Things to Come by Ian Calcutt Starburst always has the latest Sci-Fi news. Here's a quick burst of this month's stories
Compiled by Ian Calcutt Taken from Starburst #262

Gilliam and Depp’s Flashback

Johnny Depp is close to rejoining Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas director Terry Gilliam for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Johnny Depp: "Don Quixote? What does he say?"He had previously been linked to the production, and now that a deal to make the offbeat Fantasy is in place (see print version of Starburst #260), Depp is again likely to take the role of Quixote’s squire Sancho Panza.

In Gilliam’s version, Depp is actually a contemporary advertising executive who goes back in time to meet the Don. Depp’s real-life girlfriend Vanessa Paradis (The Girl on the Bridge) is also set to join as Aldonza, a woman adored by the Don (Jean Rochefort). It will be the first time that Depp and Paradis have starred together. Gilliam plans to begin shooting in Spain and the UK from September. Before then, Depp appears in the Jack the Ripper melodrama From Hell, which may now co-star Heather Graham..

Stan Lee Does DC

Stan Lee, responsible for co-creating a number of famous Marvel Comics characters (eg Spider-Man, The X-Men and The Hulk), has struck a deal with rival DC to devise his version of some of DC’s best-known superheroes. The series of 12 special comics is to appear under the banner Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating... The first, in collaboration with artist John Buscema, is to be Superman, with Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman (with artist Jim Lee), Sandman, Green Lantern (with artist Dave Gibbons), Aquaman, The Justice League of America and others to follow.

“During all the years I’ve been with Marvel, it was always fun to imagine how I might have written the DC characters,” said Lee. “Now it’s really great to have the chance to approach the DC Universe and tackle the story and characterization in my own style.” The 77-year-old Lee is also fast becoming a modern multi-media mogul with a successful website (the very colourful - Web Ed) and plans to spin off the site’s 7th Portal characters into theme park attractions.

Jet flies into Hornet

Hot from his success in the Joel Silver-produced action hit Romeo Must Die, veteran martial-arts star Jet Li is in talks to play the sidekick Kato in Universal’s proposed movie of The Green Hornet, derived from the 1960s radio serial.

George Clooney was once attached to the title role but the project currently has no main star, writer or director. Joel Silver is also said to be attempting to secure Li for the Wachowski Brothers’ next Matrix movies (which shoot later this year) although the scripts have not yet been completed. Nevertheless, original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving are all poised to return.

All about his mother

Frances O’Connor is Steven Spielberg’s leading lady for AI (see print version of Starburst #261). The Australian actress (who stars in Mansfield Park, Love and Other Catastrophes, Kiss or Kill and the remake of Bedazzled) will portray the mother of the main character, a gifted child played by The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment.

Jude Law is still attached to the lead (adult) male role. Osment apparently asked his fellow Oscar nominee Julianne Moore about playing his mother in the former Stanley Kubrick SF epic but she declined due to another summer commitment, namely Hannibal.

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