A few items we missed during down time:
AMC has greenlit a pilot for a WALKING DEAD TV series, based on the Robert Kirkman-Tony Moore/Charlie Adlard Image comics staple about a bunch of folks surviving in the Zombie Apocalypse. Frank Darabont will write, direct and executive produce. AMC is looking to boost its slate of original programming following the massive success of Mad Men, and greenlit another pilot at the same time. Let the casting suggestions begin!
§ Conan! What is best in life! To star in Baywatch, move on to Stargate and hear the cries of Lisa Bonet.. Part-Hawaiian model/actor Jason Momoa has been cast as Conan in the new movie which begins shooting in March in Bulgaria. The choice is a popular one with Stargate fans:
Momoa stands at 6-feet 4-inches, so he has the height to fit the part. Seeing him as Ronon on Stargate Atlantis, he also has a lot of similar qualities such as wielding a sword, the hunger to kill people, and a real brooding physicality that is perfect for the role — not to mention he can look like he has been through some battles!
While Wikipedia notes that he has since cut off his dreads, Momoa seems to be uniquely suited to the role. Along with girlfriend Bonet, he has a child named
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa
so properly enunciating lines such as “Thulsa Doom, you will not conquer Nemedia!” should be no problem.
§ Word has been going around that Mark Strong, who played the cult leader villain in SHERLOCK HOLMES, is in talks to play the villain Sinestro in the upcoming GREEN LANTERN film. Strong certainly has the right facial structure for the job, and in HOLMES, he looked like a Kevin O’Neill drawing brought to life.