It’s a Strike, Jim, But Not As We Know It
Yesterday the US writers’ strike took on a Star Trek theme, reports the Associated Press , with striking writers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few," while one held a banner saying, "Beam us down some justice." Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek movie, were on the picket line, along with George Takei, there to show his support, who said, "This is really corporate greed versus the creative people."
Variety reports that Thomas Schuehly, the producer of Alexander, has bought the rights to remake Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent masterpiece Metropolis, and is currently in negotiations with a number of “top directors”. (What are the odds Gus Van Sant is waiting in line with his hand up…?) Expect an announcement in the next few months. Wonder if there’s any chance Schuehly could coax Ridley Scott out of his SF retirement?
Nicolas Cage is to star in an SF thriller called Knowing, to be directed by Alex (I, Robot) Proyas, reports Variety . Cage will play a teacher who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son's school and discovers startling predictions which have already come true as well as a prophecy that he and his son will cause the end of the world. Which is a bit more exciting than a Blue Peter badge and a packet of Space Dust. The movie begins production March 17 in Melbourne, Australia.