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Galaxy Quest Show Announcement Was Leaked Says Simon Pegg

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Star Trek actor Simon Pegg is reportedly developing a new Galaxy Quest series but claims that the announcement was leaked and is remaining discreet.

Simon Pegg admits that a leak spoke about the announcement of his Galaxy Quest series. The titular film came out in 1999 as an affectionate parody of Star Trek but didn’t impact the box office like DreamWorks hoped it would. Over 20 years since it hit theaters, Galaxy Quest has gained a cult following and is more culturally relevant than ever. The sci-fi comedy, which starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell, saw a cast of actors entangled in a real-life intergalactic adventure that involved aliens and space warlords.

Despite a novelization following the movie’s release in 1999 and several comic book tie-ins, a film or television sequel for Galaxy Quest has never come to fruition. According to Allen, work began on a feature film sequel in 2014 and is nearing completion, but the development of a television series has been far more chaotic. It began as a co-production between Paramount and Amazon Studios, but a reorganization of management at Paramount in 2018 put the series on hold. Weaver later claimed the Galaxy Quest series was still in development, but now Pegg is reportedly developing his version of a Galaxy Quest show.

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Screen Rant asked the Star Trek actor about his involvement with the series and what it entails, but there isn’t much to share just yet. “It’s just sort of talking at the moment,” says Pegg, but acknowledges the growth in popularity of the film and how fun it would be to develop a follow-up series. Later, he admits that the announcement “was something that leaked, and it’s a little premature to be talking about it in any terms.” Read the discussion about Pegg’s role in the series below:

Talking about people who grew up with Ice Age, something that I grew up with was Galaxy Quest. I heard the news that you were developing a Galaxy Quest series. What does that entail? I’m so excited for that.

Simon Pegg: It’s just sort of talking at the moment. It’s a discussion. It would be, I think, foolish to call it anything more than that right now.

But that’s such a great movie. It’s one of those films that I think has endured because it’s just such a high-quality film. And even though it didn’t make a huge splash on its arrival, it’s more present today culturally than every movie that came out that year probably. So, who knows? That would be fun to do.

Are you thinking original cast members? New cast?

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Simon Pegg: I don’t know. I don’t know. Honestly, it was something that leaked, and it’s a little premature to be talking about it in any terms.

 

Unfortunately, his tight-lipped answers don’t provide much confidence that a Galaxy Quest series is any more likely to see a wide release now than before, or whether or not his rendition is in any way related to the Paramount/Amazon project. Still, the news is proof that interest in developing the series is still very much alive, and Pegg would be the perfect person to propel the process as somebody who’s been directly involved with the Star Trek revival. He is supposedly working alongside Georgia Pritchett, who’s written for Veep, The Shrink Next Door, and other successful TV comedies. The fact that a leak announced his involvement is less surprising than the role itself, as leaks have plagued entertainment industry content for the past few years.


The problem with the leak is that Pegg could very well be working on a revival series but is so early on in pre-production that it means nothing yet. Like the Paramount series, his project could falter or be put to rest before it’s officially in development. One of the biggest obstacles to date has been how to address the late Rickman’s character, Alexander Dane. Pegg, however, is one of Hollywood’s busiest comedians, and the Galaxy Quest series could receive the green light sooner rather than later. There is also the possibility that he is keeping the real progress under wraps, and his series is further along than he lets on. Until more information about the project is shared, Pegg will be in The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, which is streaming on Disney+ on January 28, 2022.

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More: Why Galaxy Quest Was The Perfect Star Trek Parody


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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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