Tag Archives: David Goyer

Syfy Orders ‘Krypton’ to Series, Literally Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

We last talked about Krypton on this site a year ago when Syfy ordered a pilot of the show, and honestly we’ve tried not to think about it since then. If you don’t remember what Krypton‘s about, the show is set on Superman and Supergirl’s home planet two generations before it blows up. Think Caprica meets Gotham, and if combining the show no one watched with the show no one likes seems like a good idea… well, welcome to Syfy?

Because the network just ordered the show to series.

David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler and executive producing, with Kindler showrunning. Cameron Cuffe will star as Superman’s grandfather, along with Georgina Campbell, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, Aaron Pierre, and Ian McElhinney. The pilot was written by Goyer and Kindler.

And I just don’t understand why.

Who wants this show? Do you? I sure don’t. Caprica wasn’t a bad show, but a lot of us had a hard time getting invested with the fates of people we knew were going to get nuked from orbit. Krypton is effectively the same thing all over again, only shoehorning in a Superman connection. The planet is going to explode no matter what happens on the show, and I’m not sure how it’s going to be any fun.

Via The Wrap

David S. Goyer Developing ‘The Black Company’ for Television, Starring Eliza Dushku

David S. Goyer’s Phantom Four, Boston Diva Productions and IM Global Television are currently developing a television series based off of Glen Cook’s The Black Company. Eliza Dushku, who founded Boston Diva Productions, is expected to star in the series.

Deadline summarizes The Black Company quite simply:

The series follows the exploits of the Black Company, an elite mercenary unit that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder across a Tolkeinesque landscape. When these hard-bitten men discover the prophecy that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. The Lady (Dushku), who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers.

Assuming this continues to move forward, it’s a pretty exciting announcement.

Via Deadline, h/t KORfan

David Goyer Writing a Darth Vader VR Experience

Lucasfilm and ILM are always looking for the next step in cinematic experiences, and with the emergence of decent virtual reality they seem to have found their next frontier… or at least something to mess around with. The Verge is reporting that ILM’s xLab is working on a Darth Vader VR “movie” which will be scripted by David Goyer.

We put the word movie in quotes because it sounds like the project might better be described as an “experience” — as the VR user will be able to interact with the world and characters. Goyer told The Verge:

“You are the visitor in this story that is happening in and around you, and to a certain extent you might even have some effect on [the narrative],” Goyer said. “You can pick up things, you can open things. You can push things, you can walk. You can touch characters.”

The current intent is to make the experience canon to the current Star Wars timeline, so I doubt the user will be able to make any significant narrative changes.

While this sounds like fun, Goyer’s track record is a mixed bag. Clearly this is a neat idea, but it remains to be seen if it will end up executed well.

I guess we’ll find out.

Via The Verge

Syfy Orders ‘Krypton’ To Pilot, Part of My Soul Dies a Little

So for the last couple of years, David Goyer has been trying to get a television series called Krypton off the ground. The show would take place on the birth planet of Superman and Supergirl, but a couple generations prior to it exploding into green fiery chunks.

The show would follow members of the House of El (y’know – the previously mentioned Super-family), which has to pull itself out of disgrace and rise to power. You know, before the planet explodes and the last few refugees go off and find Earth.

…does this sound like Caprica to anyone else? I can’t be the only one who thinks this sounds like Caprica.

Well after sitting on the concept for quite some time, Syfy has finally chosen to bite the bullet, ordering a pilot for the show.

Ugh.

Look, I’m going to level with you guys for a minute: I hate this so much I can’t even begin to describe it. Prequels like this are rarely good – Caprica (the prequel series to the rebooted Battlestar Galactica) was passable, but I could never get into it because I knew the whole place was going to burn in nuclear fire. I mean, that’s literally how every version of Battlestar Galactica starts.

Likewise, it’s hard for me to care about some existential threat to Kryptonian society, because I will always know while watching this series that Krypton is going to explode.

Prequels only work if you know that at least a good number of the cast have at least the possibility of an open ending. I mean, I don’t particularly like Gotham, but as a concept it works because even in the current part of the timeline the damned city exists. Our main character on that show is very much alive in most versions of the continuity.

To stick with the Man of Steel, Smallville likewise genuinely worked as a prequel because adult Clark Kent still goes back and visits every once and a while in later set stories.

While I have no problem watching a prequel film, that’s only investing a few hours into a doomed cast. Don’t ask me to invest thirteen hours into a full season of this kind of thing. It’s just not something that I ever feel like I can build any connection with. I’d honestly rather see Syfy invest in a current DC property or just do something original.

Krypton hinges on the eventual destruction of Krypton… and that’s just not good television.

Anywho, Damian Kindler is executive producing the pilot, and Colm McCarthy is directing. David Goyer and Ian Goldberg co-wrote the original draft of the pilot, and a version of that is likely to be used.

But Syfy, I’m begging you — don’t let this thing go any further.

Via /FILM

Episode 22 – Sad Batman

On this fortnight’s episode Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is shuffling around some creative staffers, DC’s Carnival of Sadness continues (with David S. Goyer practically spiking the “I hate the fans” football), CHRIS PRATT MIGHT RIDE A DINOSAUR in Jurassic World, the classic Sailor Moon’s rerelease is pretty great, some DC TV shows are getting new trailers, and Gamera is getting (another) reboot for 2015.

We are pretty excited for that last one.

Episode 19 – Insert David Goyer Joke Here

On this episode we talk about Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, the current arc on Agents of SHIELD, David S. Goyer’s comments on the (lack of a) DC Cinematic Universe, Battlestar Galactica getting a reboot, Amazon buying Comixology, the upcoming No Brand Con, and we let Nick talk about… Megan Fox?

Yep. This is a thing.

A thing that has happened.