CW picks up Greg Berlanti’s Black Lightning pilot
The CW has given a pilot order for the drama, which hails from the prolific superhero producer (Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) as well as The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil.
Black Lightning, created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977, is one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes.
The logline for the project reads, “Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning.” http://ew.com/tv/2017/02/03/black-lightning-cw-berlanti-pilot/
It’s official: Arrival director Denis Villeneuve is making the upcoming Dune reboot
Some excellent news for sci-fi fans: director Denis Villeneuve, of Arrival and Sicario fame, is officially signed up to direct the upcoming Dune reboot. The news was confirmed this morning by Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert, who wrote the original 1965 Dune novel. The news was rumored last December, but not confirmed until this morning.
Legendary Pictures bought the TV and film rights to Dune from the Herbert estate last year, but details about either project are pretty thin. Dune’s last adaptation on film was in 1984, with a title directed by David Lynch and featuring Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides (MacLachlan would later go on to star in Lynch’s Twin Peaks).
The 1984 film was critically panned and lost money at the box office, but the source material has never lost its allure to fans. Having Villeneuve on board to direct the reboot certainly bodes well following the smash-hit that was Arrival. And there’ll be more from the French-Canadian director this year too — he’s behind the Blade Runner reboot starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, out this October.
Peter Capaldi is quitting Doctor Who
The Doctor is out. Earlier today, Peter Capaldi announced that he would be leaving Doctor Who at the end of this year’s 10th season. No replacement has been announced for the role.
Capaldi announced his departure on BBC Radio 2. “I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. “I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
Capaldi isn’t the only high-profile departure from the show. Last summer, showrunner Stephen Moffat announced that he would be leaving at the end of the 10th season, and that he would be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. This means that the 11th season of the show will have a new lead and creative crew.
All this and more on Episode 119 of the Geek Versus week podcast.
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