Update: SIXTH GUN Fails to Pass Pilot
The television adaptation of The Sixth Gun will not be going forward as a series at NBC, according to Deadline.
The site states that the prospective show, based on Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's Eisner-nominated Oni Press comic book series, "started off strong but lost steam as the pilot season progressed." The pilot was developed by Lost's Carlton Cuse and writer Ryan Condal.
The Sixth Gun was first announced to be in development for TV in July 2011, originally as a SyFy miniseries.
Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Pick-Up Likely
The major television network’s ‘upfronts’(where they present their upcoming shows to advertising and media buyers) are next week, and the Hollywood Reporter is rating ABC’s and Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the third mostly likely pilot to be picked up as a series, right behind the CBS’ Beverly Hills Cop spin-off/procedural drama and Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre’s CBS sitcom Mom.
Actually Deadline reports that latter show will be announced as picked-up this week so that would make S.H.I.E.L.D. second on the list.
Says THR: “ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee was already mulling a place on the schedule for the Marvel comics adaptation from The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon back in January, touting the Ming-Na starrer as a prime family viewing. Industry insiders, meanwhile, envision the drama as a solution for ABC's Thursday at 8 p.m. problem -- a slot that's been problematic for years (see Charlie's Angels, Last Resort).”
Additionally, a conference call Tuesday with Wall Street analysts to discuss Disney’s second quarter corporate earning, CEO Bob Iger stressed the importance of ABC developing some homegrown hit TV programs.
“There’s no real secret to it,” he said of ABC’s needs. “On the network front, we’d like a stronger primetime schedule, particularly with programming that we own.”
ABC's upfront is Tuesday, May 14 at 4pm ET.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Heads To Big Screen … Again
Deadline reported Tuesday that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to adapt Dungeons & Dragons, the classic roleplaying fantasy game, into a feature film.
The studio is reportedly “quite far along” in the development of the project, with a script by Wrath of the Titans and Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson. But its origins are complicated.
The script will be a retro-fitted from a screenplay for Chainmail, a script that was acquired by Warners last year, based on an obscure roleplaying game created by D&D designer Gary Gygax before he and Dave Arneson created D&D in 1974. Got all that?
The film is being developed in the wake of the rising popularity of fantasy (see Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings/Hobbit franchise) and Warners is likely looking to leverage the well-known brand name. Deadline reports the studio sees the potential franchise as a big priority.
Dungeons & Dragons was last adapted into a forgettable 2000 feature film starring Jeremy Irons.