Strange Happenings
Grant Kempster checks out the fantastic world of entertainment. Oh, and he does the artwork too
 
Choice morsels from our news section, covering the world of the fantastic
selected from Xposé #39

2001: A Cyberspace Odyssey

There can be only Neo. Or possibly WotSummer 2001 is the tentative date set for not just one, but two sequels to The Matrix; that’s right I said two sequels!

At the recent San Diego Comic Con (more of that later), Spencer Lamm, a producer at the Wachowski brother’s production company, was at hand to dispense some interesting information regarding the future of Neo and pals in their startling sci-fi opus. In particular, why exactly did they feel the need to film the two sequels successively?

“The reason they want to do it back-to-back is that they love serial fiction. They love the idea of action drawing you on to [where] the stakes get raised. They’re also really conscious of a two-hour frame we all plug in to.” Lamm explained to the crowd, who along with hordes of other Matrix fans around the globe are gagging for more Neo/Trinity exploits. “The plan is to release [the second movie] at the beginning of the Summer and [the third movie] at the end of the Summer.” The producer elaborated, “It’s going to be an Empire Strikes Back-type cliffhanger — maybe a little bit more amped because the whole thing is going to rest on the fact that when you see them both it will be a lot bigger bang.”

Something to Crow About

If you were wandering what happened to the third Crow movie, you weren’t the only ones. Saturday’s events in San Diego saw fans being struck dumb when snippets of The Crow: Salvation were shown, followed by producer Jeff Most filling in the gaps.

But, without the Eric Draven storyline, how close to creator James O’Barr’s original vision can this third movie be? “We look to James as our touchstone for not only an approval but for his great instincts.” Most enlightened. “He really likes how we re-invented the storytelling of it so that it doesn’t play the same beats as the previous two Crow films."

Third Time Lucky

General opinion regarding season two of the late Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict was that it veered too far from the creator’s vision and as such got a bit lost. That all looks set to change in the coming year as executive producer David Kirschner takes hold of the reins with the intention of whipping the show into shape.

Kirschner told the Hollywood Reporter: “I intend each episode to be a self-contained, strong story. It’s important for each episode to be more accessible to audiences. I think we drifted into all sorts of mythologies in the second season that were not true to the original writings of Gene Roddenberry.”

"We also want the series to be something that somebody can tune into for the first time and understand what is going on.” Yeah, that’d be quite nice, Mr Kirschner.

Image © Grant Kempster/Visual Imagination.
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