Grant Morrison’s Sci-Fi Mahabharata?! Sign me up!

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Manuscript illustration of the Battle of Kurukshetra from The Mahabhrata

Oh hell yes! Lunatic comic mastermind Grant Morrison is re-imagining one of India’s greatest ancient epics, as he puts it;

“… like a psychedelic The Lord of the Rings with Star Wars technology”

My god, that’s what the term “geekstasy” was made for! How is this the first I have heard of this stunning project? Apparently this was originally planned as a comic book to be published by Virgin Comics but having since been bought out and absorbed by Liquid Comics, it has been re-conceived as 3 hour epic CGI drama! Check out the teaser over at 18-Days.com, where you can also read Mr. Morrison’s extensive notes on his vision of the tale, along with a gallery of gorgeous concept art. Feast your eyes and drink in the transcendent nerdery!

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Grant Morrison’s 18 Days is set to debut in Spring 2010!

The Beginning of Green Lantern: First Flight!

Check out the first four minutes of Green Lantern’s solo feature debut care of MTV!

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Pretty much the bare bones Hal Jordan origin story. Obviously they aren’t wasting any time getting to the outer space action! That’s just fine by me. 😉

Good to see it’s gotten a very positive review over at Ain’t it Cool!

Green Lantern: First Flight arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray July 28th!

Van Wilder Goes to Oa

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That’s right, I’m sure all you geeks know by now that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan, Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Not overjoyed but far from enraged. I still think he would have been better suited to The Flash but as long as they don’t go too goofy with it he could make a great Hal Jordan. I think we can all just breath a sigh of relief they didn’t go with Timberlake! (Nothing against the dude’s acting chops, but come on!) Just going to have to count on the vision of director Martin Campbell to make sure the film has the right tone.

Of course it remains to be seen what this spells for the planned Deadpool spinoff. As much as I’d love to see a Deadpool flick, Fox’s track record for um… ya know, not shitting on their properties ain’t so hot lately, soooo yea, I got no problem with the ol’ “merc with a mouth” taking a back seat to the Emerald Crusader.

I’m seriously fired up for this flick to get rollin’ now! Green Lantern is absolutely the greatest superhero not to have hit the big screen yet (sorry Wonder Woman). The combination of comic book superhero with sci-fi space opera? That’s geekstasy my friends.

Holy Crap This New District 9 Trailer is Awesome!!

Oh wow! Check this out and see why District 9 could be the sci-fi savior of the summer!  After the bitter disappointments of highly anticipated sci-fi behemoths like Terminator and Transformers, this sneaky little sleeper is perfectly poised to capture the hearts and minds of disillusioned nerds everywhere.

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View in HD here!

So you can make a movie with aliens and giant robots with an actual plot! I knew it!

Metropolis: Smallville the Movie??

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Caught an enticing rumor for Smallville fans on the Ain’t it Cool webpage today. Take it with a grain of salt as it comes from an unconfirmed source but reportedly they spotted a sign being prepped for next month’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation that reads:

On black, with crimson/red text in the same font lettering that Smallville uses, and a transparent grey Superman "S" watermark behind the text:

METROPOLIS

CHRISTMAS 2010

Then at the bottom is a banner advertising the Smallville presentation, with the time/place (can’t remember)

AIC reports that they are withholding for the moment further details that seem to lend this story some credence, also suggesting that this is a movie length project and not a spin-off series. Christmas 2010 makes sense for a TV movie finale, as the series is expected to conclude it’s 9th and presumably final season in May of that year. While the site poses the question whether or not this may be a big screen feature, that seems doubtful as it would most likely confuse general audiences not familiar with the show, especially with Warner’s unsure stance on the film franchise since the lukewarm reception of Superman Returns.

Despite that within the last couple seasons the show has become more of a guilty pleasure,  I would be very fired up to see this! I have a real soft spot for Smallville and it deserves one hell of a blow out send off. I’m sure fans would love Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex Luthor and see years of tension, teasing and build up finally pay off in an epic showdown with the Man of Steel, tights and flights and all!

Tom Welling as Superman fan art by Carlo Pagulayan

No Villain for Star Trek Sequel? I Vote Yes!

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Caught a bit of news today on the geektastic site io9.com that got my Vulcan ears perked up! Apparently in a recent interview with Collider, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writers behind this summer’s Trek reboot are entertaining a couple different notions in regards to the upcoming sequel, namely..

the exploration sci-fi plot where the unknown and nature itself is somehow an adversary or the villain model

I really hope they go with the former idea! I’m a fairly recent Star Trek fan and what impressed me the most with both the first film and the fourth was that there was no real villain. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good age old struggle between good and evil and all the entertaining violence that ensues as much as the next guy. I was always more of a Star Wars kinda guy after all. However, I found one of the most unique and inspiring elements that Star Trek had to offer was the notion that their adventure and struggle comes out of being challenged by something larger than themselves that they don’t understand rather than just duking it out with some madman set on revenge or galactic domination.

The purest intent of Star Trek is to stand as a shining beacon for what humanity could accomplish. Rather than a dystopian warning, it presents to us the possibilities of a vibrant golden age. So instead of continuing to espouse a universe where beings are still locked into a kill or be killed battle for survival, I think the best way to fulfill that legacy would be to inspire audiences with the thrilling and mind-blowing challenges of exploring the mysteries that lie in the fringes and frontiers of space and consciousness itself!

Now that is a future worth aspiring to!

12 Minutes of Ronald D. Moore’s Virtuality!

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Sci-Fi Mastermind Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore, the man who gave us arguably the greatest sci-fi series ever when he reinvented Battlestar Galactica is bringing a new deep space saga to the small screen with Virtuality. The 2 hour backdoor pilot is set to air this Friday, June 26th on Fox. Yes, the network that canned beloved geek TV like Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is going to torture us again by getting us hooked on a show almost certain to never be resolved. But damnit, optimist that I am, I am still going to get excited!

The potential series follows the 12 men and women aboard the Phaeton, an interstellar space-craft set on a 10 year expedition to a distant star system. To maintain sanity under such confined conditions each member is granted their own hi-tech virtual reality headset so they can escape to any environment of their choosing. However, mysterious glitches in the system begin to arouse suspicion. Particularly with the involvement of a reality TV show that is broadcasting their journey back on Earth.

Check out this new 12 minute preview!

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Ron Moore has certainly earned my utter blind faith so I jumpin’ right on board! I am really interested to see how this concept develops. I dig the juxtaposition of a tense claustrophobic space mission with the endless expanse of virtual reality. Talk about havin’ your nerd cake and eatin’ it too.

It’s going to be up to us whether this becomes a series or not so be sure to tune in this Friday the 26th and make sure Fox knows if you want more Moore!