It seems Hulk could be smashing his way back onto TV thanks to Marvel and ABC. This is an interesting move for Marvel, given how neatly they’ve been tying together they’re movie superheroes recently. My guess would be that, given they’ve failed twice to make a Hulk sized dent in the box-office, that’s what pushed them to give the big green fella another run at the small screen.
Given the popularity of the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno late 70s/early 80s TV show, this could be a good move. The show is in ‘early development’ under the guidance of Marvel’s TV head, Jeph Loeb. As well as being responsible for some awesome comic writing (Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory and a great Superman/Batman run), he’s also written episodes of Smallville, Lost and Heroes. Loeb also just completed a run on the Hulk comic, so he’s a man very familiar with subject matter.
This isn’t the only Marvel property possibly coming to the small screen. Cloak and Dagger is another Marvel comic title that was announced as being in early development, but according to Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, almost all Marvel assets are being looked at as possible TV, movie or animation projects.
The real question is, will this fit with Marvel’s upcoming Avengers movie (directed by Joss Whedon) or be a totally separate entity? I suspect the latter, as i can’t see Mark Ruffalo taking on the role on TV. That would make whoever does Hulk up, the 4th actor in recent years to tackle the role.
It’s been rumoured for a while, but Marvel finally announced the full official cast and director of “The Avengers”. Obviously we already know Samuel L Jackson is Nick Fury, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris Evans as Captain America.
The 2 additions officially announced were Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Mark Ruffalo whos taking over the role of Bruce Banner. Really it’s one thing to read about it, it’s another to actually see them all on stage together. The one thing that really gave me geeky goosebumps though, was hearing Robert Downey Jr say “…our director, Joss Whedon!”
Haven’t had too much time to post recently, but a few interesting stories emerged last week which I thought deserved GeekTown’s attention. First up, lots of rumours that Joss Whedon is about to take over the writing/directing reins of The Avengers movie, as well as polishing the ‘Captain America‘ script.
This is a really smart move on Marvel’s part if it turns out to be true. Joss has proved he knows his Marvel characters with his superb run on the X-Men comics, along with his re-writes on the original X-Men movie. Given Captain America is being penned by the scribes behind the The Chronicles of Narnia movies, and Zak Penn (who’s previous efforts for Marvel were Elektra, Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk…) is currently writing The Avengers, i rather suspect both scripts will be in dire need of some serious work.
Just makes me wish even more Nathan Fillion had been cast as Steve Rogers instead of Chris Evans.
Also thought i’d mention, for you tweeters wanting to keep up with the various actors and writers who’ve worked with Joss in the past, i’ve set up a ‘Whedon Alumi‘ list on Twitter, which you can see here. And of course, we still have our Joss Whedon related t-shirts over at the GeekTown Store.
Yes, the rumours are true… Fox has decided to cancel Dollhouse after the 13 episodes of season 2 finish airing in Jan. It’s a real shame as it’s growing into a great series, but not unexpected. The rating for season 1 weren’t great, and I rather think the only reason Dollhouse got it’s 2nd season was because no Fox exec was willing to risk the wrath of Whedon fans still bitter about the whole Firefly debarcle.
Joss posted these comments on whedonesque about Dollhouse’s cancellation:
“I don’t have a lot to say. I’m extremely proud of the people I’ve worked with: my star, my staff, my cast, my crew. I feel the show is getting better pretty much every week, and I think you’ll agree in the coming months. I’m grateful that we got to put it on, and then come back and put it on again.
I’m off to pursue internet ventures/binge drinking. Possibly that relaxation thing I’ve read so much about. By the time the last episode airs, you’ll know what my next project is. But for now there’s a lot of work still to be done, and disappointment to bear.
Thank you all for your support, your patience, your excellent adverts. See you again. -j.”
Message to Joss - Looking for something to do? You could always start talks with the BBC about Ripper again you know!
Entertainment Weekly are saying that Ray Wise (Satan in the sadly canned Reaper), has picked up a reccuring role on Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse. No news as to who he’ll play, but I am thinking he’d make a great Dollhouse boss… He should feel pretty at home, as Reaper’s creators, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, have also joined the Dollhouse writing staff.
It seems Dollhouse has taken over from Stargate as the repository for people from finished scifi/fantasy shows. Dollhouse season 2 also sees:
- Joss reteaming with Summer Glau (Firefly & Sarah Connor Chronicles)
- Joss, Eliza & Amy reteaming with Alexis Denisof (Wesley from Buffy/Angel and Mr. Alyson Hannigan ;)).
- Tahmoh Penikett reteaming with Jamie Bamber (Apollo in Battlestar Galactica) and Michael Hogan (Sol in Battlestar Galactica).
Keith Carradine (Detective Lundy in the brilliant Dexter) also makes a guest appearance.
Dollhouse Season 2 UK airdate is 10pm on Tuesday, 20th October 2009 on the Sci-Fi Channel - Sky 129.
Cinefools.com is claiming the name of Megan Fox is being thrown around as the possible lead in Kuzui & Kuzui hideously ill advised Buffy remake. It may be true, but i’m not buying it just yet. The ‘source’ is decidedly shaky, and Fox is ‘attached’ to pretty much every hollywood movie that requires a young hot female actor at the moment, so it’s no great shock her name has cropped up attached to this project.
Of course, in reality i’m still hoping they see sense and either get Joss involved to make the movie a continuation from the TV show, or just scrap the idea altogether…