Berry on Small Screen, Gaiman Coming to Cable, and More

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In the “hell yes” category of sci-fi/fantasy news Starz Media will take Neil Gaiman’s American Gods into a new series for the premium pay cable channel. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Flash, Green Lantern) have been tapped to adapt the screenplay.

In the “say it isn’t so” category Tina Fey will use her own production company to make a sequel to the Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

Shane Black (Iron Man 3) wants to reboot the Predator franchise and has signed on to both write and direct a new feature first introduced in 1987 with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the human the alien hunter does battle with.

In other Shane Black news; the writer/director is also heading up the screen adaptation of a big screen version of Doc Savage.

The next Star Trek film will finally leave the confines of local Federation space and catapult Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise into deep space for Starfleet’s first 5-year mission.

Paul Levinson fans can now get his book The Silk Code on the e-reader Kindle. The plot centers on one of Paul’s recurring characters, NYC forensic detective Phil D’Amato. Phil finds himself caught in an ongoing struggle that dates all the way back to the dawn of humanity on Earth–and one of his best friends is a recent casualty. Unless he can unravel the genetic puzzle of the Silk Code, he and his loved ones will soon be just as dead.

In some Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact news, The Associated Press (AP) has announced that it will soon begin using robots to write its news stories. It will use the services of a company named Automated Insights to provide the robotic writers. AP currently puts out about 300 news stories each quarter, however, with the robots it will be able to generate about 4,400 stories over the same time period. As I am reporting this I have just come to realize I could be writing about something that will make me obsolete. Damn!

Finally, in TV sci-fi news one of the biggest names in Hollywood filmmaking has set her sights on the small screen and will make her TV debut on July 9. In the new CBS sci-fi drama Extant, Academy Award winner Halle Berry plays astronaut Molly Woods who has spent the last 13-months all alone in an orbiting space station. During the routine physical upon her return to Earth it is learned that she is pregnant which leads to all kinds of questions from the space agency and particularly her scientist husband, played by ER’s Goran Visnjic because before she left for space she had been diagnosed as infertile, incapable of bearing children. The consequences of her mysterious pregnancy, the child she will bear and the first of its kind robotic child created by her husband will be the driving force behind this series and the unknown future awaiting humankind as it unfolds.

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