All the talk about that Forever Knight movie got me thinking about what a legitimate reboot of the series would look like. I say legitimate because it should be something that continues the spirit of the original series and not something that simply takes the character names and puts them in scenarios that are trendy now. Is it a bit harsh to judge something sight unseen? Sure, but when there's precious little about it that seems promising well let's just say my expectations are very, very low.
My Tumblr is pretty much 90% Hannibal and so are the people I follow. Recently a photo of actress Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) popped up and someone commented on given how vampy she looked in the photo, her character of Alana would be great in the occasional Hannibal vampire AU fics that hit the fandom from time to time. It got me thinking that Caroline would make a lovely choice to play an updated Janette.
I have honestly no clue who could portray the rest of the cast, but I thought this was a fun way for me to try my hand at a photoset that them kids today like putting together.
One one had it's got a great director in Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) with a pair of solid young leads, but on the other hand there's been some definite YA fatigue. I loved The Hunger Games movies. I went to see the first one completely blind and came out a total fan. I read all three books in one week and threw myself head first into the fandom and the fic. It's why I got a Tumblr. I know people point to the splitting of Mockingjay as a cash grab and part of the reason why people tired of YA movies but I loved those last two movies so much.
It's another villain role for Mads. Gosh darn it Mads! American audiences are never going to stop seeing you as a villain if all your English language roles are bad guys. However, Wikipedia describes his character Mayor Prentiss as "the mastermind behind the takeover, and later becomes self-proclaimed President of New World. He is extremely charismatic and manipulative, often choosing to play mind games instead of resorting to brute force. He learns to control his Noise, and can even use it as a weapon. Despite his cruelties, a running theme throughout the trilogy is whether or not he can be redeemed". That sounds pretty complex and Mads is no stranger to manipulative and charismatic characters. It's totally in his wheelhouse and he always plays those roles with great aplomb.
A high percentage of Mads' characters die in their movies. Chaos Walking is based on a trilogy of books and apparently Mayor Prentiss is in all three of them. So if the movies do well enough least we can count on three movies with Mads playing a significant role. And watching Mads' pretty, pretty face on the big screen is always such a delight.
I have no idea how big the role is. All I keep thinking is Donald Sutherland's role in The Hunger Games for reference, but something tells me the role might be bigger. Filming starts before the end of the summer and will likely go on for about 3 months in Montreal. I know some people were starting to wonder about a conflict with any potential Hannibal season 4. If the gods smile down on us I think the best case scenario for season 4 will be that it won't get started until late summer or early fall in 2018. By then season 2 of Bryan Fuller's American Gods should be wrapped. I think Daisy Ridley's schedule on the final Star Wars movie will inform when the second Chaos Walking movie will go into production. I don't think it should conflict with the Fall of 2018. And even if there's a slight overlap with Mads' schedule, Hannibal films in Toronto which is obviously only a hop, skip and a jump away from Montreal. Now if we do get some location shooting in Buenos Aires or if they can swing Cuba, well then that's something both productions are going to have to negotiate schedule wise.
I'm happy Mads is working again. After the huge promotional obligations he had for Rogue One and Doctor Strange he deserved some major time off. I just don't want to read another trilogy of books. I remember coming across the premise of the series and it struck me as pretty ridiculous. However people whose opinions I trusted would rave about the books on Tumblr. Then Doug Liman got involved and Charlie Kaufman for the screenplay I started to wonder if there was something there. I seriously don't want another obsession but I desperately want to know more about Mads' character. The character sounds interesting but boy does that premise sound hokey.
Mads has a history of picking some really interesting projects. That's one thing I've really appreciated as I've delved into his back catalog. I also think he and Tom Holland are going to get along famously. They're both former dancers with gymnastics backgrounds and their energy levels are both off the charts. The promotional tour is going to be bursting with cuteness. I can feel it in my bones.
I was talking to my brother about how they'd completely fallen off the face of the earth and he oh so nonchalantly mentioned that he had them.
Um...why and how?
Apparently, many, many years ago he wanted to properly sit down and watch The X-Files. I of course have the DVDs so he borrowed them from me.
He said I kicked up a fuss about letting him borrow the actual boxset of XF seasons 1 & 2 (hey, they're fragile and back when I bought them a "sale" was $50) so I told him that he could borrow one of my DVD sleeves with the discs inside. He took the opportunity to go "shopping" in my DVD collection and loaded up with other shows he wanted to watch. That sleeve had all three seasons of Forever Knight, the first two of The X-Files, season 1 of Millennium, season 1 of Heroes, and season 1 of Batman the Animated Series. That's a whole lot of shows that went AWOL. Now he didn't actually want to watch FK but the discs were already in the sleeve so he left them in rather than remove them.
The reason I had no memory of this was because with my blessing he loaded up while I was at work. Still, they were missing for YEARS and I never noticed.
Nevertheless, my pretties are back in my possession. Series rewatch here I come!
Dare I hope for some fic inspiration like back in the good old days.
author’s note: Happy Canada Day! This is a tiny excerpt from a much, much larger story I started back in 2008 or so. All you gotta know is that Nick's human. Don't ask me how. It just came about. Maybe he stumbled upon a four leaf clover or a Jinn or something.
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disclaimer: they don’t belong to me, no money is being made. I’m only borrowing them.
summary: Nick and Natalie celebrate Canada Day...sort of
The air outside is warm and the view of the harbor from the roof of his building is unobstructed. Recently building contractors have been sniffing around looking for prime real estate to develop and for the moment the neighborhood is devoid of construction cranes and makeshift protected sidewalks. Now if only Natalie would decide to grace him with her presence. She’s on night shift rotation again and Nick is hoping that she’s able to trade off the rest of her shift before tonight’s festivities begin.
The sound of the garage opening down below announces Natalie’s arrival home as Nick takes another sip from his beer. Wine just doesn’t seem appropriate for a summer night outside with the woman he loves and a Canada Day light show compliments of the city of Toronto. It’ll only be a matter of minutes before she finds his note downstairs alerting her to his whereabouts. The minutes tick by slowly for Nick before the rooftop door finally opens and she emerges still dressed from work but also bearing a bowl of popcorn.
“You made it,” Nick says, stating the obvious.
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Season 3 is the season of Hannibal that I both adore and get frustrated by. It's split into two parts that were originally meant to be two separate seasons. The first half is 7 episodes of the Italy/Hannibal on the run arc and the last 6 episodes are dedicated to a retelling of the first Thomas Harris novel 'Red Dragon'. That features Hannibal behind bars and institutionalized at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
During season 2 Bryan Fuller saw the writing on the wall. The show's ratings were not good and financially they couldn't swing the budget to film extensively in Europe like they originally intended. So, he combined seasons 3 and 4 of his 7 season plan and made it into a 6 season plan.
The first 7 episodes of the Italy arc are visually stunning. Season 3 ups the ante in such a bold way that it was bound to alienate some of its viewers. Bryan Fuller told his directors, "make the most pretentious art film of your dreams" and boy did they. It's a dark fairy tale filled with bloody nightmare imagery. Half the time you had no idea if what you were watching was a dream sequence or actually happening.
Unfortunately, the limited episodes short changed some of the characters, both new and old, and their storylines. Early versions of the scripts and the episode commentaries done by Bryan Fuller and his group of writers hinted to storylines that were cut due to time constraints during filming and within the episodes themselves. Some detractors of the Italy arc blame the slow pacing for the poor development of new characters. I personally loved the pacing and felt the show earned it. I blame the limited episodes. The Italy arc could have benefited from one or two more episodes. The Red Dragon arc definitely needed at least one episode to touch upon Will's state after Hannibal was arrested.
After season 1, the Italy arc is my most rewatched segment of the show. I adore it that much. It doesn't hurt that I had the privilege or watching both the premiere and second episode on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse during the ATX Festival. It was quite the experience to witness the highs and lows of Will and Hannibal's relationship at this moment in time with a room full of fellow fans.
I'll be doing a weekly rewatch of the season. In 12 weeks the exclusive US rights contract for Hannibal currently held by Amazon expires and the show's producers can approach other outlets to see if they're interested in getting the band back together. It's the beginning of the end. At least we'll know if we're holding on to false hope or if we get to see what Will and Hannibal have been up to since the season 3 finale.
“Sometimes...at night I leave the lights on in my little house. And ... walk across the flat fields. When I look back from a distance, the house is like a boat on the sea. It's really the only time I feel safe.”--Will Graham
I have two of those large CD/DVD wallets from back in the day that I'd use when I'd come home from college and they're not in there either.
The only one in there is the first disc of season 1 which I had lent out to a former receptionist at work many moons ago. She was a big fan of vampire romance novels and Buffy so I lent her disc one and she lent me one of her books. I read her book (it was not good) but she eventually returned Forever Knight unwatched. Well that's the only disc I have.
I'm genuinely stumped. I know it's been a while since I've revisited the show, but it is rather hard to misplace several DVDs.