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  • #31
    Originally posted by AstroBoy View Post
    I have the PDFs of the WWZ drafts should anyone need them.
    Ordinarily I'd frown on that but given that JMS himself posted the link once there's really nothing to say. Except that they're FAR closer to the spirit of the book than the final movie was.

    Jan
    "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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    • #32
      This is pretty stunning. If this is correct, JMS had not only opted out of being showrunner for Red Mars but the latest one has now exited.

      http://deadline.com/2016/03/red-mars...ts-1201726651/

      Spike TV has pushed the pause button on Red Mars, its 10-episode straight-to-series drama adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson’s best-selling “hard” science-fiction trilogy. The move comes as executive producer/showrunner Peter Noah has exited the project, produced by Skydance TV.
      I hear Straczynski, who had written the pilot script out of his passion for the books, had the option to stay on as showrunner or leave and keep an executive producer credit. The writer, who had been busy in features and TV, opted for the latter, and Noah came in as showrunner. He has now departed too over what I heard were creative differences with Spike. There is no immediate replacement, leading to the break in pre-productuon. The move comes days after Greg Yaitanes was announced as director and executive producer on the series.
      Keeping in mind that "I hear..." isn't the most convincing of sources, of course.

      Jan
      Last edited by Jan; 03-25-2016, 05:52 PM.
      "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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      • #33
        Hollywood Reporter wrote about the departure of the showrunner we didn't even know was attached as well: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ies-red-878457

        The Viacom-owned cable network has pressed pause on its forthcoming series Red Mars following the departure of showrunner Peter Noah, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

        "We will continue to develop Red Mars with Skydance. The Red Mars trilogy is one of the most beloved, modern science fiction properties, in part because of its tremendous scope and ambition," Spike said in a statement. "We are pausing to ensure we get the script right and to deliver fans what they want-- a fantastic show that fully captures the spirit of these wonderful books."
        However they say nothing about JMS other than "J. Michael Straczynski (Sense8) will write the series. He will also executive produce [...]" which appears to be a straight copy paste from the article about the announcement of the series rather than confirmation that this is still the case.

        Deadline appears to have an inside source (and their sources usually know what's up) which at least tries to explain why the departure of Noah would affect the series.

        JMS or not the series is put on hold and that is disappointing!
        My posts are my own opinion and do not represent JMSNews.com's opinions or views. As it's written under my handle I'm "just a fan".

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        • #34
          Yeah, it’s a complete balls up. The key phrase being artistic differences. Details will make for interesting reading when/if it breaks.

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          • #35
            Given Spike TV's reputation, and the fact that the books are basically about overthrowing capitalism and establishing socialism on Mars (openly in these terms), I'm not entirely surprised they're not comfortable with the show they ordered. I wonder whether any of the people at Spike actually read these books at any point.
            Jonas Kyratzes | Lands of Dream

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            • #36
              Gee and I came here to post this as well.

              http://io9.gizmodo.com/red-mars-tv-s...enl-1767165161
              All generalizations are false, including this one.

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              • #37
                JMS verified that he's not writing the show either.




                Jan
                "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Jan View Post
                  JMS verified that he's not writing the show either.




                  Jan
                  Oh well, there goes my interest in that show.
                  Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

                  Kosh: Good!

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                  • #39
                    More time for B5?

                    Though it might have been an awesome show that we're going to miss out on, so that's sad, right? *presents best sad face*

                    I have one of the books in the trilogy packed away somewhere, but I think it's the second one, so don't want to read until I can get the other two. I would probably be sad for real if I knew the story and was super looking forward to seeing the new show.

                    I hope for it's fans that if spike eventually gets its act together it isn't too terrible. *genuine hopeful smile*

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Delenn_of_Mir View Post
                      More time for B5?
                      Potentially yes, seems like Joe always has about 4-5 pots on the boil anyway! I think Sense8 will continue to be a major focus as it's a sure thing for now.
                      Captain John Sheridan: I really *hate* it when you do that.

                      Kosh: Good!

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Ubik View Post
                        Potentially yes, seems like Joe always has about 4-5 pots on the boil anyway! I think Sense8 will continue to be a major focus as it's a sure thing for now.
                        Most likely. It makes sense that Sense8 will be his biggest focus. (nods head)

                        But one day, the stars will align and he will have the time, the will, the money, the support, the perfect script, and the perfect actors, and that will be a wonderful time. *Delenn says fervently with great faith*

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                        • #42
                          anything new on this? As plans are discussed for actual mars trips being planned, it reminded me of this project.
                          Milkman
                          www.mhoc.net

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Milkman View Post
                            anything new on this? As plans are discussed for actual mars trips being planned, it reminded me of this project.
                            Alas, JMS seems to have decided against being showrunner and then a second showrunner left due to creative differences so it's 'on hold' for now. I'm betting it won't happen. I hate when JMS scripts go to waste!!!
                            "Fascism always comes in quietly, holding a flag in one hand and a holy book in the other, inching its way in. The bugles and drums only sound after they've already taken over and believe it's too late to do anything about it." JMS Twitter Dec. 24, 2017

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                            • #44
                              Bummer... i liked red mars when i read it. Would have made a good sci-fi drama.
                              Milkman
                              www.mhoc.net

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