Scream Television Series Details

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It seems that now you can’t have a movie without someone trying to turn it into a television series as well, first off it was Fargo and it now it looks like Scream is getting the same treatment.

After 4 movies, MTV have gotten their hands on the franchise and are going to turn it into a series.

The folks over at Bloody Disgusting have stated that it looks promising that Wes Craven, the director of the original films, will also direct the hour long pilot episode for the show. So at least that is one less thing to worry about.

Much like the films, the plot of the television will focus on the rules of a slasher film. These were pretty clear in the franchise so it will be interesting to see how this concept works on the small screen. Also the pilot “explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.”

TV Line has some more details about some of the upcoming characters:

Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

Noah seems a lot like the character of Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, from Scream 2 and the idea of a “bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” is not a sentence I ever thought I’d hear attached to the Scream franchise.

I am a huge fan of the first two Scream movies and depending on my mood I am always willing to give the third a shot, you can’t beat a Jay and Silent Bob cameo, however I wasn’t impressed with the fourth film. I am not holding my breathe for this television show, but seeing as how Craven is attached to the pilot episode it may actually be OK. We will just have to wait and see.

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Fargo Teaser Trailer

Whilst no one seemed to ask for it, someone thought it would be a good idea to take the genius film from the Coen BrothersFargo and turn it into a television show. At first I had my doubts about whether the concept would work, but this trailer seems to have set aside those fears slightly.

The show doesn’t just seem to a complete serialised remake of the original film, but definitely has a look and feel of the Fargo we all know and love. I somehow doubt that this show is going to surpass the original, but it certainly looks like a nice companion piece for the film.

The show features Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Adam Goldberg putting on their best Minnesotan accents. It is set to air in the US on April 15th with the UK picking it up shortly after on Channel 4.

Evan Goldberg Talks About Preacher

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Recently, I expressed my unhappiness about the upcoming Preacher television show from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in an article here and it seems that Goldberg has been trying to calm some of these fears, not mine personally, but I think the general worry that some of the fans may have about the upcoming show, in a recent interview at SXSW.

“We just had a meeting with AMC and Garth Ennis, who’s the writer, and we all kind of seemed to agree that we’re gonna stay as true to the comic as we can. We need to change some stuff but we’re not gonna change much, I hope. We’re just gonna do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re gonna [do the] same characters, same story, same ending. We’re gonna try to stick to Preacher as best we can. We’re making it with Sam Catlin who did Breaking Bad, and so he might tell me I’m wrong about all of this and that the real way to do it is different because he’s much smarter and better at all this than I am. But we’re gonna try to stick to what it is as best we can.”

It is nice to see that they are trying to stick to the source material as much as they, because that will be the first thing the fans grab on to when the want to criticise the show. I can already hear the fanboys chants of “IT WASN’T LIKE THAT IN THE COMIC!”

“We’re beyond excited, we’ve tried to make it for 10 years. The big difference is everyone else tried to make it a movie and it shouldn’t be a movie. It should be an AMC show, that’s the proper way for it to get done… It’s too big; you can’t do that in a movie. It’s just too big. You’ve gotta learn the characters, it’s all about a love triangle and you need to grow with them and see the woman swayed one way or the other, and in a movie you just can’t accomplish all that.”

Golberg seems to think that their format is going to be the best way forward for the comic, and I have to agree with him that a TV show is much better than a film for the adaptation.

I will just have to see how it goes and reserve judgement until the finished product is out!

The Preacher Television Show Is A Bad Idea

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Yesterday it was officially announced that Preacher was coming to the small screen. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to be the main creative pair behind the show, with Sam Catlin, who was previously involved with Breaking Bad also teaming up with them to help write the pilot episode.

Now I first want to state, that I don’t think this TV show is a bad idea because I am not a fan of Preacher. This is far from the case. I love the source material; some of my most prized possessions are my first edition issues of the comic.  Also, I am a huge fan of Rogen’s and Goldberg’s work and will always check out their latest offerings, and when you have anyone that was involved in one of the greatest television shows ever involved, I will certainly go it a watch.

However, I just don’t think an adaptation of Preacher is going to work. It is one of the most bat-shit insane comics ever written and because of that, trying to get it work for a television show is going to be a problem. Some may argue that because The Walking Dead worked so well, why can’t others? Because at the end of the day, The Walking Dead is quite a simple premise, albeit one that needs a lot of special effects (I am not knocking either the comic or the TV version of The Walking Dead because I am a huge fan of both of these as well), and Preacher encompasses so much more; the scale and scope of the story is just massive.

Famed comic writer, Alan Moore, stated that the reason he works in comics and doesn’t like people adapting his work is because that is the medium that he chose to work in and if he wanted any of his work to be on film, he would of originally done it that way (I am paraphrasing him here with these comments, but I hope you get the general jist). I feel this works with Preacher as well, although creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon have never come out and said that they are completely opposed to their work being adapted. It is because of the way the story is constructed and the characters involved that it all works so well in a comic book.

I am not going to go into all of the plot of the comic here, because that would just take far too long, and if you haven’t already read it I cannot recommend it enough. Seriously, go out and pick it up as soon as you can. It is one of the most ridiculous and amazing things you will ever read; and you will be able to comment on the TV show when it finally comes out and see how much they have changed. I will say though, they are going to have to try and keep some of the big plot details the same, because Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin will take away everything that makes Preacher brilliant if they do. I seriously want to see how they are going to a get a man fucking a giant meat woman onto our screens! There are some quite deep issues that get touched upon in the comic, and people are going to have to go into the show with a very open mind, because straight away it starts off with a preacher (hence the title!) being the host for the offspring of an angel and a demon. If people aren’t willing to accept that, they are going to struggle with the rest of the show!

Maybe my reluctance to get excited for this project is over my nerves as to how it could turn out. Only time will tell if the end product is as good as the original comic and I will be able to look back on this article and laugh over my fears, or maybe they will be proved right and they should have just left Preacher alone.

Is Preacher Coming To The Small Screen?

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The biggest rumour this weekend is that AMC, the great people that brought us Breaking Bad and Mad Men, are looking to fill their schedule with another hit television show; and it seems they have set their sights on the cult comic book series, Preacher.

The news was first broke at Badass Digest yesterday, and they claim that a source close to them has said that a pilot has been ordered for the series.

Whilst The Walking Dead has become a runaway success for fans it is no surprise that people are looking towards other popular comics to adapt, but whilst Preacher certainly has a huge fan base, whether it can be adapted for the small screen is another matter completely. Garth Ennis’ and Steve Dillon’s comic has some insane moments littered throughout the issues, but if people can look past the men who like to engage in carnal activities with meat products, orgies on a monumental level or sexual private investigators; they still have to face some rather deep religious issues that are at the heart of the comic. Whether audiences will be willing to accept a television programme in which a preacher (hence the title) who has lost his faith travels across America to literally find God and have it out with him over why he had abandoned his people.

I for one am a huge fan of the original comic and am always excited to hear any news as to whether there is going to be an upcoming adaptation; but I always worry if it will ever translate onto film.

The Breaking Bad Spin-Off To Be A Prequel/Sequel Hybrid

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After the recent ending of Breaking Bad, television audiences were left with a hole in their viewing lives that seemed like it could never be filled again. There is however a glimmer of hope for fans of the programme, as one of the favourite characters from the series, Saul Goodman, is getting his own spin-off show.

Those who stayed with the series till the end, will know the fate of Saul and how he chose to carry on his life, so where do this all fit in with the new show. Bob Odenkirk, the actor behind the role, was recently interviewed by IGN about how it is all going to plan out. Below are some of his comments about what may be happening.

“Well, I’ve talked to Vince [Gilligan] and Peter [Gould], who are writing and creating the series, about this and I’ve said that a lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they’ve talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.”

A mix of a prequel and a sequel could be an interesting way to take the show. I know fans are certainly interested to see how Saul became the character that he is in the show, and it will great to see how he develops as a character in his own series.

Saul was often seen at times as providing some of the more comedic elements to the darker times in Breaking Bad, but rest assured the spin-off isn’t going to be all laughs “It’s going to be 70% drama and 30% comedy.”

Don’t worry about this trying to be a carbon copy of Breaking Bad though, because even Odenkirk knows that they have to try something new with the show; “I told Peter and Vince, right away I said, ‘Look man, let us make this fresh for everyone.’ So that right away, in the first five minutes, every viewer goes, ‘Oh, this isn’t Breaking Bad, this is its own thing.’ And I think they feel the same exact way.” 

Whether any familiar faces will be cropping up has just to be decided, “There might be a cameo here or there, but I don’t know. We’re going to do a new show.”

The full interview can be found here