Well, it’s been a weird September so far.
News items from the past few months:
1) A big screen re-vamp of the sci-fi television series Quantum Leap is apparently in the works. Scott Bakula, who played the lead role of Sam, the physicist who bounced from body to body in time, confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con at a Quantum Leap retrospective panel that producer Donald P. Bellisario is at work on the script. Bakula and Dean Stockwell, who played Sam’s pal and sidekick, would have cameo appearances in a film, but not as their original t.v. series characters. The show was a sweet, funny, nicely crafted series that ran from 89-93 and still has a loyal cult following.
2) Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, after having that t.v. series used and abused by the network and summarily canceled, is returning to the small screen, but on cable this time, to the Syfy cable channel (or Siffy as we like to call it,) for an adaptation of John Cristopher’s famous SF novel The Lotus Caves, about rebel colonists on the moon who discover aliens living in caves. Pushing Daisies writer Jim Grey will be helping with the series. Let’s hope Fuller has a better time of it now. He makes great series, but then as soon as he’s developed a rabid following for them, they throw him under a bus. Syfy doesn’t have the greatest track record, but at least one hopes they’ll understand what it is he’s doing.
3) John Cusack is going to be in The Raven, a movie about Edgar Allen Poe directed by James McTeigue. In the movie, a fictional version of history, Poe is drafted to stop a serial killer. It’s not entirely clear whether Cusack will be playing Poe in the film, but it’s likely. Or he could be the killer.
4) Neil Gaiman’s legendary Sandman comic series may be adapted into a U.S. t.v. series for Warner Brothers, which is trying to get the dramatic rights (long tied up in various development hells,) from DC Comics. Gaiman would not be writing/producing it, which is hardly surprising as the man has far too much to do already. Eric Kripke, who created the show Supernatural, might be.