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Brad Bird to direct EARTHQUAKE related 1906, ZOMBIE movies coming at a fast and furious pace and TV News

san-francisoIn a recent interview with MTV, Brad Bird (The Incredibles) announced that he will direct a live action movie titled “1906”, a film based on the events leading up to the infamous 1906 earthquake that devastated San Francisco. Bird describes the tone as both “romantic and epic”. This subject matter was explored in a pretty good Clark Gable film entitled “San Francisco”, the most popular movie of 1936. In Bird’s hands, this will be a movie to really look forward to. JJ Abrams announced his own earthquake related movie over at Universal last year although not much has come out of that in terms of casting or a production schedule. To date, the most well known film dealing with this type of disaster is the Charlton Heston classic, “Earthquake” which was the fourth most popular film released in 1974. While that movie had many dark elements on its surface, it would have been really interesting if they had filmed the original script by Mario Puzo (The Godfather) which reportedly was much bleaker than the finished product.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Outlander writers Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain will adapt the Red 5 comic Zombies of Mass Destruction, into a big screen movie. The comic, created by Kevin Grevioux (“Underworld”), follows an elite team of soldiers sent on a covert operation into hostile territory in the Middle East to stop what they soon discover to be a government-created army of the undead. It really appears there is a healthy appetite for bigger budgeted undead films as there is now a handful in production. Besides the feature film version of the popular novel, World War Z, Woody Harrelson will star in the action comedy, Zombie Land. George Romero is also currently in production on a low budget untitled flick that has Zombies wrecking havoc on a remote island. It appears that Zombie mania is running wild.

Box-office news- Fox has to be very pleased with the very impressive $53,400,000 in ticket sales “Taken” has grossed in its first two weeks here in the States. Word of mouth is obviously very good for this solid revenge thriller starring Liam Neeson. I highly recommend it!

Television news- Fox will premiere the new Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Science Fiction series “Dollhouse” this Friday Feb 13 at 9 PM. Whether the show has a shot at grabbing an audience on this very tough night is anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly not the desired slot that Whedon was probably hoping for. Eliza Dushku (Tru Calling) stars. Terminator: the Sarah Conner Chronicles will air before it at 8PM, moving from its Monday timeslot where it was pulling in just 5 million viewers a week. Producers have gone on record saying a series finale has been written in case the network pulls the plug on the program which, at this point, is better than 50/50. As I’ve written many times, I’m a fan of the show – it has far exceeded my expectations.

In its first 3 weeks back on the air Friday Night Lights has been pulling in a pretty weak 4.5 million viewers in its 9pm timeslot on NBC. Despite being a truly terrific program, its future fate continues to be in jeopardy. I thought Friday night’s episode, where they wrapped up the Brian Smash Williams (Gaius Charles) storyline, with him finally achieving his dream of going to college, was a terrific piece of television. I must admit it really choked me up.

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February 9, 2009 - Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , ,

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