ITV adapting Beowulf a s a 1 3- part series, produced by Primeval’s Tim Haines.
Charlie Higson ( above) scripting a new, 10- part Jekyll And Hyde drama, also for ITV.
Sean Bean to star as monster- hunting lawman John Marlott in The Frankenstein Chronic les f or, y ou guessed it, ITV.
Bond screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade adapting Len Deighton’s alt- history spy novel SS- GB f or B BC O ne.
Channel 4 developing half- hour comedy Spac e Ark, set aboard the titular interstellar vessel six months after the end the end of the world.
Confirmed: Man Of Steel prequel series Krypton, about Superman’s grandad, underway at Syfy. David S Goyer and FlashForward’s Ian Goldberg will write.
Cult CG animated series ReBoot getting, er, rebooted. The subtitle is The Guardian Code.
Warren Ellis’ Globa l Frequency, about a privately funded crimefighting syndicate, snapped up by Warner Bros TV.
“It’s a wrong move to take a superhero and give it psychological realism. There is no psychological realism. He’s a bodybuilder who
jumps off buildings”
Prestige a uthor Christopher P riest s hows
Christopher Nolan some tough love.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY FILMS
Guardians Of The Galaxy made me feel 12 years old. Chris Pratt was incredible, and it looked beautiful, and felt like it was written by people I’d get on with. I’m glad there’s been a resurgence of big space films. I enjoy anything with improbable space travel where you’re overwhelmed by the size of the universe. But I haven’t seen 2001, which is remiss of me.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY TV
I loved Red Dwarf and Quantum Leap to the point of obsession. All my Christmas presents were books about one of them. I was in the fan club and bought the Smegazine and for some reason loads of greetings cards, which I didn’t send, just kept. Later on I liked Sliders, which was like a low- rent Quantum Leap.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY COMICS
I was very snobby when I was a teenager about superhero comics. I went down the indie route. The exception was Alan Moore, where I’d be like “No, Watchmen is art!” I know Alan – he’s kind and a genius, and I think he’s one of the most magical men alive.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY CHARACTER
Clarisse from Fahrenheit 451 is this girl who Guy meets who is unusual to him because she’s a free thinker in a dystopian society. Her family don’t watch telly, while everyone else does, and she walks everywhere when nobody does – she’s just fucking cool. I love that book.