Monday, 27 February 2012

News & Sci-Fi Rumours - Late Feb

The Walking Dead to introduce the Governor

British actor David Morrissey is to play The Governor in series 3 of The Walking Dead, Morrissey has played major roles on UK TV for a number of years. He will be best remembered by Si-fi fans as the man who thought he was the Doctor, in the doctor who Christmas special The Next Doctor.
The Governor is a major villain in The Walking Dead comics and proved so popular that a novel Rise of the Governor was brought out in October of last year.

Star Trek 2 set shots:
Photos for the new Star trek film have been released and although they don't give anything away they have me excited already for the film.


Phantom Menace bringing in the money.

The Phantom Menace which is widely thought to be the worst of the Star wars films has become the first film of the franchise to break the $1 billion box office barrier, it has taken $73 million world wide due to its 3D release. Many questioned the reasoning behind releasing the film in 3d, well you cant argue with the figures. We can now expect to see the rest of the films in 3D at some point, making even more money for Mr. Lucas.

Doctor Who is back

Shooting of the new series of Doctor Who began on the 20th September, it will be Matt Smiths 3rd series and the one where we say good buy to the Ponds Rory & Amy. Guest stars confirmed so far are David Bradley, Rupert Graves and Mark Williams, according to the BBC website we are promised thrills, adventure and surprises as the show moves towards next years 50th anniversary. There will be a new companion, new monsters and the return of some familiar foes as we've never seen them before, all sounds good.

Star Trek - Doctor Who cross-over
Linking into the last 2 segments the biggest Si fi shows to come out of the USA and UK respectably are to meet head on in IDW's Assimilation 2 comic (what Manimal & Super Gran I hear you cry), Star Trek the Next Generation will be meeting up with the present Matt Smith Doctor in a 8 issue run. The story will be see the Doctor join forces with Captain Picard and his crew, to combat a deadly alliance  between The Borg and the Cybermen. Given that the BBC can be very protective about their products' it is astounding that this comic has been given the green light. However BBC executive Soumya Sriraman had this to say about the project, "We are excited about this new adventure for The Doctor and the fact that he will be travelling with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his iconic crew. This is a perfect partnership for not only Doctor Who's incredible fans, but also for the brand."

I have tended to have given these type of cross-over books a wide birth due to cost and quality, but I  will give the first issue a go to see what it is like hopefully I will be surprised.

 Space 1999 to return with a new name

ITV is linking up with HD Films to produce a re-imagining of Gerry Anderson's Space 1999, and as that year is long past the new series will be imaginatively called Space 2099.
The original story followed a group of survivors who were stranded on the moon, after a nuclear explosion had blown it out of earths orbit. The series was broadcast on ITV in the 70's and had a cult following, HDFilms were responsible for the resent remake of V lets hope they have leaned from their mistakes.

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