We always suspected that children were behind a lot of what we see on television. Finally, we have proof.
Child-Written Axe Cop Leads Fox's New Slate
Fox has announced the first piece of their new late night Saturday "Animation Domination" programming: It's Axe Cop. The off-the-wall series, about a cop who uses a fire axe when battling dinosaurs (?) and other enemies, was created by five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan. Based on a clip Fox made available, it is the kind of non sequitur zaniness that could easily gain a cult following.
SyFy Developing Charlaine Harris Series Grave Sight
HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels, has a slightly-larger-than-cult following, and now SyFy is developing a new series based on the author's Harper Connelly Mysteries. Connelly is a woman who developed the ability to communicate with the dead. While using her powers to track down a missing girl, she discovers a grand conspiracy afoot in her small town. It's hard to tell if this will work without more information about the creative people involved. SyFy has a mixed track record. Their made-for-television movies tend to be awful, but I am a big fan of Alphas.
Fox Goes Ape Again with Rise Sequel
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, Fox executives announced to the assembled theater owners that they are going to make a sequel to their reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I had pretty low expectations for the first one, and was pleasantly surprised at how smart and diverting it was. CGI often looks cartoony, but the filmmakers really accomplished something in creating such a fully-drawn character in Caesar. I would assume that Andy Serkis will return in the role, but I suppose that with humanity on the brink of extinction at the end of Rise, there are a lot of directions the next one could go in.
(AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox)
In other potentially promising sequel news (well, sort of), Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien have written a pseudo-sequel, which is being produced by New Regency. The film, titled Runner, Runner (a Texas Hold 'Em term indicating a bad beat, when a player is behind on the flop and wins with what he gets on the turn and the river) follows completely different characters with a thriller set in the world of online poker. I know the words "thriller" and "online" rarely go together when discussing films, but this sounds like an interesting story. Timberlake is set to star as a savvy player, and Affleck as a shady offshore entrepreneur who takes Timberlake's character under his wing.
Ben Affleck (World Series of Poker)
You may have noticed, but I tend to be cautiously optimistic about a lot of these projects, though I'm certain some of them will be disasters. What new projects have you heard about that have piqued your interest?