Frank Spotnitzwill write and (with Ridley Scott) co-executive produce Syfy’s four-hour miniseries adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle – a tale of an alternate future where the allies lost World War II and the rule of the United States is split between Germany and Japan. The novel has long been considered one of Dick’s finest works.
Ancient ruins are discovered with a map to an alien world. Believing it to be the origins of humanity, a team sets of to find the alien home planet. But after they land, they discover they may have imperiled humankind.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.
Directed by Ridley Scott.
Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof.
Produced by David Giler, Walter Hill, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott.
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Action Thriller. Check out all our reviews at www.justseenit.com
Michael Fassbender has signed on to play an android character in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – the film that has arisen from the ashes of Scott’s aborted Alien prequel – for which Fassbender was being considered.
The 20th Century Fox project also stars Noomi Rapace – who gave Lizbeth Salander life in the trilogy based on Stieg Larssen’s Millenium books.
So, if Fassbender is playing an alien, does that make Rapace the next Ripley? She’s got the chops – and the presence – to pull it off. Suddenly I’m very interested in Prometheus.
I can’t even begin to chart the historical inaccuracies of Robin Hood [which are the only things that Ridley Scott’s bloated origin story has in common with those Robins who have gone before] which makes all of the film’s efforts to evoke a real time and place kind of pointless. So Robin Hood is working from a negative sum to start.
One of the [if not the] first original series aired on Showtime, The Hunger was created by Jeff Fazio [who seems to have only done The Hunger and the first half of the mini-series Atomic Train] and executive produced by Sir Ridley Scott and his brother Tony [who directed the pilot]. It was an adult anthology series dedicated to themes involving the darker obsessions of life – the hungers that we usually seek to control. Playing to those hungers, the series included a lot of nudity – not all of it entirely gratuitous.
Insofar as The Hunger’s episodes usually involved the supernatural and frequently had twist endings, it could be considered a Twilight Zone for grown-ups – though it was more inconsistent. Its best tales were adaptations from the works of horror greats like F. Paul Wilson [Ménage a Trois], Brian Lumley [Necros], Edgar Allan Poe [Lighthouse], Karl Edward Wagner [A River of Night’s Dreaming] and Graham Masterson [Bridal Suite and Anais]. Harlan Ellison wrote an original script for the series [The Face of Helene Bournouw] and another of his short stories [Footsteps] was adapted by Gerald Wexler – though in both cases, the episode credits read “By Cordwainer Bird,” suggesting that he believed they’d been royally screwed over by the time they were ready to air. Thriller writer David Morrell also contributed one of the better scripts – But At My Back I Always Hear.
Our resident Studio Plant (who hates it when I call him that), has landed a plum interview for us at Eclipse. He sits down with the great Ridley Scott. I had a chance to watch him direct a scene for the Television show Numbers last year and it was pretty surreal watching him work. He’s the Executive Producer of the The Andromeda Strain. You can read Scott’s fabulous interview after the break.