Uncharted fans, do I have some beeping-frag-grenade-explosive news for you or what? According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Entertainment is negotiating with Seth Gordon to direct the live-action Uncharted film. Formerly known for his work on Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, this would bring Gordon back to familiar territory, having previously directed the Donkey Kong documentary The King Of Kong.
The last we heard of the Uncharted movie, American Hustle director David O. Russell cut ties with it after having creative differences with Sony in regards to staying true to the game’s source material. His script, along with the supposedly Nathan Drake-casted Mark Wahlberg, were then discarded, and Safe House writer David Guggenheim went on to ink the most recent version of the film’s script. The movie will still be produced by Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner, and Ari Arad, and will, it is hoped, begin production sometime later this year.
Uncharted was my favorite game franchise of the previous gen, so this news is a bit on the refreshing side, seeing as to how the film’s direction is in the hands of someone who loves the medium. Either way, when it comes to video game movies, I think it’d be wise for Hollywood to try taking fans’ demands into consideration. In other words, I think they should search for our big screen Nathan Drake somewhere in another Castle, if you know what I mean. Come on, Sony, just cast the man, damnit!
One reason for anyone outside Seattle to stick it out through the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl blowout was the promo for 24: Live Another Day:
London! A decidedly different Chloe! Jack is, most definitely, back! ‘Course, they felt the need to have the overturned car be adorned with the Union Jack, and for Jack and Chloe to be walking past a red phone box with the Gherkin in the background lest you not recognize that it’s London, but that’s OK, because we’re getting more 24.
The new countdown starts May 5th on Fox in the U.S. In the meantime, catch up with Chloe — er, Mary Lynn Rajskub — by listening to the archive of her Nerdist Podcast Network show Kickin’ It Mary Lynn Style.
How stoked are you for Jack Bauer’s return? Comment below, already!
As we mentioned yesterday, DC Comics, WB Games, and Nerdist are bringing you the Infinite Crisis Cosplay Contest — here’s our own Chloe Dykstra from the DC Stage at Comic-Con in San Diego on Day 2 of the event with some more cosplayer interviews to inspire you. Remember,you can upload your cosplay pictures of characters from Infinite Crisis to Cosplay.PlayInfiniteCrisis.com for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to PAX Prime.
There’s more about Infinite Crisis at InfiniteCrisis.com, where you can sign up for the beta and see pictures to inspire your cosplay.
Cable network SyFy is planning a series on cosplay, Heroes of Cosplay, but we knew that. What we’ve only recently learned is that our own Nerdist Channel Just Cos host Chloe Dykstra and Try This at Home team of Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan are among the folks featured on the show. Chloe’ll tell ya all about it in the above episode of Cool Story Chlo. So, YAY.
The six-episode reality show debuts on Tuesday, August 13th, 10:30 ET/PT, on SyFy, and then will air weekly at 10p ET/PT Tuesdays.
The press release:
Cosplayers and cosplay contests are a fixture and highlight at the many comic book and genre fan conventions around the world. These conventions provide an international stage for fans to showcase often spectacular handcrafted costumes and portray their favorite characters from sci-fi movies, video games, anime and more. In Syfy’s new Heroes of Cosplay (formerly Cosworld), nine passionate fans put their imagination and skills to the test to make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay.
The six-episode series debuts Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30 PM ET/PT following the special 90-minute Season 5 of Syfy’s hit competition series, Face Off. It then moves to its regular time – 10 PM Tuesdays – starting August 20.
Heroes of Cosplay is a tantalizing docu-series that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay competition, because fans at the comic book conventions don’t merely dress up as their favorite character; they also compete to see who’s the best!
The series follows cosplayers of all levels, from legend Yaya Han, to rising stars and newbies, as they make a splash at comic book conventions around the country, diving deep into their lives, following their process as they create extravagant and visually arresting costumes each week. These personalities constantly defy odds and race against the clock to transform themselves into amazing fictional characters that push the boundaries between fantasy and reality, all in hopes of impressing the convention judges to win a cash prizes and take their cosplay stardom to new heights.
Heroes of Cosplay is produced by 51 Minds, an Endemol Company. Executive producers are Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox and Dave Caplan.
The Heroes of Cosplay cast bring to life a variety of fictional characters but the pressure each one faces and the drama that ensues is very real. The cast includes:
Yaya Han – Yaya is one of the acknowledged legends of cosplay whose entrance at each convention – always in full costume – never fails to create a stir. A source of inspiration and intimidation to the contestants, Atlanta-based Yaya Han is often a judge at contests.
Riki LeCotey – Riki moved from rural Canada to the United States to follow her passion for cosplay. A special effects technician on sci-fi films, she is also the founder of Cosplay for a Cause, which has raised money for victims of the Japanese Tsunami.
Monika Lee – Monika is from Atlanta and a student at the Georgia Institute of technology, where she’s majoring in industrial design. A cosplayer since the age of 13, competed in numerous craftsmanship contests winning several “Best in Shows” and various other awards.
Victoria Schmidt – Victoria is co-founder of the geek fashion and style blog settostunning.com. A passionate fan of cosplay since high school, she’s especially proud of being Princess Leia on LucasFilm’s Star Wars float in the 2007 Rose Parade.
Chloe Dykstra was almost fated to be in the cosplay community; her father is an F/X legend, having worked on the original Star Wars and Star Trek films. An actress and model, she hosts the Just Cos show on YouTube’s Nerdist channel.
Jessica Merizan and Holly Conrad – Jessica has performed in regional theater in Southern California since she was five years old. Together, she and fellow cast member Holly Conrad co-founded a costume fabrication shop, cosplay community and new media entertainment company.
Holly was mentored by her very qualified grandfather, Dorse Lanpher, an F/X animator for Disney and others. She now works in the special effects business for several major studios, in addition to her business with Jessica.
Becky Young – Becky has created costumes since attending San Diego Comic-Con in 2006. A trained actress, she has voiced Video Game Nussie on Maxim Radio and was a judge on CBS Sports’ Guitar Hero Competition show. She lives in Burbank.
Jesse Lagers – Jesse lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a software systems administrator. He hopes that success in cosplay competitions will lead to his own business creating costumes and props. Jesse is a stickler for realism and authenticity in all of the costumes he creates.
You know about GISHWHES, right? The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen? The winning team got a trip to a castle in Scotland. A haunted castle… or so they say. Host Misha Collins (Supernatural) and special guest Our Own Chris Hardwick joined the winners Team Bad Wolf (with Our Own Chloe Dykstra), and this is found shaky-cam footage of the team, Misha, and Chris touring the castle. Surprises, smells, and secret places abound, and things go very wrong at the end. VERY wrong.
This week on the Nerdist Channel’s Just Cos, we’re back at Gallifrey One, where Chloe did a little matchmaking for the assembled Whovians in a little dating reality thing called, naturally, Two Hearts. Can cosplaying Doctor Who fans find true love?
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