That Hulk TV series could smash onto ABC’s schedule by next year

The Hulk still on the path for ABC TVBy Trent Moore, Source: Blastr.com

When ABC’s fall schedule was announced, there was one oft-rumored project that was conspicuously absent: The small-screen reboot of Marvel’s The Hulk, with none other than Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) attached to produce. Well, we’re happy to report that Bruce Banner’s latest adventure ain’t dead yet.

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee told The Hollywood Reporter that he still wants to “see some Marvel projects come to television.” When pressed about the Hulk project, Lee noted that it’s definitely still coming—and could come smashing into living rooms by next fall. Continue reading

If The River is a hit, could it take a page from American Horror Story?

The River might be mimicing American Horror Story or is it?By Trent Moore, Source: Blastr.com

It’s been a slow build for ABC’s new midseason horror series, The River, but the people behind it are already working up plans for future seasons. If creator Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) is to be believed, the show could feature a different location and storyline each year – a structure popularized recently by FX’s hit American Horror Story.

But, Peli told The Hollywood Reporter that has been an option ever since the show’s genesis several years ago, stemming from a conversation with Paranormal Activity writer Michael Perry, who also has a hand in The River. Continue reading

Fables creator sounds off on Once Upon A Time’s ‘similarities’

Fables writer talks about 'Once Upon A Time'By Marc Bernardin, Source: Blastr.com

Ever since ABC’s Once Upon a Time premiered earlier this fall, sharp-eyed viewers have notice that it bears a rather striking resemblance to the long-running, fairy-tale-centric Vertigo comic Fables, which was optioned by ABC a few years back. Now, Fables’ creator Bill Willingham gives us his take on how the two relate.

Willingham wrote something of an essay over the weekend in which he interviewed himself about his comic and Adam Horowitz and Ed Kitsis’ hit show. You should head over to Comic Book Resources to read the entire piece—it’s a pretty well-reasoned take on idea generation and how, in Hollywood, not everything is as malicious as it might seem—but here are some of the highlights:

“Our fantastic literature is rife with ‘they’ve been hiding amongst us all along’ scenarios. There were plenty of such tales long before Fables came along. There will be scads of them long after Once has aired its final episode and Fables shipped its final issue. If you start with the notion of fairy tale characters still alive in the modern world, the next step of placing them in a secret community seems almost axiomatic.”

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CONFIRMED: New Marvel TV series to take place in Avengers universe

AKA Jessica Jones will take place in the Avengers UniverseBy Marc Bernardin, Source: Blastr.com

ABC is getting into the Marvel business in a big way, and one of the series they’re developing—alongside Guillermo del Toro’s Hulk—is A.K.A. Jessica Jones, based on Brian Michael Bendis’ stunning Alias. And it’ll take place firmly within the universe established by Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

In the comics from Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones was a retired superhero who opened her own private investigation firm and worked cases that brought her back into contact with the world she left behind. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (the Twilight saga, Dexter) has been working on Jessica Jones for a while, and she revealed that her vision for the series would sit smack dab in the middle of Marvel’s cinematic universe:

“As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we’re definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I’m going to pull everything in from there that I can use.”

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Why the guys behind Lost are taking on fairytales in Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time is Upon Us :-)By Kathie Huddleston, Source: Blastr.com

Once upon a time, two producers named Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz worked on a spectacular epic tale called Lost for ABC. Well, believe it or not, those guys have moved on to the world of classic fairytales with their new ABC series, Once Upon a Time, which features Snow White, Prince Charming and Rumplestiltskin. Only it’s not your average fairytale.

“For me and Adam… Lost was such an amazing experience for us. We learned so much and it was such a rewarding creative experience that if we’re going to do our own show and do TV and work this hard, it has to be something that we feel really passionate about and something unique and something original,” said Kitsis during an exclusive interview with Horowitz. “We weren’t interested in just doing she’s a young D.A. balancing her life and trying criminal cases. We don’t know if this show will go past 13 episodes. So for us, our operating principal is let’s make it 13 that we love and even if it doesn’t work out we walk away happy with everything we did.”

Their unique tale explores what happens when the modern world and the world of fairy tales collide. In Once Upon a Time, a 28-year-old bail bonds collector named Emma Swan finds herself returning young runaway Henry, a 10-year-old boy she gave up for adoption, to the town of Storybrook. Henry believes that Emma and everyone in the town comes from an alternate world, a fairytale land, that thanks to a curse by the Evil Queen is now trapped forever in time. The characters have been brought into our world with no knowledge of who they really are. The series, which premieres Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma, Jared Gilmore as Henry, Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin. Continue reading

Will Jon Favreau + Roberto Orci + Seth Green = a new X-Files?

Can we on the edge of something Great??By Matthew Jackson, Source: Blastr.com

The director of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens, the co-creator of Fringe and the co-creator of Robot Chicken assembled together for one project. It sounds like an unlikely superhero team-up, but news broke today that the trio is working on a new sci-fi pilot for ABC, set in the White House. Is this the next big government conspiracy show?

This sci-fi dream team (which also includes X2 co-writer Michael Dougherty and Orci’s writing and producing partner Alex Kurtzman) has come together to produce Ex-Comm, a series focusing on a new president and his elite executive committee (“ex-comm”) of advisors that focus on strange happenings and “conspiracy theory truths” throughout America. If it sounds like The X-Files meets The West Wing, that’s exactly what they want you to think. The idea is to create a sci-fi drama with a sense of humor that blends sci-fi and supernatural suspense with political intrigue. Continue reading

ABC kills V, picks up Once Upon a Time and The River

Sorry V Fans, It's OverBummer! Guess we’re never going to know how V’s dramatic cliffhanger—in which Anna blissed out the human race—is going to turn out. In a flurry of programming activity, ABC canceled V, but picked up modern fairy tale Once Upon a Time and The River for their 2011-2012 television season.

In Once Upon a Time, House’s Jennifer Morrison stars as Emma, a woman with a troubled past, who is drawn to a small Maine town called Storybrooke by the son she gave up years before. Her son, Henry, is 10-years-old and believes in fairytales. In fact, he believes his mother is the missing daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, and that she was sent away to an alternate world to protect her from the Evil Queen. As Emma begins to investigate Storybrook, she discovers that the world of fairytales and modern day are about to collide. Lost’s Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis created the series, which also stars Stargate Universe’s Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin.

As for the other genre pickup, The River, it’s not often you get something a major network is willing to bill as a horror story. In the series, when a TV explorer (Star Trek’s Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon with his crew, his wife and son set off down the enormous river in a vessel called The Magus to find out what happened to him. However, in their search for answers they discover a place where powerful magic is as real as science. 24’s Leslie Hope and The Dresden Files’ Paul Blackthorne also star in this series from the creators of Paranormal Activity, DreamWorks and Michael Green (Kings).

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Guillermo Del Toro And David Eick To Create New ‘Hulk’ TV Series For ABC And Marvel

Hey Kids Look Who's Coming Back!!

As part of Marvel’s big push onto the small screen, the Hellboy director and the Battlestar Galactica producer are teaming up to bring the Not-So-Jolly Green Giant to ABC in the fall of 2012.

This new Hulk series will be likely be an origin story, featuring an energized, twentysomething Bruce Banner. And while the various movie Hulks were entirely CGI beasts, the series will use a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI to realize Banner’s alter ago, the design of which will be overseen by Del Toro. The two men will develop the pilot episode’s story together, with Eick doing the scripting and Del Toro directing—if he’s free from his other 94 commitments.

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