I’d like to start off today’s entry with a huge “Thank you” for all the “Thank you’s”. A lot of the people who brought you Stargate over the years do frequent this blog, and I know I speak for all of them when I say your kind words are much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to post your comments. And thanks for supporting the franchise, whether you were fans of SG-1, Atlantis, Universe, or, ideally, all three.
As promised, I will be fielding your questions on Gauntlet, the SGU series finale, as well as any SGU-related queries you may have. So, start posting.
Later this week, in addition to providing answers to those questions, I’ll also shed some light on the script for Gauntlet, what we had in store for the show’s third season, and what the heck the SGA movie, Stargate: Extinction, was all about.
Well, even though Stargate has ended, this blog will continue to be a gate-friendly place where fans of the franchise can gather, discuss the shows, and, occasionally, gain some insight into the behind-the-scenes thoughts and efforts that went into bringing them to you.
In addition, this blog will also, hopefully, be a place where you’ll come to follow my further professional exploits.
First up is the new series Paul and I are Exec. Producing alongside the ever-jubilant Alexander “Sunshine” Ruemelin…
Transporter: The Series is based on the Luc Besson film franchise (The Transporter, Transporter 2, Transporter 3) and will be speeding your way in early 2012 (?), delivering adventure, attitude, and high-octane action. In addition, you can expect captivating characters, stunning car stunts, fantastic fight sequences, and a pervading sense of humor guaranteed to hook you from the get-go.
Earl 2012 will also see the release of that comic book series I’ve been talking about. With two scripts done, another two on deck, and design work underway, I thought it was high time I shared a little more information on the project. First, our publisher…
Very cool. Paul and I are very excited to be working with Dark Horse Comic (Hellboy, Umbrella Academy, The Goon – to name but a few of many) and our editor, Patrick Thorpe, who has been nothing short of amazing so far. Also, after considering many worthwhile candidates, we finally have an artist for our book – the incredible Garry Brown. Head on over and check out his work here: http://garrybrownart.daportfolio.com/
Yesterday, Garry’s preliminary character designs…
Our crew, ONE through SIX. Can’t tell you how excited and pleased I was by these preliminary designs. My thoughts:
ONE: I describe him as a Ben Browder type – charming and a bit of a goof. The relationship between ONE and THREE will form the core of the series and
I see them as opposites. ONE, of course, symbolizing light and hope; THREE symbolizing darkness and despair. To that end, I’d like to play up the contrasts a little more. ONE is pretty damn close, I just don’t think he should be quite so rough. I’d give him the lighter hair.
TWO: The crew’s de facto no-nonsense leader. I think Garry’s take is perfect.
THREE: A true bad-ass – as already stated, he is the flipside to ONE’s coin. A mercenary through and through, I like his look here a lot. I suggest scarring him up a bit. If I’m casting this comic book, I’m eyeing Mike Dopud for the role.
FOUR: Eurasian, androgynous, silent, and stoic. He needs to be prettier, more androgynous, with longer, darker hair.
FIVE: Twelve year old, precocious ship mascot. More pixyish, tiny, with a pixy cut.
SIX: A tough-as-hell goon with a heart of gold. I think his look is great!
I sent my notes Patrick’s way. In less than an hour, he forwarded me Garry’s revised character designs…
THREE: A little more scarring and he’s ideal as well.
FOUR: Getting there. Still think he needs to be prettier, almost ethereal.
FIVE: Also closer, but she still feels too mature.
The next day, Patrick forwarded me two more takes on FOUR and FIVE…
Almost there for both! At Patrick’s request, I sent along a couple of reference photos of what I was looking for. It was easy enough for FOUR and I was having trouble finding something appropriate for FIVE until I came across a pic of Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In).
Not long after, I was forwarded the revised-revised-revised character designs for the final two outstanding crew members:
With the character designs agreed upon, we’re moving on to ships and suits!
All this to say both Garry and Patrick are fantastic. If I’d known writing for comics was this much fun, I’d have skipped this whole t.v. thing!