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Even though "Locke & Key's" life as a major motion picture is just now beginning, its time as a comic book is coming to a close. The IDW Publishing series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez about a family falling prey to the darkly mysterious Keyhouse and it's supernatural inhabitants hasamassed a legion of devoted followers—followers that Universal hopes will follow the film to the big screen. "Locke & Key" is still in development over at Universal, but producer Alex Kurtzman teased that the project has a new writer on board.
Now MTV Geek has painstakingly documented the comic book's final days, as one chapter of its existence ends. In their two-part video series, MTV Geek interviews the creative team and editor Chris Ryall about the comic in part one, and then travels to Miami to watch as Hill and Rodriguez work together in person for the first time in part two. It's worth a watch for devoted "Locke & Key" fans, but a word of warning for those of you that have yet to pick up book one—there are spoilers a-plenty in the videos, so watch at your own risk!
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With so many new cast members and guest stars lined up to both help and hurt Oliver Queen in "Arrow's" second season, it's easy to overlook the show's returning characters. But John Diggle, Queen's bodyguard played by David Ramsey, is not a character to forget, as the actor revealed in an exclusive interview with MTV Geek. "Oliver... needs a moral compass so that the vigilante can become Green Arrow," said Ramsey, referencing the lead character's slow growth into the superhero archer fans love.
Diggle's a character that's seen his fair share of action thanks to his history as a solider, and that experience has enabled him to try his hardest to prepare Oliver Queen for the rough vigilante road ahead of him. "I think one of the first things [Diggle tells Ollie] is that he has no idea what killing another man does to one's soul." With so many new foes ahead, Oliver's going to need all the help he can get.
For more insight into "Arrow's" second season—and John Diggle's role in it—head on over to MTV Geek for the full interview.
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Following the "2 Guns" feature film and the recently optioned "Day Men," it now looks like Boom! Studios is expanding into television with "Unthinkable." According to The Hollywood Reporter, The 2009 limited series by Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco is being developed for Fox by Howard Gordon of "24," "X-Files" and "Homeland" fame.
The story of an FBI agent tasked with working alongside a screenwriter in an attempt to prevent terrorist scenarios may seem a bit like ABC's current series "Castle," as comic book writer Sable told MTV Geek in an exclusive interview. "On the one hand he's the perfect TV hero. Who better to stop a terrorist scenario than the guy who dreamed it up."
As far-fetched as the premise might seem, Sable revealed that it's all based in reality. "After 9/11, the government really did put together a think tank of screenwriters and novelists trying to come up with worst case terrorist scenarios before the bad guys did."
For more on the in-development comic book adaptation, check out MTV Geek's full exclusive interview with Mark Sable.
By Tami Katzoff
Sarah Paulson's experience on the set of Joss Whedon's first feature film, "Serenity," wasn't exactly a positive one. "It was awful," she semi-seriously said while promoting the upcoming historical drama "12 Years a Slave," starring another "Serenity" vet, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
"And here's why: I didn't get to act with anybody. I was on an enormous soundstage, we shot it in one day, and it was a big green screen, and I had to act like I was being attacked and mauled by Ravers. Reavers. Raspers. What were they? Reavers. And I had to put a gun to my head and kill myself. In front of all these people, being attacked by these things that weren't actually there."
Yet Paulson understands the importance of "Serenity" to Whedonites old and new. "I'm so glad to have been a part of it," she said.
By Ryan Rigley
It's alive! With only two episodes of "Breaking Bad" left ever, AMC is now in the process of expanding upon the universe of one of its other hit-series: "The Walking Dead." "Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer," explains AMC president Charlie Collier. "We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters."
With a target date of 2015, this new series marks the third "Walking Dead" show to hit the cable network after the original "Walking Dead" series and Chris Hardwick's "Talking Dead" talk show. For "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman, it will mark his fourth television project following the small screen adaptations of "The Walking Dead," "Thief of Thieves," and "Clone" over at Universal.
"After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of 'The Walking Dead' universe," states Kirkman on the companion series. “The opportunity to make a show that isn't tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing."
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This week was all about actors name-dropping the heroes they think they'd be perfect for. First Katee Sackhoff admitted that she would love to play Captain Marvel (following the outbreak of a rumor that that was going to happen from last week). Then earlier today, Channing Tatum pretty much auditioned for the X-Man Gambit in an interview. Now, "Glee" actor Harry Shum Jr. casually mentioned in an interview with MTV Geek that there's one DC character he's had his eye on becoming: Nightwing.
Shum name-dropped Nightwing after explaining how his dance background could easily translate into superheroics. "I love it," Shum told MTV Geek. "I mean, I grew up on comic books and superheroes, so right now it's the rage. But I've been wanting to play him since I was a kid, so it'd be a dream come true... I'm game, man! Put me in a super hero movie, put me in a Star Wars movie, and I can die happy." Of all the heroes in the DC Universe, Nightwing is known for being one of the most agile and physical. After all, that's Dick Grayson—the original Robin—underneath that mask, and that kid grew up in a circus performing as an acrobat!
You can check out the video interview over at MTV Geek!
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After years in development, "Queen and Country" appears to be on the right track towards a big screen adaptation. Just yesterday Variety revealed that actress Ellen Page (of Kitty Pryde and "Inception" fame) is in talks to bring the Oni Press heroine to life. MTV Geek caught up with "Queen and Country" creator and writer Greg Rucka to get his take on the casting, which he found out along with the entire internet yesterday afternoon.
"It's great news," Rucka told MTV Geek. "She's an absolutely tremendous actress... [producers] Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, I have incredible faith in them." While Rucka was caught unaware with the Page announcement, he's apparently read the new script by John Rogers.
"To this day, it's one of the best scripts I've ever read--ever." For the rest of Rucka's thoughts—including what Ellen Page will physically bring to the role of Tara Chace—head on over to MTV Geek!
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If you thought you weren't learning anything while watching "The Walking Dead," then think again. You're actually learning a lot about important subjects like politics, health, disease, and welfare as it relates to our everyday life—through the lens of a zombie apocalypse, of course. Because of this, the University of California Irvine is partnering with Instructure and AMC to launch a series of free online courses using Instructure's popular MOOC (massive open online course) model.
The eight-week course "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's 'The Walking Dead'" kicks off on October 14th, the first school day following the show's season four premiere. The course will feature lecture videos, self-check quizzes, reading resources and much more.
But why "The Walking Dead," and why now? "The themes in 'The Walking Dead' tie really nicely into the courses that we offer here, which ties very nicely into current events happening around the world," Melissa Loble, Associate Dean of Distance Learning at UC Irvine said in the revealing article over at MTV Geek. For much more info on the MOOC, be sure to check it out!
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We're just under three weeks away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's small-screen debut in ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a fact that MTV Geek is celebrating in it's Fall Preview coverage. "S.H.I.E.L.D." is one of their 10 most anticipated TV shows—and deservedly so! This series marks Marvel Studios' first foray into television as well as Agent Coulson's return to life. That latter mystery, one that's been on fans' minds since his return was announced last October, will be integral to the new series, reveals executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen in an exclusive interview with MTV Geek.
"The heart of the show is how he's still alive," said Tancharoen, remaining understandably vague about the details regarding his return. You can check out the rest of the interview over at MTV Geek, where fellow producers and showrunners Jeph Loeb, Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell join Tancharoen to discuss the show's theme, whether or not it will include previously unseen Marvel heroes, and whether or not any movie stars are lined up to appear. You can also check out these two exclusive photos from the show!
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With "Kick-Ass 2" hitting theaters in less than a week, "Kick-Ass 2" mania is hitting an all-time high. There are new featurettes and clips coming out at a quick pace, and now you can add highly detailed and articulated action figures to the list.
MTV Geek has posted an extensive reviews of three figures—Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, and the Mother F---er. Each figure from NECA Toys comes with a ton of accessories and plenty of attitude. You can check out a few pics of the three figures after the jump, and you can check out the full review and even more pictures over at MTV Geek.