Even though The Martian author Andy Weir’s next novel Artemis hasn’t hit bookshelves yet, a movie is already in the works. Fox bought the rights to the film earlier this year, and Deadline is reporting that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now signed on to direct.
The book, which comes out this November, is described as “an adrenaline-charged crime caper.” Set on a moon colony named, you guessed it, Artemis, it will follow a young woman who’s feeling penned in on what is effectively a small town… just on the moon. A part time smuggler, she ends up taking a job that gets her in over her head, and adventure ensues.
Lord and Miller were freed up to take on the project when they were, uh, released from their obligations with the Hal Solo movie. They’re currently working with the studio to find a writer to adapt Weir’s book and get this thing going.
One of the more interesting superhero television shows that’s been in the pipe for a while is The Gifted, which is set in Fox’s X-Men movie universe… somewhere. I mean, it’s a world where the X-Men and the Brotherhood both existed at some point, but may have gone underground… or gotten wiped out… or something?
Anyway, the show focuses on a couple of parents going (played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) on the run with their mutant children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White). They get involved with a mutant underground while the government hunts them. Frankly, it just looks pretty neat. We got a trailer for the show back in May, but now the network has put out a second.
So at San Diego Comic Con, Fox premiered a new trailer for The Orville, Seth Macfarlane’s new science fiction comedy. It looks fun, it looks exciting, it looks really entertaining… and I don’t trust it for a second. You see, I remember the earlier trailer we got back in May which started the same way… right up until MacFarlane opened his mouth.
I mean, I’ll still give the show a shot. I’ll tune into an episode or two, but it comes down to something simple — Seth MacFarlane hasn’t really been funny for the last fifteen years (at least), and continues to write and perform in a mold which is outdated and (frankly) annoying to watch. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t have a lot of faith in his abilities at this point.
I guess we’ll all find out when the show premieres September 10th on Fox.
The last two main-line X-Men films saw the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise, and while one of them was really good, the second one really… wasn’t. So, when the next installment in the film series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was announced, we weren’t super excited about it. Well, that is until we found out that Singer won’t be in the director’s chair this time around.
It’s now been announced that Simon Kinberg will be taking the reigns of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and we couldn’t be happier. Kinberg has been involved in the franchise as a producer since Last Stand, and served as a writer for both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. Now, we know that it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but we’re choosing to be optimistic on this one.
Jessica Chastain is apparently in talks to play Shi’ar Empress Lilandra in the film as well, but as that’s not locked down yet… we don’t care? Once she signs a contract we’ll start to care about that. I mean, she’d be good in the role, but like all things undecided, we try not to get worked up about it.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently set for a November 2, 2018 release.
Fox put out the first trailer for their upcoming paranormal comedy series Ghosted, and it actually looks pretty funny. The show stars Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as a couple of ordinary guys who end up working for the “Underground Investigative Service,” investigating strange occurrences in Los Angeles.
It’s a fairly straight forward recipe – a believer and a skeptic are partnered up to investigate the strange. With the right chemistry though, the show could be pretty great. The real question is going to be how the jokes (which are so rapid fire in the trailer) end up fitting into the episodes as a whole. Robinson and Scott are exceptionally talented though, so I have some faith.
Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville is coming to Fox whether we like it or not. We now have a trailer for the show, and to be fair, the show itself looks great. The problems start when MacFarlane opens his mouth and reminds us all that his jokes are very much stuck in what passed for edgy humor twenty years ago.
Toilet seat jokes! Men and women are different! Hilarious.
I’m still going to try and give the show a shot, because I like the premise. The cast looks great too (Scott Grimes is in it — he played recurring character Jimmy O’Rourke on Republic of Doyle). But I keep going back to the fact that Seth MacFarlane is super gross, and I get pulled out of it.
I guess we’ll find out how it goes when the show premieres later this year on Fox.
Last week we talked about how X-Men adjacent television series The Gifted has been picked up to series, and now we have a full trailer for the show. And honestly? It looks pretty decent.
Developed by Bryan Singer, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple of parents going on the run with their mutant children, played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White. The trailer teases out a few things about the character’s reality, like both the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood being both well-known but also pretty much gone. We get to see some robotic sentinels too, even if they’re little spider robots and not giant robot dudes.
The series looks exciting, though a little melodramatic. That’s the only part that worries me, just because shows that take themselves too seriously face a higher bar than ones able to poke fun at their own ridiculousness on occasion. We’ll see how the show ends up walking that line once it comes out though.
Fox made two big renewals today – one of which we’re pretty excited about, and the other we’re just kind of indifferent on at this point. Those two shows, of course, are Last Man on Earth and Gotham.
To be fair, we kind of expected Gotham to come back another season, even if we’re not big fans of the show. I’m honestly not sure exactly who is watching the show still, but the ratings show that someone is. I guess it kind of goes to show that regardless of something’s quality, if it’s Batman-adjacent, people will pay attention.
Last Man on Earth, on the other hand, we’re really happy about. I’ll go so far to say that it’s the best post-Apocalyptic show currently on the air (take that AMC). The idea that we’ll get to spend more time with the wacky band of survivors is pretty damn exciting.
The network already renewed Lucifer and picked up Marvel’s The Gifted, so even with Sleepy Hollow ending, the network has a pretty solid genre lineup for next year. I mean, even if one of those shows is Gotham.
The multitalented Donald Glover, along with his brother Stephen Glover, are officially making an animated Deadpool television series for FXX. Donald Glover is, of course, a talented actor, rapper, and writer, and his television series Atlanta has been incredibly well received.
The network has ordered the show straight to series, and will have a ten episode first season. No word yet on voice actors for the show, but it’s still early days for the project. While the show won’t have any continuity ties to the Deadpool film franchise, that’s the tone the network will be aiming for.
The animated Deadpool series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
After four seasons Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is officially coming to an end, and there will be no fifth season for the show. Honestly, at this point, it’s kind of a relief.
We were shocked when the series got a fourth season, as the third season ended with one of the shows two protagonists getting killed out of nowhere. Not only that, but a romantic plot was shoehorned in at the last moment making everything super uncomfortable. A lot of us who were fans of the series had hoped the series would just end at that point.
But it came back.
I honestly tried to stick with it, I really did. Some of the new elements were okay… but I just couldn’t get back into it. Frankly the show was going down hill for a long time before this latest season, with Katrina’s Face-Heel turn in season two being the biggest head scratcher. While the awkward fourth season didn’t make things better, I think most of the show’s fandom can agree that it’s time for all of us to move on.