Nerdy News

We’re crossing genres, mediums and quite possibly boundaries in this latest edition of Nerdy News. Get ready to scream. Whether it be in joy or madness I leave entirely up to you.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel has arrived. I knew it would be coming eventually, I just didn’t think it would be quite so…terrible. Entertainment Weekly announced the graphic novel will be released March 16th from Yen Press. Artist Young Kim was charged with translating book to comic with the ever watchful eye of Stephenie Meyer. “When I got the dialogue with the images, I did a lot of tinkering,” Meyer told Ew.
EW says this is Kim’s first foray into graphic novels and um, I hate to say this but, it shows. Just take a look at the one page preview they have on the site. I know it’s meant to be a sort of melding of Western and Asian comic techniques but that one page is just plain awful. Bella’s hair is just floating in mid-air for no reason and don’t even get me started on the word balloons. Maybe I can get a review copy of it…
Slightly more intriguing cross-medium news, Summit Entertainment, the folks who brought Twilight to the big screen, are planning to bring their super powered film Push to television. With a little help from someone who knows superheroes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is joining E1 Entertainment to develop the series. The pilot will be written by Watchmen and X-Men scribe David Hayter. “The concept behind the ‘Push’ feature film offers a broad and rich canvas on which to extend the story line and characters introduced in the feature film,” said Summit co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement. “The project is also the perfect vehicle to initiate Summit’s plans of producing programming for the global TV marketplace.”
No word as to what channel they’d vie for or which actors they’d choose. It’s doubtful they’d be able to secure Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning or Djimon Hounsou but either way I think this series has some legs. My expectations were rather low for the film which turned out to be a fun, super powered, sci-fi adventure. It could make a perfect replacement for Heroes once that show flushes itself down the toilet.
This news is equal parts dismaying and exciting. I’m still not sure which side I fall on. Fox is getting ready to develop a U.S. version of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.
How is this exciting at all? Well, Russel T. Davies and Julie Gardner are on board. And maybe, just maybe, John Barrowman will star. So says The Hollywood Reporter anyway. “As for the new show’s plot, the U.S. version will contain a global story line compared to the more localized sensibility of the first two BBC seasons,” they said. And, as if I wasn’t worried enough they’re also saying Jane Tranter, executive VP of programming and production at BBC Worldwide in the U.S., might try and reboot Doctor Who for the U.S. as well.
I like hearing Davies, Gardner and Barrowman but the only way I can see this series working is if Torchwood U.S. is really Torchwood U.S., the American branch of Torchwood. New local and characters but with references to the Cardiff office every now and then. But really, think about the content of Torchwood. Do you think for a second they’re going to let Captain Jack make-out with men on Fox? It’ll be like watching neutered Torchwood. BO-RING! And trying to make another Doctor Who is the Mt. Fuji of bad ideas. People who watch DW here in America aren’t going to go within 100 miles of it and anyone else? Well, if they were interested in DW they would have already watched the original.
I really don’t believe this is going to go anywhere much but I hate having to sit through the pain of watching it get developed, find a cast, air 3 episodes and then get canceled.

9 Responses to “Nerdy News”

  1. @LA Smith, we all can…and do!

    @T, get to it! DW is the best!!!

    @Ash, "We all speak English here. Just put the original on." Exactly! I think a big part of it is not all Americans *get* British humor and slang.

    @cathy, Oh man! I think I blocked it out.

  2. cathy says:

    Also, I'm sure we all remember Fox's mid-1990s attempt to americanize Dr Who with a resounding "blech"

  3. Ash says:

    I totally agree, I love DW and I don't need them mucking it up with an "americanized" version of it that'll just get canceled mid-season. PLUS they're trying to do it to Being Human as well. WHY?? We all speak English here. Just put the original on.

    I'm tired of fox ruining shows for me. Firefly anyone?

  4. T says:

    Hm. I'm appalled, and I haven't even watched a lot of DW. But I know I would enjoy it immensely if I just sat down to do it. American television is coming up in the world, but it still has SO far to go.

    And…Fox? Really?

    The show(s) will be canceled after 5 episodes. Anyone see what happened to Firefly? Ugh.

  5. LA Smith says:

    "Do you think for a second they're going to let Captain Jack make-out with men on Fox?"

    Oh, hell yes! Hey, I can dream, can't I?

  6. TS Hendrik says:

    There are certain things that are sacrosanct, and I'm pretty sure if America tries to touch DR. Who, we'll be at war with the British again. Bad enough when they were trying to get an American version of Spaced off the ground.

    Push could be good though if done right.

  7. Oh, the word bubbles.

    I am more than a little frightened that they're "talking" U.S. versions of Torchwood and DW. I could deal if, like you said, it was Torchwood U.S., rather than a remake. And only if it stars JB. He is Torchwood.

    I've seen the U.S. attempts at remaking Brit shows—Life on Mars, Eleventh Hour—and been sorely disappointed.

  8. Rebelcomix says:

    I'm with you on Torchwood. In fact I had the same thought about it being a spin off rather than reboot. The thing that disturbs me is that it infers that there won't be a Torchwood season 4. Capt Jack IS Torchwood. Not having him there would kill the series anyway. Whereas a US version could be created without him.

    They should probably just leave it alone.

  9. Randy says:

    Nothing good ever come from Hollywood trying to muck with a British TV series.