Guillermo del Toro bringing his long- mooted fantasy film Carnival Row to Amazon as a series. The show will be set in a Victoriantinged city where a serial killer is preying on mystical creatures.
Sky 1 making Apocalypse Slough, a series set in the Berkshire town in the lead up to the end of the world. Rob Lowe is set for the lead.
TNT orders supernatural drama Breed, about a string of brutal murders committed by mysterious creatures, to pilot. Justin Chatwin will star as the cop on the case.
Syfy developing 51st State a bout a world where America has bought Greenland and turned it into a frontier prison colony.
Kung fu is making a comeback. NBC’s filming a pilot for female- led fantasy martial arts show Warr ior.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rupert Wyatt making 10- part sci- fi thriller ECHO Chamber for HBO.
Fox orders FRAN KENSTEIN , about a cop brought back from the dead, to pilot.
“[ Turning it down was] the worst thing that happened to me. I really
wanted to do it… I would have taken the costume home and said,
‘ Jools, let’s make love!’”
Thank Smaug Jamie Oliver wasn’t
able to cameo in The Hobbit.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY TV
Sci- fi was hugely influential for me, especially when I was young. I was a little kid when Star Trek first came out. The whole idea of a spaceship on some five- year mission gave them a lot of freedom to address any issues they wanted to, from comic stories like “The Trouble With Tribbles”, to stories that really made you think – and I really enjoyed the characters and the adventure of it. I liked The Next Generation as well.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY MOVIES
The crossover of the science fiction and fantasy of 2001: A Space Odyssey into science fact was what really turned me into who I am – that mental expansion and stretching of what might be possible. And then to have it underpinned by the race to the Moon was just an unbeatable one- two punch for convincing me what I oughta do with the rest of my life. I also thought Blade Runner was fascinating to watch, Alien and Aliens were really well told stories, and the Terminator stories were thoughtful as well. I really like Galaxy Quest, because the crossover between the fantasy and the reality is completely blended, and the people’s reactions are very human.
FAVOURITE SF/ FANTASY BOOKS
The Foundation trilogy was fascinating to read, I, Robot I found really good and Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles was such a bizarre, interesting, artistic exploration. The Bradbury family just asked me to write a new introduction to it, so that was a really interesting chance to re- read the book. His addressing the issue of what alien life might actually mean, and how we would view it through our filter of human understanding was really interesting to read, especially now, having lived in space for half a year.