Although Box Brown had a middling time at the past weekend’s Wizard World Philadelphia, by all accounts the media events—like appearances by Chris Hemsworth and Stan Lee and various Starfleet captains, went very well. This first time ever meeting of the five Star Trek captains—William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula—was commemorated with a photo.
As was the meeting of Thor, Stan the Man and WWE champion CM Punk:
We recall meeting Punk at Philly con several years when he was just an indie worker named Phil wandering around with a mutual friend.
Also spotted at the show: Gareb Shamus, looking tanned rested and ready. Although no longer involved in the day to day running of the Wizard empire, Shamus is staying busy with a new producer role for a movie version of THE NEW WEST, a comic by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Phil Noto, originally published by Black Bull, Wizard’s comics publishing arm. Len Wiseman will direct for New Regency.
Palmiotti, co-writer of DC Comics’ All-Star Western comic (art by Phil Noto), wrote the two-issue New West set in a near-future Los Angeles where an electromagnetic pulse bomb causes all technology to stop working. In this hostile environment, a disgraced former LAPD detective must rescue a kidnapped mayor with only a horse and a sword. Wiseman, who is helming this summer’s remake of Total Recall and is known for his directing work on the Underworld vampire franchise, is not attached to direct at this stage. New Regency and the producers are out to writers to pen the script.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.