1) Author John Wyndham has been on my radar recently because first, a young guy on SFFWorld on getting my recommendation to read The Day of the Triffids begged me to tell him it wasn’t really about killer plants, and then my daughter, who is going to be reading Wyndham’s other novel The Chrysalids for school, was surprised to hear that Triffids was about carnivorous plants. And of course it is, which is wonderful, and it’s also about many, many interestingly rendered subjects as well as and through the symbolism of the carnivorous plants. And now, it is getting a film adaptation, after many decades of development hell, thanks to the new advances in 3D technology for special effects. The film is being produced by Michael Preger and Dan Murphy. Preger worked on the BBC television miniseries adaptation of the novel that came out in 2009, which unfortunately I haven’t gotten to see.
2) Actress Rachel Bilson will be getting a comic television series with U.S. network NBC and her old O.C. producer Josh Schwartz called Ghost Angeles, about a young woman in L.A. who can see ghosts. This will be the third female who can see ghosts show in awhile. The other two were moderately successful, and Bilson, who has shown comedy chops on guest stints on How I Met Your Mother and Chuck, should do well.
3) Also coming to t.v. — Wonder Woman. It seems that all that speculation I and others did about whether her DC Comics costume makeover would be translated to the big screen (see below) is now moot, as Warner Brothers has decided that doing a superhero feature film with a female superhero is just too risky, given that so many studios have messed it up before, and has shuffled off the project for a new reboot television series. The original Wonder Woman series starring the eerily perfect Lynda Carter did well in the late 1970’s.
This is disappointing but not surprising news. With the Superman franchise dead for the moment while they figure out the reboot plan, Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds not yet ready and untested, Superman t.v. series Smallville ending its run, and the Justice League movie appearing to be a no go, Warner’s superhero prospects are slim except for its Batman franchise. Even though kick butt females can do very well — Angelina Jolie in Salt, Milla Jovanovich in Resident Evil — Warners is unlikely to take the risk when they have other male superheroes to choose from and clearly see Wonder Woman as too old fashioned. But on t.v., she has a shot and it may well involve some variant closer to the original costume than the current comics incarnation.