With the flood gates of geek about to swing open and unleash news of all shapes, sizes, and species upon us I thought it best to cover a few important bits that might otherwise fall through the cracks.
Snake Plissken Escapes
New Line and Warner Brothers have passed on their planned remake of John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK reports Deadline. The 1981 action classic featured Kurt Russell in the iconic role of Snake Plissken, a convict thrown inta post apocolyptic incarnation of Manhattan on a mission to rescue the President. Carpenter and Russell also teamed up for a somewhat disappointing sequel, ESCAPE FROM LA in 1996. The reincarnation of the ESCAPE series had been in development for quite some time with CRAZIES Director Breck Eisner linked to the project. Actors like Timothy Olyphant, Gerard Butler, and many others had been reportedly circling the project. No word on if Snake Plissken will now find a home at a new studio.
CABIN THE WOODS finally has a release date…part XVI
The unkillable little Joss Whedon written horror film, CABIN IN THE WOODS may, at last, finally have a release date carved into marble and promised to the masses according to Deadline.
The film will at long last premier on October 23, 2009…wait…no, it will premier on February 5th, 2010…no, no, no here we are, April 13, 2012. That, that is the date the are now saying CABIN IN THE WOODS will premier, just shy of the 25th anniversary of its completion…okay, obviously that’s not true, but it has been a good long while and we have heard this song before.
The film, which will be distributed by Lionsgate, stars Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whittford and is about, well a cabin in the woods. Details haven’t exactly flowed like wine on this one but it is, supposedly a revolutionary take on the formula and some kind of creature feature. Sadly the “creature” will be a guy dressed in a monster suit as CGI didn’t exist when the film was made, in fact I’m not even sure if it’s a talkie.
Kidding aside, everyone says it will be spectacular, its Whedon, so I’m sold but after enduring purgatory for this long due to MGM’s fiscal troubles and growing interest and expectations for nearly 4 years, this thing had better be real goram shiny.
Eccleston explains why he really left DOCTOR WHO
Some forget the 9th Doctor, jammed in under the terrific David Tennant and the bow tied fop that runs about the TARDIS now, but Christopher Eccleston restored the role and made it his own brooding creation before splitting after only 1 series. Theories on why Eccleston left so soon have not been hard to come by, with the accepted narrative settling on the story that the actor had only ever signed on for the first series and had no intention of continuing.
That is now no longer so as Mr. Eccleston supposedly revealed his reason for leaving while speaking to an acting master class at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, transcript comes to us by way of Bad Wilf, warning, it contains a small bit of curseyness.
“I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run. I didn’t like the culture that had grown up, around the series. So I left, I felt, over a principle.
“I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay was to eat a lot of shit. I’m not being funny about that. I didn’t want to do that and it comes to the art of it, in a way. I feel that if you run your career and– we are vulnerable as actors and we are constantly humiliating ourselves auditioning. But if you allow that to go on, on a grand scale you will lose whatever it is about you and it will be present in your work.
“If you allow your desire to be successful and visible and financially secure – if you allow that to make you throw shades on your parents, on your upbringing, then you’re knackered. You’ve got to keep something back, for yourself, because it’ll be present in your work. A purity or an idealism is essential or you’ll become– you’ve got to have standards, no matter how hard work that is. So it makes it a hard road, really.
“You know, it’s easy to find a job when you’ve got no morals, you’ve got nothing to be compromised, you can go, ‘Yeah, yeah. That doesn’t matter. That director can bully that prop man and I won’t say anything about it’. But then when that director comes to you and says ‘I think you should play it like this’ you’ve surely got to go ‘How can I respect you, when you behave like that?’
“So, that’s why I left. My face didn’t fit and I’m sure they were glad to see the back of me. The important thing is that I succeeded. It was a great part. I loved playing him. I loved connecting with that audience. Because I’ve always acted for adults and then suddenly you’re acting for children, who are far more tasteful; they will not be bullshitted. It’s either good, or it’s bad. They don’t schmooze at after-show parties, with cocktails.”
So there you have it, the new reason why Christopher Eccleston left DOCTOR WHO. I hardly expect that the BBC or Russell T. Davies will speak on the issue since it’s 2 Doctors ago and nearly 6 years ago, still I wouldn’t expect the 9th Doctor to re-appear in the 50th anniversary special in 2013 or in any other WHO way, ever again.
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