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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.


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.


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.


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.

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