Monday, November 26, 2012

HUGH LAURIE IS BLACKBEARD IN NBC'S PIRATE SHOW "CROSSBONES"! "CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN" & "EXILE TO BABYLON" MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

Now here's a piece of news to cheer you up this Monday. You already know that pirates are the new trend on TV and we'll be seeing a number of pirate shows
 in the future beginning with Starz and their BLACK SAILS with Toby Stephens. But the latest update is that NBC is moving ahead with their own buccaneer show titled CROSSBONES! Here's the strangest piece of info - Hugh Laurie is in talks to take the lead role of the iconic swashbuckler Blackbeard in the series! According to "Deadline" the ten part epic adventure series set in 1715 would see HOUSE star playing Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, who reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, the island is unlike any other and presents a mounting threat to international commerce. To combat the threat, skilled undercover assassin Tom Lowe is sent to take down Blackbeard, but the closer he gets, the more enthralled with the community he becomes. Developed by Neil Cross (LUTHER) CROSSBONES will be television adaptation of Colin Woodard's book "The Republic of Pirates", which is set during the golden age of piracy in the early 1700s.

CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN
In the whole storm of video game movie adaptations the latest one is CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN which will be turned into an action adventure film by PULP FICTION scribe Roger Avary. The story of the video game centres on a young U.S. Army captain and a British special
agent on a top-secret mission to Castle Wolfenstein, where Hitler will be for the unveiling of a new secret weapon. After reaching the Castle, the heroes are confronted with Himmler's SS Paranormal Division and must fight, not only for their survival, but for a mission that could alter the course of the war. The arcade game was first released back in the 1980s!

EXILE TO BABYLON
Another movie adaptation will be seen in Dark Horses' film project on their comic book EXILE TO BABYLON. The film, scheduled for next year, is set in the year 2040, where the world's precious resources are in high demand, and security is found on the streets. A private military operative of reeducated gang members - the Blackshield Angels - is the only hope of liberating a vital fuel supply from a criminal overlord. Blackshield's best agent struggles through betrayal, love, and a seemingly unending war zone - Zone 12 - to complete his mission in a dangerous world where tattooed warlords reign supreme and giant satellites watch men from above like gods.

42 comments:

  1. It'll be interesting to see how Hugh pulls off the challenging role of Blackbeard. I'm a big fan of the House star, but his voice really doesn't match what one would consider the swashbuckler's to be.

    Thanks Dez for the heads up ;)

    El

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    1. it could be interesting, although I don't trust NBC too much.
      Be welcome, El :)

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    2. Hugh is really good with accents and I think he'll come up with something that works.

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    3. Huge is great at accents. That voice he uses for House, is just an example.

      But I still favor is real voice, the best.

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    4. @Annzie
      do you remember him as Percy in BLACK ADDER? :)))

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    5. @Happy
      maybe he'll put in a bit of humour in the pirate role :)

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    6. He's got the talent for it.

      Cheers.

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  2. Babylon? Blackbeard ? Castle Wolfenstein ???
    what's next??????
    very original subject!

    (oh and also, I've seen a Wofvenstein Castle:
    http://www.thomarillion.de/index.php?seite=katalog&modell=wolvenstein&pos=1&sprache=gb_
    is it the same castle??)

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    1. I've no idea, Samwise, it might be. It's a very old game, and I don't know if it's based on reality.

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  3. I like pirates and I like Hugh. Sounds good to me. And I really hope the pirate thing takes off as I'm getting into painting pirate babe mini's.

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    1. ooh, it might give you some inspiration, darling, but the first show BLACK SAILS will start only next year

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  4. Hugh is a great actor. I trust he can pull off some swashbucklin' action.

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  5. As a Hugh Laurie fan I'll look forward to this show - it'll be interesting to see how he does "pirate" - he's already got "nasty" down, so this should not be a stretch. :)

    Not sure about Castle Wolfenstein, but Exile to Babylon might get a nod.

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    1. he said he won't be back to TV since TV has no leading roles for men above 45 :) But it seems they've proved him wrong

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  6. I think Hugh can play a diabolical pirate badass pretty well. Plus I have a feeling he'll look good in black eye-liner. :PP

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    1. yep, it will bring the blue in his eyes lol

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  7. Um what? Hugh Laurie back on television. This is why I love you. Your bring me happy news!

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    1. I knew most of the people would love the info on Laurie :)

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  8. I love seeing Hugh Laurie back in the news again! I think he will play a pirate perfectly and it can't premiere soon enough for me. They cast the part perfectly in my opinion.

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    1. can't wait to see who will get the other roles in the project :) I'm all up for two pirate shows on TV :)

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    2. Olivia Wilde?

      Off topic but since it's kind of Hug Laurie related...Chase from the House series is in the new show Chicago Fire - that show is AWESOME!!!!! I love, love, love it =)

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    3. nom nom nom :) But I don't think she'd settle for a TV career now that she's a film star, however, let us keep our fingers crossed - and that they bring Jesse Spencer to the new show too :)

      Haven't had the time to watch CHICAGO FIRE, but I know it's popular :) One of the very few new shows that hasn't been cancelled (LAST RESORT, 666 AVENUE)

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    4. Olivia has become quite the film star! And, now that Chicago Fire has taken off, I don't think my sexy Jesse will be able to take off to work on the pirate show with Hugh but one never knows, do one?

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    5. ah, and they want to kill us with putting both Jesse, the blond god, and that hot boyfriend of Lady Gaga in the same show :)

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  9. I love Hugh laurie so much Dezz but in movies not dt house.
    I think.he is great and love his work:)
    hope you have a nice week Dezz!

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    1. I agree with you, Gloria Dear, I also prefer him in films

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  10. Hugh Laurie will be an awesome Blackbeard! He's a very fine dramatic actor.

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    1. Wonder if he will have a black beard for the role :)

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  11. Bring on the pirates Dezzy! Thanks for stopping by my site while I've been out. Means a lot that you remember me :)

    I'd love to hear Ivan sing Oh Holy Night. He has the perfect voice for it.

    ......dhole

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    1. how could I not visit, somebody had to clean up the cobwebs there :PPP

      Ivan is currently competing in FIRST VOICE OF SERBIA music show and he is my favourite :) Very nice, calm and refined young man.

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  12. Not feeling any of these and won't watch them. :(

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    1. yep, not many news, Melsy, it's Monday and plus a postholiday week :( It's black period for us in the movie business :)

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  13. Wolfenstein will be an odd one to transpose to film, but it sounds interesting. Looking forward to hearing more about them :)

    Jamie

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  14. great post, Hugh Laurie is the man... of the House... which is one of the greatest show enders... you got an end. some shows get the rip before you can finish a thought. oh happy day!

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    1. I haven't seen the end, does he die in it?

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  15. another video game movie? Why Hollywood?

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    1. 'tis an eternal question in Tinseltown...

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  16. Love Hugh Laurie. I'll watch for Crossbones next year.

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    1. I'll be the first one to post pics and trailers for it, Carol :)

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