Killing The Goose That Lays Golden Eggs…
DC Direct announced
this week that it will release four action figures from The Authority.
Apollo (whose prototype looked best and thus the one worth picturing here),
The Midnighter, The Engineer, and Jenny Sparks will all be immortalized
in plastic on August 21, 2002. If they end up as coolly produced as the
Planetary figures, these will be a great set and yet another huge
drain on my budget.
Meanwhile, no one
at DC seems to know what they're really going to do with The Authority,
nor even if the current story arc will ever see publication.
Let's see. Demand
is high, worth creating ancillary products, but DC won't publish the
actual book. Nope. It just doesn't add up. Maybe Bill Jemas can explain
it to me.
Book Resources snagged an interview with writer Jeff Jensen, the
man who will scribe the relaunch of X-Factor as a four issue
mini-series. With the original X-Factor team all busy elsewhere in the
Xiverse, Jensen has a new take.
According to the
writer, it's "'X-Men meets Mississippi Burning meets The X-Files.' It
is indeed dark; but ultimately, it's a very hopeful book, about two
very damaged adults on a long, painful struggle toward redemption and
some sort of peace -- with themselves, with the world around them. 'X-Factor'
is an epic mystery, marked by politics, religion, murder, and most curiously,
prosthetic limbs. And yes, there are X-Men in this book. Cyclops, Jean
Grey, Nightcrawler, Wolverine and Beast play crucial roles."
For the complete
interview, and more on Jensen himself, head over to Comic Book Resources.
Comes Out Every 23 Years…
Victor Salva has begun working on Like A Bat Out Of Hell: Jeepers
Creepers 2. Said to follow a busload of college football players
being stalked by The Creeper, MGM has put out an open casting call for
Gina Philips and
Jonathan Breck will reprise their roles from the original, with Philips
still trying to hunt down The Creeper and avenge her brother's death.
The Annual Taunt
after the Golden Globes ("Hollywood's Biggest Party!"), both Harrison
Ford and Steven Spielberg claimed that Indiana Jones IV is next
on their list of priorities.
For what has to
be at least the third year running, Spielberg even claimed they have
a script that everyone really likes. Ford did not make a similar pronouncement,
saying only that he really, really wants to do another one.
If they're smart,
they'll call it Indiana Jones and The Goblet of Fire and make
that cheeky Harry Potter cry.
Be Ready For a Close-up?
for David Duchovny has declared that the mercurial actor is willing
to return for the series finale of The X-Files. It's an abrupt
turnabout, since as recently as November Duchovny claimed he would only
be interested in doing a sequel to the movie.
Maybe it was that
whole lame stand-in from a distance thing the show did a few weeks ago
that convinced him that really, he needed to be there. Or maybe he started
taking his medication. At any rate, the biggest obstacle to his return
right now is the scrilla. Duchovny has a lawsuit pending against creator
Chris Carter and Fox, claiming that he had been cheated out of his fair
share of profits from the show's sale to secondary markets.
While that remains
unresolved, interestingly enough the FX Network offered up their rights
to the show, hoping that SCI FI might buy out their contract at a higher
rate. And why does Duchovny think he has been cheated? Because Fox sold
the rights to the FX Network for a low-ball price.
Who cares, as long
as we get Mulder back for the finale and another big screen outing.
Where M2 Means
Something Totally Different…
MTV has confirmed
this week that they will air a new Spider-Man CGI animated series. Likely
to follow the events of Sam Raimi's film adaptation, the series will
feature Peter Parker as a college student and webmaster for The Daily
Bugle. The webmaster part, of course, comes from the mind of Brian Michael
Bendis, who has long been rumored to have had a hand in the series'
Look for incessant
advertising and promos sometime in May, though the network did not announce
a firm start date for the series.
Dead Still Want To Talk…
version of Crossing Over With John Edwards has been renewed for
a second season. One of the creepiest talk shows ever, each episode
features John Edwards "tuning in" to the dead loved ones of audience
members and passing on information and general messages of comfort.
Whether you believe
in Edwards or not, the show makes for some fascinating viewing, especially
since the host looks and sounds so unlike what people expect from a
psychic. It will also continue its nightly run on SCI FI, which will
also continue shooting new episodes..
Spider-Man May Have Been Easier…
The New York Daily
News interviewed Joss Whedon recently, and the writer/director/creative
madman spilled that he would like to do a Buffy/Angel cross-over
next season, now that the two shows have firmly found their legs on
Of course, because
they are on separate networks, Whedon has no idea how he will actually
pull it off, especially since his relationship with the WB soured a
bit over renewing Buffy.
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