Disney to adapt 'Graveyard," 'Fringe' back for 13 episodes, 'ST:TNG' Blu Ray release date confirmed
Big Love‘s Chloe Sevigny is in final talks to join the second season of American Horror Story, set to begin production this summer. Sevigny will play a character named Shelly the Nymphomaniac, who is one of the mortal enemies of Jessica Lange’s character. Apparently, the writers and producers of AHS were such fans of Sevigny that they wrote the part with her in mind. The actress will join Lange, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe in the new season, which Murphy has revealed will be set in an East Coast institution for the criminally insane run by Lange’s character.
Fox has agreed to a fifth and final season for Fringe. While its only 13 episodes, it does give the creative team a chance to end the show they want to, a rarity in this business. But the show, despite poor ratings, has always been supported by the network. “Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television’s most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve,” said Fox entertainment Chief Kevin Reilly. “The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it’s going to be a very exciting final chapter.”
Nathan Fillion and Megan Fox will join Seth Green on a Robot Chicken DC Comics special, which will see the Justice League getting the spoofing treatment previously meted out to Star Wars. Fillion will voice the Green Lantern, with Fox as Lois Lane. Neil Patrick Harris (Two-Face), Alfred Molina (Lex Luthor), Breckin Meyer (Superman) Paul Reubens (The Riddler) are also set to lend their voices to the project, while Green himself will voice Batman, Robin and Aquaman.
Disney has announced that director Henry Selick will helm a stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Award winning kids intermediate novel The Graveyard Book. Selick also adapted Gaiman’s Coraline novel a few years ago. The novel is a riff on Kipling’s The Jungle Book: a young boy survives an attempt on his life -his father, mother and older sister are murdered by the man Jack – and is brought up by the ghosts in the graveyard down from his home. Among the dead are teachers, workers, wealthy prigs, romantics, pragmatists and even a few children -so it takes a graveyard village to raise a child. Here Nobody Owens -Bod for short – has adventures as grows, making friends with in the cemetery -some who are not dead – and learning about his past and his future. Not much beyond this is known, though Selick has been doing some mysterious work with Pixar as well.
Speaking of The Jungle Book, frequent Harry Potter film scribe Steve Kloves is making a deal to write, direct and produce a new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic at Warner Bros. The project will be a live action version of the story about an orphaned boy raised by wolves and other animals, which try to protect him from the ferocious tiger Shere-Khan. Beyond the classic Disney animated version from 1967, there was a live-action version released in 1994 under the helm of Stephen Sommers that starred upcoming stars Jason Scott Lee and Lena Headey.
Star Trek: The Next Generation first season on Blu Ray will officially hit stores on July 24. The second and third season will be out sometime in 2013. Paramount/CBS have spent over a year refurbishing the first season for high definition, painstakingly rescanning each episode due to the fact that the show was shot on 35mm motion picture film. However, while that is an inherently high-definition format, the show was scanned into standard-definition video before any editing or visual effects work was completed. “This was bleeding-edge back in the day,” says Michael Okuda, a scenic designer and technical advisor on ST:TNG who is overseeing the high-def transfer process as a consultant with his wife, Denise. “[The standard-def process] made it possible to do Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was a far more ambitious series from a technical point of view than the original series. But the downside of that is, a quarter-century later, all you have is standard definition.”