Variety is reporting that Boaz Yakin has been named by Warner Brothers to write and possibly direct "Conan the Barbarian," with an early 2007 production start. Yakin's concept is said to be more faithful to the Howard story than were the two Dino De Laurentiis-produced films.
Wheaton as Cosmic Boy
Comics Continuum and IMDb both report that Wil Wheaton will voice the character Cosmic Boy in the Kids WB "Legion of Superheroes" animated series. They also say that Mekt Ranzz, Lightning Lad's brother and other new characters will be mixed in with old Legion villains.
CBS Making Movies
CBS executives are about to start a competition with its onetime corporate sibling, Viacom Paramount. Les Moonves, CBS Chairman, told investors: "It's something that might be fun, as content gets used over and over again. Movie production might be an interesting business to get into if it were 'disciplined.'"
I'm Peter Parker, I'm Here, Get Used To It!
Superheroes just don't do it! But, in the latest edition of the Marvel comic "Civil War" on sale, Spiderman removes his mask to publicly reveal his identity. At a press conference called in New York's Times Square he says: "I'm proud of who I am, and I'm here right now to prove it," then unmasks himself and says in the final panel, amid flashing camera bulbs: "Any questions?" In a press release, Marvel called the revelation "arguably the most shocking event in comic book history."
World War Z
Brad Pitt's Plan B and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way have been engaged in a competitive bidding war for the upcoming zombie horror book by Max Brooks titled "World War Z." By Wednesday afternoon, Plan B/Paramount had won the movie rights. The follow up to Brooks 2003 "Zombie Survival Guide," about how to survive the supposedly impending zombie apocalypse. "World War Z" is set 10 years after a great global zombie epidemic and is a serious oral history of the zombie future told from many perspectives. Crown Publishing will put the book out in the fall.
Logo Line Up
Logo, the cable network for gay and lesbian viewers, unveiled a series development slate this week. Brian Graden, president of parent company MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment said: "We're excited to be in business with such amazing storytellers and artists and share their enthusiasm for telling gay stories authentically." Eileen Opatut, Logo executive, added "The projects represent Logo's commitment to investing in high-quality series." In addition, each production will include content for online, wireless video and portable media players.
The series projects in development include:
*"The Service," a one-hour drama that looks at the lives of enlisted LGBT men and women at a military base, where they covertly combat rising persecution under new commanders.
*"Sordid Lives: The Series," a half-hour comedy that follows an eccentric Texas family whose intertwining off-kilter lives ultimately lead to the death of the family matriarch.
*"That Gay Ghost," a half-hour sitcom pilot that centers on the members of a conservative family whose lives are changed when they discover that a gay ghost named Cosmo is living in the closet of their new home.
Logo, which launched last year, reaches about 20 million U.S. subscribers.