Things to Come by Ian Calcutt Starburst always has the hottest Sci-Fi news from around the world. Here's a dip into this month's stories
Compiled by Ian Calcutt Taken from Starburst #272

The One and Only...

Jet Li and... Jet Li! Filming has begun in Los Angeles on The One, the $50-60m SF action movie from Glen Morgan and James Wong – the team behind Final Destination, Space: Above and Beyond and many a classic X-Files and Millennium episode.

Jet Li (Romeo Must Die) stars as Gabriel Law, a man who learns that Yulaw, an evil version of himself from another dimension, is trying to kill him. Yulaw originates in a dimension which has the quantum physics know-how for travelling via wormholes between multiple universes. He also finds that his energy increases if he destroys his counterpart in each dimension.

“The last 20 minutes is Jet fighting himself,” Morgan told Starburst. “To show bad Jet’s power, he’ll move at 24 frames a second and other people move at a slower speed – but he’ll make contact – so he can punch a guard who goes back in slow motion and his gun knocks out, Jet can turn around and grab his gun out of mid-air and start firing. Everyone said, ‘Great, cool.’ But it’s hard to do!”
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Enter The Dragons

Anne McCaffrey's Dragons are coming!Former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writer/producer Ronald D Moore has won a commission for a live-action TV adaptation of Dragonriders of Pern from the WB network, home to Buffy, Angel and Roswell (the latter of which Moore also contributes to).

Dragonriders is based on Anne McCaffrey’s series of Fantasy novels. “It’s a series I had read back when I was in college,” Moore told SciFi.com, “and it always stuck in my mind as an interesting world... It seems at this point it’s a show you can do on TV because of the technology.”

If the series is picked up, Moore states McCaffrey would be consulted in an unofficial capacity on the direction the production takes, “She has a big proprietary concern about her dragons, she’ll definitely be involved.” Meanwhile Deep Space Nine star Alexander Siddig is set to join Christian Bale and Matthew McConnaughey in Rob Bowman’s dragon-filled apocalyptic Fantasy Reign of Fire which will shoot in Ireland. Bowman, an X-Files veteran, also helmed episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Dushku joins Jay and Silent Bob

Buffy and Angel’s Eliza Dushku (Faith) will appear in Kevin Smith’s latest romp, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as an ‘aggressive jewel thief’ (a part created especially for her). Dushku is also a hot favourite to star in Wes Craven’s film of American McGee’s Alice as well as werewolf tale Blood and Chocolate.

You can see Eliza in character here on the News Askew site for the film. Hmm... why would anyone give her a top to wear with the numbers 5 by 5 on it? [Sneaky Web Ed.]

The stellar Jay and Silent Bob cast also includes Mark Hamill (in a Star Wars parody scene), Joey Adams, Ben Affleck, Jason Biggs, Matt Damon, Shannon Elizabeth, Will Ferrell, Jason Lee, Alanis Morissette, James Van Der Beek among others from Smith’s body of work. At one point David Duchovny was due to make a cameo but his return to The X-Files created a schedule conflict.

Time waits for no-one...

...on the set of DreamWorks’ big-budget The Time Machine remake. The production has leapt into action with an impressive cast including Guy Pearce in the lead role, Mark Addy (Full Monty) as his best pal, Jeremy Irons and Irish singer Samantha Mumba.

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