Lionsgate and European TV production company Tandem have inked a deal to co-produce projects based on their relatively new business model.
That model is to pre-sell the show to markets all over the world before trying to get it on an American network like they recently did by selling the show Crossing Lines to NBC.
Now the plus side of this model is that it sort of takes the creation of television shows out of the hands of network executives. Since many network executives don't really understand things like storytelling, character development, and common sense.
On the downside their next project is supposedly a sexy crime series about handwriting analysis.
Not too sure about that one.
WHO GETS NO JACKSON
Officially they're saying he doesn't have enough time.
Unofficially it's because he wanted to expand the script for 1 episode into nine hours by including scenes from old scripts from Blake's 7.
The internet promptly shit its pants.
Personally, I think he's a little old, but since they're deliberately going for an older Batman, and seems to have grown beyond the whole Bennifer debacle that defined his early career to be reborn as a serious director and actor I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Just don't let Matt Damon in it. He's starting to annoy me.
SPEAKING OF AFFLECK
To do Batman he's dropping out of directing a feature film version of Stephen King's first epic tome The Stand.
Probably a smart move. The complete version of King's book about a deadly plague and a battle between good and evil is over 1,000 pages long and has a massive cast of characters, plots, and subplots. Any feature film version would be just a cheat notes version of the novel, which had already been done as a miniseries over a decade ago.
If they're so adamant of remaking the damn thing, they should probably do it as a "event" series, let's say where the second flog-the-dead-horse season of Under The Dome is planned to go.
But that would be logical.
SPEAKING OF BOOKS
A new documentary on the life of reclusive author JD Salinger says that some previously unpublished works will be released soon.
The weird part of the story is that it's all Knight Rider fan fiction.