TrekToday reports that Babylon 5‘s J. Michael Straczynski has spoken to Paramount executives about a Battlestar Galactica-style “reboot” of the classic series. Paramount is sticking firm on giving the Trek franchise a rest, but it’s an interesting possibility, seeing as Trek was never quite the total crap that the original BSG was. And didn’t TNG basically serve the same purpose as a reboot?
Still, the concept of Straczynski running Star Trek, any Star Trek, is enough to keep the fanboys awake at night.
Emerson Spartz, creator of Mugglenet, got an invitation to Scotland to interview J.K. Rowling. Lucky kid!
In other fiction news, the folks over at Bookslut have an interview with Lois McMaster Bujold.
On starwars.com today, an announcement of Republic Commando: Triple Zero, sequel to Karen Traviss’ well-received Hard Contact.
More recent EU announcements: August comics, and a first look at Dark Warning, second book of Jude Watson’s Last of the Jedi series.
ROTS has fallen to third place at the box office this week, but it’s climbing up the all-time list steadily – #19 at the moment, but it’ll probably pass ROTJ and AOTC pretty easily. It also beat Shrek 2‘s record for being the fastest film to reach $300 million.
Catalog descriptions for the entire Dark Nest trilogy have appeared on the starwars.com boards and confirmed as correct by Sue Rostoni. She also posted a short excerpt from the pages of The Unseen Queen. In the hopes of keeping this post brief, I’m just going to link you the post I made in Livejournal’s EU community to actually read all the stuff.
In other news, Paula noticed on the CJ list that the release date for Dark Lord was actually supposed to be for Tim Zahn’s Outbound Flight. The date swap has also been confirmed by Rostoni, so expect new Zahn in January 2006.
Starwars.com posts a preview of James Luceno’s Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, which is set immediately post-ROTS:
The Republic has become the Empire, ruled by the wicked Palpatine with order enforced by his new right hand agent, Darth Vader. The galaxy is reeling from civil war and the shocking elimination of the Jedi Knights. Some worlds are resistant to the New Order, and are determined to make a stand against these sweeping new changes.
One of Darth Vader’s first tasks is to snuff out these early embers of resistance, and it is this mission that will lead him to discover his true strength and come into his own as the Emperor’s iron fist.
It comes out in November.
Del Rey is also coming out with an omnibus of the ROTS novelization and Labyrinth of Evil, along with a bonus CD-ROM with a “visual script” and concept art.
On June 17, Kevin Smith guest-hosts an episode of IFC’s Dinner for Five with guests Jason Lee, Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, and J.J. Abrams.
It’s a lineup to make even me squee.
Odd, I would have picked Yoda as more of the gardening type…
Club Jade’s own Bad Methodist explores the personal, political, and spiritual fall of Anakin Skywalker.
In the press, USA Today goes to Lucasfilm for answers to some of the questions raised by Revenge of the Sith, while The Christian Science Monitor profiles Charles Ross and The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.
There’s a new daily newsletter for the ever-expanding Star Wars fandom on Livejournal. Jedi News is a daily roundup of icons, fanfic, essays, and other links of interest in much the same vein as the Harry Potter fandom’s Daily Snitch.
SF Site reviews The Dharma of Star Wars, but says that the Star Wars content is slim. On a similar note, Star Wars And Philosophy gets a much better review over at Saga Journal.
Big fannish news of the day is that Matthew Vaughn has dropped out of the third X-Men film, which was set to start filming next month. Bet Twentieth Century Fox is wishing they’d had gone with Joss Whedon now…