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 #269


Phil Tippett, the Oscar-winning animator and special effects creator whose work has graced such outstanding Science Fiction films as The Empire Strikes Back, RoboCop and Starship Troopers, is to make his directorial début with a feature-film adaptation of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

Based on Niven's first book in his series, the film details the discovery of an ancient, million-miles-wide habitable ring-like structure constructed by aliens and which surrounds Earth's entire solar system. Tippett told the Hollywood Reporter, "We are going to pull out all the stops, using CGI to create a roller-coaster ride of thrills, adventure and fun. We are going to take moviegoers to a place never before seen or imagined."


Alicia WittSam Raimi is after Alicia Witt to play Mary Jane Watson in his Spider-Man movie. The attractive red-haired actress has appeared in David Lynch's Dune and Twin Peaks, the sitcom Cybill (as Cybill Shepherd's daughter Zoey), Liebestraum, Urban Legend and John Waters's Cecil B DeMented.

Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) was originally up for the role. Meanwhile James Franco (Never Been Kissed), once a candidate for Spidey himself, is likely to join as Harry Osborn, son of the Green Goblin (a role which has now been filled by Willem Dafoe, recently of Shadow of the Vampire).


The US Sci-Fi Channel has commissioned another Dune miniseries, this time based on Dune Messiah. John Harrison, writer and director of its first miniseries (shown in December 2000) will adapt what he hopes will be an ongoing series covering all of Frank Herbert's Dune books and its proposed prequel trilogy by Kevin Anderson and Frank's son Brian.

The Sci-Fi Channel has also ordered a second season of its successful Invisible Man series as well a first full season's worth of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, its new steam-age SF/Fantasy drama.


IMAX cries off Shrek
IMAX has scrapped plans to release a 3-D version of DreamWorks' computer-animated monster movie Shrek due to increasing production costs. Not only was the IMAX version to be in 3-D, it was also to have a different ending. The film will now be merely released 'flat' in 35mm by DreamWorks from Summer 2001.

Outlaw let loose on in cinemas
Outlaw, the 2000AD comic strip about a criminal transformed into the ultimate fighting machine, is to be filmed by Fine Line Features, an offshoot of Blade and Lord of the Rings studio New Line.

Budgeted in the $10-15m range, scripted by Lloyd Foneville and directed by Andrew Upton, Outlaw is expected to shoot in early 2001. It's the first feature deal struck by 2000AD's new owners, UK-based software house Rebellion.

Rebellion hopes it will relaunch the 2000AD brand of characters in the important US market, especially after the poor reception of the only other 2000AD-based movie, 1995's Judge Dredd.

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