Film and TV Chatter

You know, Star Trek is getting such rave reviews that I’m going to turn off my inner OCD geek and just enjoy the film as an alternative interpretation of classic characters.

And am I the only one who thinks Chris Pine, the new Captain Kirk, resembles James Dean?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first hit of the summer film season, so a sequel is already being developed. It’ll reportedly be an adaptation of the classic Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine miniseries from 1982, meaning a Japanese setting, samurai, ninjas, and the Yakuza. Hopefully, the writers will focus more on character development next time.

Ryan Reynolds, who played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is set to reprise the character in a solo Deadpool film. This has been rumored for quite some time, but the success of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has finally allowed the project to move forward. I think his healing factor may be used to allow him to return to a more recognizable form in the solo film.

Other mutant-related films that may also be moving forward soon are X-Men Origins: Magneto and X-Men: First Class. The former is being written by Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer and the latter is being written by Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz.

Speaking of Chuck, it should be announced by May 19th if it’ll return for a third season. Among other geek-oriented shows, Heroes has been renewed for a fourth season (albeit with a reduction of episodes from the past season’s 25 to only 18) and Fringe has been renewed for a second season. Dollhouse is on life support at this point, but some rumors have gone around that Fox might renew it if it could be paired with a show with stronger ratings as a lead in.

Green Lantern is set to begin filming in Australia in November. Front runners for the title role are rumored to include two J.J. Abrams-associated actors: Chris Pine and former Alias star Bradley Cooper.

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