IN a much-vaunted decision, The X-Files is to shift base from Vancouver, in Canada's British Columbia, to Los Angeles when filming on the sixth season starts this Autumn. Though rumoured for some months (mainly due to the protests of stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who hadn't envisaged spending most of the last five years away from home), the official announcement wasn't made until March 30. "Our decision was not an easy one," said a Fox spokesperson, "but after five years of dividing the show's writing, production and post-production between Los Angeles and Vancouver, we as a studio chose to unite the three elements in Southern California."
"I don't know if it will be any better or worse in Los Angeles," said X-Files creator Chris Carter in the Vancouver Sun, "but I know that I liked doing it in Vancouver, for any number of reasons." Vancouver was "the best place to shoot the show," admitted Duchovny in a radio interview. "The look of the show is going to change, but that might not be a bad thing after five years.
New Line Cinema may be delighted that its $80m Lost in Space has sailed into history as the movie that sank Titanic. The big-screen remake of Irwin Allen's show shot to number one after its April 3 opening in the US with $20.3m in takings.
This was the first new US Number One since Titanic opened in the top spot a record-breaking 15 weeks earlier. However, substantial slippage to Number Two in the second week (behind the rather wonderful City of Angels) indicated viewer dissatisfaction and poor word of mouth.
In Star Trek film news - the current title is said to be Star Trek: Prime Directive according to Jonathan Frakes (interviewed in The New York Times) - a name that complements First Contact quite neatly. In the guest-starring roles, Donna Murphy (Murder One, Jade) will appear as the character Anij while F Murray Abraham (of Amadeus, The Name of the Rose and the excellent Mimic) will play Ru'afo (see Starburst #236's main feature for story details on the new movie).
Man in Pants
Nic Cage has scuppered suggestions that his Superman will boast a redesign. "I'm a fan of Americana," said the star in Variety, "I like the shape of the Coca-Cola bottle, and the Superman costume will be the classic costume." That includes the famous red underpants on the outside - which Cage says he initially resisted, but agreed to at the insistence of his young son!
However, filming of the Tim Burton movie has just been postponed yet again while the budget and script are fixed.
THIS year more than 400,000 Science Fiction fans will attend 140 conventions produced in the United States and Canada by Creation Entertainment. This staggering achievement is the culmination of over 20 years of bringing fans and their Sci-Fi icons together. It's hard to imagine how this organization will follow their latest event, which took place in Los Angeles in April. For their Grand Slam celebration, Creation managed to get Star Trek's four captains to go boldly where they've never gone before - on stage together for the first time!
With thousands of Trekkers in attendance, Kate Mulgrew was the first to take the stage, telling the enthusiastic fans, "I have loved Kathryn Janeway from the first day I walked on the bridge of Voyager. Now I'm at a point where I not only love her, but I'm so deeply familiar with her that the true marriage has happened between the actress and the character. You can spend an entire life waiting for this kind of union to happen and it never does, which is a great tragedy. Now, at my age, I have found her and I'm blessed, I'm privileged and honoured. I'm also exalted by this unconditional support which, to me, is rather daunting, breathtaking and absolutely remarkable." (By Judy Sloane)
Play the Game
David Cronenberg's major new SF-Horror thriller eXistenZ has just begun filming in Toronto. Stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hudsucker Proxy) and Jude Law (Gattaca) have been joined by an excellent crop of actors, including Ian Holm (Alien, Brazil, Fifth Element and Cronenberg's Naked Lunch), Willem Dafoe (Wild at Heart), Callum Keith Rennie (Due South), Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter) and Don McKellar (Exotica). Not My Alien! Swiss artist and Alien designer HR Giger has distanced himself from MGM's critically maligned Species 2 saying that it does not reflect his work.
Not My Alien!
Swiss artist and Alien designer HR Giger has distanced himself from MGM's critically maligned Species 2 saying that it does not reflect his work.
"I don't know if [The X-Files] will be any better or worse in Los Angeles," said creator Chris Carter in the Vancouver Sun, "but I know that I liked doing it in Vancouver, for any number of reasons."