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SDCC 2014: Five Ghosts Gets Optioned. Night Mary in Development Too.

Via Deadline, Universal Cable Productions has announced they have optioned comic series Five Ghosts to make it into a television series. The series was created by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, and originally funded through Kickstater. It has completed two volumes so far and is published by Image Comics. The third volume will launch later this year. The series debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, and this announcement was made there today, two years later.

Evan Daugherty will pen the pilot and serve as EP. Benderspink’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will also be EPs on the project. Jake Wagner will serve as producer and Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz are co-EPs.

Also, Night Mary will also be developed as a live-action television series. The series from 2005 was by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer and published by IDW Publishing. Night Mary follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined.

John Pogue, who wrote and directed the recently released film, The Quiet Ones, has been tapped to write and direct the pilot for Night Mary. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion will serve as executive producers.

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TV Review: The Strain S1E2 The Box

the-strain-logo1The Strain‘s second episode picks up where the first left off, and also does not hold back at all when it comes to the gore, having the CDC and Dr. Goodweather attempting to figure out what crushed a man’s head. Then there’s an issue with the quarantined individuals being let loose.

The second episode is still setting up what’s to come, and the various players involved. The comic, and story, was very much an ensemble cast and we’re still just meeting, and getting to know everyone. No one person saves the world in this story, it’s a group effort, and a lot of those people aren’t exactly likeable.

One thing that plays out solidly in this second episode is Goodweather and how his personal life’s issues affect his work life. He has a family melting down, a son he’s trying to not let down. Goodweather is actually not super likeable, there’s something very grating about him. But, he has his moments, especially when dealing with his son. And then there’s something towards the end of the episode, that really opens Eph up a lot. This is a perfect example of the slow reveal of the show.

And that’s the show as a whole so far. This isn’t a quick show at all. Reveals come slowly and calculated. If you need a horror story with lots of quick scares, this isn’t it… yet. The show is as much about the virus, the terror that causes society to melt down, as it is about someone’s personal life melting down. And that goes for everyone whose life is explored.

What’s interesting for me watching the show is knowing a lot of what’s coming, but how it plays out on television is really interesting, especially since we’re seeing personalities come to life.

The show has been slow so far, but the payoffs are coming.

Overall Score: 7.75

Captain Cold Comes to The Flash

wentworth millerThe CW‘s The Flash has added a villain. Executive Producer Greg Berlanti has announced that actor Wentworth Miller will be joining the series playing Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold. Miller is most known for his role on the series Prison Break. Captain Cold is a rather iconic villain and one of the Flash’s signature ones, especially as the leader of the band of villains known as The Rogues.

So far Miller is only set for one episode, but his character and his Rogue compatriots play too much of a role in the Flash’s world to not be in more. The pilot features his fellow Rogue Weather Wizard. Expect to see more of them to show  up.

It’ll be interesting to see the take on the character as he’s played both villain and recently the role of hero. I’m expecting the classic villain.

SDCC 2014: Batman: The Complete Television Series Panel and Release Date

BATMAN_CardKeyRevWarner Bros. Home Entertainment will has announced they will release Batman: The Complete Television Series on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on November 11, 2014.

The most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history will be featured on thousands of hotel key cards at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week. Spread across more than 40 hotels in the greater San Diego area, the key cards feature images of Batman, Robin, the iconic series logo, and the November 11 street date. Pre-orders are now available at your favorite online retailer.

“Batman” stars Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar will discuss the landmark home entertainment release at a special Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm. Moderated by Ralph Garman, the panel will give fans an inside sneak peek at dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series, as well as an advance look at the limited edition box set and reveals of the exclusive bonus content.

Deborah Ann Woll is Daredevil’s Karen Page

deborah-ann-wollVariety is reporting that Deborah Ann Woll is joining the cast of Marvel‘s first series for Netflix, Daredevil. She most recently has been a member of the True Blood cast, which wraps up it’s run this year. Daredevil is set to run 13 episodes.

Woll will play Karen Page, who is the love interest to Matt Murdock, who’s also known as Daredevil. Woll joins Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Rosario Dawson as an unknown character, as well as Elden Henson and Peter Shinkoda who are also series regulars.

The character had a roller coaster life in the Marvel universe, and depending how much of it the series mines, this could be a very dramatic role. Her story included heroin addiction, being tricked and told she’s HIV positive, and eventually is killed by Daredevil’s nemesis Bullseye.

Walking Dead Extra Sentenced to Jail for Ricin Letters

shannon_richardson_arrested_ricin_a_pLooks like actress Shannon Guess Richardson‘s next role will be spending 18 years in prison. The Texas actress, and mother of six, who appeared on The Walking Dead, The Blind Side, and The Vampire Diaries was sentenced to jail on Wednesday after entering into a plea deal. In June 2013 she sent ricin-laced letters to President Obama, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The actresses roles were so huge and important, they aren’t even listed on her IMDB page. The letters sent said:

You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God-given right. What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you… Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.

 

Richardson had blamed the letters on her estranged husband, who filed for divorce in 2013. Richardson pled guilty in December, and the deal caps her sentence to 18 years, plus paying restitution.

When the connection of the actress to the shows came out, the producers strained to remember who she was. Most likely she was an extra, and on The Walking Dead, that likely means zombie, which involves a lot of prosthetic make-up.

Marvel Heads to The Colbert Report to Announce a New Title

Marvel ComicsAfter making an announcement on The View, Marvel is switching channels and heading to The Colbert Report this Wednesday, July 16th, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Marvel’s Joe Quesada will be announcing an all-new comic book title and all-new era for one of Marvel’s most classic Super Heroes.

Guesses as to what we can expect? Colbert is a comics fan, having a replica of Captain America’s shield as part of his set.

 

 

Marvel will announce an all-new “Thundering” title on The View

Marvel ComicsMarvel is again taking advantage of its Disney family and have sent out a release that they’ll be announcing their “latest explosive” title on The View, Tuesday July 15 at 11am EST.

The View is a live, one-hour daily talk show from ABC and features Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. It’s the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. A perfect form to announce a new comic book series (though Whoopi has admitted being a comic book fan). The show airs in ABC, which is owned by Disney, which also owns Marvel.

Marvel actually hasn’t had the best luck spotlighting their comics this way. On a previous show, the talk went into DC Comics characters, on another show, The Chew, which is also on ABC talk went from Marvel to DC characters as well. We’ll see if the hosts of The View have got their talking points down this time and don’t plug the competition.

 

TV Review: The Strain: Night Zero

the-strain-logo1The Strain is a horror thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. The first episode kicks off when a commercial airliner lands and stands silent, Goodweather investigates the plane to find that the passengers are infected by a vile plague, setting up the chaos that is to come.

The television show is based on the 2009 vampire horror novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan which has three volumes released. Its been since adapted into comic books released by Dark Horse Comics. While I haven’t read the books it’s all based on, I have read everything Dark Horse has released so far, which is nice to compare it all to, as both that and the television series have a visual component. While they share a lot, the comic fans will have something to enjoy as the television’s pilot episode expands a bit upon what was in the comic, but is familiar enough.

The series, which airs on FX, is pretty brutal, with some gruesome scenes that I was shocked to see even on the channel. That’s great, as it tells me the viewer to not expect the series to hold anything back. What’s interesting though is seeing these characters, who I’ve only read their dialogue, play out on the screen. The personalities I envisioned were there, with some characters I thought being dicks, being portrayed exactly that way.

What the series really does well is handle the viral aspect of it all. The idea of vampire as virus has been handled in numerous stories before, but this one really does it well, especially with the use of the CDC as one of the driving forces. The idea of the virus, and terror of one spreading unforeseen is present throughout much of the episode, it’s a dread that works beyond well ramping up the tension with each passing minute.

What’s also nice is the series basically lays it out there as to what’s going on. The big bad is seen, how this particular pathogen is spread is somewhat explained. There are some dots that need to be connected, but overall, it’s there for us from almost the beginning. While we know what’s going on, part of the fun, and entertainment, is seeing how Goodweather and his team figure it out for themselves…. as well as seeing the greater conspiracy.

Much like a virus the episode sets up the seeds to grow and expand with a few plot lines and enough characters to keep us entertained and looking forward to where the series goes. As a debut goes, there’s more than enough to get me to come back for more.

Overall Score: 8

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