Remake: Stephen King’s It

get your copy of Stephen King's It here and help support the project Warner Brothers hired Dave Kajganich to pen the screenplay adaptation of Stephen King’s It.  A lot of Stephen King fans out there are thrilled that there is another attempt to make It into a movie.  Don’t get your hopes up yet.

  1. Stephen King fans know that his works has a terrible movie adaptation history.
  2. The writer Dave Kajganich doesn't engender much hope either.  His only other success being the 2007 Invasion of the Bodysnatchers remake which was not well received.

This project is in it’s infancy so who knows if it will survive into the production stage… we'll have to keep an eye on this one.

Netflix, Inc.get your copy of Stephen King's It here or rent it from Netflix here

(via /film)

The Fan Spectrum

February last year, I posted for the first time about the Three Types of SF Fans.  Reactions were mixed.  I have thought about it a lot, and I have realized that their are not really three types of SF fans, these are actually parts of a spectrum.

Fans of the Spectacle

Fans who are interested in action and special effects, typically of Space Opera, Disaster/Monster/Action Movies, usually watches movies, some series, rarely reads the books.

These fans are on the coldest end of the spectrum.  They are only interested in being entertained, and simply do not think too much about what they are watching.  Think about your friends who thought the Matrix was just a great action movie with cool special effects.  You know the ones who didn't see all the questions about the nature of reality and how we perceive it.  They are fans of spectacle.

The studios have geared their films more towards this type of fan because there are more of them and they are easier to please.

Admit it though, we all started here.  We may have been young, but each and every one of us first got into Speculative Fiction be we enjoyed the spectacle.  For me, it was dragons and vampires.

This is the first stage of development of every fan.  Our job is to move more people into the second and third phase.

Fans of the Specifics

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Fans who are interested in the nitty-gritty details and their accuracy or consistency.Typically of Hard Scifi, Military Scifi, and High Fantasy, usually reads the books, watches the series, and nit-picks the movies

For many Scifi fans, this shift happened with Star Trek or Star Wars.  For Fantasy Fans, it is usually Lord of the Rings, and for Horror Fans it was either The Vampire Chronicles or Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Many fan bases stagnate here and die off.  The Studios have started blaming continuity and consistency for their financial short comings, thus the spate of remakes, reboots, and the dread re-imaginings that crop up every year.

Yes, it is easier to write a story when you don't have to worry about consistency or continuity, but they are not better stories.  They are just different.

To move a fan from Spectacle to Specifics, find something in a setting or character they like, and talk to them about it.  Encourage them to grow in their fascination, and soon they will delve into the setting more fully, and the spectral shift will happen.

Fans of the Story

Fans who are interested in the story, the characters, and Typically Soft Scifi and Sociological Fantasy, usually reads or watches the series, and watches the movies.

For Fans of the Specifics, the changes George Lucas made to the original Star Wars Trilogy and the prequels went too far.  Fans of the Story were able to see how these changes improved and tightened the narrative.

Fans of the Story are few in numbers, but they are the heart blood of fandom.  They write/perform the filk, the fan fiction, and fanfilms.  They make the fan art, run the conventions, and strive to keep SF on the straight and narrow.

It isn't easy to move from being a fan of Specifics to a fan of Story.  For this shift to happen, the fan has to see the complete series as a seamless whole.  They have to learn how to see past the trees to the forest.  There is no easy way to happen or to bring this about.

When it does happen, it is like magic.  Most of us have had this shift happen for at least one franchise.  Think about the one series that is closest to your heart.  The one you seek out every little tidbit of information about.  For that story, you are a fan of the Story.

Spectral Shift

It is not easy to ask people to make these shifts, or to help other move through the spectrum, but it is vital if fan culture has any chance of surviving.  So for the next thirty days:

  • Introduce your friends to filk.
  • Have a movie night at your house and show a fanfilm.
  • Start a role playing group and uses your favorite setting.
  • Start having friends over to watch your favorite shows.
  • Help just one person find a new series, book, or movie that they will fall head or heels in love with.

If we all do our part, fandom has a long and beautifyl future.

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WTF: Sam Raimi's House of Flying Daggers?

House of Flying Daggers is a truly fantastic foreign film and today while doing some morning reading of Production Weekly I discovered Sam Raimi it seems is going to be remaking the movie. The trend of remaking films is definitely getting out of hand when we start remaking classic asian films which feel like they were literally just released (MoviesOnline).

If this is ture, then Hollywood is truly out of ideas!  It is bad enough that they are spending all their time and money on remaked of classic movies instead of making new and original films, but when they start making remaked of films that are 4 years old, that is just too far.

I am hoping that this is just a rumor, and there is nothing to it.  /film took down the article they wrote on the project.  I would love to believe that they found proof it isn't true, but then. if that were the case, they would have reported that instead of just deleting their post.

I know we have debated about remakes before, but 4 years is no where near enough time to remake a classic film.

JMS on Forbidden Planet, World War Z, Lensmen and Last Words

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J. Michael Straczynski has given us a bunch of updates:

Forbidden Planet

I'm on draft two of Forbidden Planet, and the process is going well, very exciting stuff, and I hope I can talk about some of that in more detail soonish (JMSNews).

While I am not a big fan of remakes, if anyone could make this movie right, it's Joe.  Rumors persist that the new Forbidden Planet will be a trilogy explaining what happened to the Krell.  I cannot wait to learn more.

World War Z

About to make the final touches to World War Z, then with any luck we can get this thing into pre-productoin also soonish (JMSNews).

I am a little tired of Zombie movies.  The book was good and the audiobook was better.  I am curious how they are going to do the film.


Draft One of Lensman is in, now working on draft two (JMSNews).

The Lensmen is E. E. Smith's Space Opera masterpiece which defined an entire genre.  The very notion of the creator of Babylon 5 working on what will hopefully be to first film in the series makes me as giddy as a kid on Christmas Eve.  Note to Hollywood: Green light this film!

Ninja Assassin

There have been a couple of previews for Ninja Assassin, and the audience scores have been just terrific. I have a suspicion that this is going to do very well (JMSNews) .

This is the next film from the Wachowski brothers who made The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Speed Racer.  Need I say any more?

Last Words

The pilot script for Last Words has gone in to Dreamworks, and they're very very pleased with the script. So we'll see where this goes (JMSNews).

Wait a minute... Joe + Dreanworks + pilot = awesome series I need to see.

Other News

Interestingly, due to all the writing work, I've lately begun to be offered directing gigs, most of it in the SF genre (natch). Nothing has grabbed me enough yet to want to tackle it, but we'll see what the future holds. A couple of studios have extended the offer for me to write and direct my own stuff, which is pretty cool.

My agent has forbidden me to take on any other screenplay assignments until March/April, but some projects have begun to circle Casa Straczynski of late, looking for an open place to land when an opening comes. Some very cool stuff on the horizon (JMSNews).

Anything I get from Joe, I am ready to go.  Great news all around.

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Akira Live Action Remake?

41ZQMF80TCL._SL210_ Update on films and series I loved as a child being turned into live action films that I doubt will be any good, Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way plans to make a live action remake of Akira, a film that does not need to be remade at all... I have no problem films being made that continue previous films, but I have never been a fan of remakes. I can only think of a few film remakes that have not sucked and even fewer that were better than the original.

I wish these studios would spend more time coming up with original ideas, and less time rehashing previously successful films that they hope will be successful all over again.

(via Cinema Blend)

Project:Shadow 2007 November Newsletter

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Share your opinion on the newest forum discussion: Who's at fault for all of the remakes we see today. In the discussion we want to take a look at why or what cause has lead us to seeing so many remakes and rehashing and why there isn't a lot of new projects being produced? Is it the producers fault. It is easier to invest money into a known project that has an established audience. It is easier to market and sell something that already has a known franchise behind it because for the most part if it is already established all you need to do is mention the franchise and the audience will try it and buy it. Is it the consumers fault. As consumers how do we find out what is new? How do we find out what is good? Are we lazy or do not have enough time to seek out and or try new things. Do we not have enough money to buy into new things only to have them turn out bad and are not willing to risk our money on something that is not established Is it the fault of too much stuff because there is too much new stuff coming out so the only way to be heard and discovered is to ride in on the franchise of something already established.

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