While it’s not a sure thing that Joss Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series will get a series order from ABC, network president Paul Lee is “very hopeful” it will go to series, saying the pilot episode has “a great script.”
“It’s just very Joss,” Lee told journalists at the Television Critics Association winter tour. “You know how Joss is so high-low? And he’s able to be intense and epic and suddenly funny and silly? He’s just got that ability to be super-entertaining and sort of super-educated.”
IGN spoke with FX President John Landgraf about the status of the network’s adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s “Powers” series — and luckily for fans, it’s still alive.
“We’ve been through so many incarnations. After we made the pilot, we actually developed three more [episode] scripts,” Landgraf told IGN. “So then we had a pilot plus three scripts, and we decided between the pilot and the scripts that it wasn’t quite the series that we needed it to be. When I say we, by the way, Brian Bendis is involved in every phase of this conversation and discussion. But one of the scripts was written by this guy named Charlie Huston, and he was a novelist. Both I and Brian and others thought, ‘Wow, there is actually something in the tone of this.’ So Charlie was approached, I think by Brian, and said, ‘Look, would you be interested in taking on Powers?’ And Charlie said, ‘Well, I’ve never actually adapted anything before in my life. I have only written novels and stuff of my own, but Powers is my favorite graphic novel, and yes!’
“So what ended up happening was we reconstituted the whole thing around Charlie as the creator, with Brian,” he continued. “Charlie went up to Seattle, and they sat down and they talked, and read through all the books, and they came back with a new vision, basically. Essentially, a new pilot to begin with, which is a new, different story than the pilot that we shot. So that pilot is officially gone and dead, and the actors are all gone, but we’re developing a whole new pilot from scratch.”
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
While on the press tour for “Gangster Squad,” Anthony Mackie spoke with MTV about the current status of Joe and Anthony Russo’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
“I have read a script, and it’s really good. It’s fun,” Mackie told MTV News. “The Russo brothers have been really good about keeping me informed of their visions and ideas for what they want the movie to be,” he added. “It seems like it’s going to work on all accords, so I’m just excited about it.”
Opens April 4, 2014
The CW has released a sneak peek of “Burned,” the next episode of “Arrow.”
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“Evil Dead” star Jane Levy spoke with ShockTilYouDrop about the challenges of taking on the leading role for the reboot.
“There’s physical and emotional,” Levy told ShockTilYouDrop. “That’s what makes this part also so crazy is like — I don’t want to give too much away. But not only am I emotionally going through withdrawls, heroin withdrawl, which is really intense, I’m also being attacked by evil spirits. And I think the hardest was actually just the dramatic stuff. Which was emotional. And then physically, you know, I’m in prosthetics for six hours, and I have blood dripped all over my head, in my underwear. I’m literally wearing my underwear in the freezing cold rain and barfing on people and…you know, lots of stuff. I don’t wanna give anything away.”
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It’s not about “Star Wars Episode VII,” but it’s still pretty exciting. EW.com reports ABC President Paul Lee wants to explore “Star Wars” television options for the network now that the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm has been finalized.
“We’d love to do something with Lucasfilm, we’re not sure what yet,” Lee told EW. “We haven’t even sat down with them. We’re going to look at [the live-action series], we’re going to look at all of them, and see what’s right. We weren’t able to discuss this with them until [the acquisition] closed and it just closed. It’s definitely going to be part of the conversation.”
EW’s article goes on to mention that a live-action television series was in the works behind the scenes developed by Lucasfilm producer Rick McCallum. The series “centers on the story of rival families struggling over the control of the seedy underside of the Star Wars universe and the people who live within the subterranean level and air shafts of the metropolis planet Coruscant.”