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Exclusive : 10 Things We Learned About The Roswell Reboot

We were lucky enough to get a peek at the pilot script for the new take this week

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In January we learned that The CW is resurrecting ‘90s hit “Roswell”. Based on a series of popular novels by Melinda Metz called Roswell High, the show will retell the yarn of a group of folks in Roswell, New Mexico – some human, some non-human.

We were lucky enough to get a peek at the pilot script for the new take this week – and fans of the original (of which I’m one) will be glad to hear that it does offer something new.

The new “Roswell” definitely isn’t the show Dido lend her lungs to fifteen years ago. This is, instead, a very adult and very topical update of the – let’s admit it – super entertaining TV series (sorry, but it’s gonna be hard to top). Main difference this time? Despite playing from the same songbook as the original novels and previous TV series in that it’s still about three aliens, disguised as humans, who are trying to conceal their secret, the main characters, those who were previously in high school in the original version, are a lot older. About ten years older. Surprising then, given the decision to have the mains be adults, that they didn’t just make the thing a sequel to the original series and bring back those original actors. Still, we can be fortunate they didn’t straight-up remake the original.

Roswell, USA 1999, Fox

Here’s 10 things we know about the new “Roswell” :

  1. The main extra-terrestrial trio are older in this version (all out of high school and in their twenties) : Max is a cop (though he wanted to be a writer in high school), Isobel is married (to Noah, who doesn’t know her secret) and they’re trying for a baby, and Michael, a tad indignant since high school, continues to hold onto a bit of a resentment (“brooding is my default setting”) that he’s never had a family.
  2. Liz Ortecho, a Mexican-American, was working on experimental regenerative medicine but the funding fell through so she’s now back at the Crashdown café, the same job she worked during high school.
  3. Same scenario: Max brings Liz into the circle, inadvertently, after he saves her life. They were high school lab partners but until now haven’t had a lot to do with each other.
  4. Liz isn’t too popular in town because of some deaths her sister is responsible for and the fact that her family are immigrants. Officer Evans goes into bat for her.
  5. Kyle is ‘Dr. Kyle Valenti’, a young GP who is back in Roswell – from Iowa – to finish his residency. Liz bumps into him at the hospital after her accident.
  6. Kyle’s father (William Sadler playing that part in the original) has passed in this incarnation.
  7. Michael and Maria, an eccentric wannabe clairvoyant from high school, have a past but it’s been over a long time. She’s still very concerned about him and – along with former classmate Alex – starts snooping around his property after they get detect high levels of Phenyl-2 there. What’s he up to?
  8. Isobel isn’t that fond of Maria, after all she ruined homecoming all those years ago and she “never got that fake blood out” of her dress.
  9. Isobel is afraid that if she does have a baby it will be “different” and then her secret will be exposed.
  10. The reboot is definitely a bit edgier and more adult-skewed – and that includes a bit of a coarse language, and quite a few nods to sex, something the WB incarnation definitely didn’t have.

Are you pumped for the new “Roswell”?

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Exclusive : The Ewoks will return!

A small-screen series featuring the Empire-hating creatures could be on the way

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Is it the Endor or just the beginning?

Unless the wi-fi has been playing up in the Cantina, you’ll be aware that Disney’s streaming channel Disney + are about to ‘force’ a couple of new “Star Wars” related series on us – most notably, the recently wrapped “The Mandalorian” (which is apparently terrific), from EP Jon Favreau.

And it won’t end there, with the house of mouse and the house of Kennedy already secretly working on other “Star Wars” projects that’ll premiere on the small screen.
One of those upcoming may feature the return of the Ewoks.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the pint-sized moon creatures are one of the most recognizable species in the “Star Wars” universe. And with Disney+ not just in the business of making shows for us, older “Star Wars” fans, but also the excitable younglings, it should be no surprise to hear that a new Ewoks series is being discussed.

The news of the Empire-hating Ewoks’ return to the screen – which comes courtesy a reputable insider, someone who has also provided us with extra info on a scoop we ran last week on “The Quarry” to star Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham, which we’ll run soon – will no doubt be music to the ears of toy retailers, who’ll likely sell furballs in the millions once the show hits. It’s unlikely to be part of the first phase of “Star Wars” shows, which are rumored to kick off around Halloween, but could be part of the second run, rumored to launch in the next 12-18 months.

The Ewoks made their debut in “Return of the Jedi” on the bigscreen before getting their own solo outing in 1984 telemovie “The Ewok Adventure” (aka “Caravan of Courage”). A second telemovie “Battle for Endor” aired in 1985. That same year ABC premiered the popular animated series “Ewoks”, which ran for two seasons.

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Exclusive : Whigham, Shannon reunite for The Quarry

Duo previously co-starred in Paramount mini-series “Waco”

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Confirmation today on a solid-sounding project, headlined by two fantastic actors, I was tipped off to a few days back.

“Waco” and “Boardwalk Empire” co-stars Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon will reunite for “The Quarry”, scripted and directed by Scott Teems. This one is shooting later this month in New Orleans with the “To the Stars” team of Laura D. Smith and Kristin Mann producing.

Teems is one to watch out for. His work on “Rectify”, of which he’s written many episodes and directed a couple, are some of the best of the SundanceTV drama.

Film tells the ‘Banshee’-like account of a man, on the run from his own sins, who finds himself in a small border town in Texas, impersonating a reverend. The town are quickly drawn to the man’s unorthodox sermons – but so is the police chief (Shannon), who find’s the reverend’s presence interesting for a different reason.

Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham in “Waco” (2018)

Academy Award Nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (“Maria Full of Grace”) and Bobby Soto (“Besties”) also star.

Floridian Whigham, who is currently filming limited series “Modern Love” for Amazon Studios, recently wrapped “Joker” for director Todd Phillips and Warner Bros. his upcoming credits include John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair”, the comedy “Vampires Vs. The Bronx” and “Low Tide” for writer-director Kevin McMullin.

Shannon recently wrapped Rian Johnson’s “Knive’s Out”, and will next appear in Seth Savoy’s action-crime drama “Echo Boomers”.

These two were absolutely magic on screen together in Paramount’s “Waco” mini-series as Mitch Decker and Gary Noesner, respectively, so expect more fireworks here.

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Exclusive : Blood Moon set for May start ; casting update

A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum

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Ana Lily Amirpour fantasy “Blood Moon” is inching forward, with a mid-May shoot now locked in, Moviehole can confirm.

As reported during AFM in October, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron and Craig Robinson have signed the film, which tells of a girl with “unusual powers” who escapes from a mental asylum in New Orleans.

The film, produced by John Lesher (“Birdman”, “Fury”), begins its shoot in New Orleans on May 18.

The search is on for a fourth key player, a young actor to play the role of Hudson’s 10-year-old son. Described as a “cool rad weirdo hero. He’s grown up with a single mom, who’s gone a lot so he’s pretty self sufficient. He’s a creative kid with street smarts. Like his mom, he’s a survivor.”

One of the best new filmmakers on the circuit, Amirpour directed the ‘past perfect’ episode on the first season of “Castle Rock” last year.  Though I haven’t read it myself, the script for “Blood Moon” is apparently a “winner”.

No word on a release date.

 

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