News of the Weird: Put Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman,
Roberto Orci (whose credits include "Star Trek," "Fringe" and "Transformers")
and Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) together and I'm already intrigued. Spielberg
is teaming with Kurtzman and Orci to bring Hill's
comic book ... more "Locke & Key" to TV. The odd, creepy horror comic (now into its
fourth six-issue series) follows three kids and their alcoholic mother who live
in an old mansion where a series of keys open a lot of strange doors. There's no
word yet on network or cable involvement, but we'll be following this. (Read
Hill's latest novel, "Horns." It's good stuff.)
Keeping to the literary bent, John Cusack tweeted last Friday that he will play
Edgar Allan Poe in a film called "The Raven," in which Poe tracks a serial
killer who has kidnapped his wife during the last five days of his life.
According to Heatvision, the director will be James McTeigue, who helmed the
woefully underrated "V for Vendetta" and the just woeful "Ninja Assassin." No,
this has nothing to do with the Poe movie Sly Stallone once wanted to make (we
kid you not). Filming starts next month in Budapest and Serbia.
Indie distributor 24 Frames has picked up North American rights to Mexican
sci-fi film "Seres: Genesis." Written, produced and directed by Angel Mario
Huerta, it's expected to arrive here in late October. The plot follows the head
of a secret paranormal task force who must decipher a message delivered by a
girl that could spell the end of the human race at the hands of aliens. It's the
first of a proposed trilogy based on a graphic novel, which sounds like lots of
U.S. sci-fi movies these days, too.
So what does Damon Lindelof mean when he says that "Star Trek 2" is going to be "like 'The
Dark Knight'"? The "Lost" co-creator, now working on the script for the "Trek"
sequel, said, "We're looking at a movie like 'The Dark Knight,' which went one
step beyond 'Batman Begins.' It was really about something, and at the same time
it was a superhero movie. We don't want to abandon all the things that made the
first movie work ... but we also really want the movie to thematically
resonate." Will it be dark and gritty? Will a psychotic crew member who likes to
wear face paint terrorize the Enterprise? We'll find out in summer 2012 -- when
it goes up at the box office against "Batman 3."