Demon this. Possession that. Even the devil is overstaying his welcome at the box office lately. Maybe that's why Lionsgate has decided to hold back its latest evil-laden film, The Vatican Tapes, until February 27, 2015.
The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank). The demonic possession drama stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.
THE VATICAN TAPES follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, who accidentally cuts her finger and ends up in the emergency room. Infection leads to erratic behavior, and she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Priests examine Holmes and believe she is possessed, but when The Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.
While we don't have the preview or any clips to share just yet, several stills have arrived from "Under the Dome" Episode 2.04, "Revelation," which you can check out right here. Stay tuned for more soon!
"Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2's newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Dwayne Boyd.
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"Under the Dome" Episode 2.04 - "Revelation" (airs 7/21/14; 10-11 PM)
As conditions in Chester’s Mill worsen, Big Jim and Rebecca (Crome) consider resorting to the extreme measure of population control, which drives a wedge between Barbie and Julia. Meanwhile, clues to Melanie’s (Cox) past and her connection to the Dome are revealed.
This is a team up that should have happened a long long time ago. Any child of the eighties already made this happen with countless action figures spread across the floor of their bedroom but today IDW makes it a reality by announcing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters.” The title lacks some creativity, but who cares, this is the team up we’ve been dreaming of for thirty years.
Two teams of legendary heroes will join forces this fall to save New York City and the world from the paranormal and the monstrous when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlescross paths with the Ghostbusters! With both franchises celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, it’s never been better time to team up Proton Packs with Ninjutsu!
Transported to a different universe by a faulty invention, the TMNT find themselves in a New York City much like their own, but with one major exception: a rampant ghost problem! If that weren’t enough, the Turtles and their reluctant new hosts, the Ghostbusters, soon find that the Turtles didn’t come alone…
The crossover is written by two talentedcreators who couldn’t be better acquainted with these unique franchises — Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham. In addition to writing the ongoingTurtles series at IDW, Waltz has also served as editor for the ongoing Ghostbusters series, written by Burnham who, in turn, co-wrote the critically acclaimed series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of The Foot Clan.
“A couple of years ago, Tom Waltz and I chatted like the fans we are about how insanely fun this crossover would be if we ever got the chance to write it,” said series co-writer Erik Burnham. “As I sit here today, my excitement level is at eleven.”
“This is an idea that Erik, series editor Bobby Curnow, and I have bounced off each other for quite a while,” said series co-writer Tom Waltz. “And being as deeply entrenched in both properties as the three of us are gives us a unique perspective on how to bring them together. And what better time to do it than during the combined 30th year anniversary celebration?”
“Both Ghostbusters and Turtles are fun, funny and just a little bit weird,” said Curnow. “So putting the two together is a natural choice, especially when you consider the fact that Tom and Erik have worked on both properties for years. This one should be an absolute blast!”
Long-time Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening will take on cover and interior art duties. Currently showing off the immensity of his talents in the Ghostbusters arc “Mass Hysteria,” Schoening has proven his ability to give this special mini-series the epic scale it deserves. Issue #1 will sport a variant cover byT-Rex Jones, who has provided covers to both series at IDW.
Actively hoped for by fans for years, this epic four-issue event kicks off this October!
This should wash the taste of the new film out of our mouthes nicely.
Easily one of the worst films of the year is Dimension Films’ Vampire Academy (read my review), which was a mega-flop that took in only $7M in the States and $15M worldwide box office.
So many people saw and liked the movie that there’s an strong demand for a sequel (titled Frostbite), so much so that the official Facebook page has announced one – only if you pay for some of it.
“We are excited to announce that we have raised the majority of our funds for FROSTBITE – but there is one small catch (we told you this wouldn’t be easy)…We need proof that the fans truly want to see the franchise continue,” they explain, “And so, we will be launching a crowd funding campaign and putting the power in your hands.”
Frankly, I just wanna see more of Zoey Deutch in tight clothing.
More information is promised later this week.
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…
It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if handto- hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks…. This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…
Broadcast Thought is the collective name for a creative cabal of three forensic psychiatrists (H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.) who also happen to have a vast and unquenchable thirst for pop culture knowledge. I had a lot of fun with them at our Flashback to the Slash Pack panel at Wondercon, but now we’re beefing that presentation up and bringing it to the hallowed halls of the San Diego Comic-Con.
We’re very excited to present Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers. It all happens on Thursday, July 24th at 8PM in room 7AB. That’s a big room so help us fill it! I know a lot of you want to punch me, so here’s your shot!
Also on the panel is screenwriter Mark Swift who, along with Damian Shannon, wrote Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 installment of Friday The 13th (one of my personal favorites in the franchise). Swift cares deeply about the mythology of these characters and, as someone who has written several scripts from their point of view, will be a great addition to the evening. He was invaluable last time and can answer many of your questions about the franchise.
The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!
From the Press Release
Morena Baccarin ("Homeland," "Firefly"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of MALEVOLENT.
In MALEVOLENT a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. MALEVOLENT also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.
“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. “We’re really looking forward to delivering a unique visual horror experience for fans of gore, action, graphic novels and cinephiles of all types.”
“It’s possibly the first U.S. animated horror of its kind,” says Jim Cirile, executive producer and co-writer.
Morena Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome. Ray Wise dials his malevolence up to 10 in the role of Cyrus DeKalb, the dying wealthy, embittered industrialist who gathers his family ostensibly to discuss his estate. But what he has in mind for them is something else entirely… Bill Moseley delivers the goods for fright fans as Pavel, Cyrus’ twisted henchman who is still quite the charmer (or so he believes) despite a terrible disfiguring accident. And Dani Lennon, best known for the hit series "Bite Me" (FEARnet and Machinima), portrays the film’s heroine, Miriam, Cyrus’ beleaguered activist daughter, trying her best to cope despite the damage done by growing up with a sociopath.
Jason Axinn (Starpocalypse) directs the upcoming animated feature, which is now in production. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinema-Television and an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director.
Malevolent is anticipated for release in early 2015.
I hate epilogues. I HATE them. That’s why I giggle in joy when movies like RoboCop, Rocky and The Karate Kid end with an upper cut and a freeze frame. There’s no need for extra exposition as we don’t need to see the aftermath of Dick Jones being fired, Rocky nearly beating Apollo Creed, and Johnny getting crane-kicked in the face. We get it, audience aren’t as stupid as Hollywood seems to think they are.
With that said, I bask in this report by /Film, who talked with director Matt Reeves about an alternate ending to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In it, the movie never ends, bleeding into an epilogue that would have taken the heart and soul out of the finale, and leaked into sequel territory (like the eye-rolling ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
Reeves begins talking about receiving his shots to edit very late in the game, and deciding to recut the entry of the film, while also making a huge trim to the film’s epic conclusion.
As those shots actually finally come in and the backgrounds are in, you suddenly realize oh wait, okay, this shot should be held this long, not that long. And there was a frantic period of editing, literally in the last three weeks. Let’s do another pass on the movie. And I ended up taking out a couple sequences that I loved because I thought the movie played better without them. And we will put those somewhere on the DVD or an extended cut or something.
And what was different about the ending was that after the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships. And I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie. And almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened, of what Caesar had just achieved and what Caesar had the price that he had paid. It wasn’t letting that resonate and it wasn’t ending, the final shot with again hopefully not spoiler way, but the final shot was actually in a way the very same final shot. It was actually him on top of the Golden Gate Bridge which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance and to see this really like messed up armada way in the distance showing up like really like ships in disrepair. And it moved into his eyes as he took in the uncertain future.
Reeves talks a lot more about the epilogue over at /Film, but it’s a little filibuster-y for me.
Marvel took to The View this morning to announce an all new comic “THOR.” Little else is known other than the star of the comic won’t be the Thor we know and love, but rather a new female version. Landing this October, Jason Aaron will shepard in the newest version of the character with art from Russel Dauterman, whose been doing stellar work on “Cyclops.”
Hard to tell what’s going to happen in the Marvel universe, and we’ll cover more on this story as it develops. But it’s a safe bet to assume that Rick Remender is going to take the Thor we currently have to the cleaners in AXIS. His love for the character only means his demise.
This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?
“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”
Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This femaleTHOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.
I’m really into this. Marvel is taking some chances. Let’s hope they stick.
Originally Dracula: Year Zero, Universal Pictures has released new stills from Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, in theaters October 17, 2014.
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.
In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
It’s been 8 long years since 10,000 Days has been released and fans of progressive rock/metal giant Tool have been chomping at the bits for any new material. In fact, guitarist Adam Jones tells Rolling Stone, “The fans are pissed at us…”
But there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. What many fans assumed was simply a break for side projects has in fact been a multi-level lawsuit that has embroiled each member, taking years and costing, “…millions and millions and millions of dollars…”
What happened was that back in 2007 a friend of Jones’ claimed that he had created artwork for the group and wanted appropriate credit. He filed a lawsuit and things got complicated when an insurance company that was supposed to defend the band turned around completely and filed suit over technicalities. The band has since filed a countersuit and this has been going on for years. The case will go to trial in January, if everything goes according to plan.
Drummer Danny Carey states:
The whole thing is really depressing. The bad thing is it’s really time consuming. As we’ve gotten older and our priorities have changed, it’s hard to get the band on a good, solid schedule as it is. People have kids now. And there’s lots of other things that pop up. To throw this into the mix, it makes everything that much worse and stresses people out.
…we’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.
Meanwhile, the band has been hard at work on new music and songs are being written. It’s simply a matter of time before they can enter the studio and release a new album. For more information, click on the link above.
I had a weird thought while I was watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this weekend.
There’s a scene in which the power is regenerated and Gary Oldman’s iPad pops on. He excitedly scrolls through long lost images that he thought he’d never see again.
It made me think, if the apocalypse actually occurred, and I could only watch one movie ever again, what would it be?
Now, the game here is this: you need to act quick and tell us the first movie that popped into your mind. Clearly, it does’t have to be your favorite, and there are no wrong answers. Mine was the 1991 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, which would be that “feel good” movie I would need during such a dark and destructive time.
Yep, more footage has been found, kids. Are you ready to relive the last few moments of the lives of a group of people who were poking around where they shouldn't have been? Read on to find out if you should start planning your trip to a Dark Mountain.
From the Press Release
Somewhere deep within Arizona's Superstition Mountains lies the most famous lost gold mine in the world--the Lost Dutchman Mine. Its estimated worth is around 200 million dollars. Since the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of people have scoured the mountains in search of it, hundreds have lost their lives in the process, but not one has returned with an ounce of gold.
Legend has it the mine is cursed.
In March of 2011 three filmmakers set out to find the mine and document their entire process. They never made it out of the Superstitions. Eight months later their camera and cell phones were recovered along the western edge of LaBarge Canyon. No sign of the filmmakers themselves has been found to date. DARK MOUNTAIN is the chilling reconstruction from their footage of their last days.
A found footage thriller inspired on actual events, DARK MOUNTAIN is directed by Tara Anaïse and written by Tamara Blaich and Tara Anaïse. Producers included Tamara Blaich, Jennifer Harrington, and Megan Peterson with cinematography by Pyongson Yim and editing by Jennifer Harrington. Starring Sage Howard, Andrew Simpson, and Shelby Stehlin.
Premiering at this week’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal is The Midnight Swim, Sarah Adina Smith’s indie thriller that now has a trailer, still and festival poster.
“When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June (Lindsay Burge), a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake. Transporting its audience to a place drenched in the supernatural, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an eerie, atmospheric exploration of the inexplicable pull towards the unknown.”
The film stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, Ross Partridge, Beth Grant, Michelle Hutchinson and Shirley Venard.
Having its world premiere at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival is writer/director Sarah Adina Smith's The Midnight Swim, and we have a look at the flick's new artwork and trailer right here!
The Midnight Swim stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, and Ross Partridge.
If you're attending Fantasia, the screening is taking place Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:30 PM in DB Clarke Theatre.
When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June (Lindsay Burge), a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.
Transporting its audience to a place drenched in the supernatural, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an eerie, atmospheric exploration of the inexplicable pull towards the unknown. In her first feature, Sarah Adina Smith has created a world that is reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock, subverting the obvious genre tropes in favor of a touching tale of three women struggling to say goodbye.
Directed and written by Sarah Adina Smith, The Midnight Swim's producers are Mary Pat Bentel and Jonako Donley with executive producers Jennifer Wilson, Samuel T. Bauer, and Steve Pearson. The director of photography is Shaheen Seth, and soundscape is by Ellen Reid.
For more info visit the official The Midnight Swim website.
Giant monsters or demons causing you nothing but headaches? We feel ya! So why not call in an extremely hot chick with a big ass gun to set things straight? It only makes sense, right? Read on for your first look at Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising.
From the Press Release
Level 33 Entertainment delivers an action-packed sci-fi adventure this summer with the release of Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising on DVD and all On Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon Instant beginning on August 12, 2014.
Starring Brigitte Kingsley (Frequency), Landy Cannon (American Psycho, Catwoman), Michael Ironside (X-Men:First Class, Total Recall, Top Gun), Julia Schneider (American Pie Presents Delta House), and Angel Williams (aka Angelina Love of TNA Wrestling fame), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising will be available at an SRP of $14.99 to buy and $4.99 to rent in HD.
Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising was written and directed by Andrew Cymek (Night Cries) and produced by Brigitte Kingsley.
When the “Rising Dark Agency,” a black ops division of the government headed by Colonel Haggerd (Ironside), suspects that a sudden surge of supernatural activity and violent attacks on Earth are the work of an evil demon-god capable of destroying worlds, it must call upon the services of super soldier Summer Vale (Kingsley) to solve the mystery and prevent the coming apocalypse. But no one is prepared for who and what they find behind these attacks. <?i>
When the Dark Rises... Bring Out the Big Guns!
Ever wonder how they got Louis Del Grande’s head to explode in Scanners? While most people’s first guess would logically be “explosives,” it was actually a lot more tricky (and awesome) than that.
For their new Blu-ray release of the film, the Criterion Collection talked with photographer Mark Irwin, special effects supervisor Gary Zeller, and makeup artists Stephen Dupuis and Chris Wallas about the effect. The guys explain the difficulties in creating the now-iconic moment, saying how they made several attempts to make it look real before finally deciding to do things the old fashioned way.
Check out the video below for the whole, messy story.
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Ramones, Metallica, Radiohead, All That Remains,Theory of a Deadman, Suicide Silence, Halestorm, Motionless In White, Goatwhore, Terror, Fozzy and more. Don't touch that dial.
Tom Erdelyi, better known and loved as Tommy Ramone, lost his battle with cancer this past week at the age of 65. He was the last living original member of the legendary Ramones. Rest in peace.
Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn metal band comprised of three 8th graders, signed a $1.8 million five-album deal with Sony Music.
Radiohead will begin recording for their ninth record in September.
All That Remains have entered the studio with producer Josh Wilbur to begin recording their new album. Expect it later this year on Razor & Tie.
I attended the Mansfield, MA stop of the Warped Tour on Thursday. I caught a lot of awesome acts and had a great time. Check out my photos here.
Stream Suicide Silence's new album, You Can't Stop Me, here. It's out today via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Listen to a new He Is Legend song titled "ABRACADABRA" here. Heavy Fruit is due out August 19 via Tragic Hero Records.
Listen to a new The Haunted song titled "Cutting Teeth" here. The Swedish metal group's new album, Exit Wounds, comes out September 2 via Century Media Records.
Watch a SportsCenter commercial starring Metallica here. Pretty funny.
Watch Motionless In White's lyric video for "Reincarnate" here. It's the title track from their new album, in stores September 16 via Fearless Records.
Watch Goatwhore's music video for "Baring Teeth For Revolt" here. The track comes from their new album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless, out now on Metal Blade Records.
Watch Terror's music video for "Shot of Reality" here latest, Live By the Code, came out last year on Victory Records.
There's a punk band out of New Jersey called The Jasons that writes songs about the Friday the 13th films. Watch their clever music video for "Ki-Ki-Kill That Girl," which pays homage the Friday the 13th Nintendo game, here.
Theory of a Deadman and Fozzy have announced fall tour dates here. I guess Chris Jericho’s return to WWE will be pretty short lived.
Halestorm’s new tour dates can be found here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!
Celebrated director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Chocolat, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) returns with the tense and brutal crime thriller The Hypnotist, out on DVD September 15, 2014 in the UK through Studiocanal.
Said to be a must-see for fans of “The Killing” and Scandinavian book-to-film adaptations by authors such as Jo Nesbø (Headhunters) and Stieg Larsson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), The Hypnotist is based on the best-selling novel by Lars Kepler and features what is said to be an incredible performance from Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit) as a troubled psychologist.
“In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Mikael Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Tobias Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister, in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.”
Check out the first ever stills to go along with the box art.
Initially, I was given a video from 1989 that shows A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger lighting the Undertaker (known then as “Master of Pain”) on fire. Also in the video is Dustin Rhodes, better known as Goldust and Ricky Morton of the Rock ‘n Roll Express. Doug Gilbert is donning the Krueger mask.
Also, thanks to Adam, we have a video from 1997 with both Freddy and Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Leatherface.
Who would win in a real fight?
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress.
"The Expanse" is a thriller set two hundred years in the future. The series follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: “Thomas Jane is exactly the type of high caliber actor we hoped this project would attract. The intelligence and nuance he brings to every performance is perfect for the role of Miller.”
Said Sharon Hall, President, Alcon Television: “We knew this material would attract highly skilled actors and could not be happier about having Thomas Jane on board.”
The Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers. Fergus and Ostby are showrunners alongside fellow executive producer Naren Shankar ("CSI," "Farscape").
"The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order. Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer. Sean Daniel ("Graceland," The Mummy) and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch with Fergus and Ostby and will also executive produce.
Developed with the Sean Daniel Company as a direct-to-series project, Alcon is financing and executive producing the hour-long, 10-episode series, which is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.