New life has been breathed into the film adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Shadowman, as its been announced that director Reginald Hudlin is now attached to the project. Hudlin will and writer Adam Simon are reworking a script originally written by J. Michael Straczynski.
The Shadowman comic follows Jack Boniface, an African-American saxophone player in New Orleans, who ends up being infected by a spirit and gaining supernatural abilities. Using these powers, he has to protect the world from a bunch of bad guys – y’know, like you do.
Okay, so that’s a gross oversimplification that leaves out a lot of key details, but it’s close enough. In any case, should this thing make it to screen, it would an interesting (and fairly different) superhero film than the ones we’ve gotten lately.
After two seasons, Netflix has now officially announced that they’re canceling science ficiton drama Sense8. Created by the Wachowski sisters and J. Michael Straczynski, the show followed eight people who had become mentally linked to each other.
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, and Jamie Clayton, the show ran twenty three episodes in total. Honestly, I have to admit that I could never get into the show. I gave up after a few episodes, as the show never grabbed me. That said, we know a lot of our readers were fans, and I guess we’re sad to see it go on your behalf?
Yeah, that’s pretty much the takeaway here.
Frankly, Sense8 was a risky show that would probably have never made it to air on any other network or service. It’s unfortunate the show couldn’t find enough of an audience on Netflix to keep going, but hopefully the service continues to take risks on series like this.
We reported last year that SpikeTV was developing a TV series based on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy of books. Well, unlike a lot of shows that seem to head into development but go nowhere, this one is actually happening.
SpikeTV has ordered the show straight to series under the name Red Mars (the title of the trilogy’s first book). It will have a ten episode season, with Robinson consulting on the series. Babylon 5‘s J. Michael Straczynski will be executive producing and writing, which is either really good or really bad depending on what your opinions on JMS are.
Red Mars is expected to debut in January of 2017.