Friday, January 09, 2009

Where Do We Go From Here?

There was an interview conference call this week with Ron Moore and David Eick, and many bloggers have been reporting on it in bits and pieces. Here’s a bunch of nifty highlights from various sources including Cinema Blend’s full transcript of the call...

  • The BATTLESTAR GALACTICA season 4 finale will indeed be three hours long. SciFi is still working out how to air those 3 hours on their schedule. There are apparently plans to air the entire three hours all together at least once.

  • Other projects Moore is working on right now include CAPRICA, VIRTUALITY, and new drafts of the THING movie*. Moore says he’ll be “bouncing back and forth” between CAPRICA and THE THING. Both Eick and Moore both list CAPRICA as top on their current to-do list.

  • BSG: THE PLAN and CAPRICA do not have air dates planned yet, but THE PLAN is shot and is being edited now.

  • Moore had this to say about CAPRICA:
We start shooting probably in July, we're putting the writing staff together now and the crew, and just staffing up and getting ready to go. We'll start breaking stories probably in February, and maybe as soon as the end of the month depending on when all the pieces go together. We have a game plan of what the general storyline is and some directions so we're not starting completely from scratch.

... We sort of set out deliberately to set up Caprica so that you didn't have to see Battlestar. I think you could literally watch the pilot of Caprica without seeing a single frame of film from Galactica and you would get it. You could invest in that story completely on its own from there. We want it to stand as its own project.

  • From Clique Clack:
As far as the webisodes go, Moore didn't know that the webisodes were leaked. He didn't seem all that bothered by it but he was surprised. Moore said he does read some reviews online and will look at some commentary as the show's airing, to see what people have to say.

Someone asked Moore if, out of all the theories he's read out there, has anyone been right? He said there are definitely some spot-on theories, but he hasn't seen anyone who's nailed the whole thing down.

* Bloody Disgusting got a tip recently about the outline of Ron Moore’s THING script (spoiler warning)…and if you STILL haven’t seen THE THING 1982, what are you waiting for? It’s awesome, and it’s on Hulu!

[Sources: Cinema Blend, Deadbolt, Zap2It, CliqueClack, TV Guide, GeekSugar]


radii said...

why do people insist on doing remakes of perfect films when they cannot be improved upon?

case in point: Carpenter's The Thing

ProgGrrl said...

Not sure what you could possibly be complaining about. Carpenter's THING is one of the smartest, creepiest, most fun horror/scifi mashup flicks ever. Why not try to do some more?

Also, if you read the BD link, the new thing RDM is working on is a prequel, not a remake.

When there is fertile ground yet to sow... and the studio owns the property... it's hard for them to resist going back.

Anonymous said...

Hee! Not trying to be an ass but the remake comment is hilarious coming from a fan of the new BSG! ;-) There's a bunch of TOS fans that would have about several (OK, thousands) of words with you!

Anonymous said...

@beetlemier: Um yeah. Word. Pretty hilarious.

radii said...

With all due respects, the original Battlestar Galactica was notable more for its cheese factor than for its place in the pantheon of great science fiction drama (it failed to qualify on that score) ... whereas the new version of BSG simply exceeded everyone's conception of what was even possible with the source material.

The only reason to bother with Carpenter's version of The Thing is to pick it up exactly where it left off - with Childs and McCready sitting in the snow about to be freeze-dried or hybernate depending if one or both were already taken over (a terrific scene with two good actors, Keith David and Kurt Russell).

Anonymous said...

Oh, I know. I've actually never watched TOS. But from postings I've seen at SciFi boards and the like, there are a lot of people who do believe TOS was perfect and has been badly remade. All in good fun.

I've never seen "The Thing" so I guess I lose some geek cred points there! ;-)

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