It’s been known for some time that Damon Lindelof (“Lost”, Star Trek Into Darkness) won’t be returning to script the sequel for Prometheus, and now we have an explanation as to why. This will no doubt please many of you who felt that Jon Spaihts’ original draft of the film, Alien: Engineers, was superior.
I can sort of respect his decision – he didn’t want to juggle too many things at once. He told Collider about his conversation with director Ridley Scott, “The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, “Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.” I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, “I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.” And he was like, “Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.” He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.”
Head over to Collider for more. Prometheus made a good deal of money so the sequel is a somewhat high priority over at Fox. Who do you think should write it?
Jack Bender directed 37 episode of “Lost” in addition to several episodes of “Alcatraz”, which means he’s probably picked up more than a thing or two from J.J. Abrams. So it’s no surprise that he’s keeping the plot of his new thriller Devolution, under wraps. All we know is that the film is based on an idea by Max Brooks, the author of “World War Z”, and that the script will be written by Wrath Of The Titans scribe David Leslie Johnson (who also wrote a few “Walking Dead” episodes).
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Jack Bender, perhaps best known as the preeminent director of ABC’s Lost, is working on Devolution, a thriller he is developing to direct for Legendary. Plot details are being kept lock and key, but the pedigree is all genre. It is based on an original idea by Max Brooks, the author of World War Z, while David Leslie Johnson, who worked on ‘Wrath of the Titans’ is writing the script. Brooks is producing with Legendary, indicating that the author is slowly developing deeper relations with the company.”
Fun fact: Bender also directed Child’s Play 3.
Just when we’d forgotten about A&E’s “Bates Motel”, a potential series from Universal Television for A&E that would serve as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 classic Psycho, we get a jolt of news that reminds us that this project is very much alive. Carlton Cuse has joined the Roy Lee and Mark Wolper produced series.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Carlton Cuse, who along with Damon Lindelof executive produced and acted as showrunners of ABC’s “Lost”, is boarding A&E’s “The Bates Motel”. If the show is picked up to series, Cuse will executive produce and oversee the writing and production what is being envisioned intially as a six-episode “event” that would lead to additional seasons. It also marks the first “genre” TV project for Cuse since his acclaimed run on “Lost”.”
The show, “aims to tell the story of a young Bates and how his life with his deranged mother and her lover unhinged his mind, eventually turning him into a serial killer. It has been described as a cross between “Twin Peaks” and “Smallville”.” READ MORE
Both Emma Bell (Frozen, “The Walking Dead”), Julia Stiles (Bourne Ultimatum, The Omen (2006), “Dexter”) have been cast in the new thriller pilot “Midnight Sun” for NBC. They join previously announced Titus Welliver.
The show “follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska.”
Per Deadline, “It centers on Leah Kafka (Stiles), a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Also cast in the pilot, written by Lisa Zwirling, is Emma Bell as Rory, the cult leader’s (Titus Welliver) daughter.” READ MORE
“Revolution” is casting up. The hour-long thriller penned by “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke and exec produced by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Let Me In) and Bryan Burk. The project is described as a “high-octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.”
Now Giancarlo Esposito is onboard. Per Variety, “ he will play a southern lieutenant with an air of mystery in the drama about a group of characters struggling to survive in a world in which all energy has vanished.”
Esposito wrapped up playing the ultimate bad guy Gus Fring last year on “Breaking Bad”, if he even brings 50% of that game to this role it’ll be worth it.
Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys And Aliens) has been tapped to direct the pilot. READ MORE
This past week ARTISTdirect.com and IAMROGUE.com paired legendary Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and actress Michelle Rodriguez (Machete, Avatar, Lost, Girlfight) for an exclusive video interview, a filmed conversation between these two provocative people, who met for the first time, in front of the cameras.
You can check out the interview by clicking HERE
The interview is the first in a series of interviews entitled “Rogue on Rogue” that pairs two distinctive and influential artists from diverse mediums in a unique, ‘first meeting’ video setting that leaves the chaos and comedy un-cut and unedited.
Michelle and Munky bond over everything from Metallica to Apocalypse Now, and sharing intriguing personal stories along the way.