by Brett White
It's a story that's become all too familiar. First a network options a comic book property, then they make a pilot, we all get our hopes up, and then the network passes on the pilot, crushing dreams in the process. And now "The Sixth Gun" has joined the ranks of "A.K.A. Jessica Jones," "Punisher," "Locke & Key," "Wonder Woman," "Amazon" and "Chew" as another abandoned comic book TV show. When you see that list and consider what might have been, it just gets really... depressing.
Oni Press' "The Sixth Gun" by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree has become a cult favorite and critical darling over the past few years, and its premise seems tailor made for a television series. And with NBC so down on its luck, a quirky show like "The Sixth Gun" with a built-in fanbase could have been just what the network needed. The series got a pilot order back in January, and then cast Laura Ramsey, Michiel Huisman and Elena Satine amongst others. This move comes as a bit of a shock considering how well comics-on-tv are doing right now, thanks to "The Walking Dead" and "Arrow."
by Brett White
Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
Of particular note this week: get in on the ground floor of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" run with the "Avengers World" hardcover, check out the continuing adventures of Clark Kent with the first "Smallville: Season 11" paperback, and catch up with last week's Hero of the Week in "Captain America" #6.
by Brett White
"The Sixth Gun" pilot has found its widow Missy Hume in Elena Satine. The role marks Satine's first lead role in a TV series, after guest spots on "NCIS" and "Smallville," where the actress played Aquaman's wife Mera. Satine will star alongside Michiel Huisman and Laura Ramsey in the NBC pilot.
By Brett White
"Treme" actor Michiel Huisman is making the jump from HBO to the major networks as the male lead of NBC's "The Sixth Gun." Huisman will star opposite Laura Ramsey in the Carlton Cuse-produced pilot, which adapts the acclaimed Oni Press comic book series of the same name.
"The Sixth Gun" is arming up. Carlton Cuse of "Lost" fame is executive producing the NBC adaptation of the Oni Press comic book, and he's assembling quite the cast.
Deadline reports that Laura Ramsey has landed the lead role of Becky Montcrief in the upcoming supernatural Western pilot. "The Sixth Gun" takes place in the Old West and centers on six mystical guns with deadly powers; the sixth of these weapons is the deadliest of them all, and it falls into the hands of innocent Becky, kick-starting a series of dangerous events and putting her on the path of evil men long thought dead.
Carlton Cuse is kicking off the new year with some exciting news. NBC has ordered its new 2013 pilots, and his "The Sixth Gun" series is one of them.
The adaptation of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's Oni Press comic is being executive produced by Cuse and screenwriter Ryan Condal, and their partnership has had us excited ever since it was announced. The series follows the adventures of gunslinger Drake Sinclair and his mythical firearm. It sounds like just the type of series NBC would take a risk on, and hopefully it ends up being as great as the premise sounds.
"The Walking Dead" returns this Sunday (October 14), and "Arrow" already enjoyed a hugely successful series premiere earlier this week. Is now the time of the comic book television revolution? Two just-announced projects are certainly hoping so!
Deadline reports that "The Sixth Gun," the Oni Press graphic novel from Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt about mysterious gunslinger Drake Sinclair and his mythical firearm, is heading to television courtesy of "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. The project is being produced by Universal TV, with no home network announced just yet.
It's the second comic book project that Cuse has attached his name to in recent weeks; he'll also serve as showrunner on "The Strain" for FX, based on the comics and novel series from Guillermo del Toro.
"Rascal Raccoon's Raging Revenge" is headed to Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio has snapped the rights to Oni Press' graphic novel and already has a writer and director lined up. "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" scribe Matt Fogel is attached to adapt the story, while "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas's" Todd Strauss-Schulson is set to direct.
It's somewhat fitting for "Rascal Raccoon" to end up at Warner Bros since the story is a sort of spin on their classic "Looney Tunes" cartoons. The plan is to have the film be a live-action/CGI hybrid.
Ratings are up for SyFy, and the channel is developing three new shows: “Ghost Projekt,” “Seeing Things” and an as-yet-untitled Robert H. Wolfe drama.
Of the three, “Ghost Projekt” would probably interest Splash Page readers the most because it’s based on a comic book series. Released in 2010, the Oni Press-published series stars Will Haley, an American weapons inspector, and Anya Romanova, a KGB agent, as they track down a very dangerous stolen weapon. They’re often described as being an “unlikely” team, but of course those teams are the most fun in fiction. Coming to us from Joe Harris and Steve Rolston, the comic has released five issues.
The Hollywood Reporter gave us the heads up on this development, but there’s not a whole lot of news on it yet. Brett Matthews, a writer for “Supernatural,” has been hired both as a script writer and an executive producer for “Ghost Projekt.” The other executive producers hired are Eric Gitter and Andy Bourne. That’s about all the news that’s been released on the project for now, but hopefully soon we’ll have some more concrete information.
Yesterday we offered up a list of the most popular interview segments we posted on the site this year, ranked according to our 2010 traffic data. Today, we're looking at the year in video — specifically, the most popular trailers and clips we posted on Splash Page over the last 12 months.
This year was full of big releases on the movie and television front, with "Iron Man 2," "Kick-Ass," and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" all vying for attention at the box office and on the Internet. However, this year's list of the 10 most-watched trailers and clips features quite a few projects that didn't appear on the big screen.
In fact, with a few exceptions, the trailers and clips that were watched the most times here on Splash Page will probably surprise you — so let's get on with the list, shall we? Read More...