Nebula Awards Winners; '39 Clues' 'Starcatchers' to film; 'Blade Runner' sequel going forward
The 2011 Nebula Awards were handed out this past weekend, with Jo Walton’s Among Others taking home the top prize for Best Science Fiction Novel released last year. Meanwhile the Neil Gaiman penned Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, out shining Hollywood films as Hugo and Midnight in Paris. The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman took home the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book.
Real Steel and Night in the Museum director Shawn Levy will helm The 39 Clues, an adaptation of the popular Scholastic book series. The series revolves around the Cahills, a powerful family who count Napoleon and Houdini among their relatives. The movie is framed as an epic family adventure about two ordinary kids whose discovery that they are part of the world’s most powerful family sets them off on a globe-trotting treasure hunt. The current 11 book series is an adventure game that includes cards and an online access that gives clues to a mystery with a cash prize for the kid who figures it out.
Walt Disney Studios has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson 2004 best-seller, Peter and the Starcatchers. The book, which provides a backstory for the iconic Peter Pan character, has become a hot property, with the current Broadway play having just nabbed nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. Peter and the Starcatchers is the first in a series of books by the authors, giving franchise potential to the project.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Jessica Chastain has dropped out of Iron Man 3. The Town actress Rebecca Hall will replace her.
The Syfy Channel officially cancelled Sanctuary after 4 seasons. They need room for more reality shows with the thinnest connection to the genre we all love.
An umpteenth new version of Tarzan is in the works. This will be a performance-capture 3D feature and will re-image Edgar Rice Burroughs classic jungle hero who will now have billionaire adventurer parents who are killed in an airplane crash. Meanwhile, Jane Porter is the daughter of an African guide and committed to conservation of the African jungle. She eventually works with Tarzan to defeat the mercenary army of Greystoke Energies led by the film’s villain – the CEO that took over the company after the death of Tarzan’s parents. Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz and Resident Evil actress Spencer Locke have been cast.
Even though the movie shares nothing with real life Trayvon Martin shooting case, 20th Century Fox has decided to rename their potty-mouth alien invasion movie Neighborhood Watch to just The Watch. The film will bow out on July 27.
While director Ridley Scott is still not saying Prometheus is an actual prequel to his 1979 Alien –despite trailers that seem to indicate that it is- work is progressing on a sequel to his 1982 film, Blade Runner. Alcon Entertainment is developing a new film, said to be set some years after the events of first film (Scott revealed in an interview that he wants to focus on a female protagonist this go-round. So, whatever happens, this thing will apparently not be built around Harrison Ford’s original, robot-hunting character Rick Deckard). It’s been confirmed that Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original Blade Runner (and which is based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?) is on board as well as Ridley Scott. Alcon Entertainment had the rights to the 1982 science fiction classic that starred Harrison Ford, but there was little excitement on the project until Scott himself agreed to come back and revisit the source material as director. According to Alcon, Scott and Fancher at one time intended Blade Runner to be the first in a series, but that obviously never materialized, until now.