May 21st, 2008


Hollywood Squeezes Blood from Stone, Squeezes Some More

Summit Entertainment is developing a reboot movie of 1986's SF cult hit Highlander, with Iron Man co-writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway on board to pen the reimagining, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings battling among humans, hunting down one another and collecting more power. The film went out to spur several sequels and TV series, as well as games, books and other spinoffs.

What, they haven't milked this one dry yet? Two live action spinoff TV series, one Saturday morning cartoon, and I've lost count of how many movie sequels there have been -- Four? Five? And if I recall, each sequel picked up from the original film, acting as though the previous sequels never happened, a power I wish I possessed after having suffered through them all.

"Hey," I can hear the Summit Entertainment execs saying during their weekly coke-and-hookers lunch, "remember that weird little movie that didn't do well at the box office but was completely strip-mined anyway with all those pointless sequels and TV shows, to the point where nobody cared anymore and the very word highlander became a kind of geeky inside joke? Can we bring that back?"

The silver lining? Maybe they'll get someone better than Christopher Lambert to play the role. Lambert is easily one of the worst actors of our time. And maybe this time they'll have the bad guy listen to music that actually makes sense for his character, instead of, you know, Queen. Still, I'd rather they just let it go.

Monster Planet



Tonight I went to the Fantastic Fiction (check out their spiffy new website!) reading at the KGB Bar to hear squirrel_monkey and Jack O'Connell. It was great to finally be able to put a face to squirrel_monkey's name. And Jack O'Connell -- wow! He read from his latest novel, The Resurrectionist, and it blew me away. pgtremblay has been trying to get me to read O'Connell for years now, and I finally see why. Amazing stuff! ellen_datlow tells me his earlier novels might all be out of print now, but I'm sure it won't be too hard for me to track them down via secondhand sellers on the Internet once I have some book-buying money again.

I brought my copy of The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy for ellen_datlow and Rick Bowes to sign. Sometimes even I am an enormous dork. Okay, maybe more than sometimes.

lupa and livia_llewellyn both swore they were going to come to the reading too, but neither did. Liars, the both of them! Filthy, filthy liars!

And of course dinner afterward at Grand Sichuan on St. Mark's. Man, I love that place.

Hooray KGB night!