I t’s p ilot s eason a nd that can mean only one thing – loads of new shows to look forward to this autumn! The list of newly confirmed series include: Arrow/ Flash spin- off DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow; Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist; film adaptation Minority Report; Lucifer, a police procedural based on the character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and starring Miranda’s Tom Ellis; Limitl ess, a TV sequel to the Bradley Cooper film; comedy AngelF rom Hell ; Frankenstein Co de, starring Rob Kazinsky as a modern- day Frank; an adaptation of classic videogame Myst on Hulu; a Ro bocop webseries on Machinima which will be filmed from RoboCop’s perspective; a new series featuring The Muppets; fairytale show Emeral d City, which almost made it to series last year; Co rdon from The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec about a city put into quarantine after a deadly viral outbreak; and a twohour Rocky Horror picture sho w TV movie. Phew!
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“I desperately wanted to do a Batman film – who doesn’t? And I wanted to do Wonder Woman. I was a Marvel kid growing up, but I was always DC- curious.”
DC would be wise to hire Joss Whedon sharpish.
Favourite SF/ fantasy Film
Probably Alien. That was the movie that made me want to be a filmmaker. Actually, I was well on my way to becoming a psychiatrist. I was taking an experimental psychology class, and my [ proposed] experiment was “Do you get more out of a movie if you understand the psychological subtext to it or do you get more out of being a popcorn viewer?” I had a focus group seeing Alien, just as a popcorn experience. Then another group seeing it with detailed pictures of how the monster has a penis head and Mother betrays her children and there’s fallopian tubes as spaceships and vagina walls as doors. My instructor was like, “What are you doing here? You need to go to film school.”
Favourite SF/ fantasy TV
Probably one of my all- time favourite TV shows was The Munsters. It was my introduction to the Universal Monsters. I saw it when I was like three or four years old, going, “Who are these people?” Then I saw what they were inspired by, and it changed the way I looked at movies.
Favourite SF/ fantasy Book
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I would kill to make a movie of it. It’s a fantastic story, which, at its heart, has a family of freaks who care very much about each other and also celebrate how different they are from one another.
Favourite SF/ fantasy Hero
As a kid I loved Wonder Woman and I loved Aquaman. If I had an opportunity to write a DC movie, I would write either a Wonder Woman or an Aquaman movie. That would be a blast. Believe me, [ Warner Brothers] knows that I want to do it!