The Rundown: A ‘Drive’ sequel, new ‘Sherlock’, and more

From time to time news items fall through the cracks. It’s up to the Rundown to pick them up, dust them off, and present them to you.

When I reviewed Drive for another website back in the fall, I said, “Drive tries to be iconic, an ambitious goal that is welcome, but just an inch out of its reach” and concluded that it was “[a] necessary film, enjoyable and memorable, but by no means as great as some have said or as great as it clearly wanted to be.” I believe that was the most negative review that the film received, and for it I was ostracized, cast out, and visited by a mute man in a satiny jacket who threatened to bang a flash drive into my head with a hammer. Okay none of those things happened but critics LOVED this movie, even as audiences sort of ignored it, and if you weren’t in love with it as a critic you were kind of looked at like a pale-assed baboon.

Why am I telling you this? Shits and giggles, but also Drive: The Novel, will have a sequel by the name of Driven, and it will be out in April from author James  Sallis. What’s it all about, Alfie? ”Six years later — Phoenix. Out of nowhere someone wants Driver dead. Who? Why? Big mistake…” that’s an exceptionally brief synopsis that Keith Rawson from Litreactor extracted from Poisoned Pen Press.  No word on when the movie rights will be picked up, although I may as well write that article now and put it in a drawer… or a file in my computer.

Nick Frost, that big ape, is opening up about The World’s End, the final film in the Cornetto Trilogy that will follow Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and re-unite Spaced alums Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Nira Park.

“There is a draft out there, which I’ve read, and it’s great, and I think our plan is to crack on and shoot next year. Touch wood. They move and they change, but we definitely want to get on with it.” Nick Frost (via Coming Soon)

Don’t get too excited, though, as The Film Stage points out, this isn’t the first positive proclamation to break regarding this project, and with Pegg about to film Star Trek 2, we may still be far away from The World’s End.

Staying on the Anglo-centric side of things, the BBC announced that BAFTA Award winning drama, Sherlock (the better of the two Holmes projects, if you ask me) will return on January 1, 2012 on BBC One with the first of three 90-minute episodes that will comprise the second series. The show was co-created by Mark Gatiss and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as “Holmes” and Martin Freeman as “Doctor John Watson” in a modern day re-telling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story.

Here’s a bit from the Beeb about episode one, “A Scandal in Belgravia”:

In episode one of this new series, compromising photographs and a case of blackmail threaten the very heart of the British establishment but, for Sherlock and John, the game is on in more ways than one as they find themselves battling international terrorism, rogue CIA agents and a secret conspiracy involving the British government. But this case will cast a darker shadow over their lives than they could ever imagine, as the great detective begins a long duel of wits with an antagonist as cold and ruthless and brilliant as himself: to Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler will always be THE woman.

In comic book news, Dark Horse Comics announced that they would be re-releasing the new-classic Channel Zero as part of a special collection; here’s the a part of the release:

DMZ and The Massive creator Brian Wood launched an all-out assault on the comics medium in 1997 with Channel Zero, an influential, forward-thinking series that combined art, politics, and graphic design in a unique way. Hitting on themes of freedom of expression, hacking, cutting-edge media manipulation, and police surveillance, it remains as relevant today as it did back then.

The Channel Zero collection contains the original series; the prequel graphic novel, Jennie One (illustrated by Becky Cloonan); the best of the two Public Domain design books; and almost fifteen years of extras, rarities, short stories, and unused art. Also featuring the now-classic Warren Ellis introduction and an all-new cover by Wood, this is the must-have edition. A blistering take on media control in a repressive future America!

Golly, that doesn’t sound at all relevant to the events that occupy our news every day…

Favorite statement of the day: Charlie Sheen tweeted Justin Bieber his phone number, but it accidentally went out live and hundreds began to call the Vatican Assasain Warlock.

Link of the day: Cinema Blend has a nice little rundown of the 2011 Black List, the list of the very best un-produced screenplays flying around Hollywood. Check it out here. 

And in closing: Check out Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Karen O’s music video for “Immigrant Song”, the Zeppelin cover that can be found on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack.


Trent Reznor and Karen O – “The Immigrant song”…

Jason Tabrys

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