Universal to reboot 'Mummy' & 'Helsing'; CW picks up a few shows & 'Stargate' composer Goldsmith dies
Universal has signed a new two-year deal with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products production company. The first two films out the gate will be reboots of Universal properties The Mummy and Van Helsing. Their writing credits include two Transformers movies and the Star Trek reboot as well as the much maligned Cowboys & Aliens. On the TV side, they created the underrated Fringe and produce the Hawaii Five-0 reboot.
The set-bound 4th Doctor Who story of season 7 -a probable bottle-episode due to so much expensive location shooting for episodes 1, 2, 3 and 5- is confirmed to be a story that brings back UNIT and involves Henry VIII and his wife Catherine. Stephen Blything and Law & Order: UK’s Jemma Redgrave has been cast in those roles. The episode has a working title of Cubed.
For those girls who were wondering, and a few boys too, The CW has picked Supernatural for an 8th season, The Vampire Diaries for a fourth and –while not a genre so, it’s still popular- 90120 for a fifth season. Actually, like America’s Top Model, these three scripted shows are the most popular shows on the mini-network with girls, and since the network is catering to them in big-time, their renewals were not a huge surprise. Secret Circle, Ringer, Gossip Girl, Heart of Dixie and Nakita remain “on the bubble.” Their fate should be officially known when The CW announces its fall slate on May 17.
The Starz Channel has ordered 8 episodes of Black Sails, a pirate themed series from the worst director on the planet, Michael Bay. It’s actually a prequel to Robert Louis Steven’s classic high seas adventure novel Treasure Island, set some 20 years before the novel in what Starz describes as a story about “Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.” It should bow in 2014.
Emmy nominated composer Joel Goldsmith, son of legendary Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, died April 29 after a long battle with cancer. He was 54. He programmed synthesizers on some of his father’s 1970s and 1980s scores including Runaway. But the younger Goldsmith established his own musical career in the late 1970s and early 1980s, scoring sci-fi and horror films including Laserblast, The Man with Two Brains and Moon 44. It was in television, however, that Goldsmith found his niche, composing the music for more than 350 episodes in the Stargate franchise alone, including most of Stargate SG-1 and all of Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, along with their direct-to-DVD features The Ark of Truth and Continuum. Goldsmith also worked with his father on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (sound effects creator) and scored some 20 minutes of additional music for Star Trek: First Contact, a film his father worked on as well.