Russell Davies never would’ve gotten away with this:
‘Doctor Who’ exec producer Steven Moffat talks Time Lord film rumors: ‘That was all some weird fantasy’ – by Clark Collis
Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has told EW that, contrary to rumors, are no current plans to turn the British sci-fi show into a movie. According to Moffat, “That was all some weird fantasy.” You’ll find a full transcript of Moffat’s thoughts on the subject below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the word with the Doctor Who film? STEVEN MOFFAT: There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.
So is David Yates not involved? I don’t think he was ever signed to it. I never signed him, so he’s not.
There’s funny, and there’s not funny. Guess what’s not funny:
This is a joke, right?
Wait, let’s put it another way: This better be a joke.
Or, to be more critic-like:
Over the years, no company has proven itself more inept at self-parody than Marvel. Here, in the first episode of its new ALL WINNERS SQUAD animated interweb series, Not-So-Mighty Marvel upholds its tradition.
…And we’d love to be able to buy it. (Or maybe a Porsche.)
Henson’s early sketches of The Muppets up for auction – by Piya Sinha-Roy
A handwritten pitch and drawings for the television pilot episode of “The Muppet Show” by creator Jim Henson are among items being sold at an upcoming sale of Hollywood memorabilia, auction house Nate D. Sanders said on Monday.
The collection of illustrations, which includes an original Polaroid of Miss Piggy and Henson’s handwritten pitch of story ideas, marks the early stages of development for the lovable characters including Kermit the Frog that have become an American pop culture staple.
“The photos and sketches showed Henson’s vision as he created one of the most popular shows of all-time,” auctioneer Nate Sanders said in a statement.
What’s that you say? This is one of the dullest announcements about what should be exciting stuff ever written? You got that right, brother. Think of all the television greatness we would have missed if Henson’s pitch had been written like this.
…TV fans know him as the creator/showrunner of LEVERAGE, but Dean Devlin also has a couple of dirty little secrets:
He and director Roland Emmerich have been trying for over a decade to bring sequels to their smash hits INDEPENDENCE DAY and STARGATE to the screen.
And, most amazing secret of all:
“Many years ago, I was actually hired to write the sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY. And I wrote a sequel. And they paid me a boatload of money to go write this thing.
And after I wrote it, I read it and I gave them back the money and I said, ‘look, this is an okay movie I just wrote. But it’s not worthy of the sequel to Independence Day.’
And I literally gave back the money. And afterwards I said, ‘You know what? I’m not even going to try anymore.’ And it was only about a year-and-a-half ago that Roland called me up and said, ‘We should try again.’”