|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 #267|
Batman's Big Screen Future
With no solid progress to report on a fifth Batman movie, attention has shifted to Batman Beyond (aka Batman of the Future).
Warner Bros has tapped the popular, classy animated TV series creators Paul Dini and Alan Burnett to write a live action version. Set 40 years in the future, the premise features an aged Bruce Wayne who becomes the mentor for a new, teenaged Batman, real name Terry McGinnis.
Boaz Yakin (who made a splash with the Samuel L Jackson drama Fresh and went on to make A Price Above Rubies and current US hit Remember the Titans) will direct and co-write. Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon) is in talks to join as a consultant.
Niccol shoots synthespian satire
Al Pacino is to star in Simone, a new film from the gifted Andrew Niccol (writer-director of Gattaca and writer of The Truman Show). This latest satirical Fantasy involves Pacino as a movie producer who opts to computer generate the leading actress of a new project after his flesh-and-blood performer walks out just before filming.
Niccol reportedly looked at footage for the all-CGI Final Fantasy movie to see how feasible photo-realistic humans could be, but due to budget reasons will actually use a real actress in the role, probably an unknown. A widely distributed story from the usually trustworthy Hollywood Reporter mixed up Simones fictional plot with Niccols intentions (ie that he couldnt find an actress and chose to create her).
In the film, the digital protagonist becomes an overnight sensation and even gets a record deal as people dont believe shes an artificial creation. Pacino must somehow keep up the pretence.
Director Hal Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth, Simple Men) has assembled an impressive cast for his modern-day beauty and the beast movie, Monster . Leading the cast are Sarah Polley (eXistenZ, The Sweet Hereafter, Go) in the lead role as a young journalist, Julie Christie, Helen Mirren and Robert John Burke (Dust Devil, Thinner, RoboCop 3 - and a Hartley regular) as the mythical monster Polley encounters in Iceland.
Besson decalres war
Not be be confused with the above is the TV movie World War III (directed by Bob Mandel who made the X-Files pilot). This cautionary tale based on an article by Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone, features an outbreak of deadly flu which threatens to wipe out a quarter of the population in hours. Timothy Hutton (The Dark Half) and Vanessa Williams star.
Goldman catches more King
Frequent King movie outfit, Castle Rock, has gained the screen rights to this tale about four four friends who each acquired a mysterious ability as children.
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