Posted by: da_nibbler | March 1, 2009

The Weekly Breakdown

twb21The Weekly Breakdown is a new column in which I summarize the stories, news and events of the past week that caught my attention. From big announcements to small details about films, television shows, games etc this is the big cleanup of my news vault.

If you have any news items that fit our blog/categories feel free to email us (check ABOUT for email address). Here is the breakdown of this weeks The Weekly Breakdown

This week in The Weekly Breakdown:
Terminator Salvation News, new X-Men Origins: Wolverine photos, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince gets new promo, Nick Fury news, The Neverending Story truly never ends, several Watchmen reviews published and Battlestar Galactica Movie news.

Sarah Connor is back for Terminator Salvation:

Linda Hamilton confirms she’ll be back for Terminator. To be more precise she will be doing a voiceover as Sarah Connor in McG’s Terminator Salvation. Hamilton talked to MTV exclusively about her involvement in the new film, saying

“We are talking… I haven’t read it yet. I don’t know what direction they will go in… My contribution would be voiceover… They’re already writing it. We’ve been negotiating it.”

Terminator Salvation is coming to theaters on May 21.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine photos:

Three new promo photos of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine have surfaced this week over at Xmenfilms. Click the thumbnails for the full version!

New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince clip:

A new first look promo clip for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hit the net this week. You can watch it in HD here. The sixth installment of the successful franchise will be opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on July 17th.

Jackson confirmed as Nick Fury:

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Samuel L. Jackson made an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the role of Nick Fury. Jackson’s deal will see him play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit S.H.I.E.L.D in nine future Marvel superhero films. Among those films will be Captain America, Thor, The Avengers and of course Iron Man 2.

Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, which is in development.

Jackson introduced the character of Nick Fury in the closing moments of Iron Man, when the character asked Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to join his group.

The Neverending Story truly never ends:

The Neverending Story will get a make-over and new start in the 21st Century. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Kennedy/Marshall Co., that brought us The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way are in discussions with Warner Bros. about reviving the 25-year-old franchise with a modern spin. The studio recently acquired rights to the property, clearing the way for a potential remake.

Born out of a German-language novel by Michael Ende, the film centers on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a parallel world in a book titled The NeverEnding Story. As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.

The remake will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic. That and the tremendous leap in special effects since the 80s get my hopes up for a great film, one that might finally capture the awesomeness that is The Neverending Story.

Watchmen possibly “first real flop of 2009”?:

Since the rather fanboyish first so called review broke the imposed embargo, the net has been littered with Watchmen reviews. Now Variety and The Hollywood Reporter published theirs and it doesn’t look too good. The Hollywood Reporter even goes as far as saying “Looks like we have the first real flop of 2009.”

Might we be getting a BSG Movie soon?:

IGN Movies reports that Universal Pictures is planning to turn the TV series Battlestar Galactica into a feature film. My hopes of seeing glorious Six on the big screen were immediately stomped into the ground when I read further.

“…the film will be based on the original BSG series from 1978-79 rather than the recent reboot from Sci Fi Channel.”

The story of the old series is a bit different from the revamp. Their story followed a band of humans who were the only survivors of a devastating attack on their colonial homeworld by the vicious cybernetic race known as the Cylons. The survivors, led by Commander Adama, embark on a journey through space aboard the military vessel Battlestar Galactica to find refuge on a distant planet called Earth.

The original series has been in theaters before. Re-cut versions of certain television episodes were released theatrically in three films: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1978), and Conquest of the Earth (1980).

Why the new film will be based on the old series as opposed to going with the cool new revamp of the series, which is a ratings sucess and critically acclaimed, is unclear. More as we get it.

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