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Old November 18 2011, 03:16 AM   #196
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Amc developing scifi!?

Amc has a show in development:

AMC is developing a new sci-fi drama with Battlestar Galactica's David Eick.

Thunderstruck will focus on the impact of an alien visitation on the citizens of Great Falls, Montana.

Eick will executive produce the project, alongside The Exorcism of Emily Rose writers Paul Boardman and Scott Derrickson.



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Back in March, it was reported that the cable network was developing another sci-fi series, Torchwood scribe John Shiban's alien drama The Voyage.

http://m.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a351...derstruck.html
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Old November 18 2011, 04:51 AM   #197
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Re: Amc developing scifi!?

merged thread?
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Old November 18 2011, 09:35 PM   #198
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Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

The Voyage is so similar to Thunderstruck that I doubt AMC would pick up both. I'd heard months ago that The Voyage was being reworked, and at first I thought Thunderstruck was the same project, but the creative team is different. Maybe AMC gave up hope on the first project shaping up and picked up a very similar one that impressed them more, or handed the project off to a new team?

The Incredible Hulk and Inhuman are now on the ever-more-gargantuan list (although I can't find any description of the latter). How many shows is ABC going to develop anyway? At this rate, they could fill all the broadcast networks and part of cable as well.
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Old November 18 2011, 11:52 PM   #199
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Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

A new Hulk TV show? That's interesting....
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Old November 19 2011, 01:11 AM   #200
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A new Hulk TV show? That's interesting....
Even more interesting, it's a Hulk TV show from Guillermo Del Toro, the director of the Hellboy movies and Pan's Labyrinth.
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Old November 19 2011, 10:42 AM   #201
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Not a remake of the Bill Bixby version then.
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Old November 19 2011, 02:42 PM   #202
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Not a remake of the Bill Bixby version then.
No, it'll be closer to the comics, and focus on the Bruce/Betty relationship and the "early days" of the Hulk's existence. But I think any mass-media adaptation of the Hulk these days is going to be influenced by the Bixby series. Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk was influenced by it and quoted the famous "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" line and the "Lonely Man" musical theme. And reportedly the version of Bruce Banner in Whedon's The Avengers is even more influenced by Bixby's version than what we got in previous films, in that he's focused on helping people rather than just curing himself.

It's fascinating to me that so many Hulk fans these days are fans of the TV show as well as the comics, given that the show was as far from the comics as its creator could possibly make it. It really gives the lie to the assumption of modern fans that any adaptation that isn't slavishly accurate can't be any good. The Incredible Hulk proved that you can change everything except the most basic defining elements -- even the character's name -- and still produce something good and worthwhile. (At least, if what you put in their place is good in its own right. No denying that there are plenty of unfaithful adaptations that failed.)
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Old November 19 2011, 02:47 PM   #203
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Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

This is what Del Toro had to say about "Hulk" back in August.

http://television.cosmicbooknews.com...related-movies
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Old November 19 2011, 02:50 PM   #204
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The power of the high concept. The trope being creating something that controls you kinda thing on the run from it but that could be expressed better to peak my interest other than a super strength gene. I don't watch tv anymore because of a lack of originality.
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Old November 19 2011, 09:57 PM   #205
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The power of the high concept. The trope being creating something that controls you kinda thing on the run from it but that could be expressed better to peak my interest other than a super strength gene. I don't watch tv anymore because of a lack of originality.
You are right, there is a total lack of originality in the genre at the moment. I am sick to death of zombies, vampires and quirky series set in small town America.
I think that now every series concept has been done to death.
The last original genre stuff was Carnivale and the movie Inception
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Old November 19 2011, 10:12 PM   #206
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You are right, there is a total lack of originality in the genre at the moment.
Since you mentioned vampires, I assume by "genre" you include fantasy-horror, in which case, check out American Horror Story. It's not wholly original of course (what is?) and I won't actually claim that the writing is good per se, it's more like just a string of tawdry gimmicks being thrown at us in rapid-fire fashion, but it's the most entertaining train wreck I've seen in a long time. And the cast, at least, is excellent.
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Old November 19 2011, 10:14 PM   #207
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Source Code was gutsy in its originality.
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Old November 20 2011, 12:46 AM   #208
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You are right, there is a total lack of originality in the genre at the moment. I am sick to death of zombies, vampires and quirky series set in small town America.
Er, there's exactly one zombie show on tv these days. Two if you count Death Valley on MTV which is barely on anybody's radar.

And there's only two vampire series: True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. (And, okay, Death Valley again.)

That doesn't seem terribly excessive to me.
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Old November 20 2011, 02:26 AM   #209
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But there have been more vampire series than that in the last few years. Moonlight and Being Human (and you can almost count this twice) among others.
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Old November 20 2011, 02:27 AM   #210
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Vampires suck.
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