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Dr Who to hit the Big Screen

15 Nov 2011


David Yates, the director who did the last 4 Harry Potter movies is now turning his attention to creating a movie franchise of Dr Who. In an interview with Variety he acknowledge that he is starting work with "Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Prods".In this interview he states that this will be a brand new revision of the Dr and he would be starting from scratch and it would be completely fresh. He points to the fact the Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch. Yates also points out that he is looking for writers that this will be a long process that will take a couple of years at least and he is not limiting the search for writers just to the UK but to both sides of the Atlantic.
"We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he told Daily Variety, adding "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena." Words which will sound alarm bells to the die-hard Doctor Who fans.

Opinion Time

Sometimes I think this is not one of my smartest ideas to post an opinion but every time I blog this type of story where there is going to be a re-imaging of an iconic character or of shows I get this why mess with perfection or why mess with a perfectly fine story plot attitude. Sometimes or should I say most of the time the feeling has been proven right but there are the few occasions like Star Trek where that feeling was wrong. So because there is these few times and because there is a quality director making the film I am trying to keep an open mind about the outcome of the productions and reserve a wait and see attitude on it. At the same time I have to ask the whys in respect with Dr Who. There is so many avenues they could go with making a major film without messing up a perfectly fine and accepted story line that has already been created. Even Davies and Moffat with their renditions respected the plot lines from the past. I can think of 2 ways to go right of the top of my head that will both respect the status quo and give some creative licensing. One is an origin story the other would be the Dalek/ Gallifrian war. Pretty much both are virgin territory with respect to the franchise and the film makers and writers can have some liberties.
I am also aware that this is not the first time Dr Who was re-imaged for the big screen. Dr. Who and the Daleks, released in 1965 and Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. in 1966. Both starred Peter Cushing and both were highly enjoyable to watch. But I keep thinking on how the general public both now and then thought of them. Here is an excerpt from wikipedia on the first Dr Who movie and you will see why I get ambivioulous of how Hollywood or big companies look at remaking iconic shows.

Several changes were made to the main characters. Cushing's Dr. Who is portrayed as an Earth-born scientist and inventor (whose surname is actually Who) who built TARDIS (not The TARDIS as in the television show), his time travelling ship. In the film, TARDIS is larger on the inside than on the outside (as with the television TARDIS), but its internals consist of masses of wires and switches, with an abundance of blinking lights, rather than the simpler console room of the series. Cushing plays the Doctor as an amiable and absent-minded inventor, in contrast to William Hartnell's more prickly and mysterious persona, though Cushing's version does show leadership and determination in moments of crisis. Barbara and Susan are now both his granddaughters (and both, as a result, carry the surname Who; in the original series Susan adopts the surname Foreman). Ian Chesterton is now Barbara's bumbling boyfriend, and the entire subplot of them being Susan's teachers is dropped. Ian is the comic relief in the film, rather than the heroic version seen in The Daleks.
Because of this departure from the established continuity of the television series, this film is generally not considered canon, although attempts have been made in various spin-off media to fit it in

The last part I encapsulated in a bold font to make the point that the film was not really considered part of the Dr Who world.

If you want just for the hell of it you can watch it on Youtube. I would of streamed it on this site but the embedding was disabled. Here is the link Dr. Who And The Daleks

I am not totally opposed to the idea of a major film priduction of Dr Who . Like I said I am going to reserve a wait and see attitude. But I do have one piece of advice for Mr. Yates about doing a total recreation of an icon. Remember Godzilla 1998. That all I got to say. So what do you think of a re-imaged Dr Who to the big screen ?

Dr. Who and the Daleks Trailer (American)

Daleks-Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Trailer HD

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The Hobbit Behind-the-Scenes Production Video Blog #4

05 Nov 2011

 

Love what the makers of the Hobbit do with these video blogs. In this installment the subject is pretty much filming in 3D plus some cool behind the scenes raw footage of the Hobbit

Visit the Hobbit Blog for more updates.

Related post:
The Hobbits Video Blogs
The Hobbit Sequel Update (2012)

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Can this be the Legendary Godzilla

13 Oct 2011

This could be or maybe not what Godzilla may look like in the upcoming 2013 or maybe 2014 big screen , big budgeted American Godzilla film. According to Dread Central and infamous kid.com Legendary Pictures may have hired Hector A. Arce, a creature/fantasy sculptor for his work he had done on sculpturing Godzilla a long time ago. It is rumored that this or something really close to it maybe the look of Godzilla. None of this is confirmed it is in the strong rumor column from what I am reading. But truthfully if this is the way they are going it is way better then the Tri Star version . They could loose some of the spikes but at least it looks like Godzilla we all know and love. What do you think ?

 

There was also another article or rather the video in the article at Dread Central called An Open Letter to Legendary Pictures RE: Godzilla that caught my attention. Since I never saw this clip before I thought to myself is this a coming attraction to a reboot of the Japanese Godzilla. Alas not but it was super cool any way. It turns out it is some sort of dream or something like the sequence in a Japanese movie called ALWAYS- SUNSET ON THIRD STREET- 2 which was a surprise and a hit with the Japanese audience and rightfully so. It is a fantastically full CG'ed sequence. And I hope that those doing Legendary's version has watched that clip.

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The Raven Trailer

12 Oct 2011


Plot from Wikipedia
The Raven is an upcoming thriller film directed by James McTeigue, based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It is due for release on March 9, 2012.A serial killer challenges Edgar Allan Poe to solve a series of murders based on his stories.

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Isaac Asimov Foundation Trilogy Coming to the Big Screen

08 Oct 2011

 

I am scared and excited about this one. The Foundation was actually the first science fiction book I ever read. Matter of fact it was not only the Foundation but the original trilogy which were all wrapped up neatly in one giant size book. Well for a 11 year old it was giant size. I remember the lasting impact on my young mind back then and how it influence how I looked upon not only science fiction works such as novels , tv , movies or what have you. But how I looked upon everything else including questioning how the world was evolving. Now to hear that it is becoming a movie , well has me like I said excited and scared. Excited to see it on the big screen . Scared that they will take a so called artistic license and butcher a brilliant piece of work. Grant you some of the technology in these novel are dated but that is understandable if you realize the date these were written. But the heart of these books and the books Asimov wrote based off the Foundation that were published after the series (see list of all the foundation series below) are priceless and should not really be tampered with. I guess I am going to have to be one of those stringent critiques when the movie finally is release which is a while away.

I should get to the nuts and bolts of this blog article, shouldn't I. Well according to Deadline.com Sony Pictures has hired Dante Harper to adapt Foundation to the big screen which Roland Emmerich is developing to direct. Now according to the article and I am quoting here , "Michael Wimer won a multi-studio auction as the rights became available. " The original foundation book was  a collection of five short stories, which were first published together as a book by Gnome Press in 1951. Together they formed a single story plot that would end up being the foundation (excuse the intended pun) of the Foundation series. So if they are just adopting the first novel and then planning to release the film in  a trilogy then it may not be so bad. Then again I have images of I Robot in my head with Will Smith and how that was butchered and mangled to the point of non recognition of Asimov's work. There is so many ways they can kill this it is not funny. Well we will have to wait and see, won't we. In the mean time here is a list of all the Foundation books written by Asimove taking from Wikipedia with links intact to all other resources. Remember the original trilogy of books that are discussed in this article are the Foundation , Foundation and the Empire, and The Second Foundation. All other books came after those were written.

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