There's no place like home. And that's what the new trailer for Veronica Mars feels like: a long-deserved trip back home into the world of our favorite teenage private eye. It's remarkable how much this newest trailer taps all the same notes that made the show resonate so loudly with fans back in its heyday, even after being 10 years removed.
For the uninitiated, Veronica Mars was an acclaimed comedy-drama that followed Veronica (Kristen Bell), a teenage gumshoe that solved mysteries surrounding her high school and college. The Veronica Mars film picks up with an older Veronica who's bordering on 30 and living the life of a successful lawyer in New York City... but you never leave home, not for good. And just when she thought she had put Neptune, California in her rear view forever, all that high school drama comes hurtling back into her life when her old flame, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), is charged with murder, and Veronica can't help but dig into the mystery and uncover whatever truths lay buried there.
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Logan still has his trademark smolder and bad boy allure, and the rest of the supporting cast is still as loveable (or hateable, depending on who you're talking about) as ever, but what will this movie offer people who didn't experience Veronica Mars the first time around? While the new trailer is a welcome burst of nostalgia to all the fans pining for more Veronica, it doesn't seem like the film will appeal to someone who has never seen the show before. Thus leads us to the question: is it better to create something just for fans, or something that new people can jump onto without prior experience with the series (perhaps at the expense of a few in-jokes)? How have other television shows handled the transition from television to film?
After a truncated first season, Joss Whedon's brilliant space-opera Firefly, was blasted from the airwaves, but loyal fans and the strength of its DVD sales brought back the series for one last film Serenity, which walked a fine line by being a show that both long-time browncoats and new fans alike could enjoy. Serenity was a critical success but an acute box-office failure, and even though the film didn't take home the cash, it did give Firefly more exposure to the mainstream. While debate rages on between die-hard fans, many believe it to be a fitting end to a series gone too soon.
Star TrekFilms: Various
The Star Trek films have always been a mixed bag with definite highlights and lowlight popping up throughout the franchise's long cinematic history. One thing that's for certain is that the Star Trek films up until 2009's sorta-reboot were made primarily with Star Trek fans in mind. This all changed when J.J. Abrams took over, driving the series into a faster and flashier version of the universe. This served to satisfy a wider audience, but left the dyed in the wool Star Trek fans feeling that their favorite franchise had slipped away from them.
Doctor WhoFilm: Doctor Who (1997)
After the long running BBC science fiction serial spent several years on hiatus , the show was revived with a television movie made with American audiences in mind, but in the process, the show lost a lot of the magic that made it so special and British in the first place. To add insult to injury, Americans didn't care much for the new Doctor and his adventures anyway. Fastforward 17 years later, Doctor Who has become a worldwide phenomenon with its 50th anniversary special being simulcast in 94 countries around the globe. This goes as a lesson to the BBC. If you just focus on making quality British television, and the Americans will come to you. Just sit back and let globalization do the work for you.
Twin PeaksFilm: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
David Lynch's Twin Peaks is often met with head scratches galore, but those that could vibe with the show's eccentricities were greeted with one of television's landmark achievments. But the series' prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which opened the story up a bit but still managed to keep everyone feeling out of the loop, also left many die-hard fans scratching their heads in bewilderment, even after an already subpar second season.
Da Ali G ShowFilms: Ali G Indahouse, Borat, Bruno
The original Da Ali G Show and its movie follow up Ali G Indahouse didn't make much of a splash in the states, but when Sacha Baron Cohen took his character Borat and turned his documentary-like form of satire towards American audiences with his next film Borat:Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the actor and his stable of characters exploded in popularity. This gave way to another, far more successful film based on Da Ali G show, Borat. Borat requires even less familiarity with the original show that Insahouse, cementing it as a huge, lastingly popular hit.
At long last, the world gets a glimpse at J.J. Abrams' developing Star Trek Into Darkness movie — a sequel to the director's first big screen endeavor with the franchise. The younger of us have been awaiting this moment since 2009, when Abrams' Star Trek hit theaters. But some have endured the longing since 2003's Nemesis, since The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine in the early '90s, since the glory days of Wrath of Khan in '82, and even as far back as the inception of the original series... in 2260.
And now, we get a look into the world that Abrams has created with his second foray into the Star Trek franchise. On Thursday night, the director showcased a three-frame clip (the equivalent of a still image, which lasts for about a tenth of a second) during an appearance on Conan, confirming the shot to depict Spock (Zachary Quinto) inside a volcano.
But what exactly Spock might be doing is still very much a mystery. Of course, one tenth of a second isn't enough time to really earn any context on a situation, so we're bound to root our theories elsewhere: past incarnations of Star Trek, of Abrams, of Quinto, of volcanoes... of pretty much any bit of pop culture we can wrangle to explain the above image. One of these guesses has got to be at least close, right?
Spock is actually exploring the glowing cave from Lost
"Volcano" could mean anything. Sure, it usually means "volcano," but perhaps here, it means "majestic cave of liquid energy." And maybe Spock, as a Vulcan, has the ability to explore the cave without being transformed into a monstrous cloud of smoke. That's a handy skill, you know. There's probably some good stuff in there.
Remember towards the end of Abrams' Star Trek, when the villainous Captain Nero (Eric Bana) shouted, "Fire everything!"? Well, that sounded like a good idea to the director, who appears to have applied it very literally here. Okay, that wasn't so much a theory as it was just a horrible pun... but honestly, isn't that just as good?
Sylar killed a dragon, became a fire-breather
Although we opt not to recall Quinto's turn on the great-then-horrible sci-fi drama Heroes, it is interesting to think back on his time as a supervillain with a knack for stealing powers. If Quinto could, in fact, gain the power of fire-breathing, maybe he has chosen to apply it here: in space! Where fire supply is at an all time low, mind you. The More You Know.
J.J. Abrams is actually making that firefighter movie from Entourage
Remember when Vincent lost his starring role in Smoke Jumpers? Well, someone else had to earn that spot: maybe it was Mister Spock, depicted here the heat of the action* as the drama's central firefighter.
Ask Ben Wyatt
Okay, fine, we admit it. We have no idea what Spock is doing in that volcano. But do you know who might? Senatorial campaign manager Ben Wyatt, who shared his own talents with Star Trek fan fiction on Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation: "Data had never felt this way before. Of course, Data had never felt anything before..." Can you please write the third movie, Mr. Wyatt?
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Although we already reported that Sony has been planning on making Men In Black 3 (or MIIIB) ever since Men in Black II came out in 2002, we now have new information that veteran writer David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man) has signed on to re-work the original draft of the script, penned by Etan Cohen.
MIIIB will be filmed in native 3D with co-stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones returning, with the welcome addition of Josh Brolin (playing a late 1960s Jones), Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and the peerless Sacha Baron Cohen. Barry Sonnenfeld will once again direct, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing, and Steven Spielberg executive producing.
Production on MIIIB will begin this fall, though Universal isn't planning a release until May 25th 2012. That means the studio will be moving Battleship, their Peter Berg-directed adaptation of the Hasbro game, up a week, to May 18th, where it will compete with DreamWorks Animation's scheduled Madagascar 3. Those films join a number of other high-profile studio projects planned for release in summer 2012, including The Avengers, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2, the Spider-Man reboot, and Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie.
Summer 2012 is still a long way away, but for now, enjoy this bootlegged teaser of Will Smith in full MIB regalia, bragging that he's going to make 3D "look good."