MTV interviewed Jason Momoa about CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and the actor confirmed that the new film does contain an origin story.
“It’s rebuilding and rebooting the franchise…It starts with his birth, what happened to his family, what happened to his father—obviously his father is killed—and him going into the pirating and the thieving and wandering and being the degenerate that he is and then usurping a throne and finding out who killed his father.
It’s a revenge story, with a little bit a love in there.”
STARGATE UNIVERSE moves to Mondays 9:00 PM ET/PT on SyFY as it goes through its remaining episodes.
In Common Descent: “Destiny comes upon a colony where the people claim their civilization was founded two thousand years earlier… by Destiny’s crew.”
Directed by Peter DeLuise, written by Robert C. Cooper. Gateworld.net reports that SGU writer & executive Brad Wright announced at Creation Entertainment’s STARGATE convention this weekend that the hoped-for STARGATE UNIVERSE movie to wrap up the series is dead.
“We just recently found out that the SGU movie is not going to happen. It took too long. We just couldn’t get it together in time, and the window has closed. It’s actually sad for me, because after 17 years, I’m cleaning out my desk tomorrow morning”.
Wright also told the audience that plans for STARGATE: SG-1 and STARGATE ALTANTIS movies have been abandoned.
Is the a permanent end of STARGATE adventures? Brad Wright held out some hope.
“It’s a franchise. STARGATE is not over. Somebody smart from MGM is going to figure it out, and something will happen.”
Lionsgate announced that CONAN will be released August 19th, 2011, in standard and 3-D versions.
Marcus Nispel directs the Nu Image film from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp sword & sorcery tales of Conan The Barbarian.
Jason Momoa (STARGATE ATLANTIS) stars as the Cimmerian adventurer, along with Rose McGowen (CHARMED), Steven Lang (AVATAR), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Katarzyna Wolejnio, and Rachel Nichols (ALIAS, STAR TREK).
Steven Lang (AVATAR), who plays the warlord Khalar Singh in Lionsgate / Millenium Flim’s CONAN, told MTV that the new film will feature the supernatural as well as action.
“If you read Robert Howard — of course the ‘Conan’ stories and novellas — magic, (the) supernatural plays a huge, huge part in them: fakirs and magicians and wizards all over the place… So magic is part of that world. The magic in this film, there’s a lot of it and there’s a lot of action-magic as well, a lot of magical fighting.”
His own character’s fights will demonstrate swordmanship, rather than sorcery, however.
“My fighting is not magical… My fighting is just brutal.”
CONAN stars STARGATE: ATLANTIS’s Jason Momoa in the title role.
Marcus Nispel directs from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Sean Hood , and Joshua Oppenheimer.
No specific release date has been set, though it’s expected to premiere in 2011. Note: A commerical message may play first in this video clip, courtesy of MTV.
Looks like SyFy and MGM Television have ironed out the details for a STARGATE: UNIVERSE — STARGATE: ATLANTIS crossover.
Producer/writer Joseph Mallozzi’s Blog reveals the following:
With word from producer John G. Lenic that the deals have been closed on those ATLANTIS alums, we can now move forward on the script, secure in the knowledge that both extra-special guest stars will actually be on hand to say the dialogue written for specifically for them. Great news for fans of the old series.
There was a reluctance to move ahead with an SGA crossover, particularly on my part, because the feeling was it would step on the timing of the SGA movie, STARGATE: EXTINCTION, the events of which directly proceed the Atlantis series finale, Enemy at the Gate.
But given the delay on the movie front and the ideal premise pitched out by Remi Aubuchon and Brad Wright, it was decided to go ahead with the crossover.
Not a big deal, but it will require some changes to the STARGATE: EXTINCTION timeline which, in turn, will beg a host of questions, some of which will be answered in episode #15, some of which won’t…at least not right away:
1) Where the hell is Atlantis? When last we saw our fair city, it was parked in the waters of San Francisco.
Of course, logic would dictate it couldn’t sit there for very long without rousing some suspicion or, at the very least, creating some inconvenience for boaters.
Read the rest of Mallozzi’s humorous observations about the crossover at the link above.