way out of 2008 when Nick Izumi first reacted to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

That would be the SECOND Clone Wars series, not to be confused with the OTHER Clone Wars series.

It’s all very confusing.

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