‘Firefly,’ ‘Cinematic Titanic’ and ‘Lobo’ Industry News!

by on February 17, 2013

in Entertainment

I came across some news (good & bad) bites for a few fan favorite franchises I thought I’d pass along.  Great news on a Firefly board game, news on Cinematic Titanic’s live tour and seemingly bad news on any possible Lobo movie.

Cinematic Titanic Touring News (And It Ain’t Great!)

For any fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), you know the story.  And that story led to the present day incarnation of what is known as Cinematic Titanic.

The Cinematic Titanic gang is comprised of Joel Hodgson, J Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff, Trace Beaulieu, & Mary Jo Pehl.  And they picked up where they left off with MST3K, riffing on old movies.  And proving they had not lost their touch.

And with that touch, came a tour where audience members could watch as the gang riffed a move live.  Those live audience performances also made it to DVD and it was a blast to not only by laughing at something you think is funny, but it felt like a form of vindication when you heard the rest of the audience laughing along-side you.

But the gang made a recent announcement that this 2013 live tour will be their last, “this will be our last year actively touring as Cinematic Titanic.”  Or as they called it, an “indefinite hiatus.”

But they will be cranking out as many dates as they can possibly do this year and are in discussions of additional DVDs.

So if you’re of the mind, check out Cinematic Titanic 2013 Live Tour Schedule web page and if they’re coming anywhere near you and you’re a fan, show some fan love and hit them up at their next stop near you!

The Rock/Lobo News

'Lobo' Movie NewsLast year there was news that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was going to be working with Joel Silver on a Lobo movie.  Nerd Reactor is reporting that it seems, stemming from a recent interview, that those plans might have come to a grinding halt.

What you take away from this is that maybe the project isn’t dead, but it’s possible that his involvement in the project probably is.

And that’s a shame, because I think Johnson would have made a perfect interstellar Czarnian bounty hunter who seems to live off the fine cuisine of violence.

(BTW, per sources, Lobo is Stan Lee’s favorite character of all.)

Firefly Board Game

OK, enough of the news!  Here’s some good news… Or shiny news!

I spotted a press release that a board game based on Joss Whedon’s Firefly is coming to theaters… OK, gaming tables soon.  The game is from Gale Force Nine and the announcement was for the upcoming development of the game.

Firefly, The Game.  Find a Crew, Find a Job, Keep Flying.

I like that game tagline.

GF9 had some great feedback from their announcing their plans to create the game and put out a press release replying to the feedback on their announcement.

They touch on how their licensing agreement is with Fox (which means Fox still has their mitts wrapped around that franchise), includes board games, games for tabletop miniatures and card games.  Did you catch that… tabletop miniatures?  Cool.  Look out Monopoly, we don’t need no stinkin’ wheel barrel or cat!  We might be seeing miniature Firefly models.

GF9 is also saying they’re looking to work from feedback from fans… whatever that might mean.

http://www.gf9.com/Default.aspx

Press Release:

“Firefly, the popular television series comes to life in a new boardgame from Gale Force Nine and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. Compelling characters, great storytelling and an evocative universe has made Firefly a fan-favorite for the past ten years.  Now fans of the television show and board games can chart their own course with Firefly: The Game, arriving on store shelves Fall 2013.”

In Firefly: The Game, players captain their own Firefly-class transport ship, traveling the ‘Verse with a handpicked crew of fighters, mechanics and other travelers.  As a captain desperate for work, players are compelled to take on any job — so long as it pays.  Double-dealing employers, heavy-handed Alliance patrols and marauding Reavers are all in a day’s work for a ship’s captain at the edge of the ‘Verse.  Firefly: The Game is a high-end thematic tabletop boardgame from Gale Force Nine (GF9).  It will be the first in a series of tabletop hobby boardgames and miniatures games from GF9 set in the Firefly Universe.

“Building on the success of Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, we’re thrilled to be making a game that evokes the heart and themes of Firefly – the best ‘gorram’ show in the ‘Verse.” said John Kovaleski, CEO of Gale Force Nine, “With challenging game play, fantastic production values and compelling narratives, you and your fellow captains will want to head out into the big black again and again”.

“We’re pleased to be working with Gale Force Nine to bring a new board game to the devoted fans of Firefly. Firefly: The Game is innovative and remains true to the spirit of the popular series” stated Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

Follow the game’s development at http://www.facebook.com/fireflyboardgame.

On a side note, it looks like Gale Force Nine makes some cool stuff!

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