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To Boldly Sorbo...
Kevin Sorbo has chosen his post-Hercules series its to be known as Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda and will première in the US in autumn 2000. Ever since Sorbo quit the mythical adventure show that made his name (see interview with Hercules' star on the final days in this issue) and announced he was in negotiations with the late Star Trek creators widow Majel to appear in one of several Roddenberry shows in development, there have been confusing reports as to which project was which. Tribune Entertainment has now detailed Andromedas premise, which resembles a kind of unravelled Star Trek.
Sorbo will play Dylan Hunt, the last captain of the last starship to be part of the Commonwealth, an Earth-based government that spans hundreds of worlds, races and cultures. So far, so familiar. In Andromeda, however, the Roddenberry utopia is in disarray due to civil war so Hunt takes it upon himself to restore peace and harmony to the Commonwealth. Hunt is described as a man of action. Strong, determined, confident. Left alone with his starship, he assembles a crew of mercenary aliens. According to reports, it seems as if this premise is actually from a Roddenberry series that was being developed under the title Phoenix Rising.
Barclay Gets a Life
Emerging seemingly out of nowhere is a brand new RoboCop miniseries which recently began production in Canada. The four-part series, called RoboCop: Prime Directives, stars Page Fletcher (Hitchhiker) as Alex Murphy/RoboCop, Maurice Dean Wint (Cube) as Delta City Security Commander John Cable (who becomes an even more powerful cyborg) and Anthony Lemke as James Murphy (Alexs son, now an adult and an OCP executive). Geraint Wyn-Davies (Forever Knight) plays one of the principal villains.
Set 10 years after the events of the original movie, RoboCop: Prime Directives is said to largely ignore the two sequels and other TV series and will attempt to return to the gritty flavour of Paul Verhoevens classic as well as drawing on other influences such as Hong Kong action cinema. The series should hit screens later next year.
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