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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi

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Akira Targets Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi
With his highly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in November, director Taika Waititi has just landed his next high-profile project, Warner Bros.' Akira. The director has entered negotiations to take the helm of this manga adaptation, which has languished in development hell for several years, and has never been able to get off the ground yet. This long-gestating Akira movie last made headlines back in May, when Jordan Peele turned down the project, following the success of his hit movie Get Out.

Deadline broke the news today, also revealing that the studio has always planned to make two Akira movies, each of which would cover three books apiece in the 6-volume Akira graphic novel by Katsuhiro Otomo. The last we heard about this project was that Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo has final approval over every aspect of the Akira movie, which may explain why it's taken so long to come to fruition.
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Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi In Talks to Helm Akira

It looks like the iconic manga Akira is revving back up, this time with Warner Bros. negotiating with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. Deadline Hollywood reports that Waititi is at the top of the list for the live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s 6-volume graphic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio is producing. The movie has been very high priority since Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures bought it for 7-figures from manga publisher Kodansha. Filmmakers intend to make 2 films, each covering 3 books in the series. Akira was first adapted as the classic anime in 1988.

The live-action movie has almost been made several times. Originally Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta wrote a script which originally had Ruairi Robinson attached to direct. It got closest to a start date several years ago, with Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt both competing for the lead role of Tetsuo, and were going to star alongside Garrett Hedlund,
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Comic-Con: ‘The Expanse’ Taps ‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell For Recurring Role, Unveils New Trailer

The cast and executive producers of The Expanse landed in Comic-Con to present a new trailer for the Syfy series as well as the addition of Elizabeth Mitchell as a guest star in season 3. After a shocking events of season 2, EPs Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus were joined by Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams at the confab to discuss the big twist from the finale season and what to expect from the third season…
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Comic-Con 2017: Syfy’s Panel & Screening Schedule Includes Channel Zero: No-end House, Sharknado 5, Blood Drive

Syfy will have a huge presence at this year's Comic-Con, with special screenings of Channel Zero: No-End House and Blood Drive, as well as a plethora of panels, including Sharknado 5: Global Swarming:

Press Release: New York, NY – July 5, 2017 – As Syfy celebrates its 25th anniversary and its recent brand reboot, the network is headed to San Diego Comic-Con bigger and better than ever before. In addition to 15 Syfy series panels or screenings, the network is rolling out a host of events, activations and parties designed to leave no fan behind. And Syfy will once again extend the fun to fans nationwide, with a three-night live TV event, Syfy Live From Comic-con, hosted by Zachary Levi.

“San Diego Comic-Con is the pinnacle event of the year for sci-fi enthusiasts, and as the only network dedicated to the genre 24/7, we can’t wait to celebrate in a big way,” said Alexandra Shapiro,
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Why 'The Expanse' Is the Best Sci-fi TV Show You're Not Watching

Why 'The Expanse' Is the Best Sci-fi TV Show You're Not Watching
Quick, name the last great science fiction TV show you've seen. HBO's Westworld might count, though that's almost as much western as it is sci-fi. Orphan Black and Black Mirror have some of sci-fi elements, sure, but they aren't quite representative of the genre. You may have to go all the way back to Battlestar Galactica, which went off the air in 2009, to find a show that's done for sci-fi what Game of Thrones has done for fantasy or The Walking Dead has done for horror.

But here's the thing:
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Syfy Renews The Expanse for a 13-Episode Third Season

In addition to announcing a fourth and final season of 12 Monkeys, Syfy also renewed The Expanse for a 13-episode third season that will debut in 2018.

Press Release: New York – March 16, 2017 – Syfy today announced a Season 3 pickup of The Expanse, the drama series called the “best sci-fi show on TV” by io9 and recognized for “transforming TV” by Wired. The 13-episode third season will premiere on Syfy in 2018. From Alcon Television Group, The Expanse is currently airing new Season 2 episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c on Syfy.

The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We, along with the fans, are looking forward to continuing the journey with our partners at Alcon Television Group and the series’ brilliant cast and crew.”

The Expanse unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future,
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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’

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‘The Expanse’: Why Season 2 Got ‘Game of Thrones’-Levels of Intense in ‘Home’
[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “The Expanse” Season 2, Episode 5, “Home,” below.]

If you’ve never read the books written by James S.A. Corey upon which “The Expanse” is based, then Episode 5 of the second season more than likely came as a massive shock. As a show adapted from a popular book series with serious genre roots, “The Expanse” has elicited comparisons to “Game of Thrones” before. But the series reached Red Wedding-levels of surprise with “Home,” in which Miller (Thomas Jane) bonds with the protomolecule-infected Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) to prevent the Eros station from crashing into Earth.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

It’s a surprisingly romantic sequence, dense with visual effects to capture the depths to which Julie has become bonded with the protomolecule. But the actual filming featured none of those trappings: Jane and Faivre were acting, according to executive producer Mark Fergus, in “a big empty room with just a chair.
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‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)

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‘The Expanse’: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
In the first scene of “The Expanse” Season 2, a tough-as-nails soldier in full battle armor charges across the dry Martian landscape, dodging explosions and raining down hellfire. It’s our first glimpse of Bobbie Draper, a bold new addition to Syfy’s complex sci-fi drama — who was also a make-or-break casting problem that the producers were concerned they wouldn’t be able to solve.

In fact, at the beginning of their search, “we dreaded the task of going out into the world and finding this person,” executive producer Hawk Ostly said.

Read More: ‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

The Expanse,” set 200 years in the future, is a grounded and fascinating take on what might really happen to mankind as it spreads across the solar system, based on the book series written by James S.A. Corey (a pen name for authors Daniel Abraham
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The Expanse Season 2 Review

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Adaptations live and die on two things: the quality of the parts of the source material directly adapted to screen, and the cleverness of the changes made in the transition to a new medium. In a second season that’s as thrilling as anything else currently on TV, sci-fi or otherwise, The Expanse creators Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby return with a surefooted, jaw-dropping set of sophomore season stories that are as high-quality as they are deceptively clever.

That’s the magic of The Expanse for diehard book fans (myself included): the show is loyal to the bones of Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham’s weird, wonderful, six-book-strong series of the same name, but it’s shuffling up the deck with the wit and aplomb absolutely tantamount to the creation of a great adaptation. As it stands – thanks to the four episodes sent for review,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly

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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Review: Syfy’s Boldest Gamble Continues to Pay Out Richly
A few weeks ago, Syfy released the below catch-up video for “The Expanse,” with one of the best conceits imaginable for getting new audiences interested in the sci-fi drama: the events of Season 1, as recreated by cats. (A “recat” video, if you will.)

This video does serve as a relatively basic reminder of the major plot arcs of the first season, but if you think that by watching this you’ll be able to dive into the second season as a new viewer, you probably won’t have much luck understanding what’s going on. “The Expanse” has little interest in easing viewers back into the sprawling and complicated universe it built over the course of Season 1 — because there’s simply too much story to tell.

Set 200 years in the future, when human colonization of Mars and the asteroid belt has opened up vast new resources, but created no shortage of political conflict,
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Horror Highlights: Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs, Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins, Legion, The Expanse Season 2

“The best part of waking up” is drinking a beverage in a creepy creature mug! We have six photos plus release information for these beauties from Scravis Mugs at the top of today’s Highlights. Also: Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer, interactive art initiatives for FX’s Legion, and Alamo Drafthouse premiere details for The Expanse Season 2.

Six Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs Photos: From Scravis Mugs: “We make handmade beer mugs that feature all sorts of creepy creatures – zombies, skulls, devils and other assorted creatures. No molds are ever used which makes each one of a kind.

Each is made on a pottery wheel and hand sculpted from stoneware. Once dry enough, they are painted with underglaze paints and fired in a kiln. They’re dishwasher/microwave safe.

A unique gift – and a great conversation piece for any beer lover. Prices range from 75.00 – 150.00 depending on size and detail.
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy

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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Trailer: The Sci-fi Conspiracy Series Returns for an All New Mission on Syfy
The Syfy original series “The Expanse” wrapped up its first season this past February, and now a second season will soon be upon us. Set in a future where humanity colonized the Solar System, the series follows a United Nations executive (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a police detective (Thomas Jane), a ship officer (Steven Strait) and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens the fate of their system. The series co-stars Cas Anvar (“Argo”), Dominique Tipper (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Wes Chatham (“In the Valley of Elah”), Florence Faivre (“The Following”) and Shawn Doyle (“Fargo”). Watch a trailer for the new season below.

Read More: Review: ‘The Expanse’ Season 1 Has Totally Changed the Game for Sci-Fi on TV

The series is developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, best known for contributing to the screenplays for “Children of Men,” for which they were nominated for an Oscar,
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Walton Goggins Is the Villain in Tomb Raider Reboot

Walton Goggins Is the Villain in Tomb Raider Reboot
Now that Alicia Vikander has signed on to play Lara Croft in MGM's Tomb Raider reboot, the studio has found the project's main villain. Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to join the cast as the primary bad guy, although no details about the character have been revealed. It was recently confirmed that this reboot will be based on Square Enix's 2013 video game reboot, that followed a younger Lara Croft at the age of 21, as she goes on her very first adventure.

Variety broke the news on this casting, which comes just weeks after producer Graham King revealed the first plot details. The story will follow Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft as she goes searching for her long-missing father. Director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) revealed in March that this will be an origin story, and that he wants to portray Lara Croft as a "real human being" in this reboot.
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The Expanse Season 2 Trailer Teases the Start of Galactic War

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"Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt are on the verge of war" in the official trailer for Expanse Season 2, premiering February 8th on Syfy.

Previous Press Release:new York – Dec. 31, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has renewed its critically-acclaimed series The Expanse for a second season. The 13-episode second season from Alcon Television Group is expected to air in early 2017.

"The Expanse is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.

Currently airing on Syfy Tuesdays at 10Pm Et/Pt, The Expanse has garnered strong multiplatform viewership since its December 14 debut, with 4.5 million viewers sampling the first episode on Syfy.com, On Demand and digital outlets prior to the series’ linear premiere,
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‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into The Space Colony Conspiracies

‘The Expanse’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer: Thomas Jane Dives Further Into The Space Colony Conspiracies
The first teaser for Season 2 of Syfy’s hit series “The Expanse” was revealed during Saturday’s Comic-Con panel. The trailer was shown exclusively to fans of the series in attendance, and now here is your chance to see it for yourself.

The panel was moderated by Adam Savage and included cast members Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, newcomer Frankie Adams and executive producers Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus.

Read More: ‘Orphan Black’ Prepares For The End With Two New Videos Shared At Comic-Con

The first look is filled with intense scenes as Miller (Jane) and the crew of the Rocinante continue to unravel the mystery of the alien protomolecule unleashed on Eros station.

Season 2 will pick up right after the protomolecule started its consumption on the station. Showrunner Shankur has previously told Entertainment Weekly that Miller would have a larger part in the upcoming season,
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Horror Highlights: Colony Sdcc 2016 Panel, AMC’s Geeking Out, Ghostbusters Snapchat Feature

San Diego Comic Con 2016 is almost here and the flood of cool news continues to pour in! Syfy and USA Network have announced the lineup of panels for their new and returning shows, including Colony, starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). Also: details on the Kevin Smith-hosted Geeking Out premiere episode and the Ghostbusters filters rollout on Snapchat.

USA Network's Colony Sdcc 2016 Panel Discussion Details: Press Release: "New York, NY (July 7, 2016) – Syfy and USA Network today unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con lineup, featuring an exciting series of panels and screenings with both returning and soon-to-premiere series. Stars and creatives from Syfy’s The Magicians and The Expanse and USA’s Mr. Robot and Colony and will appear at panels, while upcoming fall series Incorporated (Syfy) and Falling Water (USA) will feature exclusive pilot screenings for both shows.

Fans unable to attend Comic-Con in person
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Tomb Raider Reboot Gets Spring 2018 Release Date

Tomb Raider Reboot Gets Spring 2018 Release Date
Now that Alicia Vikander has been set to play Lara Croft in MGM and Warner Bros.' long-awaited Tomb Raider reboot, the studios have finally set a release date. Warner Bros. will release Tomb Raider on March 16, 2018, a date the studio had previously set aside for a DC Comics project, which most believed was The Flash. That project recently lost its director, Seth Grahame-Smith, who was quickly replaced by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), but the superhero movie doesn't have an official release date at this time.

The Hollywood Reporter has news of this release date, which comes just a few months after Warner Bros. made a different release date shift. Back in April, Warner Bros. pushed its Jungle Book sequel into 2018, while setting an October 6, 2017 release date for an untitled event film. There had been speculation that this slot could be used for the Tomb Raider reboot, which, at the time,
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Tomb Raiding: Rebooting Lara and Where She May Plunder Next

Tony Black on the new Tomb Raider movie reboot…

It’s been a seriously long time coming but, at last, we have a new Lara Croft. Despite Daisy Ridley aggressively campaigning in recent weeks for the part, recent Oscar winner and hot property Alicia Vikander will now be headlining the long-gestated Tomb Raider reboot. It’s potentially superb casting, taking a celebrated actress who very much looks the part, capable of a cut glass English accent, who could revitalise what already should have been one of the biggest and best action adventure franchises out there, were it not for two underwhelming movies that have barely lingered in the memory. Angelina Jolie actually deserved better as Lady Croft, an iconic actress in a legendary role who was saddled with average directors, scripts and plotlines in original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and later The Cradle of Life. Vikander, we can hope, will
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Alicia Vikander Is Lara Croft in Tomb Raider Reboot

Alicia Vikander Is Lara Croft in Tomb Raider Reboot
Warner Bros. has found its new Lara Croft! Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star Daisy Ridley confirmed that she had engaged in discussions with Warner Bros., MGM and Gk Films to star as Lara Croft in their highly-anticipated Tomb Raider reboot. We never heard anything official about the actress' casting, but, at the time, we also hadn't heard about any other actresses who were in the running for the coveted role. Today, it was announced that it's not Daisy Ridley who landed the role, but Ex Machina and The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander who will play the iconic video game adventurer.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the actress has signed on to this reboot, which will focus on a much younger Lara Croft. We reported last month that this reboot will serve as an origin story for Lara, with the screenplay being adapted from the
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'Tomb Raider' Reboot Coming in Fall 2017?

'Tomb Raider' Reboot Coming in Fall 2017?
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. pushed their highly-anticipated The Jungle Book: Origins out of its October 6, 2017 release date, moving it up by over one full year to October 19, 2018. The studio moved an "untitled event film" in the October 6, 2017 slot, but no details were given for the project that was replacing The Jungle Book: Origins. Today we have a new report from Heroic Hollywood, which claims that the movie set for release next October is their Tomb Raider reboot.

The site reports that, one month ago today, Warner Bros. registered the domain TheTombRaiderMovie.com. We also reported last month that Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star Daisy Ridley is being eyed to star as Lara Croft. The actress later confirmed that she has been in discussions to play this iconic video game character, but it isn't known if her deal has been finalized or not.

The actress is currently shooting
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