Wednesday Link-a-Mania

Spike Lee tackles Time Travel
Spike Lee’s next film will be Time Traveler, according to Variety , but no, he hasn’t made a sudden, unexpected move into SF territory. He has acquired the rights to the book Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality, an autobiographical account of Ronald Mallett, one of the first African-Americans to earn a PhD in theoretical physics. In the book Mallett lays out the technical specs for what he envisions as a workable time machine. Blimey.

Last Call
Universal has bought the rights to Last Call, an Oni Press graphic novel by Vasilis Lolos about two kids who take a ride on a ghost train which transports souls to another dimension (sounds like most trains on Great Western…), reports Variety . The article points out that Universal seems to be having a bit of a love-in with Oni Press at the moment – this is the fourth property it’s developing based on Oni projects. One of the others is Scott Pilgrim, which Simon Pegg’s old directing buddy, Edgar Wright, is scheduled to direct.

Trek Producer is Wizard’s First Showrunner
Kenneth Biller – formerly a producer on Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville and Dark Angel – will be the showrunner on the Sam Raimi-produced TV series Wizard’s First Rule, based on the books by Terry Goodkind. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he will be joined by old Voyager associate, Michael Sussman – who was also a producer on Enterprise and Threshold – who’ll act as supervising producer. The series has been commissioned for 22 episodes.

Two-Face Sneak Peek
Don’t get too excited (you only see the back of his head) but Coming Soon has discovered a sneak peek clip of Two-Face hidden in the viral marketing for Dark Knight.

Battlestar Brings in the Viewers
The mid-season finale for Battlestar Galactica gave the US Sci Fi channel the kind of audience its ad sales guys will be having kittens over. 1.8 million tuned in (that may not sound huge but it is for Sci FI where few shows creep over the million mark) and ratings have actually been up on average over the previous season. The mid-season finale, which was also a huge hit with fans, evoked this rather sweet response from the show’s co-executive producer Jane Espenson in a letter to TV Squad.