The Hellboy Reboot

If you haven’t heard, we’ve got a Hellboy reboot in the works and it sounds like it’s quite advanced. Let’s roll back a little though, I loved Guillermo del Toro’s two Hellboy films. I think Ron Perlman rocked it as Hellboy and I’m still quite pissed off that we never got that third and final film. It’s been clear for some time though that it’s just not going to happen.

The reboot. When I first heard about this I wasn’t overly interested. I hadn’t really checked out the articles, but I do that at times. I can leave something a few days before looking into it. Sometimes I just need to see something at the right time for me to check it out and last night I think it was the right time. I was on Facebook and I saw that it had a title, Rise of the Blood Queen. Now for whatever reason that triggered some attention in my brain and I clicked the link to MoviePilot and did the reading. This is where it got my attention. Now, some of these details might change, it is something to do with Hollywood after all. But the article says that Mike Mignola, who created Hellboy, is writing it, along with Andrew Crosby and Christopher Golden. I’m not familiar with Crosby but I listen to the Three Guys with Beards podcast thats on the Project Entertainment Network, and Golden is one of the beards along with Jonathan Mayberry and James A. Moore, and I like the man. He seems to know his shit and talks passionately about what interests him.

Directing duties is down to Neil Marshall, who I like as a director. Dog Soldiers and The Descent are two films which I really like, and Doomsday is a movie that still resonates with me quite strongly.

The man playing Hellboy is David Harbour. I’m not hugely familiar with him, I’ve only watched the first episode of Stranger Things so far but with him being named as Hellboy I’m going to get back into it once I’ve finished Sense8 season two. If they’ve cast him though I’m assuming he’s impressed with what he’s done behind the scenes.

Both Marshall and Harbour have got a tough job on their hands, but I admire both of them for taking this on. That gives me confidence in this.

I’ve got a feeling this is going to stick closer to the comic book Hellboy. I’m sure everyone is looking at Marvel and seeing how it’s working out for them and thinking that’s a good way to go. By doing that the fans are getting respected, then it’s just figuring out the balance to make it appeal to the non-comic book fans.

It’s going to be R-Rated as well, so I’m interest to see how that’ll affect the tone of the movie. I really need to get some Hellboy comics and check them out

I’ll be keeping a closer eye on this now, it’s got my attention and I hope they get it right because I’d like more Hellboy please.

Sense8:Season Two

I am five episodes(including the Christmas special) into the new season of Sense8 on Netflix, and its good. Very good.

I loved the first series. In my opinion in one of the best series of TV I’ve ever seen. It’s beautifully written, directed, and acted. There are very few shows that have the balls to spend most of their first season on character development while only drip-feeding you the overall plot. They pulled it off though, it made the events in the rest of the season more hard-hitting because you knew the characters.

This new season has started at a full speed and kicks the nitrous in when it needs to. I literally jumped at the end of the first episode and have been moved to the edge of my seat on a number of occasions throughout this second season so far.

Now that we know all of the main characters the focus is on the bigger picture, but we’re still seeing the difficulties of the characters lives outside of the main story arc. They’re not fighting these problems alone though, despite the fact that these eight people are spread all over the globe, only two of them are physically together, but with how they can control each others bodies they help each other in difficult situations. Whether it’s the actor having to cause a scene to be a distraction, or the gangster beating the crap out of a threat to a cluster mate, or the bus driver needing help from the martial arts fighter, they can all move into each others bodies and help them out whenever they need them. How they shoot those scenes is fantastic to, it’s very smoothly done.

Once I’ve finished writing for the day I’ll be diving back in again. I’d like to say I’m going to be restrained and not binge watch the rest of the second season today but I’m not sure I’d be being honest with myself if I said that.

Judge Dredd Is Coming To TV!

On Wednesday it was announced by 2000AD that Judge Dredd will be coming to the small screen! I am super hyped about this. I think Judge Dredd:Mega-City One will kick ass big time. I do love the movie Dredd, it’s probably in my favourite three movies, but I think with Judge Joseph Dredd being in a TV series will suit the character and the setting of Mega-City One much better as we’ll get a show that’ll be able to explore the universe a lot more thoroughly. Movies are great, but with forty years of history I think a series is going to allow the creative team behind it more time to explore that universe.

No casting details have been announced, I’m really hoping they get Karl Urban, and Olivia Thirlby, back but I’m not going to hold my breath too much. I’ve got a feeling this series is going to be its own thing, though.

After hearing the owners of 2000AD talking (check out the 2000AD podcast) about the comic I’ve got a lot of hope for this series. They seem to get what it means and I think they are going to do it justice.

7-5-17

Today started fast, with a 1000 words and a digital edit on a short story by 9am. I did this because I woke up in a really bad mood, and writing seemed to be the only thing that made sense. It put me in a good mood before going down into Rochester for a bit of lunch and to pop into Get Ready Retro, a local comic book shop. I managed to pick up the next volume of Wilds End (The Enemy Within) by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard. I really liked the first one and I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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Those thousand words I wrote this morning was on the fanfic piece and the short story is for one of the story submissions I’ve got coming up. I’ve printed it off and will red-pen it tomorrow.

The rest of the day has been spent with my feet up playing video games and binging some shows on Netflix. Aside from having to shoot into work for forty-five minutes, that was my day.

4-5-17

323 words this evening on the fan fiction piece and something I’ve really got to do is stop second guessing myself when I’m writing! Especially on a first draft. I’ve just got to go with my gut, and if what has made me second guess myself still jumps out when I’m editing it, then I look at it. Over-analysing is seriously hindering my pace and my self-confidence with what I’m writing. I know some of it is lack of knowledge but when it comes to these things I just need to write it and then do any additional research when I come to the second draft. I do want to get to the point where I’m doing the research before I do the writing but there’s always going to be those times when the writing goes off in a direction that I hadn’t expected and that’ll quite often lead to having to do research after the words have been written.

I am not picking up the pace as I would have liked to, I’m distracted and am struggling to get stuck into a piece. Everything I seem to be writing at the moment seems to be in small instalments, normally around the 300 words mark. I need to pick that up.

2-5-17

Today has been okay, writing wise. I did some work on an outline during my lunch break, then this evening I’ve got through a couple of scenes on the fanfic adding 211 words to it. I would have liked to of added a few more words but the scenes in question needed tweaking more than rewriting. One of the scenes I think I might expand on a little more but I think that’s something that I’ll look at once I’ve got a cohesive draft completed.

I have been thinking about Owen’s notes on The Space Watch, and I’ve got a solution for one of Owen’s concerns that I think will work very well, and Owen agrees.

I’m now just trying to figure out what I’m doing when. Tomorrow I’m going to do a digital edit on the short story I’ll be sending off for submission soon.  I need to get that done and dusted in good time, and I’d really like to see if a couple of my beta readers have time to have a look at it before I send it off too. I do also want to get stuck into Owen’s notes on The Space Watch and get that done. It’s been a long time in the making this story and I’m eager to get it wrapped up by the end of this year.

It’s time for me to stop being so inconsistent and up my game.

1st of May 2017

Just a quick post to wrap up the day. I wrote 828 on the short story I’ve been working on, and I wrapped it up this morning. Boy did it end darkly. I got 446 words on the fanfic piece. That gave me a total of 1274 for the day.

Despite the ending of the short story being quite dark I’m pleased with it and will get on with editing tomorrow. I’m reserving judgement on the fanfic piece until I’m getting closer to the end of it as I’m still in the early stages of it really.

Not a great day, but a good one I think.