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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

D avid Lynch b ack o n board Show­time’s Twin Peaks. Re­ports say the sea­son could now run to 18 episodes, and that Lynch will di­rect ev­ery ep. Damn fine news!

Ge­orge A Romero’s Em­pire Of The Dead comic head­ing to TV with Romero and Peter Grunwald on script duty.

K ieron G illen a nd J amie McKelvie’s heav­enly comic se­ries The Wicked + The Di­vine be­ing de­vel­oped for the small screen by Matt Frac­tion and Kelly Sue DeCon­nick’s pro­duc­tion com­pany Milk­fed Crim­i­nal Mas­ter­minds. Uni­ver­sal TV have al­ready snapped up the rights.

Ben 10 stu­dio bring­ing cannon- armed videogame char­ac­ter Mega Man t o T V i n 2 017 as a 26- episode an­i­mated se­ries – just in time for his 30th an­niver­sary.

Dis­ney mu­si­cal Tan­gled h ead­ing t o T V as a 2D an­i­ma­tion. Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore re­turn to voice Flynn Rider and Ra­pun­zel.

Quan­tum Of So­lace di­rec­tor Marc Forster’s un­ti­tled out­break drama re­ceives 10- episode se­ries or­der from NBC.

Con­tin­ued on p19.

“Could I do it? Ab­sof** king- lutely. Would I do it? Abso- f** king- lutely… But it’d be very, very dif­fer­ent if I did it.”

James Bond could go full hard man if

Jason Statham has his way.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy film

I love John Car­pen­ter’s The Thing. I think it’s the last great gasp of hands- on model mak­ing in the genre be­fore CGI. And be­cause I’m so anti- CGI I’m pre­pared to for­give any lit­tle lapses in it, just be­cause of the sheer imag­i­na­tion that went in to cre­at­ing the ef­fects. I’ve read the book too, but the book is ter­ri­ble and me­an­der­ing, and Camp­bell wasn’t a very good writer. But a lot of the stuff that I love about the film, the blood test, is there al­ready in Camp­bell, and in that way it’s very pre­scient.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy TV

Doc­tor Who, with­out a shadow of a doubt. If I could get one TV writ­ing gig it would be to write for Doc­tor Who. As for which Doc­tor, it’s Tom Baker for me. He was the Doc­tor even when he wasn’t the Doc­tor. Even on the street he was the Doc­tor; he was ec­cen­tric, he was bo­hemian – he didn’t even have to try ter­ri­bly hard to be the Doc­tor.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy book

My favourite writer is John Wyn­d­ham and my favourite book of his is prob­a­bly The Chrysalids. When I first got an adult li­brary ticket the first books I took out were HG Wells’ War Of The Worlds and John Wyn­d­ham – I went look­ing for Wyn­d­ham. I just think that in a way he was so un- English, and he was so imag­i­na­tive.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy guilty plea­sure

I shelled out on the boxset of Space: 1999, and I re­mem­ber be­ing ter­ri­fied by this episode when they found this ship con­tain­ing a crea­ture that would pull peo­ple in, a ten­ta­cled thing. But when I watched it again it was re­ally crap!

John clearly has good taste in mag­a­zines.

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