§ While some are doubtless rejoicing over HUMAN TARGET getting the pick up from FOX, another comics-related pilot didn’t make it all the way, as io9 reports that No Heroics wasn’t picked up. Originally a satirical Britcom created by Drew Pearce, the show featured third-string superheroes with problems and the bar they frequented. Pearce has a postmortem:
I don’t actually think anything went wrong as such. I will say that it’s probably not the best year to do a massive, cool, edgy, expensive single-camera genre-based network-comedy without huge starpower on a major American network. Kind of obvious, but true.
Sad. Meanwhile, desperate networks scramble for any way to get more advertising for their dying shows, even tying in ads with the content. As Laura Hudson shows No Heroics would have been tailor-made for product placement, at least where in-jokes are concerned.
§ Geoff Boucher breaks the incredible news that the original crew is back for GHOSTBUSTERS 3, as Dan Aykroyd, aka Raymond Stanz, says holdout Bill Murray is on board.
Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists — Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Murray’s presence was the pivot point in making a third film happen. He holds a one-fifth controlling interest in the property rights and has been seen as the most reluctant to return to the paranormal comedy. Aykroyd said that is true but that it’s more nuanced than the public portrayal of the situation.
“I don’t put not making the third movie on Billy. We can’t do that. I’ve been very busy. Harold’s been busy, Ivan’s been busy. And a third script really didn’t coalesce properly. And Billy, you can’t blame an artist for not wanting to do the same thing again. He did two of them, for God’s sake. Although I’m the biggest cheerleader as the originator of the concept but I’ve never begrudged Billy not doing a third movie. I never said he held it up or that he refused. Hey, listen, he’s an artist. You can’t force somebody into it. I’m sorry he never read my third draft because I thought it was pretty good but, look, now we’re at a point that there’s a story that he can accept and that’s going to work, and I think we’re going to be in production fairly soon. We could be in production by winter.”
We’re as psyched by this news as anyone — GHOSTBUSTERS 1 was one of our most favoritest movies of our youth and showcased NYC in a vibrant ’80s mode that was accurate but not campy. HOWEVER….given that the entire cast (save Weaver) has, um, expanded tremendously (and understandably) with time, fitting into those jumpsuits is going to be quite a challenge, and may conjure visions of Hurley as a Dharma. Also, how many variations on the “I’m getting too old for this shit?” line will we have to hear?
§ Hayden Christiansen will play Mandrake the Magician in a new movie, and Djimon Hounsou will help him out, while Mimi Leder directs. Mandrake originated in a comic strip by Lee Falk.
§ We’re totally not sure how we feel about this Sherlock Holmes-action hero trailer. Isn’t this a character who liked to sit in his room, get high, and solve crimes just by thinking about them — ‘ratiocination’? It’s nice to see Guy Ritchie trying to be cerebral, but perhaps this film should star Jason Statham and Gerard Butler.