|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...
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 Jets
power, hell move at 24 frames a second and other people move at a slower
speed but hell 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 its hard to do!
Enter The Dragons
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 McCaffreys series of Fantasy novels. Its 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 its 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, shell definitely be involved. Meanwhile Deep Space Nine star Alexander Siddig is set to join Christian Bale and Matthew McConnaughey in Rob Bowmans 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 Angels Eliza Dushku (Faith) will appear in Kevin Smiths 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 Cravens film of American McGees 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 Smiths 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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